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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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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.

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Phone: 61 7 5533 7288

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PO Box 1761
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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May 2016 | Rotary Youth Service 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
Tara Little


Assistant Governor
Rohan Cooper


District Governor
Anne Egan


RI President
K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran

From the President's Desk

Good morning all Rotarians and friends,

Sadly we have a crisis of sorts in our Youth Programs resulting from lack of support from Clubs.  This year’s RYPEN Camp which is to take place on the weekend of Friday 20 May 2016 and for which applications were to close on 22 April 2016 is seriously under subscribed. At the present time there are only 28 completed applications, a long way short of the projected and budgeted minimum of 45 attendees.  Unless support from Clubs continues this valuable Youth Program will be lost.  If anyone is aware of someone who might be interested in attending this great camp, please let us know as soon as possible.

Days for Girls have been extremely busy making and distributing their kits. The kits sent to Cambodia are now in their hands of the girls at the Heart & Love Centre in Siem Reap. This centre offers food, shelter, clothing, school uniforms, medical and dental care and access to educational facilities in a safe family environment for 43 homeless, orphaned, vulnerable, or abandoned children. Additionally, their first shipment to Timor Leste was recently taken over by Rotary Ashmore. They have also recently relocated their sewing days to a great venue at Trinity Lutheran College. The next sewing day is June 11, and all volunteers are welcome whether or not you know how to sew. There is a task for everyone! For more updates, please check out their Facebook page and subscribe to their newsletter.

Umoja Orphanage Kenya have also been very busy in their plans to open the orphanage later this year. The Rotary Club of Mitchelton are holding a fundraising dinner in support of Umoja on the 14th of June in Brisbane. It should be a great night featuring Cathy Booth as guest speaker, so attendees will get to hear all about Umoja firsthand. If anyone is interested in attending this event, please let me know and I will pass further information along.

Other events coming up in the District include the Give me 5 4 Kids Gala Ball and the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe “Winemaker and the Chef Raffle”. For more information on these events, see the fliers attached or contact me.

It is my pleasure to advise that the nomination of Rotarian PP Terry Brown (Rotary Club of Lismore) has Governor of District 9640 for 2018-2019 has been confirmed. A big congratulations to PP Terry Brown on his nomination, the e-Club will look forward to working with him in the future.

Log on tomorrow night to hear from our Tasmania Tag-Alonger’s about all the awesome sights they saw during their trip around Tasmania. Not only did they have a great time, but they went above and beyond their goal of raising funds for Australian Rotary Health. The tour far exceeded their fundraising goals and the funds that will be donated by the eClub alone (not including other Rotary Clubs or individual donations) will enough to support a 3 year Partnered Grand for ARH-Mental Health. Congratulations to all who participated on the tour for this amazing effort.

I will be heading overseas for the next two weeks, but I will be getting back just in time to head to our District Conference in Murwillumbah on the 6th-8th of May. See you all there!

Kind regards,


President, 2015-16
Rotary e-Club of NextGen

Certificates Awarded to the e-Club


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.

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. 

Our first MUNA Team!

All e-Clubbers should be super impressed with our first Team from Palm Beach Currumbin State School we sponsored to MUNA.

Seraphina (PBS) was chosen to represent our District with Bryce (NHS) at MUNA Nationals in Canberra. How cool is that? Photos on Facebook of this fun day.

RYPEN Applications Due NOW!

am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016 - See more at: http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen/#sthash.vo5PMq2n.dpuf
Rotary Youth program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a weekend residential experience for youth aged 14-16 years designed to develop skills that will assist them in the transition to adulthood.

Participants are involved in a variety of workshops and activities which provide an opportunity for them to personally develop, gain self-confidence, communication skills, challenge themselves, build friendships and develop life skills.

Dates:  9am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016
9am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016 - See more at: http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen/#sthash.vo5PMq2n.dpuf
9am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016 - See more at: http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen/#sthash.vo5PMq2n.dpuf
9am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016 - See more at: http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen/#sthash.vo5PMq2n.dpuf
9am, Friday 20th May 2016 - 1pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016 - See more at: http://rotary9640.org/sitepage/rypen/#sthash.vo5PMq2n.dpuf

Download a brochure HERE
Testimonials from previous students HERE.
Get an application form HERE.


Sewing Day Coming Up.

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 9th April at the we new location of 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 as we are running low on those.  Please read the latest newsletter HERE.

GC Suns/Horizon's Programme

The footy season is back.

Rotary members, family and friends  are again invited to join the activities at the Sun's home games at Metricon stadium.
As in previous years the Sun's/Horizon programme  fund raising efforts will benefit those charity partners with focus on supporting victims of domestic violence and youth homelessness.

This year will be a little different. We will not be selling raffle tickets but rather in hi viz vests proudly announcing Rotarian at work, we will be a volunteer team assisting around the stadium on game day up until kickoff time.

Join other Rotarians from our District. Have a fun outing while enjoying the footy.

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.

Congratulations Estelle

Estelle was a 2015 Asia Future Fellow with Griffith's Asia Institute and recently completed the second half of the program in Beijing China.

