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Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action17 Dec 2020

by MarionHook

Who are the people who are members of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS]? We are people of action, people who want to be impactful in our communities, people who want to create sustainable, positive change around the world, in our community and in ourselves. Over the next few months, we would like to introduce you to these people who make a substantial difference in Bali. Some of us live in Ubud: others live in other areas of the island. To accommodate everyone, we alternate meeting places between Pukako Bisma, a panini shop in Ubud and Warong Legong, a restaurant in Keramas

Using these two eateries as meeting places highlights RCBUS’ renewed efforts to support local businesses. As you read in the previous article, Kadek Erawan, RCBUS member, owns Warong Legong. Abe Satria, another RCBUS member, owns Pukako Bisma. Abe is a former Rotaract [a service, leadership professional and community service arm of Rotary International for men and women between the ages of 18 and 30] who joined RCBUS. Married and the father of 2 children, Abe is an active businessman in the Ubud hospitality community. He was born in Denpasar and is active in community social projects that are based in Ubud.

Abe receives special recognition for participating in a RCBUS meeting.

Hans Joachim Schmid is one of RCBUS’ newest members. Hans was born in Munich, Germany, where he also attended Ludwig Maximilian University, graduating with a degree in computer science. Before coming to Bali in 2007, Hans served as CEO of BMW Bank and BMW Financial Services worldwide. He then became a partner in various consulting and software companies in the automotive finance industry.

Hans retired in 2018 and with his wife, moved permanently to Seminyak. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, all living in various parts of southern Germany. All 5 of them visit Bali as often as possible. Hans also enjoys traveling, riding motorbikes, and mountain climbing here in Bali.

Although he is a new member RCBUS, Hans is definitely a person of action. He is a liaison between RCBUS and Rotary clubs in Germany, working diligently to form international partnerships. He worked through German clubs to support RCBUS’s Sewing for Living project. Hans is a champion of the Wehea Project which focuses on preserving the rainforests and endangered wildlife of the Wehea Forest Area of Kalimantan. Locally, Hans is actively involved in the Kedampal Water Project and the Bali Sehat clinic project. Hans sold masks in Germany that were produced by RCBUS’ Sewing for Living project. He has also traveled to East Bali to help RCBUS members distribute food to those families in need, particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Hans Scmiid, third from the right, being initiated into RCBUS

Marion Hook and her late husband, Jim, retired to Bali in 2019. Marion was born in Connecticut in the US but has also lived in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona. She lived with her family in Jakarta in 1982. Her daughters now live on different continents. One lives in Australia, the other in the US.

Marion began her career as a high school English teacher and has taught Shakespeare to teenagers, ESL to little kids and to corporate engineers, communication skills to dislocated steel workers and cooking classes to kids and adults.   She has also directed not for profits in Pittsburgh, PA and in Milwaukee, WI. She enjoys good conversation, meeting people, travel, music – particularly jazz and rock ’n roll, cooking, good food and new experiences.

Marion joined RCBUS in 2019. She, too, is a person of action, enthusiastically helping to raise funds many RCBUS projects including the chopper machine for Rumah Kompos Taro, healthy day clinics for Bali Sehat and supplies for Sewing for Living. Some of those efforts have connected RCBUS with other Rotary clubs as far away as Florida, USA. She is compiling information on low or no cost methods of water harvesting, methods that can be taught to agriculturalists in the arid mountain regions of Bali. She helps to find raffle prizes, serves on the Fundraising Committee and chairs the Membership Committee which has accepted 4 new RCBUS members in the past year.

Marion, center, visiting the Sewing for Living project

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action

Make 2021 A Year Of Positive Change!28 Jan 2021

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


Marion Hook

Jiwa House

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!

Harvesting Water04 Jan 2021

Harvesting Water

by MarionHook

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS} will initiate water harvesting in the arid Karangasem region as its newest project.  Water harvesting is the collection of rainwater runoff in order to provide water for use by humans, animals, or crops.  RCBUS water harvesting methods are of little or no cost and will help alleviate some of the water shortage problems in this area.  Rain is:

  • Free
  • Good for plants and animals
  • Can be used by humans AFTER it is boiled
  • Helps replenish ground water
  • Improves the environment
  • Adds to the water supply in general
  • Reduces the need for trucked water

