What Do Rotary Clubs Actually Do?

All Rotary Clubs, worldwide, are fundraising organizations. Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS} is no exception.

Fundraising is the process of soliciting voluntary financial contributions from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. Such funds are then used to support needs in local communities or larger projects that rely on funds from various communities, nationwide or sometimes, worldwide. Fundraising draws attention to community needs and solutions for meeting to those needs. It can also forge strong relationships throughout the community.

Fundraising can take many forms, from simple raffles or soliciting door to door to intricate galas and theme-based cruises. Fundraising this past year has been a particularly difficult challenge. The lack of tourist income and the inability to gather in large groups has severely inhibited every fundraising organization, including RCBUS.

Luckily, RCBUS has been able to join forces with Rotary E-Club in Cologne, Germany to initiate a joint Zoom based fundraising endeavor. Thanks to this cross-cultural, intercountry effort, you can Zoom from Bali to Batman on the magical music of the ancient gamelan.

Using a Zoom platform, you can join an interactive discussion of the influence of gamelan music on other musical genres throughout history while you listen to the music the gamelan has influenced. You will hear the music of French composers as Claude Debussy, who discovered gamelan music at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. From Paris, you will continue your auditory journey in time to the 1960’s and the musical minimalism movement in the United States. Included will be examples of how Hollywood incorporated such music into its productions.

Your musical journey will be conducted by Ruediger Tiedemann from Rotary E-Club Koeln who has led over 30 such musical journeys. Ruediger is a hobby musician who plays viola in classical amateur orchestras with concerts in the Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Philharmonie Koeln. He also cofounded the Rotary Jazz Bigband based in Mannheim, Germany, and participated in their last concert in Duesseldorf, see http://www.rotaryjazz.com.

If you would like to join this multi-cultural fundraising experiment, the concert and lecture will take place in In Bali starting at 14:00 Bali time on Sunday 11 July. Your Australian friends can join starting at 16:00, Sunday, 11 July The concert and lecture can be accessed in the USA at 2 PM EST on Sunday, July 18, and in Europe at 20:00 CET, Sunday 18 July. It can be accessed from any computer. Just notify RCBUS at membership@rotaryclubbaliubudsunset.org and we will send you the Zoom access code that will enable you to join the concert and lecture.

All we ask is that you donate what you can afford to Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS]. Every donation will be distributed to three charities supported by RCBUS:

  1. Klink Bali Sehat, a clinic about to open in Culik in the Karangasem Regency. It will be the only large medical facility of its kind in that very impoverished area.
  2. WAHEA Project, a group which is saving the rain forest, its wildlife and the Dayak culture in the WAHEA National Forest in Kalimantan.
  3. RCBUS’ Sewing for Living Project where local Balinese women are taught sewing machine and crocheting skills in order to be able to work from their homes and contribute to their families’ well-being.

We are also planning a fundraising golf tournament, Bogies for Bali, at the exquisite Handara Golf & Resort Bali in Bedugul on 24 & 25 September 2021. It will include a BBQ, 18 holes of golf, a chipping contest, a putting contest, a raffle and a live auction.

Please follow this Rotary column in the Bali Advertiser for more information about Bogies for Bali. If you would like to sponsor the event, donate a raffle or auction prize, or learn how to obtain a ticket for the golf tournament, please contact Marion Hook at marion.hook@gmail.com.

More information about RCBUS’ projects can be found at http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/club-projects/.

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 http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/how-to-become-an-rcbus-member/.


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