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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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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


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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July 2016 | Rotary A New Rotary Year 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

From the President's Desk

Good morning Rotarians and friends,

I apologise for being a few days late but Happy New (Rotary) Year. I know our official Changeover isn’t until this weekend but as our Club is so widespread, we don’t have the privilege of all our members being able to attend in person. Therefore, I am going to take this opportunity to give a small preview of this weekend for those who aren’t able to attend, either in person or online.

Firstly, I want to thank every club member and friend of the e-Club for making this an awesome Rotary year. Taking on the presidency of the eClub this year was a bit of a daunting task at first but was made so much easier by the amazing members and friends who support our Club. The eClub would not be the same without you.

Secondly, I wanted to personally thank Ray Pifer, our outgoing secretary, for all his outstanding work since he took on the role of secretary a few years ago. It is a big task, especially trying to follow and minute some of our Board conversations, and we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to the role.

To all the outgoing Board members, congratulations on another great year. Our Club has continued to grow both in members and impact with our projects, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.

To all the incoming Board, we wish you all the best for the coming year and cannot wait to see where the Club goes with your direction.

Finally, to our President Peter Saville, I am proud to hand over the Presidency to you and I know you will do amazing things in the role. Our Club is definitely in great hands.

Our official Changeover function will be held this Sunday the 10th of July, at midday. For those who are able to attend in Wauchope (our incoming President’s home town), it should be a great weekend. For those who aren’t able to attend in person, we will have our Zoom link set-up during the event as well as extra live streaming of our activities over the weekend. Please just log in to Zoom as normal, and you will be able to attend the Changeover function, wherever you happen to be in the world.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Tara Little

President, 2015-16
Rotary e-Club of 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.

#Democracy Sausage

Hi  Wonderful Volunteers, 

What can I say but thank you all so much.

Firstly to Ing in gaining our sites for the BBQs.

Thank you for the raffle basket as well, Ing.

Thank you Ian for checking out the sites and working with the Schools.

Thank you to Angelo for coming down from Brisbane to load the second BBQ in your ute on the previous Thursday.

Thank you to Angelo  re the costings of both venues for the day. What a gem you are.

Thank you Ian for cleaning and rearranging of equipment, for both sites.

Coombabah Volunteers:  Angelo, Kaye, Ing, Rick, Wanda(from RC of Runaway Bay). Sophie our beautiful outbound Exchange student  and Matheus (a Past Exchange Student)

A total of 50 hours of fun.

Ashmore Volunteers:  Geoff, Kathy, Bruce, Bella another amazing outbound Exchange Student, Ian and Heather.

Total of 48 hours of great fellowship and laughing.

There was 13 hours of preparation, collecting food, cutting up sausages, putting food in refrigerators, eskies, buying of food, cleaning up after the BBQs.

Thanking You


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. 

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.

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.

Our Next Exchange Student

It is a funny time of year when we start to say goodbye to the wonderful Ilari from Finland and we will welcome Kira from Austria.  Kira has been accepted into A.B. Paterson College starting early July in Year 10 and then moving up to Year 11 next year.

If you are interested in becoming a host family, please let me know quickly as there are only four spots and two have already been filled.  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.

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.

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.

July Dates:

Tuesday 5 July - Rob Molhoek MP - Member for Southport

Tuesday 12 July - Boomerang Bags - A Community Approach to Reducing Plastic

Tuesday 19 July - e-Files with Jane Loxton and Jan Kealton

Tuesday 26 July - Senior Sergeant Bradyn Murphy - Wall to Wall Remembrance Ride

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

September Dates:

Tuesday 6 September - Club Assembly

Tuesday 20 September - Bronwyn Lacy - GSE Group Study Exchange

e-Club Dinners and Events:

Thursday 21 July 2016 - Next Board Meeting 7.30pm

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Our new Exchange Student Kira's arrives at Brisbane Int. Airport - Everyone welcome.

Saturday 13 August 2016 - Days For Girls Sewing Day

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

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

Tuesday 15 November 2016 - Official DG Visit

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.

Rob Molhoek MP - State Member for Southport and Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works

Rob is the State Member for Southport and Shadow Minister for Housing & Public Works.  He lives on the Gold Coast, not far from where he grew up in Southport.

As a child, Rob attended Southport Primary School and later went on to be one of the first students to enrol at Keebra Park State High School when it opened in 1973. He has a passion for the Gold Coast that only a born-and-bred local will understand.

Rob has worked in government, retail, broadcasting, media, wholesaling, entertainment, sport and development.

Elected to Gold Coast City Council in 2004, he chaired the Finance & Internal Services Committee overseeing the city’s finances, human resources, capital works, infrastructure planning & development.

Rob has a passion for community service and prior to his election to Parliament, Rob was a Director and National President of Bravehearts, the founding Chairman of the Gold Coast Community Fund and a foundation Director of the Gold Coast NRL Titans.

“When a dream takes hold of you, you can either run with it or you can spend your life wondering what could have been. I would rather live a life of risk, than a life of sentimentality. I will be unreasonable for reasonable is akin to apathy.”  Lou Engle


Jordyn de Boer - Boomerang Bags - A Community Approach to Reducing Plastic

Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit, community initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the development of a free, sustainable alternative.

The initiative involves the installation of bag-share, or Boomerang Bag Boxes throughout a target business district. Each box is stocked with re-useable Boomerang Bags for customers to borrow if they have forgotten their own and return on subsequent visits. The availability of free, re-useable bags reduces the need for single-use plastic bags, and the encouragement to 'Borrow and Bring Back' works to foster the sustainable mentality of re-use, thereby reducing plastic bag consumption in the long term.

Each Boomerang Bag is hand-made by volunteers from the local community using donated second-hand materials, keeping the initiative local and sustainable.

Come along to hear more about this excellent initiative from its founder Jordyn de Boer!

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’.

Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi - An Introduction to Urban Informatics (Date to be confirmed)

Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi is the Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab; Co-leader of the Social Entrepreneurship Program in the QUT Design lab, and; a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Her research backgrounds spans information technology, multimedia, cultural studies, Asian studies, media and communication studies, and interaction design for urban environments. Her current research explores designing novel technologies and services for care across three inter-related themes: social entrepreneurship; self-care and mutual aid; and co-creative urban transformation.

Find out more about Jaz HERE.

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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