Bulletin 04 July 2011

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

“Many of the great achievements of the world were acomplisted by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”   Anonymous

BULLETIN 4 JULY 2011

Attending: Mr. Chu, Jeremy, Lloyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Cat (Sumba), Don and Sue Bennett (USA), Donna (watching tennis), Driya and Probo, Fred and Mandy (USA), Gabe (Sumba), Janet, Jody (USA), Rustiasa, Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA), Rucina (performing at Bali Arts Festival), Sue W (Sumba), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Ellen Kennedy and husband Leigh, Bill Page, Kadek

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

Pres LLoyd welcomed guests and members at this, his first meeting, as President.  He was cool, smooth and in charge.  He let us know where all our missing members are with three in Sumba!  We’ll hear from them next week,

Our Bruce continues to maintain his sense of humor as he goes through treatment for lung cancer (at last communication, the docs still are not sure what this particular cancer is all about).  Keep in touch with Bruce by going to www.caringbridge.com and sign into Bruce’s page.

Rtn Rosalind announced “We are there!” Complete copy for the cook book was delivered to the publisher prior to June 30 giving the club a healthy discount on the total printing cost.  The push at the end was mind boggling and Sue and Rosalind were joined at the hip…working together day after day to get those last details ironed out. Rtn Gabe was the proof reader and she’s gone through 130 recipes so many times she can recite her favorites.  Rtn Janet, a master cook and restaurateur was able to taste test by simply reading many of the recipes.  Rtn Jody, working from Seattle, kept the committee on task, took some opinion polls for us and will be our stateside distributor.  What a team!!  Now we turn to Rtn Donna, our marketing expert, to give us the magic formula that will totally deplete our supply of cook books.  Guest Speaker Ellen Kennedy signed up for a first edition as her husband announced that Ellen hasn’t cooked for the last ten years.  Ellen’s response?  ‘That’s why I need the cook book’.

Jeremy's got Mr. Chu's attention. Wonder what he's saying??

Pres LLoyd acknowledged Major Donor Rajashree Birla of Mumbai, India who has contributed a total of $4.2 million to the fight against polio.  The struggle to eliminate polio continues and it looks like the good guys are winning. Total cases reported thus far this year is 139 with 49 of these cases in Pakistan.  Rotary’s match to Bill Gates donation has now reached over $1.7 million!!  Just another $300,000 more to reach Rotary’s goal of $2,000,000.  Thanks to everyone who donated and yes, donate just a little bit more.

GUEST SPEAKER

Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph. D.

Speaker Ellen and husband Leigh

For starters we are listing Ellen’s credentials:  Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Executive Director, World  Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105.
Awards Ellen has been presented with include: Outstanding Citizen Award, Anne Frank Foundation, 2009; Outstanding Community Service Award, University of Minnesota, 2010;
Jane Addams Outstanding Service Award, Midwest Sociological Society, 2010; Human Rights Award, City of Edina, 2007
.  With credentials like these who cares if she can’t cook?

Ellen became concerned about doing something to prevent genocide after visiting Rwanda and meeting a girl her own daughter’s age.  The young girl survived the genocide in her village simply because she was given permission to stay overnight with a playmate. When she returned home the next morning she found her entire family massacred.  She is one of hundreds of thousands of orphans in Rwanda.  Over 1 million people have been killed.

Bill Clinton later said he could have saved “a few hundred thousand people” if congress had pressured him. But the congressmen and women didn’t hear from their constituents and thus never gave much thought or attention to what was happening in Rwanda.  (Truth in the expression the squeaky wheel gets the oil.)

Ellen founded World Without Genocide to change that. Their mission: to Protect (the innocent); Prevent (genocide; Prosecute (perpetrators); and Remember; (the innocent victims).

Ellen cited several infamous genocides in recent history, and then went into detail about the genocide now taking place in Sudan and specifically the Darfur region of Sudan, where 400,000 people have been murdered and 2 million more are displaced. Sudan is controlled by the 40% fundamentalist Muslim Arab population in the north, primarily herders/grazers. The African farmers in the south are a combination of Christians and Animists, and have always been ignored by the Arab government which has not invested in any kind of infrastructure there. The Arab north has been running the southern Africans off their land ever since an African rebel group attacked an Arab facility 20 years ago. Now the conflict is multidimensional: religious, ethnic, and resource-based both for land and oil.

Sudan’s is the first sitting president in the world to be charged with genocide by the International Criminal Court, and 118 countries have signed an agreement to prosecute him.  The United States has not signed this agreement.

A peace agreement was brokered in 2005, in part because of pressure brought by U.S. Christians. Part of that agreement gave southern Sudan an opportunity to vote for secession from Sudan.  This year the vote took place and it supported secession.  Now the peace is falling apart as the northern Sudanese never had any intention of allowing the south to secede.

The Sudanese genocide has been especially hard on the women. Gender-based violence is at the heart of all genocide, because when they destroy the women they destroy the societal structure.  It is likely that genocide will increase in this century for four reasons:  1) resources continue to become more scarce;  2) populations continue to grow in impoverished regions;  3) increasingly lethal weapons continue to become more available;  4) the psychology of violence is increasing.

What most of us can do is stop being silent and speak up…be that squeaky wheel and pressure political representatives to develop political solutions. World Without Genocide operates a toll-free U.S. number which transfers callers to congressional representatives’ phone lines just by entering a Zip code or, again in the USA, dial 1-800-436-6243, enter a Zip code and be automatically transferred to the appropriate House or Senate representatives.

Visit www.worldwithoutgenocide.org to learn more and do more.

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