Bulletin 26 August 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” Andre Gide
Bulletin August 26, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Good news announcements!! Congratulations to Rtns Wayan and Ade Sudana. We all welcome the newest addition to their family, a healthy baby boy (and future Rotaract?).
From our faraway members: Rtn Fred and spouse Mandy report all is very quiet come evening in Cairo…there’s a 7 p.m. curfew. (Get yourselves back to Bali where it’s normally quiet by 7p.m); Rtns Rich and Danielle have survived Colorado floods and forest fires and will soon be returning to Bali where earthquakes pale by comparison.
PE Philip shared a Rotary Minute asking who has read the Club Rotary By-Laws. Response was sparse but Sec Allan will soon make us all familiar with the updated by-laws.
Pres Sue thanked PP Rosalind for her tireless work on the club’s upcoming new website. And next week we’ll be introduced to Rotary International’s new website via a live demonstration (those who have worked in IT know that just when you want to show off something new and wonderful, the demo almost always blows up.)
Rtn Glenn reported on the wedding reception for IDPG Kuhn’s daughter and new son-in-law. As anticipated it was a huge success with some 1500 attending from all over the world. Giant video displays allowed everyone to see all the fun goings on, dinner offerings were delicious and beverages of all kinds were free flowing (Glenn enjoyed the beverages so much that he slept all the way back from Nusa Dua to Ubud!!).
AG Marilyn spoke about the very successful Rotary Seamless Seminar (…where she finally understood why it was named ‘Seamless’). The focus of the seminar was on Membership, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image. Here’s the connection…increasing membership leads to greater financial support for The Rotary Foundation and Global Grant projects. Bigger and better projects give us the opportunity to crow about our successes and spread the word about Rotary. The more people know about Rotary, the more likely they are to become Rotarians. Hope you could follow the logic but it really does make sense!
Pres Sue explained Rotary’s ‘rebranding’, the result of a study commissioned by Rotary International. Sadly, the majority of those surveyed for the study had no clue what Rotary was all about. Many recognized the Rotary wheel (which is actually a gear) but didn’t realize what it represented in terms of the organization. RI is bound
and determined to broadcast Rotary’s good works to the public…and we can all help. Don’t be shy about telling of your club’s successes!!
Not directly a Rotary success story but sponsored by a good friend of our club who is on the medical staff at the Payangan government clinic (Puskesmas), Dr. Ngurah saw the need to teach English to his local junior and senior high school students, and conducts English classes every Sunday. This expanded into a marching band, especially timely for celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day. Dr. Ngurah taught his group how to play ALL the musical instruments, provided both the instruments and fabulous uniforms, and the result was a super-duper marching band!
Janice came from Australia to Bali in 1964 as the young bride of a Balinese university student she met, fell in love with and married in 1962. A pregnant Jan, her husband, Djati, and their first baby arrived in Jakarta (no direct flights to Bali!) and were immediately caught up in a series of unsettling events. Their greeting at the airport was at bayonet point and Jan, stylishly dressed for travel in full skirts, crinolines and high heels, threw customs and immigration into turmoil. Jan was immediately separated from her husband while every piece of luggage was searched…including breaking the high heels off her shoes to see what might be hidden in them and digging around in the baby’s powdered milk with less than clean hands.
Waiting for a flight to Bali Jan experienced frequent sirens and air-raid drills, necessitating leaps into filthy drainage canals. Indonesia was 20 years independent and still concerned about attempts at western colonization. Every white face was suspicious.
Finally reaching Bali and expecting a warm welcome by a contingent of her husband’s family, only Djati’s mother showed up…the very person who had strongly and frequently warned her son not to come home with an Australian bride!! But time heals all and Jan, Djati, the baby and shortly-to-come baby were soon loved and adored by Jan’s new family.
But it was the bride who had difficulty adjusting to Bali! Imagine, this sophisticated young woman discovering there is no running water, no electricity and no toilets!
The monetary system was a shock as well. Jan and Djati had brought English Pounds to Bali – practically impossible to exchange for rupiah. Banks were few and far between and cash was NOT king. Gold was the measurement of wealth and barter was the method to obtain food and goods.
Learning the strict rules of the caste system was part of Jan’s Balinese education…how to properly dress for different occasions, where and how to sit, all became a way of life over time. Entertainment was gamelan and dance and all night puppet shows were everywhere. A venture to see a film included avoiding the front seats where there was a strong odor of urine and being devoured by bugs.
Today Jan chairs Yakkum Bali (a rehabilitation network for the physically challenged), and is a successful business woman, owner of Jan’s Tours and Travel. She has seen Bali develop from a totally agrarian society to what it is today…complete with endless adventures along the way. We’re all waiting the publication of Jan’s book – she’s been writing it for 12 years. We’d be happy if Jan published in segments!