Weekly Meeting – 02 June 2016

Weekly Meeting – 02 June 2016

District 3420/Club No. 28992


BULLETIN June 02, 2016

9 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
Barbara Mackenzie, John Glass, Patrick Van Kamp, Doris Sommer all from RC Bali Seminyak

Dr. Ashish, Director Smile Train – Asia (guest speaker); Ni Luh Primasari, Account Manager Mandiri Bank, Nusa Dua; Sita Plantiga, CEO Kolewa Foundation; Annie D.; Mr. and Mrs. Ranjit Kalha and Sylvie M. all guests of Wes
Helena Sundstrom, former member of RCBND and guest of Patrick Van Kampen


SAA PP Risto
SAA for Risto, brought the meeting to order at 1.00pm.

President Dona Poskiparta
President Dona welcomed all the visitors and guests, especially Dr. Ashish our guest speaker from Smile Train. She announced that RCB Seminyak has scheduled their handover dinner for June 25 at the Trans Hotel and that we are all invited to join them. Dona then circulated the microphone.

President RCBali Seminyak Barbara Mackenzie
President Barbara Mackenzie and John Glass introduced themselves and reiterated the invitation to their handover dinner on June 25.

Guests Mr. Ranjit Kalha and Mrs. Babli Kalha
Mr. Kalha introduced himself. He is a retired diplomat from India and he was the Indian Ambassador to Indonesia, stationed in Jakarta, for four years. His wife, Babli, also introduced herself. They are in Bali on vacation.

PP Wes
PP Wes introduced himself and summarized the Community Service Committee’s meeting today. The order of business was securing the Committee’s approval for an additional IDR 16 juta for leg braces for seven children at YPAC. The second order of business for the committee meeting was devoted to the feasibility of Kolewa Foundation’s proposal to provide simple dental service to older children before cleft palate surgery. The idea being to identify and treat cavities and clean their teeth to reduce the chance of bacterial infection from surgery. Dr. Asish provided invaluable advice on what is possible and some caveats of such an undertaking. RC Bali Nusa Dua will liaise with Rector Schneider Foundation in The Netherlands to secure Euro 5,000.- for a pilot project (see announcement from PP Edward Naus below).

Next PP Wes showed a few photos of YPAC students, Yuyun and Bintang, being fitted with new artificial legs at Puspadi Bali two weeks ago. He related how happy and thrilled both of them (and everybody else who were present) were to be taking their first steps.

PP Edward Naus
PP Edward announced that the Rector Schneider Foundation in Holland has offered more support for Kolewa in the form of a Euro 5,000.- donation for a trial program for Kolewa’s dental initiative.

Guest Helena Sun
Helena Sundstrom, above photo second left, introduced herself. She was a member of RCBND from 1995 until 2000, when she left Bali. She now lives and works in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in education.

Dr. Asish Sabharwal
Wes introduced Dr. Ashish, above photo second right, who is the Director of the Smile Train Foundation for all of Southeast Asia. Dr. Ashish explained that Smile Train sole focus is on people, primarily children, with cleft lips and cleft palates. Dr. Ashish stated that one child in 700 is born with the disorder and that this is a worldwide average with every country affected more or less equally.

The charity, founded in 1999, is based in New York City and to date has provided corrective surgery to well over one million patients worldwide. Smile Train works in 85 countries with 2100 local surgeons and 1100 hospitals. The foundation owns nothing itself; rather it functions to link local resources. Their mission is to clear the backlog of cases needing surgical intervention, provide surgery in a timely fashion (early in the child’s life), provide safety, quality of care, and comprehensive care, to maintain a sustainable program, and to facilitate research. The New York Times called Smile Train the most productive charity in the world.

Dr. Ashish then addressed the issue of dental care for cleft palate patients. Perhaps the most serious challenge to cleft palate care in Indonesia is orthodontic care. Very bad dentition is a major result of cleft palate, and provision of orthodontic intervention in Indonesia is problematic. There are two major reasons for this difficulty. The first is lack of resources; there are not many orthodontists with the requisite skills in Indonesia. The second is basically logistical. Orthodontic treatment requires multiple appointments over an extended period of time. Getting parents to understand this necessity, to commit to follow-up care, and to actually get their children to follow-up appointments.

Effective cleft-palate care can make a huge difference in children’s lives. It can make them contributing, productive members of society. To make the care effective will require that we develop a way to overcome the difficulties of providing orthodontic treatment, including education of parents, finding orthodontic surgeons, and seeing that there is transportation available for follow-up appointments. All that said, the simple dental checkup, cavity treatment and cleaning program proposed by Kolewa is an interesting and achievable first step.

With Dr. Ashish’s presentation complete SAA Risto took the floor.

Tickets for IDR 410,000.- were sold. The prize, a bottle of fine red wine, was won by Secretary Debra Levy. Debra and past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

Everyone was on such good behavior that SAA Risto could find no fault. No fault, no fines.

President Dona thank everyone for joining today and the meeting was adjourned at 2:20PM.

Next meetings/events.
09.06.2016 – RCCBND Board meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 11.00-12.30PM
09.06.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM
16.06.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM
18.06.2016 – D3420 District Grant Seminar at Paragon Hotel, Jimbaran, 8.30AM-4.30PM
23.06.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM
30.06.2016 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM

Birthdays this month
20 May – Yuliatun Jasmani

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

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