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Members and guests meet via video conference each Tuesday at 7.50pm for an 8pm AEST start.  To access the video conference click on 'GoToMeeting' just under 'Login' above. 

Members and guests can call in using their telephone on +61 2 8417 2352  Access Code: 166-064-245. 

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Rotary Club No:  84537
Rotary District: 9640
Incorporation No: IA40038, Date:15/6/12 ABN: 531 295 77453

ยป Club Details

Rotary E-Club NextGen, Queensland, Australia Inc. meets online.

Contact: The Secretary
Phone: 61 7 5533 7288

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PO Box 1761
Oxenford Qld 4210

Club Board


 Geoff Baldwin

 Rick Jewson
 Immediate Past President

 Tara Little
 President Elect

 Peter Saville
 President Nominee

 Ian Yarker
 Vice President

 Ray Pifer

 Sheryl Carlotto

 Robert Wesener

 Tim Egan

 Wendy Mackay

 Lauren Jewson

 Kay Danes

Leader Team


 Gold Coast Accountancy Co

 Wendy Mackay

 Rick Jewson
 Information Technology 

 Ray Pifer

 Kaye Titmarsh & Ingrid Jewson
 Guest Speaker   

 Tara Little


 Tim Egan & Ingrid Jewson

 Lauren Jewson

 Community Service Programs 

 Ian Yarker/Geoff Baldwin
 Red Centre Tag Along Tours

 Ian Yarker
 RFDS Service Projects

 Geoff Baldwin
 Birdsville Race Program  

 Robert Wesener
 Mobile Kitchen 

February 2015
  This e-Club operates 24/7 and supports our Members Community Service activities & aspirations.

Club President
Geoff Baldwin


  Assistant Governor
Rohan Cooper


    District Governor
Wendy Scarlett


RI President
Gary C. K. Huang

President's Report

Good Morning All,

Welcome to 2015 and our e-Club Rotary World. I do hope you all have had a great festive season; a break from work and above all the weather was kind to you. Well the first half of this Rotary Year has gone and very soon we will need to LIGHT UP ROTARY, as that is our theme for this year.

Hey, we are lighting up the BBQ on Australia Day at Bunnings selling sausages and drinks, how Aussie is this?   That same weekend we welcome Annelie Schmidt, our Exchange Student to the Gold Coast for the remainder of her Exchange and we are also having a meeting of any Club Members, who can attend on the Saturday night, plus your friends and partners. The RYLA Dinner is on the Tuesday Night following Australia Day, another great event not to be missed and we have people at RYLA too, both as Awardees and Attendees.

After we light up Rotary, you can light up Goondiwindi for the Rotary District Conference, and right now we are working on our District Award Nominations. We are very keen to bring home the GOLD.  The District Conference is on the 17th, 18th and 19th of April and registrations are now open. Next after the Awards will be change over and we welcome Tara Little to the Presidents role.

I have a new theory to get new members and we do have possibly three new members in the queue by the way. No seriously, when you remove my photo from the web site and put TARA's there, new members will flock in.  We will have our youngest President ever, the most attractive President and a great worker, so my thinking is, stand aside Membership Director and get ready for the rush.  Welcome Tara!

We do have a Board Meeting at 8pm Qld time on 22nd January and we thank Jan and Leigh for their great event on Christmas Day, plus we thank their helpers and all the workers who made this great event possible. Jan will put this on the web page in due course after the District Conference. Also Angelo and Ian, Sheryl and Heather have been burning the midnight oil (and the wine??) working hard on The Cape Tag Along and the Tassie Tag Along Tours, two more amazing events this coming year.  Save time for Birdsville, it will be bigger than a blockbuster this year.

I would just like to thank our whole Rotary Team for their great effort in the first half of this Rotary year, especially the ones behind the scenes, our Secretary, our Guest Speakers Team, Our Treasurer, our RYLA Team, Kiva and on we go, thanks all, your community spirit is exemplary.

Have a great week,


Please support these Member Projects!

     Join Rotary e-Club of NextGen Qld, Australia Inc to improve Indigenous literacy across Australia and help these kids, one community at a time.


