Bulletin 04 October 2010
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“The road to success is always under construction.”
Larry Wall & Kathleen Russell
BULLETIN 4 October, 2010
ATTENDANCE: Bruce, Cat, Janet, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Probo, Philip, Rucina, Sue W
APOLOGIES: Alisa (USA), Asri, Dennis (USA), Donna, Driya, Don and Sue B. (USA), Gabe, Jeremy, Jody (USA), Kadek (in the field), Mr. Chu, Rustiasa, Tangsi, Tjkok Raka
GUESTS: PP Mary Kay, (RC Bali Ubud), Rani, Lili
GETTING TO KNOW YOU…. AND ROTARY, TOO
This was our first go around at a different meeting format…no guest speaker but lots of opportunity to interact amongst members (a rather rambunctious group) and to hear from one of the members about what is often a favorite topic…one’s self!!
PE LLoyd was chosen as our guinea pig to tell about himself. He came prepared to show us some of the stunningly gorgeous interiors his company has designed for some very lucky owners of fabulous homes here in Bali. (Does this also count as Vocational Service?) With him were his two attractive assistants, Lili and Rani…which only goes to show that behind every successful man there is a woman, or in this case women. LLoyd described his assistants as “having natural talent for design and able to put construction workers in their place!”
We were amazed at the use of CAD in design. Pictures of living areas for a project still in its concept stage looked totally complete…but none of it was ‘for real’.
LLoyd talked about some of the harrowing experiences involved in his business (who would believe interior designers could have harrowing experiences???) In one instance LLoyd was asked to test the construction of a hanging staircase. Not a small man by any means, LLoyd found himself swaying left and then right by at least a meter. The staircase did NOT pass the test. Another challenge was to haul two HUGE stone Buddha statues, each weighing 300+ kilos (that’s 1230 pounds for those not on the metric system) down a steep and rocky mountain side.
Lots of questions for LLoyd which definitely made us realize we’d have to win the lottery to own a home like those we saw. Dream On!
And the last words from LLoyd…we can look forward to Lili and Rani joining the club!
LEARNING ABOUT ROTARY
Both VP Rucina and Rtn Janet were given ‘homework’ assignments last week…read an edition of The Rotarian Magazine and then tell all of us what was most interesting. Rucina talked about the amazing work done by Rotary Clubs worldwide and closed by saying, “I used to think of a Rotarian as an old white American man who voted for Bush, but if you check all the RI board members and all the projects described in the Rotarian, Rotary really comes out as a powerful international cooperation across all boundaries.”
Janet was equally impressed and was particularly attracted to the involvement of Desmond Tutu, one of Janet’s heroes.
(Just an aside….Cat thought it would be a grand idea to submit an article to the Rotarian for possible publication…and she offered to write one!)
Unannounced, Probo hauled in an interesting box and a very long something-or- other. Lo and behold it was an LCD projector and a screen!! The club has been yearning to have their very own equipment and there it was.
And where did it come from??? We’ll never know. The only information we could pry out of Rtn Probo and Sec Philip was that it came from an anonymous, extremely generous donor. Whoever you are and wherever you are, we all say THANK YOU a million times!
PP Mary Kay (RC Bali Ubud) updated us on her club’s upcoming, now famous, annual Halloween fundraiser…U-BOO-D. This year it will be held on Oct 30 at a really spectacular venue…the Mario Blanco Gallery. For detailed information contact Mary Kay. firstname.lastname@example.org
And then…in comes Cat leading the Maya staff with a super duper Birthday Cake for our birthday celebrants, Janet and Bruce. We sang the Indonesian birthday song, watched the candles being blown out and then Rucina took front and center to deliver a special rap for Janet who, hard to believe, has reached her big six oh. The rap was a riot and is attached separately. You’ll learn a lot about Janet if you read it.
To continue this tradition, Sec Philip collected everyone’s birthdates…maybe a cake every month?
NEXT WEEK’S GUEST SPEAKER: Dagmara Gawlik, Director, Starfish Language School will tell us how she’s achieved her dream of teaching English to those Balinese who are anxious to learn the language. Dagmara has been teaching English informally in villages to a multitude of students. Now she has real place to continue…moving out of the rice fields and in to a real school.
NEXT MEETING at Maya Hotel
Oct. 11 at 5.30pm
As always, if you’re bringing guests or are unable to attend, please advise Patricia no later than Monday at 10 a.m. so she can tell Maya how many will be joining us. (08133 850 7769)
Speakers and Upcoming Events
Oct 11 Dagmara Gawlik, Director, Starfish Language School
Oct 18 Michael Fischer, Chair, Youth Exchange Program D1950 and Henrike Herbold, NGE-Coordinator D 1950
Oct 25 TBA
Nov 1 Philip Bigio…West Africa Journeys in a Jalopy
Nov 8 Board Meeting
Nov 29 Thomas Fricke, Bio Mass in Indonesia
ABOUT ROTARY CLUB BALI UBUD SUNSET
Club Officers/Committee Chairs 2010 – 2011
President: Sue Winski Fellowship/Speakers: Rucina Ballinger
President Elect: Lloyd Hassencahl Fundraising: Janet Molloy
Sec: Philip Yusenda Membership: Gabe Monson
Treasurer: Driya Susanto Public Relations: Donna Lum
Vice Pres: Rucina Ballinger Service: Cat Wheeler
IPP: Marilyn Carson FV Global Grants: Marilyn Carson
Foundation: Sue Bennett
Raffles: Driya Susanto
Mtg Coords: Pat Miklautsch, Bruce Briscoeby