Bulletin September 26 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud

‘You have to stand outside the box to see how the box can be re-designed.”
Charles Handy

BULLETIN 26 September 2011

Attending:  Augie, Bill, Cat, Driya, Danielle, Janet, Lloyd, Marilyn, Mr. Chu, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Don and Sue (USA), Donna, Fred and Mandy (USA), Gabe (going full bore on Ubud Readers and Writers Festival!) Jeremy (inundated with work), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Philip (Jogya), Patricia, Probo (babysitting the twins), Rustiasa (Jogya), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Jeffrey Kiffer, PP Judith Schneider and Rtn Bill Schneider (RC Foster City USA), Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest USA), Mary McMillan, Guest Speaker Rtn Frances Blair (RC Rancho Bernardo, USA)


Rtn Bill Page announced a follow-on meeting on Wednesday at PP Marilyn’s house where  Dr Steve has invited representatives of several groups working on Bali’s HIV/STD challenge. Wignall and Bill will co-chair with the purpose of gathering information concerning HIV/STD in Bali and what the different groups are doing,   and to see how RCBUS can help.

PP Marilyn reminded everyone that donations to Every Rotarian Every Year will be happily accepted and BINGO…Rtns Cat, Sue, Janet and Bill had donations ready and  Rtn Bill handed over a check that will make him a Paul Harris Fellow!  (We now have nine Paul Harris Fellows in the club!)  A third of our members have already made their annual donations and we thank each and every one of you.

Rtn Cat updated us on a potential Sumba water project, for which our sister club, RC Manningham (AUS) has already approved a hefty donation.  Rtn Cat is following up with Project Hope Director, Ann McCue.  We need a proposal and timeline for funding needs and an approximate timeline for execution…perhaps up to two years.  Like everywhere in Indonesia, project work is often dependent on the availability of supervisorial personnel and there’s only one on Project Hope’s staff.   We will follow-up with RC Manningham and request a flexible finish date e.g., finished when finished.  We hope this will be satisfactory!

The Cookbook!

IPP Sue reported that we’re now ready for sales of our fresh-off-the-press Culinary Crossroads cookbook in the U.S. and we will be emailing order information to our USA Rotary Club friends soon.  We”ve almost sold out of our first shipment in Bali, and will be receiving a new batch very soon.

IPP Sue also reminded us that the purpose of the cookbook is to raise funds for the kinds of smaller projects that we all want to support, such as sponsoring school tuition for disadvantaged children, and other local needs that arise.

And then on to a most joyous moment, the induction of a new member!  Our newest member is Augie Jusran, a former Rotarian who has been living in Thailand for the past five years and has returned to our island paradise.  Pres LLoyd, IPP Sue and PP Marilyn did the honors and, although Augie doesn’t know it yet, we’re going to ask him to head up a committee to stamp some 2,000 books destined for schools in the Mel Wolf project.  (Augie is a real do-er.  We’re fortunate to have him.)

Rtn Rosalind noted that good friend and Ubudian Robin Lim of Bumi Sehat is one of the ten finalists in CNN’s 2011 Heroes angelscamp.org Award. Everyone is urged to go to CNN’s website and vote for Robin–which can apparently be done more than once! Here’s the link: http://heroes.cnn.com/vote_en.aspx

And if you’re not familiar with Bumi Sehat, a truly remarkable birthing clinic, check it out at www.bumisehatbali.org/.   The winner of the CNN Heroes Award receives $250,000 and if it’s Bumi Sehat, those of us here in Bali know Robin will use it well.  There’s hardly a day goes but at least one baby is delivered at Bumi Sehat.  Our own RCBUS Rotarian Alisa, now in New York, got lovely articles about Robin published in the Huffington Post and Daily Kos.  Good work, Alisa!

