Weekly Meeting – 22 August 2013

Weekly Meeting – 22 August 2013

District 3420/Club No. 28992


BULLETIN August 22, 2013

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

Please refer to the List of Attendance.

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

Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members


SAA Martin Smyth
SAA Martin Smyth called Rotarians to order following 30 minutes of congenial fellowship.

President Gary Phair
President Gary welcomed and introduced LeRoy Hollenbeck from the John Fawcett Foundation.

President Gary started the meeting by announcing that the draw for the tennis tournament was held the previous evening. That said, the tournament is at hand and need members to volunteer during the tournament – especially the first two days. And for those who have sponsored T-shirts need to pay Gary asap.

For those gourmets among us who didn’t notice, Gary announced that the new menu rotation begins today, plates will look a little different, no need for concern… our food czars (Susan & Edward) are on the job. :-)

In RI and District news… RI now has two websites one for members and the other – wait for it… nonmembers. That being the case there will need to be some changes to Global Grant application with the new website changes. fwiw, this news made Axel very happy.

And finally, a gentle reminder that DG Imam Mudjari will visit and join our weekly luncheon next week, 29 August.

President Gary then passed the microphone around the table for comments and updates.

Aru Santhiran
Aru announce that 10 Rotarians from Kuala Lumpur will visiting Bali and hopefully will be joining us for lunch next month.

Ari Murti
Ari reported that she gave the designated funds to Kerti Praja (photos on the way…) for 12 scholarships for the second year (however one student (boy) has been diagnosed with TB and can not attend school at present and another (girl) has had a motorcycle accident wherein her foot was amputated and she is currently not at school.

Ari repeated her announcement from last week that the government stopped funding free HIV / AIDS testing and people wanting to be tested would now need to go to Prodia with the cost Rp. 400,000.

PP Mercia Inkiriwang
PP Mimi showed off the 22nd Annual Rotary Bali Charity Tennis Tournament t-shirts. Very nice. For those not at the meeting, you’ll need to look for photos of them on the tennis website… ;-)

Axel Kneip
Axel updated members on the status of the Global Grant. He has sent the draft proposal to Germany and Canada and he and PP Jo will meet with PDG Ritje again next week to polish the proposal.

Susan Stein
Susan updated members on the recent Rotaract meeting on Leadership, PR and Marketing which was attended by some 30 young folks. A very good turnout and well received by all those in attendance.

PP Risto Poskiparta
PP Risto announced that registration for this year’s tournament is closed and play will start on Saturday. Risto requested help especially Saturday and Sunday for the Juniors events at BTDC to help Werner (a non-Rotarian volunteer). With that, Nunie immediately stepped up and volunteered for the duty. Thanks Nunie :-)

President Gary interjected that he did a 30 minute broadcast on Hard Rock FM – organised by Joyce Nelwan. The tennis tournament continues to garner great publicity for the club.

Mr. LeRoy Hollenbeck, John Fawcett Foundation
LeRoy (above photo, left) gave a brief introduction of himself stating that he started with the John Fawcett Foundation in July 2012 after several high profile positions both in the public and private sectors around Asia including three decades in Indonesia. Without Further ado LeRoy gave a comprehensive overview of the work the John Fawcett Foundation (with the help and support from many Rotary Clubs in Australia and Indonesia). To wit:

The John Fawcett Foundation started in 1989 facial reconstruction (cleft lip / cleft palate) for children and young people and now oversees:

  • Sight Restoration and Blindness Prevention Program
  • Prosthetic Eyes
  • Children’s Corrective Surgery – Cleft Lip / Palate
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Equipment Donation & Shipment Assistance

The Rotary seed, planted in 1990, has grown into a virtual forest !!

  • November 1990 – Trustees of The Rotary Foundation approve Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant covering the purchase and conversion of a second-hand, 24-seater bus into a mobile eye clinic for cataract surgeries plus generator trailer and 2-year running costs of an innovative sight restoration project in Bali, Indonesia (Note: This was one of the first projects undertaken by RC Bali Nusa Dua)
  • Early 2000 – Rotary Club of West Perth District 9450 established The John Fawcett Foundation Incorporated in the spirit of the Rotary philosophy to recognise a need, investigate, devise a plan, ensure success for the long-term, and then move on to start other new projects

Through July 2013, JFF flagship Sight Restoration and Blindness Prevention Program has:

  • screened over 760,000 poor men, women and children in Indonesia
  • provided 300,000 pairs of eye glasses & half a million free eye medications
  • given the gift of sight to over 36,600 cataract-blind Indonesians enabling them to return to a productive life

Four delivery systems:

  • Mobile eye clinics (MECs) – 5 units in total
  • Stationary clinics – Surabaya, Gresik
  • MEC-Stationary clinic “combo” – West and East Lombok
  • Unique partnership with the Indonesian Air Force to remote Indonesian locations:
  • >> enabled expansion to Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, NTB, NTT, the Moluccas and Papua
    >> transports the mobile clinic and professional team free of charge

Through July 2013, Prosthetic Eyes, a partner program to JFF Sight Restoration and Blindness Prevention Program, initiated in 2008, has:

  • hand-produced high quality, individually designed and fitted prosthetic eyes
  • To date over 200 poor Indonesians have received this assistance

Through July 2013, JFF Children’s Corrective Surgery – Cleft Lip Cleft Palate Program has:

  • Performed 1,956 cleft lip & cleft palate operations (Note: +/- 360 of these operations 1994-1997 were funded by RCBND before embarking on its own program.)

Through July 2013, JFF Education Assistance Program, initiated in 2000, has:

  • assisted children from poor families to continue their elementary, junior high or senior high schooling
  • provided funds, not to cover all school expenses, but to give children a help-up in life rather than a hand-out

To date JFF has supported 966 children:

  • 371 children remain active in the program
  • 77 children are on the waiting list

Through July 2013, JFF Equipment Donation & Shipment Assistance, has:

  • worked with donors eager to provide high quality medical equipment and supplies from Perth hospitals
  • donated equipment is either surplus or has been superseded by new models
  • distributed equipment to district-level hospitals in Bali and outlying islands

Local hospitals are grateful for the additional equipment, which enables them to offer improved, higher quality services

JFF successes are testimony to all those Rotarians who gave so much of their time and energy from the Foundation’s birth through its current development. But JFF work is not finished with thousands more who needlessly remain blind, not only on Bali (52,000+) but throughout Indonesia. Indonesia has about 249 million people…an estimated 3.5 million are cataract blind who could be given the gift of sight through a simple, safe and high quality 15-minute cataract operation

For more information please visit John Fawcett Foundation

After a brief question and answer period (and a good round of applause) it was time for the Sargeant At Arms..

Tickets for IDR 350,000 were sold. President Gary won dinner for two courtesy PP Michael. Past winners (especially Gary) owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

No Fines!

With business concluded President Gary thanked one and all for their attendance before declaring the meeting closed at 2.00PM.

Next meetings/events.
29.08.2013 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at RIN 12.30-2.00PM with DG Imam Mudjari

24.08 – 01.09.2013 Rotary Bali 22nd Annual Charity Tennis Tournament Rotary Bali Charity Tennis Tournament

05.09.2013 – Board Meeting 11.00am-12.30pm Cond
05.09.2013 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at RIN 12.30-2.00PM
12.09.2013 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at RIN 12.30-2.00PM

06-08.12.2013 – ROTARY INSTITUTE, Taipei, Taiwan Registration Fee:US$180 Spouse: US$ 120

Birthdays in August
Martin Smyth, 12 August
Ian Cameron, 26 August
Susan Stein, 28 August

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