Bulletin 07 October 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Bagehot
Bulletin October 7, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
We are really excited to be inducting 3 new members in the coming weeks – as soon as they settle down long enough to be pinned! Cokorda Raka Trisnu Yudhana (Cok Raka) of the Puri Garden Hotel in Ubud is at the APEC gathering in Denpasar (the meeting President Obama had to skip), serving as liaison for VIP foreign officials there.
Eli Lenyoun will soon return from business in Singapore. And Kedek ‘Dek’ Gunarta, who was scheduled to talk to us tonight about his banjar’s impressive recycling program had a sudden death in the family this afternoon; he will reschedule. All three have been approved for membership, and we’re looking forward to formally welcoming them to RCBUS.
Rtn Bruce reports we’ve been contacted by Frederik Verhaeghe and his group of 10 Belgian Rotarians from RC Oudenaarde, who are rushing back through Ubud tonight and tomorrow morning. Pres Sue and IPP Rosalind will have exactly half an hour to visit with them at breakfast tomorrow morning before they head for the airport
Pres Sue reminds us about the Rotary Academy in Kuta next Saturday the 12th – a whirlwind tour of everything Rotary in 3 hours flat, for both veteran Rotarians and newbies. Contact Sue for a ride down.
And please make sure Rtn Janet Molloy’s Fellowship event is on your calendars for Sunday, October 20th. Bring favorite beverages, family, friends, potential Rotarians – and bathing suits!
There’s an elegant fundraiser in Seminyak coming up soon to benefit Bali Peduli’s HIV/AIDS clinics. Contact Sue for details. Quickly! They’re likely to sell out.
Rtn Allan reported progress on the Sumba water/sanitation project, which has been submitted to Rotary International for approval. Allan and Rtn Cat Wheeler met today with Rtn Bill Chapman of WASHRAG (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Rotary Action Group…phew!). They agreed there remain a number of details and issues that need to be addressed. Allan is driving the search to find suitable people to fill the gaps in project management. These will be taken up by the Project Committee to see if there are any showstoppers.
Rtns Probo and Driya reported on their papaya farm project, which is a huge learning experience. Challenges have included poor drainage, papaya thieves, matching their sales with how much they can produce – the usual kinds of problems that come with the territory when you’re an entrepreneur. They’re also developing processes for surplus product, like drying, juicing, making papaya candy, etc. They promise to bring a papaya for everyone to Janet’s event on the 20th – yet another reason to join us then!
And finally, Rosalind ran thru an on-screen slide show of her draft layouts for the new RCBUS website. These have gone to Web Master Ching who is putting together the finished product right now. It’s going to be impressive!