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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 & 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 

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: 166-064-245. 

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

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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 'Reference Number'.


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

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To attend an e-Club video conference, go to 'GoToMeeting' under 'Login' above.

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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

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Our e-Club

The Rotary e-Club of NextGen Qld Australia is an exciting example of the evolution of Rotary into the current technologically-driven world. Our club members discuss their community and service projects weekly via online video chat meetings, as well as frequent face-to-face meetings in and around the clubs base on the Gold Coast, Australia. The online nature of our clubs operations provide a unique opportunity for members to engage in projects at a local, regional and global level, with guest speakers, projects and members collaborating from across the world. Our club welcomes anyone with a passion and interest in changing the world for the better.

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 in asking young adults what they’re doing in community service and supporting their projects.

The Next Generation represents an enormously exciting opportunity for Rotary.  Our membership has grown up with the Internet and being so interconnected, they 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 Tasmania, NSW, Qld, Germany, Japan, USA and other countries. 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 and 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.

December 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

Good Morning All,

At this time of the year it is time to reflect where all our Members are, how they are doing, and hopefully everyone is well and able to have a few days rest over the festive season.

Just thinking about the different seasons, some of our Members are deep in snow; some are in drought stricken areas in OZ; some are working on projects in inhospitable areas of the world and some will be enjoying Xmas in the surf and sun. No matter where you are, I would like to thank you for your dedication to Rotary, to this e-Club and to the projects you are working on.

This club has had a great year just gone, this really is a reflection based on the calendar year and Rotary international must also be having record results because we, our Members, like every other Rotarian I know have given to help others, we are all part of Rotary International.

Jan and Leigh, Ing and others will be busy with the Christmas lunch once again in Southport, a magnificent annual project with immeasurable goodwill and happiness but I will not steal Jan's great news story for January, I just wish them the very best on this day.

The Christmas cakes and puddings have arrived and are been distributed and sold; this will add money to the Foundation account. Late in January we have another Bunnings BBQ, along with RYLA in the last week of January as well.  Projects for the 2015 calendar year are well underway and we have a great opportunity with Tara taking the Presidents role in July 2015 as we move on to our third President.  I am so impressed we have a young President moving forward and this Club is so flexible that we can be where we need to be to get these and any projects off the ground. A busy club is a great club in every respect from my experience.

I would like to thank the incoming team for standing up to go forward, this was an easy election and some have already taken up their new roles, thank you very much.

I know 2015 is going to be a very busy year in my working life and also for many others too. I wish you all a very happy and joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year and lots of fun in 2015. Until we meet again stay safe and enjoy life.

Best wishes



Time is running out to order your Traditional Foundation Fruit Cakes and Puddings. Please email your orders to Geoff at

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.

Ged Update

Hi all.

A short note to let you know we have arrived safe and well in Abu Dhabi.

The flight here was comfortable... business class!! As you can imagine Sue was in her element trying and testing everything including the open bar lounge!!

For any other trivia follow us on Facebook!

We are staying at Khalidiya Palace Hotel on Rotana.
It is a short walk from here to the Palace and the Palace hotel (6 star... proper flash). It has a good gym, nice lobby and rooms, great pools and private beach, very helpful and pleasant staff and is a short taxi to head office of Seha (our new employer, the public health service of the Abu Dhabi emirate)

Communication options:
We have wifi at the hotel so Facebook, Skype and email are good from the hotel.
Our phone numbers are unchanged but we will get a local phone and sim soon. With our current phones we have data roaming switched off most of the time but mobile service on. Therefore we get phone calls and text on our phone but not email and Facebook. However if we ring or receive a phone call its about $3 per minute. If we send a text it is about $1 per text. If we receive a text it is free. We both have minimal download capacity so will only check email, photos etc from hotel room on computers.
We are at this hotel till Thursday 27 November at the moment. We are in room 516.
We will be told during the week where we will be next week. We will either stay here one more week or move to Al Ain - I will confirm once we know where we will be.

Other trivia
We arrived Friday morning 5 am (local time) in Duabi. Our driver go us to Abu Dhabi in about 90 minute.
We had breakfast at hotel then a small sleep till lunch time. Went and did some shopping for essentials, had late lunch then gym and swim. We then walked along the Marina and stopped off for lunch overlooking the water and city. Walked home via Carrefour shopping centre (massive!!!) got some milk and drinks, walked home and crashed.

This morning was breakfast. followed by gym for me and shopping for sue.

We are about to meet up with a colleague for afternoon tea.  This afternoon we will swim and get ready for first day of work tomorrow (Sunday).

The working week is Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday are the weekend.
UAE is 6 hours behind Brisbane time, 7 hours behind Melbourne day light saving time and 4 hours behind Perth time.

