Bulletin 14 February 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.”
Henri Matisse

BULLETIN 14 February 2011

Attending: Alisa, Bruce, Cat, Mr. Chu, Donna, Gabe, Janet, Jeremy, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Probo, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Dennis (USA), Don and Sue Bennett (Malaysia), Driya, Jody (USA…rtng Feb 22), Mandy and Fred Brauer (Cairo, Egypt), Kadek (in the field), Philip (on holiday), Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Charter Pres Susi Johnston (RC Bali Cangu), Rtn Sec Danielle Foss (RC Bali Ubud), Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest, USA), Rtn Eni (RC Nusa Dua), Rotaract Putu Nalyumi (Rotaract Club Bali Nusa Dua), Esther Golden, Guest Speaker Kiranada Sterling Benjamin (USA)

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

As promised (or threatened!) Sue asked members to tell her how many February activities are listed on our website.  Rtn Bruce was closest and Rtn Marilyn was accused of guessing (guilty!!).  The correct number is EIGHT!  Even though nobody had the right answer, everybody got the message about the wealth of information on the RCBUS website. Check it out!!  http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/

On our meeting room floor, we found several bags filled with… toilet paper roll cores.  Thinking they were somehow left behind by Maya Resort maintenance staff, the bags were heading out the door when Rtn Cat hollered STOP! Those toilet paper roll cores were HERS!  Environmentalist Cat announced she was starting passion fruit seedlings and each core would be filled with compost and a seedling.  Once the seedlings started, the cores can be placed in the ground and would shortly decompose as the seedling took off.  Cat asked for a show of hands….who wants a passion fruit seedling?  LOTS OF US!!!

Rucina's counting how many seedlings she wants?

while Probo enjoys a yummy snack.

RCBUS members scored big time in the Dyatmika Dine’s raffle.  Not only was the food delicious and the dance party great fun, but our members walked away with seven terrific raffle prizes.  Members Fred and Mandy Bruaer won the ultimate prize…. a stay at the prestigious many-star Alila Villas Ulu Watu overlooking the cliffs .  Pres Sue jokingly suggested we join Fred and Mandy in this luxurious setting for a Fellowship gathering.  No response from Fred and Mandy.  Sue won a bottle of wine, and Patricia won a beautiful bracelet donated by our own Rtn Janet Molloy.  Rtn Bruce was a bit concerned about his prize…a bungy jump.   We want pictures when Bruce makes that jump!

Bruce grins thinking about the bungy jump!

Rtn Mr. Chu was summoned by Pres Sue and handed him an envelope from The Rotary Foundation.  We know what that means.  Thanks Mr. Chu for making a donation to Every Rotarian Every Year.


The club has decided to buy its very own netbook computer.  Rtn Bruce offered to handle the purchase (cost about 3,500,000 rp) and for good measure asked if any of us also wanted to be the proud owner of a brand new netbook computer…nothing better for getting a good price than a volume order.  For more information….or to pay for your new notebook contact Bruce.   balibruce@gmail.com

Nusa Dua Rtn Ani

Rtn Ani, RC Nusa Dua, invited everyone to a fundraiser dinner dance on 19 Feb. sponsored by Rotaract Club Nusa Dua.  Performances by blind and deaf children, who are helped by Rotaract Club Nusa Dua, will be part of the evening’s entertainment.  Tickets are 250,000RP.  (See our website HOME for more information.)

REMINDER! REMINDER! REMINDER! Club Assembly on February 26, 10 a.m. to 12:30 at Marilyn’s house, followed by lunch.  This is our opportunity to work  together and agree on what we want the club to be, on our focus, to  make suggestions, say what we like and what we don’t like and to offer suggestions to make the club better.

Rtn Janet reported on the cookbook, our fundraising project this year.  All submitted recipes will be posted on the website in the members’ only section.  Please sign up to make two of the recipes you intend to bring to our taste testing Fellowship… March 6, 11 a.m. at Janet’s house.  We’ll need comments about the recipes you select.  Rtn Bruce will be on hand to taste test and to take pictures of our yummy dishes. (What is it about this club…we seem to be eating all the time!)

Rosalind shows off her raffle prize - an antique Indonesian string instrument

And many thanks to our generous friends from faraway places for sharing your favorite recipes with us.  Our club is grateful for your participation.

Global Grant News

Pres. Sue with Elizabeth and Erni

Rtn Marilyn reported on the Global Grant, where the water and sanitation portion of the project has been slowed by concerns about Rotaract Ade’s health.  (Ade is Rotaract Wayan Sudana’s wife.)  Both Ade and Wayan are dear friends to our club members and we all are wishing Ade a rapid recovery.  The second section of the project, basic hygiene training, forges ahead including an impromptu meeting between Pres Sue and Dyatmika teachers Elizabeth and Erni during the Dyatmika Dines progressive dinner last weekend.  (Not sure that counts as a make-up)

Marilyn happily announced that Rosalind has joined the project committee responsible for implementing the Mel Wolf Foundation grant.  This project will bring books and health information to approximately 14 elementary schools in the Payangan area of Bali.  Rosalind is a new Rotarian and is bringing her valuable skills not only to this project, but is also working on the Cook Book committee and taking minutes at club meetings.  GO. Rosalind GO!

GUEST SPEAKER

Kiranada explains the intricacy of her "rozome" batik work...

The audience is enthralled by Kira's beautiful works.

Pres Sue introduced our guest speaker, Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, internationally recognized batik artist, author, and teacher.  Kiranada has trained for many years with batik masters in Japan. She presented a slide show of her quite stunning work, produced with a Japanese technique called ‘Rozome,’ which uses silk and wax. She first learned to design, dye and sew in Rozome, creating beautiful kimonos.  But it wasn’t until she studied the Japanese tea ceremony that she learned to move and walk properly in a kimono.  Many of Kiranada’s works are rectangular wall pieces, alive with shaded colorings created by brush-on acid dyes and influenced by visits to the Alhambra in Spain, time spent in Arizona, Japan and Bali, and by her devotion to Buddhism. This last influence has led to working with ‘ahimsa silk,’ in which the silkworm is allowed to complete its life cycle.

She has also written the only English-language book on Rozome, (available in hard and soft back and on CD).  To see some of Kiranada’s work take a look at Kiranada’s very informative website at www.betsysterlingbenjamin.com.

Kiranada’s gorgeous work will be featured in a solo exhibit at Agung Rai Museum of Art in Ubud from March 6-26, with artist’s reception on March 12th. RCBUS members are invited.

(As an aside, Pres Suzi Johnston, RC Cangu, and our own collector Donna Lum know excellent and unusual batik when they see it.  They have been collecting batik for years.  Throughout Kiranada’s presentation we could hear Suzi ooohing and aaaahing as each visual was presented.)

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