The program included a collaboration report with Peking University students. Estelle's paper was about Chinese investment in Australian agriculture and how it can lead to a strengthened relationship between the two countries.

Another project Estelle has been working towards is the New Colombo Plan Scholarship offered to undergraduate students across Australia to study, work and live in the Indo-Pacific Region fully funded by the Australian Government. She is one of one hundred students awarded the 2016 New Colombo Plan Award and will leave for Japan next September.

Exchange Students are the BEST! 


Ingrid had a great time showing Nivi (returned exchange student from Denmark) and Ilari (our current Inbound student from Finland) around the Gold Coast.  They also helped deliver donated items to the Currumbin Wildlife Foundation Hospital and to the Animal Welfare League in Coombabah.  Thanks for your help!

Global Grant Committee

One Child, One Family, One Community At a Time - Nancy Letteri (Executive Director), Children of Vietnam

We are looking forward to working together trying to get a Global Grant to help the people of Vietnam.

Our partner club is the Rotary Club of Gate City in North Carolina. This is a super exciting opportunity for our club and if you would like to be on the Committee please contact Kaye Titmarsh.

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

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.


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 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.

April Dates:

Tuesday, 5 April -
Global Support Association Inc. (GSA) in Laos - John & Marilyn Bee

Tuesday, 12 April - The Student Experience - Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) 2016

Tuesday, 19 April - Story Dogs - Evelyn Williams

Tuesday, 26 April - Bobby Whitfield - Helping the Liberian Community.

May Dates:

Tuesday, 3 May - Ilari's Bush to Beach Safari

Tuesday, 10 May - 10 Island Tassie Tag Along Tour

e-Club Dinners and Events:

Saturday 30 April 2016 - Bunnings BBQ Arundel  
Friday 6 May 2016 - Umoja's Trivia Night in Bundaberg.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6-8 May, 2016 - District 9640 "First Light" Conference

Sat - Wed 28 May - 1 June, 2016 - Rotary International Convention, Seoul, Korea

Saturday 11 June 2016 - Days for Girls Sewing and Packing Day

Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Fundraising Dinner at the RC of Mitchelton for Umoja Orphanage Kenya

Friday 17 June 2016 - Save the Date for a social event with President Tara.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8-10 July, 2016 - Changeover Weekend in Wauchope/Port Macquarie

Saturday 27 August 2016 - GC Suns/Horizon's Programme vs Port Adelaide (Volunteers Needed)

Tuesday 8 November 2016 - Official DG Visit

Guest Speakers:

John & Marilyn Bee - Global Support Association Inc. (GSA) in Laos

Global Support Association Inc (GSA) is an Australian registered not-for-profit charity, with full tax deductibility and DGR status, based on the Gold Coast. It presently has over 70 members, some of who are Rotarians or ex-Rotarians.

Its primary goal is to help raise the living, health and educational standards of those in need in under-developed countries worldwide; and is at present concentrating on Laos.

Every year some of its members spend either weeks or months working in Laos as volunteers, particularly in and around Luang Prabang. Over the past three years GSA members have regularly worked in Laos for up to several months each year; and just very recently its founding members, directors and volunteers came back from working there for up to three months.

Our very own E-Club members, John and Marilyn Bee, are the founding Directors of GSA and have recently returned from working on their latest project in Laos.

Don't miss this opportunity to get a first-hand account from John and Marilyn about the amazing work done by GSA and its volunteers!
The Student Experience - Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) 2016

'On the 19th of March, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Students represented the Islamic Republic of Iran at Rotary District 9640's Model United Nations Assembly, with one of the students being selected to attend the National Model United Nations Assembly in Canberra.

We could participate in this incredible opportunity thanks to the Rotary e-Club. As such, two of our participants, Seraphina Smith and Michelle Borg, would like to explain and discuss the experience with the Club. Everyone had a great time at the Conference, debating issues such as the Refugee Crisis, Women's Rights and Terrorism from an international perspective, and we look forward to talking about the event.'

Evelyn Williams - Story Dogs

The Story Dogs not-for-profit organisation was formed in 2009 in Murwillumbah, NSW by Leah Sheldon and Janine Sigley, both parents of primary and high school children. Story Dogs is based on the successful American literacy program: Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) which was launched in 1999 in Utah USA, as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the appealing idea of children and young adolescents reading to dogs.

Underpinning the objectives of our program is the knowledge that “students with reading difficulties find themselves in a cycle of almost unrelenting failure that ensures an ever – widening gap between them and fluent readers” (Konza, 2006. p. 152).

During 2009, we ran a trial at Murwillumbah East Public School (MEPS), with three dog teams. This trial was very successful with positive feedback from students, teachers, the principal and parents. From that trial the program has continued to expand across Australia.

Evelyn Williams became involved with Story dogs about four years ago, when she was asked to help out with the dog assessments on the Gold Coast due to having a dog school at Benowa for the past twenty years. She decided that her Standard Poodle, Nero, would be suitable to help volunteer. After volunteering for a couple of years, Evelyn was asked to become a co-ordinator for the G.C.Central region. She currently has twelve volunteers under her wing.

Evelyn will tell us about how Story Dogs helps year two students with reading difficulties to reach their full potential over a single school year!  Don't miss it!

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.

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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