OLLA (pronounced oy-yah) POTS

Olla pots are an ancient method of irrigation that has been used for over 4,000 years. The pots are a very cost effective,efficient watering system.Ollas are large, round, unglazed clay pots that have a neck.  Wide pots are the most efficient. To irrigate your garden or individual plant, bury the Olla in soil leaving the neck exposed.If you plant seeds or plants around the buried Olla, radius is based on the size of the pot. The pots usually hold about 6 liters of water, but they can be any size.  They should be buried no further than 45 cm from the plants in need of water.  Fill the Olla with water, place a rock on the neck of the pot to prevent evaporation of the water and let the pot water your plants.  It works because the unglazed clay is porous. After a few hours water slowly seeps out through the clay wall of the pot, directly irrigating roots or seeds around the pots.  In time the plants’ roots will literally wrap around the pot. The plants use of the water. There is no evaporation of water because the water source is in the ground. Plants can’t be over or under watered because they will take only what water they need.  The pots will need to be filled once or twice a week. Because the top of the Olla pot extends above ground,it can be refilled as water is absorbed.

The benefits of Olla irrigation are:

  • Water delivered directly to the root zone
  • No runoff or evaporation problems
  • Plants receive consistent moisture
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • No need for water pressure or pump


This passive watering system is well suited for trees and large plants.  Simply choose a tree or plants that you wish to water. Dig a shallow, sloping trench around a plant or tree.   The radius of the circle should about 91 centimeters. Start digging the trench at ground level and slope it to the tree trunk where the trench should be about 7 centimeters deep.  Surround the circular trench with a layer or two of stacked rocks, each the size of a fist or a bit larger.  Rainwater will be captured in the trench and sink slowly into the ground, watering the tree or large plant instead of creating a fast runoff.

Water harvesting can also occur it small, stone lined basins are placed between smaller plants.  Such basins will capture the rainwater, keeping it from becoming runoff while slowly watering the roots of the plants.

The benefits of water basin irrigation are:

  • Water delivered directly to the root zone
  • Reduced runoff or evaporation problems
  • Plants receivemore consistent moisture
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • No need for water pressure or pump


A rain barrel is a large container that can be used to collect water during a rainstorm.  It can be made of plastic, metal, glazed pottery or even bamboo lined with plastic sheeting.  Place the rain barrel in a place where there is a vigorous runoff of water when it rains known as the catchment area.  This could be by the corner of a building with a pitched roof or by rock or land formations that have runoff channels.  After the barrel has been chosen, choose a material for a gutter.  The gutter will be used to direct the runoff water from the catchment area into the rain barrel.  Gutters can be made of PVC piping, bamboo or tin bent to form a V shape.  Attach the gutter in the catchment area where it will capture the most amount of rain fall.  For example, attach the gutter along the edge of a roof that slopes downward to the barrel.  As it rains, the runoff from that section of the roof will be captured in the barrel.  Remember to cover the opening of the rain barrel with fine mesh or cloth and secure it.  This is to prevent debris from entering the collected water.  It will also prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the water.  With a simple rain barrel, the water can be dipped out and used to water plants and animals and for humans to use to bathe. If the water is to be used for human consumption, it must be boiled for a minimum of 3 minutes.

If you would like to know more about water harvesting, no matter where you live, pleasecontact

If you would interested in joining 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

Circle of Life RCBUS15 May 2021

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  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

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action19 Nov 2020

by Marion Hook

Who are the people who are members of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS]? We are people of action, people who want to be impactful in our communities, people who want to create sustainable, positive change around the world, in our community and in ourselves. Over the next few months, we would like to introduce you to these people who make a substantial difference in Bali. This is an introduction to our President, President Elect, Secretary and Fundraising Chair.

KARTIKA or “TIKA” DEWI is the President of RCBUS and definitely a woman of action. Tika is from Bedulu and continues to live there with her husband and three children. She became interested in Rotary by first joining Rotaract, the division of Rotary International’s program for young adults designed to support members who want to hone their leadership skills and give back to their communities. She joined RCBUS because she recognized it as a place “where her voice can be heard.”

Tika owns a local convenience store which sells items which her neighbors need on a daily basis. Despite being a merchant and a busy mother, Tika is involved in all RCBUS projects and ably runs each meeting including those that occur via Zoom. She is the mastermind behind the Sewing for Living project which teaches local Balinese women to use sewing machines and to crochet, enabling them to earn money and independence by working out of their homes. Tika recruited teachers, sewing machines, supplies and students for this amazingly successful project. Whether a project is happening in Kedampal, Taro, Karangasem, Ubud or Keramas, Tika is there and involved.


