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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

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 

May 2015 | Rotary Community Service Month
  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

District Conference Presentation - Ian Yarker

We have been asked how the Rotary e-club of NextGen became involved with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The E-Club of NextGen is almost 3 years old now. Beginning with 26 members living in Griffith, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Bribie Island, Tamborine Mountain, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Germany; we soon spread to USA, Japan, UAE, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Darwin, Launceston, Bundaberg, and Wauchope. Many did not have easy access to a local Rotary Club.

We meet on the internet using GoToMeeting software.

How do we keep members feeling inclusive?

The Board decided to support any member with their own project and empower them, rather than the Board taking ownership of the project and selling it to the membership.

Members also had to create their own project-funding, supported by limited club funds if possible.

We asked – what is our community.

  • Gold Coast where we have our post box address;
  • District 9640 which administers us;
  • Queensland which RI included in our full club name;
  • Australia; or
  • The world.

All options were open. Some members focused locally, some regionally, some overseas.

Today we have many projects including:

  • James Jacob Fellowship, Gold Coast Christmas lunch
  • ARH - Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  • Indigenous Literacy in Tennant Creek, Mossman Gorge, and Coen.
  • Involvement with Orphanages and Schools in Kenya & Cambodia.
  • Rainforest Foundation in Indonesia.
  • Ride for RYLA in India and Peru.
  • Knitted ‘Fish n Chip’ baby vests to be sent overseas.

We have an exchange student; we support KIVA wit h 75 loans to date; we support district youth programs and the Suns Horizon program; and everyone donates to Rotary Foundation.

One such proposed project was to organise recreational vehicle trips within Australia- ‘Travelling with a purpose’.

For this project, we needed a medical kit so visited the Flying Doctor Service in Brisbane. At that meeting I asked “Is there anything we could do for you given we have almost no community funds?”

A week later they emailed asking whether we could consider assisting with:

  1. Rejuvenating 7 flying doctor houses at Mt Isa;
  2. Landscaping a proposed hangar complex at Charleville;
  3. Help with construction of a patient transfer facility at Rockhampton; and
  4. Provide decent food at the Birdsville races.

We said Yes!

Over the last two years we have managed 3400 volunteer hours in Mt Isa. During two separate six week work periods we had volunteers from Melbourne, Griffith, Grafton, Goondiwindi, Warwick, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Bundaberg, and Mt Isa.

They had budgeted $260,000 for some of this work that we were able to complete with volunteers.

We brought people together in a wonderful partnership 

The Charleville landscaping job was accomplished with the huge commitment of Peter and Gloria Cory, then President of Goondiwindi Club, as well as volunteers from Alstonville, Goonellabah, Ashmore, Stanthorpe and the e-Club.

We partnered to achieve the outcome.

Heather made 2 phone calls and the Rockhampton North Club was delighted we had found a project for them in the construction of the patient transfer facility. We visited the Club, explained our club philosophy and learnt they regularly donate to the Rocky Flying Doctor Service Base but were unaware of the need.

Now they helped concrete, install fencing, and have donated $10,000 to the project.

We connected the Flying Doctor Service to a local Club across Rotary Districts.

Then there is Birdsville

We have Rotarians and friends from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Bundaberg regions. Rotary members from these regions including Alstonville, Goonellabah, Warwick Sunrise, Ashmore, and 4 e-club members converged on Birdsville in the first week of September for past 2 years to sell steak & egg burgers, sausages, plus drinks, fruit, and vegetable’s.

Last September a Rotarian baked and delivered buns from Bundaberg. The other 1500 buns were delivered from Mt Isa by a Rotarian.

We now work closely with the Birdsville Race Committee and Flying Doctor Service Qld Section and provide support for the Cocktail Party in the Simpson Desert. Last year we also influenced and staffed a new fundraiser- a fun run for the 7000 visitors to compete in or punt on.

All this is effort estimated to be the equivalent of the Flying Doctor Service receiving about half a million dollars of cash donations.

Not bad for a club nearly 3 years old. Don’t forget this is just one of our member projects.

We also organised a Red Centre Tag Along Tour last August which visited Flying Doctor Service bases at Broken Hill, Alice Springs, Mt Isa, and Longreach. We made donations and gained a general understanding of the Flying Doctor Service and of the plight of rural and remote Australia.

We have another Tag Along Tour to the Cape next month including supporting the Coen Wellbeing Centre administered by the Flying Doctor Cairns base which we will visit.

And we have yet another Tour to Tassie next February focused on Australian Rotary Health Social and Emotional Wellbeing.

