Bulletin October 3, 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“One of the responsibilities of leadership is to seek out and develop the latent talent of those members who, for various reasons, have never had a real chance to demonstrate their ability.”
Clem Renouf 1978-79 RI President

BULLETIN 3 October 2011

Attending: Augie, Bill, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rucina, Sue W

Apologies: Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Cat (Australia) Danielle (Singapore on a visa run), Don and Sue (USA), Donna, Fred and Mandy (USA), Gabe (going full bore on Ubud Readers and Writers Festival!) Jeremy (inundated with work), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Patricia, Probo (babysitting the twins), Rustiasa (Jogya), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Joseph (USA), Jeff (Rtn Augie’s partner who said “I’m attending this evening to applaud when Augie speaks”)

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

What a skinny meeting we had tonight!  Members are off wandering the world and left just a few of us behind to mind Rotary…and we did our very best.

AUGIE Our newest member, Rtn Augie Jusran, told us about himself.  His story is darn exciting and delightfully interesting!  Born into a Chinese – Sundanese family in Jakarta about 50 years ago and named Agustinus Jusran, Augie was number 8 out of 10 surviving children. His parents married long before inter-ethnic marriage was accepted in Indonesia, and his father was disowned and thrown out of his family home.  Initially his father worked as a public transport driver, and later, because he had fluent Dutch, worked with a Dutch company.

Augie is California cool!

Shortly after the 1975 anti-Chinese uprising and riot in Jakarta, Augie’s family relocated to Singapore. Most of Augie’s brothers and sisters continued their education in the UK, but Augie himself chose to study in California, USA.

It was during college that Augie chose to come out of the closet, although he had known his orientation since he was a child. His mother’s reaction, “Are you like…Rock Hudson?” Augie  joined many gay rights groups and activities and one of the photos Augie shared with us was taken during a gay rights parade, where he proudly marched, complete with Indonesian flag and traditional dress.

Augie and Jeff,  his partner of 20 years, are world travelers and while on a buying trips in Vietnam for their California shop, they  met a young boy, Hai, who came from an extremely poor family, who really couldn’t afford to care for him, as his brother was quite ill.  Augie and Jeff adopted Hai and today Hai is in his last year of university at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand. Augie proudly displayed a sequence of annual Christmas family photos taken as Hai grew up into a wonderful young man.  Typical parents, Augie and Jeff relocated to Bangkok to oversee Hai’s education.  Now, with Hais graduation this year, Augie and Jeff decided to return to Bali.

Several years ago Augie and Jeff retired. But retirement does not fit them well [Augie:”It’s boring! There’s only so many days you can go to beach, have a massage, etc”]. So Augie and Jeff have decided to open another business.  Ubud Deli is scheduled to open in December.  (It is directly across the street from Rudana Gallery in Mas.)

We’re happy to add that Rtn Augie immediately jumped in to help with a current club project and is already an indispensible member.  For starters Augie is rounding up volunteers to stamp over 2,000 books with their donor’s emblem.

IPP Sue and PP Marilyn reported on last week’s monthly President and Secretaries meeting.  PP Marilyn (in her role as AG) chaired the meeting and after much discussion about PR, arbitrarily appointed DGE Kuhn to select a few worker bees and come back with a PR plan.  DGE graciously accepted the responsibility.  IPP Sue gave us details on the upcoming redistricting and on the e-mail discussion concerning future District Conferences.  With District3400 becoming two separate districts next July, there is support for both districts getting together for one DisCon meeting.   This would give all of us an opportunity to maintain contact with Rotarian friends who are not in our district.

Pres LLoyd shared information about a potential DSG in Sumba with Sister Club Manningham making it financially possible.  Rtn Joady, RC Manningham and several of our own club members are now gathering the required details needed to move the project along and meet the Oct 31 deadline for submittal of the DSG.

Rtn Janet reminded us to keep on voting for Ubud midwife Robin Lim in hopes of  Robin being chosen as this year’s CNN Hero.  The winner will be awarded US$250,000 and will go a long way towards adding or improving free services in this well known birthing clinic.  Here’s the place to go to cast your votes.  http://heroes.cnn.com/vote_en.aspx

Then, from the mountain, IPP Sue gave us the cook book commandments!!

We need all members must get out there and sell cook books!

  • And get in line to come with me to visit Rotary clubs in Bali…to sell, sell, sell!  She tempted members with the idea of visit a club’s luncheon meeting, stop for a massage and then on to another club’s dinner meeting.  Most of the other clubs are down south, 1-1 1.2 hours away.

News from RC Seminyak.  Mark your calendars!!

ROTARY CLUB of BALI SEMINYAK
CHARITY HOLIDAY BAZAAR
ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH 2011
FROM 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At THE PATRA BALI RESORT and VILLAS

SOUTH KUTA BEACH

A fantastic day out for the entire FAMILY.

An  Exciting variety of merchandise and delicious food
All day ENTERTAINMENT and PERFORMANCES, GAMES, RAFFLES, CHILDREN ACTIVITIES….all day fun.
Entrance is Free!
Book your Table now Rp.300,000

All proceeds from the Bazaar will be donated to RCBS Breast Cancer Awareness Project in Bali
Contact: Email: rcbs_holiday_bazaar@rotaryseminyak.org


* BIG * Rotary Events Coming Up

First The Rotary Institute is scheduled for December 2 to 5.  There will be 1400 Rotarians coming from Zone 6B (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangledesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos), Zone 7A (Indonesia and Phillippines) and Zone 10B (Hongkong, Macau, Mongolia, China and Taiwan).   It’s a great honor for Bali to host the Institute and a great opportunity for us to meet Rotarians from other districts and countries.  If it comes off anything like the District Conference last June, attendees can count on having a heck of a lot of fun!

And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conferencewill be held in Bangkok May 6 to 9, 2012.  It’s not likely to get much closer to Bali for years to come so if you can, REGISTER!  Many of our international project partners will attend and it will be our chance to meet them face to face and thank them for all their past help and support.


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