Bulletin 1 August 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 pm Maya Resort, Ubud

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”  Yogi Berra

BULLETIN 1 August 2011

Attending: Bill, Cat, Mr. Chu, Fred and Mandy, Gabe, Janet, Lloyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W.

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Don and Sue (USA), Donna, Driya and Probo, Jeremy (Bangkok), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA for son’s wedding), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Rtn Joady Barnes (RC Manningham, Australia) and lovely wife Margy, Rtn Rowan McClean (RC Balwyn, Australia), Rtn Allan Starr (RC Highton, Australia), Rtn Ulrich Kissing (RC Berlin, Germany), Pres Fitri (Rotaract Ubud), IPP Dora (Rotaract Ubud), Carmen Facchina, Sri, Sandy Elliott, Sayaka Yazawa, Hidenori Negoro, Robin Sparks, Guest Speaker Mark Needleman


NEW MEMBER! We warmly and proudly welcomed our newest member, Bill Page.  In turn Bill sported his Rotary pin and talked about how he is looking forward to participating in the club’s activities and projects.


Joady and Marilyn announce the surprise Paul Harris recognition award

There’s nothing like a surprise…and surprise it was indeed!  Rtn Joady Barnes (Rotary Sister Club Manningham) came bearing gifts of the most wonderful kind…a Paul Harris Fellow Award.  Here’s the story…Several months back RC Manningham expressed their desire to award a Paul Harris Fellow to a deserving recipient in Bali and it was to be a SURPRISE.  The RCBUS Board gave long and serious thought to who the recipient should be and concluded that Rtn Cat Wheeler had earned the honor.

Rtn. Cat is gobsmacked with surprise at her Paul Harris award!

Cat has made huge contributions toward protecting the environment here in Bali.  She is a well-loved columnist and her GreenSpeak article appears without fail every two weeks in the Bali Advertiser.  Additionally, Cat is the author of an entertaining and popular book, “Bali Daze” in which Cat shares her experiences, joys and challenges of living in Bali.  Finally, as a Rotarian, Cat’s excellent project work in the areas of sustainable rice intensification, rice harvesting using mobile rice mills and water / toilet projects in Sumba has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people while simultaneously protecting the environment.

For the official presentation Rtn Joady invited all current and past presidents to join him and then summoned forward an astonished Cat.  As Marilyn described what it takes to acquire a Paul Harris pin and what the pin looked like another surprise was about to hit.  Joady discovered the Paul Harris pin had gone missing. Not to be deterred, Joady presented the Paul Harris Medallion to a teary eyed Cat and the presentation was closed with an enormous round of applause.   We all want to thank RC Manningham for their generosity and continuing support and Joady for his close communication and great sense of humor.  (P.S.The pin was located before the evening ended!)

We had lots of guests at our meeting.  Among them Carmen, from Italy and Sri, a photographer who will be off to Afghanistan on assignment soon.

Carmen introducing herself

Sri introduces herself as Mandy (r) and Dora (l) look on.

Rotaracter President Fitri

Turns out we were awash with Presidents at this meeting.  With us were Rotaract President Fitri and Past President DoraPres Fitri caught us up to date with a run down of the various projects the Rotaracts are working on and especially their role in the Mel Wolf Foundation project.  The delivery of several hundred books to some eleven schools will be incorporated into their  successful mobile library program.  The response from children and teachers has been so positive to this program and we are all pleased that with the two clubs working together we’re going to get a BIG bang for our buck.

Gabe gives us our Rotary lesson for the night!

Rtn Gabe delivered an energetic Rotary Minute admonishing us not to hide our work under the proverbial bushel basket.  Get out there and shout it from the house tops.  Our project beneficiaries already do some of our shouting for us, but there’s never too much.

* BIG * Rotary events coming up.

First The Rotary Institute is scheduled for December 2 to 5.  There will be 1400 Rotarians coming from Zone 6B (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangledesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos), Zone 7A (Indonesia and Phillippines) and Zone 10B (Hongkong, Macau, Mongolia, China and Taiwan).   It’s a great honor for Bali to host the Institute and a great opportunity for us to meet Rotarians from other districts and countries.  If it comes off anything like the District Conference last June, attendees can count on having a heck of a lot of fun!

And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will be held in Bangkok May 6 to 9, 2012.  It’s not likely to get much closer to Bali for years to come so if you can, REGISTER!  Many of our international project partners will attend and it will be our chance to meet them face to face and thank them for all their past help and support.


on the Findhorn Community

Speaker Mark Nedleman makes a point.

Mark Nedleman of Portland Oregeon, USA spoke to us about the Findhorn Foundation,
a spiritual community, ecovillage and international center for holistic education, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.
Originally founded in 1952 by Eileen Caddy in Northern Scotland near Lochness, the foundation started as an inn, Clooney Hill Hotel, and over time developed into a farming community.  The local farming community believed that the harvest yields were large due to magic.  With a growing reputation, the Foundation attracts approximately 7000 peoplel annually who participate in a variety of workshops.

As Mark shared pictures with us it was noted that all objects at the Foundation were given a name, including a vacuum sweeper named Bill.  Ecological techniques employed at the farm included living roofs, power generating windmills and human waste recycling.

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