KADEK EREWAN, President Elect, is a new member of RCBUS and a person of action. Born in Keramas Village, he   is a successful entrepreneur who owns and operates the world-renowned eating and meeting place, Warung Legong, located in Keramas. You can check it out at Kadek also owns and operates a convenience store across the street from Warung Legong. His newest entrepreneurial endeavor is Lotus House Guest House, located on Keramas Beach.

Kadek studied food and beverage management at STP Nusa Dua in 1999 and worked for Holland America Line [cruises] as a dining room steward. He is married and the father of three children, but still makes it a priority to find time to serve others. Kadek has helped to secure and distribute food to those Balinese in need food in Keramas Village, Tojan Village, Siut Village, Tampaksiring Village and Serongga Village. He also works with Bali Sehat to distribute food to those in need.

Kadek is an enthusiastic new member of RCBUS. A member since August of 2020, he has helped the Club bring running water to eighty-seven families in three rural villages in the Kedampal area of the Kargangasem region of Bali. He has also helped to install two temporary sinks outside of two different temples in Gianyar, enabling people to comply with governmental mandates in efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19. He also donates meeting space to RCBUS where we can properly socially distance and included our members who cannot come to the meeting via Zoom.

SUE and RAY BISHOP, Secretary and Fundraising Chair, have been members of RCBUS for 10years. They, too, are people of action. Ray grew up in Adelaide, Australia where he played for the Australian Football League before he moved to Canada where he met Sue. Sue was born in England and moved to Canada when she was a child. As an adult, she had an active career in sales and marketing. They married and moved back to Australia in the early 1990’s where Sue pursued her career and Ray owned and operated a hardware store. In 2011, they retired to Keramas, Bali. Between them, they share four children and six grandchildren on two continents.

Sue and Ray fell in love with the Balinese people, particularly those in the Karangasem Region, and recognized their dire need for better local health resources. They founded Bali Sehat [Healthy Bali], a nonprofit health initiative in order to meet that need. Thanks to Sue and Ray’s effort and some financial support from RCBUS, Bali Sehat currently provides healthcare to villagers, many of whom live on less than $100 a year, in the poorest regions of East Bali. Thanks to Sue and Ray’s excellent leadership and management skills, the foundation conducts four to five ”pop-up” clinics a year. They involve volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and pharmacists, among others who travel to remote areas in the region and administer medicine, medical advice, dental care and even sometimes perform minor operations during these day long   ”pop-up” clinics. Typically, they see between 200 to 400 local villagers. Some patients walk hours to these “pop-up” clinics to access the health care. RCBUS helps to fund these clinics.

Today, thanks to Sue and Ray’s tireless efforts, Bali Sehat is constructing and equipping a large medical clinic to better serve the medical needs of the people in the Karangasem Region. This new space will be able to serve more patients with equipment, a maternity section, dental services, an emergency department, separate male and female wards, and the ability to get patients to a major hospital. They hope to open the clinic early in 2021.

Sue and Ray are also involved in other RCBUS projects. Ray helped provide running water to three rural villages in the Kedampal area, and Sue helped secure funding to make that happen. Sue donated yarn and fabric to RCBUS’ Sewing for Living Project. Ray has worked tirelessly to secure raffle prizes for fundraising events and the raffles held at RCBUS meetings. Over the course of their membership, Sue and Ray have been involved in over three dozen other 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


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Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action

E-Club Cologne, Germany and RCBUS Form Partnership18 Aug 2021

Tika signs MOU for partnership.

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

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




Supporting Others08 Sep 2020

Supporting others

Saturday August 15 2020 our club members Tika, Brian Goldman, Kadek Erawan, Hans Schmid , Made (Brians wife), Feby and Abi are visiting Walter and Sabine Roeb-Rienas Germanist who has a house in Sengkidu Manggis Karangasem Bali. Walter been proposing to be a member of Rotary club of Cologne Germany. Started on June 8 2020 Walter and Sabine provided food to community of Sengkidu, many of village members lost of their job while the pandemic, the chief of Sengkidu gave them a list of people in there who need help, so they provide meal every day for around 102 people. Our club support them that day with club funding, sacks of rice and face masks. Thanks for your  kind and loving hearts for community in Bali

New Rotary Year Get Ready for the New Normal09 Jul 2020

Congratulations are in order On June 29, 2020, Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] announced its new Board of Directors:  Kartika Dewi will serve as President and Immediate Past President, Kadek Erawan as President Elect, Brian Goldman as Treasurer, Sue Bishop as Secretary, Ray Bishop as Fundraising Chair, Marion Hook as Communications Chair, and Dora as Youth Community services. The properly socially distanced meeting was held at Café Hana in Ubud.  Members also joined in via Zoom from as far away as Australia as we embraced the “new normal”.  Hans Schmid was welcomed as RCBUS’ newest member.

