Weekly Meeting – 31 May 2018

Weekly Meeting – 31 May 2018

District 3420/Club No. 28992

BULLETIN May 31, 2018


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

3 Rotarians are currently on leave.


Visiting Rotarians and Rotaract Members



SAA Martin Smyth
SAA Martin, ever eager to take lunch, rang the bell calling the Meeting to order promptly at 1.00pm.

President Edward Naus
President Edward welcomed 7 other Members and no guests – a very small gathering!

The first item of business was to warmly thank Rtn Gerrit Ten Veen for his excellent organization of the Fellowship Dinner held on Thursday 24th May, at Kat’s Kitchen in Jimbaran. It was a thoroughly pleasant gathering, and 15 members and friends enjoyed a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Well done, Gerrit!

The second bit of excitement was generated by Debra, who advised that she was no longer moving with her family to Semarang, but that their continuing position in Bali had now been confirmed, so thankfully Debra continues with us!

The roving “Metaphorical Mike” would have circulated as usual for observations and comments from the Meeting, had it not been for the fact that the meeting was largely preoccupied with Risto’s astounding golfing performances over the previous 2 weeks! On the previous day, he had turned in a staggering performance of 48 stableford points (a good round is usually about 36, 12 shots lower!). A week earlier, he had defied odds and expectations to win the Raffles Golf Men’s Tournament, 4 shots ahead of the next best, with a 38 and a 45! At the same time, Dona won the Ladies competition, though we didn’t get to hear her score because of the general commotion.

PP Karl-Heinz Schmelzer
Treasurer and PP Karl Karl-Heinz in his role as Chair of the Community Services Committee gave a brief summary of the recent meeting, held immediately before the Fellowship Dinner.


PE Hugh Brown
PE Hugh appended the minutes, with brief reports from the District Conference in Semarang, and from the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference, also in Semarang 11-12 May 2018.


The District Conference of RD 3420 was held over the 11th and 12th of May in what had been the Crowne Plaza Hotel, but which was recently rebranded as PO Hotel, in Semarang. It was an impressive event, extremely well-organised and attended by over 400 Rotarians from both Districts 3420 and 3410.

The overall emphasis was more directed to fun and fellowship, and to Club-focused topics and awards, than towards the various activities, projects and programs undertaken by the Clubs.

There was a strong presence of senior Rotarians, who in true Javanese fashion both expected and received a high degree of deference from the ranks of lesser Rotarians! But many of the senior figures have worked in Rotary for many decades, and can rightfully claim to have made a significant donation of time, money and effort to attain their current status.

A representative of the President of Rotary International attended the event, RIPR PDG David Alexander and his wife Denise. David is an engineer, and is interested in technical activities (see later observations).


Rotary International:
Appropriately enough, the RIPR’s presentation focused mainly on the challenges in strengthening Clubs, to increase their relevance and effectiveness in a changing world. Attention needs to be given to:

  • Raising public awareness and Club profile, to strengthen relevance
  • Increasing membership, and particularly amongst women and younger age groups
  • Strengthen the role of the Internet.

He also referenced emerging priorities for activities and programs, in areas of Health, Literacy and Education with Watsan (a project in East Java is about to start).

The RIPR made two presentations, one of which will be circulated to members, and the other (also interesting) is available on request.

District 3410 & 3420 emphases:

  • The main District interest in 2018-19 will be increasing Membership. RI has advised Districts 3410/3420 that the membership of each has to exceed 1100 by the end of RY 2019-20 (ie by June 30, 2020). If this requirement is not met by both Districts, the two will be collapsed into a single District.
  • Currently Club membership in D-3420 is 1118, with 52 clubs. A target of 1153 members by mid-July 2018 has been established, but the means by which additional members might be attracted to join were not discussed.

A strong message was sent to all Clubs, and will remain as a continuing theme:

  • Do not lose any members.
  • Attract (and keep!) as many new members as possible.


Overall, the District Conference was a very worthwhile experience, and opened up a side of Rotary in Indonesia that I was completely unaware of.

I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the participants, who clearly drew a high degree of satisfaction from their engagement in Rotary in general and their clubs in particular.

I was also impressed by the active roles of Rotary Leadership, and in the way they clearly motivated Club leaders and Club Members.

It is difficult for expat Rotarians to meaningfully participate in these types of meetings, but many Indonesians speak adequate English, and they certainly welcome the presence of English speaking participants. I would strongly encourage other Members to consider joining Conferences and other District and Bali meetings, to show that as a Club, we are not aloof from our Indonesian colleagues, and share the same aspirations for our Rotary engagements.

With discussion over and a very enjoyable meal finished, PP and SAA Martin took the floor to draw the raffle.

Raffle tickets of IDR 450,000 were sold and nice bottle of red wine, was won by PP Wes (fiiinnnaaalllyyy). PP Wes and other past winners owing prizes are reminded not to forget to make their contributions at forthcoming meetings.

Fines of IDR 0,000.- were levied for all and sundry offences.

President Edward then exchanged banners with our Visiting Rotarian Willem.

There being no other business President Edward thanked everyone for joining today. The bell was rung and the meeting adjourned promptly at 2:00p.m.

Next meetings/events.
07.06.2018 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
14.06.2018 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
21.06.2018 – Fellowship and lunch meeting at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM.
23.06.2018 – D3420 Joint Handover all club boards. Sanur, Bali 6.30pm
28.06.2018 – Last Lunch Meeting of the Rotary Year at Bali National Golf Resort, 12.30-2.00PM

Birthdays this month
Jose Luis Calle, 05 May
Risto Poskiparta, 29 May

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

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