Making a difference!

Rotary Club of Bali Lovina

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”

And this is what makes Rotary such a special organization. The fact that it can change people’s lives for the better through small and large projects and on the hands of smaller and larger clubs. Because; every Club is in its own unique location with its own challenges and consists of its own unique group of people.

The Rotary Club of Bali Lovina is a rather small Club but it is a dynamic one at the same time. All our members are proactive members, because we are aware of our service making a difference in people’s lives. We are involved in projects primarily aimed at assisting the less fortunate people of Buleleng Regency (North Bali). As the only club in Buleleng we have a lot of ground to cover! We need more hands on board in order to be able to give more and better assistance in the field. Let me give you an example of what people could do looking at our Club’s literacy program.

Over several years we have been able to provide books and other materials to a number of elementary schools in Buleleng. Currently, under the auspices of the Window to the World school in Lovina, a series of workshops is being held to assist the schools and their library staff in the more active use of these library materials in improving literacy. The project is surveying the participating schools to determine their needs, whether it be more books, more literacy materials, further training, and so on.

Our members visit schools and talk with participating people, school staff as well as the children. This is labour-intensive work and a pair of extra hands would be more than welcome. The success of these projects relies very much in continuing assistance in order to make sure things stay afloat. It is nice work and we do things together as a team. But at the end of the day it is definitely work!

So, yes, to be in Rotary demands being proactively involved into your Club’s programs. Only then we can make a difference. Our current Rotary International President explained it as follows at the start of his term as President; “To me, Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do — by the potential that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potential in meaningful and lasting service. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. In some ways, we’ve changed tremendously, as we’ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organization of people with the desire — and through Rotary, the ability — to make a difference in our communities, and the world. We answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service.”

I do not think I could say that in better words. So I would like to reach out to people in our area. If you live in the Lovina area and you want to make a difference; get involved and join us in our Club’s project work.

Conchita de Jong – Club President 2017 – 2018

The Rotary Club of Bali Lovina is an English speaking Club with enthusiastic members from several countries. Our club holds meetings every second Wednesday from 10.00 am till 11.00 am in the Restaurant of Bayu Mantra Bungalows: Jl. Kubugembong, Desa Anturan (see our website for details). We would love to welcome you to a meeting!

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