  Please show your support by giving through Rotary e-Club NextGen Qld Inc's Supporter page, and share the link to spread the word about Soldier On


Umoja is a non-profit organisation based in Australia to give orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya a second chance at life.

Orange Sky Laundry

Late last year the club had the pleasure of hearing Lucas and Nick from Orange Sky Laundry present at our meeting. These young guys are doing incredible work in the Brisbane homeless community by providing a laundry service to those who need it most. What most impressed me (Kaye) was their practical understanding of what is required to make their charity work. They don't merely have a great idea, they also know how to make it a reality. I joined them one Thursday morning in December to check it out for myself and give them a hand. I really enjoyed the experience of getting to learn about the day-to-day details of what they do. Nick was our "guide" on the day and it was so impressive to see the rapport he has built with the people he is assisting. For the most part it's some of the easiest volunteering I've ever done! The van is so well thought out, and once the clothes are in all we have to do is spend the time engaging with the people that want to speak to us. The boys are currently working on plans to extend to Cairns and the Gold Coast, so keep an eye out for them and their Orange vans!

Christmas Lunch Update

Hi Everyone,

Now that we’ve had 24 hours or so to catch our breath, Leigh and I would like to thank you all most sincerely for the exceptional part you played in bringing so much pleasure to so many people on Christmas Day.

I understand we served around 160 meals to guests and helpers and clearing up afterwards was made much easier simply because there was so little left to pack up! Many thanks to those who helped us set up the tables beforehand and clear up afterwards.

A few special mentions are well deserved:

Firstly, we thank the management of MIFQ (Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland), who have supported the event from Day 1. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Birgit and Julie, who manage the bookings and keep us on track, ably supported by Sharon and the Homeless Health Outreach Team.

To Father John and Christine at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Southport, where would be we be without you, in both senses of the words? Your unfailing enthusiasm and practical support in acting as a collection point and helping spread the word is greatly appreciated.

To all those who helped raise the funds to cover the costs of the Day, through the fund-raising event at Spotlight Theatre as well as through other donations, in cash and in kind, in bags, in puddings, in yummy bags of lollies and other goodies, in books and in shoes, thank you. Your support provides the basis for a genuinely community-oriented event.

To the Wrappers, that team of stalwarts, who helped us wrap approximately 500 gifts, and to Anne who provided the sustenance we all needed to keep us going for many hours of measuring and cutting and wrapping and sticking – a huge thankyou to you all.

To our amazing team of helpers, both young and old, who turned what might have been a lonely day for so many people into a joyous occasion, where every guest was made welcome and enjoyed the camaraderie – thank you.

Thank you to Brian and Margaret, who were assisted behind the scenes by their son David, for again serving up a memorable feast.

Some of our helpers have been with us for many years and we’d particularly like to thank Judy, who has provided legal support as well as friendship and guidance over this time. Another special thank you to Dianne who enthusiastically and tirelessly entertains the children each year and this year came from her sick-bed to do so again. We’d love to mention you all for your special roles, but there are just too many and I hope you know that we appreciate you immensely.

My New Year’s resolution is to learn to count and I promise none of the helpers will have to eat next year’s meal from a takeaway container! My apologies to those who were affected… I have no excuse.

We all heard many stories. Two sisters, who hadn’t spoken for three years, had both booked for the event, not wanting to be alone on the day. They sat together and are family again. A young man sang, for the first time in many years… Others appreciated the spirituality of the occasion and reconnected with their faith. There was laughter and a few tears.

Once again, thank you to you all and we wish you well over the festive season, with good health and happiness in 2015.


Jan and Leigh

Youth Exchange Students

A little while ago was the Jacaranda Festival in the beautiful town of Grafton.  Both the Rotary Club of Grafton and Grafton Midday hosted our District's Youth Exchange Students for the weekend.  The students get to march in the street parade promoting Rotary in the community and also have a great time in Grafton.

