Bulletin 16 August 2010

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3400/No. 79571

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

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

Bertrand Russell

Bulletin August 16, 2010

ATTENDANCE: Bruce, Cat, Gabe, Lloyd, Marilyn, Mr. Chu, Pat, Rucina

APOLOGIES: Alisa (USA), Asri, , Dennis (USA), Driya, Don and Sue B., (USA), Donna, , Janet (U.K.), Jeremy Jody (USA), Kadek (in the field), Philip, Probo, Sue W (Scotland), Tangsi, Tjkok Raka, Rus

GUESTS: Darsih Sawnick, Debi


NEXT WEEK’S GUEST SPEAKER: None other than our District Governor, Al Purwa! He’s a fun kind of guy and we’re looking forward to hearing the latest tales on his journey to meet with all clubs in Indonesia.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  LLoyd reminded everyone of the change in meeting schedule next week…Fellowship at 6:30 and our regular meeting at 7:00.

CORRESPONDENCE: Our Rtn Janet sent SMS from Australia where she has already done a make-up meeting.  Her message “I did it!!  An all male club and a lot of fun!!!   “Knowing Janet, she left that all male club rocking with laughter.  How often do they get a blond bombshell to cheer them up?

REPORTSCat presented the Ancut water proposal which will bring potable spring water to about 5,000 people, mostly subsistence farmers, who have no access to water in the dry season.  The cost of the project is $28,579.  The members approved the proposal, and Cat will begin seeking funding immediately.

Lloyd gave us an update on the $10,000 donation from Lynnette’s company.  It will allow us to adopt an elementary school in the Bunutan area, which is located on the northeast coast of Bali. The Rotaractors are surveying eight schools in Bunutan and this data will be shared with RC Bali Ubud.  RCBU has already completed a project in Bunutan and intends to focus on that area for future projects.  While it’s easy to coordinate projects between the Ubud clubs there is some concern about overlap of services with unknown community groups.  Bunutan is so large geographically that it is really difficult to determine who has done what where!    Pat gave LLoyd a telephone number for a group who may also be working in Bunutan!

Bruce reminded those of us responsible for sections of our upcoming website to get our materials together!  Assignments have been made and the website content quality will be only as good as we all make it.

GUEST SPEAKER:  Darsih spoke to us with her usual vim, vigor and vitality.  This woman has a mission!  Darsih’s vision is to bring together producers, markets, scholars and other players in the country’s organic scene. National and international markets seek products in Indonesia, but the linkages between them are very poor. Darsih has developed a website that offers simple farmers a global presence and opportunity to improve their outreach.  She hopes the site will also become an education centre so farmers can access information on integrated pest management and other organic techniques.  The issue of certification is difficult here, as national bodies are not internationally recognized and the larger certifying organizations are prohibitively expensive for poor farmers.  This is just one of the challenges faced by farmers wishing to shift to organic cultivation.  Others include start-up and transition costs, distribution, market access, dealing with middlemen, changing market demands and competition with conventional farmers. Darsih will be giving her inspiring presentation to other organizations, including the Bali Hotels Assn, and encouraging people to eat local produce and support small farmers. Visit www.indonesiaorganic.com for lots more information.

NEXT MEETING at Maya Hotel

August 23 at 6.30pm

Please sms Marilyn (081 139 2522) by no later than Friday if you are unable to attend.

Speakers and Upcoming Events

Aug 23         Club Assembly (members only) with new District Governor Al   Purwa

Aug 30           Otto Vlech…Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink

Sept 13          DG Al Purwa

Sept 20          Sara Tooth …Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

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