PP Marilyn reported that nurses from the  Bali Kids team will do their first basic hygiene workshop on Oct. 4 at SD #4, Puhu, Br Semaon  The workshops are based on a 24 page booklet  entitled “Start A Healthy Lifestyle”  (Memulai Hidup Sehat), a publication that has successfully been used with thousands of orphaned youngsters throughout Bali.  Every child will take a booklet home and every teacher will keep one in the classroom for reference and reinforcement.  For evaluation purposes children will complete a short pre-test and then we wait for post-test results…will the workshop make a difference?

Our excitement is mounting!!

Pres LLoyd reported that Rotaract Club Bali Ubud has selected our club to become their replacement sponsor.  This was confirmed by Rotaract Pres Fitri, who attended our meeting this evening.  The Board of Directors asked PP Marilyn to assume the role of advisor to the Rotaracts and the Rotaracts approved her appointment …so Marilyn gets to be a den mother again!

Guest Speaker

Frances Blair

Our guest speaker, Frances Blair, is a member of RC Rancho Bernardo (USA) and Frances’s first order of business was to exchange flags with Pres LLoyd!

Frances told us how she and her husband founded the WINS Foundation, which sponsors school costs for deserving but disadvantaged children on Bali. Sponsorship can begin with elementary education and goes on up through the more expensive high school level. WINS has active fundraising partners in the USA, Holland and Canada.  She described the strong vetting process in which the need of the family is established as wells as the child’s capability and interest in education The Foundation then finds sponsors for the students who qualify.

WINS also has five after-school Learning Centers on Bali attended by both sponsored and non-sponsored children.  There they study English, computers, Balinese dance and gamelan, sex education and more. Some of these centers are operated directly by The WINS Project and others in cooperation with other nonprofit organizations. They are, however, all managed by local Balinese.

There is a pressing need for volunteers to work at the Learning Centers for stints of two weeks up to four or five months. They are vetted thoroughly and are required to follow strict rules including being chaperoned by staff when with the children.

The children also have responsibilities, including an email to their sponsor once a month, and if a child doesn’t execute their responsibilities they’re dropped. Sponsorship of a child starts from around $130 per year and up, depending on grade level. There is also a medical fund available to help if a child becomes ill. All funds are tracked very carefully and fully reported.

Funds are raised in several ways, including through clubs, matching gifts, and from some donors a percentage of retail sales from businesses.  For example a bake shop donates proceeds from a particular Bali-themed cookie they sell and in large businesses, employees use their employers’ charitable giving programs.  Frances had just visited the Gianyar Learning Center where eight children have been vetted and are waiting to be sponsored. Guests can visit the Learning Centers unannounced, and are urged to drop in.

The Q&A portion added more information. The yearly costs for schooling a child start around a million rupiahs for elementary level, rising to 1.6 million for junior high and 3.5 million for senior high. These include books and uniforms. ($1=8600 rupiah – this week)

WINS currently sponsors 200 children and many more are being reached through the very popular Learning Centers.

Mr. Gill Rijnenberg from Holland manages the directors of the learning centers, and Frances hopes to find someone to take on this role as he approaches retirement. The directors’ salaries are self-sustaining, paid from revenues from touring groups of Balinese dancers and singers from the program.  IPP Sue pointed out that WINS has a learning center in the village of Kerta where our club is working on a Global Grant.

To close out this issue, here’s a bit of humour donated by Rtn. Rosalind!

Bulletin 28 March 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm at Maya Resort, Ubud

If you want happiness for a lifetime – help the next generation.
Chinese Proverb

BULLETIN 28 March 2011

Attending: Sue W, Rosalind, Donna, Zsuzsa, Patricia, Cat, Sue and Don B, Lloyd, Alisa, Jeremy, Rucina, Phillip.
Apologies: Marilyn (USA), Mandy & Fred (US), Gabe, Janet, Driya (work) , Bruce (sick), Probo (in Java for training)
Guests:  Rtns Antje von Lukowicz (RC Bali Ubud), Janet Bressler and Leo v Gelder (RC Amsterdam HZ)  , Guest Speaker Sylvia Blanchet (Sanur)


Cat began with truly magical news. She was at the hospital during last week’s meeting, supporting her housekeeper’s family as they coped with a seriously ill young daughter. Cat had put out an all-points bulletin asking for financial help as the bill was expected to be enormous, and the Club donated its raffle earnings that week to the cause.

