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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

- See more at: http://www.rotary9640.org/SitePage/district-conference-2016#sthash.Qs4JqMy0.dpuf


The First Light 

6 MAY 2016 - 8 MAY 2016

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District 9640 Conference

5-8 May, 2017 - Ballina


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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.

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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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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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December 2016
  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

News Flash:

As requested by District Governor Michael Irving, please read attached notice regarding proposed changes to District boundaries.

Please discuss these proposals with your Rotary colleagues and email District Governor Michael your comments before December 1.  Read more.

Help Us Make This A Wonderful Christmas For Children In Foster Care:

Steven Jonsson, Senior Team Leader from Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services came to us with a request to help provide Christmas presents for the hundreds of kids in Foster Care on the Gold Coast. It seemed a natural fit for this Club because of the high focus that we have on youth and youth projects so the challenge was accepted to try and fill a void left when a major organisation moved on to other projects following a change in focus. 

There has been so much work put into the project to date by the committee responsible – Kaye Titmarsh, Ing Jewson, Stewart Hase and myself. We have set up a special website – www.helpinggckids.com.au; we have a special Facebook page - hwww.facebook.com/helpinggckids/; we have organised collection points with the assistance of Bronwyn Lacey from the Coomera club in six community centres on the Gold Coast and we have had some great assistance from District 9640 in promoting the event with more to follow. 

But we need more help and this is where you come in but firstly some background on foster care kids. I have had many conversations with Steve over the last few weeks and, whilst at no times providing any information that would identify any individual, the reality is that some of these kids have a life that is far from ideal. For some, getting a Christmas present that will be given to them via their Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services contact will make a huge difference because it will show that someone cares. And this could make a huge difference to them and could just be a major turning point. 

How can you help? 

Apart from making a small donation if you are in a position to do so, other ways that you could help are 

  • Like our Facebook page if you have not already done so and share some of the posts on your own timeline if you like the message. 
  • Talk to you friends about the projects. This is such an effective way of getting the message out
  • Think of businesses that you could approach on our behalf that might be interested in donating cash or presents to the project 

Bruce Rogers


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.

Make It A Great Christmas For Kids In Foster Care

There are around 900 children between the ages of 0 to 18 in foster care on the Gold Coast.

The Rotary e-Club of NextGen, based on the coast, wants to provide Christmas presents this year for every one of these very vulnerable children.

“We want to make this a special Christmas for these kids who are in circumstances not of their own making and who have already suffered a great deal’” said Bruce Rogers from the Rotary club.

“But,” he added, “Our goal can only be achieved with support from the local community, businesses and organisations”.

This is the first year that the e-Club has been involved with this project so it is an exciting one and one that is particularly satisfying.

The Director of the South East Region of the Department of Communities Child Safety and Disability Services, Tracey Ryan, said that, “This type of initiative and community kindness can make an enormous difference to children and young people who are in care."

Bruce and his team are looking for gifts or gift cards to the value of about $25 or cash donations of any amount.

More information can be obtained from Bruce Rogers on 0414 701 505.

The website for the project provides more information about where to drop off gifts and how to make a donation. The address is:



Send donations and gift cards to:

Helping GC Kids, PO Box 1761 Oxenford Qld 4210.

Drop Off Points for gifts

Robina Community Centre: 196 Robina Town Centre Drive (corner San Antonio Court), Robina
Nerang Bicentennial Centre 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang
Southport Community Centre 6 Lawson St, Southport
Helensvale Cultural Centre Sir John Overall Dr & Lindfield Road, Helensvale
Upper Coomera community centre 90 Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera
Ormeau Community Centre. 3 Cuthbert Dr, Ormeau 


In a play on the name of the famous Woodstock, “Pigstock” has become a real money generating fundraiser for the Children of Vietnam charity.  This year saw perfect weather with temperature near 30C and not a cloud in the sky.  Eight Rotary clubs in the Greensboro, North Carolina area competed for best barbecue awards given in 4 food categories. In this part of the world, barbecue is taken SERIOUSLY, and barbecue competitions bring out masses of people who want to enjoy the food … and the music!  This year 700 tickets were sold, each at $30.  With the profit from that, and over $30,000 raised from “People’s Choice Award” donations, the Vietnam Global Grant for which Rotary E-Club Of NextGen is acting as “host,” has gotten off to a fantastic start.  Go Rotary!!! 