RCBUS proudly continues to grow its membership, even during the current chaotic social environment. We are able to do this because we are Rotarians committed to providing and competing projects that have a lasting, positive impact on the local community.

We may be a small group of people, but we have instituted positive, sustainable change.  An example – Last year our new Board members and club member were announced during a meeting at Tegal Dukuh Camp in Taro.  Its owner, environmentalist Wayan Wardika, told us of his ideas to improve the physical and economic environment of the region. RCBUS raised money to purchase a machine for Wayan that chops organic waste into compost. The machine has been purchased from funds members raised on 3 different continents and is in use. As a result, compost can now be made quickly, so almost all the area’s organic waste is being converted into compost. That compost is being distributed to local farmers who are using it to grow food for their families and their livestock and to sell in the markets. People are eating healthier food and living in a less toxic, more chemical free environment. Less refuse is being taken to landfills which are actually overflowing. Extra compost is being sold to private homeowners, hotels, resorts and restaurants to use in their landscaping. That improves the economy tremendously in the Taro area.  RCBUS helped to literally change the physical environment, the economic environment and the health of this beautiful village.  Wayan, who is orchestrating this wonderful endeavor, said that he was so excited when the machine arrived, he forgot to eat lunch.


Projects for 2020 include the following:

  • Equipment for Bali Sehat Medical Clinic in the Karangasem Region
  • Kedampal Water Project
  • Rotaract Mobile Library Project
  • Sewing for Living
  • Support for the following groups:
  1. Supporting children to continuing go to school
  2. Working with John Fawcett Foundation
  3. Various projects focusing on HIV education, healthy hygiene, clean water supplies, and support for women and children
  4. Supporting WEHEA project for preservation of tropical forest in Kalimantan

project composting at Taro by Wayan Wardika

Program Sewing for Living

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

Disaster Respond Aid Covid-19 March – April 202029 Apr 2020

Disaster Respond Aid Covid-19 March – April 2020

In early March, Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney, requested that all Rotary meeting and events be cancelled in order to protect the health of members and respect local social distancing regulations. Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] complied with his wishes, but, although we did not hold meetings, our ability to keep serving others through our projects did not stop.

Our club has made a donation to the Rotary Disaster Relief Fund – District D3420 as participate to district Disaster Respond. As a club we also donate very urgent needed asking by the health facility, started by Brian Goldman sent the face shield and liquid soap to Bali Mandara Hospital.

Participants in our Sewing for Living program which enable Balinese women to sew on a sewing machine in their homes have sewn and produce non-medical grade masks for people to wear during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This will allow them to contribute to their family’s finances.During this period the women now have the sewing machines in their homes, as communal work is not permitted. They have been taught to make face masks and we have provided all materials required. This has dual benefits – the women can earn some money and as a club we can donate the masks to community who coming to health facility, according the newest rule from government, people who coming to health facility without mask will not got services from paramedic.

Dora with 2 of our Rotaractor, Gian and Ywan, being volunteer to Rotary Disaster Respond to distributed face shields to Puskesmas in Denpasar, Tegalalang, Tampaksiring, Blahbatuh and Bangli regency. As Bangli is the second line for covid-19 patient with minimum facility, Dora asking our club to donate 10 hazmat cloth to doctors and nurses in Bangli. In the same time we have also donated over 185 face masks made by the women and liquid soap to health facilities requesting them.

Until at least the first week in June, all people on Bali must wear masks when go outside their house.These masks are particularly welcome by those who cannot afford to purchase them or cannot make them.

We will continue aid as requested to best of our ability.

Keep safe, keep healthy, wear your masks, practice social distancing, all will be well!

Postpone – Chili Cook Off at Melting Pot Ubud 22th March 202025 Feb 2020

THE 10th ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF (postpone to reduce the corona virus effect)




Chili tasting! Prizes! Games! Prizes! Raffles! Prizes!


Where:  Melting Pot Saloon

Jl. Raya Pengosekan No. 22X, Ubud

South of Coco Supermarket and the turn off for Monkey Forest Road

Parking in front.