Hope you are all well.


Donation to Diabetes Camps

Please read the President's Report above to find out more about our donation to the Kids Diabetes camp.

Youth Exchange Students

Last weekend 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.


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

Xmas Cakes & Puddings

With just four Fridays left before Christmas time is running out to order your Traditional Foundation Fruit Cakes and Puddings.

This year has proven to be a bumper year for our program in raising much needed funds for the work of the Rotary Foundation and the programs of Australian Rotary Clubs. Thank you for all those who have supported the program so far.
Your support is again invited to assist in the promotion of the Foundation's Traditional Fruit Cake Program We have received further District support for this Rotary year.

Every Club raises $2.20 for every Cake and large Pudding it sells and Foundation also receives $2.00 on your behalf - A great WIN / WIN for everyone. Each Club also picks up Paul Harris Recognition Points for every item sold.

Place your order at:

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 is in Peru and gave started their amazing trek on a Mototaxi. 

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

You are also able to track RIDE FOR RYLA across Peru via their website. They have a SPOT GPS satellite navigation device which will log points when they are on the move. Go to and click on the "Track Us" link.

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".

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 9 December 2014 - Karla Kastellanos

Tuesday 16 December 2014
- Last Meeting/Forum for the year.  Put your Christmas hats on and bring your eggnog for an end of year get together online.

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

Karla Kastellanos

Karla Castellanos, is the first person in the Rotary International District 6990, South Florida and the Bahamas, to be awarded the Rotary Peace Scholarship for study at University of Queensland, one of the Rotary Peace Centers in the world. After a competitive international process, she was selected among hundreds of applicants to be one out of approximately seventy Scholars worldwide who are given this opportunity every year. The scholarship which has been set up by the Rotary Foundation to provide advanced educational opportunities for a group of chosen Scholars from various countries and cultures in order to advance knowledge and world understanding among potential future leaders of government, business, education, media, and other professions enable Karla to earn a Master’s Degree in International Relations in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution in early 2006.

Karla was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Honduras. She returned to the United States to enroll in the architecture program at Miami-Dade College (MDC). There, she was an officer of the American Institute of Architecture Student Chapter, and participated in the National Model United Nations (MNUN). This simulation of United Nations proceedings introduced her to conflict mediation in the setup of a two-thousand-student conference inside amazing UN headquarters in New York. For four years, she attended similar simulations at Harvard University and McGuill University in Canada while representing countries such as Somalia, Central African Republic, Uruguay, and Indonesia as a delegate to the UN Development Program. She then transferred to the University of Miami with a half-scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with honors.

In 2000-2001, Karla was awarded the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to study at the Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England. While there, she fulfilled Ambassadorial duties to the Rotary District of 1090. She spoke on behalf of Rotary in three different continents including countries such as Germany, Egypt, Honduras and Ecuador, and made everlasting friendships among peers and Rotarians alike.

After her departure from England, Karla visited devastated communities to illustrate the theory behind her thesis on the positive urban regeneration of human settlements after disaster strikes. She conducted a study in a small sector of San Pedro Sula, Honduras that has rebuilt its infrastructure through local leadership and the financial contribution of international agencies after being affected by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

After graduation Karla divided her time for a number of years between her job in South Florida at Zyscovich Architects and her adjunct faculty position at Miami Dade College where she taught several design studios. Karla was also very active in the community.  For two consecutive years, she was awarded a commendation by the City of Miami for her beautification efforts of the Jose Marti Park in Little Havana. She also found time to participate in various community service efforts organized by local Rotary Clubs.

This is how Karla became aware of a new Fellowship opportunity by the Rotary Foundation - the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. She feels most indebted to the kind support of all Rotarians in District 6990 because of their very generous contribution towards the scholarship award, which covers tuition costs, housing and related expenses up to US$50,000 over the course of two years. It is through the financial contributions of Rotarians in each District that scholarships are awarded every year.  This opportunity allowed her to earn a master’s degree in International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Rotary Peace Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In addition to her studies, she also conducted an Applied Field Experience in remote villages of the Perur Block in Tamilnadu, India as part of the Fellowship Program.  Upon graduation from Queensland, she worked in development work in south-east Asia and returned to Australia in 2008 where she began working in urban design projects in the greater Sydney area as well as rural communities in NSW as a member of GM Urban Design and Architecture in the role of Associate Director. Karla has since become an Australian citizen and shares her life with her husband in Sydney.  The goals of her talk are to share some of her experiences as a Peace Fellow, emphasize the importance of the Rotary Peace Fellowship and share how Rotary changed her life by giving her wings.

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.