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Club Board



 Geoff Baldwin

 Rick Jewson
 Immediate Past President

 Ian Yarker
 Vice President

 Ray Pifer

 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

 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 

Weekly Forum

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: 371-009-749. 

Board Meetings 

Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.00pm and are open to all Members, in person or online, at our dedicated  'GoToMeeting' address.  Meeting Minutes are available to e-Club members in the Member Drop Box.  

Social Gatherings

Club Members meet socially in their regions/provinces throughout the year.

Bank Details

Bendigo Bank,
Upper Coomera Qld, Australia
Rotary E-Club NextGen
BSB:       633 000
Account: 145756557

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

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

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Phone: 61 7 5533 7288

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Oxenford Qld 4210

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Our e-Club

Our Club was chartered on 1 June 2012 after like-minded Rotarians and ex-Rotarians banded together and worked towards a new type of Rotary Club; one that provides an alternative for time challenged busy career-driven people. Our e-Club represents an exciting opportunity not only for Rotary but for our young and older members around Australia and the World.

We have fresh ideas on running a 21st century e-Club:

*  We believe our experienced members can assist youth with innovative mentoring programs and through such support, help them achieve their career goals;

*  We believe time is limited; people find it difficult to attend a face to face meeting on a weekly basis so spending 30 minutes a week at our Clubhouse, at times convenient to them, is preferable;

*  We believe in asking young adults what they’re doing in community service and supporting their short term projects.

The Next Generation represents an enormously exciting opportunity for Rotary.  Our membership has grown up with the Internet and being so interconnected, we are acutely aware of global issues and concerns. 

We believe that such a small world really can be changed. Young and not so young people today are desperate to get ahead in their careers and are looking for mentors and networking opportunities. This is our Club's primary goal. 

Since June 2012, membership has grown consistently and falls into various categories;

*  Young adults starting their careers who have been supported by Rotary Youth Programs

*  Ex and current Rotarians joining/transferring as our Internet Club provides for their domestic circumstances

*  People who have never been a Rotarian who share a desire to assist the community

Membership currently resides in the ACT, NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory and overseas. In Australia, geographic clusters are developing with locals attending others homes for fellowship and online forums. Board Members periodically travel to these locations to enjoy member fellowship and chair forums from these locations.

Service is undertaken by Members who determine a need at their locality and is not organised but supported by the Board. Funding of the e-Club is a challenge as Members are not centralised, as in a normal Rotary Club. This is the reason RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) Community Service Program and the Red Centre Tag Along Tours came to fruition.

Although Members do not meet at a weekly dinner, Members do meet face to face weekly via electronic means. This is the only difference between our e-Club and a mainstream Rotary Club.

April 2014
  This e-Club operates 24/7 and supports our Members Community Service activities & aspirations.

Club President
Geoff Baldwin


Assistant Governor
John Tunnicliff


  District Governor
Tony Heading


  RI President
Ron Burton

From the President's Desk

Good Morning Rotarians and Rotary Friends,

After the amazing District Conference, I was hoping for a quieter week but it has been very full. It started off with a fabulous presentation on Tuesday Night from our own Ged Williams and I think it was best summed up by an e-Club Member saying to me, "All I can say is I am not surprised Ged won the Vocational Service Award Wow it was an amazing meeting". We are not the only ones proud of Ged, Griffith uni want to do a short story on the Award and the work he has been doing in UAE. 

Ian and Heather are at Mt. Isa and continuing their great work. They are really pleased as the temperature is only getting up to 36C so this time it's much easier to do the work. The volunteers from near and far are fabulous they just get in and get the job done with a smile on their face. More helpers are on their way and will bring new skills and abilities.



They also got the opportunity to check out the Dental Clinic which cost $1.2million and it is totally self-sufficient - power, water, x-ray, sterilising, computers, data linked to base, etc.




Many of our after Forum Fellowship chats have been about the drought in NSW and Queensland and what the e-Club can do to help the many farmers that are suffering through as best they can. While President Geoff is away and Ian has limited internet Lee, Leigh and Yolande have been working together and liaising to come up with a plan. If any other Members or Friends of Rotary would like to help this Committee please contact:

This last Saturday gone both Ingrid and I along with two family friends Brock and Kent had our first taste of selling raffle tickets at the Gold Coast Suns match. A HUGE thank you to Brock and Kent who said they are more than happy to do it again, I think we might just take them up on that. It was a beautiful day; over 16000 people at the match; good raffle tickets sales; Rotarians from all over the District and great seats to see the game afterwards. We definitely have our name down to do it again. If you would like to help, our next dates are: June 8th; July 5th and August 23rd, please contact: or go straight to the Dropbox -> Rosters.



