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 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 

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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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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

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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.  

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

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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.

Contact: The Secretary
Phone: 61 7 5533 7288

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PO Box 1761
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.

October 2014
  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

Hi Everyone, 

My apologies for the spasmodic reporting of late but by night I have truly run out of energy. The days are so busy now with my new role and the opportunities that we are taking with growing the business and increasing our apprentice numbers really means 12 hour days every day.

Birdsville Races: 
We went to Birdsville, we cooked a few snags and we came home.   Ok, that describes the time lapse between the 28th August and the 9th September. 

I really cannot thank Tara enough, Tara was the face of Rotary selling our wares from the front of the marquee.  Tara gave everything, she did such a great job and Team NextGen should be so lucky to have her on board.  Tara filled in everywhere, as many others did but Tara just kept on going.  Well Done Tara, we all love you so much.

To all our 20 helpers in total, thank you very much.  To our Non Rotarians on the team we cannot express our thanks in words for your efforts.  To my long-time friend Bernie and Joan driving the second truck, what a great 10 days you gave to the RFDS.  To the 'Adventurers' who went all the long way around, some 6500kms to get to the Birdsville races, what an Adventure.  To our friends who came from Bundaberg, Sydney, Mt Isa, New Zealand and the Northern Rivers Clubs thank you very much and to the team from the RFDS, well done!

We were privileged on both occasions passing through to view the RFDS Charleville Base new Headquarters, Information Centre and accommodation units where another Team of our "local" Rotarians were busy at work.  This group did a magnificent job on that project, I am sure we will have reports on both the Tag Along Tour and the Charleville Project when Ian and Heather get the chance to do this.

Currently, Team Yarker have sped off to the Mossman Gorge to complete the second phase of the Mt Isa and e-Club Literacy Programme.  The Tenant Creek Phase One effort was a huge success and many thousands of $$$ was donated to various RFDS groups from the Tag Along Team.  I think Ian and Heather will be away for 10 days or so.

One thing we forget is after all these great marathons there is so much to do finalising the projects financially, cleaning all the equipment, returning borrowed items and writing reports.  I will have a full Birdsville report this coming weekend.

I also wish to acknowledge Ella and Elliot who spent time at the Brisbane Exhibition on the RFDS stand selling show bags and Ice-cream & Strawberries, great work guys, thanks very much.  This offer will be open again next year, so if any members like this for a steady  volunteer role sampling Ice Cream then please let me know (just joking).

We will be having a Board meeting very soon and we do have many projects rolling on so please keep logging in and checking our progress.

I would like to just re-enforce to the team who keep the club going on Tuesday nights and who keep the correspondence flowing that I really appreciate the job you do.  We have three new members who need to be supported initially and we need a few more to keep our club motoring along.  Very soon like now, I will be calling for nominations to fill positions in the 2015/2016 year and we need a Treasurer and a YOUNG President.   

Need I remind you that my goal is to have the next President at least half my age, to show the younger team we have faith that they can RUN this e-Club.

We will probably be having another Tag Along Tour and we will be going back to Birdsville next September, so we need members to look at helping out on these events too.  A big thank you to all who knitted woolly jumpers for the Fish 'n' Chips kids and Team Umoja is looking for volunteers for their next tour to Kenya.  Well done Team Umoja, you are amazing.

In closing, I must say it was so good to be a Rotarian when the locals from Birdsville came individually to our marquee and thanked us for doing so much for their Community.  The BUSH is in drought and this is no more evident than Birdsville, 3 years on one property and not one drop of rain.  We have now contact with a Local Council Run Childcare Centre manager who tells of the difficulties and hardships just keeping her centre going when the families are down to their last $10 and cannot afford to come into town from the outlying stations.  One trip to Birdsville is all that it takes to show just how soft, spoilt and well off we are here in our comfort zones and pure indulgence.

Have a great week, I intend to.

President Geoff 

Tag Along 2014 Member reflection excerpts

In the course of the trip we travelled near enough to 8500k's.  We visited 8 Rotary Clubs. Touched base with another 6 or 8 clubs. Greetings and donations were tendered. We met some amazing Rotarians. In Alice Springs we attended as volunteers at the Rotary Henley On Todd Regatta. We attached ourselves to The Flying Doctor float. Truth is, float it did not do. The regatta takes place in the dry bed of The Todd. (Google Henley on Todd; you’ll see what I mean)Three rotaries work together in putting this on. If I heard correctly, club gains to the extent of $45,000. Plus an incalculable amount of goodwill and esteem in the community. 

We had breakfast with Rotary Mbantua (Alice Springs) the Monday immediately following the event. This club won the final naval battle on regatta day. At the Monday breakfast meeting they were all still on a huge high. This is the biggest weekend of the year for Rotary at Alice. Betcha they had an outrageous debriefing before the week was out.

For me, the rotary highlight of the trip was at Tennant Creek. To be hosted for breakfast by the club was amazing, especially as they have only 6 members. But wait there's more, only two of these six were available to attend the breakfast. These two ladies, two mums, (I say that without apology.) It fast became apparent that not only were these two holding their families together, but these two lady Rotarians were virtually holding the town together. The mine has closed, and because there are no jobs in the town, the men have pretty well migrated to where there might be jobs. Many went to Mt Isa. The Rotary membership is quite fluid as a result. It seems that the only continuity in the town, and in Rotary of course, was provided by these inspirational ladies.

At Tennant Creek our group had a project to donate books to the school. Not surprisingly Tennant Creek School is suffering the same malaise as the town.  There seems to be a problem in attracting long term senior staff. Little wonder, this really is way back in the outback. We were there at the behest of Flying Doctor, who has an ongoing project to improve indigenous literacy. As a group we presented the school with over 1000 books. The principal had all the school attend the presentation in the hall.  Just like any kids the kids of Tennant Creek were so excited to be getting pressies. Many of them sat down on the floor to read their new books, and wouldn't be shifted. Wide grins were the order of the day. All of the pupils, regardless of their roots, together showing their appreciation, and their lovely white teeth...

Our most spectacular sight, putting aside the obvious, (Uluru, Devils Marbles, The Olgas) was the sight of the mine at Mt Isa. (Google Mt Isa) Along the way we had visited Bourke, the back of Bourke, Broken Hill, Cooper Pedy, Wilpena Pound, the list goes on. Mt Isa though as a spectacle beat the lot. Many k's before we entered the town we could see the headworks of the mine rearing its head. Once in town, the whole workings were mind blowing, dominating the town and the landscape, as if shouting to all, “look at me, I bring riches to the town.” At 2000 metres deep, over 19 levels, and hundreds of kilometers of tunnels. The deposit is apparently over 2k long, 1k wide, lord alone knows how deep, currently working at 2000 meters.

We were at Mt Isa to make a further presentation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to which the benefits of this trip were dedicated. Many cheques were presented; more fellowship and goodwill followed as we were escorted on a tour of the base. We visited RFDS bases in as widespread locations as, Broken Hill, Port Augusta in South Australia and Tennant Creek in Northern Territory, Mt Isa in Queensland, and Alice Springs in Northern Territory. I would hark back to those two ladies who are to all intents and purposes holding the Tennant Creek community together, and acknowledge, as all of Australia does that The Flying Doctor holds the outback community together…. Serving a client somewhere in Australia every 2 minutes.

We are truly grateful to the Rotarians of the Rotary e-Club and our new friends the fellow travelers on this Red Centre Tour for the manner in which they enabled us to see outback Australia in a light that we probably would never have discovered any other way. We sure have a much better appreciation of Australia and the problems the people are facing, and more importantly, we are now most appreciative of what Rotary in Australia is doing at grassroots level to ensure that all Australians may have a share in the recovery of Australia from the effects of the economic recession.

She’s a big country mate; and a great one.

Thank you so much for allowing us the pleasure to join you all on that wonderful journey. To spend so much time together in such a large group in perfect harmony is very special.

Ian and Heather are to be congratulated.

No doubt most of you are now settled back into your normal life style.

Our memories of the past couple of months will remain with us for ever.

Thank you good friends.

Back home and readjusting to normality, while talking and showing the results of our travels to friends they are amazed at the distance we travelled and the places we enjoyed. 
The real and lasting highlight was the company, companionship and camaraderie of the travelling team. Be sure to make contact when visiting the ever changing always amazing Gold Coast. We look forward to catching up.

Ian Yarker

Vice President

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.

Tag Along Tour

Tennant Creek Primary School (TCPS) Literacy Project

As part of the Red Centre Tag Along Tour, the group visited a primary school in Tennant Creek to donate a few hundred books that they had collected as part of a literacy project. The kids were so excited to be able to pick out their new books, and the group had a great time playing Santa. View some pictures in the TCPS Newsletter.

Umoja Gala Dinner Update

Umoja Orphanage Kenya’s third annual gala dinner was a great success for the team. This year’s event was called the Spirit of Africa and celebrated the hard work that Umoja volunteers and supporters are doing in Kenya to help children and communities break the cycle of poverty. Umoja Director Cathy Booth was delighted to update the 130 guests on the progress of the project in the last 12 months and thank them for their ongoing support. Rotarians and past volunteers to Kenya from Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland travelled to attend the fundraiser, with two Rotary clubs presenting cheques to the project. Volunteers shared their experiences during the night, including a 5 minute video filmed in Kenya, which has produced a lot of interest in the Umoja Volunteer Program. The Bundaberg community dressed to the theme and were very generous with their support of the raffles and charity auction, raising over $10 000 towards the first children’s home.


