Bulletin 31 October 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Bulletin October 31, 2013
Announcements, Reports, Correspondence
Tonight was a first for RC Bali Ubud Sunset. We held our first joint meeting with RC Bali Kuta at their venue, Pelangi Restaurant in Kuta. We got off to a rocky start as a few days before the planned meeting, which was to be Wed. 28 Oct, it was necessary to change to date to Thursday, Oct. 3. That threw a wrench in some of our member’ plans as this fell on Halloween, and what were they to do, with costumes made and ready to go. So our merry member band shrunk to 4 (Sue, Rosalind, Bruce, and Eli) plus our two “almost members” Judith and Bill Schneider.
The joint meeting gods were intent on making us jump through another big hoop before we were to land in Kuta. Departing from Ubud, we stopped to get air in one of Sue’s car’s tires, then 30 minutes out of Ubud discovered the tire was flat – totally. Luckily we had a caravan with 2 drivers, because as it turned out, Gusti, the driver of Sue’s car, had never changed a flat tire!
Both the drivers together did a yeoman’s job doing a quick change and off we went. The tire seemed a bit low so we were looking for a compressor. Now it’s after 5 and many of the mechanics are closed, and not all gas stations here have compressors. The first place we stopped had a compressor but the hose wasn’t long enough to reach us as there were too many cars blocking the path. The second place we stopped had a compressor, but it was broken. Finally, the third place was a charm and we were on our way with full tires.
A short meeting was held upstairs in the meeting room, where a member of the new Mahendrata RC in Denpasar reported that they had 43 members and welcomed us to visit their meeting Fridays at 6:30.
Dr. Petrina Faustine, D3410 International Service Chair from Bandung, was visiting and told us she is interested in opportunities to work together with our District.
PDG Al told us a very heartwarming story. There is a elementary school in the Tengannan area of Bali that was in really bad condition, falling apart, and required 450 million to renovate. Pak Al and Rotarian friends had donated 91 million rupiah when the government found out what they were doing and they were so embarrassed that they decided to give the school the entire 450 million. So now there is 91 million rupiah waiting for the next worthy project. PDG AL said a similar story happened in Sumba.
PDG Al reminded us of the book sets that have been created by Dyatmika School. One set – enough for one school? – cost about $2,000. His club has purchased 2 sets already for distribution to selected schools in Bali, and he urged us to think about supporting this valuable teaching tool.
Thalia Montiel, Rotarian from RC California Universal (meets in Universal Studios in Hollywood) came with her daughter Vanessa, a jeweler who lives in Seminyak. A flag exchange was done with RC Bali Kuta, with promises to bring another flag on her next visit so she can exchange with RCBUS.
PDG Al also announced that the money for RC Bali Kuta Global Grant is now in the bank! Congratulations to DGE Al for big accomplishment to get the Global Grant. He shared his progress and process with all the clubs in the District, and this will surely be a motivation and great learning for all clubs as they travel down the global grant pathway. Wishing RC Bali Kuta much success!
And now, let’s party!
RC Bali Kuta has decided to make the 4th meeting of every month a fellowship and fun event, rather that a regular meeting. This was their first meeting of this type, so it was a night of firsts. Moving to the restaurant downstairs, which was reserved for Rotarians,
we had a delicious Chinese buffet dinner, followed by karaoke accompanied by DGE Hanny’s Rotary Band.
Since our Janet wasn’t able to come and teach salsa,
AG Julia found Made Alfa, a popular salsa teacher and performer, and he and his partner gave us a basic lesson and then proceeded to give us an amazing dance performance. Pres Sue called new member Eli out on the dance floor, and he immediately transformed from “I can’t dance” protestations to getting right in the salsa groove. There’s already talk of a salsa
event in 2014-2015 when DG Hanny takes the DG baton.by