Bulletin 01 April 2013

 
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 pm at Maya Resort, Ubud
 
Bulletin, April 1, 2013

 “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.  The real safeguard to democracy, therefore, is education.”     Franklin D. Roosevelt

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

 

birthday cakeHappy Birthday to our Aries Members:

Aries qualities include spontaneity, action-oriented, courageous, drive, enterprise and Innovation.  All of those positive qualities could be used to describe Sue Winski, Sue Bennett, Asri, and Patricia, who all celebrate Birthdays in April.  Happy Birthday!

A Quick Response to a Quick Request to Report on 2012-2013 Club Projects:

AG Marilyn had only three days notice from the District Office to get a requested 2012-2013 Projects Report completed.  Now we know that Marilyn typically has this information at the tip-of-her-tongue but with only a few days to get the report together, she called on the Committee Chairs and Committee Members to get the information quickly and accurately.  Thanks to those individuals in the Club the Projects Report was proudly handed on to the District Office on-time and with the Club’s impressive array of projects detailed.  We are hopeful the District will  utilize this Project information as part of a Bali-wide database of Rotary Projects.

44 Thirsty Families in Amed will Benefit from Having Access to Clean Water:

water projectRtn. Richard Foss of Colorado Springs Interquest Rotary Club, discussed the 12th Water Project that he has undertaken in Bali.  This Water Project #12 is being scheduled for installation in Amed, one of Bali’s driest regions.  A gravity-fed water pump system will provide safe and clean water to 44 poor families in the parched hillsides of Amed.  Currently, these hillside dwellers have to travel great distances to get water from the lower streams, collected in jugs and hand-carried up the mountain to their homes.  Water is scarce and this leads to unsanitary conditions that unfortunately often result in dehydration, dysentery, and skin diseases.  Children are the most severely affected by these preventable diseases. 

On Wednesday, April 3, Richard went to Singaraja to purchase the pump for Water Project #12.  During this trip he also checked on the previous Water Project #11 to see the progress with drilling water wells.  Water Project #11 will bring water to a neighboring “dry” community by means of deep water wells. Those water wells will be maintained by the community benefiting from the water supply being made available through the deep wells.

Richard commented that even in the most dry and needy situation, the Balinese calendar is strictly adhered to by the Community Leaders involved in the Water Project. Work comes to a standstill until everyone is back at it again between seemingly successive Holidays.  Religious practices in Bali always take precedence.  Ultimately, after being involved in 12 Water Projects on behalf of Rotary on the Island of the Gods, Richard knows that everything worthwhile in Bali happens at it’s own pace and in it’s own time.  It just takes persistence and patience.

POSSIBLE FUNDRAISER CONCEPT:  “HOUSE & GARDENS OF THE GODS” TOUR

aaalight1Fundraising Chairman, LLoyd, discussed a possible event that the Fundraising Committee has been discussing for the past month.  Every Monday the Fundraising Committee gets together for Japanese dinner following the Rotary Meeting and discusses fundraising ideas informally. Maybe it’s the brilliant company, or maybe it’s the saki, but the Committee has come up with a potential winner fundraiser event idea that could be executed in August 2013. 

Ubud and its surrounds are known for luxury and inventive private villas that are exclusive and rarely seen by anyone except their owners.  The idea is for Rotary Bali Ubud Sunset to host a Home & Garden Tour of 5 exclusive private estates in the Ubud Area.  Homes featured in the Home & Garden Tour would range from Modern Tropical, to Balinese Updated, to a Traditional Balinese Brahman Family Compound.  Docents from our Club would give a brief discussion about each featured Villa as guests arrive in shuttled tour groups. 

We would partner with the General Managers of certain hotels in Ubud and down south in Seminyak to commit to hosting 20 guests each for this VIP Home Tour in Ubud.  The partnering hotels would commit to selling the 20 tickets, arranging the transportation for their hotel guests to all five homes, and hosting a Brunch or Dinner afterwards for their own guests as a private additional fundraiser for Rotary. 

RCBUS will also sell tickets to the Home & Garden Tour directly to other Rotary Clubs, friends, community members, and tourists.  We would have those participants join us at a central meeting point in groups of 20, scheduled on an hourly basis, and shuttle them from home to home following a designated tour plan.  Perhaps the last house on the tour has a beautiful display of silent auction items and a Fundraiser High Tea (at an additional cost) available for Guests who want to be included in that fun activity. 

 Stay tuned for more information to come on the fundraiser concept Home & Garden of the Gods Tour.