A happy, healthy Kadek before illness

A thinner, but recovering Kadek...

This week Cat was able to report that the girl’s surgery was successful, and her recovery is expected to be complete. Cat had just received the hospital bill that morning: 77 million rupiah. And what had her fundraising produced? Exactly 77 million!  Amazing.  (Approx. $7,000)

Bruce asked members to please remember to notify him if they can NOT attend before  Mondays at noon.  He asked that we use  email only, not text messages, if possible.   He notes that “maybe”s” are not helpful in determining a count.  🙂

Bruce also referred us to our website’s Disaster Relief page, which links to the Rotary Foundation for supporting recovery projects in Japan. The Foundation is now accepting donations . He’s posted a video showing the stunning speed and power of the tsunami, with links to other videos of Japan’s disaster.

And of course your calendars are marked and you’ve been saving the date, so there’s no way you’ve forgotten the Club Assembly at Lloyd’s tomorrow night, Tuesday, 6-8p. This follows up on our inspiring Assembly of February 26th, and will consider in greater detail how we want to serve the Bali community going forward.

Many Thanks  to Ros for taking over keeping meeting minutes while Philip is away, and also doing the draft for our weekly Bulletins.  She comes to the meeting well prepared with her handy netbook.

Ros at work...

Special Welcome Dinner Event: Sue announced a dinner for the Rotary (International) Incoming President Elect (RIPE), Kalyan Banerjee, in Sanur on April 8. Mr. Banerjee’s theme for his 2011-12 term is “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”, which has struck a real chord among RCBUS members. All Rotarians and spouses are invited, and RCBUS is hoping to fill a table there, which will also include the two Rotaracters each club has been asked to sponsor. All members present agreed to commit RCBUS funds for this, as well as for the 500,000 rupiahs each Bali club is donating for the event.


RYLA Program: Sue described the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2011 (RYLA), a leadership training program for handicapped young people which is being held in Bali mid April.  Members agreed to sponsor a candidate for 2,650,000 rupiahs, and Rucina will be in charge of collecting member donations and finding a suitable candidate.

Starfish Grant: Sue reported on her meeting with Gabe and Starfish Language School Director Dagmara to develop an MOU for the project to build a new classroom at the school with funds donated by RC Gent Nord.

Sue told us of this inspiring initiative in the Netherlands: “The “Walking for Water” event took place on 25th March 2011. More than 600 school children aged 10-12 carried 6 liters of water and walked 6 kilometers through this small city. They did this to experience what many children in developing countries have to do every day, and to raise funds for a clean water project in Tanzania.  This was from “Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship” blog.

Global Grant:  The Jakarta Post today had an article on Kerta, the village in Payangan receiving our Global Grant’s water/sanitation project, with the headline “Village Strives To Be Energy Sufficient,” describing the effort to generate their own energy through biogas. You can read it online here.

Global Grant: The Rotaracters will meet at Sue’s on Wednesday evening to review the new architectural drawings for the toilet and water improvements this grant is sponsoring, and discuss project management. Members are invited to come see the Rotaracters in action!

Cookbook:  The committee will meet on Friday, April 1, at Sue’s to consider production quotes. They’re on a roll–no fooling!

Guest Speaker

Pres Sue introduced Sylvia Blanchet, who with her husband founded a Vermont-based business selling sustainable spices which were supplied by farmers in Guatemala. This led her to connect with another Vermont-based group called the Sustainability Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, with the goal to make the world”s food supply chain more sustainable.

When the opportunity came to participate in a two-week process called “presencing,” which started with a vision quest in the desert — with CEOs of Fortune-500 companies like Unilever, Wal-Mart, etc.! — she jumped at it. This process and their work together in following years led to many shifts, small and large, in the food supply chain. More can be read about this “presencing” method in a book Sylvia recommends by C. Otto Scharmer called Theory U: Leading From The Future As It Emerges; The Social Technology of Presencing available from Amazon.

