Bulletin 08 September 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Bulletin September 8, 2014
The largest meeting since we formed our club over 5 years ago!
Members: Cat, Bruce, Glenn, Ros, Janet, Rucina
RC Guests: Merrie Farley (RC Enumclaw), Wendy Walker (RC Enumclaw), Edem d’Almeida (RC Nantes Dobree District 1510)
Guests: Heather Conte, Khan Wilson, Thomas Khan Hammond-Wilson, Natalie Lejeune, Siggi Nehaus, Arjan, Linda Fisher, Peter and Lynn McIntosh, Vanessa Campagnero, Sandhi Spiers, Stephanie Brookes, Jermone Brookes Metcalf , Dave Metcalf, James, Lucia Indrayanti, I Gede Saputra Giri, Valerie Almeida, April Denise, Aaron Collett, Maria Mayer
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
PP Ros led the meeting on behalf of Pres.Philip, whose child is ill. We all hoped for a quick recovery.
VP Rucina talked about the hand-crafted sea salt from the village of Les in northeast Bali, where 20 salt farmers harvest the salt by traditional methods. Mozaic, Locavore and other restaurants are already using it. It is for sale for Rp 10,000/kg ($1) from Rucina; all of the money returns to the salt farmers. Contact Rucina for how and where to purchase this wonderful salt (quite concentrated and with a slight sweet aftertaste), the sale of which helps these Balinese salt farmers.
Ros announced an upcoming site visit September 13 in Tengganan where we will have a project putting in toilets and washbasins at the elementary school, and the club will also host a health and hygiene day. Please contact ES Marilyn if you would like to go along, she can help with directions and/or transportation.
Membership Chair Janet is fundraising for Yayasan Rama Sesana, a foundation for the reproductive health for poor women in Bali. The foundation’s office is on the 4th floor of the Pasar Badung in Denpasar. YRS also supports a drop-in school for street children.
She encouraged us to buy coupons for Rp 300,000 ($30) which covers the cost of a medical exam, pap smear, blood test for HIV and STDs and a breast exam for one woman. If 25 people support this, the doctor will come to Ubud to do the checkups here, which will encourage more local women to have these important tests. A fundraiser in October will go toward buying a mobile women’s health clinic.
Ros reminds us that cervical cancer is a big concern here because women normally don’t go for screening and so often it’s too late for treatment by the time they are diagnosed.
The large turnout at our meeting tonight is the result of our guest speaker and his incredible story. Photographer Dave Metcalfe spoke of his fascination with Kalimantan (Indonesia’s portion of Borneo), home to the world’s oldest rain forest with 5% of the world’s flora and fauna; the Dayak people who live there speak at least 74 languages. Between coal mining and palm oil production, there has been much destruction of forest and peat land.
Dave talked about his visits to Setulang, a village of 800 people in North Kalimantan on the edge of primary forest, which is protected by the villagers and which still contains much wildlife. Forty years ago the villagers had moved there from a remote area called Long Sa’an, a month’s journey on foot, to take advantage of the opportunities for education for their children and medical care for the villagers.
Dave helped put a group of 9 friends together to take 6 Dayak elders back to their ancestral home, Long Sa’an, along with one Native American.
Using a hand-drawn map they navigated a long boat to Long Sa’an which took two days by river followed by a three-hour walk. The elder Dayaks were deeply moved to return to their native home and traditional burial grounds where 60 generations had lived.
The Setulang Project includes ecotourism to bring support for the local elementary school and handicrafts. Dave announced that there will be an event with the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival on October 3 at Ubud’s Botanic Garden to launch the book ‘Looking for Borneo’. Funds will go to projects in Kalimantan and Bali. Please contact Dave for more information at David Metcalf Photography. davidmetcalfphotography.com
Flags were exchanged with RC Enumclaw in Washington State (US), and RC Nantes Dubree (France) and the raffle prize was won by April.