Bulletin 24-January-2011

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

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
Mohandas Gandhi

BULLETIN 24 January 2010

Attending: Bruce, Don and Sue Bennett, Janet, Jeremy, LLoyd, Marilyn, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W, Zsuzsa,

Apologies: Alisa (USA…rtng Jan 28), Jody, (USA…rtng Feb 22), Cat (Sri Lanka), Dennis (USA), Donna (USA), Driya, Gabe (Australia), Kadek (in the field), Mr. Chu, Patricia (USA for knee surgery), Philip (on holiday), Probo, Tjok Raka, Tangsi,

Guests: Rtn Kasey Petersen (RC Incline Village, Nevada, USA) and spouse Rico, Guest Speaker Farquhar Stirling and spouse Lily Wardoyo, Fred and Mandy Brauer


Pres Sue pins Zsuzsa while Rosalind looks on

Pres Sue opened the meeting with the most joyous of activities…the induction of new members!  We are proud to welcome Zsuzsa Harsman and Rosalind Robinson as our newest club members. Zsuzsa hails from Canada and Rosalind from the USA.  Both have fantastic skills and experience and best of all, were Rotarians in their hearts before they became Rotarians in name.  Zsuzsa has already made excellent contributions of information to the club’s Global Grant project and Rosalind willingly assumed the task of ‘meeting minutes taker’ in addition to joining the Cook Book Committee.

Pres Sue described the variety of Rotary pins that Rotarians wore…Charter Member, Paul Harris Fellows, Past President, Annual Rotary Theme, gift pins from other Rotary clubs and more!  Some of us simply like to collect them.

Foundation Chair Sue Bennett reminded us that now is the time to either pledge or make our annual donations to Every Rotarian Every Year…it is with the help of these donations that Humanitarian projects are funded throughout the world.  And in three years, 50% of what each club gives comes back to that club and available for future projects.  Now that’s a nice return on investment!

Kasey watches while Janet takes notes with her handy netbook!

We received correspondence from a Brazilian doctor seeking medical professionals to join him on a mission in Africa. Please contact Sue for additional information.

Club members were given an opportunity to talk about personal experiences they think of as Rotary high points. Rtn Kasey, RC Incline Village, Nevada, USA was in a store in Jaipur, India  when she saw a  Rotary symbol displayed in front of  a shop. It turned out both the father and grandfather were Rotarians and they invited her to join them on Jaipur Polio immunization day. To participate in this important work with fellow Roratians was very moving for Kasey.

Rucina told us how Marilyn tried to recruit her as a club member for a very long time, until finally she succumbed and joined our club. For her, Rotary has meant new friends and deepened friendships and support from all.  Rucina, who has been under such enormous strain while caring for her seriously ill husband, thanked everyone for their love and thoughtfulness during this trying time.  Our dear ‘tough as nails’ Rucina, broke down and cried.  We are all with her… Rotarians and non-Rotarians….we are her loving friends.  And in Rucina’s usual spirit, she spoke about how the wonderful Rotaracts, an amazing group of young people who are so very philanthropic even though  philanthropy is not part of the Balinese culture.  Their dedication is extra special.

Foster and Kyle MacLachlan, the actor who portrays him in the film.

Jeremy told us about esteemed Rotarian Charles Foster who was portrayed in the film Mao’s Last Dancer.  Foster was the attorney for Chinese ballet star Li Cunxin, who made headlines after deciding to stay in the U.S. after his three-month cultural exchange with the Houston Ballet Academy. Thanks to the persistence and  legal expertise of Foster, Li was able to remain in the U.S. and become a principal dancer of the Houston Ballet.

Global Grant Update

Marilyn briefly updated members about the Global Grant.  The ever fabulous Rotaractors are further surveying one of the four schools in Kerta, S.D #5.  They are intent on coming up with the most effective and efficient method to deliver a consistent water supply to this school!

Pres Sue and Zsuzsa were in Sanur earlier in the week to meet with our Dyatmika teachers team.  Their charge is to train the village teachers in our project schools on the basics of hygiene for children.  Together they reviewed curriculum and teacher lesson plans.

Cindy and husband Jay with Jeremy, Sue and Marilyn

And ever on the lookout for valuable hygiene training information/materials, the Global Grant committee met with Cindy Malifa from Tirian, a training company.  Cindy showed us the four  Indonesian language health, waste, and sanitation training kits they have developed for use in schools and communities.  As part of their CSR, if you buy the kit, they will provide the teacher trainer…  We may be able to use the materials in the future.

With the actual commencement of teacher training about three months out we’re expecting  continual tweaking and fine tuning of the basic hygiene portion of the project, a good fit with the project schedule.  All water projects must be completed prior to moving on to basic hygiene training…kids need water and working toilets to practice what they’re taught!


Farquhar shows us a Siberut family portrait

Farquhar Stirling, (rhymes with Parker), a former executive with the Neilson  Company in Indonesia, casually mentioned that he’d like to go into the field with a research group studying primates on the island of Siberut, Indonesia. Farquhar was immediately welcomed!  Siberut is located off the west coast of Sumatra and can only be reached via a ten hour ferry trip.  As most frequently happens here in Indonesia, the ferry was seriously overloaded…passengers sitting shoulder to shoulder in crowded  passage ways, no life jackets and no information provided should a problem occur during the trip.  An auspicious start!

The small indigenous population of Siberut is as traditional as traditional can get.  Electricity, running water, toilets and soap don’t exist.  (It immediately became abundantly clear that bathing was not a high priority for the Siberut population).  The research group brought their own cook, food and utensils with them and for that Farquhar was grateful….particularly after realizing the level (or non-existence of) hygiene amongst the population. A close-by river was where toileting and infrequent bathing took place.  On the other hand, the local residents were welcoming and helpful and were pleased to have visitors with them, sharing their house and knowledge about the adjoining national forest and the primates that lived there.

Trekking through dense jungle, the study group spotted only one primate during their week’s stay.  Four types of primates, found ONLY on Siberut, are now all endangered.  In spite of the fact that these animals live in a protected national forest, illegal logging is removing their habitat and they are also a source of food for the local population. Considering the inaccessibility of the island, the communication barriers resulting from a multitude of tribal languages, and the shortage of government forestry workers, protecting the primates, the jungles and improving the lives of the islanders is a tough uphill climb.  And it’s not the ideal location to spend a week!

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