Phone :0821 4558 0325

When:  Sunday, 22, March 2020

Time: 12 noon – 5:30 PM


Why: To support Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset projects which give back to the Bali we all love.

YOU can help deliver health care and clean water to East Bali, school supplies to local children, sewing skills to Balinese women, eco-education in Taro, eye screening and more!

HOW: Purchase a ticket and attend.  Tickets include entrance to the cookoff and a chili tasting kit with an opportunity to vote for the best tasting chili. Tickets can be purchased at the door 75,000 rupiah or from a Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset member in advance for 100,000 rupiah.  Advance tickets include a raffle ticket for special prizes available only to those who purchase tickets from a Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset member.

Call 0821-4660-2615 to arrange for an advance ticket.Raffle tickets can be purchased on site – 3 tickets/50,000 rupiah or 7/100,000 rupiah.

Women Supporting Women14 Feb 2020

Thursday February 13th 2020 we have a visitor at our Sewing for Living Project, Brenda Ffraser a Canadian Barrister is having a holiday in Bali and decided to visiting our program. She donate some supplies and some cash Rp 2.500.000, also planning to donate a sewing machines, what a wonderful day. Women supporting womens, wish many more people can sharing and caring each other. Thank you so much Brenda, you have such a wonderful heart.

Jim Hook Memories09 Jan 2020

In Our Memories: Jim Hook


Dear Friends –

I am so sorry but I will be unable to join you on Monday for the Rotary meeting.  Jim died very unexpectedly on December 28, 2019.  Sue will tell you about it at Monday’s meeting as It is very difficult for me to write about or to discuss on the phone.

I do want you all to know how much Jim enjoyed Rotary and each of you.  You filled him with a purpose larger than himself here in Bali.  You offered him unconditional friendship which he embraced.  You made a huge, joy-filled difference in his life here. And for that, I simply can not thank you enough – ever.


What can you do? Nothing will alter the situation, but I know Jim would be very pleased if you would continue to bring a spool of thread to the Rotary meeting at the Maya.  He was the father of two daughters and the Sewing for Living project was close to his heart for many reasons. He would smile if you also continued to nominate a friend to donate to the Taro GoFundMe account.  Jim admired Wayan very much and so wanted to see his eco projects succeed.  We have almost met the project goal to purchase badly needed machinery for Taro.  Lastly, please, please support the next Rotary fundraiser which will be in March.  Jim was so excited about it.  He and Ray planned it well and it will be up to all of us to execute those plans.  So please sell tickets and gather raffle items, large and small, to honor his memory.


I love you all and hope my heart will have healed enough so that I can see you at the January 27th meeting.


Wonderful Heart of Julia Parini20 Dec 2019

Today December 18th 2019, it’s been a wonderful day we have Rotarian Julia Parini from Rotary Club Seaford D9520 Adelaide Australia who sponsored 2 sewing machines and 1 overlocker machine to support the “Sewing for Living” Project.

She was on holiday in Bali and browsing for Rotary clubs in Bali, she found about “Sewing for Living” project through our website and then decided to donate sewing machines. She is flying back on Thursday 19th December 2019 to Australia. We are so lucky to have met with you today and purchase the sewing machines. Thank you so much Julia, we really appreciate it, this will support and encourage the women to have pride in themselves.

Backpack for Children, by Bali Children’s Project29 Oct 2019

Here are  photos of the children that received backpacks from Rotary. As we did last year, all the Rotary children are from Karangasem.
Thank you to everyone for this amazing gifts. The children will be able to go to school with all new supplies, uniforms, and shoes. Otherwise, as you know, they often wear shoes with holes and used and beat up uniforms. They really feel proud, and they have everything they need for the year.
Thank you so much for your generosity.
Best wishes,
Linda and Bali Children’s Project

Ni Wayan Apriani

Ni Wayan Apriani

Ni Luh Tirta Anggreni

Ni Luh Tirta Anggreni

Ni Komang Asih

Ni Komang Asih

Ni Ketut Suartini

Ni Ketut Suartini

I Wayan Aditya Lega Darmawan

I Wayan Aditya Lega Darmawan

I Putu Antara

I Putu Antara

I Komang Bagus Teguh Adiputra

I Komang Bagus Teguh Adiputra

I Kadek Suparta

I Kadek Suparta

I Gusti Bagus Purwa Ardika

I Gusti Bagus Purwa Ardika

I Gede Endra Pratama

I Gede Endra Pratama



World Polio Day, October 24th 201926 Oct 2019

Today October 24 th 2019 is World Polio Day, World Polio Day is an annual opportunity
for Rotary members to rally the world around the fight to eradicate the disease forever.
For this year’s program Rotary Bali Area working together with all club in Bali and
Puskesmas Denpasar Selatan I at Pegok Soccerfield Denpasar, doing the immunization
campaigns and to vaccinate children against polio to protect them from this devastating
diseases. Todays event attended by DG Pebri Dipohadikusumo and Rotarian as
commitment Rotary to support the movement of End Polio Now!

