News, 15 Oct 2014Two Important Briefs Available
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.
2015 still a growing problem can we do more?by
- Harvesting Water
- Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action
- Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action
- Supporting Others
- New Rotary Year Get Ready for the New Normal
- Disaster Respond Aid Covid-19 March – April 2020
- Postpone – Chili Cook Off at Melting Pot Ubud 22th March 2020
- Women Supporting Women
- Jim Hook Memories
- Wonderful Heart of Julia Parini
- Backpack for Children, by Bali Children’s Project
- World Polio Day, October 24th 2019
- Hosted Miss Teen Great Britain Imogen Chapman by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.
- Handover Officer Rotary Club Ubud Sunset 2019/2020
- 10th Aniversary Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset
- We Can, They Can’t
- 5th Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner 2018
- September Birthdays
- July Birthdays
- March Birthdays
- February Birthdays
- Rotary World Wide – Doing good!
- 4 April – President of Rotary Club Colorado Springs Interquest to visit
- Books for Balinese Schools
- Bluu Karangasem Water project handover 3 Jan 2016
- Child Helmet Project is up & running thanks to Terri & Penny
- Two Important Briefs Available
- Vision Quest: Bringing Vision to Indonesia’s Blind
- Purchase a Screening Voucher
and Save a Friend’s Life
- FUNraiser: Jazz Night with
The Hogan Brothers
- Oz Singer Gyan Benefits RCBUS to Assist HIV/AIDS Clinic
- Ubud’s HIV/AIDS Clinic Opens Officially!
- Mary Jane Edleson on Sustainable Tourism
- ‘Body Music’ Was a Great Success!
- RCBUS Hosts Successful RYLA 2013
- What does a Water Project Look Like?
- HAPPY NEW YEAR
- Nest Box for Bali Starling
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 www.balisehat.org. 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
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
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!