Bulletin 20 September 2010

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset


District 3400/No.79571

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

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”

Albert Einstein


ATTENDANCE: Bruce, Gabe, Janet, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Philip, Rucina, Sue W

APOLOGIES: Alisa (USA), Asri, Cat (Alaska), Dennis (USA), Donna, Driyia Don and Sue B. (USA), Jeremy Jody (USA), Kadek (in the field), Mr. Chu, Probo, Rustiasa, Tangsi, Tjkok Raka

GUESTS: Sarah Tooth, Co-Director Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pres Sue showed members many different types of make-up cards.  They seem to come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  The ‘cutest’ was RC Bali Ubud’s post cards where the picture side shared club events…and you can mail it, too.

Rtn Janet described her make-up at an all male club in Australia.  She greatly enjoyed the visit (and I suspect the men did also).  The difference how the meeting was conducted was noted.  Every Rotary club creates its own distinctive character and personality, so each new club visit is like meeting a new family.

Pres Sue has been having a great old time updating the club’s website!  She’s mastered the intricacies of Word Press and her goal is to see the website appear at the top of the page when Bali websites are Googled.  You can make it happen by signing in frequently!

Working with Kath, Food and Beverage Director at Maya, the club has chosen to have an all-vegetarian array of canapés and other goodies at meetings.  This certainly eliminates confusion for our vegetarians and our lone vegan!  Per Kath’s request, should members have other ideas and suggestions about the meeting menu, please direct them to Sue or Marilyn to follow-up with Kath.

The last of our club T-Shirts was sold.  Just like our banners,  none left.

CORRESPONDENCE: We are all invited to hear Dr. Janice Hamrin speak on Alternative Energy, Sept 24, 9 to 11 a.m. at Gedung Pascasarjana, Udayana University.  Cost?  Free!

It’s a pleasure to hear that fellow Rotarians are checking out our website!  Sue is getting very complimentary feedback.

REPORTS: We’re narrowing down options for the club banner re-order.  Definitely the material for the banner will be changed but will it be shiny or matte; fringed or no fringe?  Rtn Bruce, our banner-man was sent off with two samples and will be back with costs.

Pres Sue reported on the BBB seminar held the previous week-end and said it was great!  Lots of excellent information was presented and Sue had the opportunity to meet many Rotary members from the Philippines.  Valuable discussion centered on the various ways clubs can work jointly on projects.

Rucina is on the verge of closing MG #70680 for Panti Asuhan High School!  This project has made a world of difference for the students in the school’s first graduating class…every graduate has a job!  Thanks to WCS Chair Pauline Stuber, RC Ignacio for giving these kids a chance.

Our Global Grant # 25071 continues to languish at RI…the application is still under review.  Is no news good news?

ELECTIONS: Our District 3400 is asking that clubs hold elections early this year, so here’s our election schedule:

Sept 6   Appoint Nomination Committee (PPs, PE) and obtain officer nominations Oct 4     Distribute election ballot
Oct 11   Ballot returned to secretary
Oct 25   Announce election result and Secretary updates RI website.

Officer positions to be filled are:

President Elect Nominee (Pres in 2012-2013)



Vice Presidents (2)

Send your nominations to LLoyd or Marilyn.  Don’t be shy to nominate yourself!


Sarah tells all!

Sarah Tooth, Co-Director of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, gave us a run down on the many changes (all GOOD) to expect this year.  The Festival is going to be HUGE!!!  Most of the Festival staff this year is full time Indonesian rather than expat volunteers.  This change in organization has been very successful and will be repeated again in the future.  The Festival is translating several works by emerging Indonesian authors into English and these will be first offered at the Festival. “Fringe” festivals will be held in Denpasar and Singaraja to complement the Ubud activities.  Hip Hop groups from Australia, Bali, Java and the USA will be in attendance and expect some super performances.  For the first time, the Festival is holding a ‘Flash Fiction’ contest….accepting entries on line.  The response is phenomenal…enough to crash the website!  The Festival website is getting better than 2,000 hits every day.  Sara speaks of the Festival with high energy, knowledge, affection and well deserved pride.  There is no question it will be a huge success.

Our own Rtn Gabe is heading up the volunteers for the Festival.  Gabe told us how the volunteer group started with a small number of expats and has expanded exponentially with young Indonesians from all over the country!  Many of these young people are finding this a remarkably rewarding experience and are already looking forward to repeating it next year.

Check out the website:  www.ubudwritersfestival.com

Speakers and Upcoming Events

NEXT MEETING at Maya Hotel

Sept 27 at 5.30pm

As always, if you’re bringing guests or are unable to attend, please advise Patricia no later than Monday at 10 a.m. so she can tell Maya how many will be joining us. (08133 850 7769)

Sept 27              Brent Whittaker, Bali Kid’s project   Children and HIV in Bali

Oct 4                  1st Monday of Month…No Guest Speaker

Theme: Getting to know you      –   and Rotary”

Oct 11 Dagmara Gawlik, Director, Starfish Language School

Board Meeting

Oct 18            Michael Fischer, Chair, Youth Exchange Program D1950 and

HenrikeHerbold, NGE-Coordinator D 1950

Oct 25            TBA

Nov 1            1st Monday of Month…No Guest Speaker

Board Meeting

Nov 29            Thomas Fricke, Bio Mass in Indonesia

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