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RI Convention

Atlanta, USA
June 10-14, 2017


The First Light 

6 MAY 2016 - 8 MAY 2016

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The First Light 

6 MAY 2016 - 8 MAY 2016

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The First Light 

6 MAY 2016 - 8 MAY 2016

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District 9640 Conference

5-8 May, 2017 - Ballina


Weekly Forum

Members and guests meet via video conference each Tuesday at 7.45pm for an 8pm AEST start.  To access the video teleconferencing software click on 'Zoom' just under 'Login' above.  Members and guests are always welcome.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 8.00pm and are open to all Members, in person or online, at our dedicated  'Zoom' address.  Meeting Minutes are available to e-Club Members in the Member Drop Box. 

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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 30mins before the start of each Tuesday Night Forum simply text your name to Rick on 0433 17 3648.

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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, Australia meets online.

Contact: The Secretary
Phone: 61 7 5533 7288

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PO Box 1761
Oxenford Qld 4210

Club Board


Peter Saville

Tara Little
Immediate Past President

Kaye Titmarsh
President Elect

Geoff Baldwin
Vice President

Bruce Rogers

Sheryl & Angelo Carlotto
Treasury & Finance

Rick & Ingrid Jewson

Stewart Hase
Public Relations

Glenice Taylor
Foundation(s) RF & ARH

Ian Yarker


Community Service Projects

   Ian Yarker/Angelo Carlotto
   Tag Along Tours

Ian Yarker
RFDS Service Projects

Geoff Baldwin
Birdsville Race Program

Lauren Jewson

Club Positions

Ingrid Jewson
Guest Speaker   

Rick Jewson
Information Technology 

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Ingrid Jewson


August 2016 | Rotary Membership and New Club Development Month Month
  This e-Club operates 24/7 and supports our Members Community Service activities & aspirations. 

The Rotary e-Club of NextGen 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 and social events 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. Please check out our website and find out how you can be a part of the Next Generation.

Club President
Peter Saville


Assistant Governor
Lea Rickwood


District Governor
Michael Irving


RI President
John Germ

Birdsville Raceweek here we come for the 4th time.

Birdsville Raceweek culminates Thursday 1st  Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September.

One of several significant ways NextGen serves the Royal Flying Doctor Service is by catering at the Birdsville Raceweek. This is an important club partnership involving Flying Doctor Staff, our club championed by Geoff and supported by wonderful volunteers, this year from several different clubs in eastern Australia. This project is far from just a fund raiser. It spreads priceless goodwill as we represent the Royal Flying Doctor Service at the iconic races.

Our forward truck will arrive at Birdsville on Monday 29 August carrying all our catering equipment, gas barbeques, 10 metres of double layer serving and working benches, portable tables, 2 electricity switchboards,  3 electric Bain Maree etc.  Also all catering requirements including 4000 bottles of donated Benji Water, soft drinks, cups, clam shells, cutlery, serviettes, cooking equipment, full hygiene stores, washing up basins and chemicals, plus floor coverings for the hired 9m x 6m marquee. We also take tents and living items for some of our wonderful volunteers to set up in the caravan park which adjoins the food area located between the Birdsville pub, visitors centre and the southern end of the Birdsville airstrip. Yep it all happens in that space except the horse races. The race track is a few K’s out of town. Between the town and the racetrack is the free camping area which becomes home for about 7000 people for the event.

Next our refrigeration truck arrives Wednesday carrying all our consumables. Rib fillet steak, onions, bacon, sausages, eggs, lettuce, tomato, mushroom, milk, milo, tea, coffee, bread and buns.

The amazing volunteers arrive during this time and serious selling commences Thursday from 6.30am to about 9.30pm. Friday and Saturday are the busiest especially when the hungry crowds return from the race track late afternoon. The word quickly spreads about our awesome egg and bacon burgers so breakie trade is a biggie!