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Campuhan College Supporting a Creative Class:

campuhanMember Wayan Rustiasa, announced that 14 new Students are now sponsored for the Graphic’s Art degree program at Campuhan College thanks to the generosity of individual donators and sponsors.  So over half of the goal of sponsoring a total of 24 Students has been accomplished.  Rus requests our assistance in finding sponsors for the remaining 10 Students.  These Students would be unable to attend the College without sponsorship.  Sponsoring a Student cost Rp 10,000,000 (~US$1000.)  for tuition-only or 20,500,000 (US$2,500.)  to cover tuition plus housing and food per Student. . For more information take a look at the Campuhan Website at www.Karunabali.com

School Supplies from Escapes Unlimited:

Thoughtful and socially conscious travel agency, Escapes Unlimited, out of the United States encourages its clients heading for Bali to hand-carry school supplies and donate them to young Bali Students.  Bali visitor, Caroljean McLean, loaded her suitcases to overflowing to give impoverished children needed school supplies that they would otherwise have to do without.  A BIG THANK YOU to Caroljean for her personal generosity and to Escapes Unlimited for asking their Bali-bound clients to keep our poverty level children in mind. 

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Fellowship/Club Assembly with an Accent on the Latin and Italian at LLoyd’s Home on Sunday, April 21:

italian chefIPP LLoyd, will host the next fellowship on Sunday, April 21, at 11:00 am in his home in Central Ubud.  Inspired by his native Los Angeles and also a love of Italian food, the Brunch will be Latin & Italian themed including Pizza from Il Giardino Italian Restaurant and “Desaks Supper Tangy Vinaigrette & Goat-Cheese Salad” along with Sangria Drink.  Attendees can bring their own favorite Italian or Mexican Pot Luck dish.  Please RSVP to LLoyd at lloyd@designsolutionspt.com by Wednesday, April 17.

 

 

 

RYLA Event Happens April 12-14 here in Bali:

rylaPE Sue Winski, reminded the Club Members that the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) program is taking place April 12-14.  Our Club is sponsoring three Young Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 to attend this inspirational program. There’s still a few more last-minute spaces available for exceptional Young Adults to join in the RYLA Program.  Any suggestions for candidates, please let Sue and Marlyn know.

SAY “YEP” IF YOU WANT TO HOST AN EXCEPTIONAL FOREIGN EXCHANGE YOUTH:

The YEP Program (Youth Exchange Program) from Rotary is a 12 month program where Foreign Youth get to experience living abroad with Host Families in a selected country. The hosted YEP youth will stay with a family for 4 months within the total year of living abroad.  So each YEP Youth will need to be hosted by 3 different families to fulfill their 12 month program commitment.  The YEPpers are looking for Host Families in Bali and plan to meet on April 14, in Belimbing at Pal Al Purwa’s cottages to discuss Host Families.  Hosting a YEP Foreign Exchange Youth is likely to enrich your family’s life as much as it does the the YEP individual.

The Voice of Rotary:  “Ichiban” – The Best YOU Can Be:

Gabe discussed the April message from Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka, who spoke about the importance of communication.  Communication is often nuanced and and we want to make sure our words and thoughts are delivered to the listener properly an in the context we intended.  An example of communication being interpreted differently than intended was the use of the Japanese word “Ichiban” in Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka’s frequent speeches and discussions with Rotary Audiences around the world.  Ichiban can be frequently interpreted and translated to mean “Number One” but in Sakuji Tanaka’s discussions he was expressing the word to mean “The Best” which has a different connotation.  Sakuji Tanaka was challenging Rotarian Members to be the best they can be, do the best they can personally do, and achieve the best results possible.  That’s a different idea than the hyper-competitive directive of being “number one”. 

The Rotary way of life is about cooperation and doing our best and being our individual best.  Striving for being “number one” seems to be isolating with the focus on competition rather than cooperation.  So lets all Ichiban (do our best) to make our lives meaningful, fulfilling, and always striving to be our best. 

The Newest Rotary Member in the World on Monday, April 1, at 6:23PM:

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President, Rosalind, inducted Sylvia McGroarty as our newest Member.  Club Members applauded at the emotional commitment and willingness to serve others above self demonstrated by Newest Member Sylvia.  Sylvia’s generosity and fundraising expertise were noted last week when she and her circle of  friends donated US$1,000 to our Club in support of our programs.  

Support 6 Worthwile Projects in Bali by Attending the Annika Linden Centre Gala Opening & Concert:

Rucina, invited Members to participate in the Annika Linden Centre Gala Opening Concert on Saturday, April 20, 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets are Rp 600,000 each or 12 Tickets for Rp 6,000,000 and the proceeds benefit six health and education projects in Bali:

YAKKUM Bali which provides services for people with disabilities
YKIP whose mission is breaking the cycle of poverty through education scholarships
Yayasan Rama Sesana (YRS) focusing on women’s health care
Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan Bali (YPK) supporting integrated therapy and education for people with disabilities
East Bali Poverty Project helping villages to help themselves
Bali Hotels Association Scholarship that provides scholarships for careers in Hospitality

Learn more about the Gala Benefit at www.inspirasia.org and purchase your tickets from Rucina at our Monday Rotary Club Meeting.

