Bulletin 2 May 2011

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

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.”

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington (1787)


Attending: Alisa, Driya, Fred and Mandy Brauer, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Philip, Probo, Rosalind, Sue W

Apologies: Bruce (USA), Mr. Chu, Don and Sue Bennett, (USA), Jody, Cat (in Canada caring for her sister),  Dennis (USA), Donna,  Gabe (Australia),  Janet (traveling through Europe with her darling daughter),  Jeremy (USA), Kadek (in the field), Rucina, Rustiasa, Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuzsa, (Canada)

Guests: Mary Jane Edleson, Mark Edleson


Pres Sue welcomed Marilyn back from her tax sojourn in the USA.  Couldn’t have been too damaging because she was still walking and talking.

Cat let us know her sister is rapidly recovering from surgery which means that Cat will soon return to us. And Cat isn’t coming back empty handed.   It seems the visiting nurse’s “tool bag” is filled with metal instruments and each instrument is used only once and then discarded.  Cat, always thoughtful of others and a true environmentalist, has collected these valuable discards and is bringing them back to Bali.for use at the local Puskesmas (free government clinic).

Pres Sue asked each of us to share something good that happened during this past week.  It’s really quite surprising how little things make a difference.  Driya was delighted that hubby Probo had not shared his case of flu with their twin boys.   Philip finally has regained full hearing after a terrible cold.  On the other hand, Patricia was pleased to report that her overly sensitive hearing seems to have become more normal.  Marilyn was successful in getting through airport customs  without relinquishing any cat food.   (The customs agent did jump the counter and chase her after she took his picture!)

PE LLoyd made a pitch for ALL of us to attend the opening dinner at District Conference in June.  Its theme??  ‘Eat, Laugh and Play in Bali’. In addition to being lots of fun, this event is  actually a good deal….where else could you get a full Balinese dinner, live entertainment, traditional music and dance and lots of great company for 100,000 rupiah (about $US 11.00)?

We’re waiting for word from Rtn Bruce, now in the USA for medical reasons.

Rtn Rosalind updated members on progress of the still nameless Cook Book. Almost all recipes are now entered online and formatted.  Rosalind is on the prowl seeking frustrated authors with the promise that this time, for sure, what they write will be published…but Rosalind gets to pick the topics.  Rtn Mandy volunteered to ‘smooth out’ the written materials so the cook book ‘speaks with one voice’ as Rosalind put it.

The Global Grant is hovering on the verge of showing tangible progress.  Just another couple of details (the administrative trivia never quits!) and the project will roll!  And since a day doesn’t go by without some element of Bali drama, here’s the latest Global Grant drama.  Then principal of one of the five target schools had failed to participate in planning meetings.  The Village Chief made a command decision and threw the principal AND the school out of the project.  When parents of the children attending the affected school heard what had happened, they were up in arms and demanded an explanation from the recalcitrant principal.  Lucky guy, the Village Chief gave a him second chance and he’ll likely be extremely cooperative…not wanting a repeat performance from parents.

Pres Sue briefly reported on DistAs (District Assembly) held in Bandung last week.  Lots of PDGs were in attendance including PDG, Willy Waguna, 77.  Willy shared Rotary stories with Sue telling how he piloted his own plane during his year as DG enabling him to easily reach the far flung clubs in District 3400.

It seems like yesterday the club was planning its last handover meeting, but suddenly it’s that time again.  Save June 25th when Pres Sue will hand over the club bell to PE LLoyd at the club’s 3rd annual BBQ.  The handover will be at Marilyn’s house, 1:30 p.m. Bring your kids.

GUEST SPEAKER – Mary Jane Edleson

Guest Speaker Mary Jane Edleson spoke with great passion about wing beans.  By the time she finished, we were ALL passionate about wing beans and begging for seeds.  Mary Jane explained why the wing bean is sometimes referred to as “The One Stalk Supermarket”.  There is nothing on this rapidly growing vine that is not useful!  Of even greater importance, the wing bean is remarkably rich in vitamins and minerals and can be used in the same way as are soybeans.   In years gone by wing beans were a common crop in Bali but over time has almost disappeared as an agricultural product.  Mary Jane is intent on re-introducing wing beans to the island for a number of excellent reasons.

Wing Bean Seeds, Leaves, Flowers, Dried Pods

In addition to being nutritious, every part of the wing bean plant can be used.  The flowers are delicious in salads, the leaves are tasty when prepared like a green vegetable and the plant produces a tuber that tastes like a potato.  The vine stem is so strong it can be used in place of rope or string and for the grand finale the wing bean itself makes great tempe, tahu and milk!  Frosting on the cake???  The wing bean is a perennial.

There is an important economic reason to give serious thought to the wing bean.  Indonesia imports 80% of its soybeans at an annual cost of ~$700,000.000.  And for people who do not wish to eat genetically modified products, it seems that most of the imported soybeans have been modified.

Wing beans love living in the tropics and the vine will happily wrap itself around a bamboo support and quickly grow to heights of 4 meters (about 12 feet).  It will start producing wing beans in a couple of months and once it starts it just keeps on going.  The plant does not need fertilizer and instead fixes nitrogen in the soil.

Mary Jane brought a supply of wing bean seeds and these were quickly snapped up by club members.  Thanks to Mary Jane, we are now passionate supporters of the wing bean!   (And we can’t wait to include some wing bean recipes in our cookbook!)

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