New Horizons Ball

On behalf of Gold Coast Rotary President Edward Klimowicz would like to invite all Rotarians and their partners and friends to our New Horizons ball to be held at the Mercure Hotel and Resort Palm Meadows Drive Carrara on Saturday March 7th 2015.

Please see invitation attached here for further booking and payment details.

Looking forward to your booking and support.

For more information you can contact Chawki Gazal on 0410002403 or

Looking forward to seeing you on March 7th.

Yours in Rotary Service

President Eddie,

Rotary Club of Gold Coast

Our Meetings

Ever wondered what it is like at a Rotary e-Club of NextGen meeting?  Well, it looks a lot like this, see below.

The GoToMeeting Software is free to the Members and Friends of the e-Club to use to watch and listen to our amazing Guest Speakers each week.  The software allows for six video feeds at any one time and up to 26 audio, therefore we swap around so we get to see everyone's beautiful faces.

Our meetings officially start at 8pm AEST each Tuesday Night but we are regularly online 15 mins before for fellowship, fun and frivolity and we are usually still online after the close of the meeting for more fellowship.  

Please join us, you are most welcome.  Click the GoToMeeting logo in the top left hand corner of this website and follow the prompts.


The RIDE FOR RYLA team was in Peru and where they carried out their amazing trek on a Mototaxi. 

Be sure to like their Facebook page and read their blog:

RIDE FOR RYLA is a team of three young men (Glen Gorton, Andrew Nolan and Julian Buttigieg) who participated in an insanely adventurous, slightly dangerous, unsupported expedition, riding approximately 3000km across Peru on what is described by the events organisers as "a woefully bad amalgamation of two inadequate vehicles".

Biennial Bavarian Beerfest

We at Tenterfield Rotary Club are holding our Biennial Bavarian Music and Beerfestival in March 2015.

We would like to invite you to come and join in the festivities that go on for 5 days culminating in the Beer Hall evening Enjoy the music of a 30 piece Bavarian brass band, sing along, dance, and have a wonderful time. The great atmosphere is well controlled and ensures everyone has a great time, without any trouble or drama.

We will have a number of German Beers on tap and also a selection of  Schnappes, served with plenty of good German food like Scnitzels, Sourkrout and Sausages.

We have attached a copy of our brochure which includes an order form for the different festivities on offer, over the 5 days.

So we invite you in planning your social events, to include visiting our lovely district during this exciting time. It will be a week to remember.

We look forward to seeing you at our events in the 2015 year and look forward to the fun we can provide for you at this time.

Working with Children Check NSW/Blue Card Qld.

As we will be having a Youth Exchange Student as of January 2015, all Members that wish to host and/or take her on trips will need to apply through the appropriate department for a police check.

Please contact Rick and Ingrid if you have any concerns.
e-Club Youth Protection Officers

Guest Speaker & Dinners

Please see further down the page for more information on each Guest Speaker and their topic.

Tuesday 3 March 2015 - Rob Shackleford - LifeStraw

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Regional Member Dinner

Every three months members throughout Australia and the world will be asked to open their homes and invite family and friends over for a meal and social evening.   At the end of the dinner, members at the homes will ‘beam in’ to the Forum to listen to a guest

speaker and participate in a friendly competition between houses.  The competition will focus on 10 questions related to Rotary.

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Rob S
hackleford - LifeStraw

Rob accompanied his parents as ten-pound Poms to Australia in the 1960’s.

University educated with enough degrees to make him think he is dangerous at times, Rob has worked in Australia, New Zealand and PNG in the fields of sales and management in wholesale, the media and tourism industries.

Rob has been working with LifeStraw products for the past 8 years and, with a business partner, was the distributor of LifeStraw in Australia and New Zealand for over 4 years.

Changes in distribution requirements meant the distribution was lost but he was hired by new distributor, JA Davey, as the LifeStraw specialist, so he does the same job but without the worries and also gets paid.

Currently living on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Rob has two grown children.

Club Forum

A fabulous opportunity for Fellowship and to put ideas to the other e-Club Members about future projects; ideas or just vague thoughts about helping in a particular sector.  Brainstorm with amazing people in your own Club and try to fix the World's woes.

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