Bulletin 20-27 June 2011

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

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.



It’s no small trick closing out the Rotary year….the result is a medley of Bulletins and the Handover meeting as well.

There was so much going on at the last week’s meeting that Pres. Sue ran out of time, and didn’t get to tell us about our AWARDS at DISCON 2011!!! Our club was presented with two awards from the District, one was for our Weekly Bulletin and the second for being the 3rd club in Indonesia to successfully apply for a Global Grant.  Awards were presented to clubs and individuals and we were delighted to receive District awards.

Rtn Cat shocked us with news about the 3rd mobile rice mill just recently turned over to Buangga village. It had developed a minor mechanical problem and was being treated by Doctor Head Mechanic.  Treatment was successful and the rice mill is now moving and milling.

At long last PP Marilyn announced that all five schools in Kerta had conducted their ‘starting a project’ ceremony and work has begun constructing water sources, toilets and wash basins.  Each of the schools has a hard working crew of volunteer laborers (the schools’ contribution to this project) and everyone is going at it with high enthusiasm.  We’ve visited the schools twice since work began and the progress is amazing.  (It always looks worse before it gets better.)

Rtn Rosalind, looking a bit haggard, told us the Cook Book, our fundraising project, was almost ready to go to the publisher. She noted this project, unlike a one-time event, can continue to be a funding source  for the club on an ongoing basis. Sales generated by the website (RCBUS and the cookbook’s own) will be ongoing. Future editions are also an option. This will, however, require many people with a variety of skills to get involved on an ongoing basis. In retrospect, this project was a lot bigger than originally imagined.  The committee has worked long and hard…but the product is one to be proud of.

Handover Dinner June 25th

Club members, friends, and a bevy of Rotaractors gathered at Marilyn’s house for the Handover.  The ever creative and comedic VP Rucina sang a very funny and touching song to Pres Sue commemorating her year as President.  (Lyrics at the end of this Bulletin)

With tears in our eyes (from laughter) we bid adieu to Pres Sue as she ‘Handed Over’ a club full of “weirdos” to PE LLloyd. With much blushing, LLoyd graciously accepted.

Not to be outdone, the Rotaractors also did their handover.  Pres Dora turned the Rotaract President’s Crown over to PE Fitri who, it turns out, is on staff at one of our Rtn Janet’s shops.  Janet couldn’t be prouder.  Pres Fitri can expect special dispensation from her employer as she fulfills her Presidential duties.

Sue presented PE Lloyd with a President’s pin as he begins his tenure.We were honored to have with us 3 Rotary Peace Fellows – James, Pina, and Lula who are studying in Queensland .

June 20, 2011  Guest Speaker

Graeme MacRae

Graeme addressed a topic that is high on Bali’s ‘problem’ list…waste management, a problem that didn’t exist in Bali when all waste was organic.  By the 1970’s non-organic garbage arrived and Bali joined the rest of the developing world…building up mountains of garbage.  Nowhere is this problem being handled very well.

The standard solution is landfill dumps.. About 75-80% of the waste is organic and turns into carbon dioxide, which combines with hydrogen and turns into methane, a greenhouse gas which is much worse. The Indonesian government just received an enormous grant to build 50 landfill projects, which will continue to contribute to the methane problem.

One potential solution is based on premise that waste has value and that recycling can create income e.g., organic material turned into compost. Many major environmental agencies are trying to address the waste problem, and the most attractive approach is to turn waste into energy. Rather than burning the waste, methods are being developed to trap methane produced from organic material and piping it to locations where it can be used as fuel.  (In the town of Kerta, where we are doing the Global Grant, everyone in one of its banjar communities is in a pilot project using biogas, fuel produced from cow manure).

The most successful project on Bali is in Temesi, where every day 40 tons of garbage arrives.  Using a complex recycling process income is derived from the garbage.  The hope is that Temesi will be a model for other areas around the country and just recently the Department of Public Works in Jakarta has been persuaded to promote a Temesi-like approach. The timing is right and the government knows that they have to do something about the problem.

Graeme MacRae first visited Ubud in 1977, researched there for his PhD in 1993-6 and has visited for a couple of months most years since. Since 1998 he has taught Anthropology at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. His writings about Ubud and rubbish (and other things) can be found on his blog at http://graememacrae.wordpress.com/

June 27, 2011            Guest Speaker

Kamau Bakari Abayomi

Kamau Bakari Abayomi aka “PitchBlackGold” is a performance artist and activist from San Francisco, California. A multidisciplinary artist in every way, PitchBlackGold uses the forms of poetry, rap, dance, mc’ing, dj’ing and acting as vehicles to entertain, enlighten and inspire. As a poet, he was named Best Poet in the 2002 Oakland, California Slam Finals. He is the winner of the 2004 & 2005 Ubud Writers Festival Poetry Slam. He was selected as Artist Ambassador to represent the San Francisco Bay Area and perform at the 2004 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India. He has been invited 3 times as a guest artist, lecturer and workshop coordinator, to board the Japanese NGO cruise ship, Peaceboat.

Kamal is currently living in Bali, Indonesia managing Aerial Crew, one of Indonesia’s top breakdance groups as well as developing Tru Karya Cipta (True Creative Activity), a NGO dedicated to using Hip Hop Arts as a tool for youth empowerment.

Young Balinese have taken to hiphop like ducks to water and Kamau’s breakdance and hiphop classes are overflowing.  The biggest problem Kamau is facing is lack of SPACE!  Generous people have been donating space but what is really needed is a permanent location students and teachers can call home.  For sure go to Kamau’s website… http://www.truecreativeactivity.com/


by Rucina Ballinger (to the tune of “My Way”)

And now, the end is near,
And so I face the final bell ring.
My friends, I’ll say it clear;
so many served that we were aiding

I’ve served a term that’s almost gone-
I’ve travelled each and every bumpy jalan.
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets? I’ve had a few,
Our uniforms were never sewn up

I did what I had to do
And tried to act a bit like a grown up.

I planned each meeting agenda –
Each careful step a bit like foreplay
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you know,
When I felt a bit like a rhyming gecko
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.

I’ve helped set up the website

Put out a cookbook and made proposals
I’ve had my share of filling out grants

Giving out books and building WCs

I now hand it over to Lloyd for future Mondays
I have found it all so full filling.

To think I did all that,
And may I say, not in a shy way –
Oh no. Oh no, not me.
I did it my way.

For what is a Rotarian? What have we got?
If not the FourWay Test – Then we has naught.
To do things that truly heal
And not just words of a schlemiel.
The record shows our club has the  most weirdos…
But I did it my way.
Yes, it was my way.

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