In 1988, when Rotary and its partners founded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,
the paralyzing disease affected 350,000 children. Our collaboration with the World
Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and
later the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local health workers, and national
governments has helped reduce that number by 99.9 percent.

Hosted Miss Teen Great Britain Imogen Chapman by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.31 Jul 2019

Hosted Miss Teen Great Britain Imogen Chapman by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.

Saturday morning visited Taro Village to thankful and encourage the students and community’s who already willing to separate their wastes and keeping their environment clean and green, may many more students and community’s get involved and start loving the mother Earth. Thanks to Wayan Wardika for started this movement, thanks also for the nice lunch after the trekking and coffee at Tegal Dukuh Natural Bliss Pitstops.

 In the afternoon Miss Imogen Chapman also visited Rumah Belajar Sadewa in Tembuku Bangli. It’s was nice conversation between the kids and Miss Imogen for practicing their English.
Thanks once again to Miss Teen Great Britain Imogen Chapman for your visited.

(Ni Ketut Kartika Dewi)
President, Past Secretary
Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset

Handover Officer Rotary Club Ubud Sunset 2019/202023 Jun 2019

Handover officer Rotary Club Ubud Sunset at Taro, Tegalalang, Gianyar on 22 June 2019

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10th Aniversary Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset15 Jun 2019

10th Aniversary Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset

Free Eye Screening, Free Glasses and Free Cataract Surgery by John Fawcett Foundation

Balai Banjar Selat, Desa Buahan Kaja, Kec, Payangan Kabupaten Gianyar

26 – 27 July 2018

First Day July 26th 2018

On the day  396 people coming for eye screening , 240  free glasses, 8 Cataract surgery done at JFF clinic bus. For 8 people got the surgery that day, 5 people both eyes cataract so they need do cataract surgery at the other eye. RCBUS will contact JFF for continuing this surgery. This even announced to Desa Buahan Kaja and Desa Buahan Kelod with approximately 1,950 families which is about 5,850 so more people knows about, more people can involved.

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We Can, They Can’t05 Feb 2019

Hello to all regular readers of the Rotary clubs fortnightly column!

This fortnight I have entitled my article “We can, They Can’t” ……so what does this mean? It means to me, that so many expats living in this beautiful island, with its generous friendly people, amazing scenery, traditional customs and culture going back hundreds and hundreds of years, are able to live here very comfortably…unfortunately for so many Balinese, and Indonesians this is not the case. As we are all aware conditions vary considerably as do earnings, and not everyone gets the opportunity of a full education leading to gainful employment.

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BaliChildrensProject01 Oct 2018

One of the 21 children we sponsored through The Bali Children’s Project so they could continue their education.  A child, to be able to go to school, MUST have 3 uniforms, books, pencils, paper, books, shoes, backpack, etc.  Many children’s families cannot afford that.  So The Bali Children’s Project steps in and supplies these items to needy children.

Our club is happy to contribute to their education!

5th Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner 201829 Oct 2018

5th Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner

The Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset is hosting our 5th Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner:

  • Christmas Welcome Drink
  • Smoked Turkey & Stuffing and Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Garden Salad & Cranberry Salad
  • Roasted Pumpkin soup
  • Many Veggie sides and mains
  • Christmas Deserts

Even a fun Magician to entertain you!

Space is limited – call The Maya Resort & Spa now for reservations:  (0361) 977-888 ext:1401

Pay with Cash or Major Credit Cards, or ask any local Ubud Rotary member for more information or to purchase tickets!

Also, WIN exciting raffle prizes and a silent auction including elegant hotel stays, fabulous dinners, cooking classes, spa packages and more!   Raffle tickets available at the event.


