Do not go where the path may lead,
Go instead where there is no path,
And leave a trail (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
As many fellow Rotarians before us, my husband David and I are following a non-traditional path in a foreign country. We sold our home in Australia and moved to “The Island of the Gods.” Family and friends frequently asked: “But what will you do in Bali? Sit on a beach all day?” David would reply with a wide smile and then wince, as I gave him a sharp kick under the table at a farewell dinner in Adelaide.
Actually it is a very good question! Living in a foreign country is very different to being a tourist.
We wanted to contribute to Bali, meet new people and become active members of the international communities. So we joined the Rotary Bali Club, Nusa Dua and found that it provides all of these things. It has given us a purpose for living in Bali: an opportunity for service and international fellowship. Our mixed membership includes Indonesian citizens and expatriates who whilst maintaining links in their own countries, such as: Germany, Holland, USA, Japan and Australia, make valuable contributions to the local and international communities in Bali and wider Indonesia.
Rotary Indonesia began in 1927 but its activities were stopped twice. The first, when the Second World War began in 1942 and the second, in 1963 when Rotary was prohibited from functioning by the Indonesian Government of the times. Rotary Bali Club Nusa Dua began again in May, 1991 and was the first club in Bali to conduct its meetings in the English language.
Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua will celebrate its 25th Silver Anniversary at a Gala Dinner on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. In these twenty five years serving the Bali community, the Club rose over US$1.500.000 for the benefit of many people in need, in the Bali region and beyond. The event will be combined with a fund raising programme, including raffles, door prizes and auctions, with the support of Sponsors from its hotel and business communities. You too, are welcome to attend and may also be interested in becoming a member or sponsor of Rotary Bali Club, Nusa Dua.
All monies raised through Rotary Bali Club Nusa Dua, are used to support its extensive charitable programme, which includes but is not restricted to: Cleft Palate and Lip; Dental Corrections; HIV/Aids; Yasan Kasih Anak Kanker; Yayasan Puspadi Bali; Suryani Institute; End Polio Now; Orphanage Christmas Party; Bali Children Foundation and Secondary School Scholarships.
All this is only possible through the generous support and donations from many local, regional, national and international companies, institutions and individuals. Much more needs to be done however, to help support the local community and beyond.
If you are looking for a purpose, to meet people and to contribute to the local and international communities, then join the Rotary Bali Club Nusa Dua. Come along to one of
our weekly Thursday lunch meetings (12.30 p.m. to 2 p.m.) held at the Bali International Golf Club, in BTDC Nusa Dua. Rotarians from all over the world are welcome to join our weekly luncheon.
Mark February 3rd, 2018 in your diaries if you are interested to attend our 25th Silver Anniversary Gala Dinner. More details regarding this event will be published soon. And last, but not least, check out the Rotary Bali Club, Nusa Dua web-site and facebook page to learn more about our Club and its activities. There you will also find details of our meetings.
In closing, we would like to send our sincere thanks to all our national and international supporters, on behalf of the many children and adults in Bali and beyond, who now live a better quality of life.
Authored by Christine Velde, Rotarian, Rotary Club, Nusa Dua
On behalf of the President, Rotary Club Nusa Dua, Edward Naus, 2017-2018.
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