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

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Rotary e-Club NextGen, Australia meets online.

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Oxenford Qld 4210

Club Board


Tara Little

Geoff Baldwin
Immediate Past President

Peter Saville
President Elect

Rick Jewson
Vice President

Ray Pifer

Sheryl Carlotto

Kaye Titmarsh

Glenice Taylor

Ian Yarker

Julian Buttigieg
Public Relations

   Angelo Carlotto
   Community Service 


Community Service Projects

   Ian Yarker/Angelo Carlotto
   Tag Along Tours

Ian Yarker
RFDS Service Projects

Geoff Baldwin
Birdsville Race Program

Lauren Jewson

Club Positions

Ella Horton & Ingrid Jewson
Guest Speaker   

Rick Jewson
Information Technology 

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Ingrid Jewson


November 2015 | Rotary Foundation Month
  This e-Club operates 24/7 and supports our Members Community Service activities & aspirations.

Club President
Tara Little


Assistant Governor
Rohan Cooper


District Governor
Anne Egan


RI President
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

From the President's Desk

Good afternoon all,

We had a great report from Heather and Ian Yarker this week on another delivery of goods made to Bobby Whitfield to be sent to Liberia. They were received with a great deal of gratitude and will be much appreciated when they reach their intended destination. However, the container is by no means full, so please keep the donations coming!


Last week, we were fortunate enough to have Charles Warrell speak to us about Rotary Fellowships. Fellowships are a great way of being social with other Rotarians with similar interests, whether it is skiing, wine or beer appreciation, or cricket. In case people didn’t catch the link in the chat box, you can find a full list of Rotary Fellowships here. I encourage everyone to have a look and see if there is any Fellowship you might be interested in. You never know until you try.

Hopefully DG Anne Egan won’t mind, but I would like to include an excerpt from her weekly update. It speaks clearly about Rotary’s new view on membership which is important for all Rotarians to understand:

At Pre-Institute Training in Melbourne this week our District Representatives had the opportunity to hear from Rotary International President Elect John Germ. [RIPE] John …confirmed that Rotary Membership was not about attending meetings… He emphasised that Rotary Membership is about the work that is done and the engagement of Rotary volunteers on projects… John Germ said, “I don’t care about attendance I care about the work that we do”.

Finally, congratulations to Heather and Ian’s granddaughter Jordyn, on her great achievement of landing a role in a new Nickelodeon sitcom. Follow this link to see the Gold Coast Bulletin article about Jordyn’s success in Hollywood.

I look forward to seeing all current and future Board members who can make it to our Board meeting tomorrow night. We have a lot to discuss, so it should make for a very interesting meeting.

Kind regards,


President, 2015-16

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.

Drought Appeal Western Qld

Rotary Clubs throughout Australia are banding together to help drought effected farmers all over the country.  My Rotary Club the Rotary E-Club of Next Gen has chosen to help the drought effected farmers of Western Queensland. 

On a recent trip to cater the Birdsville Races our club members as well as other Rotarians saw firsthand the drought ravaged countryside.    “Cattle can’t eat rocks” was a common theme in a presentation made to our club recently by members who attended the Birdsville Races. 

We want to “pass the hat around” and being an E-Club are mustering the resources of the internet to help the farmers doing it tough.   Please share this link with your friends on facebook, encourage them to put a couple of dollars in.   As little as much as they would like.  We will pass this money onto the farmers through the resources of Rotary.  Help by making a donation here.

Alumni Dinner - Feb. 27th

Calling all Rebounders, we would love to get at least two tables together of Youth Exchange Alumni.

Guest Speaker our own e-Club Member and former team member of Group Study Exchange to Turkey the Hon. Stuart Robert.

Cost & Booking: $35.00 per head, payable online via www.trybooking.com/JIMU

Australian Success Conference

Noel Trevaskis and Jessie Harman were really generous and invited me to be a part of the team that would deliver the Youth Summit aspect of this year's Australian Success Conference. The aim of the youth summit was to engage with young Rotarians and work with them to answer some key questions about their Rotary experience. Particularly to find out how Rotary can be more engaging for young people, what we can do to better retain our Alumni and what resources and training do they feel would be valuable to them. Following these sessions they presented their findings to the summit and we will be delivering a communique to RI.

It was an amazing conference and I learned so much, it was incredible to be able to network with so many inspiring Rotarians of all ages and levels of experience so I had such a great time!

Kaye Titmarsh
Youth Director

Welcome Ilari 

Please welcome our 50-50 Rotary Exchange Student with the Rotary Club of Hope Island, Ilari from Finland.

Ilari is the eldest of three boys, he comes from an active family and in his free time his hobbies include biathlon, orienteering and playing contrabass.

His first host family is from the Hope Island Club and they live in Arundel close to A. B. Paterson College, Ilari's school while he is in Australia for a year.  He has chosen Maths B, Chemistry, Physics, English, Physical Education and Music to study while he is here.

