Bulletin 17 February 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.” – Unknown
Bulletin February 17, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
The revolving door of coming and going guests continued as we bid a fond farewell to Rtn Kirk Alliman (RC Louisville, USA) and spouse Jeanne. Kirk and Jeanne attended our meetings regularly for the past four months and participated in many of our project events. Kirk has enough make-ups to carry him through the rest of the Rotary year!
In the same breath, we welcomed back Rtn David Lock (RC Kenmore, Australia) and spouse Ann. (We think they’ve timed their return so as not to miss Dr. Ngurah’s Marching Band performance with photos soon to come in a future Bulletin.)
Guests Rtn David and Ann then introduced THEIR guests, Allan and spouse Lucy. Allan is the President elect of RC Kenmore and was inspired to begin a project upon his return to Brisbane when David and Ann presented a donation of a whole bunch of toothbrushes.
Many thanks to David and Ann and here’s hoping Allan makes a great success of gathering additional toothbrushes for kids in our elementary schools.
On Feb 13 our much touted fundraiser was a standing room only success. Even the Jakarta Post wrote a glowing review with many pictures of both performers and attendees. Special thanks go to the club’s Fundraising Committee: VP Rucina, PP Rosalind, Zsuzsa, SAA Bruce and Treas Danielle.
The Indonesian island of Java has been struck with yet another natural disaster. Still trying to recover from massive flooding that has destroyed many square miles of agricultural land, Mt. Kelud erupted spewing thick ash over a huge area of Yogyakarta. Donations to both these disasters are rolling in from Indonesian Rotary clubs, and members close to the afflicted areas are working hard to make sure displaced families have food, water and clothing.
In the Philippines, Robin Lim and her staff of midwives from birthing clinic Bumi Sehat are doing what comes naturally for them…these brave women are delivering babies to displaced moms. The babies don’t much care if a massive typhoon hit the islands a couple of months back leaving their families homeless.
This is a note from Robin: “Thank you to Rotary Club Tacloban for ALL you do for so very many people, and for partnering with BumiSehat in our efforts to relieve suffering and look after mothers and babies and families in the aftermath of the most terrible storm in human history. Each of you members of Rotary Club Tacloban is also a survivor of the typhoon, yet you have been the inspiration and the steadfast initiators of the Relief, recovery and healing. You are a Blessing. “
Now here’s something that got our attention. The Rotary auditors are coming! We’ve been aware of this possibility for a long time, but now it’s really happening. Two Matching Grants and one Global Grant will be reviewed.
The Matching grants were completed in 2011 and organizing the materials for this audit has been like walking down memory lane. The Global Grant was closed just a year ago, so still very fresh in our minds. This should be a terrific learning experience and we expect the audits to focus on grant stewardship and project sustainability. We’ll report results at the close of the audits so stay tuned!!
What a treat this evening…Komang Ary is a noted collector of Indonesian art and his message to us was “CONSERVE THIS ANCIENT AND IRREPLACEABLE ART! “ In large part museums in Bali simply do not know how to properly conserve art pieces. Komang is doing his best to save ancient art by finding and buying as many pieces as he can and recycling them into modern hotels and villas or, if need be, selling them abroad where they’ll be cared for and survive.
Having these pieces moved abroad is sad for our Indonesian population but it is better than losing them completely. Komang explained that some of the oldest art, particularly sculpture, can be found in temples. Temples Gunung Kawi and Pura Goa Gaja have sculptures that date back to the 11th century and demonstrate the connection of Hinduism and Buddhism. In Pejeng, an ancient stupa, dating back to the 8th century was unearthed.
Over the centuries Indonesian art reflected the influence of the Melanesians, Chinese and Vietnamese peoples. In the 15th century Hindus moved to Bali from Java bringing with them artisans who shared their skills with the Balinese artisans. Their influence can be seen in the use of brick for buildings and inlay of Chinese ceramic plates in temples and walls.
In Bali ancient statues were often discarded and buried when temples were renovated. Although the holy books explained how to make the statues, there were no instructions telling what should become of them when they were being replaced. This led the Balinese to believe old statuary would bring bad energy to the temples and villages. So out of fear and the concern to protect themselves, old statues were destroyed or buried.
Not only ancient art is being lost, but also ancient rituals. In the Bali Aga villages in Karangasem where the few remaining original Balinese people are located, ancient rituals are still maintained e.g., after death, the body is left above ground or buried. In the rest of Hindu Bali, the body is cremated.
We applaud Komang’s efforts to save Bali’s ancient art. His enthusiasm and dedication are admirable and all of us are looking at art and statuary in a different and more discerning way as a result of what he taught us this evening.