Bulletin Issue 557 Volume 12  - No. 27 –   20th April 2018

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Meeting Information

 ALL YEAR Dinner Out 1st Tuesday of each month 7pm at a restaurant

Meetings Friday 12.00 noon - 2pm @ Millennium Hotel in Jungceylon
Rat-U-Thit Road Patong Beach
registration mandatory
November – April 2nd 3rd & 4th Friday - May – October 2nd & 4th Friday only
Dress code - Smart-Casual
(long pants and shirts with collars for men, women: smart-casual)
Dear Fellow Members & Friends,
Wow, what a busy period we just finished with the District Conference, our major fundraiser of the year and signing of a sister Club agreement!
Great visibility & recognition for our Club!
On the Awards Night we received a total of 6 Awards for various categories!
We'll present all trophies to the membership during the next lunch meeting.
We can be all very proud of our achievements! 
Our "Caribbean Sun Splash" event was one of the best Extravaganza Phuket has ever seen! Beautiful, colorful, amazing & great fun for everyone!
The event planner PP OB & PP David did a massive job putting it together & making it a huge success! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! 
All the needy local children & community at large will be better of for sure!
Our new Hong Kong sister RC of Shouson Hill sent a delegation to formalize our agreement. Both Presidents, PE's and CP signed the agreement at a welcome dinner at SKYE Lake Club. 
I am also very pleased to advise our "Presidential Project" GG for the Patong Hospital has been approved by Rotary International.
We are now preparing the next steps with a handover date for all the medical equipment latest by June.
We'll keep you posted once we can confirm the date of the official handover in the presence of the Phuket Governor, Hospital Management, Community leaders, the local & national press for full media coverage.
This week we are welcoming a repeat US delegation of dentists lead by PP Steve Bender of RC Newport Beach Sunrise doing multiple days of dental check-up & cleaning. We are expecting approx. 400 kids from local schools as well as Ban Ya Learning Centre. Great project Steve!
Please come by the Patong Hospital helping Dr. Peter and his 'Angels' to manage the flow of patients. Thank you!
Wishing you a great week ahead and make it a productive one!
Andy Becker
President 2017/18                                                        
Friday  20th April
@ the Millennium Resort Patong Beach   
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This week we have Steve Bender, from the Rotary Club of Newport Sunrise California revisiting with his dental mission.
His team arrives early this week and Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th the group of 40 dentists and interns will be treating over 400 kids at the Patong hospital. Apparently being in a hospital for these missions is a real treat -- we'll get to hear some of his other stories.
WELCOME to Steve Bender & fellow members of the Dental team whom will conduct clinics @ Patong Beach Hospital April 17 – 20
    New Membership Types
The club assembly on March 30th approved 2 new membership types for our club. We now have a “Family Membership” and a “Corporate Membership”
Family Membership
The Family Member Program allows family members or partners, residing at the same residence of other Rotary members, to become a member of RcoPB attending meetings, serving on projects, voting on club matters, serving as club officers and on club committees.  For purposes of the Family Member Plan, each person participating as a member will be referred to as a Family Designee.
The Family Member Plan is being introduced to recognize that family members often participate greatly Rotary Club of Patong meetings and events. This Family Member plan allows other family members to enjoy the benefits and designation of being a Rotarian. It also gives attendance credit to each Family Member designee when any designee attends a meeting or make-up eligible meeting or event.
Corporate Membership
The Corporate Membership allows your company or organization to continuously benefit from all that the Rotary Club of Patong Beach has to offer, regardless of whether your CEO retires or your executive vice president relocates to another market. Here’s how it works: Any company or organization may choose to nominate up to two senior management officials to be active members of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach. One member will be designated as the “executive” member; the other as the “regular” member.
Members under both categories are “active member” according RI regulation with the same benefits as all other active members of our club.
More details about each membership type can be found in our bylaws which are online accessible via our website, just click here.
 Presidential Project 2018
 Patong Hospital 
 President Andy decided to launch a presidential   project this year and support the Patong Hospital   with urgently need equipment, mainly for the   inpatient department.  
After 2 international Rotary Clubs (RC Bargteheide/Germany & RC of Shouson Hill/Hong Kong) confirmed their participation we decided to turn that project into a Global Grant with the District 3330 support of granting USD 5,000 (155,000 THB) as DDF. A few days ago RI approved the Global Grant and the total amount we are spending is 1,845,809.00 THB or USD 57,682.00
The Patong Hospital is a public hospital constantly underfunded. With the help of our Rotary Club we can help the community of Patong have better treatment at the important and only hospital on Phuket’s West Coast.
This Global Grant Project will pay, among others, for automatic infusion pumps, bedside monitoring systems, hematocrit centrifuges, manual
resuscitator, etc.  
The Rotary Club of Patong Beach is a yearlong and generous supporter of the Patong Hospital and established a good relationship with the hospital, the staff and the management. After the Tsunami in 2004 we donated with the help of a Swiss Rotary Club and the Swiss Medical
Association of Zurich a fully equipped ambulance which was refitted just in 2015 with new life saving equipment. All in all the RcoPB has supported the Patong Hospital with over 5 M THB so far.