Raffle:  Zsuzsa won a lovely yukata (kimono) donated by Alisa.

Zsuzsa and her raffle prize and Janet and Leo, our Rotarian guests from Amsterdam.

Dates to Remember:

Club Assembly Part II on March 29th at Lloyd’s house, 6 – 8 p.m.
Rotary International PE Kalyan Banerjee will be visiting Bali on April 8.
District Assembly on April 29-30 (Bandung)
District Conference on June 10 and 11…get your registration forms and payment to Pres Sue ASAP to take advantage of the Early Bird special pricing ending March 31. (Bali)
RCBUS Handover Dinner, in which we thank Sue Winski for her tremendous job as Club President this year, and welcome Lloyd to a very big job! June 25th, location and time to be announced

Bulletin 21-February-2011

Robert McCloskey

BULLETIN 21 February 2011

Attending: Alisa, Bruce, Cat, Mr. Chu, Driya, Gabe, Janet, Jeremy, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Rosalind, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Dennis (USA), Don and Sue Bennett (Malaysia), Donna, Jody (USA…rtng Feb 22), Mandy and Fred Brauer (Cairo, Egypt), Kadek (in the field), Philip (on holiday), Probo, Rucina, Rustiasa, Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Gunter Golde, Guest Speaker Oliver Green


Our devilish Mr. Chu poses for the camera, while Gabe and Zsuzsa have a serious chat.

Pres Sue reminded us to be sure to sign in to the Rotary International website on Feb 23, Rotary’s birthday, and make our donations to Every Rotarian Every Year.  If anyone has difficulty with the sign on process, contact Sue…she’ll come to you with help. Donations on this day will receive double recognition points.

The Children’s Library at Pondok Pekok is holding its annual meeting on Saturday Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. and we’re invited to attend.

Here's some of the PETS delegation from Bali (l to r) S/SE Philip RCBUS, PP/PE Patrick- RC Seminyak, PE rep Daisy - RC Ubud, P Sue-RCBUS, PE Erna - RC Lovina, PE Lloyd RCBUS

PE LLoyd reported on PETS training and is now immersed in reading the many and very comprehensive manuals he brought back from Surabaya.  A highlight for LLoyd was the opportunity to meet his fellow PEs and many Rotarians from throughout Indonesia.  Pres Sue was very happy to hear that clubs throughout Indonesia are enjoying our website…Couldn’t have happened without the efforts of Bruce, Sue, Rucina and many others in the club.  Team work really pays off!

YAY for Bruce…he’s posted all the recipes for our Ubud Cook Book fundraiser on the website (it’s accessible to members only).  ALL CLUB MEMBERS NOW IN BALI….sign in and select the two recipes you’ll bring to our March 6 Taste Testing Fellowship.

Cooks poring over cookbooks, while pondering design.....

And how many recipes should we include????

AND we received our first pre-publication order for the Cook Book!! Many thanks to PP Danielle Mullen, RC of LaConner (Washington, USA) for e-mailing her interest and support.


CLUB ASSEMBLY is scheduled for Feb 26, 10 a.m. at Marilyn’s house.  We’re expecting a terrific turnout.  This is everyone’s opportunity to plan the club’s future directions and speak our minds about how to make the club BIGGER, BETTER and BOLDER.

Our ever supportive Sister Club RC Manningham has donated AUD$2500 to our club!  AUD $500 is designated for Mt Merapi, Java disaster relief and AUD $2000 for the Temekus water project.   Rtn Joady Barnes, our Sister Club liaison is happily on the mend after a serious illness.  We wish him well.   Additional funding is still needed for the water project – hint, hint..

More good health news from our friends….WCS Chair Pauline Stuber, RC Ignacio (CA.USA) is recovering from surgery and was strong enough to attend her club’s meeting this week.  Can’t keep a good Rotarian down for long!  And Rotaract Ade is also again back teaching in her classroom after surgery.  OK everyone….stay well!!!