Over the past 3 years we have represented the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section admirably providing good food at reasonable prices. The word goes around that we are back and the punters love us. They are generous with comments for our products and with donations to the most vital of outback services the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Many have personal stories of the brilliance of their Flying Doctor.

On Sunday having packed up the trucks commence the 1700 klm trip back to Brisbane.

Ian Yarker

Rotary e-Club NextGen


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.

Rotary Friendship Exchange - RFE

During the visit of our Rotary Friends from Italy and the USA, there will be activities to which all Rotarians, Friends and Families are invited to attend.

The first is a Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise on Wednesday, August 24th at 7.30am.

This should be the best time to be on the water before the wind and swells pick up. The cost for the 3.5 hour cruise including morning tea is $69pp - the usual cost is $99.

The second is to attend a performance of the Outback Spectacular at Helensvale  in the evening of August 24th (same day) dinner show and drinks for $65pp - usually around $100. Anyone who hasn't seen the Outback Spectacular is in for a treat.

I need to know numbers by the end of this week, (Friday August 5th.) so I can make the necessary bookings.

A reminder also about the Friendship Exchange Farewell Dinner and Paradise Kids Fundraiser, bookings close for this event on Monday, August 15th.

Please support Paradise Kids at this event.

Please direct any queries to Bill or 0413 70 2514.


Bill Connelly, Rick and Ingrid Jewson

Next Sewing Day
October 8th, 2016

The Days for Girls Gold Coast Team's Next Sewing and Packing Day.

This is just around the corner and will be held on Saturday October 8th at the Robert Hoff Community Hall, Trinity Lutheran College Junior Campus, 351 Cotlew Street, Ashmore.  If possible please pop a box of large cliplock bags in your shopping trolley or collect those motel soaps as we are running a little low.  Please read the latest newsletter at the top of this page in the News section.

"Reconnecting with Nature to Nurture our Earth" at Wild Mountains 

The e-Club of NextGen is organising a special weekend with all the Inbound Youth Exchange Students in our District as well as Club Members for next March 3 - 5, 2017.  There is a maximum of 30 people, so please get your expression of interest in quickly by emailing me

The Wild Mountains Trust is an independent, community focussed, non-profit organisation providing leadership in environmental education and conservation.

The Trust has acquired land south of Rathdowney adjoining the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park for a nature reserve and venue for education.

On this magnificent site a world class Centre is being built. Here, using the unique purpose-built residential facility, quality experiential environmental education for the whole community will be provided.

In subtropical and eucalypt forests participants will have the opportunity to discover an amazing natural world. At the same time Wild Mountains can reinforce its educational programs with examples of renewable power generation.

It will be a hands-on weekend, so we will be making a difference, please click on their logo above to find out more about their  goals and programs.

2016 RI Combined Zone Institute

10 Islands Tassie TAT/Donation Announcement


"Marvelous how a little time makes a great tour even more significant and magical especially when shared with brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous like-minded people."  Has this piqued your interest to find out more.....click here for the whole report. 

Teddies on the Loose!

It was over a week ago but the magnificent Teddies that we receive from all around Australia have now another home – this time it is the Police at Broadbeach Police Station that will use these in their dealings with children as part of the Child Protection Unit.

The Police seemed to be genuinely thankful for the Teddies.

This is of course not the only destination for these teddies and many of their friends are on their way to Liberia but it is hoped that these Teddies will be of great benefit to the children that the Police come into contact with. 

Last Minute Bunnings BBQ Oxenford

Hi all.
Report on BBQ at Bunnings on Sunday 14th at Oxenford.
The Rotary club of Coomera River rang me on Wednesday night could we do this BBQ as they did not have enough members. Ian and I attended their meeting at 6.30am the next morning excited and thanked them.  Read full report HERE.

Kira has arrived!

Kira has arrived and settled in well with her first host family, she met her second host Mum and sister on Tuesday Kerry and Jess from the Parkwood Rotary Club.  Let me tell you a little about Kira, she is 15 years old and the youngest of four children.  She has three turtles and one cat.  She like to do sport and jogging, spend time with her family, take photos, listen to and make music.