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GUEST SPEAKER

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Professor Emeritus Roger Paget

“U. S, – Indonesia Relations Over the Last 60 Years”

Our Guest Speaker this week had everyone rapt with attention.  Professor Emeritus Roger Paget from the Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon has spent the last 60 years analyzing the political situation in Indonesia and America’s political involvement in Indonesia. Roger began his discussion informing us that he was part of a team looking at the United Nations Aid programs when he heard remarks suggesting that the American Aid programs were becoming more politicized and contracted-out activities over the years and there seem to be fewer experts in the field who know the real issues.  The challenge with this is that many assumptions are made that may not be true or that compromise the Aid provided.  Roger complimented our club for our hands-on approach and direct involvement with the communities in Bali that we serve.  He observed that this approach is often missing in modern-day US Aid to foreign countries.

Robert spoke about the US and Indonesia political relationship from the ending of World War II to the current day.  He summarizes this relationship from three distinct periods of US / Indonesian relations:

FIRST PERIOD:  A New Nation in the 1950’s Under Soekarno

At the end of World War II, the Dutch sent their military forces back into Indonesia to take back Indonesia as a colony.  During World War II the Dutch were forced to leave Indonesia as a result of the Japanese invasion of Indonesia.  The United States was instrumental after World War II for preventing the Dutch from their goal to re-colonize Indonesia.  Soekarno became the first President of Indonesia and defined his government as a “guided democracy” and America’s relationship in the early 1950’s with Indonesia seemed positive. Indonesia was gaining credibility as South East Asia’s key diplomatic player as the country hosted the 1955 Bandung Conference on Non Aligned Nations.  Indonesia even sent peace-keeping forces throughout the world during these years early years.  Most Indonesian’s forget how progressive Indonesia was politically in the region during the early years of Soekarno’s government.

 Under Soekarno, Indonesia’s  took a neutral political position between the Cold War Super Powers because he wanted to maintain diplomatic relationships with both Powers and even with China as an important trading partner in the region. The US Foreign Policy of the Late 1950’s gravitated to a more extreme position as the Cold War heated up.  By the mid 1950’s US foreign policy polarized and a foreign country would have to choose to be “with us or against us” leaving no room for neutrality.  Soekarno’s independent political neutrality was unacceptable to the US foreign policy makers and by the late 1950’s Indonesia became regarded as a pariah state under Soekarno’s democratically elected leadership. The US took defensive action to overthrow Soekarno and install a new President who would be proactively pro-American in the South East Asian Region.  Guest Speaker Roger Paget witnessed the American Military activity in Indonesia at that time and the clear goal was to overthrow Soekarno.  That mission was successful.

SECOND PERIOD:  Order Baru, Suharto’s New Order

Suharto came to power in a calculated environment of maximum political violence.  Control of the economy, a tight grip on the population, and swift demise of his enemies were trademarks of the Suharto Presidency.  The US supported Suharto in the beginning and even helped train the Indonesian Military Corps to suit the US political agenda of the time.  During that Cold War Era, the US shaped the world to suit its desires.  Communism was the Cold War US enemy and when Indonesia swept through their registered Communist Party killing-off its members in a 1965-1966 political-genocide, US Colonel Martin Green at the time commented “We killed off 1 million Commie rats”.  The militarization of the US and Indonesia happened simultaneously and rapidly.  The US was armoring the world as the Cold War continued to escalate.

No scholars predicted the fall of Suharto but the pressures of maintaining his absolute rule of Indonesia eventually led to his downfall in 1998.  As his Presidency slid into a role of prolonged Dictatorship, Suharto and his ruling family eventually became intolerable to the Indonesian populace who wanted a more Democratic system of government.

THIRD PERIOD: Post Suharto and the New Democracy

The Council for Foreign Affairs in the US every year publishes a book focused on a few in-depth country studies.  In the 2012 Study the country of focus was Indonesia.  This Council for Foreign Affairs Report is read by many Americans involved in American Foreign Policy and the Financial Investment Community. The Report suggests that Indonesia is stable and solid economically.  However, based on his personal assessment of the country, Roger sees an economy out of balance with too much of the resources in too few hands.  The gap between rich and poor in Indonesia is the largest in its history and he views the economy and population as being more volatile. 

The US interest in Indonesia today seems to be more focused on where Indonesia lies strategically on the globe.  Indonesia geographically rests within the main shipping waterway artery where 60% of the world’s traded goods travel to get to their final destinations.  The US expects that Indonesia will guard those waterways in order to keep commerce moving and no doubt may be arming the Indonesian Military to do just that.  

We will hear more from Professor Emeritus Roger Paget, by popular demand, at our Rotary Meeting on Monday, April 15. 

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