Bulletin 20-December-2010

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3400/No.79571

Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schultz, Cartoonist

BULLETIN 20 December, 2010

Attending: Bruce, Cat, Janet, Kadek, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Probo, Rustiasa

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…rtng Jan 18), Jeremy, Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA for knee surgery), Probo, Rucina (Singapore) Asri, Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Sue W (Singapore).

Guests: Fred and Mandy Brauer, Rtn Diane Parker (Kelowno Ogopgo), the ever lovely Lily Molloy (Rtn Janet’s daughter), Putu Ebo, Guest Speaker


ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

Rucina is in Singapore where her husband Agung is hospitalized. Their two sons and Sue W have also joined her there. We all send our prayers for Agung’s recovery.

In Sue’s absence LLoyd and Marilyn shared chairing the meeting. They both tried to sit on the same chair, but it didn’t work.

Rtns Joady Baush and Dennis Raymond e-mailed information clarifying what is required to apply for a Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grant. The focus must be on providing services to young people between the ages of 6 to 24; combine learning with action that support communities; and provide opportunities for Starbucks partners and employees to participate in community service. Proposal applications are accepted in October….which will give us lots of time to plan.

Guest Mandy Brauer explained how the Mel Wolf Foundation evaluated project applications. This Foundation’s focus is on disadvantaged women and children and only projects addressing this issue are accepted. Having said that, Mandy continued by saying that the project must make sense (apparently the Foundation has received proposals that don’t make sense!); must be clearly written; must be do-able; must include an evaluation component; and finally must have a valid USA based 501 (c) (3) to accept funding should the project be selected. We are grateful that our club’s proposal was accepted and we are looking forward to supplying books and basic hygiene materials to up to 14 elementary schools in Payangan.

We received correspondence from our own Rtn Patricia who is recovering from knee surgery in the USA. Pat writes….”at this point surgery is good . . . easy peezy lemon squeezy.     playing the resting game – – – movies, sleep, read, sleep, pee, sleep” Never let it be said that Pat’s communication is unclear!

Sister club Manningham is shipping a Sister Club Banner to our club. One of these banners is already on display in RC Manningham’s meeting room and we will be proud to hang ours at our first meeting of the New Year, January 3. Many thanks to Rtn David Rosenwax’s son for making the banner and to David for sending it on its way to us!

RI’s recent announcement about pilot programs introducing flexible membership requirements for clubs may be of great interest to us. At almost any time of the year, 50% of our membership is off island… doing make-ups, fund raising, and/or gathering important information for the club…but still, not in Bali. The Board will examine the proposed pilot opportunities…there may be a good fit for RCBUS.

Rtn Stewart Martin, RC Seaside is excited about a DSG being developed by his club and supported by five other Oregon clubs that will give Sumba additional composting toilets and water tanks. This is a follow-on to the MG our club did with RC Seaside where 216 composting toilets and 37 water tanks were constructed. Stewart’s DSG will work directly with the Project Hope Foundation and staff on Sumba.

GUEST SPEAKER

Guest speaker cartoonist Putu Ebo Supardhi was a delight! He charmed and entertained us. AND we learned from Rtn Probo that Putu is a past Rotaract president and the reason Probo and his wife Driya first became Rotaracts and now are Rotarians.

Being a cartoonist is a very rare occupation in Bali mostly because you need to face the probability of not earning enough to feed your family. Clearly, Putu is VERY brave!! Putu told us about his family heritage…his father was a dancer and his mother the daughter of a master of shadow puppet performance. It is Putu’s view that cartooning and Bali are one and the same, essentially finding great humor amongst the Balinese.

Balinese cartoonists were enlisted to animate Japanese and Disney films as early as the 1980’s. Their work has been seen internationally but without recognition. The employer’s cartoonist would draw the most significant frames and the Balinese cartoonists would take it from there, producing as many as 1000 frames in a day.

In cartooning Putu feels there must be three components….art, message, and humor. He started his career by adorning the walls of his parents’ home with what he certainly thought were humorous drawings! He may have stopped drawing on his folks’ walls, but continues to successfully draw for the very popular cartoon magazine Bog Bog, now in its tenth year of publication. The magazine is published not only in Indonesia, but also the Netherlands and Australia. The very last page of the magazine is always sponsored by the Australian government focusing on public health issues. At about the same time as Bog Bog first hit the stands, Putu started organizing local cartoonists in an effort to improve their standard of living. It’s still an uphill battle, but Putu continues to be a champion for all cartoonists.

Putu shared animated clips from several DVDs that left us laughing. The clips clearly portrayed the three elements of cartooning….art, message and humor.

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