Bulletin 05 December 2011

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

“I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.” Woody Allen


Attending: Bill, Danielle, Janet, LLoyd, Marilyn, Mary, Mr. Chu, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W

Apologies: Alan (travelling for work), Augie, (in Thailand selling Jeff’s boat), Bruce (back in Bali and convalescing), Dan and Sue Bennett (returning to Bali momentarily), Donna, Driya and Probo, Fred (in USA), Gabe (still in Nusa Dua recovering from Bali Zone Institute meeting), Jody (in USA packaging and distributing cook books!), Kadek (in the field), Patricia, Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuzsa (in Canada).

Guests: Rtn Ray Bishop, RC Hope Island (Australia), Sue Bishop, Rtn David Lock (RC Kenmore (Brisbane, Australia), Diane Parker (RC Kelowna Ogopogo (Canada), Rtn. Antje van Lukowicz (RC Bali Ubud), Sterling Nelson (Atlanta USA), Rachel Harding, Glenn Adams, Credich Cohen, Guest speaker Jeremiah Abrams, and surprise guest, Mary Northmore, Honorary Member RC Seminyak.


There’s been both good news and bad news over the last weeks. The good news is the induction of three new members; transferring member Alan Starr (thanks to RC Highton, Australia  for letting us have him), and the two powerful Marys, Mary Lee and Mary Jane Edleson. The bad news is that we’ve accepted resignations from two members, Jeremy Taylor whose gentle, thoughtful and insightful commentary has been of great value in project planning and Mandy Brauer, who as a trustee with the Mel Wolf Foundation, was asked to resign from Rotary to avoid the illusion of conflict of interest. (Who wrote THOSE bylaws???)  We expect Mandy to be with us on a regular basis as an ongoing guest.

***DUES DUE*** An edict has been sent down from on high… IPP Sue W gave us all the eye and clearly stated “dues are DUE by December 19, the last meeting of this year”.  This was followed by much scrambling and squirming as members dug into pockets and purses!

We’re dark Dec 26th and January 2. Those of you on auto-pilot try to remember to do something other than Rotary on those dates.

Holiday Planning…Save December 24 – Christmas Eve 5 PM for a gala joint dinner…RC Bali Ubud Sunset and Rotaract Club Ubud.  PPs Sue W and Marilyn are each making a turkey and at the suggestion of the Rotaracts (bless them!!) the rest of dinner will be potluck…reference our cook book and try out a new recipe.  RSVP to Marilyn.

Another date to save is December 18th.   You have the choice of two very different but equally fun activities.

*** Caroling at Rucina’s 3 PM– Rucina’s annual Caroling afternoon, her home-made Christmas cookies, and sweets to share continue Ru’s tradition of holiday comaraderie and fun.   RSVP to Rucina.

*** Early morning tree planting Those of you who attended the 6 a.m. sunrise marriage of Rotaracters Tika and Gobind know that this wonderful couple donated 1000 trees to Rotaract Bali Ubud.  Now we get to plant. The trees will go into the area around Temukus where our club has just finished bringing water to the main village and two small neighboring villages. The villagers have already dug the holes for the new trees so our job will be relatively simple.  Put the tree into the hole and put the dirt back!  EVERYONE IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.  The Rotaracts have this planned down to the last bit of minutia and the event should be totally in keeping with Rotary’s motto…Service Above Self. A map and details will be sent shortly.

Flag Banners and Exchanges:

Rtn Danielle has stepped up to the plate to be our “flag lady.”  Danielle and volunteers will be pinning our flags to large banners that will be hung on the walls at our meetings.. No longer with the wonderful Maya Ubud Hotel staff have to pin 50 flags on the wall every week.  When done, they will only have to hang 4 or 5 banners.   Let Danielle know if you’d like to help.  You can be confident Danielle will keep you entertained throughout your pinning experience.  Contact Danielle at trichfoss@comcast.net.

PP Marilyn shared a flag from Alan Briggs.  Rtn Alan was in Ubud for a very short period of time and presented the flag to Marilyn at a project meeting the previous evening.  Our job is to mail OUR banner to Alan.

And Sue did a remote flag exchange with Peter Brand from Hulst, in the Netherlands. Rtn Peter was staying at the Maya Ubud Hotel where we hold our meetings, but we missed him by a day since we were all at the Rotary Institute over the weekend. Never the twain did meet, but Sue left a flag for him at hotel reception, and Peter left his club flag for us, which was on the front table at our Monday meeting. Thank you, Peter and Alan.

After a full year of planning, the Bali Rotary Institute 2011 finally happened in Nusa Dua December 2 to December 4.

Gabe and friend

What an impressive and fun event!  Clubs from Rotary Zones 6B, 7A and 10B attended representing 15 Asian countries, including Mongolia and Bangladesh.  Over 1500 Rotarians shared good will, friendship and information over the three days making this a SUPER event!  RI President Kalyan Banerjee delivered the keynote address, participated in many of the workshops and sessions and is a very patient, wise, and knowledgeable man.  GETS (Governor Elects Training Seminar) preceded the Institute so we got to meet a gazillion DGs, DGEs, and PDGs.  For many of us the highlight of the Institute was the open forum where those of us in the audience could ask questions of RI Directors, PDGs, and of course President Bannerjee.  The panel fielded questions and suggestions about women in Rotary, future planning for Rotary spousal events, Rotary ‘branding’ and the annual change of motto and emblem.  Some discussions got a little heated but no one went home mad.

SAA's pose before getting to work!

Patrick (RCBS), Ros and Sue join new Phillipine friends

Marilyn and Mr. Chu having fun before sesson starts

Sweet Thai Rotarian in his mid-80's, member over 49 years with perfect attendence!

Rtn Mr Chu was asked to take proceedings notes in a Mandarin speaking workshop, PP Marilyn did the same but in an English speaking workshop!  IPP Sue was on her feet non-stop in her role as sergeant of arms. Sec Philip was the go-to person whenever any technical help was needed.  Philip was VERY popular and fast on his feet rescuing speakers who encountered uncooperative computers.  Rotaractors from Bali Ubud were working hard behind the scenes making sure everything went smoothly or when there were bumps, participants were unaware of them.

Needless to say while the business of Rotary was being discussed, our club was out there selling cook books!  PE Rosalind braved the heat and thanks to Rtn Gabe, VP Rucina and Rtn Janet (the blond bombshell) for taking turns staffing the booth.  All the folks who stopped by to talk with us were lovely but several pointed out that unless the recipes were in Bangladesh,

Chinese, Tagalag, Malay, etc. they would be a little difficult to follow.  As Sue quoted one shopper, “English is not our cooking language.”  Happily that didn’t stop them from buying.

Rtn Bruce is back in Bali but still feeling weak.  The treatment was not 100% successful and Bruce is weighing his options.  Do drop Bruce a note at Balibruce@gmail.com. Catherine is taking good care of him

PP Marilyn thanked PE Rosalind and Rtn Mr. Chu for their donations to EREY.  The goal is to have 100% member participation and we’re almost there!


Guest speaker Jeremiah Abrams found his calling at the age of 23 and has been working with individuals and groups ever since as a consulting psychologist.  His focus this evening was on love and how individuals could break down barriers that separate them from love.  Jeremiah is San Francisco, CA, USA based and has published collections of essays by well known therapists including Carl Jung whose methods Jeremiah follows.  Other publications include Reclaiming the Inner Child and The Shadow in America: Reclaiming the Soul of a Nation.  Jeremiah is in Bali to conduct workshops.  See more at www.jeremiahabrams.posterous.com.

More BIG * Rotary Events Coming Up

And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will be held in Bangkok May 6 to 9, 2012.  It’s not likely to get much closer to Bali for years to come so if you can, REGISTER!  Many of our international project partners will attend and it will be our chance to meet them face to face and thank them for all their past help and support.

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