Our forward thinking worldly President Geoff is finalising a project to assist all who have Birdsville Races on the bucket list but don’t want to drive 1600km each way. This will involve participants joining a 46 seat Virgin flight from Brisbane to Birdsville, out and back in the same day 7am-7.30pm. Be an inaugural Birdsville FIFO Race Day Reveller. The day will involve breakfast in downtown Birdsville, premium view of the races trackside in a VIP marquee, local Coach transport, a visit to the Birdsville Pub and Dusty’s Bakery, as well as the chance to see the iconic race. The group will then take off into the sunset at 5pm, thus avoiding the rigours of Simpson Desert accommodation at a town – population 115 plus or minus 7000 during Race Week.

The proceeds from this endeavour will go to enhancing Flying Doctor Service Social and Emotional Wellbeing units in rural and remote Australia.

So what a fantastic outcome for Rotary and for the Royal Flying Doctor Service simply because we asked the question: “Is there anything we could do for you given we have almost no community funds?”

Rotary makes things happen.

We Partner, we share, we are outcome driven.

Having established a Royal Flying Doctor Service relationship, we find it amazing that a service organisation like Rotary in Australia has not developed a service arrangement with this iconic organisation that provides a mantle of safety to 85% of the Australian landmass.

We asked the question. We are committed to the answers.

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.

Welcome Danish GSE Team

A great night was had by all hosted by the Rotary club of Ashmore at the Gold Coast Spit for the GSE Team from Denmark. 94 people attended including our own Robert Wesener. Robert was congratulated for his efforts with the GSE program book. Well done Robert.

Umoja Report

Attached is the volunteer report I do for RAWCS after each tour.  I thought you and Ian and members of our E-Club  may like to see what I do over there. This was a another big trip with organising what to teach, and organising all the food to feed all these trainees every day.  But we did it and very successful.  If you read Appendix B towards the end you will see how we have helped these people. That’s what is so rewarding.  We have identified 8  of these trainees we will be (hopefully) sending for further training so they can train their villagers and further afield villagers using our land as a demonstration site for Permaculture practices.  We are in dialogue with the mining company to again sponsor.  They were extremely happy with the course I put together thankfully.

Deutschland Reise (Germany Tour).  I was lucky enough to be allowed to travel with 32 exchange students (Half of the inbounds in our District 1850 here in Germany.) We traveled for a week on a bus around Germany.  We were in Cologne, Bonn, Heidelberg, Berlin, Rothenburg, Weimar and a few other cities. It was a lot of fun, kind of stressful (as can be expected with 32 very loud, very excited exchange students) but I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could.

Europareise (Euro-tour). I have been (luckily) invited to once again join the exchange students on their trip through Europe! I am very lucky as only 2 Rotexers are asked to join the tours per trip each year! We will be travelling to Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy and the Czech Republic. I am very much looking forward to the two week trip in June with approximately 33 inbounds!  I am glad I joined Rotex when I moved back to Germany.

Kristen 'Kj' Jewson
D9640 Outbounder and D1850 Rotex

Youth Exchange Program Applications 2016

Yes, it is that time of year again - applications close soon!

Your local Rotary Clubs are looking for students to go on a cultural exchange for a year to another country, starting January 2016.  In the last year a few new countries have opened up to us, so please check out:

NSW Students:  Please note the NSW Government's rules have changed regarding your age when going on exchange.

RFE to District 7580

Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Rotary District 7580 – Southern Quebec – Northern Vermont – Northern New Hampshire -  in September/October 2016

Would you like to enjoy the hospitality of Rotarians in District 7580 - Southern Quebec – Northern Vermont – Northern New Hampshire, which encompasses part of both Eastern Canada and Eastern USA? The proposed Friendship Exchange visit to District 7580 is planned during the ‘Fall’ period from 17 September to 1 October 2016 and this should be a great and colourful time of the year to visit this area.

Requests for a Team Membership Application and Participant Questionnaire should be directed to RFE Committee Chair Reg Norvill on 07 5524 2297 or 0427 943 678 or email:

Completed Applications are to be submitted for consideration by the District Rotary Friendship Committee by Wednesday 20 May 2015. For more information, click here.

Australian Rotary Health

Thanks for the photos and the Rotary plaque - it was great catching up with you and Margaret for lunch.

Just to let you know that my Spain conference (the European Pancreas Club conference) has just been confirmed so I will be definitely going. I have also been invited to speak in China at the end of the year for another conference but is not yet confirmed.

So lots of things happening this year and could not have been possible without your support over the years!

All the best,


Ian's sister Margaret and I (Jane Loxton) met Dannel Yeo at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He is actively researching Pancreatic Cancer which on current information will be the second biggest Cancer killer by 2030.

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.

Working with Children Check NSW/Blue Card Qld.

As we have ahd 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.