Sue and Rtn. Jeremy attend Rotaract Fundraiser dinner in posh Nusa Dua

We’ve already received information from DGE Ridlo that he will be visiting our club on November 28, 2011.  His full year’s schedule will require almost 120 days ‘on the road’.  Reaching 89 clubs on many different islands in the Indonesia archipelago is no small trick.

Rosalind shared information found in the Rotarian Magazine about the opportunities open to our club by using social networking.  She strongly recommended using Facebook and Twitter  to promote awareness and interest in the activities of the club.  Best of all, Rosalind is engaging the services of one of our Rotaracts to teach her the best ways to put into practice her own recommendations.   Rosalind is an action oriented person!

Rtn Bob Rubens (RC Gent Noord) has contacted Pres Sue about his club’s interest in possibly helping Starfish, a school that teaches English to young Balinese no cost.  (Adults are charged a fee.)  Pres Sue has asked Rtn Gabe to meet with the principles at Starfish and begin the process of due diligence.


Guest speaker Oliver Green, an international election expert, talked about elections he has “watched” around the world, and gave us some insights into Indonesian elections, particularly the East Timor vote for independence.

Oliver became involved in this work after a friend’s father barely missed being shot in East Timor. In July of 1999, prior to the East Timor’s vote for or against independence, the entire population was very tense and more than a little frightened but at the same time exhilarated to have a choice.  Passing notes was only way to get information.  Indonesia was not supportive of East Timor breaking away and becoming independent and clearly wanted to retain East Timor as part of the Indonesia.

The polls opened at 6 am and the ‘watchers’, arrived three hours earlier, at 3am. Some voters walked for six days to reach a location where they could vote.  They were frightened, but had complete faith in democracy.  After the vote, many people hid in the jungle waiting to learn the outcome of the vote.

Knowing that the voting results were valid and respected internationally, Oliver was inspired to make a career of monitoring elections throughout the world…Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and a myriad of other locations.  He firmly believes that a secret vote will give people to what they believe in and that fair and open elections have the potential to create peace.

Oliver now often consults with governments as they plan for democratic elections and provides voter education.

Research shows what determines success of elections in countries emerging from conflict is – surprise – economics– If people are earning more than $2700 per capita , they have something to lose.

Bali has some of most violent elections in Indonesia. Local governmnts have asked for assistance in peace and conflict resolution.  The group consensus culture here makes secret votes very difficult.

In Indonesia today, a new law is being debated in parliament.  The law wants to replace the neutral and independant election committee with representatives of all the parties.  He fears this will rend elections without validity.

Bulletin 03 January 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
Trees are Earth”s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore

BULLETIN 3 January 2011

Attending: Bruce, Cat, Don, Jeremy, Marilyn, Mr. Chu, Philip, Sue B, Sue W

Apologies: Alisa (USA…rtng Jan 28), Janet, Jody, (USA…rtng Feb 22), Dennis (USA), Donna (USA), Driya and Probo (Driya’s parents visiting from Java), Gabe (Australia…rtng Jan 18), Kadek (in the field), LLoyd (Hong Kong), Patricia (USA for knee surgery), Rucina (Singapore) Rustiasa, Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Rtn Ron Strachan (RC Darwin Sunrise, Australia), Rtns Anton Van Den Broecke, Helga Fredler (RC Bali Ubud), Reeta Roy, Larry Schneider, Patty Yockey, Margaret Mockler, Susan Tereba, Alan Spence Guest Speaker


Despite many hand gesticulations from club members, Pres Sue forgot to ring the bell and launched directly into introductions.  Normally introductions are a simple formality, but our guests went wild!

Rtn Ron, RC Darwin Sunrise announced to all that his company was flag maker to the world!  But he forgot to bring his own club’s flag and made off with two of ours.

Margaret Mockler told us she had spent 25 years working in Indonesia specializing in health care.  She’s a font of information on one of our club’s favorite topics.

