Weekly Meeting – 27 July 2017

Weekly Meeting – 27 July 2017

District 3420/Club No. 28992

BULLETIN July 27, 2017

12 Rotarians attended. For details please check with the Secretary.

1 Rotarian is currently on leave.

3 Rotarians were absent with an apology. For details please check with the Secretary.

Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members



Acting SAA MartinSmyth
Acting SAA Martin rang the bell and called the meeting to order at 1.00pm.

President Edward Naus
President Edward welcomed members and passed the microphone for comments and news.

PP Karl-Heinz Schmelzer
Chair of the Community Services Committee, gave an overview of the matters discussed at the CSC meeting that had been held that morning. A selection of items discussed at the meeting were summarized:

  • It is not yet clear whether the Soekarsono Foundation will continue support to the Suryani Institute, and if it does not the involvement of RCBND will not continue in 2017/18. The matter is under review.
  • The Club is in the process of preparing an application for a new Global Grant to continue support for the Cleft Lip and Palate program (CLPP). In the expectation this will be successful, the Club has committed to continue support for operations from the date of expiry of the previous GG to the start of the new one, expected around November 2017. At the moment we don’t have unallocated funds to cover this commitment, and a “funding gap” of some Rp 70 mill has emerged. Fundraising is needed to overcome this issue. As well, there is a possibility of broadening participation in the program to include other Local and/or International Rotary Clubs in the Grant.
  • There is the possibility that the Club might be able to apply for a District Grant from the Rotary District covering Bali, and consideration is being given to proposing the artificial limb (PUSPADI) activity for funding under this grant umbrella.
  • A former member of the Club will become the Rotary District Governor in Hawaii for RY 2019/20, and has already raised the prospect of funding being available for a major activity in Bali, which should be highly visible, level of success measurable, have high impact and be sustainable. Identification of such an activity will present a challenge, but the opportunity is a major one.
  • Rtn Ibu Ari Murti had earlier suggested possible RCBND support for educational assistance to juveniles under detention at a facility attached to Karangasem prison. It has been found that other similar programs which had been initially apparently successful were abandoned when the Governor was replaced. Unless and until we could find an effective implementation partner, it was considered “too hard” to get involved at this stage, despite the fact that it would potentially be a very worthwhile activity. Ibu Ari Murti will continue to explore this matter.
  • Rtn Debra asked if we could use an interest-bearing account for the Global Grant. “Yes probably” was the answer – there are some Rotary restrictions on such arrangements, but opportunities exist and will be explored. EDIT: This is strictly prohibited by TRF.

In his role as Treasurer Karl-Heinz advised the meeting that 24 of the 29 members had paid their Club dues and TRF contributions, and only 5 members had not yet fulfilled their obligations in this matter. A final follow-up will be made, and it is hoped that more drastic action will be unnecessary.

Rtn. Yuki and Rtn Yuki Masaharu
Rtns. David and Yuki both expressed their appreciation of the timely summary description of RCBND Activities prepared by PP Wes, and their hope that it would lead to wider contact and cooperation between RCBND and other clubs with which they might be in contact.

Rtn Yuki said that he hoped to write to a number of clubs in Japan, and would try to enlist financial support for our ongoing program.

Rtn. Christine Velde
Rtn. Christine asked to make a correction to previous Minutes, in that she would probably not be able to provide assistance in writing an article for the Bali Advertiser while she was on medical leave in Australia, but would probably be available to help on her return.

Rtn. Ari Murti
Rtn, Ari noted that the baby milk program had been running since 2008, and had been very successful. The results of recent reviews show that all but 4 of 110 babies from HIV+ve mothers remain HIV-ve, which is an excellent outcome. She issued an invitation to any member who would like to do so, to accompany her to a meeting with Kerti Praja and a group of the mothers currently receiving assistance, to be held on Tuesday August 8th. Please contact Ibu Ari directly to get directions.

Ari also spoke briefly of the problems for juveniles in detention in Karangasem, and cited the example of a 17 year old boy who had been jailed for 3 years for having sex with his girlfriend. She is in discussion with the Head of the Provincial Office of the Indonesian Human Rights agency, to try to learn more about their future programs in this area.

PP Dona Poskiparta
IPP Dona noted that scholarship support for a number of students in SMK N1, a trade school in Nusa Dua, would start this year, with Rp 18 million provided by RCBND. She noted that because it will no longer be necessary for students to pay government fees, that the funds would be able to assist more students than originally envisaged.

PP Wes
PP Wes advised the Meeting that the Guest Speaker next week (03 August) will be the GM of PT Diamond food importer and distributor, who will discuss the issues and difficulties of operations in Indonesia.

President Edward
President Edward made a presentation of the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award to PP Martin Smyth, for his substantial support to RCBND and Rotary International. This was greeted with acclamation by the Members.

No Guest Speaker

Raffle tickets of IDR 600,000 were sold – The raffle was won by PP Karl-Heinz, with the prize being a nice bottle red wine. Karl and other past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

No fines were levied today.

President Edward thanked everyone for joining today and the meeting was adjourned at 2:00PM.

Next meetings/events.
03.08.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
10.08.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
17.08.2017 – No Luncheon Meeting – Indonesian Public Holiday.
24.08.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
31.08.2017 – General Assembly – Members Only – 12.30-2.00PM.

Birthdays this month
Gary Phair, 03 July
Axel Kneip, 12 July
Don Butera, 17 July
Mirella Neumann, 26 July

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

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