Bulletin 20 January 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
Bulletin January 20, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
One by one the club is growing…and the latest ‘new’ member is Rtn Ron Dixon transferring to RCBUS from RC Summerland, Canada. Welcome Ron! One thing for sure, Ron is in excellent shape….he made that hour-long climb with those young Rotaracts and helped deliver clothing and food to needy Balinese in Lingguana, Karangasem. Longtime friend Treasurer Danielle did the pinning honors.
Guest Rtn Kirk (RC Louisville, USA) and wife Jean also made that lengthy trip up the mountainside and were totally impressed by the young Rotaracts. Our own Rotaracts were joined by Rotaracts from Denpasar and they made quite a sight carrying packages and bags while trying to maintain their footing on the steep hillside.
Good news coming from Rtn Sylvia still in Canada. She’s been attending local Canadian club meetings and working hard, raising funds for water projects.
Rtn Judith (RC Foster City, USA) shared some advice about internet etiquette…and we all appreciated her comments. ‘Yahoo Groups’ is a wonderful way of sharing Rotary information but with 40+ clubs in the district, it really does become a bit tiresome reading birthday greetings to an individual over and over and over again! We’re not against wishing a fellow Rotarian a happy birthday (we sang happy birthday to Rtns Cok Raka and Hank tonight) but please send all those good wishes ONLY to the birthday guy or gal…not the entire Yahoo Group!!!
We’ve developed a warm relationship with the village of Temukus and its little elementary school. It’s a scary drive to reach this tippy-top mountain location, but well worth the nail biting and shivers. To date our club has completed half a dozen small projects in the Temukus area and the next one will provide water, toilets and washbasins for their elementary school. On one of our visits to the school Rotaract Dora noticed that many of the children had no socks on their feet (at that altitude it gets chilly!) but for small change, we fixed that problem.
Soon we’ll again be in Tenganan Dauh Tukad…an ancient village with totally different rituals and architecture compared to the rest of Bali. This time it’s for their small local school…only 61 children but desperate for reading books. OK…here we come!
Thomas Fricke and Sylvia Blanchet are avid, lifelong “Ecopreneurs” in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. They described the project in Lombok created by their Sustainable Trade & Consulting group (STC) which has been developing alternative biofuels for agricultural curing kilns and other rural industries in Lombok island – our next-door neighbor.
Ever since the government eliminated kerosene subsidies, the tobacco farmers of Lombok have been using wood to kiln dry their tobacco crops, with dire consequences on the forests and watersheds there. Thomas and Sylvia have been working with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs of STC Indonesia, Fauna and Flora International, and the British American Tobacco Company to reforest Lombok’s watersheds and create alternative fuel supplies for the small industries and tobacco farmers of Lombok. Alternative biofuels include candlenut shells, shredded castor bean stalks, palm oil kernel shells; and oil from palm oil waste.
STC has now successfully demonstrated the technical and financial viability of the palm oil kernal and candlenut shells, and are distributing over 1,200 tonnes of these to over 1,050 farmers who are drying various agricultural products.
In 4 years over 500,000 trees have been planted and over 10,000 of agricultural waste have replaced coal and kerosene. Read more about this program.