Weekly Meeting – 12 May 2016

Weekly Meeting – 12 May 2016

District 3420/Club No. 28992


BULLETIN May 12, 2016

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

Please refer to the List of Attendance.

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

Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members

Margaret Barry, Founder Bali Children Foundation, guest of Hugh Brown
Herdiana Kiehl, guest of PP Karl-Heinz Schmelzer


SAA Risto
SAA Risto Poskiparta, brought the meeting to order at promptly 1.00pm.

President Dona Poskiparta
President Dona welcomed everyone and introduced Ms. Marg Barry, who will be our speaker today, and Ibu Herdiana Kiehl, who has made a generous donation to initiate our project with the Suryani Institute and was here today to attend the meeting of our Community Services Committee. Dona then circulated the microphone for more club updates.

Hugh Brown
Hugh Brown (above photo) who is to be inducted today, briefly spoke to say that he is very happy to become a member of our club.

PP Karl-Heinz Schmelzer
PP Karl-Heinz, who chairs the Community Services Committee, reported on their meeting earlier today. The HIV scholarship program is entering its fourth year. The Committee recommended approving the baby milk program for another year. The Committee then debuted their film about the HIV/AIDS project.

Regarding the Suryani Institute program, the club has spent 90% of the money allocated for the first six months of the program and the Committee recommended implementing the second half of the program, as planned. The program needs more trained volunteers, and they will try to find some to train.

PP Risto Poskiparta
PP Risto asked that anyone thinking of making a TRF donation do so right away.

Ari Murti
Ari spoke briefly to thank all those who were involved in the production of the film, which has aired on television.

PP Wes
Wes mentioned that we had committed IDR 20 juta to pay for artificial limbs for YPAC students through Puspadi Bali, but YPAC has now identified more children who need assistance in the form of braces/splints, and a proposal has been submitted for an additional IDR 20 juta (total IDR 40 juta) so we will need to discuss this additional funding. One of the recipients of our additional assistance would be Nengah Widiasih the young woman and outstanding athlete, who plans to go to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Special Olympics (Paralympic Games).

Adjis Budidjaya
Adjis introduced himself and reminded us that he is taking over as Treasurer.

President Dona
Additional announcements and activities:

  • President Dona announced that the District Conference begins tomorrow. She, PDG Kuhn, and Adjis will attend to represent our club.
  • She also told us about our free helmet giveaway with Rotary Club Bali Kuta and Rotary Club Bali Canggu, which was held on Monday, and attended by several of our club members. Click here for more info and here for some great photos (click right arrow to forward through the photos).
  • President Dona then turned to inducting two new members, Hugh Brown and Henny Udy (above photo) We are very glad to have them both in our club, and we look forward to getting to know them better. Welcome Hugh and Henny! :-)
  • HIV / AIDS Film. We watched the film on HIV/AIDS that was produced by Ari Murti, Klaus-Otto, and several others. It made the point that HIV/AIDS is no longer found primarily among high-risk populations, such as drug users, sex workers, and men who have sex with other men. It now threatens the population at large, and everyone is at risk. RCBND supports the Kerti Praja Foundation, which gives supportive services to those living with HIV/AIDS. It is vital that these services are supported by local and religious leaders and that those living with the disease are not ostracized. RCBND has trained some 200 midwives to work with the population to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and we have also trained 20 counselors to work with the people. We provide a breast milk substitute for the babies of infected mothers, to prevent them from communicating the disease to their babies. All of our activities are closely coordinated with local officials.

Margaret Barry, CEO and Founder Bali Children Foundation (BCF)
Margaret Barry, the founder and CEO of BCF, made a presentation to our meeting today. BCF grew out of the response to the Bali Bombings in 2002, when Balinese, expatriates, and tourists worked effectively together to coordinate the social and medical response to the devastation. Not long after the bombing, Margaret herself was involved in a bad accident that left her disabled for three years. She used the time to research the needs of the community and to organize the program.

Bali Children Foundation – Yayasan Samiarsa Seminyak. Providing an educational pathway for disadvantaged Balinese children. www.balichildrenfoundation.org

Margaret stated that she has been based in Bali since 1990, operating a design, manufacturing, retail and export fashion business. BCF was established in 2002. It was developed after witnessing the successful partnership between Balinese, Expats and Tourists in their co-operative response to the first devastating Bali Bomb. The first supporters were bomb victims and their families, doctors and other volunteers from that time. A strong operational base was established from 2004 to 2006 while Margaret rehabilitated from a severe spinal cord injury.

Managed by a Balinese Yayasan Board (Ketua AA Made Sutama SH – AKA Agung Seminyak) and a Bali Expat and Australia based Advisory Board (Chairman Paul Wheelton OAM) which includes members with considerable Non Profit Board experience in Variety, The Children’s Charity, Life Education and The Order of Australia Association.

The aim is to provide a sustainable future for remote poor communities. In these villages drop out rates of 40-60% at grade 6 Elementary school are common. But unskilled labour has little future in developing Bali. Under BCF’s program student are assisted to stay at school, to graduate and to gain well paying jobs.

BCF’s strategies go from schooling through the full process including addition of extra skills (English and Computing) and Work Ready mentoring. Our scholarship students achieve 97% or better retention through to year 12 and are either at University or working within three months of graduation.

