Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta
This will be my last report this year and on this occasion I would like to wish you all the bestin the coming year 2017.
Our last gathering which took place at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Senayan http://www.mollysjakarta.com/ secured us and our guests a pre-Christmas atmosphere. 30++ attendees enjoyed that evening with a lot of conversations, laughs, live music ( yes, the management of Molly’s surprised us with a live band ) and of course, the Christmas Edition of the Belvedere Vodka.
I think this short note will suffice for this time. So……………………….…..
Last Thursday night was supposed to be just one of our regular gatherings, but a small coincidence created a fantastic outcome of the evening.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Our XXVI gathering – the first of this year – was hosted by Molly Malone’s and once again I would like to thank Trevor, the manager of Molly’s, his staff and also Killian & his wife Irene, the owners, who were also present there, for their perfect hospitality. Food and the service were excellent.
The evening, which unfortunately not many confirmed, still yielded a crowd of almost 40 and gave all of us, especially me, a lot of satisfaction.
Just to remind you: all of our guests who join us during our gathering and leave their name cards with the www link on it, will have their companies directly thanked for their participation.
It happened that on that day, according to our Catholic religion, as Poland is one of the well-recognized Catholic nations, was Shrew Thursday, so two of our wonderful Polish ladies (Ela & Beata) brought home-made FAWORKI, called Angel Wings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_wings in English.
At the time of the serving of those ANGEL WINGS, we were already aware of a fantastic opportunity to “test” our guests – a sensitive approach to charity actions.
One of our Polish friends, Piotr Janiw, during his five year stay in this country has developed into a very devoted bike rider (crazily so, I would say), and at the same time a photographer. Now based in Indonesia as an executive of a foreign company, Piotr brought us that night a big surprise – over 25 poster size prints of his photos taken during his trips around Indonesia – which he intended to share with interested guests.
Recently he has been working on his blog site ( www.piotrjaniw.blogspot.com ), which I would recommend to all of you who would like to see Indonesia from a different prospective, that of an expat who has lived in many countries around the world before coming to Indonesia.
By pure coincidence, the gathering included Dan Roberts, the Founder and the Executive Director of the Yayasan Hidung Merah / the Red Nose Foundation, www.rednosefoundation.org
We, as the Polish Business Club, had helped this organization to raise some founds in the past, therefore Dan arrived that night to our gathering to explore with us some options to raise some funds – their organization had been invited for the second time to Poland to take part in the Brave Kids Festival http://www.bravekids.eu/en/p/idea and naturally, funds are necessary to send Indonesian children to Poland.
Having those two people in the same room, with initially different purposes for being there, created a perfect opportunity to “to take an advantage of our guests” and sell Piotr’s prints and donate the funds to Red Nose.
Believe it or not, ALL of the prints were exchanged for the sum of 5,000,000 Rp, which will go to the Red Nose Foundation project of sending Indonesian children to Poland for the Brave Kids Festival.
I would like to thank our guest that night for their generosity. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIG HEARTS.
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.
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.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors that evening, starting with the Asian Tigers Mobility
www.asiantigers-mobility.com 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.
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, www.marriott.com/jktjw 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 , www.nomi-inc.co.id 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, www.turkuazrst.com, for donating two lunch/dinner vouchers,
– Eastern Promise Bar & Restaurant, www.epjakarta.com, 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, www.mollysjakarta.com , 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
ALAM BAHASAwww.alambahasa.com, 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.
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 http://iscofoundation.orgwhich 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
from the left to right: Josef Fush, myself, Dagfinn Kvammen and Dovina
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…………………………………
Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta
Last week’s gathering provided those who attended it a lot of fun and also showed the involvement of our members and friends in charity. Perfect hospitality extended to us by the staff of Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Arcadia Senayan http://www.mollysjakarta.com/ for the second time in a row gave us a feeling of “quality time.” THANK YOU!