When   : 09 Dec. 2018, 5:30-9:30PM

Cost      : IDR 500,000.  Cash or Major Credit Cards

IDR 450,000 KTP holders

IDR 250,000 for 6-12

Under 6 – FREE

Where : Maya Resort & Spa

Contact:  Maya (0361) 977-888 ext: 1401

September Birthdays31 Aug 2018

September Birthdays







Happy Birthday to some members this month:

PP Bruce Briscoe – Sept 21

VP Rich Foss – Sept 27

July Birthdays10 Jul 2018







Happy Birthday to our hardworking members this month.

Sue Bishop – 06 July

Anne Marie 14 July

Abe Satria 26 July

March Birthdays03 Mar 2018

Happy Birthday to one of our hardworking members this month.

Our very busy Ray Bishop.



February Birthdays04 Feb 2018

Happy Birthday to TWO of our members this month

  1. Our very busy Community Services Director, Dora; and
  2. Don Bennett, who is in California



Rotary World Wide – Doing good!02 Jul 2017

4 April – President of Rotary Club Colorado Springs Interquest to visit22 Mar 2016

Tony and Mary Fagnant will come to Bali for one week on 3 April.  He is the president of

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore; yellow water tanks in background

Rotary Club Colorado Springs Interquest (for the second time).  He is most interested in the Karangasem water projects for which they have funded or contributed to 10 of the 16 projects.  They will be taken to Amed on Wednesday, 6  April to visit with Ping and to see some of the water projects.  They will attend to RC meeting on Monday, 4 April where Rich Foss, who has been in charge of the water projects in that area will give a water project presentation.

Books for Balinese Schools08 Mar 2016

Kids reading their new books

Kids reading their new books

Recently, several of the Rotaractors went to Gramedia bookstore to choose 10 ,000,000 rupiah (about US$775) worth of books for their Mobile Library project. The money was donated by the Ogopogo Rotary club of Canada through the hard work of Diane Parker. They were lucky as we withdrew the money when it arrived and thus received more rupiah than if we waited until now. Also they received a 10% discount plus “souvenirs” to pass on to the children.  We arrived at the end of the process in time to pay the money.  Now they will have a Mobile Library Day in Pejeng, a small villiage East of Ubud, on one of the Saturdays in March to which we are all invited and encouraged to attend.  They will let us know when. In the meantime with remaining money they will buy prizes for the children as part of the reading games.

A new need – hand puppets. They can find none in Bali and it would help storytelling


Bluu Karangasem Water project handover 3 Jan 201608 Jan 2016

Water for the Bluu community

Water for the Bluu community

Child Helmet Project is up & running thanks to Terri & Penny08 Jan 2016

Helmet Lady delivers the head safety story

Helmet Lady delivers the head safety story

Kindergarten children at Laplapan get their helmets thanks to the Viceroy

Kindergarten children at Laplapan get their helmets thanks to the Viceroy

The helmet project is the passion of the Canggu Rotary Club to educate small children (the next generation) in using motor bike helmets. Sponsor support the purchase of helmets for 3 to 6 year olds and we help find kindergartens with the helmets can be given to kids with a story of the importance of wearing them.

The project is well underway and we have sponsorship for the first 200 children this year. Well done Terri and Penny.

Two Important Briefs Available15 Oct 2014

Our 29 September meeting was a bit overwhelming. Cat Wheeler reported on the current state of HIV/AIDS in Bali and Indonesia (not good, and growing).

Of course with the HIV/AIDS epidemic we did respond by working with Bali Peduli to create a clinic in Ubud. This year the clinic has already seen over 700 patients, with 44 testing positive for HIV and 62 more on medication (some coming from other parts of Bali for treatment). Most of the positive patients are pregnant women infected by their husbands.

Download Cat’s Report on HIV-Oct 2014.

2015 still a growing problem can we do more?

Vision Quest: Bringing Vision to Indonesia’s Blind13 Aug 2014

Eye Testing at Fawcett Mobile Clinic

Eye Testing at Fawcett Mobile Clinic

Indonesia has one of the highest incidences of blindness in the world. At least 3.6 million people are visually impaired and between two and three million of these people are affected by cataracts. For the vast majority of the population there is no hope of treatment, which is unavailable in most of the country. Many of the cataract-blind are elderly, but cataracts can occur at any age, including young children. Those afflicted lead marginalized lives, although most can be successfully treated with simple surgery.

“People are blind because they are poor and remain poor because they are blind” – Foundation founder John Fawcett

In July 2014 Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset sponsored free mobile eye clinics to four villages and two elementary schools in the Ubud area through the John Fawcett Foundation. Over 2,100 people were seen in five visits, including 355 children. The most seriously affected with vision problems in these village visits were among the elderly.

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Purchase a Screening Voucher
and Save a Friend’s Life
10 Sep 2014

Market woman with load that may weigh more than she does

Market woman with load that may weigh more than she does

RCBUS member Janet Molloy asks us to support Yayasan Rama Sesana‘s women’s health initiative at the Denpasar market, by purchasing vouchers (kupons) to send our Indonesian women friends for screening.

This is a hugely successful program that brings health services where they’re needed – right next door to the market, with outreach into the market. Vouchers provide a package of services:

  • General examination/vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory)
  • Pap test (screening for cervical cancer)
  • Gram Stain and Wet mount test (screening for RTIs/ STIs)
  • Blood test (screening for HIV)
  • Breast examination/palpable (screening for breast cancer)
  • A follow-up visit is also included if necessary.

If anything suspicious presents, women are sent FREE to Prima Medika for a mammogram.

Cervical cancer is a big problem in Indonesia, where screening is rare so it’s usually found too late.

A kupon is 300,000 per person. Considering you could save a friend’s life, worth the price yes??

FUNraiser: Jazz Night with
The Hogan Brothers
08 Jul 2014

Ketut & family

Ketut & family

10 August Update from Neil Woodgate on little Ketut: Ketut was in hospital for longer than expected after his first chemo treatment, but is now doing well and appears much more cheerful than pre op. Such a great sight to see him smiling again.

25 July, Betel Nut in Ubud: Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset continued their tradition of FUNraisers, teaming with Betel Nut to present The Hogan Brothers, a wildly talented jazz fusion trio to benefit 8-year-old Ketut Evan Aiikrisna. The proceeds from the Rp 100,000 admission fee went towards his medical costs.

The Hogan Brothers

The Hogan Brothers

Check out their Youtube videos here and here for a taste of good jazz!

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Oz Singer Gyan Benefits RCBUS to Assist HIV/AIDS Clinic12 Jun 2014

Gyan will appear at Betel Nut June 13

“Gyan” – the stage name for talented and charismatic performer Gyan Evans – is coming to Bali for a single night performance on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Betelnut Restaurant on Jalan Raya Ubud.

Partial proceeds from the performance will go to Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset to assist Bali Peduli’s HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment Center in Sayan, Ubud.

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Ubud’s HIV/AIDS Clinic Opens Officially!10 Apr 2014

On the 3rd of April, Rotary members gathered with Bali Peduli, the head of Gianyar District Health Office, and representatives from related stakeholders to celebrate the official opening of Klinik Anggrek. A Rotary Global Grant funded the required renovations and testing equipment, as well as medications, medical personnel training, and community educational outreach for one year. Funds from RCBUS and three California Rotary Clubs (La Jolla Golden Triangle, Blythe, and Carlsbad High-Noon) were matched by funds from The Rotary Foundation for a total of US $57,000.

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Mary Jane Edleson on Sustainable Tourism10 Apr 2014

RCBUS member Mary Jane Edleson of Slow Food Bali continues to share her passion for authentic food, truly a Vocational Service – one of Rotary’s several Avenues of Service. She recently spoke at a local conference on Sustainable Tourism in Indonesia.  Catriona Mitchell of Ubud Now and Then gave this report…

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‘Body Music’ Was a Great Success!15 Mar 2014

Body Music posterIn February 2014, we were delighted to present BODY MUSIC SPECTACULAR: STOMPIN’ MEETS KECAK, featuring Khalid “Greens” Freeman,

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RCBUS Hosts Successful RYLA 201319 Apr 2013

D3420’s RYLA took place on April 12-14. The event was hosted by our club Bali Ubud Sunset and ably let by chair Rtn PROBO. 22 participants aged 15-24 forsook their cell phones for three days and took part in the Outward Bound-type leadership training program, climbing ropes, falling into the mud.

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What does a Water Project Look Like?29 Dec 2012

Project “Gulinten II” – W A T E R !!!  Rich Foss reports about his recent visit to the village of Gulinten, in far east Bali, to start the water project.  It is the beginning of the rainy season and villagers are most happy to end one of the driest seasons in recent years.

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top chinese-new-year-firecracker

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Nest Box for Bali Starling21 Jun 2011

In Nusa Penida, an small island off Bali, the Bali Starlings being revived from near extinction have a new nesting place high in the trees thanks to the donation of $100 from our club.

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