Bulletin 12 September 2011Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
BULLETIN 12 September 2011
Attending: Bill, Driya and Probo, Fred and Mandy, Janet, Lloyd, Marilyn, Mr. Chu, Patricia, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina
Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Cat (Canada), Don and Sue (USA), Donna (recovering from illness), Gabe, Jeremy (inundated with work), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Rustiasa, Sue W. (Italy rtng 9.13), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)
Guests: Augie Jusran, Jeffrey Kiffer, PP Judith Schneider and Rtn Bill Schneider (RC Foster City USA), Rtn Danielle Foss (RC Bali Ubud), Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest USA), Pres Anton van den Broeke (RC Bali Ubud), Rtn Helga Fiedler (RC Bali Ubud), Pres Patrick Van Kampen (RC Bali Seminyak), Rtn Doris Angst Sommer (RC Bali Seminyak)
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Joy and elation…Rtn Rosalind is back with us. A stent placed in an 80% blocked artery has returned her to perfect health! After going through a series of ‘moderate’ heart attacks, an EKG just before being released from Sanglah Hospital found NO heart damage. Rosalind thanked club members and close neighbor, Rana Helmi for taking such good care of her, and of course Pres LLoyd who tracked down a terrific cardiologist through SOS, engineered Rosalind’s transfer to Sanglah and made sure she arrived home safely. To make a happy day even happier, VP Rucina led us in singing Happy Birthday to our dear Rosalind…including And Many More.
Green thumb Rtn Patricia had a gorgeous stack of purple eggplant with her, straight from her garden. Turned out the eggplants were a much sought after raffle prize for this evening. YUM!
PP Marilyn briefed us on the possibility of working with Bali Spirit’s Meghan to continue the tradition of an annual Halloween Party fundraiser. For the past three years RC Bali Ubud has planned this successful and fun event, but with the termination of RCBU the Halloween Party is left unsponsored. Not much time left to plan but we’re hoping Bali Spirit will manage to put the party together and keep the tradition going. Cok Wah, Puri Saraswati, offered the Lotus Pond as a venue and Hans Hayden, Manager of Café Lotus is willing to cater food and beverages (yes, they have a bar). Keep your fingers crossed!
Ah, the exciting drive to Temukus! Rtn Janet Malloy made the trip and, as we were told by a reliable source, was terrified by the road and let it be known quite loudly! Smart lady…anyone in their right mind would be terrified by that road. But attending the water project completion ceremonies at Temukus made it all worthwhile.
The first of two ceremonies was held high up the mountainside at the water source. Janet, believing she had already braved the worst, started uphill with the villagers. PP Marilyn stayed behind. It wasn’t too long before Janet was back to keep Marilyn company…the trek is tortuous, steep and slippery.
The second ceremony was held at the bottom of the village where a huge tank now sits. As the ceremony began the tank was filling with pure spring water. The villagers climbed to the top of the tank to peer in as water started to flow into the tank. Their joy was obvious and many came to say thank you. Marilyn and Janet joined the village in prayer and after the ceremony was completed, a sumptuous feast of delicious Balinese food was served. And being Bali, eating was followed by many speeches.
Just before leaving the village and for only a few seconds, water in the huge tank was allowed to gush out…just to prove to everyone the project was a huge success. Those of us in RC Bali Ubud Sunset only wish that Rtn Joady Barnes of RC Manningham, Catherine Bonifant of RC Southport and Pauline Stuber of RC Ignacio could have been with us to see what their clubs’ donations have accomplished and to enjoy the ecstatic happiness of the villagers. Without a doubt it is experiences like this that bring home the Rotary motto…Service Above Self.
The Mel Wolf book and hygiene project is at a short halt while former Sanur Rotaract Mang Tri took a time out to give birth to a healthy baby boy! Knowing Mang Tri she’ll be back in action in just a few days…or be telling doting husband Sunya to pick up where she left off.
Pres LLoyd invited members to join him in attending a meeting at Bali’s youngest club, RC Canggu. Members are very active, involved and have great plans for projects. We’re confident they’ll have great success.
Our club wishes to congratulate Rtn Stewart Martin, RC Seaside, our international partner on several successful education and water projects. One of his fondest wishes was to be more active in WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group). Wishes do come true!
Our guest speaker this evening, Ketut Plenthung from Budakeling told us how he created an income producing business for people in his village…and it’s green! The villagers are making bags and boxes of all sizes from scrap newspaper. Handles for bags are made from banana trees…so the bag is strong and biodegradable.
Ketut collects newspapers from local hotels that are happy to see their old papers go to such good use. The bags are selling well and all income goes to the 60 villagers who make the bags…Ketut takes nothing! Parents are now able to afford to buy school uniforms for their children, buy more nutritional food and generally live a better life. Additionally the villagers decided to hire a dance teacher for the children in the village so that traditional dances would not be lost.
Garbage was also a problem in Ketut’s village. To solve this problem, Ketut enlisted the aid of all the children in the village to do a clean up once a week. The kids were paid a small fee for doing the work, enjoyed doing it and the village is clean!
(Members of RCBUS spoke with Ketut after the meeting and we suspect a little business was in progress!)
* 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 Conferencewill 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.