Getting quality treatment at the Patong Hospital is not only beneficial for the Patong and West Coast community who use the hospital as the main focal point for medical issues but also helps many foreigners who need to visit the Patong Hospital.
We are in the process of organizing a handover ceremony sometime in May and we shall keep you updated regarding the details. 
Friday 30th March
We started early as there was much to discuss and places to go so by 12.45pm
SAA Gary had the excellent food dispatched with.
President Andy did a lot of hand shaking as banners and awards were distributed with gay abandon at the club assembly, which had a good turnout of 16 members, Khun Bier and three guest Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarians:             
                            Annet van Der Laan                RC Canada
                       RC of Thalwil Switzerland
Larry Demco had a query about the dress code for meetings. Whether women could wear dresses and men wear jeans. Good question but it has already been dealt with by the board.
Both are allowed. However, if Larry wants to raise for the next Club Assembly in June to get a vote, he can. He will.
Moving right along Andy assumed the chairmanship and asked for various officers to report.
President Andy presents Paul Harris Certificate to  Stewart Petersen   - Congratulations   
Treasurer Hans, soon to leave our shores, unfortunately for the pleasant climes of Holland! Reported on the financial situation, which is pretty healthy with three months to go.
Loud acclamation accompanied, Hans’s last report for a job well done over the last three years sorting out our rather chaotic finances from 2015.
Karen asked for advice on how much RCoPB had raised since 2001.
Nobody had a clue, of course, but some pretty accurate guessing went on. Funding of projects to the value of around B15 million seemed about right, everyone agreed. Not a bad effort.
Karen reported on the new proposed participation points system, whereby if you are a good boy or girl and attend meetings, events, help out occasionally and generally pitch in, you can earn points for the honour and glory of being the winner at the end of the Rotary year.
Hans’s suggestion of a prize, like a big night out on Bang La Road got no traction for some reason!
The idea was passed. For example, if you attend a meeting that’s 5 points, an event 8, hold a District Position 10 and work on a committee 8. Karen also urged members to check ClubRunner and their own consciences for the make ups they have made.
She also asked past presidents to that very day venture to the next room and take whatever trophies the club had won during their tenures so we can perhaps put them in a permanent cabinet in our meeting room at the Millennium.
Sam reported that the club is very close to having the Rotary Foundation finalised pending a visit from some important Bangkok people from the Prime Minister’s office to sign off on it.
This ends a four year intrepid journey for Sam, so thanks for the great time and effort PP Sam. It is highly appreciated by all.
Andy then reported on the absent Dr Peter Harris’s Projects Committee activities.
He said two global grant projects, the Japanese club water project for clean water in schools in Patong and the Ban Ya learning centre are coming to an end.
The extra 400,000 cartridges provided by Kohler for the water filters for which we raised money at last year’s
White Water fund raiser have arrived and can be distributed to the recipients of the filters.
 Larry Amsden reported on the learn to swim   programme for fourth graders. He said the swim classes are held  in a large swimming pool once a week for 10 weeks.
They are funded by the RC of Chiang Mai International and the Safe Child Thailand organisation, who have committed for two years of funding.
The 18 dentists from the USA are expected in April to give up to 400 kids at Patong Hospital free dental treatment;
A tree planting programme is being held over April-May, the Clean the Kong or KKK programme is a three-year project that Karen will take up as president.
Gary reported on the details of the new
corporate and family membership proposals. After a debate these were both passed unanimously.
OB and David reported on progress
for the fund raiser on 7 April.
OB said more tickets must be sold.
David showed how the online auction worked.
Some fantastic prizes are on offer. Members were urged to tell their friends overseas to bid.      
Karen emphasised the importance of members keeping the club vision in mind. The vision reads: “That the Rotary Club of Patong Beach be a vibrant group of professionals supporting each other and strengthening their community through impactful and sustainable projects built on the principles and global connections of Rotary International.”
Finally, Andy auctioned off a prize from the last fund raiser for a day on Captain Mark’s boat. After a slow start the heavyweights chimed in and in a bidding war between OB, Arnaud and Johan -  Arnaud won at B3000.
And finally, finally, there was a brief debate about who the older club member is, OB or Larry Amsden. Larry won. Nobody asked his age, we just took his word for it. 
Gong! A great meeting.
Reporter & Photographer: Alistair Carthew - Thank you, ed Denis 
How to get volunteers to do
what you want them to – and like it
By Nancy Shepherdson past president of the Rotary Club of Lake Zurich, Illinois.
When I was a senior at the University of Illinois, I lived with some friends in an old house set in a grove of oak trees. I loved to take my homework outside and sit under a tree to study and daydream. One day, I went out and found stakes marking off big sections of the grove.
