Bulletin 12 August 2013

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud

  “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”  Albert Einstein

Bulletin August 12, 2013


Welcome home President Sue!  

Sue Winski

Sue Winski

At last returned from the USA and her many adventures (and multiple domestic flights thither and yon in the states), Sue is back and ready to pick up the reins as the club’s President and fearless leader…for the second time.  

Sue will be doling out the details of her adventures bit by bit but clearly one of the most exciting and sooo relevant to the club was her attendance at RC La Jolla Golden Triangle’s club meeting (at 7 a.m.) and that evening’s get together for Friends of  Indonesia hosted by RC La Jolla Golden Triangle Rtn Kathleen Roche-Tansey. District 5340 Rotarians from many clubs gathered to hear and learn more about project activities in Bali and to get an update on the HIV/AIDS GG now well underway in Bali. Many thanks to Kathleen for her ongoing support and to Sue who gave a lively report, was her usual charming self, and stayed awake in spite of serious sleep deprivation.  

More good news from District 5340. We’re hearing that the fabulous website, initially created as a private effort for District 5340, will likely become an official RI site for posting GGs seeking international partners. You can see how widely it is already used by going to http://www.matchinggrants.org/. The site is awesome.

Many Guests

Full House of Guests

Full House of Guests

Our guests outnumbered our members this evening…nine from Australia, two from the USA plus several former RCBUS members. Australian Rtn Daryl (RC Balgowlah) has been a Rotarian for 35 years and President of his club THREE times. Rtn Greg, (RC Wandin) is a brand-new Rotarian and it’s clear he’ll be a great one…he’s been to Bali many times and is fully aware of the needs in our local communities. Unfortunately he’s also now aware of Dengue Fever…one of those nasty mosquitoes got him and he was laid low for a couple of weeks.  Not a good way to spend a holiday but a sure way to learn how caring one’s Balinese friends are when you need help.

SAA Bruce provided the raffle prize tonight, a freshly baked loaf of his special Vanilla Raisin Bread.  And he shared his recipe as well.  You’ll find the recipe at the close of this Bulletin.  It’s delicious and just what prize winner Rtn Greg needs to aid his recovery from Dengue.

Flag Exchange

Flag Exchange

A flag exchange with Rtn Kevin, RC Moss Valley was special because we share mutual friends, project-supporter PP Ray Williams (RC Bowral Mittagong).  It’s a very small world.

John Fawcett Foundation

Rtn Cat shared her up-close and personal experience with the well-known and well-respected John Fawcett Foundation, (http://www.balieye.org/) premier provider of eye care throughout Indonesia. Cat participated in one of their missions to Kendaren, Bali, where the foundation’s mobile clinic and staff screened for eye problems and followed up with spectacles and cataract surgery for villagers. Expect to read Cat’s article about this mission in an upcoming copy of the Bali Advertiser.

With Rotary International’s emphasis on improving health conditions, folding eye care into Global Grant projects seems to be a natural, particularly since child care is often delegated to aging grandmas and grandpas suffering from cataracts and children who need glasses will get them. We’ll soon find out when a water, sanitation and hygiene GG application is submitted to RI for review. Fingers crossed that RI agrees with this thinking.

Upcoming Events

Rotary International COnvention 2014Pres Sue is already registered for the Rotary International Conference in Sydney June 1 to 4. After attending her first conference in Bangkok Sue strongly recommends we all follow suit.  Not only is the conference a great learning experience but an opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the world.  http://www.riconvention.org/en/2013/Pages/Sydney2014.aspx

And don’t forget to register for our own District 3420 conference in Makassar, May 16 to 18. Now’s the time to do it… and take advantage of that early bird special rate.  http://rotaryujungpandang.org/

Yet another upcoming event being organized by Bruce is our first annual Christmas Dinner…December 15 at Taksu.  More information to follow!

Treasurer’s Reports

CoinsAlways ready to surprise, Pres Sue did a dandy pirouette and re-introduced herself as the acting treasurer. (Danielle is the REAL treasurer but still in the USA until September). One of our major expenses this past year was sending three young people to RYLA…money well spent! We’re not broke but definitely need a fundraiser so we can more actively do small local projects.   

Campuhan College

President Elect Philip

President Elect Philip

RC Denpasar will be making a vocational visit to Campuhan College! Our Rtn Philip will host the visit and tell visitors about the college’s one-year scholarship program (graduates leave as experts in multimedia) and Educare, a four-month program for fourth- and fifth-grade elementary students.  A current evaluation of Educare shows significant improvements in speaking English, children’s participation in classroom interaction, and self-confidence.  (See the Educare evaluation at http://goo.gl/IP4wbP  )

Our Wandering Members

From our wandering members, Rtn Janet is in Europe with her soon-to-be-married daughter and then on to Italy for watercolor classes. Rtn Gabe is freezing in Edinburgh and looking forward to returning to Morocco. …where it’s a whole lot warmer.


Ketut Yuliarsa

Ketut Yuliarsi

Ketut Yuliarsi

Pres Sue introduced Ketut Yuliarsa who lives in both Australia and Bali. He is a writer, poet, musician, and actor and in 1986 founded Ganesha Books with wife Anita, the only bookshop of its kind in the island and offering the best collection of Indonesian literature in both English and Indonesian. In 2004 they became involved with Rotaract Club Ubud and started a ‘Books for Literacy’ project that helps Rotaractors deliver books to elementary schools.  

Ketut read us several of his poems and stories which explore the impacts of cultural and economic change on the ordinary people of Bali.

Bruce’s Bread Machine Vanilla Raisin Bread recipe 

Raisin BreadThis bread has the most wonderful flavor and aroma. The raisins are soaked in vanilla for a strong flavor. Bread Machines make a great gift.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/8 to 1-1/4 cups buttermilk (1/2C milk + 3/4C yogurt to make 1 ¼ C buttermilk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups bread flour (3 ½ Cups AP flour + 3 TB gluten flour)
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast


For 1-1/2 lb. machine:

  1. Soak raisins in vanilla for at least one hour OR combine the raisins and vanilla and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
  2. (For a stronger vanilla flavor, reserve the vanilla drained from the raisins and use some of it as part of your liquid)
  3. Drain raisins well and discard vanilla or use part of it as directed above.
  4. Place all ingredients in bread pan, in the order suggested by the manufacturer, using the least amount of liquid in the recipe.
  5. Select Light Crust setting and press Start. Observe the dough as it kneads. If after 5-10 minutes it appears dry or if your machine sounds as if it’s straining, add a little more liquid 1 Tbsp. at a time until the dough is smooth, soft, and slightly tacky to the touch.  (I didn’t need to do this)
  6. After about 15 minutes, your machine should ‘ding’, now add the soaked raisins.
  7. After the baking cycle ends, cool bread on wire rack for 1 hour before slicing.


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