BCF’s mission is to build strong economically viable communities via education and well-paid jobs. The jobs enable the student, their family and their community. In our earliest projects these results are clearly visible as employment and skills are improving incomes and reducing our work there. The number of scholarships required in established villages is reducing allowing BCF to move into new areas requiring assistance. BCF continues skills based training, work ready and tertiary support in established areas.

BCF operates within 44 communities on Bali and Lombok offering educational opportunities to over 2,100 children – chiefly in remote agrarian locations in North and West Bali.

BCF’s Main activities:

  • Scholarships for economically disadvantaged children. The school year 2016-2017 will offer 1,150 scholarships including 45 at tertiary level.
  • English in the Village classes and School support programs operated in co-operation with the regional Education Departments of North, West and East Bali and Lombok. English classes delivered to 1,975 students twice weekly.
  • Computer in the Village classes delivered to 738 students in SMP and SMA from four purpose build facilities in North and West Bali.
  • Childrens Home support provided to facilities who offer good education opportunities to SMP, SMA and Tertiary students.
  • Cultural development through Youth Clubs with activities including Dance (Classical, Modern and Hip Hop), Classical Singing (Mekidung), Self Defense & Fitness (Pencak Silat), Music (Gamelan and Modern bands), Public Speaking for senior High School and Tertiary students (SET Club).

How does BCF select the students?

  • BCF works with Community leadership –Kepala Desa, Kepala Dusun and staff who provide lists of ‘disadvantaged families’ for us to survey. After successful survey the families are invited to a public meeting about our education plans for the community. Scholarships are allocated and those not receiving scholarships are offered EITV training.
  • BCF works a community at a time, spreading from one disadvantaged district to the next. Generally the areas well understand our plans and requirements and provide excellent co -operation including providing public building or school facilities as required.
  • The school rooms ‘gifted’ to BCF are repaired, renovated, adequately electrified with lighting, fans and a 50inch TV installed.
  • English classes are delivered on a multi media platform including internet based material via the TV. Most English teaching is outside school hours, In the afternoons and on Sundays. On Lembongan and Gili Meno the teachers are ‘imbedded’ into the school and teach in and outside school hours. The “Island programs” run a strong ecological and environmental message.

Who are BCF’s Partners?

  • BCF works closely with a number of other Foundations in Bali.
  • Bali Kids is a vital partner as they deliver health and dental checks and care, health education , HIV awareness and sex education classes into every BCF community every three months. This is extremely important as several of our communities have poor water access and significant hygiene issues to be addressed. In appreciation BCF fund Bali Kids’ dentist and dental nurse salaries annually.
  • Disability. YPAC (assisting with funding), Hi 5 rehab and Stepping Stones – both North Bali based disability support foundations and Bali Sport Foundation – providing sporting opportunities to the disabled.
  • A full list of partners is on the BCF website.

How is BCF funded?

  • BCF Advisory Board provides funding via philanthropy and fund raising to cover our marketing, administration costs and Trust account ‘future proofing’.
  • Sponsorships for students are offered to individuals and to corporate partners, many of whom are Bali based businesses. A full list is on our website. Major sponsors include Budget Australia, The National Bank, Ishka stores Australia, MamaSan-Sarong Group, Buddha to Buddha jewelry, Jemme jewelry and restaurant, Marriott Hotel Group, The Friends of Lembongan and Seri Resort -Gili Meno, Lombok.
  • BCF’s education ‘promise’ to students is protected by a BCF trust fund which ensures every students’ education can be completed. Funding for projects is raised before projects are rolled out.


  • BCF Yayasan Samiarsa Seminyak is a fully licensed Indonesia charity with accounts run on cloud based Xero accounting software. Our financial reports are externally audited and the auditors report is tabled on our website.


  • All BCF student data, including surveys, academic performance, graduation results, class rosters, attendance, and correspondence between sponsors and students is stored on a secure cloud based data system. Where appropriate our supporters are offered access to this material to enable verification of our claims.

How can Rotary help?

  • We will need to establish two new Education in the Village facilities during 2016/2017school year.
  • The teaching room repairs and fit out costs Rp 20 juta to 25 juta as a one off spend per school room.
  • The annual teaching costs for one EITV location is between 25 to 36 juta depending on the population and hence number of classes needing to be offered in that location.
  • If these projects are of interest please advise what the steps to funding approval are. If they are not suitable there may be other ways Rotary can help including via International club relationships. We are happy to discuss options where your work might feed into our existing body of work.

Sergeant at Arms
After a very interesting presentation by Marg Barry it was time for SAA Risto and the weekly raffle and perhaps a fine or two.

Tickets for IDR 510,000.- were sold. The prize, a vouchers for a massages, was won by Klaus-Otto Paehler. Klaus and past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

No one or two fines today.

President Dona thank everyone for joining today and the meeting was adjourned at 2:15PM.

Next meetings/events.
19.05.2016 – RCBND Board meeting, Board Room BNGR, 11.00-12.30PM
19.05.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM
26.05.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM

Birthdays this month
05 May – Jose Luis Calle
06 May – Harumi Hasimoto
29 May – Risto Poskiparta

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

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