22 Aug Chairman’s Report: August 2013
Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta. Vacation has already ended for some of us and it is time to start our networking activities.
Before I announce my plan for our next gathering, I would like to share with you some interesting events from my holidays. Before I left Jakarta, on behalf of our Club and in collaboration with the JIS IB English B Service Learning Project, we decided to improve the daily hygiene of one hundred and fifty students who had been using two toilets in the condition as you can see below – and nowhere to wash their hands afterwards:
so we arranged a total renovation of those two bathrooms and today, two months later, they look like this:
The JIS IB English B students will be teaching the elementary Indonesian students some basic rules for washing hands after using a toilet, and we hope all of the students, big and small, will learn a lot from this experience.
Where did the money for this renovation and other assistance for the school come from? Some was raised by the students themselves, but it is not enough. As some of you might remember, last year I brought a jersey of the Polish National soccer team with the autograph of its captain, Kuba Blaszczykowski , http://www.bundesliga.com/en/liga/news/2012/0000258173.php who is a key player of Borussia Dotrmund.
We auctioned it for 4,750,000 Rp. – equivalent to the value of ten classroom size World Maps, sports equipment, English Picture Dictionaries and some stationery that was purchased for this elementary school.
Also this June, at my wife’s goddaughter’s wedding, I had a chance to again meet this wonderful person and to thank him for last year’s gesture. It gave me an idea to repeat last year’s auction following the same theme – soccer.
Thus, I would like to present to you once again, to auction off, one Polish National team jersey with Kuba Blaszczykowski’s autograph plus an official card with his picture, autograph, and some info about him.
The starting price will be 1,500,000 Rp.
Later in July I traveled to the UK ( London, Manchester, Edinburgh ) where I met some very interesting football fans. One of them was Andrew Dobinson, whose family welcomed us for two nights in St. Albans near London. While we were enjoying his home-made English Ale and exchanging football memories, when he heard about our last year’s auction, he generously donated some of his finest treasures to support the school charity project.
And here I am presenting to you:
– for fans of Celtic Glasgow, I have a book called “Celtics Triumphant” by Ian Peebels, printed exclusively for the members of the Sportsman Club Book in 1968.
“I think this book will appeal to Scots, English, Welsh fans and anyone else who wonders how good Celtic really were in their greatest ever year. ” – said Charles Patrick Tully http://www.charlietully.com/
99 pages and the starting price will be 500,000 Rp.
– The official programme of Manchester United FC for the Charity Shield Challenge Match versus Tottenham Hotspur on August 12th, 1967.
12 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.
– The official programme of Manchester United FC versus Chelsea match on August 24th, 1968.
12 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.
– The official programme of Chelsea Football Club versus West Ham United on September 21st,1968.
20 pages and the starting price will be 200,000 Rp.
– The last one and the most colorful is the official programme of the FA Cup Final, playing Arsenal versus Manchester United on Wembley Stadium on the 12th of May, 1979.
48 pages and the starting price will be 500,000 Rp.
I hope that Football enthusiasts will not miss a chance to own some of those printouts, having also the satisfaction of helping one of the local Indonesian communities – an elementary school.
So be ready for the Polish Business Club meeting on Thursday September 5th and the auction.
The second highlight of my summer holiday was the participation in the XVI World Conference of the Polish Business People Living Abroad, taking place in June in Warsaw.
Over 200 business people from almost 20 countries ( USA, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, UEA, Kuwait, South Africa, Zambia, Moldavia, and many European countries congregated for the three days, enjoyed exchanging business information, andshared their experiences. I also got to play a part in it as well by giving a short presentation about business opportunities in Indonesia and outlining the activities of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.
Not only were the participants interested in Indonesia and our Club, but also Polish National Television TVP asked me some questions related to our activities.
During that conference I made many direct contacts with other participants representing not only individual companies but also various Business Clubs.
Thus we are now connected with :
Funfacja Polonia International,
European Business Club Association
Canadian – Polish Chamber of Commerce of British Columbia,
Polish Business Club UEA,
Poland – Germany Consult,
Polish – German Trade and Information Center,
Polish – American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and the Americas,
Business Centre Club – Chicago Lodge,
Israel – Poland Chamber of Commerce,
Polnishe Unternehmer in Nurnberg
and many others.
I made a key contact for us by chatting with the guest of honor, the Minister of Economy, Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Janusz Piechocinski. I also presented to him some materials about the Polish Business Club in Jakarta and gave him a publication published by the Trade and Investment Promotion Division in Jakarta with information about investment opportunities in Indonesia.
Generally, during that Conference participants were looking for some ideas how to take advantage of our knowledge, experienceand geographical position to build up new businesses.
At the end of my vacation, with one of the Conference participants who was interested in investing in Indonesia’s Energy Sector, I visited the Indonesian Embassy in Warsaw. We met the new Minister Counsellor, Mr. Bambang Prihartadi, and the Commercial Secretary, Mr.Magnus Salaman Isfahani, and we discussed opportunities of business exchange between Poland and Indonesia.
And this is it as far as the “business” side of my vacation. Let’s move to more pleasurable events.
I would like to invite all of you to our next one, the XI Gathering of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta. Following our good experience combined with perfect hospitality, the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto in Kemanghttp://www.easternpromise-jakarta.com/, will be our venue on Thursday, the 5th of September 2013.
We are inviting you there from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The entrance rules are the same as before:
200,000 Rp fee for the Club Member (whose wives/girlfriends pay the same amount)
300,000 Rp for non-members and their guests.
We will provide a buffet dinner (Indian food), free flow of beer, red/white wine, soft drinks & mixers and some Polish vodka WYBOROWA.
Because we have some conditions related to the rent of the facility and services during our gatherings, please confirm, PLEASE REALLY DO CONFIRM your attendance by responding to this mail, to say that YOU ARE or that YOU ARE NOT coming (regrets are also important!).
Best regards to you all and see you on Thursday, September 5th.
REMEMBER TO BRING MONEY FOR THE AUCTION!!!!!
Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta