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The Rotary e-Club Cologne and Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] are excited to announce the creation of a partnership which will support each other’s humanitarian projects in our respective communities. Such projects include Sewing for Living, a project which teaches Balinese women skills to become financially secure while working from home; and the WEHEA Project which works to save the rain forest, the home of the Dayak people in Kalimantan, helping to ensure the safe habitat of orangutans and many other endangered animals. Both clubs will jointly work at establishing cultural exchanges to increase cross-cultural knowledge and understanding between Cologne, Germany, and Bali. Both will also ensure that Rotaracts, Rotarians between the ages of 18 and 30, from both clubs are included in partnership activities.
Cologne, Germany is a 2,000 year old city located on the Rhine River in West Germany. It’s noted for its high gothic architecture and its twelve Romanesque churches. It is also the home of Rotary E-Club Cologne. A Rotary E-Club is a “. . . real Rotary club comprised of real living, breathing, working Rotarians doing real Rotary projects”. Members of E-Clubs simply use the Internet as a tool to manage the club and manage projects.
So how does a Rotary E-Club from Germany form a partnership with a traditional Rotary Club that is halfway around the world in Bali? Both clubs are committed to “Serving to Change Lives” and that commitment brought them together. In early spring of 2020, two members of E-Club Cologne, Doctors Sabine and Walter Roeb-Rienas, were living in the Candidasa area. Walter started a project to supply food for the people in that area who were in need. He contacted RCBUS for help in executing his program. RCBUS agreed to assist, and all involved saw ways to strengthen both Rotary Clubs by partnering with each other.
The partnership is currently active. E-Club Cologne held a fundraiser using a Zoom platform to raise funds for the clinic in East Bali, one of RCBUS’ projects. Those participating took a musical tour guided by Ruediger Tiedemann of the E-Cologne Club. He showcased the influence of ancient Balinese gamelan music on musicians such as Debussy and the music minimalism movement in the United States. Both clubs are planning a live concert which will combine gamelan music, jazz and gospel. It will occur in early January on a date yet to be announced in Cologne and distributed to the public on an electronic platform.
RCBUS’ Sewing for Living project is supplying handcrafted items for two Christmas Markets in Cologne. Those people attending the Christmas Markets can secure the items with a donation to the project. All donations will go to the women who participate in Sewing for living.
Both clubs are planning cultural exchanges which will take place when travel bans due to Covid are lifted. Rotary International was founded in 1905 in the US primarily so its members could build enduring friendship throughout their communities through helping other people. As Rotary International expanded, so did its focus. Now Rotary works to build enduring friendships worldwide by broadening international understanding, establishing a foundation for peace and understanding, and gaining opportunities for active involvement in international projects. Rotary members from Cologne will have the opportunity to come to Bali, once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, to experience first-hand Bali’s people, food, languages, customs, and history. Members from RCBUS will have a similar opportunity to travel to Cologne to experience first-hand the people, food, languages, customs, and history of that West German city. Friendship Exchanges also give both clubs opportunities to explore mutually beneficial grants for projects and build partnerships based on them.
What will E-Club Cologne members do when they arrive in Bali? RCBUS members will help them to understand the culture of ancient Bali and of modern Bali, the difference between “local spicey” and “tourist spicey” when it comes to ordering food in a warung, introduce them to the many spectacular tourist sites on this magical island, let them examine spaces that tourists usually don’t see, and show them the positive outcomes of years of projects supported by RCBUS that have strengthened local economies, supported educational and medical facilities, ensured running water, and cleaned the environment.
Are friendship exchanges limited to Rotarians? The answer is no. Rotary Friendship Exchanges are open to anyone. Is there cost involved? Yes, there is. All exchanges are paid for in full by the participants themselves or possibly by their districts.
If you would like to read about other people’s experiences while participating in the Rotary Exchange program, information can be found at http://email@example.com.
More information about RCBUS’ projects can be found at http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/club-projects/.
If you would like to join this dynamic group of people who love Bali and work to help the people who live here, information to do so can be found at http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/how-to-become-an-rcbus-member/.
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- Books for Balinese Schools
- Bluu Karangasem Water project handover 3 Jan 2016
- Child Helmet Project is up & running thanks to Terri & Penny
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It is with deep sadness that Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] announces the death of a former member and that of an active member. Former member, Danielle Foss, died 20 April 2021. Active member, Ray Bishop, passed away on 27 April 2021. Both will be sorely missed.
Ray was born in Adelaide, South Australia on March 26, 1945. He played for the Australian Football League before moving to Canada. After a 17 year stay in Canada, Ray returned to Warooka, Australia. He was truly a “Renaissance Man,” who had mastered many professions. Ray was a professional football player and a trained butcher. He owned and operated a hardware store, a household goods agency, and a real estate agency. While in Australia, Ray became a member of the Hope Island Rotary Club.