Forty guests attended our gathering and 25 of them were our members.
We welcomed 10 guests for the first time and I think the attendance was quite successful considering the heavy traffic in Central Jakarta and the Swedish National Day, which “stole” quite a few of our “regular” guests.
Dan introduced to us briefly the activity of the foundation run by him, and also mentioned shyly that they were a little bit short with funds required for the trip.
Our spontaneous action and generosity of our guests helped the Red Nose Foundation with additional 2,880,000 Rp plus 2,000,000 Rp donated to the project by Killian Murphy, the General Manager of Murphy’s Irish Pub in Kemang http://www.murphysjakarta.com/. What a marvellous benefactor! Thank you!
As you may have already noticed, the Polish Business Club in Jakarta has so far sponsored three different foundations using auctions of the sport/soccer/football memorabilia.
Using not only my personal contacts, but also those of our Clubs members, I procured and was able to present to our guests during last Thursday’s gathering another autographed soccer jersey to be auctioned in the future.
With the help of Rob Davis, our member number 70, I would like to present to you one of only 30 pieces available, a Manchester United jersey autographed by former players of this most famous soccer club.
I am planning to introduce this jersey for auction during our next gathering, which will probably take place in the first week of September, and I hope that we will be able to bid a price much higher that the three auctioned thus far.
Writing this report from Poland on my holiday, I would like to wish all of you all the best.
Hello Members and Friends of the Polish Business Club in Jakarta.
For the fifteenth time already we managed to organize our Club’s gathering, since it started its activity in August 2011.
The number of our signed-in members is growing also, and by last Thursday we have welcomed a total of 109 members.
Those who could make it that night ( unfortunately none of our sponsors/supporters was present ) had a lot of fun not only because of the new venue – Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Arcadia Senayan http://www.mollysjakarta.com/ , but also because of the atmosphere we managed to create.
Almost 60 guests and members gathered, representing the businesses below:
With great assistance from the staff of Molly Malone’s and Manager Trevor Hough, all had a lot of fun, I presume, and took full advantage of the opportunity to build up their networking contacts.
Not only is the number of our members growing, but also the number of the countries they come from.
They represent 18 different nationalities.
Because of that, I introduced to them a small part of our rich culture (especially the one which involves the female part of Polish nation) by showing to them the recently very famous Polish video clip ” My Slowianie “, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syMhJMmGEIc , which you can translate to ” We, the Slavs. ”
There was no English version available last Thursday, but I think that there was not even one moment of misunderstanding, and almost everybody was very focused on watching, as you could see in the picture below :
Their attention to the TV screen was much better than listening to any of the speakers at any of the gatherings I have attended before.
You see…. the Polish culture is very, very interesting. ;)))
The second “attention grabber” that night was an auction of the autographed jersey of the of the captain of the Polish National Soccer Team, Kuba Blaszczykowski, who is also the captain of the second best team from Germany’s Bundesliga – Borussia Dortmund.
As you all know already, the money from the auction will be going to support the six children from the RED NOSE FOUNDATION
We managed to help them with a 5,000,000 Rp donation – the winner of this “one man race” was Lennart Stockman, our Norwegian member, who is the Genaral Manager of Wilhelmsen Ships Service www.wilhelmsen.com/shipsservice
On behalf of the RED NOSE FOUNDATION, I would like to THANK YOU, Lennart.
After the auction we continued enjoying conversations and meeting new people, and if I am not mistaken more than 15 joined us for the first time that night. There were so many things to say or to listen to what others where saying, that some of us stayed nearly until 1 A.M.
Another great gathering as you can see in the pictures below:
More pictures from the event will be posted on our website www.polclub.biz. Those of you with Facebook accounts can also see more photos posted on the official Molly Mallone’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mollysjakarta, search for the post from the 3rd or 4th of April.
Andrzej / Andy
Special thanks to Mrs. Elzbieta Morawska for taking the photos: