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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

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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 

April 2015 | Rotary Magazine 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

President's Report

Good Morning Rotarians and Friends,

This weekend we have our District Conference at Goondiwindi.  This will be great time to catch up with many people but more importantly we get the chance to promote our club and its projects.  E-Club Members Kay Danes and Ian Yarker will be doing a presentation or two, so the e-Club is well represented this year. During one of Ian's presentations we get to promote our Birdsville Race Project and I would like to bring you up to speed with where I am at with this.  

Firstly, I would like to welcome all of new Members who have joined us in 2015, welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the journey.  Tara is obviously coming up to speed with her new role as President about to begin in less than 12 weeks and Ian and Heather along with Angelo and Sheryl leave on the Cape York Tag Along Tour.

We must have a Board Meeting next Thursday night, 23rd April 2015 and we also need to decide on how we will conduct our change over meeting this year.  If a lot of our Members who are not local would like the changeover to be broadcast on GoToMeeting then please let us know so we can choose an appropriate time.

Anzac Day is getting close, Saturday 25th April 2015 marks the 100 year Anniversary and this will be a very memorable day this year.  Anzac Day means so much to so many people and a lot of people give thanks to those who paid the ultimate price in their own special way.

We now have a fundraising project to tie our Birdsville fundraising together, as this project grows and as we increase our capacity to fundraise I figured it was important that people who help had an understanding of just where the funds raised would finish up.  We now are working to support Mental Health in Rural and Regional Qld as provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and this programme is run as the RFDS Counselling and Well-being Programme.

Longreach is the location for the RFDS Mental health hub and both Longreach and Cairns deliver their social and emotional well-being programmes to many centres and out-stations in Rural and Regional Qld.  Rotary now has the opportunity to support the people in these areas through very difficult times with a very good programme that is in place, totally operational and successful.  This programme receives both Federal and State Government funding and sadly it is severely lacking in the overall cost expended to provide this service.

Birdsville Race Day Fundraising Effort... I have an offer from Virgin Australia, I have a plan and we have a Project.

The Birdsville Fly in Fly out Race Day Bucket Wish List Trip

At 7am on Saturday morning 46 paying passengers will leave Brisbane Airport for a 2 hour flight to Birdsville.  On disembarking the FIFO Race Day revellers will walk to the Community Centre for breakfast provided by the e-Club and then they will be transported by coach to the race-course.

We will have a special marquee for the Race Day Revellers to meet and rest in, lunch will be provided along with copious amounts of bottled water and they will be there to enjoy the races. The coach will return them to the Town Centre where they will be free to view the town; enjoy the festival mood in town; grab a beer from the famous Birdsville Hotel; then walk on to their plane for a two hour flight back to Brisbane, hopefully touching down at 7.30 pm.

We are charging $2000 per person for this experience. It has been designed for those people who have always wanted to attend the Birdsville Race but now due to health, distance (a four day drive), no accommodation (other than a tent) and many other reasons will find this an attractive option.

If WE can do this successfully, $1000 per ticket sold goes to the RFDS Counselling and Well-being Programme if the plane is full.  That is $46000 from this if we sell all 46 tickets.

If we sell 92 tickets then two planes are flying.  WE have a lot or work to do and I really want to thank my VIRGIN contact, as his quote made this possible.  I have a lot of finalising to do yet but we need ticket sales fast to lock down the deal.  Next year we will be aiming for two planes from the start, moving to three the year after.

Our usual Birdsville Fundraising Programme is going to be bigger than last year too and we have all the activities of last year plus more, so our team of 20 plus for 10 days still rules, it will be a busy year this year and our planning is going well.

Wishing you all the very best for this coming week, a great Rotary Conference and an early arising on Anzac Day, I will be flying in from Melbourne Friday Night to drive to Goondiwindi, hoping to be there around 8.30 pm, so late as usual, oh well.



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.

RYPEN Applications

Applications Due: April 24th 2015

RYPEN Camp Information:  Awardees: 14-16 years
Date: 9am, Friday 22nd May 2015 - 1pm, Sunday 24th May 2015
Cost: $275.00
Location: Bornhoffen PCYC
3510 Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd
Natural Bridge QLD 4211

If you know of anyone that would appreciate this fabulous weekend please contact us:

Umoja Fundraiser

May 16th - Diamonds & Pearls Gala Dinner

Tickets go on sale on Monday - Table of 10 - $85.00pp (pre-sale only).

All proceeds to help complete the first children's home and provide an alternative to child abandonment in Kenya.

Enquiries contact:  Gaye Limpus 0407 715 765

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.

Youth Exchange

Everyone please welcome the lovely Annelie Schmidt from Germany our Youth Exchange Student.  As most of you know we have offered her a Bush 'n' Beach exchange.  Her first six months were with the Rotary Club of Goondiwindi and now her next six months is with us at the Rotary e-Club on the Gold Coast.

