Rotarians from various clubs met before the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Bangkok on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. They would initiate a new Rotary Service concept of time-based, which has been existing in other countries since 1832.
Summary of Time-Banking meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018:
Eleven Rotarians from various clubs contributed ideas on how to start the Time-Banking prior to the regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Bangkok. The following issues were discussed:
• We agreed that the concept of time-banking should be presented only to closed-knitted communities where members trust each other, like the village TRUST funds in which members are sworn to be trustworthy, resulting in no or low NPL (non-performing loans, i.e., bad debts). We could form initial Time Banks after the model of Rotary Community Corps and provide them internal control systems.
• There are various forms of services that are exchanged among members of time banks in other countries, such as visiting elderly and bedridden neighbors, taking them to hospitals, baby-sitting, lawn mowing, fixing electrical appliances, house guarding on extended holidays, etc.
• Since there are special services needed from outside the communities, we should approach local chapters of professional and trade organizations to sell them this concept and ask them to set up their pro bono services, if not already existing, when requested by the communities to be “trusted under their care.” These are the Federation of Thai Industries (advising on improvement of production that cater to the market), The Thai Chamber of Commerce (advising on consumer-focused marketing), and the Laws Society (advising on legal matters). [*We should consider nominating them as recipients of “Service Above Self” honors from the Rotary
Some good examples of the successful village trust funds are led by spiritual leaders, like revered monks.