Bulletin 21 March 2011

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

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,
that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

BULLETIN 21 March 2011

Attending: Alisa, Bruce, Don and Sue B, Driya, Janet, LLoyd, Philip, Probo, Rucina, Rosalind,  Rustiasa, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Cat, Mr. Chu, Dennis (USA), Donna, Gabe, Jody (in USA),  Mandy and Fred Brauer (Cairo, Egypt), Marilyn (in USA), Jeremy, Kadek (in the field), Patricia, Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City, USA), Adrian Hearn (Australia), Ruth Austin, Guest Speakers Ochie and Stephen


The bell had hardly stopped ringing before Rtn Janet was sharing IPad pictures of her grandson, aptly called “The King”.  Janet joins Pres Sue W in becoming an aficionado of the IPad community.  For those of you still mystified by your ancient cell phones, not to worry…you’re not alone.

Rtn Cat made an appeal for financial help as she faces a medical emergency…Cat’s not ill, but the 11 year old daughter of Nyoman and Wayan, her longitme staff (that we know well from her books) has been diagnosed with septicemia. The medical costs to save this child’s life were estimated at US$6,000, far beyond Cat’s capability to handle on her own.  Rtn Rucina suggested we donate tonight’s raffle proceeds and everyone agreed. (Note: Through the generosity of Cat’s friends throughout her network, she has been able to raise all the money needed, and it looks like young Kadek will recover)

Pres. Sue told us a story and it began with It was a dark and stormy night….  It was 8:30 pm, and Sue was out celebrating a friend’s birthday.  She got a call from a man who started the conversation with “You don’t know me….”  It turns out he had brought 100 pounds of clothing donations with him from Canada!  And he was leaving the next day!  So at midnight, Sue said goodbye to her party friends, and went to meet Mr.Kumar at his hotel in the center of Ubud and to pick up the two monster boxes. Mr. Kumar was waiting for her.  He said he needed to take out a few personal things from the boxes, and proceeded to take EVERYTHING out, and covered the floor with clothing, It took another hour to get it all back into the boxes and into Sue’s car!  Home late, tired but happy with a car overflowing with treasures for our needy Balinese friends.

The fundraiser Cook Book continues to move along.  We  e-mailed District 3400 members asking for info on printers and graphic designers.  Not only did we get some good leads on printing and graphic designers, but we received a yummy corn fritter recipe from Rtn. Yolanda of RC Surabaya Kaliasan!

What are elephants good for?  Well, they’re a great tourist attraction and they make big poops! Our Rotary Volunteers Chakra and Rebecca from Tri Hita Karana held a community planning meeting in Petang about the newest mobile rice mill project. We are please that two women’s organizations in the village have jointly agreed to oversee the rice mill operations.  Chakra noticed the mountains of elephant dung (nearby the village is an elephant ride tourist attraction) and  immediately saw its value …as a source of biogas and sustainable power for the village (as long as the elephants continued to be productive).  He is preparing a proposal for a project to train the locals in this technology.


Stephen DeMeulenaere and Yoshida “Ochie” Chandra

Ochie and Stephen began sharing amusing stories of language mis-communications.  Club members jumped right in to share embarrassing experiences resulting from not understanding or misusing the Indonesian language.  In Indonesian, there are many words that sound very similar…but have very different meanings.  Like kelapa (coconut) and head (kepala)!  It leads to some pretty hilarious interactions!

They have recently opened a new language school especially for foreigners who want/need to learn Indonesian.  The school is named Cinta Bahasa which translates to “I Love Language”.  They offer month-long intensive courses – 2 hours 5 times per week for 4 weeks.

It is often said that Indonesian is a very easy language, and at a very beginning level it is quite simple, but at a deeper level, the language is quite complicated.   As in any language, the cultural nuances are also important to understand, e.g., visitors are often asked ‘Where are you going?’  This is just another way of saying ‘Hi’ and doesn’t require an explicit answer.

There are new regulations that make it important to know the language.  The test to renew a driver’s license is in Indonesian and holders of long stay visas are now being queried about their language proficiency.

Both school founders have interesting professional backgrounds.  Ochie has taught and has  broad experience in advertising.  Stephen came to Bali in 2000 as a volunteer and ended up managing Jungle Run Productions, a multimedia company.  Cinta Bahasa is located in the same building as Campuhan College on Jalan Campuhan, Sanggingan.  Rtn Gabe has enrolled in the first crash course, so we’ll be able to be speaking bahasa with her very soon!

Dates to Remember

Club Assembly Part II on March 29th at Lloyd’s house, 6 – 8 p.m.

District Assembly on April 29-30 (Bandung)

District Conference on June 10 and 11…get your registration forms and payment to Pres Sue ASAP to take advantage of the Early Bird special pricing. (Bali)

Rotary Institute Region 7A on Dec. 2 (Bali)

AND Rotary International PE Kalyan Banerjee will be visiting Bali on April 8.  

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