Bulletin 10 February 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
Bulletin February 10, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Tonight we bid a fond good-bye to Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City) who are returning to the USA for several months. That means we’re also saying good-by to Judith’s weekly Rotary minute. Darn, we’ll miss those interesting and informative minutes, so hurry back!!
Those dramatic District Governor elections are soon reaching a climax…all ballots from District 3420 clubs must be in DG Imam’s hands soon. The actual ballot opening and count will take place at a newly chartered club in Java …under strict Rotary International Manual of Procedures rules…as soon as everyone agrees just what that means. An interesting note about the two candidates…both are women who come from clubs whose membership is primarily women.
A heartwarming visit to Clinic Orchid (Klinik Angrek), the home of our GG’s HIV/AIDS clinic, was fully enjoyed by club members, board members from the Bali Peduli Foundation and the good Doctor Ngurah who heads the clinic.
The number of patients coming in for testing is growing quickly…but so are the numbers of HIV positive cases. With the new treatment plan in place, early diagnosis and treatment will keep HIV under control so patients can lead healthy lives. Where cases are diagnosed very early and immediately treated, the virus can actually be destroyed, leaving no trace of the disease.
Many people are concerned about the environment today, yet we know that our lifestyles contribute to environmental destruction. Kenneth Worthy, an environmental scholar and author of Invisible Nature: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Environment, (http://kennethworthy.net/invisiblenature/) explains why the disconnections running through modern life lead us to make harmful choices every day.
Separated from nature and from the consequences of our actions, we can no longer be fully ethical beings who align our values with our actions. Ken talks about how we can re-establish contact with the natural world, learn more about how industry remolds nature on our behalf, and begin to reclaim our full humanity. Traditional Balinese culture can inspire us with its examples, including its intensively holistic metaphysics, which have the potential to heal the destructive divides in modern Western philosophy and psychology.