Thank you to our Honorary Member Denise Payne and her husband Ken for being Annelie's first host family on the Coast.  Thank you also to Trinity Lutheran College for the fabulous syllabus and making her feel so welcome.

e-Club Members and Friends of the e-Club welcome dinner for Annelie at Helensvale.

It also happened to be her 17th birthday.

Please remember Annelie is horse mad and attends the Prinz von Homburg Secondary School including the special class “Riding up to the A-levels”, where she can ride her own two horses.

Larina is her dressage horse and Le Ehlo is her jumping horse.

Please feel free if you are going or know of any horse riding events in your area, you can take her to or maybe a friend has horses she can ride.  Please contact her at:

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

James Jacob Fundraiser

May 14th - The Wizard of Oz

This production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Follow the Yellow Brick Road", If I Only Had a Heart" and "We're Off to See the Wizard".     All the iconic characters will be there, plus a few surprises along the way.  Following the well-deserved reputation at Spotlight this production will be innovative and a lot of fun. So click your heels, forget your cares and woes and take a wonderful journey to the Land of Oz. This is a show for all ages and will revive many memories, inspiring hope and wonder!

We appreciate your past support for our fundraising night at Spotlight Theatre (and your gift packs on the day!).  As this is again likely to sell out early we wanted to give you the opportunity to reserve seats before we release them on the 16th April.  Tickets will be $25 each. 

Christmas Day is a particularly vulnerable time for people on their own.  With the support of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland and many other NGO's we host this lunch for people who have a mental illness or are otherwise marginalized by society and find themselves alone.  The lunch will again be held in St Peters Anglican Church hall in Southport in  memory of our son James who died in 2005 after a long struggle with schizophrenia.

To order pre-release tickets, please email Geoff at: or Ingrid at: soon!

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.

District Conference

I hope you have booked in for the "Way out West" 2015 District Conference.

Dates:  April 17 to 19th at Goondiwindi.

Two of our e-Clubs Members are Guest Speakers - Kay Danes OAM and PDG Ian Yarker.  Let's show our support by getting more people from the e-Club to this District Conference than the last one.  We also have a connection to the wonderful people of Gundy through our 50/50 exchange student Annelie.

For more information and the web address for bookings please read the PDF

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 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

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 21016.  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.

Guest Speaker & Dinners

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

April Dates:

Tuesday 7 April 2015 - Scott Sellwood - Rotary Peace Fellow

Tuesday 14 April 2015 - Claudia Cannady - Polio NID

Tuesday 21 April 2015 - Gabrielle Quilliam - Hummingbird House

Tuesday 28 April 2015 - e-Files - Getting to know our Members - Ian & Heather Yarker

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

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.

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Scott Sellwood - Rotary Peace Fellow

Scott, a Brisbane local, has spent much of the last six years living and working internationally, specializing in social and environmental justice advocacy and strategic cooperation involving social conflicts over natural resources. He employs a rights-based approach to his work, integrating environmental and social rights, and a just-peace approach to community capacity development. 

He has worked on designing strategic interventions in conflicts over mining, oil and gas development in Latin America and Africa, with women in Peru to support urban agriculture for poverty alleviation and economic justice, with Australian communities to effectively defend their rights to participate in environmental and natural resource decision-making, as well as a summer consultancy, as a peacebuilding researcher with a Mexican NGO, where he advised on the design of a consensus-building process to learn why the development of large-scale wind farming in Oaxaca had triggered conflict and violence.  After completing the Rotary World Peace Fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (2012-2014) Scott moved to Washington, DC to work as a Program Fellow with Oxfam's global extractive industries program.

Claudia Cannady - Polio NID

Claudia Cannady has been a member of the Rotary Club of Summit, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA since 1998. She has served on many club committees, was club president in 2009-2010 and is currently Assistant Governor of District 7690 in central North Carolina. She has been involved in several international Rotary activities - most notably a Polio NID in India in February, 2014 and about which she will address our club and recently she visited a Rotary Global Grant project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Claudia is Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, a global financial services firm. She is married to her husband, Drew, also a Rotarian of Summit RC. She enjoys reading, fishing, hiking and all things Rotary.

Gabrielle Quilliam - Hummingbird House

Gabrielle has worked as a registered nurse and midwife since 1995 within Australia and countries including the UK, South Sudan, Angola and Samoa.  These experiences combined with her role as a foster carer inspired Gabrielle to co-found the Queensland based children's charity, Queensland Kids -with the mission of addressing gaps in services for Queensland children and their families.

Queensland Kids has partnered with Wesley Mission Brisbane to deliver inaugural project of Hummingbird House.  This statewide service will address the need for 'out of home' respite and hospice care for children affected by a life limiting condition within Queensland. Gabrielle is a member of the Palliative Care Queensland State Council and represents Queensland Kids at the Statewide Child and Youth Clinical Network (Paediatric Palliative Care Working Group).

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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