Thank you again to Brock and Kent and the previous helpers as the e-Club will get a portion of the funds raised at the end of the year.

A few weeks back Ingrid and I helped at MUNA 2014, it is a great day where schools from all over the District debate resolutions at the Model United Nations Assembly. This week's Guest Speaker is Janie-Marie who was the Secretary General overseeing the day and keeping the enthusiastic countries in line. Come along to this week's Forum and see where she started her journey with MUNA D9640 and where she is now.


Wishing everyone a great week.

Rick Jewson
Past President 2012-2013

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.

2014 Dates

District Assembly Warwick:  Sunday 27th April, 2014

District Assembly Mullumbimby:  Sunday 18th May 2014

Training for all club officers and an opportunity for all Rotarians to come along and learn about Rotary. Clubs in the northern area of our district are encouraged to attend the assembly at Warwick and southern clubs, Mullumbimby. However, all Rotarians are able to attend either day. The program will be the same for both dates.

RFE with D5000 Hawaii!

2014 Rotary District 9640 Rotary Friendship Exchange to D5000 Hawaii.

Dan and I have been fortunate to be selected to be included in a Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 5000 in Hawaii. Originally there were 13 of us going. However over the past few months, due to personal circumstances, this number has decreased to 9. Each of us represents a Rotary Club within our District of 9640.

The purpose of the friendship exchange is to foster good will and fellowship with Rotarians in another District. This is done by being hosted by local families. We are also able to see some of the local attractions. There is a reciprocal trip planned of a group from District 5000 to our District which will link into the Rotary International Conference in Sydney.

The team arrives in Hawaii on Wednesday 23rd April where we land in Honolulu.

During our time in Kona, we are able to blend some sight–seeing with Rotary fellowship. We are attending a fund raising function for the “Friends of the Children of West Hawaii” This is an annual event to raise money for children who have been subjected to abuse. This organisation has been established for more than 25 years.

For the full report and itinerary, please click here.


Team NextGen!

At the first meeting of Team NextGen on Monday 17 March  we were able to discuss some great plans for moving forward with our vision for the team. Special thanks to our more experienced e-Club members who joined us online for their assistance in the process.

At the moment we have planned to hold a face to face meeting on the evening of Wednesday 14 May. The 14 May meeting is to be held at Rick and Ingrid’s place (thanks guys!) and it would be brilliant if maybe we could all bring a friend, as well as a plate, to see if we can boost numbers for the team. I'm sure everyone knows someone who would be brilliant in Rotary. At the moment I have the honour of being Team Leader but hopefully at the next meetings we can discuss plans for who would like to be in the role next and when that would be.

For now, if you have any ideas for activities/fundraisers/programs you think the team should be involved in, please get some thoughts together for April and May, it will be great to hear them!

For the full report, please click here.


Mt. Isa House Rejuvenation Project Update

Work commenced again on refurbishing Flying Doctor Service houses in Mt Isa on April 1 for the following 6 weeks. To date we have 13 confirmed wonderful volunteers offering over 300 days of work. Plus help from the local Rec Club, Rotary Clubs and Tafe college want to help with a specific training job. We have been seeking volunteers throughout the Australian Rotary clubs and recently also contacted 102 Men’s sheds with our offer. The following is summarized from a newsletter which carries our promotion….

Royal Flying Doctor -   House Refurbishment Project – The RFDS are seeking help with an ongoing project to refurbish their houses. 

This can be by way of visitors to the region,  fly-in volunteers, caravanners,   and jobs vary,  from fixing blinds, trimming trees, pressure cleaning, painting, plumbing, carpentry, laying carpet,  or cooking, and catering. Any amount of time during this period would help, and there are caravan sites, and other accommodation available, and fly-in, fly-out opportunities, sight seeing, visits to RFDS facilities, and working hours can be varied.

Why not plan a holiday,  or break,  at Mt Isa, do some sight seeing,  and help a very worthy cause. For full details – check with Ian. For more information, please click here.

Ian Yarker

Vice President

Free SMS Service

Do you find yourself missing our Club Forums now daylight saving has started in other states?  Or you just need a friendly reminder 30 mins before the start of each Tuesday Night Forum simply text your name to Rick on 0433 17 3648.

Rick Jewson

Information Technology Team Leader

Rotary Kokoda Trail Walk

The possibility of a Rotary walk of the Kokoda Trail to take place in April 2015 in support of the Rotary Peace Centres was discussed at the recent Australian Rotary Foundation Trust (TARFT) meeting.

