Weekly Meeting – 21 February, 2013

Weekly Meeting – 21 February, 2013

District 3420/Club No. 28992


BULLETIN February 21, 2013

15 Rotarians attended. For details please refer to the List of Attendance.

Please refer to the List of Attendance.

9 Rotarians were absent with an apology. For details please refer to the List of Attendance.

Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members
Lars Rasmussen, RC Aulborg, Denmark; Maeberkel, RC Centerville, Dayton, Ohio, USA; Robert Epstein, RC Canggu, Soulmen; Sarah Champman, RC Canggu, Soulmen; Linda Venter – RC Canggu

Peter Scholz, GM Ayodya Hotel; Asri, Bali Wise; Michela, Bali Wise


President Risto Poskiparta
President Risto reported that today’s lunch had been preceded by a Community Services Meeting which, sadly, was Karl’s final meeting for a while. Karl’s work commitments take him to the exotic Ivory Coast, and he will be absent from Bali until next January but with a brief cameo reappearance in August. Rhonda has agreed to take over as Community Services Chair for the remainder of the Rotary Year.

President Risto gave a briefing on the topics covered, including the wrap up of the very successful Sawangan Waster Management Program under the watchful eye of Karl with IDR 43 million not expended and returned to RCBND’s general funds. Risto also reported that Ari has received a license to provide HIV training, such program being under the banner of Bali Hotels Association (BHA).

Ari Murti
Ari provided a summary of our various programs in relation to HIV for the benefit of our visitors and guests. Ari acknowledged that during the period 2007 to 2010 our club assisted 50 babies whose mothers were HIV+ at Sanglah Hospital and that 40 babies had successfully survived who may have otherwise perished. During the period after 2010 Ari has spearheaded a program supplying milk supplements for babies whose mothers are HIV+ to prevent transmission of the virus. This program was at a cost of IDR 300,000 per baby over an 18 month period. During the period 2010 RCBND provided emergency assistance where identified and also midwife training program all of which were tremendously successful under Ari’s leadership.

Our programs are aimed at new born babies to break the infection chain, scholarships for children of HIV+ mothers, as well as training the trainer and counselor programs. Ari has so far trained 140 trainers and well on the way to achieving her personal target of 1,000 for the year. A true enlightenment program.

PP & Treasurer Jo Rosarius
Treasurer Jo, advised our visitors and guests that since 1994 our club had completed 1,353 cleft lip and related operations. Jo also reported that with respect to our anticipated Global Grant so far 3 matching grants have been locked in. There were no hare-lip or cleft palate operations this week however there was one operation last week.

In response to a question from visiting Rtn. Maeberkel, Jo advised that each operation coasts IDR 5.5 million with Dr. Arasmajaya generously donating his time, skill and care.

President Risto
President Risto then sent the microphone off around the table for introductions, updates, report and news.

Guest Visitor Asri
Astri from Bali Wise invited all Rotarians, families and friends to their International Womens’ Day function on 8 March, details of which will be advised shortly. Sarah informed us that Bali Wise provides voluntry training programs for disadvantaged women.

Guest Rotarian Sarah Champman
Sarah Introduced herself from the Soulmens, NGO where she is involved in their outreach program whick seeks and identifies medical and other emergencies affecting underprivileged children on Bali.

Guest Rotarian Linda Venter
Linda is our guest from Bali Childrens’ Project which provides education programs,including sex and HIV education as appropiate as well as building schools

Guest Rotarian Robert Epstein
Robert, a.k.a. The Original Soulman, advised that he would be giving a short presentation later and brought greetings from RC Canggu.

Guest Rotarian MaeBerkel
Guest Rotarian MaeBerkel (above photo, left) advised that her club had participated in projects in Bali and was keen to join our programs.

Guest Rotarian Lars Rasmussen
Guest Rotarian Lars introduced to our club by Mimi, brought greetings from Sweden and noted that he is President-Elect of his club.

Gary Phair
Gary, New Generations Chair, reported that a special seminar and Rotaract introduction program was in the works which would hopefully result in conversion of interest expressed by many students at the recent Peace Essay Competition presentation day into memberships of Rotaract Nusa Dua.

As Tennis Tournament Chair, Gary advised that BTDC had now confirmed our booking for their courts on the weekends during the duration of the tournament; 24 August to 1 September 2013. A press release can now be arranged and email blast to the tennis community and interested parties.

Martin Aeschlimann
Martin A. announced that he will be leaving Bali mid-March to take up a promotion at the Jakarta head office. Martin noted that he will introduce his replacement in Bali to Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua and that he will drop by when in Bali.

Guest Visitor Peter Scholz
Peter, our very welcome second time guest, was impressed wth our various programs.

PP Martin Smyth
Martin S. reported that on behalf of the Vacational Committee he would shortly be presenting a proposal to the Board in support of Bali Life.

Susan Stein
Susan referred to the email she sent members earlier in the week regarding the opportunity presented by her contact for journalism training.

President Risto
President Risto was pleased to note that, in a break from recent tradition, we have a guest speaker today. He introduced our old friend from Canggu, the impressible Soulman, Robert Epstein.

Soulman Robert
Soulman Robert noted that the Soulman walks around Bali were not merely barefoot strolls but included health check in villages. Soulman support the Bali Childrens’ Project. He advised that they had assisted various emergency cases including providing a wheelchair to a previously mattress bound child, prosthetics for a chil born with one arm and one leg and an emergency tarpailin roof followed by the construction of the new house for a destitute famil;y in Legian.

Robert introduced their program to fund underprivileged children into high school at a cost of USD300 per child per annum. Rotarians Jurgen and Nunie heated up the donation thermometer by each sponsoring a child on the spot to a round of applause from all present. Robert thanked them on behalf of the kids for their generosity and support.

Tickets for IDR 530,000 – were sold.The raffle prize was a lovely sarong donated by Jari Menari and was won by our guest Sarah. Past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at the forthcoming meetings.

Fines of IDR 40,000 were collected for all and sundry offenses.

President Risto
President Risto declared a busy meeting closed at 2.00PM

Next meetings/events.
28.02.2013 – Weekly Luncheon Meeting 12.30-2.00PM
07.01.2013 – Board Meeting at lounge above RIN, 11.00AM
07.01.2013 – Weekly Luncheon Meeting 12.30-2.00PM

26-27.04.2013 – DISTRICT CONFERENCE D3420 Solo (City of Batik)
10-11.05.2013 – DISTRICT CONFERENCE D3410, Batam
06-08.12.2013 – ROTARY INSTITUTE, Taipei, Taiwan Registration Fee:US$180 Spouse: US$120

Birthdays in February
Karl Schmelzer, 08 February
Bipan Kapur, 13 February
Jeff Mathews, 25 February

Recurrent data information on next pages
Board of Directors and Service Chairs