Weekly Meeting – 01 March 2018

Weekly Meeting – 01 March 2018

District 3420/Club No. 28992

BULLETIN March 01, 2018


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

2 Rotarians are currently on leave.


Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members
Rtn. Gerrit Ten Veen, Past President RC Bali Canggu

Mr. Michael O’Leary, CEO R.O.L.E. Foundation, Guest of President Edward
Ms. Michaela, Jezmakova, Grants Officer R.O.L.E. Foundation Guest of President Edward
Dr. Soe, Guest of Rtn. Ari Murti


SAA Martin Smyth
SAA Martin rang the bell calling the Meeting to order at 1.00pm.

President Edward Naus
President Edward welcomed Members and guests, especially frequent guest, past partner and today’s Guest Speaker, Michael O’Leary of R.O.L.E. Foundation.

Rtn. Gerrit Ten Veen
Rtn. Gerrit Ten Veen Past President of Rotary Club Bali Canggu introduced himself and noted that he is now living just up the hill from Bali National Golf Resort… (hint, hint)

PP Dona Poskiparta
PP Dona welcomed Gerrit.

Rtn. Henny Udy
Ten. Henny gave a quick update on the status of the 25th Anniversary Dinner planning and stated that a planning committee would meet directly after today’s lunch.

Rtn. Ari Murti
Rtn Ari passed around some photos while proudly (and happily) reporting thatHIV/AIDS project with Kerti Praja continues apace and that we have now just started giving milk to a new group of children this year AND that of all the children we gave milk and nutritional supplements NOT ONE has been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Congratulations Ari.

We will also donate money this week to Kerti Praja for their clinical operations.

Guest and Visitor Ibu Soe
Ibu Soe introduced herself and told members that she was born in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia and moved to Heildelberg Germany to study holistic medicine and where she practiced for some years before returning to Indonesia 17 years ago and now makes Bali here home. Welcome Ibu Soe.

PP Karl-Heinz Schmelzer
Karl stated that he received an email from Sadaf, RI GG Co-ordinator asking a few questions. We will meet tomorrow with Kolewa and hopefully we will be able to send a reply next week based on their budget

As well, Karl reported that he has now received a request for funds from SMNK-1 for next year. SMNK-1 has requested IDR 24 juta (versus 25 juta we have set aside for this program). Before distributing any funds we first need to review the current status of the students.

Karl-Heinz advised members that the Annual Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for 1 September. The first committee meeting for this event will be held on 8 March. The committee has been formed and includes, Karl, Risto, Julia and Michael.

PP Martin Smyth
PP Martin reminded members that the first fellowship night will be sponsored by PP Dona on Thursday 22 March. There will be no luncheon meeting – just dinner and NO BUSINESS! Get ready for it!!

Michael O’Leary
Michael (above photo second right) started the presentation with a Thank you and update of the Waste to Wonder joint program with RCBND. Unfortunately while ti equipment is still available, the villagers do not take advantage of the facilities. In the meantime R.O.L.E. has reduced its footprint from 1.5 hectares to a more manageable 24 are. Michael mentioned that the difference between Programs (roll over) and Projects (2 year maximum time frame) with education being most important for either.

Michael next moved to the day’s presentation with an overview. R.O.L.E. was founded in 2007 R.O.L.E.is a non -profit organisation registered in Bali Indonesia and tax exempt in Australia. R.O.L.E. focuses on the following areas: Zero Waste to Ocean, Women, Youth, Children, Diet and Health, Governance, Sustainable Businesses, Parkland and Beautification. R.O.L.E. Foundation has built the Dynamic Community Skills Eco Center in the Bukit area of Nusa Dua in Bali. This center is currently the only waste management education center on the island of Bali.

One of R.O.L.E.’s most prominent programs is BaliWISE (Woman of Indonesia Skills and Education) empowering Marginalized Women through skills education, as a means to develop sustainable communities in Indonesia.

Empower a Women * Educate a Family * Build Sustainable Community

Empowering Marginalized Women through skills education, as a means to develop sustainable communities in Indonesia.

  • Unskilled Women get pregnant earlier and have more children than their educated piers, continuing the poverty cycle and also producing more orphaned children.
  • Unskilled Women face a gender bias, with most families prioritizing their boys to go to school, if they have limited resources.
  • In some religions Women have no rights to any family assets and go to their husbands village upon marriage. If they try to separate from their husband the original family will not take them back and have nothing to live on.
  • Unskilled Women are open to manipulation, such as prostitution, trafficking, and slave labor.
  • An Unskilled Women will earn around $70 per month compared to approximately $200 if Skilled. (Unskilled men usually earned around $150.)
  • Financially Challenged Women are expected to give most of their salary back to their poor families, leaving little for their future development and livelihood.
  • Women with skills education usually make sure their children are educated, and it is a fact that their children are more healthy.
  • Women with a skills education usually take care of their whole family, building sustainable community.
  • Educated Women usually want a healthy Environment for their families.
  • Indonesian women are affected by the need to continue with their household and cultural duties versus the increasing need to contribute economically.

BaliWISE removes the barriers preventing disadvantaged Indonesian women accessing education and securing work, through a six month intensive course with free education in English, Bahasa, IT, hospitality and business skills. It has helped place more than 800 women in gainful employment since 2012, and will train 120 disadvantaged women this year.

The program focuses on business and vocational skills, especially for hospitality. Partnerships with hotels and companies provide on-site work experience. There is high demand for graduates, with more than 90% finding full time employment within three months.

Besides this 6 month Skills education course, Bali WISE provides an allowance of $80 per month, so students can send money home, accommodation, 3 meals per day, uniforms, and educational resources.

For more information and ways to support R.O.L.E. and BaliWISE click here to visit their website.

With discussion over and a very enjoyable meal finished, PP Martin donned the SAA sash and drew the raffle…

Raffle tickets of IDR 600,000 were sold and nice bottle of Krakken red wine, was won by President Edward. Edward and other past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

Today No Fines were levied for all and sundry offences.

There being no other business President Edward thanked everyone for joining today. The bell was rung and the meeting adjourned at 2:10p.m.

Next meetings/events.
22.02.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
01.03.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
08.03.2017 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.

Birthdays this month
Karl-Heinz Schmelzer, 08 February

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

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