For detailed information on the Kokoda Trail go to For many of us, walking the Kokoda Trail has been a lifelong dream and here we have the opportunity to fulfil that dream in the company of fellow Rotarians from across Australia and at the same time raise funds for Rotary Peace Centres. It would be great to have a group of Rotarians and family/friends from our District participate.

Rotarians wishing to discover more about this great challenge should register their interest with PDG Lou Johnson on and it would be appreciated if those signifying their interest in participating could also copy the writer, Neil Jones, on Rotarians interested in participating should note that it will preclude attendance at the 2015 District Conference at Goondiwindi from 17-19 April.

For more information see here.

Umoja Kenyan Experience

Do you want to be part of something extraordinary?  Have a look at who's been helping in our latest newsletter.

Would you like to be part of the Umoja journey? Do you want to get your business advertised on our Facebook page, website and at our upcoming event? Would you like to sponsor our 3rd Annual Gala Dinner to be held on the 19th July at Brother's Club in Bundaberg, or donate a prize to be auctioned?  Do you know anyone who may wish to donate a prize or sponsor? The theme this year is 'Spirit of Africa,' and we plan to outdo ourselves again with a great night, and funds raised but we need your help!  Please contact if you would like more information on how to help us for this special event.

As I prepare to depart on Saturday for our 3rd volunteer tour taking 19 volunteers to work on the Umoja project, I want to thank each and every one of you who have helped us to date in so many ways over the past 2.5 years.  We really are achieving the extraordinary with our first house beginning construction shortly. 

Stay tuned by checking our Facebook page whilst we are in Kenya working on the project. For more information, please click here.


AFL Suns Game


A HUGE Thank You to Brock & Kent friends of Kristen and our family who came and helped sell raffle tickets for Rotary at the Gold Coast Suns match on Saturday along with many Rotarians from other Clubs around the District.

It was a great day with over 16000 people at the game, the sales were good and please remember the e-Club will receive funds for volunteering at the end of the year. We do have more opportunities in the coming months with the next match we are rostered on for being June 7th. If you are available please let Geoff or myself know or go straight to the roster in the Dropbox.

By the way...The GC Suns blitzed The Lions.

Rick and Ingrid


Reward given. :)

We need helpers to sell raffle tickets at future AFL Suns Games on the 8/6/2014; 5/7/2014 and 23/8/2014.

If you are able to help please go into the Dropbox\eClubNextGenMembers\Rosters and put your name next to the date you are available to help.

Reward free entry into the match and have fun cheering on our Gold Coast team.

If you have friends that love the game and would want to help please contact one of our Members and they will be able to put your name on the spreadsheet.

For more information on the games, please click here.

Ingrid Jewson

Guest Speaker & Dinners

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

Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Michael Sheldrick - Global Poverty Project

Tuesday 29 April 2014 - Stephanie Urchick - Rotary Foundation

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

Michael Sheldrick - Global Poverty Project

Michael has been advocating on issues of extreme poverty since high school. As the Global Policy and Advocacy Manager with the Global Poverty Project, Michael currently coordinates The End of Polio campaign, which working with Rotary has helped mobilize more than $800 million in support of polio eradication efforts.

Also overseeing the policy direction of the New York-based Global Citizen Festival, and serving as Global Poverty Project’s Main Representative to the United Nations, Michael has worked closely with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank. His work has seen him meet with presidents, prime ministers, and billionaire philanthropists right around the world.

Holding degrees in political science and Law from UWA, Michael has written articles for the Guardian, the West Australian, the Diplomatic Courier, and the Huffington Post. A proud member of Rotary of Crawley, Michael was named 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year.

Stephanie Urchick, Trustee - Rotary Foundation

Rotary Club of Canonsburg-Houston, Pennsylvania, USA

Stephanie A. Urchick has more than 35 years’ experience performing executive management, organizational consulting, inspirational speaking, and leadership development in business and higher education environments.  She is the Executive Director of the Southpointe Property Owners’ Association and is the CEO of the Southpointe CEO Association, both located in western Pennsylvania. 

Her academic credentials include an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Education from Duquesne University, and a doctorate in Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

A Rotarian since 1991, Stephanie is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member.  She received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  She has served RI as District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for Zone 29, International Training Leader, RI President’s representative, district delegate to the 2004 and 2007 Councils on Legislation, and Training Leader at Zone meetings.  Stephanie has participated in a variety of international service projects.

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.