Bulletin 18 July 2011

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

“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.”    Elbert Hubbard


Attending: Cat, Donna, Gabe, Janet, Lloyd, Marilyn, Mr.Chu, Philip, Rosalind, Sue W

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Don and Sue (USA), Driya and Probo, Fred and Mandy (USA), Jeremy (Bangkok), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA for son’s wedding), Rucina, Rustiasa, Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Rtns Jean Gosselim & Louise Larochelle (RC Sherbrooke, Montreal, Canada),  Rtn Jeff Harte (RC Kelowna Sunrise), Paullette Harte (Kelowna, Canada),  Michael Huffman (applying for club membership), Bob Huffman  (Michael’s Dad), Ela (Ubud/Kyoto), Sofia Verena (Ubud), Fedde Jorritsma (Holland), Pauline Rosenblum, (Yangon, Myanmar), Carmen Facchina (Italy)


Caught in traffic, Pres LLoyd arrived just seconds late and got us off to a rollicking start with guest introductions.   We were outnumbered by interesting and exciting guests who shared all kinds of fascinating tidbits about themselves.  Michael Huffman earned a huge round of applause as he announced he was applying for club membership! Rtn Jean (RC Sherbrooke, Montreal, Canada) told us about the many projects his club is conducting in Africa.  Rtn Jeff Harte (RC Kelowno Sunrise) told us his club meets in the same location as  RC Kelowno Ogopogo…a club we’ve grown to know and love over the years.  Paulette Harte, Jeff’s lovely wife, shared how she had been born in India, grew up in Africa, now lives in Canada and is fulfilling a lifelong dream with this visit to Bali.  Paulette and Jeff are celebrating a wedding anniversary…but we won’t tell which one.  Fedde is an expert on clean water systems and we hope to see him back as a guest speaker.  Carmen is building a home in Ubud but is commuting between Bali and Milano,Italy for the time being.  Sofia invited us all to a fundraiser for women in north Bali who are rediscovering lost weaving skills.  And Ela, a frequent and welcome guest, is mulling over where to finally put down roots….Bali?  Japan?  (Ela, we hope you choose Bali.)

FLAG EXCHANGE: We were proud to exchange flags with Jean Gosselim, RC Sherbrooke. Jean and his charming wife are first time visitors to Bali and our club and we look forward to their visiting with us again.

Cultural Speakers coming:  Pres LLoyd reviewed some planned changes to our guest speaker line-up that will be interesting, valuable and exciting.  The Balinese form of Hinduism is amazingly beautiful and complex and is the bedrock of the culture.  Unless you are born into the culture it is near impossible to have a full understanding of its intricacies.  To help those of us who are delighted by what occurs around us but would so much appreciate understanding why, one speaker a month will address Balinese cultural topics e.g., the significance and importance of ancestor worship; the organizational structure of a village (the banjar); the role of children within the family, etc., etc. etc.  There are surely enough topics to carry us into perpetuity.  VP Rucina will be our superstar speaker organizer and hopefully, often our speaker.  Rucina is one of the few expatriates to have made the cultural leap and is now more Balinese than some of the Balinese!

Wine and Dine – Fundraiser evening in Lovina Looking for an excuse to spend a day or two in lovely Lovina?  Here’s a terrific reason.  You’ll taste wines different from any you’ve ever experienced, made with no preservatives and with a great deal of personal attention.  Imagine the flavors of wines made with local fruit!

Hosted by Rotary Club of Bali Lovina

When:      September 10 2011  7pm

Location:  Rotary Club house located at the Bali Apik Restaurant Lovina

Cost:        150.000.00 RP includes a buffet dinner and wine tasting

Special Fund Raising evening of wine tasting and a buffet dinner.  Local wine maker Fritz will bring 7 or 8 of his special wines for you to taste.  You will then have the opportunity to purchase whatever wines you like for the special price of 70.000.00 RP per bottle.

Seating for this special event is limited to the first 30 people who purchase a ticket.   Please note that we must set a minimum age limit for this event at 20 years of age.

To purchase your ticket and reserve your place call or email David at 081 338 652 107 or secretary@rotary-bali-lovina.org.

In the event that you are unable to make it to the fund raiser you can still order wine.  Just provide David with your email address and he will provide you with a wine list and order form.


Our very own Cat, Gabe and Sue W were our guest speakers and shared a super Power Point of their trip to Sumba to check out water tanks and composting toilets in poor, remote villages.

No pictures of Gabe eating roast dog, but lots of endearing shots of how guests are greeted….by rubbing noses!  We heard an exciting story of how our brave Rotarians rescued a flat screen television intended for a Sumba school from its “kidnapper”.

You can read Cat’s full report with photos in our July 11 Bulletin.

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