09 January 2012

We are privileged to have two speakers tonight! District Governor D.G. Muhammad Ridlo ‘Eisy was able to reschedule his visit to us on this date. And Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Anne Marie Larquier will be joining us for her previously scheduled presentation. Read more about them, below.

Ann Marie Larquier

Ann Marie Larquier

Ms. Ann Marie Larquier is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar hosted by the Rotary Club of Titiwangsa, District 3300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the District 5010 Alaska.

She will be presenting about the Ambassadorial Scholarship program and a description of her Rotary activities during her tenure in Malaysia.  Additionally she will discuss Rotary in her home district and the unique culture of Alaska.

Ann Marie has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree from Alaska Pacific University in Environmental Science where she studied melting glaciers and their contribution to drinking water and hydroelectric power supplies.  She is a vegetarian and her hobbies include cooking, yoga, hiking, mountain climbing, and anything to do with the outdoors and nature.

District Governor D. G. Muhammad Ridlo ‘Eisy

District Governor Ridlo and Ibu Ridlo

Muhammad Ridlo ‘Eisy is the 2011-12 District Governor for District 3400. As a journalist for more than 25 years he has been active in the movement for press freedom and recently authored a book, “The Role of Media in Society,” on the subject. He has visited the U.S. twice with programs for journalism information and exchange, and is a university lecturer in communications. And he is a published poet!

Starting in geological engineering, DG Ridlo went on to get an MBA with a special emphasis on marketing systems and strategy, and organizational behavior and development. Moving to journalism he has been Director of PT Bandung Perkasa Galamedia which publishes Daily Galamedia, named the Best Newspaper in Indonesia by the Press Council in 2005. He is also a member of the Editorial Board for People’s Daily Thoughts. He is now one of nine members of the Press Council, an independent agency established by the government to support press freedom.

Community service has been a strong thread throughout his career. In 1998 DG Ridlo joined with established artists and journalists to found the Bandung Care Foundation to help bring food to the poor, in cooperation with the U.N.’s World Food Programme. He is also active in Boy Scouts where he is currently on the Supervising Council of the Scout Movement in West Java.

DG Ridlo has been a member of Rotary since 2000, becoming President of RC Bandung Dago in 2005-2006. He has been involved in almost every activity organized by District 3400 from PETS, DTTS, GDLTS, and the District Assembly, to the various District Conferences in Indonesia, as well as Rotary Zone Institutes.

Our new DG has led a fascinating life and we are pleased to welcome him to RCBUS.

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