Bulletin 13 January 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance.” Theodore Dreiser
Bulletin January 13, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
A Huge turnout tonight to hear our guest speaker…who didn’t disappoint. More later!!
Our world traveler Rtn Gabe has safely made it back to Australia…and thinks she just might be passing through Bali in a few weeks…but not to stay and soon to be off and wandering again.
The Rotary Minute was delivered by Rtn Judith (RC Foster City) telling Rotarians and visiting guests how Rotary-sponsored training events are open to non-Rotarians. Proof of this was the sign-up for an upcoming Rotary-sponsored seminar about The Rotary Foundation and Grant Management. Our project partner, Executive Director Tono, of the Bali Peduli Foundation, joined our club members for this seminar.
Since the success of the Christmas fundraiser dinner, we’re all excited about doing another event. Leave it to VP Rucina to find something exceptional and fun! Recently returned from California (the first time she’s been back to the USA in 16 years!) Ru was a guest/teacher at the International Body Music Festival in San Francisco and especially enjoyed watching/hearing the Cudamani http://cudamani.org/, Body Music Ensemble perform. With her usual charisma and charm she engaged the group’s leader,
Khalid Freeman http://www.khalidfreeman.com/ to perform in Bali…which just happened to be on his way to someplace else. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. at Betelnut, Ubud. Entrance fee is 150,000 rp and will be available ONLY at the door the night of the event at Betelnut. And if you don’t know what ‘body music’ is… well, you’ll have to come and find out for yourself.
AG Marilyn reported that three small projects are close to completion including: providing a plastic material shredder for the village of Pedang Tegal in Gianyar Regency, and books for two elementary schools in the Karangasem Regency. In the works is another Educare program at an elementary school located 30 minutes from Ubud, and a water and sanitation project for an elementary school in the mountains of Karangasem…about a 1.5 hour drive over treacherous roads.
Rotaract continued its active schedule on Jan 18 with a delivery of food and clothing to yet another Karangasem village…this one requiring an on-foot, hour-long climb up a steep mountain. Only the bravest and fittest Rotarians dared participate. Congrats to Rtns Ron and Rich!
Sebastian “Suki” Belaustegui proved a picture is worth a thousand words! Suki is a self-taught Argentinian documentary photographer credited with producing several books of stunning pictures as well as being published internationally in National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Newsreel, and
International Partnership for UNICEF.
Suki shared many of his photographs with us. What is especially beautiful is his use of light (or lack of light). Some of us first thought he had ‘Photoshopped’ pictures to obtain the dramatic effect of chiaroscuro…but not at all the case. By taking painstaking steps to place faces just so, one side of the face is brightly lit while the other side is in darkness. Suki admits to often taking a very long time to pose and compose his images to get this perfect representation of light and dark.
For his book “Guardians of Time” Suki spent a decade touring eight Latin American countries and living in 25 native communities. He is currently creating a collection of pictures that will eventually be published as “Africa in the Americas.” To see some of Suki’s work and learn more about this talented young man go to: http://www.photosuki.com/
It’s a WOW!!! experience.