An Open Letter to A.B. Paterson College

Open Letter to A. B. Paterson College thanking them for seeing the great benefit to their students for including as well as sending out students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. 


RYLA Needs You!

Looking for an amazing couple that are available for a fabulous experience at RYLA Saturday 21st January — Friday 27th January 2017 as Camp Mum and Dad. You know who you are, volunteer now before I tap you on the shoulder

For more information or to apply contact 

Peter Clarke  

"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.

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.  

e-Clubs donation to Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Rotary’s first online club in northern NSW has presented Port Macquarie Base Hospital’s Maternity Unit with a selection of knitwear for newborns.

Rotary e-Club of NextGen, formed in 2012, has a membership base from all over the world, including Japan, Germany, the US and Dubai. The club’s 2016-17 President is Wauchope’s Peter Saville, who with fellow e-Club members from the Hastings delivered the donated items to the hospital this week.

“e-clubs are another option in Rotary for busy professionals,” Mr Saville said.

“Members attend an online forum once a week to discuss community and service projects. The online club is a way to encourage younger people who are busy with university, families and work to get into Rotary.

“Because we’re an e-club, we are technically worldwide in our membership, which allows us to get involved in projects from almost anywhere.

“Volunteers connect online, see what we do and often want to help us, which is what happened with the baby clothes.

“There are a lot of older ladies who can knit beautiful, modern pieces of clothing and just want to use those skills to help others.”

The box of donated items includes booties, bonnets, smaller items for premature babies as well as pieces for older siblings.


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.


Kaho has arrived too!

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.


Guest Speaker & Dinners

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

November Dates:

Tuesday 29 November - James Kennett - Rotary Youth Transition Seminar

December Dates:

Tuesday 6 December - Club Assembly

Tuesday 13 December - Steven Jonsson - Dept of Communities

Tuesday 20 December - Christmas Meeting - last meeting for the year (wear your Santa hats).

January Dates:

Tuesday 17 January 2017 - Casual Meeting

Tuesday 24 January 2017 - Casual Meeting

Tuesday 31 January 2017 - Club Assembly

February Dates:

Tuesday 7 February - Brian Beesley - Australian Rotary Health

Tuesday 14 February - e-Files with Bruce (Helping GC Kids) and Kathy Rogers (Days for Girls)

Tuesday 21 February - Elva Fitzell - Camino Walk

Tuesday 28 February - David Reneke - Latest Space News

e-Club Dinners and Events:

Saturday 10 December 2016 - Days for Girls - Sewing and Packing Day

Saturday 10 December 2016 - Bunnings BBQ

Sunday 18 December 2016 - Christmas Party at Tara's.

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.

Julian Buttigieg - Human and Hope Association

Julian  Buttigieg is a member of the Rotary e-Club of NextGen in District 9640. He has been involved in various fundraising adventures, including ones which have involved driving and riding tuk tuks and mototaxis in India and Peru respectively, all in the name of charity.

Julian is now a Director at Human and Hope Association Inc (HHA Inc.), which is the Australian entity who support the Cambodian team operations at Human and Hope Association (HHA).

HHA is an entirely Khmer run NGO in Siem Reap, which aims to alleviate poverty though grassroots projects that educate and empower members of its local community. These projects allow members of HHAs community to create sustainable futures for themselves.

Julian will speak about the educational, vocational and community projects that HHA provides to improve peoples lives. He will also explain how you can support HHA to achieve its goals of alleviating poverty in Siem Reap. 

David Reneke - Editor and Publisher Astro Space News

David Reneke, one of Australia’s most well known and respected amateur astronomers and lecturers, has over 40 years experience in astronomy with links to some of the world’s leading astronomical institutions. David is the Editor for Australia’s Astro-Space News Magazine, past news editor of Sky & Space Magazine and is now affiliated as a writer and publicist for the prestigious Australasian Science magazine.

David teaches astronomy at college level, is an invited speaker at astronomy conventions throughout Australia, a feature writer for major Australian newspapers, and is a science correspondent for ABC and commercial radio stations. In these weekly radio interviews David regularly appears on over 60 networked stations across Australia with all the latest news and on general astronomy and space discovery issues. David’s audience numbers around 4 million listeners weekly!  Read more....

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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