After many vacations in Bali, he and his wife, Sue, moved to Keramas, Bali on a more permanent basis in 2010. They took a trip to Amed and were almost overwhelmed by the poverty and the lack of available medical care they found there. People of action, Sue and Ray dreamed of opening a fully equipped clinic to serve the needs of the people in the Karangasem Regency. They founded Bali Sehat, a broad-based community initiative providing remote village families in Karangasem with basic health care, nutritional education and prescription and non-prescription medicines. Please see www.balisehat.org. After literal years of Sue and Ray’s tireless work and the generosity of many people, Klinik Bali Sehat will open at the end of this month.
Sue and Ray joined a Rotary Club in Ubud which became RCBUS. Ray was one of RCBUS’ most active members. He made certain that all members adhered to The Four Way Test and chaired the Fundraising Committee where he tirelessly pursued fundraiser venues, raffle items and silent auction items to be used to raise money for the club’s many projects. Ray also loved to play Santa Claus for the children who attend RCBUS’ Christmas party. His annual renditions of Santa Claus from the time she was a little girl are his granddaughter Lauren’s most vivid memories of Ray. He was a kind, generous, fun-loving person who will remain in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Adam, Ray’s grandson, captured the essence of Ray when he wrote of his grandfather, “One day Pop and I were sitting in the front yard, enjoying a good old Australian meat pie. Sitting there on the bench, it was the most beautiful day. He gave off the most loving and heartfelt vibe, and one of the most genuinely nicest people someone would ever wish to meet. Whenever he would laugh, it would make everyone else laugh. And we loved every minute of hanging around him.”
Danielle Foss [Dani] was a bright beam of pure Rotarian sunshine. She was one of the founders of Rotary Club Ubud where she served as both secretary and then as treasurer. She subsequently joined RCBUS where she warmly greeted every member, perspective member and speaker with her engaging smile and cheerfulness.
Dani was born in the United States. She and her husband, Rich, came to Bali and stayed. After joining Rotary, they became very involved in the Rotary projects that were developed to pump water to remote villages in the mountainous areas of the impoverished Karangasem Regency. The Club also worked with Rotary Club Ubud’s Rotaracts, a hard working group of people between the ages of 18 and 30 who were also interested in bringing water to the villages. It was Danielle’s job to act as a liaison between the Rotaracts and their expatriated US sponsor who also lived in Bali.
Friends of Rich and Dani remember her as “a very special lady”, “a wonderful and beautiful person”, “one bright star”, “a beautiful woman with a big heart and a lovely spirit”, “a beautiful spirit on earth”, “a wonderful influence”, and a “lovely and sweet person.” Dani could light up a room and the lives of those who knew her.
Both Ray and Danielle had a huge, indelible impact on the lives of the Balinese with whom they worked. Their actions will be formally remembered at the RCBUS workshop which will be held at the Firefly Garden in Taro on 19 June, starting at 10 am.
More information about RCBUS’ projects can be found at
If you would like to join this dynamic group of people who love Bali and work to help the people who live here, information to do so can be found at
Let me help you overcome three of your possible challenges!
Challenge # 1. You believed social media posts when they said that knitting would be a way to relieve your stress during quarantines and lockdowns. Then found out you hate knitting. Now you have enough yarn to make 5 seaters, 4 scarves and 3 hats and no inclination to use it.
Challenge # 2. On January 1st, you resolved to declutter your living space, BUT you’re a crafter and all crafters have a stash of materials. What do you do with yarn that you need to get rid of to free up space?
Challenge # 3. You sincerely want to help people but don’t know where to start.
Donating is the solution!
Please donate to “Sewing For Living”, a project sponsored by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset, (RCBUS) which is teaching local women to sew and crochet.
Why it is so important for local women? Balinese women have always had multiple jobs: take care children and family, dong all the housework, providing help to the community, and assisting at temple and cultural events, among other duties. Many of these women are marginalized: they have no rights to any family assets and go to their husband’s village upon marriage. If they try to separate from their husband, the original family will not take them back, leaving them with no livelihood. It is important for women to make their own money, not only for their self-esteem, but to enable each of them to support her entire family. This is especially true right now as 85% of Bali’s economy relies on tourism and international tourists have not been allowed in Bali since April, 2020. Yes, many families are facing an existence with no income.
Please help these women.
Rid yourself of that yarn in your crafter’s stash that you’ll never use. Or go out and purchase yarn on sale or from a thrift or secondhand store. Send these materials to:
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Jalan Sandat No. 9
Ubud, Bali 80571
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset and I can guarantee that the women in the classes receive your donations. They will create saleable items from it which will be marketed in a worldwide network. We’ll document your donation and the shipping costs and email you a receipt when you include your email address in the package.
Please spread the word about this endeavor to friends, relatives, social media, churches, organizations – anyone you think might help.
Mission of your donation: You might just save a life!
– STARTS AT 6:00 PM PLACE: STHALA UBUD AND ZOOM