Her village is around 4000, so I think she will notice a little bit of a difference here on the Gold Coast with A.B. Paterson having 1500 students.  Her village is called Fußach, Austria please click on the link to find out where it is.


Our Second Exchange Student for 2016

Our second Inbound Exchange Student is Kaho from Kakamigahara, Japan.  She has an older sister that went to Newcastle on Exchange and now it is Kaho's turn.   One of the things she likes to do in her spare time is swimming and she has been doing it since she was 5 years old.  As it so happens her Aussie host Mum, Lee and her host sister Jorja swim twice a week, so Lee hopes to be able to give Kaho the very Australian experience of Lifesaving and being able to do her Bronze Medal. 

Kaho is very lucky and will be doing a Bush 'n' Beach exchange with 50% of her time with the e-Club and the other 50% with the Rotary Club of Goondiwindi.  Please make both of these lovely girls welcome and if you are going out to the movies; a picnic; bushwalking; the theatre; up to Brisbane; spending the day on the boat; going to the beach please give them a call and see if they are free to join 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.

Global Support Association in Laos

Everyone please grab a cuppa and have a read of e-Club Member John and Marilyn Bee's latest Global Support Association in Laos Report. They will be doing a presentation for us on April 5th which we are all looking forward to seeing.

Working with Children Check NSW/Blue Card Qld.

As we have had a Youth Exchange Student as of January 2015, all Members that wish to host and/or take her/him on trips will need to apply through the appropriate department for a police check, NSW;   QLD.   

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.

August Dates:

Tuesday 2 August - Club Assembly

Tuesday 9 August - Fr. Charlie Burrows O.M.I.

Tuesday 16 August - Mark Hunter - Paradise Kids

Tuesday 23 August - Andre'a Simmons - Australian Anti Ice Campaign

Tuesday 30 August - e-Files - Getting to Know Your Club Members - Jacki and Tim

September Dates:

Tuesday 6 September - Club Assembly

Tuesday 13 September - e-Files - Getting to Know Your Club Members- Jane and Kira

Tuesday 20 September - Bronwyn Lacy - GSE Group Study Exchange

October Dates:

Tuesday 4 October - Club Assembly

Tuesday 11 October -
Lester Davis - Youth Programs in Orange

Tuesday 18 October - e-Files - Getting to Know Your Club Members - Estelle

Tuesday 25 October - Fulton Smith - Blue Dragon Project in Vietnam

November Dates:

Tuesday 1 November - Club Assembly

Tuesday 8 November - Asma Rehman from Pakistan

Tuesday 15 November - Social Event - DG Michael Official Visit

Tuesday 22 November - e-Files - Getting to Know Your Club Members

December Dates:

Tuesday 6 December - Club Assembly

Tuesday 20 December - Christmas Meeting - last meeting for the year.

e-Club Dinners and Events:

Saturday 20 August 2016 - Days for Girls Fashion Parade - Ashmore Rotary Club

Sunday 21 August 2016 - Rotary Queensland Multi-District Membership and PR Summit
Friday 25 August 2016 - Rotary Friendship Exchange Farewell and Fundraising Event

Sunday 25 September 2016 - Bunnings BBQ

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Days For Girls Sewing Day

Thursday 20 October 2016 - Theatre Evening - The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Tuesday 15 November 2016 - Official DG's Visit
Friday to Sunday 3 - 5 March 2017 - Wild Mountains Weekend with YEP Students

Saturday 11 March 2017 - President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) - Lismore Workers Sports Club

Sunday 12 March 2017 - District Assembly (St John’s College, Woodlawn, Lismore)

Friday to Sunday 5 May - 07 May  2017 - District Conference

Guest Speakers:

e- Files - Get to Know Your New Members

Tune in and welcome some of our new Members to the e-Club Team. Come and see who they are, no spoiler alerts here, be surprised; find out their experiences and passions and why they chose to be an e-Clubber.

