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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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Club Members meet socially in their regions/provinces throughout the year.  Please check under Guest Speakers for the next event.

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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   

Ingrid Jewson

Rick Jewson
Information Technology 


October 2015 | Rotary Economic and Community Development 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 morning all,

This past week has been a week of good news. Firstly, congratulations to Wendy Mackay in being selected for the Rotary Friendship Exchange team that is going to New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec in September 2016. It is a beautiful region especially in Autumn, and you will definitely have an amazing time!

More on Friendship Exchanges, I hope everyone has been keeping up with Rick and Ingrid Jewson’s adventures through Ingrid’s Facebook. Rick and Ing were selected from the Rotary Friendship Exchange team to Milan and have extended their trip to include a trip to visit Kristen Jewson in Germany. They look like they are really enjoying themselves and meeting lots of new Rotary Friends in Milan. Those who haven’t yet should definitely have a look at Ingrid’s Facebook as it is a great travel journal of their trips with some amazing photos.

Rotary Friendship Exchanges are be a great way for Rotarians to experience the life and culture in another country by staying with a local family and immersing yourself in local life. It can be a very different experience than visiting another region as a tourist and is definitely worth it. Anyone interested in participating in a Friendship Exchange should keep an eye on the District website and newsletters for more information on future exchanges that may come up.

Next week I am excited to say that we have a very special meeting planned. We will be joined by the members of the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone for a ‘Twinning’ ceremony making the E-Club Francophone our first Sister Club! It is such a great way to promote international fellowship and goodwill between Clubs, as well as potentially providing partners for future projects our Club may want to engage in. It will be a great meeting and I look forward to seeing as many members as possible there.

 Last, but definitely not least, there is reason to celebrate this week as Nigeria has officially been declared Polio free! This reduces the list of countries in which Polio is endemic to just 2. We have also seen a significant reduction in the number of cases reported this year being only 44 compared to 208 having been reported at this time last year. Congratulations to all Rotarians who have contributed to the Polio Program over the years, and keep up the good work!

Join us online tonight to here from Bobby Whitfield about his mission to contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia, a nation devastated by civil war and Ebola.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

Kind regards,


President, 2015-2016


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.

Earn & Learn Stickers

The e-Club is sending its Earn & Learn Stickers to:  The Best School In The West: Winton State School.

Winton State School was established in 1885 and caters for students from Prep to Year 12.  Our school motto is "Advance with Honour".  As students are educated with us, we will aim to have each of them achieve the ideal of this motto.

We have a very strong supportive school community which has been built up over a number of years through the combined efforts of students, teachers, and parents and school support staff working together towards the achievement of Excellence In Education in the Outback.

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

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.

October Dates:

Tuesday 6 October 2015 - Bobby Whitfield - Liberia: The Rebuilding of a Nation Devastated by Civil War and Ebola

Tuesday 13 October 2015 - 'Twinning' Ceremony with Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone

Tuesday 20 October 2015 - Sherone Brown - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday 27 October 2015 - Kim Kelly - Wall of Hands

November Dates:

Tuesday 3 November 2015 - Kristy Seymour - Circus Stars Founder/Head Trainer

Tuesday 10 November 2015 - Olivia Anderson - Lifeline Australia - Stress Down Day

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.

Sunday 30 August to 6 September 2015 - Birdsville Races

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

Saturday 31 October 2015 - Pre-PETS
(President Elect Training Seminar)

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

Sunday 6 March 2016 - District Training Assembly - Coomera

Guest Speakers:

Kristy Seymour - Circus Stars Founder/Head Trainer

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.

Bobby Whitfield

Bobby Whitfield is the immediate past president of the Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia Inc. (FOLICA)
Bobby is also a Board Member of the Refugee Council of Australia Inc. (RCOA).

In 2013 Bobby won the Queensland Government Multicultural Ambassador Award. This prestigious award recognises individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding and sustained commitment to promoting the values of multiculturalism and supporting harmonious community relations.

Bobby has also served in various community leadership roles including as president of the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) and the Liberian Association of Queensland respectively.

A refugee from Liberia who was eventually resettled along with his siblings in Australia in 2003, Bobby has since built an impressive career in the field of community development.

Motivated to give back to his native Liberia, Bobby is currently on a mission in developing a multilateral strategic partnership to deliver a multifaceted project for Liberia and is reaching out to everyone to lend a hand and be part of an opportunity to contribute to the rebuilding process of a nation devastated by civil war and Ebola.

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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