Bulletin 07 July 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Bulletin July 7, 2014
Stuart (RC NZ), Tyr Throne (spinal therapist), Karen Schwe his wife Ann Marie
Our brand new President, Philip started us all off on a good foot by hosting the first meeting in our new year, 2014-15 with aplomb and savoir-faire. In a step away from tradition, we heard the speaker first
tonight as she had to leave early to perform at the Bali Arts Festival with Rucina for the 35th Anniversary of Gamalan Sekar Jaya orchestra and dance troop. Check here for their schedule this month in Bali http://www.gsj.org/calendar.
Rachel Cooper is Director of Global Performing Arts and Cultural Initiatives for the Asia Society which is headquartered in NY with 4 US branches and centres in 7 Asian countries. Created in 1956 to enhance understanding of Asia, it provides a context and vision of education in and about the region and creates ‘global competence’ for optimal engagement. She described using the performing arts to build bridges and open conversations with Iran as an example of ‘cultural diplomacy’. She is also co-founded of Gamelan Sukar Jaya.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya is a Balinese gamelan ensemble founded in 1979, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has been called “the finest Balinese gamelan ensemble outside of Indonesia” by Indonesia’s Tempo Magazine. It performs the music and dance of Bali in many different genres of Balinese gamelan, mainly gamelan gong kebyar, gamelan angklung, gender wayang, and gamelan jegog.
Past performances have also featured ensembles playing in other styles as well, including gamelan joged bumbung, kecak,gender batel, gamelan gambuh, genggong, and beleganjur. GSJ has also performed contemporary pieces featuring instruments from the Western tradition.
Rtn. Ros passed on some information about the where-abouts of our PP Sue – she has arrived in Nairobi and will start her safari tomorrow.
ES. Marilyn … Educare will receive $500 donation from RC Richmond, created by our ex-member Chris Kemp, who brought a group from that club a few weeks ago..
Sec. Cat reported the Rtn. Eli will be bringing two high level Singaporeans to meet with John Fawcett of the JFF and discuss a gifting circle. The next RCBUS sponsored project which recently spent time in the Ubud area giving the gift of sight to many Balinese!
Pres. Philip announced that Joady Barnes in our sister club in Manningham is fundraising for a program in Sudan, PP.Sue Winski donated a long weekend in her Pejeng house as an auction prize. Philip encouraged other members to consider similar gifts to make up a package for this fundraising of theirs.
Rtn. Glenn reported on the fundraising committee about the July 25th event at Betelnut, the Hogan Brothers jazz group. We need to encourage higher attendance to optimize the amount of money raised. The profits will benefit a Balinese child with kidney cancer. Her is a YouTube video to whet your appetite:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwZ9AMQZwVk. Glenn urged us all to, not only, be sure to attend and support this event, but to also invite friends and neighbors.
Stuart Pederson from RC Taurunga Sunrise in NZ recieved our club flag and promised to send us one of his.
The Bali Peduli Global Grant, has some leftover funds (about $2000) due to fluctuating exchange rates. Our proposal to make a video and buy reagents for the clinic is awaiting approval from Rotary but is expected soon.
Joint District Conference in Jogjakarta in 2015 is now open to early bird registration. Stay tuned for the web location for this early registration.
Glenn talked about our new stewardship committee which will address some matters brought up in the audit report to put processes into place for how we handle funds and process applications. They are now working on a short document and then will produce a report which will be shared with the club when ready.
The raffle prize was won by Stuart, our guest from NZ.by