He has already helped out at the Gold Coast Suns match selling raffle tickets and this weekend he helped the team at a Bunnings BBQ where he tried his first sausage in bread.

We all look forward to a great year ahead, so please if you are having a family get together; going on a bush-walk; going to GOMA; heading to the beach please give Ilari a call and see if he is free.

Hello all the at RC NextGen

What an honour it was to have International President Gary Huang and his wife at the RC Fresh Start last Friday.

President Huang was in China for 3 days only and had visited 2 of the clubs in Shanghai, the other one was a chartering Chinese speaking club, that he has helped get started. Born in China, Gary spent his business life in Taiwan and spoke so naturally and simply. He made everyone learn his clapping act; one clap, two claps, three claps, four claps and finishing with two claps. This was followed by his singing act, simple but two days later I’ve already forgotten it!

He had 3 key messages for Rotarians:
1) Be positive 
2) Be active as a member, participate and get involved, and
3) Be a friend, talk to different people at meetings to enhance Rotary friendship, fellowship and service.

He inducted five new members into this club by simply putting the Rotary pin on their shirt or dress and shaking their hand!
I couldn’t resist a photo with him, what a charming man he was.

Umoja News

Hi  All,

Cathy was blown away with our gift of the bunk beds. They are going to be picked up by Cathy’s husband in Hervey Bay. Our trailer is full. Well over 1500 jackets, all in container boxes. We had  donations of many sheets and blankets. Thanks so much everyone with this greatest gift to the orphanage.  We sure change lives. Thank you.


Community Knitters

Thank you to the wonderful ladies of Taylors Lakes Knitters in Melbourne who have been busily knitting away making fish 'n' chip vests for the babies of Africa.  Along with this photo of the ladies I also received this email: 

"My Mother, and some of her friends at the retirement village she calls home, have been industriously exercising themselves and their fingers in producing "Fish and Chip" baby jumpers to your pattern published on the Facebook page.

Mum is 94, and the average age of the knitters is around the 90's.

At present there are 21 jumpers, comprised of 17 "normal size" and 4 smaller. They're all in an amazing range of colours and beautifully knitted".

Another parcel arrived, thank you to Ann from Preston in Melbourne.  She is a friend of President Tara's Mum and regularly sends us new knitted items and has also been so kind as to send us patterns for the newer items.

Lesley also received a package of beautiful fish 'n' chip vests from Joan in Canberra.  We would also like to thank Joan very much, her card read, "Please find enclosed jumpers made with love for your tiny babies". 

Today I picked up three rubbish sized bags full of wonderful knitted items from the Studio Village Community Centre Knitting Group.  Such lovely ladies with big hearts.

Isn't that just beautiful!  :)  This is such an awesome Project.

Rotary Fellowships

You might like to draw to the attention of your Club the prospect of broadening their Rotary experience through Rotary Fellowships. There are Rotary Fellowships for almost every social group.

Any of your Members who may require further information about Rotary Fellowships (involving everything from skiing to wine appreciation – there is even one for lawyers) can obtain more information from Charles whose email address is: c.warrell@hotmail.com

Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE)

Rick and I have recently got back from our first Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Milan and Brescia. It was an amazing and wonderful trip, we enjoyed the company of six other team members and we got to visit places we had only ever dreamed of seeing.  Thank you to everyone who made it so memorable especially our hosts who spoilt us each and every day.  Check out some photos HERE.

Helping Hands Project

Our own Lesley Bath was a part of this wonderful project. 

Report on the Helping Hands Project 62/2012-13 trip to Sri Lanka. June 2015

Something very special occurred on this trip, Apart from fitting hands to amputees few of my team realised what happened. Read more

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 new Zoom 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 twenty-five video feeds at any one time a huge improvement on our previous software.

Zoom's easy-to-use online meetings teleconferencing software offers the best video, audio and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.

Our meetings officially start at 8pm AEST each Tuesday Night but we are regularly online 15mins 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 Zoom logo in the top left hand corner of this website and say, "Hi".

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.

NSW:  www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au QLD:   www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/pdf/forms/PSBA12727-BC_Application-Form_P10_%28BC%29.pdf 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.

November Dates:

Tuesday 3 November 2015 - Mark Anderson - The Rotary Foundation

Tuesday 10 November 2015 - Cathy Booth & Lesley Bath - Umoja Update

Tuesday 17 November 2015 - Charles Warrell - From Wine Appreciation to Skiing - There's a Rotary Fellowship to Suit Everyone!

Tuesday 24 November 2015 - Tim Mason - Hearing Loops - What they are and how they benefit the community!

December Dates:

Tuesday 1 December 2015 - Kristy Seymour - Circus Stars

Tuesday 8 December 2015 - DG Visit - Anne and Jeff Egan - Christmas Function

Regional Member Dinners and Events

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.

