Bulletin 28th January 2019
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420/ No. 79571
Meetings : 2nd Monday each month at Kakiang Garden Café, Jl. Raya Andong, and last Monday of the month at Maya Resort and Spa, Ubud; 5.30-7pm.
A little thought for today- Make your dreams happen!!
“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back” – Denzel Washington
Bulletin January 28, 2019
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDANCE, REPORTS, WHAT’S HAPPENING!!
President Brian welcomed all members and guests and invited everyone to introduce themselves.
Our guests – Nick de Bourjac from Rotary club in Singapore; Marie Bee , who lives in Bali, Michelle Piotrowski and Andrew Foster from Bunbury , West Australia; our local Rotaract president Yawn.
Our guest speaker this evening, Cat Wheeler, originally from Canada, lived in Bali 17 years, Author, Gardener, Reiki Master, one of the founding members of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset, retired a few years ago from Rotary, and very involved with “Slow Food” and other environmental issues.
Treasurer’s Report- Rotary International Fees due.
Continuing follow up on Taro composting project by Wayan Wardika of Taro.
Following Bob Selinger’s talk on Global grants, it is proposed to put together videos plus information to send to other clubs. Still waiting for Bob to give more information.
RCBUS has agreed to sponsor 1 Rotaract member to attend RYLA in Malang 22-23 February. Ayu Indah has now been inducted to Ubud Rotaracts and will hopefully attend next meeting to introduce herself.
Nick spoke about RCBUS becoming a sister club with his Singapore club. They are a very active large club, 150 members and also financially very wealthy! This partnership would enable us to carry out more projects in a shorter space of time, whereas at present fund raising is an ongoing problem!
Marie Bee brought up the subject of plastic waste in Bali , how can Rotary get involved?? As this is a very large problem and cannot be cured overnight; members discussed how long it takes in other countries, education has to take a large part in teaching children, even though the Balinese Government has decreed no plastic bags since 1st January, so many places still using them, especially the local markets.
Our Guest speaker Cat Wheeler, gave a very informative talk on SLOW FOOD.
Slow Food was founded in Rome in 1989 to counteract the fast food chains invading Italy, e.g MacDonald’s, the disappearance of local food traditions, dwindling interest of where it comes from, what they eat , how it tastes , variety etc.
Slow Food’s approach is based on 3 main principles
GOOD – a fresh flavoursome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of local culture and tradition.
CLEAN – produced in harmony with the environment and human health.
FAIR – accessible prices for the consumer and fair pay and conditions for small scale producers.
In 2009 she started a Slow Food goal, to save the rice varieties in Bali, and trying to sell to restaurants in Ubud. There is a “Snail Approval programme” whereby restaurants commit to 75% Indonesian products. They are visited and the 3 points above are examined in the business. They are encouraged to support all local products and not use imported products – why import coffee when Bali has amazingly good coffee!!
For more information check out the web sites!
Cat Wheeler supplied our raffle prize, one of her books, Thank you Cat, won by Bruce.
Finally Allan, asked for a Rotary Assembly meeting on 11th February our next meeting at Kakiang Garden Café. It is necessary to discuss our year 2019/2020.
So it is hoped all members in Bali will attend, and anyone thinking of joining Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset is very welcome!
Meeting closed 7.05 pm.