Everyone please check out the new e-Club YouTube Channel and our first few videos here. Subscribe to keep an eye out for future uploads!

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

Ride for RYLA


Amazing news!!!

We received official confirmation today. We have won the Sunsuper Dream Competition!!! That means that we will receive $5000 that will go towards sponsoring 10 young adults to receive the same life changing experience that we were fortunate enough to be given by Rotary.

Thanks to all of those who took time to vote, we will be able to make a significant impact on the youth in our local community. You should all be exceptionally proud. We are so grateful to everyone who assisted us on this, to everyone who not only voted, but who shared the link and even shared their RYLA experience along with it.

I would like to make a personal recognition to Julian and Glen, who were relentless in their hunt for votes. They put a massive amount of work into this and thanks to all of you, their efforts have gone rewarded. Also a special mention to my mum, Lee Pagan, who was an integral part in getting votes for this worthwhile cause. We are so thrilled right now!

Congratulations everyone Much love, Andrew xoxo

RIDE FOR RYLA is a team of three young men (Glen Gorton, Andrew Nolan and Julian Buttigieg) who are participating 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".

Check out what the men from Ride for RYLA are doing at their service page or on their website,

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.

Guest Speaker & Dinners

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014 - Nicole Gibson - Rogue & Rouge Foundation

Tuesday 7 October 2014 - Ben Smith - Hat Day - Australian Rotary Health

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - DG Wendy Scarlett

Saturday 25 October 2014 - Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

Tuesday 4 November 2014
- Ray Pifer - Rotary Foundation

District Governor Official Visit

DG Wendy Scarlett will be visiting our club on October 21, 2014. Please mark your calendars as this is a meeting you don't want to miss!

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.

Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

Looking for volunteers for a fun day cooking and selling at Bunnings with proceeds going towards the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Rotary Youth Programs.

We are hoping for two teams: a morning and afternoon team, please let us know which you would prefer. Even if you can only spare an hour or two, it all helps. :) :) :)

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Nicole Gibson - Rogue & Rouge Foundation

A finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2014, and current Pride of Australia Finalist, Nicole is making a positive difference in the lives of young people. After overcoming mental health challenges as a young person, Nicole is channelling her energy into motivating other young people to be the best they can be. In 2011, Nicole established The Rogue & Rouge Foundation to reverse the stigmatisation of mental health, body image and self-esteem issues in Australia’s young people. As the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Nicole dreams that every teenager can look in the mirror and smile. A Marketing graduate from Bond University, Nicole is tackling the epidemic of low self-esteem by bridging the gaps between our politicians, service providers and young people. Nicole has created several community outreach programs and works directly with schools and education departments. 

In 2013, Nicole has completed her national youth motivation tour 'Champions for Change', which has seen her visit over 300 schools across the entire coastline of Australia, engaging 60 000 students in discussing the issues they face in their communities in order to develop innovative solutions. Nicole is the driving force behind fundraising for her Foundation, which provides financial assistance for young people and their families while they undergo treatment for mental health challenges. Nicole strives to inspire, educate and connect youth with their passion in life.

Hat Day - Australian Rotary Health - Ben Smith

Background: For the past eight years I have been conducting research aimed at helping people make better decisions about their treatment for cancer, and adjust to life after finishing treatment for cancer. During that time I have developed a keen interest in examining issues confronting men affected by cancer, as I believe this is a very important but under-researched area. Accordingly, my recently submitted PhD thesis explored the psychological wellbeing, quality of life, and supportive care needs of Australian testicular cancer survivors. I conducted my PhD at the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group at the University of Sydney, where I was supervised by Professors Madeleine King, Phyllis Butow, and Ian Olver, and was supported by an Australian Rotary Health Ian Scott Mental Health Scholarship.

Research interests: As mentioned above I am particularly interested in the challenges faced by men affected by cancer, particularly during the survivorship phase (i.e. after treatment is completed). I am also interested in the potential of online interventions to aid adjustment after cancer, particularly for men who may be reluctant to seek out or accept traditional forms of psychological treatment, due to their stigma, cost, and inconvenience. I am part of a team of researchers who were recently successful in securing seed funding from the Sydney Catalyst Translational Research Centre and Cancer Council Australia to develop and obtain feedback on an online psychological intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in testicular cancer survivors (e-TC). The development and evaluation of e-TC would not have been possible without Australian Rotary Health’s initial support of my PhD.

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.