Thursday 26 November 2015 - Next Board Meeting

Tuesday 8 December 2015 - DG Visit - Anne and Jeff Egan - Christmas Function

Sunday 27 December 2015 - Bunnings BBQ

Saturday 5 March 2016 - PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) - Coomera

Sunday 6 March 2016 - District Training Assembly - Coomera

Guest Speakers:

Mark Anderson - The Rotary Foundation

Mark is the Senior Coordinator, Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation working in the South Pacific and Philippines Office at Parramatta. He has been a Rotarian for nearly 30 years, being a member in Clubs in Victoria, New South Wales and South Africa.

His involvement in Rotary began in 1972 as Secretary of the Corinda High School Interact Club in Queensland, then as a Rotary Youth Exchange to Canada, He was a Rotaractor, a RYLAian and a GSE team member to California. Since joining Rotary in 1987, he has been President of two Clubs, has lead a GSE Team to Germany and held many District leadership positions.

During his career, Mark has had broad experiences in Sales and Marketing, working with Johnson & Johnson, Mars Petcare and Bayer Material Science. A career highlight was a seven years assignment in South Africa, as launch manager for Mars Petcare. It was during that assignment that he had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela.

Mark is married to Lynne and they have three children. He lives in West Pennant Hills and is a member of the Rotary Club of Beecroft. He is also a member of the Paul Harris Society and a Foundation Major Donor.

Charles Warrell - From Wine Appreciation to Skiing - There's a Rotary Fellowship to Suit Everyone!

Rotary Fellowships are independent groups of Rotarians, their spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common passion. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends from around the world.

Fellowship activities vary widely. Members come together around hobbies or interests such as cricket or jazz, or vocations such as writing or medicine. Some groups are purely social while others use their fellowship for service projects.
Amateur Radio, Antique Automobiles. Authors and Writers, Beer, Bird Watching. Bowling. Canoeing. Caravanning. Carnival and Festivals. Chess. Computer Users. Cooking. Convention Goers. Cricket. Cruising. Curling. Cycling. Doctors. Doll Lovers. E-Clubs, Editors and Publishers, Environment, Esperanto, Fishing, Flying, Geocaching. Go, Golf, Home Exchange and many more.

Tim Mason - Hearing Loops - What they are and how they benefit the community!

Tim Mason is the Secretary and Membership Coordinator of the Click 4 Action eRotary club, District 1100, Great Britain & Ireland. Ther district spans across Hereford & Worcester in the north, via parts of Wiltshire in the East, Gloucestershire either side of the Severn (+ Chepstow in Wales) and down through Bristol into part of North Somerset.

Tim joined Rotary when he was 27 years old in Aylsham, Norfolk and has been a member of 9 different Clubs spanning over 30 years. Currently Tim works for his own company Practical Sagacity Ltd and currently has a contract as Partnership Manager for Community Safety.

He is a Trustee of DEVELOP (Wiltshire) whilst in Rotary District 1100, he is Membership Chair. Now Chairing the Let’s Loop Swindon Steering Group he loves working in his spare time with the Rotary Community Corps Team who are auditing the loops.

We are lucky enough to be hearing from Tim about hearing loops!

Hearing loops are a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.

The hearing loop consists of a microphone to pick up the spoken word; an amplifier which processes the signal which is then sent through the final piece; the loop cable, a wire placed around the perimeter of a specific area i.e. a meeting room, a church, a service counter etc to act as an antenna that radiates the magnetic signal to the hearing aid.

Why use a hearing loop?

- Cuts out unwanted background noise
- No need to use a receiver/headset
- Sound goes directly into the hearing aid
- Can be used by anyone with a compatible hearing aid
- It is inconspicuous
- Cost effective
- Any number of users can use the system

Come along to find out more about this very important initiative!

Kristy Seymour - Circus Stars - A Circus School dedicated to Children with Autism

This week we are so very fortunate to hear from Kristy Seymour - a tireless community champion for improving the well-being of children in need through circus!

Kristy Seymour has worked in the Australian Contemporary circus industry for over fifteen years. Kristy has performed her work around Australia and internationally.

A well respected Circus trainer and choreographer, Kristy is known for her extensive work in the Youth Circus sector, leading a team of inspiring artists as the Head Trainer of Flipside Circus in Brisbane for several years. Working as a creative producer and choreographer during her time at Flipside, Kristy has collaborated with leading arts organizations, venues and festivals such as: Strut n Fret Production House, The Brisbane Powerhouse, Out of the Box Festival and the Brisbane Festival. She was appointed Artistic Director at Flipside Circus in late 2009 and has toured her work to Adelaide Fringe 2008, 2009, 2010, as well as the Woodford Folk Festival 2005-2010.

During her time at Flipside Circus, Kristy developed a keen interest in using circus to help children in need, at risk and who struggle to find their place in the world, particularly those diagnosed with autism.

This led to Kristy returning to university to take on her Masters degree. Kristy received First Class Honours for her thesis paper titled “How circus training can improve the well-being of autistic children and their families”. She now runs her own circus school “Circus Stars” which is dedicated to children on the Autism Spectrum. Kristy is currently undertaking her PhD at Griffith University Gold Coast, her area of research is Contemporary Circus in Australia: a conceptual and historical study.

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