Racing inside, I begged my housemates to help me find out what was happening. We made phone calls and discovered that the university planned to cut down all the trees to build a parking lot. We made posters, gave save-the-trees presentations in the dorms nearby, and delivered impassioned pleas to administrators. Many noisy protests and negotiations later, the university backed down and let the trees stand. Somewhat to our own surprise, we had prevailed – and I had seen the power of motivated volunteers.
It was my first experience with what I’ve come to call “stealth motivation.” Before that happened, I hadn’t realized that I possessed any ability to motivate people. But I have learned that when you personally ask people to take on a task that is important to a cause they care about, great things can happen. The key is finding out what will give volunteers satisfaction without drawing attention to the fact that you are trying to motivate them.
Illustration by Dave Cutler
 In many ways, motivating volunteers is much   harder than motivating employees. You don’t pay   volunteers, and you can’t fire them.
 But there are  still effective approaches:   Remember that every potential volunteer is   looking for something, whether it’s personal   satisfaction, the chance to contribute to a good
 cause, or simply a fun thing to do.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, author of books including Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, has spent a good portion of his career trying to discern under what circumstances people will do what you ask. Why do some people enthusiastically volunteer for every event your club puts on, while others rarely or never do?
Ariely believes that part of the answer depends on recognition. “Ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their effort before their eyes,” the Duke University Fuqua School of Business professor said in a 2013 TED Talk. “The good news is that adding motivation doesn’t seem to be so difficult.”
In an experiment he reported in Payoff, Ariely persuaded Intel to reward three sets of workers for productivity with either a monetary bonus, a pizza voucher, or a texted compliment. All of the rewards resulted in increased productivity the next day, but the compliment was the most powerful and had the longest-lasting effect.
Ariely was focused on employees, but he believes the power of compliments holds true for volunteers as well. When a reluctant volunteer receives public appreciation for his work, even just a text saying “good job,” it can increase the chances that he will step up for the next project.
But recognition alone isn’t enough. Being a committed volunteer is hard work, and people know it. So to recruit volunteers, you must overcome what behavioral scientist David Halpern calls “friction”: Will it be worth my time? Will I look like a fool? Will it be too hard? “Humans have a deep-rooted tendency to take the line of least resistance,” notes Halpern, the author of Inside the Nudge Unit: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference.
Halpern directs a British government agency that tries to “nudge” people into changing their behavior by making it easier to perform the desired behavior. The Nudge Unit got a million more people to participate in a pension plan, for instance, simply by making it an “opt out” plan.
Similar techniques can work for volunteer projects. Always think about how to make it easier to participate, such as by breaking up large assignments into smaller tasks. It also helps, says Halpern, if you make the volunteer assignment as attractive as possible, for example by pairing it with an opportunity to promote the volunteer’s business or to involve family in something fun. As an example, he points to advertisements for military service. Today’s ads, rather than telling you that Uncle Sam wants you,            “dwell much more on adventure and excitement,” he says.
If an assignment isn’t too onerous, you’ll often find that people will put in more effort than they intended. But the opposite is also true, Halpern says:   “A human impulse to do something grinds to a halt when it becomes a hassle.”
So to maintain a contingent of motivated volunteers, you have to plan ahead. When you throw something together at the last minute, you’ll find yourself relying on the same people who always carry the load. Or you’ll quickly overtax new members, who are sometimes the most eager to get involved.
When I was incoming president of my club, I decided to ask people exactly what they wanted to get out of their membership. I spent a few months interviewing every member of the club, either over lunch or at their office. I heard some complaints but also a lot of good ideas. In the end, the effort made us a much stronger club. Among other things, we added a successful fundraiser and attracted nine new members.
According to Ann Rhoades, a co-founder of JetBlue and author of Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture That Outperforms the Competition, one of the most powerful things you can do to create an effective corporate culture is to listen to your best employees and create a shared culture based on their values. I helped Rhoades write that book, and what I learned from her led me to approach my club presidency the way I did.
Volunteer groups are not so different from companies, Rhoades told me recently. “The values of your most motivated volunteers can get other people excited to volunteer,” she says. “Do some brainstorming to make these values explicit – whether it’s making kids’ lives better, helping the poor, or having fun – and then talk about them all the time. It’s one of the most important things you can do to make volunteering more rewarding.”
By listening to our club members, I discovered that many of them were primarily motivated by one thing: doing good for the children in our community. Two projects – giving books to kids and managing a Special Olympics event – grew out of that process.
Encouraging members to identify problems they want to solve and letting them come up with ways to address them are the keys to keeping people motivated. My club is in the midst of another listening tour that I hope results in more good projects that will, in turn, ease members into becoming more engaged. In my experience, if you praise regularly, nudge often, and make sure your group’s values are clear, people who volunteer for you will be grateful to you – even if they’re not sure why.
Following on from this week’s meeting report, where two “elder” gentlemen were determining whom was older – some of these hit a spot with me.
Coffee Mugs for Seniors—Aunty Acid speaks
Rotarians take note when sending me images 
Thank you David Arell