Bulletin 15 September 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Guests: Fred Stimmel (speaker), Vivienne Low Stimmel, Isabella Stimmel, Peter and Lyn MacIntosh, Anne Marie Kipar, Jan Halkjaen, Carol Whiting, JP Parker, John Milton, Maynoo
Members: Philip, Cat, Ros, Marilyn, Rucina, Bruce, Glenn, Sue Bennett
Visiting Rotarians: Rich Foss PE of RC Colorado Springs Interquest, John Milton from RC Kalamurda
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Sec. Cat announced the DAP (Australia’s Direct Aid Program) grant for the Biosphere Foundation (http://www.biospherefoundation.org/projects/Organic-Farming-Project.html ) was approved for
IDR 48,000,000 to pilot alternative dry land crops in NW Bali. This project intends to reduce/eliminate ongoing damage to Bali’s National Park caused by farmers cutting plants to feed their livestock. By introducing new staple cash crops, promoting dry land farming techniques and teaching sustainable growing techniques, the economic reliance on livestock can be replaced with environmentally friendly cash crops.
Exec. Sec. Marilyn showed us slides of the school visit of Rotarian Suzette from Holland and of Suzette presenting our club’s flag to her club’s president. It’s great fun following our guests on their journey home accompanied by our flag.
Pres Philip shared an email from Colin Burns, RC of Como, Australia. Colin expressed interest in exploring potential joint projects and we’ll make every effort to encourage his interest when he visits Bali next month.
We’re making good progress on two small elementary school water projects. Rtn Glenn reported on a site visit to the elementary school situated close to the village of Temukus and located in Karangasem Regency. We have a history of successful projects in that area and have close relationships with the village and school leadership which is always of significant help. On September 24, the school will have a ‘starting the project’ ceremony and then the real work can begin … improving rainwater catchment systems, adding water tanks, renovating toilets and building hand washing basins.
Rtn Glenn also told us about a second site visit held on Sept 13. We visited an elementary school located close to Tenganan Dauh Tukad, a Bali Aga village in Karangasem Regency where we will do work similar to what is being done in Temukus. Additionally we’ll work with the government clinic to have a Health Day for all children and their families. Many of the kids at this school come to school barefoot so we’ll make sure every child receives shoes and a couple of pair of socks. RC Bowral Mittagong, Australia, has generously helped first the village and now the local school. (VP Rucina clarified that this is not the rich and famous Tenganan village, but another one nearby.)
In the absence of Rtn Allan, Marilyn updated the club on the deep well project in Aas, Karagasem Regency. (http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/?post_type=projects&p=13023) It required special diamond bit boring equipment to drill through solid rock and the drilling continued over five months until finally reaching water!! Many thanks to RC Ignacio Foundation (USA) for funding this project.
VP Rucina is helping a poor community of salt farmers in Banjar Les in north Bali and encourages
us to buy bags of sea salt at Rp 5,000. USA club members are buying lots of these product to bring back to the USA for resale to aficionado cooks, with profits coming back to Bali and to the farmers.
Pres Philip announced that three local businesses have invited the club to consider them as a possible meeting place for our club. These invitations are being followed up by a specially formed committee who will bring information back to the Board and all club members.
Exec. Sec. Marilyn happily announced that at long last and with the super help of Pres. Elect Cok Raka, we finally have a bank, BNI, that will allow us to open a checking with two names! This is a Rotary International requirement for doing a Global Grant project. Recent changes in Indonesian banking regulations have made it quite difficult to meet these requirements but at last we’re back on track and going forward with our approved and fully funded Global Grant in Payangan.
VP Rucina announced that tickets for the Bali Film Festival are now available and there will be free
shuttle bus service twice a day between Ubud and the Festival location. Not having to brave the traffic filled roads in Bali is a great incentive to attend!
VP Rucina introduced Frederick Stimmel, an electrical engineer who delivered a thought-provoking talk on free energy. In theory the universe constantly creates energy which individual scientists have learned to generate, but their work has largely been suppressed for political reasons to protect existing energy technologies. He showed us pictures of various machines that had been developed to generate energy over the past century. He is working on a scalable quantum motor generator (QMoGen) in Bali which can be made without special skills from easily available parts for about $1000.
It has no patent protection because he believes that this technology should be freely available to all. He knows of about 40 prototypes worldwide. For more information please go to http://www.qmogenbali.org/
The raffle prize of a Balawan CD was won by Rich Foss.by