Fr. Charlie Burrows O.M.I.

"I was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland and was ordained a priest in December 1969. I volunteered for "primitive missions" specifically the Amazon Basin in Brazil, but got orders to go to Australia and arrived in Sydney in 1970 - proclaiming loudly that I volunteered for "Primitive Missions".  I was then re-deported to Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia in September 1973 and have been here ever since. 

We set up an N.G.O. From 1976 to 1992, it was a counterpart of CRS - Catholic Relief Services USA with help from USA Food Aid for a Food - For - Work Program and for a nutrition program for mothers and children. There are 45,000 clients in the Nutrition Program and 10,000 workers in the Infrastructure Program every year building hundreds of kilometres of road base, dyke and irrigation systems, hard surfacing roads etc.

From 1992-to date, Miserior Germany helped build approx. 500kms of dykes, road base, hard surfacing, reclaiming thousands of hectares of land etc. 

In the economic crisis of 1999 - 2000, we coordinated a C.R.S. - U.S.A.I.D. program distributing 27,000 tons of rice via Inter-Faith Committees all over Central Java and Yogyakarta - also Sumatra earthquakes, Yogyakarta earthquakes and a tsunami here in Cilacap.

We have built and run 26 schools since 1976 educating approx. 75,000 children - a Maritime Academy educating approx. 5,000 cadets for ships officers, ships engineers and port administration staff and with Christian Children's Fund now Child Fund approx. 2,000 children in state schools.

I became a member of Rotary nearly 10 years ago and the Club here helps in the polio Campaign, school libraries, water projects etc."

Mark Hunter, M.Ed.Admin., Grad. Dip. Ed. Admin., B.Ed., Dip. T.

Welcome to Mark who brings a blend of leadership, speaking, coaching and educational skills with him. He has lived the art and science of teaching for over 40 years. As well as being a Teacher Mark was School Principal for 30 years. Mark has been Chair of Greater Brisbane Disability Council, Policy and Program Developer Department of Education, and is an Executive/Life Coach as well as an esteemed Volunteer Companion for hospice residents and Educator for Hopewell and participant in many of Hopewell’s festivities.

Over 30 of these years, Mark has been a leader in both the paid and unpaid environment. In 2001, Mark committed to improving his capacity to develop others by training as a coach, a skill he still uses to develop the performance of others. In 2009, Mark won the Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking, a journey that took him over 10 years. He is pleased the journey took this time because, through multiple attempts, he was able to develop his speaking and presentation skills to a significant level.

Andre'a Simmons - Australian Anti Ice Campaign

Andre’a Simmons has owned and operated several successful businesses throughout her life and has achieved her milestone by becoming a millionaire by age 21.

After having a life changing experience and loosing everything, including almost her life to the drug ICE, Andre’a began devoting her life to the needs of those suffering from ICE addiction. This passion led her to begin educating others on the dangers and effects of ICE use.

Over the past year, Andre’a has communicated nationally with service providers to act as a referral point for addicts & families in need.

Andre’a is now implementing the Australian Anti Ice Campaign in Australia which is a proven role model program successfully run in the USA for the past ten years, reducing ICE use in 8 states by up to 80%. This Program consists of school based education, community forums, social media saturation, national billboards and TV commercials with outstanding results.

Further to this, Andre’a (AAIC) has completed dual diagnosis training and has partnered up with Optimal Health Group (OHG) to deliver this training to communities throughout Australia, equipping them with brief & early intervention tools and establishing family support groups nationally.

AAIC ‘s auspice is ‘Future For Kids International’, who have been working with kids and youth for several years and recognize the desperate need to implement these community development programs.

Andre’a’s vision is to show that ICE can steal, kill and destroy anyone who tries it, even once. AAIC has embraced the motto in the USA, ‘notevenonce.com’.

Club Assembly

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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