Bulletin 15 July 2013Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud Bulletin April 15, 2013
“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert SchweitzerANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
We’re calling this the Fantasy Bulletin because much of what is written could be fanciful recall. Why? Because our primary club meeting note taker and our back up note taker both got stuck…on opposite sides of the island… and couldn’t get to the meeting, so no notes!
Which reminds me of a story. Some years back our male Dachsy became enamored with our neighbor’s small female dog and they got stuck. The neighbor rushed over and introduced herself…Mrs. Stuckey. My husband then introduced himself as Mr. Stuckor. A sprinkle of cold water and great senses of humor between neighbors unstuck the dogs.
Messages From Our Travellers
From the USA we received this message from Pres Sue and shared it at the meeting.
“Hi All: When you are having your meeting it is morning in Colorado and I will be in the air flying to New York from Boulder Colorado. I met with Carol, who was the previous president of the Boulder club, which has 300 members. Her club has had a program in Mexico for the last 25 years. In collaboration with a local church and a local hospital, Rotary, church and doctors – all volunteers and at their own expense – spend a couple weeks in a small village where locals walk up to 3 days to get the free services. The last couple of years they couldn’t continue the program because of the rampant gang violence.
Just got news from Dr. Steve that in the first two weeks of the HIV/AIDS clinic operation, 25 people were tested and 5 were positive. Two were husband and wife. They are working to get the kinks out of the operation and planning big opening in August.
Many thanks to Bruce, Allan, Rosalind, Lloyd, Philip, Wayan, Rucina and Marilyn for keeping the club running along while I’m away. Miss you all, Sue”
Rtn Gabe Monson sent greetings from Morocco, having talked her way in as a member of the Media to cover yet another fabulous sounding music festival. She continues to have a great old time.
Visiting Rotarians (Rtn Jillian Wilks of RC Bridgetown (AU), Rtn Rowan McClean of RC North Balwyn (AU), and Pres. Raphael Devianne (RC Seminyak) described their many club projects. The lists were long and impressive, and frankly our note fragments didn’t catch half of it. Suffice it to say they’re doing truly awesome work.
Frequent guest (hopefully soon to become a Rotarian in the USA) Karen Kaplan is an expert on autism and has been working with local special education teachers and sharing her expertise. Karen didn’t mention it but she was recognized in a lengthy article in the local Bali Post. (Memory was good on this ‘cause I picked her up at her hotel and we had a good chat in the car…Karen’s also an old friend and almost neighbor in the states.)
Mandy Brauer read us a lengthy list of facts and figures about Rotary. Check this list of the 50 largest clubs in the world… It was interesting to learn that, with about 35 members, RCBUS is right at the average club size.
Rtn Janet Molloy happily announcd that the well-known birthing clinic in Ubud, Bumi Sehat, is now fully equipped to test moms and dads for HIV. Positive moms will be put on treatment to protect their babies, and dads will also be medicated to extend their lives. Yet another great step forward in the fight against AIDS.
The World’s Biggest Commercial (supporting the battle against polio) will have many pictures added in the next few days. Club members and guests sat for their pictures in the classic “This Close” pose and PP Rosalind will upload the pictures to Rotary’s website. This after we realized that all of Indonesia had posted only 17 pictures!!
Ron Jenkins, Ph.D.
Our guest speaker was Ron Jenkins, PhD, Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University in the USA. Dr Ron came with his lovely wife and adorable son (who kept mom busy throughout the meeting) and spoke to us about the history of the Spice Islands and how he is collaborating with Balinese artist Made Wianta and Swiss historian Urs Ramseyer that will result in a book, performance and art installation.
This fascinating project will celebrate the Treaty of Breda (1667) which resulted in the trade of the important island of Run in the then-Dutch West Indies for Manhattan. Run, once involved in a war between maritime empires, was the nutmeg capital of the world at a time when nutmeg was more valuable than gold. This intriguing collaboration presents the deep connections, past and present, of Run and Manhattan through examining historical documents, old maps, photographs, oral histories, and present-day life in both places.
As an example of the excitement found in this project, imagine how the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty look from the perspective of a fly on the screen of a ferry boat and imagine oral histories that vividly describe how those who live in Run regard this small island as important today as Manhattan. This talk gave all of us a chance to see the world from a different perspective and the exhibits, books, art installations and theater performances that will come from this collaboration promise to do the same for a larger audience.
Many thanks to Mandy! Her memory was excellent and provided the above review of our guest speaker’s presentation.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
What: Polio Free Celebration & Distribution Day
The RC of Bali Denpasar & RC of Swan Valley, WA, USA
Where: Desa Sobangan, Mengwi, Bandung
When: Saturday, 20 July 2013 / 08:00 – 13:00
Contact: P Fransiska Prihadi firstname.lastname@example.org
What: The RC of Bali Denpasar Change-Over Dinner
Where: Padma Resort Legian / IDR 125,000
When: Saturday, 20 July 2013 / 17:00 – 21:00
RSVP: Rtn. Surya 0817-0331-2301 email@example.com
What: Rotary Academy (3 to 6 pm with dinner)
Where: Mercure Harvestland Hotel, IDR 110,000
When: Friday, 26 July 2013
Registration: PP Sisca firstname.lastname@example.org