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DGE in Rochester, 11 Jan-16Jan’10

Posted on | January 11, 2010 | 8 Comments

It took me 23 hours of flying time to fly from Bali to Rochester, 5 Hours DPS-HKG, 4 hours lay over, 13 hours fly from HKG – YVR, 3 hours lay over, then 4,5 hours YVR – JFK, 3 hours lay over then 1,5 hours with small plane from JFK to Rochester.

I was exshousted, very cold, the airport was full of snow and very deep. I have seen a lot of snow before in Europe, UK, New Zealand and Japan before, this cold I only felt once in 1975 in Moskow. But in Moskow I was not ready with winter clothes as it was the first time for me to travel as well, but now I am ready with six layers and that I can enjoy the scenery of the nature in white.







By looking at the pictures above, you all can understand that we have worked hard to cope with daily activities in Rochester. Going out of house or building need to be clothed well and 5 or 6 layers, and coming into rooms or building must take all out again. I wonder how people can live that long here. Remembering back in Bali, just one polo from morning to evening, all will be OK.

I remembered when visiting the Meat processing factory of PPReinhold Jantzen, we were brought to feel the deep friezers where he keep his meat and fish before processing, that is what I feel here now in Hornel Rochester.






The first meeting with RC Hornel that is already 90 years old, number 3 Rotary Club in D7120 Rochester, was very welcoming. People are so friendly here, the same description as told nby PDG Miko who had experienced their hospitality. Before the club meeting my host PP Nathan Oakes with his wife Rtn. Patty took me to see a Large Glass factory, you and me could not imagine how large and how great it was. The Steuben Glass were the most expensive. This was the birth of PYREX the glassware we used on oven and microwave, anti hot wares.



After being stunned with thousand of beautiful and expensive glasses, I was brought to a club meeting. RC Hornel has produced 3 PDGs, and I met one PDG Robert who is enjoying a lot of Family Friendship exchanges in the whole world,something that we can participate in. Also President Mark Henderson a Banker is very energetic and active.



Now I am sure some of you like to see me “suffering” in the snow, but I can tell you this was a life time experience, as I said I have seen many snow in Japan, Russia, Europe , New Zealand and South Africa, but never like this, and never that MUCH:






That is it for now. I have to make phone calls and sms, bbm as I got news today is my happy day, the family got the gift of God as a New Year’s gift:

MARIO PURWA – My first Grandson

Regards from DGE Al Purwa

Rotary Club Bali Kuta


8 Responses to “DGE in Rochester, 11 Jan-16Jan’10”

  1. Retno Agung
    January 12th, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    Dear DGE Al and Rtn. Marina,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and CONGRATULATIONS for becoming Opa and Oma !

    Keep posting, and take care of your health !

    With warm regards from warm Bali,


  2. Nyoman Nilawati
    January 13th, 2010 @ 5:35 am

    Waduh ikut senang atas kebahagian berlimpah buat keluarga DGE Al, dengan kehadiran Calon Rotarian terkecil “Mario Purwa”, selamat ya, juga perjalanan anda yang tentunya sangat mengasikan dan menyenangkan menambah bekal dalam memimpin Rotary International District 3400.

    “Selamat menimba penegetahuan dan pengalaman”

    Nanti ingat pulang untuk berbagi ya


    Nyoman Nilawati

  3. Sec. Julia Rivai
    January 13th, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    Congratulations DGE .. both for the arrival of God’s gift : youngest member of the family “Mario Purwa” .. and your successful trip to Rochester ! Thanks for the beautiful pictures and story. Good luck with your next route..we look forward to read the continuation story. We’ll have RCBK Board & Club meetings today and will miss you and our Treasurer.

  4. Nyoman
    January 13th, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Dear DGE Al,

    What a complete Gift.Selamat atas kelahiran Grand son,Mario Purwa.Ikut jejak Oma and Opa jadi Rotarian nantinya.

    Thank you for sharing a great journey dengan great storynya. Wah ndak kebayang ya dinginnya di Rochester. Kami tunggu story selanjutnya.

    Have great day.


  5. Al Purwa
    January 14th, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    Dear PP Retno, AG Nila, Rtn Julia,
    today we have moved from Honell the family Oakes to Pittsford the family Streiner, that is closer to Lake Ontario – meaning that the snow is much higher.
    You will see on my next postings. GBU, Al

  6. Ratna Hartoyo
    January 15th, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    Dear DGE and Rtn Marina Purwa

    All member of the club RCBK, and me would like to Congrotulate you, Mario Purwa.. gift from the God,…
    We all happy also..

    Waiting another amazing story

    Pres RCBK

  7. PP. Irawan Susilo
    January 15th, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    Dear DGE Al,

    Nice to see you having so much fun going to your DG office .


    PP. Irawan

  8. Komang Wd. Mastra
    January 15th, 2010 @ 10:51 am

    Dear DGE Al & Rtn Marina,

    Congratulations on the birth of grandson, Mario Purwa.
    All the best on the journey …

    Komang Mastra
    RC Bali Taman

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