Report from the XXXV Gathering

Report from the XXXV Gathering

Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

I would like to inform all of you who could not join us during our last gathering at the end of March, that it was our last meeting with our ambassador H.E. Tadeusz Szumowski and his wife Agata, who have already returned to Poland to enjoy their retirement from diplomacy.
During their almost four years in Jakarta, we experienced the very warm atmosphere created by both of them within the Jakarta expat community and will remember them as very good representatives of the Polish culture.
Both of them visited our gatherings many times and once again I would like to thank them for being with us.
Those of you who will be in Jakarta on the 18th of May,  please join us at the Eastern Promise Bar & Resto in Kemang, where the Polish Business Club in Jakarta will hold its XXXVI Gathering.
Best regards,
Andrzej / Andy
Report from the XIX Gathering

Report from the XIX Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.

First, I would like to thank all of you who found time and joined us last Thursday. For the second time in the row, the number of gatherers surpassed 60.

That evening, as the pre-Christmas Gathering, was very unique with a lot of fun, and for some also quite fortunate.

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For the first time we had organized some extra sponsors, who donated many vouchers for dinners/lunches to the Lucky Draw.

Naturally, this time all of our guests were willing to decorate our cork board with they name cards, and some even created them with pen and paper at the last moment before the Lucky Draw started.

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I would like to thank all of our sponsors that evening, starting with the Asian Tigers Mobility for sponsoring all of our 6 events this year. I hope that we will be able to extend our business relationship for the year 2015 and your logo and representatives will be present during our next year gatherings.

I would like to convey special thanks to :

–     The Ritz Carlton, Jakarta, Pacific Place

for donating two lunch/dinner vouchers and giving to our club members a 10%  discount for the whole year 2015 at their PACIFIC RESTAURANT & LOUNGE, 6th FLOOR

–      JW Marriott Jakarta, for donating two lunch/dinner vouchers and giving to our club members a 25% discount for the whole year 2015 at their Salendra Restaurant, a 20%  discount at Pearl Restaurant and a 15% discount at the Blu Martini Bar,

–     Anatolia, Maroush, Front Row, Cater King  ,  for donating four lunch/dinner vouchers and giving to our club members a 20% discount for the whole year 2015 at their restaurants,

–      EL GRECO Gourment Cafe for donating two lunch/dinner vouchers and giving to our club members a 10%  discount for the whole year 2015 at their place at Setiabudi 2, Kuningan,

–      Turkuaz – Turkish Cusine & Baklava House,, for donating two lunch/dinner vouchers,

–      Eastern Promise Bar & Restaurant,, for donating not only two lunch/dinner vouchers but also for a great atmosphere and perfect service during our gatherings,

–      Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, , for donating not only two lunch/dinner vouchers but also for a great atmosphere and perfect service during our gatherings,

–      Sunil Melwani from Society Wines for donating 2 bottles of wine,

–      Dan from My Wine Supplier  for donating 2 bottles of wine as well

    and also

            ALAM BAHASA, our member from Jogyakarta for coming specially to our gathering and distributing to our guests their small 2015 table calendars.

THANK YOU ALL !!!!!!!!

  I would like to extend special thanks to the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Tadeusz Szumowski, for visiting us that night together with his family. 

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Not only the Polish Embassy in Jakarta was represented that night, but also the Trade & Investment Promotion Division, the First Counsellor Mr. Roman Morawski led his office representation.

For the first time we also welcomed a representative of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an expert from the Department of Foreign Policy Strategy, Mrs. Lidia Powirska.

Generally, our gatherers represented the following industries, departments and offices:                                                              

As the temperature in the room was rising and more and more of our guests were wining different vouchers and bottles of wine, we continued  and successfully finished the auction of our precious possession – the autographed Manchester United jersey. As you might remember the money collected from this auction will be donated to the ISCO Foundation  which is active in bringing education to over 2,500 disadvantaged children in Indonesia.

Our member Dagfinn Kvammen for the second time has shown his generosity and warm heart. He decided to share his happiness and wealth with those who need it, and offered 20,000,000 Rp for that jersey. Another 2,500,000 Rp was donated to this project by Matt, also our Club’s member.

Once again THANK YOU Dagfinn & Matt

Together with Dagfinn we went last Wednesday to deliver the money to the ISCO Foundation, which happened to be the

Alpenstammtisch International” (ASI) International Networking

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With all of the festivities on Thursday the 11th of December 2014 at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub, I would say that we as the Polish Business Club, have finished the year 2014 with a Big Bang, so to keep it rolling in the right direction at the right speed, I would like to wish you a…………………………………

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Andrzej / Andy

Chairman’s Report: August 2013

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 ,  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

                                          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 :

Fundacja Polonia,
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 Kemang,  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.


Andrzej Jakubowski
Chairman | Polish Business Club in Jakarta