Bulletin 29 November 2010

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
~Mohammed Ali
(*Thanks to Jeremy for last three weeks quotes)

BULLETIN 29 November, 2010

Attending: Members: Bruce, Cat, Gabe, Janet, Jeremy, Lloyd, Philip, Sue W.
Guests: Rtn Diane Parker, RC Kelowna Ogopogo (Canada), Thomas Fricke (guest speaker), Sylvia Blanchet

Announcements, Reports

Rtn Janet is collecting a gazillion recipes for the RCBUS cookbook.  The more the better so keep them coming.  If there is something that you just love to eat or cook send us your recipe!!!  janet@janisilver.com

Many of us cook by the seat of our pants and Rtn Gabe asked about measurements.  In typical Bali fashion, Janet said “kira kira” which translates to ‘about’ meaning about a teaspoon or about a cup.  Close is good enough.  And we’re in Bali where everything comes out just right.

Ever since Belkis Shah visited our club and we didn’t have the right cable to connect her computer to the projector we’ve been lusting for an assortment of Mac cables.  Rtn Gabe has satisfied that lust!  Gabe donated all kinds of Mac cables…you name it and we can connect to it.  Thanks Gabe…we’ll never be embarrassed by lack of equipment again!

Rtn Janet’s Foundation, Yayasan Kerti Praja, is organizing a get together party for families and children suffering from AIDS.   A number of local businesses have chipped in so families could take home a ‘goodies bag’.  Thanks to the generous folks who donated and to Janet for making it happen.

Pres Sue showed the pictures from the Thanksgiving fellowship dinner where it wasn’t just the turkey that got stuffed.  Fabulous food was set out in great abundance and it was especially fun to have lots of children with us for this big-time American holiday.

RC Kelowno Ogopgo made it possible to bring truckloads of equipment, furniture and books to two elementary schools, SD Peliatan 3 and 4.   Rtn Diane Parker from Kelowno Ogopgo pitched right in to entertain the kids as did our own Wayan Rustiasa.  (Never knew Rus could sing!)  Sometimes it’s hard to tell the adults from the children!

Dinner with RI President: Tuesday evening was a most special event with RI President Klinginsmith visiting Bali.  Our Pres Sue not only had an opportunity to meet and talk with this talented and idealistic man but had a wonderful chat with RI President Ray Klinginsmith’s wife Judy – they discovered they are both Hoosiers from the state of Indiana.

Pres Sue meets Pres Klinginsmith

An interesting development for Rotary in Indonesia…RI President Ray put forth a notion that would divide District 3400 into three separate districts.  Indonesia is geographically huge and is comprised of thousands of far flung islands making it near impossible for one District Governor to provide the support he or she feels is important to our clubs.  There’s lots of work to be done before this plan becomes reality, but there are MANY Rotarians who believe it’s the right thing to do.

It’s that time of year again and President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is scheduled for Feb.18 and 19 in Surabaya. PE Lloyd will definitely go and party girl Pres Sue W. wouldn’t miss it.  Any and all Rotarians are welcome to attend.

Christmas is upon us and we’ll be Caroling at Rucina’s Dec 19, 4 PM.  Your contribution???  Bring a dessert or snack or Christmas cookies and a hearty voice.

Cat is submitting a DAP grant proposal to the Australian Consulate for a third mobile rice mill.  Based on experience with the first two widely used mills, the design will be modified.  Instead of straining the milling engine to power the mill from location to location (while devouring fan belts like candy) the mill will be placed on a trailer and hauled to the rice fields.  Jeremy is helping out by writing the grant

Raffle: Gabe did her usual bang-up job selling tickets and Bruce won a beautiful ceramic sea-shell shaped dish.

Guest speaker: Thomas Fricke– Sustainable Trade and Consulting Pte. Ltd.

Our thanks to Thomas and his wife Sylvia for braving two hours of traffic jams on their way to Ubud.  Weaker people would have turned around and gone home…or looked for a local bar.

Thomas happens to be an old friend of Rucina.  They met in Bali in 1974 on an ancient bus heading for Besakih…Thomas going to work with villagers on a bio-gas project while Rucina on her way to a dance performance. The only westerners on the bus, they wanted to impress the Balinese passengers by their lack of interest in foreigners…and studiously ignored each other the entire trip.

Thomas, fluent in Balinese among many other languages, was teaching Balinese farmers organic farming some thirty years ago.  We can credit him with introducing this concept to Bali where today more and more farmers are moving to organic.

Thomas was responsible for building the bio-gas infrastructure at the mental hospital in Bangli and is currently developing a cooperative arrangement between Sabang, Aceh (the most northwest point of Indonesia) and Lombok.  Sabang produces palm oil and the waste from the production can be used as biofuel for tobacco dryers in Lombok.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Thomas’s green work in Indonesia in the future…

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