Bulletin 18 August 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
Bulletin August 18, 2014
Members: Bruce, Marilyn, Philip, Cat, Rucina, Rosalind, Eli, Ros, Karen
Guests: Tyr Throne, Endang Widiati, Janita, Jillian and Fred (RC Bridgetown), Judith and Bill Schneider (RC Foster City), Mary Lee, Tracey and Lee, David and Ann Lock (RC Kenmore), Susan Tereba, Alan Spence, Frederique, Dipit, Puput
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Pres Philip opened the meeting reminding members that Membership Chair Janet had asked each of us to bring a guest…and with the huge turnout it seems we all tried to do just that! Philip did ask for a show of hands from members who actually did bring a guest and the truth will out! Those members who brought two guests ‘lent’ one to members who had failed to bring any!! No names were mentioned.
Monday morning, Rtns Marilyn and Cat met with Rtn Eli and two brilliant young women from Singapore, Lee and Tracey. The focus was on exploring ways we might develop working relationships with Rotary clubs in Singapore. Eli has been doing make-ups in Singapore and was impressed with both RCs Marina City and Queenstown. Guest Lee plans to soon become a Rotarian, joining RC Marina City.
On Tuesday, Rtns Cat and Eli were off to work with top leaders at the John Fawcett Foundation…founder John Fawcett and CEO LeRoy Hollenbeck… to strategize ways to provide additional eye clinics for the needy in Indonesia.
Rtn David Lock (RC Kenmore) reported that the marching band event in Payangan was excellent, with the students in impressive costumes and making inspiring music…all in honor of Indonesia’s Independence Day. The band came to
be through Dr Ngurah, head of the government clinic in the Payangan District. The good doctor devotes almost every free minute to teaching and practicing with the junior and senior high school kids who make up the band and ALSO teaches the kids English!! To give the kids extra English practice, Rtn David and spouse Ann are often found early Sunday mornings chatting away with the young students.
Vacationing in Bali, Pres Dianne Ray, RC Sandgate in Brisbane, mixed Rotary business with holiday pleasure and met with Pres Philip. Dianne’s club is considering doing a small international project, perhaps a water project, and we hope she chooses to do it with us.
It was interesting to learn that there are many clubs that have rarely (or even never!) engaged in international service projects. We couldn’t help but be curious about why this is so…especially since we here in Bali, are so reliant on off island clubs to support our project efforts. We’d very much appreciate our Bulletin readers’ thoughts on this subject. If you have a spare moment, please do comment on this topic via email to Bulletin Editor Rosalind: rosalindinbali (at) gmail.com .
We’re about to begin a deep well project at an elementary school in Bangli Regency with intentions to start drilling directly after the small ‘starting the project’ ceremony on August 24. OOOOOOPS…our intended contractor is overscheduled!! Rtn Kadek Ari will step into the breach and again all is well …until the next moment of drama occurs.
Rtn Judith (RC Foster City) announced that her club and RC Woodside-Portola Valley, donated $3,500 for a water project in NE Bali. This was to add a pump to an already existing well, quite old but not very deep, that will soon deliver water to a holding tank. Water will then be then gravity-fed to the village. The project is almost finished!
VP Rucina, Fund Raising Committee Chair, announced that plans were evolving for three fund raisers over the next eight months. Rtn Barbara Mackenzie, RC Seminyak and Rucina have been talking fundraisers! More to follow.
Rucina’s comedy group Gedebong Goyang (translated literally ‘gyrating banana tree trunks’) is performing on Sunday evening in Sanur, with a different version of the Indonesian Presidential debate. It should be a hoot!! (Click here to see them in action WITH English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC5ufZySXcg , click on settings and choose 360p, to be able to read the subtitles)
Rucina also reminded us that sea salt is available for purchase (IDR 7,000 per kilo). All proceeds go to salt farmers in the village of Les in the northern part of Bali.
The Stewardship Committee is dealing with a dilemma! For Global Grants, RI requires two names on an account and also wants this account to be a checking account…but we haven’t found a bank that allows this. We may have no alternative but to share this information with RI and let RI decide if what is available here in Indonesia is acceptable and if not, we can no longer participate in Global Grants.
Rtn Judith shared a Rotary Minute…when we join Rotary we also join The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International which are two separate organizations because of US tax laws. RI allows us to attend any RC meeting in the world and receive the magazine. TRF collects money and disburses it for good projects through the clubs.
Rtn Eli presented flags from TWO Singapore Rotary clubs (where Eli, is doing his makeups). In return Pres Philip gave Eli two of our flags for Eli to carry back to RCs Marina City and Queenstown.
Working hard towards increasing membership, we were delighted to induct Tyr Throne. Pres Philip did the honors and we heartily welcomed our newest Rotarian Tyr (who was also our guest speaker this evening!!)
Tyr Throne was the guest speaker on the subject of “Youthing”. His wife, Rtn Karen, almost died following serious illnesses and this inspired him to start
teaching Youthing. A series of simple lifting, rotating and opening exercises demonstrated that we can improve the liveliness of our posture, movement and appearance. We make ourselves old by holding certain positions with tension and sitting incorrectly.
He sees a correlation between poor posture (which compromises the flow of blood to the brain) and Alzheimer’s, and will be furthering his studies on this observation for his PhD. Tyr teaches every Tuesday at Taksu and offers private sessions.
The raffle prize was won by guest Endang.