Bulletin 29 July 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Dancers are athletes of God.” Albert Einstein
Bulletin July 29, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
VP Rucina chaired this meeting in place of Pres. Sue whom we will soon be welcoming back from her wanderings in the USA. She started with a raffle announcement of our weekly raffle followed by the question “do we have a raffle prize?” We did… because our guest speaker Alissa stepped into the breach and provided one. The club lives a charmed life
Mail from our ‘away’ members
We got mail from other wandering friends including Bill and Judith Schneider who are doing make-ups at an English speaking club in Switzerland. That’s a bit of distance to go for a make-up but any of us would have gladly taken the opportunity to be in their shoes.
Rtn Sylvia has been busy, busy, busy in Canada making new Rotarian friends and inviting clubs to work with us on projects. We’re going to have to move fast to keep up with her. Already she reports that RC Gore is interested in supporting a water and sanitation Global Grant in Bali.
No word this week from Rtn Gabe who was last heard from in Morocco. Yoo Hoo…where are you? [Last heard from in London, heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!]
Some more NEWS
VP Ru reminded all of us to make sure we go to the RI website and get ourselves signed in for the soon-to-be-released, redesigned site we’ve all been waiting for. Some of the new sections are already available such as the GG application process that is vastly improved…although a bit of trial and error is required to ‘guess’ what is actually acceptable in some data fields. Nevertheless it’s a far sight better than what was previously available. And the Search option works faster, too. Now if only a date was associated with each of the search results…
How about an overnight stay in Lovina so we can attend their Fiesta Fundraiser (August 10, 5:30 p.m. at Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel)? It’s anticipated this will not be a dry event and navigating unlit mountainous roads late at night doesn’t sound like a good idea following a couple of margaritas. Much safer and lots more fun to imbibe that evening and then sleep it off overnight in Lovina.
The wedding of the year will be celebrated on August 25 when IPDG Panudiana Kuhn’s daughter is married. The invitation itself was awesome. You can imagine how gorgeous the bride will be.
And another event, a little less spectacular but of significant importance to clubs and Rotarians, is the Seamless Seminar, August 24. Three topics will be addressed: growing club membership, supporting The Rotary Foundation, and public relations. The presenters are all English speaking…a blessing for those of us who never passed Indonesian 101.
AG Marilyn’s report on the Rotary Academy was glowing. PDG Al, PP Suzana (RC Denpasar ) presented in both English and Indonesian and there was lots of interaction between presenters and audience, Q & A and light hearted discussion. DGE Hanny started his portion of the presentation by v e r y s l o w l y explaining that if he spoke to us in English we’d be there for an additional three hours! What the DGE lacks in spoken English he makes up for with a great sense of humor…and his English is improving rapidly… in leaps and bounds. He’ll definitely pass English 101.
VP Philip proudly reported on Campuhan College’s one-year media students’ graduation ceremony…all scholarship students. Delighted parents attended in droves and new graduates received their certificates…followed by introduction of the incoming class of 24 scholarship students. It was fun seeing many of the graduates from previous years that came to cheer on the newest graduates. Donors were graciously thanked and were each given a donor pin. Three of our club members…Rosalind, Cat and Marilyn …sported their pins.
Want to double your polio donation and make a humanitarian investment in eradicating Polio? Bill Gates has done it again. The Bill Gates Foundation will give $2.00 for every $1.00 donated by Rotarians…it’s easy to donate using the RI website and every little bit helps to eliminate this horrible debilitating disease. Remember…we’re just this close… so just go do it!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Dr. Carmencita Palermo
Our guest speaker this evening was the vivacious Dr. Carmencita Palermo with a presentation entitled “Searching for Women’s Breath – Cross-Cultural Dialogues in Performance.
Carmencita completed a PhD in Asian Studies at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Her thesis was on the embodiment of the Balinese mask, its cosmological implications and its cultural context.
She has been researching Balinese masks in ceremony for many years and recently received ongoing support through a crowd funder to help continue her work on women and performance.
The four key mask characters were introduced by Carmencita slowly pulling them out of her backpack as if surprised to find her friends hiding out there! First, the Topeng Keras or prime minister, then Topeng Keras Lucu – mischievous and silly in a crazy way, then Topeng Tua, an older gentleman with majestic performance of movement and finally the King presenting himself for approval and acceptance from the people.
Masks and theater in Bali are ensconced in Balinese life. Her journey/study has shown the need to explore all the characters down to even how they breathe. In time she has found her own way to be these characters, including a female one she has developed, and is constantly seeking new ways to express the characters with sound and action to complement the characterization and create a unique presentation of the mask figure.
A live demonstration was created with participation by all (we each contributed a sound to accompany her movements) and was most entertaining and subtly enchanting.
Mask making is a learnt skill involving much ceremony and blessing of the masks before they are used. Theater and ceremony are an important part of Balinese life where offerings (and here dance is seen as an offering) help to achieve balance.
Dr. Palermo is taking the masks to Europe to perform and teach in this remarkable field.
For more info, go to FACEBOOK Dr. Carmencita Palermo and http://www.maskdancemusic.com/