Bulletin 13-December-2010

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

I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.”

Frank Howard Clark

BULLETIN 13 December, 2010

Attending: Bruce, Cat, Janet, Jeremy, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W

Apologies: Alisa (USA…rtng Jan 28), Jody, (USA…rtng Feb 22), Dennis (USA), Don and Sue B. (USA…rtng Dec 24), Donna (USA), Mr. Chu (Still haven’t found Mr. Chu!), Driya, Gabe (Australia), Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA for knee surgery), Probo, Asri, Tjok Raka, Tangsi,

Guests: Rtn. Diane Parker, RC Kelowno Ogopogo (Canada)  Rotarian Luc Pols, Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club in Colorado, Zsuza Harsman, Peter Dunbar-Hall (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, guest speaker)


Pres Sue opened the meeting by sharing a picture of our own Rucina taken in 1977. Rucina came to Bali over 30 years ago to study Balinese dance and never left and aren’t we glad for that! Bruce’s’ comment on the picture…”That’s one hot babe!”

Lots of good news announcements…Sue Bennett has a Paul Harris pin waiting for her in Bali. Pres Sue is looking forward to the honor of presenting it upon Sue Bs return to Bali at the end of this month.

While in the states, Marilyn had a small fundraiser attended by past co-workers from the ‘good old days’. Withthehelp of a really hilarious auctioneer, $550 was raised for our club’s education and water projects. And being consumption conscious, the auction items were all things the donors were pleased to get rid of!! Kudos to Marilyn!

Greatnews on projects…The DSG coming from RC Paso Robles for elementary school Bukian #1 has increased in value exponentially thanks to Rtn Ashley Kumar from Sister Club Manningham. Ashley is donating ALL the sports equipment the school needs so desperately. Thank you Ashley for this hugely generous donation and thank you Rtn Joady Barnes for connecting us with Ashley.

Yet another totally exciting piece of news. RCBUS was invited to submit a proposal to the USA based Mel Wolf Foundation. This Foundation’s focus is “enhancing opportunities for women and children in need. “ It was a bit of a scramble with e-mails flying between Dr, Mandy Brauer, Mel Wolf Foundation Trustee in Cairo Egypt, Pres Sue in Bali and Marilyn in California. The proposal was submitted to the Foundation and last week we received the good news from Dr. Mandy. FUNDING APPROVED! The Mel Wolf Foundation will make it possible for the club to provide books and basic health information to up to 14 schools in the Payangan area of Bali. Thanks to Dr. Mandy for giving us the opportunity and for guidance in preparing the proposal.

Luc from the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club in Colorado joined us and brought his club flag for exchange.  Luckily we got our new flags printed just in time!
SHOW STOPPER! Cat appeared with a quasi birthday cake and flaming candles to celebrate members’ Rucina, Jeremy and Marilyn birthdays.

The birthday trio, they are serious about blowing out those candles!

Rtn Janet reported progress in compiling the RCBUS cook book. Recipes are coming from many different locations throughout the world so make sure you send YOURS to janet@janisilver.com Janet will also contact several local restaurants and ask if they’ll contribute a ‘signature’ recipe. Certainly we’ll have something delicious from Janet’s own restaurant, Club Havana.

Pres Sue has been diligently searching for the perfect community project to present to our club. Based on member’s response, she’s found it! Sue recently attended a fundraiser for the Children’s Library at Pondok Pekak in central Ubud. Two friends of Children’s Library founder, Laurie Billingham, have rented space within the library compound and hired a librarian.  Sue suggests that our club take on the Children’s Library as our community service project! It should offer many opportunities for members to become involved in volunteering in different capacities at the library, outreach to schools and cooperation with the Rotaract mobile library.  Robyn Flemming writer , global marathoner and frequent Bali visitor, has donated US$300 for the library to get us going.   All members enthusiastically agreed to participate and support this Ubud community project!.


Peter Dunbar-Hall, Associate Professor, University of Sydney Conservatory of Music, talked to us about how he worked with undergraduate and graduate students connecting them to diverse cultures through music.
Through Peter’s efforts, the University owns two gamelan sets and Professor Peter spoke to us about the many ways they are being used at the University.  His primary focus is to teach musicians how to teach, since all musicians end up being teachers in one way or another. As an example, a conductor is teaching the orchestra how to interpret musical scores.  And being a teacher is different than playing an instrument.  He seeks ways to make students aware of how they learn, so that later they can teach! A wonderful concept.
Peter has published frequently in journals and has most recently documented Balinese shadow puppetry. He showed us a portion of an amazing video he created with a shadow puppet master here in Ubud, using split screen technology so the viewer can see what the audience sees in front of the screen, and at the same time what the master is doing behind the screen.  The DVD is available in Ubud and its title…In Front of and Behind the Screen (Didepan Dan Di Belakang Kelir). Can’t wait to get hold of that video!
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