May Dates:

Tuesday 5 May 2015 - Belinda Welsh - Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday 12 May 2015 - Neil Jones - The Rotary Foundation

Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Amanda Woods - Current President of Rotary e-club of Southern Cross

Tuesday 26 May 2015 - Michael Anschel

June Dates:

Tuesday 2 June 2015 - Pizza/Dinner Night with PE Tara - Wendy Bullock - Aunties and Uncles Qld

Tuesday 9 June 2015 - RYPEN Awardees

Tuesday 16 June 2015 - DGE Anne Egan

Tuesday 23 June 2015 - Allan Dawson - Muravah Foundation

Tuesday 30 June 2015 - KIVA - Microfunds

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.

Guest Speakers:

Belinda Welsh - Ronald McDonald House

Belinda has been the Family Room & Volunteer Coordinator with Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland (RMH SEQ) for the past 2 ½ years.  Prior to this she was the House Manager for Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Adelaide. 

Belinda moved to Australia from the UK in 2005 having worked within British Military Hospitals at home and overseas with all three services as a Senior Welfare Officer with Defence Medical Welfare Service for 15 years (with breaks for the birth of two children). 

RMH SEQ’s first two Family Rooms opened at the new Gold Coast University Hospital early 2014.  By November 2014 with the opening of the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) in South Brisbane came a third Family Room program.  Concurrently Belinda coordinates the RMH @LCCH which was introduced as a unique program   providing 10 emergency overnight rooms for families with children admitted or retrieved to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. 

Belinda also coordinates the RMH SEQ Volunteer Program which supports the Houses, Family Rooms, Learning Program and Events.

Neil Jones - The Rotary Foundation

Neil was born in Western Australia but as a career banker with the Bank of New South Wales/Westpac he served in all mainland states and the Northern Territory before retiring to the Gold Coast in 2001. During his 37 year career Neil held numerous executive positions in retail and business banking culminating with his appointment as State Manager, Queensland.

A Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Neil has had wide experience serving on industry bodies such as the New South Wales Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sydney Convention and Visitors Bureau and the South Australian branch of the American Chamber of Commerce as well as holding office in numerous community organisations and sporting bodies across Australia.

Neil was first invited to join Rotary by the Rotary Club of Unley in South Australia in 1986 which was followed by membership of the Rotary Clubs of Darwin and Adelaide before joining The Rotary Club of Broadbeach in 2001.

He has served terms as President, Secretary, Treasurer and most Directorships and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by District 9640 in recognition of his service as District Conference Chair 2006/2007.

Assistant Governor Group 7, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 Neil took up his current role of District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair in 2012/2013

Amanda Woods - Current President of Rotary e-club of Southern Cross

In 2006 I was “encouraged” to attend my first Rotaract meeting, by my father who was at the time the Youth director for his club. By the end of my first meeting with Gunargarang Rotaract club in 9690, I was club secretary, where I stayed for three years, I was then allowed to leave to role, only to serve as Club President, then Club Services Director and then Vice President in the following years. During my year as Club Services director I was also the District Rotaract Representative for 9690, while also sitting on the Council of the Australian Multi District Information Organisation (see then during my year as Vice President I served as the Chair of the National MDIO and played an integral role in establishing this now very successful and well recognised, national entity.

Then in July 2012 I graduated to Rotary and was appointed the Public Relations directorship upon induction into the club. At this time I was still serving as immediate past chair for the MDIO, where I was then asked to remain, for an additional year, on the Executive board as the Rotarian Adviser.

Since 2013 I have been pioneering the charter of RID 9685’s second E-Club, the e-Club of the Southern Cross which recently became certified as a Satellite club of Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains and hope to charter soon as an independent club.

I was bestowed the honour of Paul Harris Fellowship by my Rotaract Club at the end of my term as President in 2010 and became a Centurion in 2011.

In September of 2014 I was awarded The District Governor’s Award for Meritorious Service from IPDG Graeme Davies.

I have undertaken a number of guest speaker invitations at Rotary and Rotaract clubs, conferences and training seminars, for both Rotaract and Rotary, at local, district, national and international levels, and can provide references if required.

Onwards and Upwards. Yours in Rotary Service Amanda Woods PHF C

Michael Anschel

Metro magazine named Michael Anschel “Reason #26” in their top 100 reasons to love the Twin cities. MN Business called him “One of the nation’s most outspoken green building advocates”. As Principal of Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build, he has led the firm to nearly 100 regional and national awards. As CEO of Verified Green, Inc. he writes, trains, and speaks for various publications around the nation on Green Building. As Co-Founder of WinterCAMP, he helps other entrepreneurs and market leaders find balance in their lives while careening down snow covered mountains.

Born in MN, he attended Capital Normal University (Beijing), and the U of M. Studying Chinese and Ceramic Sculpture. He successfully merged a passion for art, science, and business into three profitable enterprises. He straddles the building, design, and green worlds by engineering beauty and profitability into sustainability.

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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