BULLETIN 30 May 2011

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

‘Remake the world, a little at a time, each in your own corner of the world’

Rick Riordan

BULLETIN 30 May 2011

Attending: Alisa, Cat, Mr. Chu, Donna, Fred and Mandy Brauer, Gabe, Jeremy, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W,

Apologies: Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Dennis (USA), Don and Sue Bennett (USA), Driya, Janet (in Europe with Lilly), Jody (USA), Kadek (in the field), Probo, Rustiasa, (babysitting!), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuzsa (Canada)

Guests: Guest Speakers Joanna Witt and Megan MacDonald, Rtns PE Patrick Van Campen and Cathryn Carlsen (RC Bali Seminyak), Jane Fischer, Christine Coughanor, Ela Abissor, Megan Pappenheim


New Introductions: Pres Sue was bored with the usual method of introductions so pulled a fast one on all of us.  Introduce the person to your right, we were told.  Since not everybody knew everybody else it led to some surprising introductions.  Jeremy was introduced as eye candy for the ladies (true but embarrassed our shy Jeremy).  Fred Brauer was introduced as a great opera singer (not true but nothing embarrasses Fred) and Ella said “This is Mr. Chu, and he is single” which brought lots of laughs.  PP/PE Patrick had so much fun – he wants to do the same thing with his Bali Seminyak club!

Our generous farmers: With the club still in farming mode, Rtn. Patricia brought us baby aloe plants and they were quickly snapped up.  Aloe is very happy in this climate and is excellent medication for burns and itches.  And if you have your hair done in the traditional manner in a traditional salon, aloe is a painless (albeit messy) way to get all that hair spray removed without destroying your hair.

Another Official Sister: Another lovely surprise was a certificate entitled Sister Club Resolution from RC La Jolla Golden Triangle. It read:  “La Jolla Golden Triangle RC District 5340 resolves to form a Sister Club Agreement with Bali Ubud Sunset RC District 3400 for the purpose of creating a sustaining relationship dedicated to pursuing Rotary’s goals.”

Rice Mill #3 Made and Delivered! The 3rd rice mill was inaugurated Monday morning in the village of Buangga about an hour’s drive north of Ubud.  There to celebrate with the villagers were Pres Sue, Marilyn, Rosalind, Jeremy, Gabe, Rucina and our partner, Chakra, who designed and implemented the mill production.  Without his efforts this rice mill would never have happened. VP Rucina gave us the full report on this adventure. First stop was to pick up a truckload of darling elementary school scouts (who later sang to all of us).  Before reaching the next stop, the second car in our short caravan got lost (and eventually found)  and then finally arriving at our final destination, Buangga, where the villagers were not so much waiting for us to show up but for the rice mill to show up.   (Keep in mind, this is Bali and nothing happens as planned.)  To keep us fully entertained Rucina involved everyone in singing songs, playing games and generally keeping the waiting crowd laughing while the newly constructed rice mill slowly found its way to the village.

Rtn Cat was the first to spot the rice mill trundling down the road and in typical Cat fashion pumped the air and hollered YES! YES! YES!  Now take a look at this…would you believe it’s a rice mill? 

Not only is it a rice mill but it’s an advanced model and works like a champ!  This mill merrily ingests newly harvested rice at one end and spits out hulled rice and the separated hulls at the other end.

Why is this rice mill so important?  With no rice mill, rice farmers must pay a miller to remove the hulls from their rice crop and the miller gets to keep the hulls.  With this dandy moveable rice mill, each farmer will pay a small amount into a cooperative (enough to have ready cash in case maintenance is needed but less than a miller would receive) and gets to keep both the rice and the hulls.  Those hulls are great feed for pigs or to add to the compost heap.

There is something quite unusual about how rice farming is managed in this village.  Standard operating procedure is that men are the rice farmers.  In this village it is the women who are the farmers…and it will be women who manage the new rice mill, keep the books and make sure the mill is properly maintained.

The mill was properly blessed and the party started to wind down.  The kids jumped back into the truck to head home, the villagers gradually started dispersing and the rice mill was trundled down the road to be held in a position of honor until it was time to go to work.  We Rotarians went home…just as the skies opened up and it started to pour!

Cookbook: Rtn Rosalind gave us an update on the Cook Book.  Several members were testing recipes over the week-end and sending ‘tastes’ to one another.  It’s a lot of fun but definitely dangerous if you’re dieting.

Sole Men:  PE LLoyd spoke about a new project starting in Bali named “Sole Men…Barefoot Challenge for Homeless Children in Indonesia.”  The project is anticipated to become District wide and LLoyd promises to return with more information.

Global Grant News:  Finally the Global Grant is taking on a life of its own.  Last week a dandy down payment was made to our construction materials supplier and on Monday starter construction materials were delivered to four schools.  This now makes it possible for the schools to select the ‘good day’ for ceremony which must be held prior to beginning construction of the water projects.  We are now waiting for the school principals to give us their dates so we can don our temple clothes and join in the festivities.

Temukus Water Project Visit: Don’t forget the visit to Temukus on June 5.  Marilyn will be sending out a special notice so transportation can be organized.  Western dress is OK for this meeting.


GUEST SPEAKERS: Joanna Witt and Megan MacDonald

Our guest speakers, Joanna Witt and Megan MacDonald who have gone where others fear to tread…Kerobokan Prison!

A year and a half ago Joanna was approached by a friend and asked if she would consider giving silversmith classes in Bali’s Kerobokan prison. Being a good hearted soul, Joanna agreed to give it a try and accompanied by her trusty silversmith, Nyoman, (who also just happens to hold a black belt in Pencak Silat) off she went to prison.

Joanna has made Bali her home for the past 18 years and is owner/designer of Studio Perak, a silver jewelry business.  She shared this information with the prison governor who eventually agreed to allow Joanna to move forward with silversmith classes.  The prison governor and the prison guards weren’t at all concerned that Joanna was going to equip the classroom with
gas torches, saws, drills, files and a collection of very sharp objects.

Initially Joanna’s plan was to simply give prisoners a new skill set but with passing time and as prisoners became more fully involved in classes, it was clear that changes were occurring in prisoner behavior and self perception…all for the better.  With Nyoman (the black belt silversmith) doing most of the training Joanna provided designs and pricing for pieces being produced by the inmates.  Then, when a computer was donated to the program Megan taught the class participants how to design not only jewelry but clothing as well using the computer.

A shop will soon be opened in Ubud especially to sell products made by Kerobokan prisoner/students.  In the meantime, pieces are on display at Joanna’s current shop and she brought a selection of pieces for us to admire.  All proceeds from sales are put directly back into the training program.

Jakarta has taken notice of the program and it is hoped that what is happening at Kerobokan will become a model prison rehabilitation program for Indonesia.   

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