Larry Schneider works for United States Geological Services to whom we turn every time we have an earthquake…which is pretty often.  His wife, Patty Yocker is a university teacher AND artist…she blows glass.  Sue added that Larry makes automatic monthly donations to Rotary – so on behalf of the club she thanked him for his generous support.

Rtn Anton Van Den Broecke had us all laughing when he announced he was a member of the ‘other’club…RC Bali Ubud.  (Anton is Treasurer for RC Bali Ubud.)

Rtn Jeremy was caught without his Rotary pin and his name tag.  He was shocked!

Pres Sue had us recite the Four Way Test explaining that for her it was a strong tie to why she’s a Rotarian.  Rtn Anton reminded us that RCBU had added a fifth statement…Is it Fun!

We’re all hoping to have Rucina back in Bali with her husband this week.  Rucina is hoping for lots of visitors (call first)…and would they please bring chocolate!

Always a high point for a Rotary club, Sue Bennett received a Paul Harris pin and is now a Paul Harris Fellow.  Pres Sue did the honors and Sue B can expect the DG to get on her case about husband Don….when will Don become a Paul Harris Fellow???  (Ladies first, DG Al).

Pres Sue was working at keeping a straight face when she told us how she went out of her way to lunch with Rotarian Guido Burati, from the Italian Reggio Emilia club in central Italy.  He wasn’t staying in Ubud long enough to attend our meeting but Sue wanted him to know how welcoming our club was.  She even shared a picture of their flag exchange.  Is this what you call tough duty?

Pres Sue shared pictures of the Pondok Pekok Children’s Library in Ubud.  It seems that the newly hired librarian has already attended a Rotaract meeting.  If you have children’s books that you no longer read (either to your children or to yourself) please consider passing them on to the library…  English or Indonesian language are both needed.

Our Rtn Bruce is becoming a Bali icon.  Bruce already writes a regular article on technology for the Bali Advertiser and is now writing about food for ubudvibe.com. Bruce is a definite ‘foody’ and will have a grand time sampling the goods.  Maybe he’ll find some great recipes to add to Rtn Janet’s collection for the forthcoming cookbook?

On display with pride….the banner announcing our sister relationship with RC Manningham. Many thanks to our sisters (and brothers) for creating the banner and shipping it to us.

Cat announced that the third mobile rice mill has been funded by the Australian Consulate’s Direct Action Program.  Cat is the Queen of Rice Mills here in Bali.  Now she’s training Rtn Jeremy to become her consort…he helped in writing the proposal.   The rice mill will serve four villages in the Petang area, comprised of 2800 families.   Net result?  Higher income for farmers by eliminating one of the middlemen in getting their harvest to market.

The Global Grant is waiting funding…after we discovered yet additional signatures are needed!  Everybody and their brother have to commit to the success of this project.  A really important person in the GG picture is Rtn Kadek Ary.  We have just learned that his wife Yuni is hospitalized and will likely require surgery to correct a leaking heart valve.  We all wish Yuni a rapid recovery and return to her bouncy, brilliant and beautiful self.


Alan Spence fascinated us with a description and film of an environmentally friendly method for harvesting logs in Borneo.  The ‘old’ way had loggers whacking their way through thick forests, knocking down everything in their path as they hauled equipment, vehicles and a bevy of staff to reach selected trees.   The new method needs only a few loggers to reach trees identified by helicopter search.  Once the tree is felled, it is lifted out by helicopter using a giant grappling hook.  A little tricky, but a definite advantage in protecting the forests!

Alan has long experience both as a logger in British Columbia, Canada and as an expert in maintaining helicopters.  The grapple used to pick up felled trees was both designed and built by Alan and has proved extraordinarily successful. In Borneo, the helicopter of choice is the Sykorsky, a reliable workhorse capable of moving some 200 cubic meters of logs in an hour, the fastest of any logging method available.   Helicopter refueling is needed hourly and affects the cost of the wood making it more expensive.  However, this wood is sought after because it bears a certificate stating it was harvested using an environmentally friendly method.