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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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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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February 2016 | Rotary Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution 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,

Good luck to Jan with the James Jacobs Christmas Lunch. Congratulations to all of the volunteers who have helped in the organization of this and to all of those volunteers who will help on the day.

If you have the time, please take a minute to share our Drought Appeal Western Queensland GoFundMe (DAWQ) campaign on Facebook and other social media. We have decided to continue our DAWQ campaign into the New Year to try and reach our fundraising target. Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far either by donating or promoting it, and please consider taking the time to re-share the link (with a Holiday message).

At the meeting last Tuesday, I told all members that the RYLA dinner was on the incorrect date. The actual date for the RYLA dinner is Tuesday 26 January, so please change this in your calendars if you plan on trying to attend. Please note, the cost of this dinner is $25/head.

Although it has been going a while, members may not know that the sale of used stamps continues to fund some of the transport costs incurred by Donation In Kind in sending their various containers into the Pacific. Could all members please remember to collect used stamps where possible (leaving a minimum 1cm margin around the stamp itself) and in due course forward these to Rotarian Russell Thompson from the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads (or we can collect as a Club and send through together). This has been an ongoing project for many years and has been a worthwhile contribution to provide transport and container costs for Donations In Kind. I urge all Rotarians to continue to collect the stamps although in the current world it is in an ever diminishing supply.

I also wanted to include a very special note from DG Anne that was sent around to all Clubs last week:

Last week I reported that Jeff and I would be undertaking our official District Governor’s visit to the E-Club next January.  Although the E-Club meets online, on this occasion we were privileged to be able to meet with many of the Members face to face, as well as meeting online with those who could not be physically present due to distance and other considerations.  It is a measure of the flexibility and innovation of Rotary Clubs that their meeting format can still be a surprise.  Our meetings don’t always have to be conducted the same way.  Accordingly, on this occasion we had a Christmas get together at the home of one of the members of the E-Club with several members present.  I had the honour of presenting Paul Harris Awards to two of the members who had achieved their Paul Harris recognition through their own personal contributions in a very short period of time.  In addition, I was privileged to have the President of the E-Club, Tara Little, present at the Christmas celebration.  Why is that unusual?  Well Tara lives in Griffith in the Riverina District.  She is the President of District 9640’s Rotary E-Club but she herself does not live within the geographical confines of our District.  Tara also happens to be our youngest Rotary President in District 9640 in 2015-2016.  Tara’s personal application to her role as President and her enthusiasm and motivation for Rotary resulted in Tara travelling to our District to attend PETS training in March 2015 and now to attend the District Governor’s visit this month.  She promises me also that she is going to be attending our District Conference in Murwillumbah in May 2016.  Tara’s youth, enthusiasm and dedication are an inspiration to all of us. Well done Tara! Well done e-club!

Which seems like a great way to end. As this will be my last report for the year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are sending everyone the best of wishes for the holiday season. 

Hope everyone can make it online tonight for our last meeting of the year, to be followed by a short Board meeting.

Kind regards,


President, 2015-16

Certificates Awarded to the eClub


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.

Knickers, Knickers and more Knickers!

The Days for Girls Gold Coast Team's count is currently at 725 with another 275 pairs still needed.

If you haven't had a chance to buy some yet we would love you to before Xmas so we can reach our goal of 1000.  Send them to:  11 Whitewood Place, Molendinar, Qld 4214  Thank you!

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.

RFE 2016 to D9790

Members are invited to register their interest for a Rotary Friendship Exchange with a difference in 2016. This year we are embarking on an Exchange within Australia, with a planned Exchange to occur with District 9790, which is located to the north-east of Melbourne and also takes in clubs within south west New South Wales including Albury, Holbrook and Deniliquin.

The Exchange is currently programmed to occur with a hosting by District 9640 in the June/July/August period with a visit to District 9790 in October/November. The final planning for this Exchange will depend upon the makeup of the Team and the Host Clubs. The Exchange will be of 14 day duration in both Districts.

We are looking at a team of up to 10/12 participants and if this Exchange is of interest, I would love to hear from you. If you are unable to make the trip to District 9790 but your Club is interested in Hosting and showing off your part of our District, I would also appreciate hearing from you. These types of Rotary activities are a great way of forging new Friendships and building relationships with other Rotarians.

This promises to be a great Exchange as the members of the Club’s in District 9790 are looking forward to a northern sojourn to escape the vagaries of the Victorian weather. Members of District 9640 may wish to explore areas such as Euroa, Myrtleford and Shepparton on their visit to District 9790.

Please register your interest by email to Neil Baldwin at nandcbaldwin@gmail.com by Friday 19 February 2016, for either or both Club Hosting and a participant on the Friendship Team.

Yours in Rotary Friendship
Neil Baldwin
Chair – District 9640 Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee

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.

Alumni Dinner - Feb. 27th

Calling all Rebounders, we would love to get at least two tables together of Youth Exchange Alumni.

Guest Speaker our own e-Club Member and former team member of Group Study Exchange to Turkey the Hon. Stuart Robert.

Cost & Booking: $35.00 per head, payable online via www.trybooking.com/JIMU


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

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!

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

Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE)

Rick and I have recently got back from our first Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to Milan and Brescia. It was an amazing and wonderful trip, we enjoyed the company of six other team members and we got to visit places we had only ever dreamed of seeing.  Thank you to everyone who made it so memorable especially our hosts who spoilt us each and every day.  Check out some photos HERE.

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.

January Dates:

Tuesday 26 January 2016 - No Meeting - Celebrate Australia Day!

February Dates:

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 - Janie-Marie Burgess - UN Youth Australia - Empowering and Educating Young Australians on Global Issues!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 - Kiarah Cuthbert and Mohit Tolani - Volunteering for Friends with Dignity Australia - Reflections from Southport Rotaract Club!

Tuesday 16 February 2016 - Ilari Hauhia - My Experiences at Regional Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) 2015

Tuesday 23 February 2016 - Niki Pearce - Making a Difference in Honiara - How Days for Girls Was Part of It"

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.

Tuesday 26 January 2016 - RYLA (Rotary Youth leadership Awards) Dinner

Sunday 9 February 2016 - Start of Tassie Tag Along Tour

Friday 19 February 2016 - Deadline for Expression of Interest for Rotary Friendship Exchange Opportunity in 2016 to District 9790

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Days For Girls Sewing Day

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Inaugural ROTARY ALUMNI DINNER

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

Sunday 6 March 2016 - District Training Assembly - Coomera

Guest Speakers:

Janie-Marie Burgess - UN Youth Australia - Empowering and Educating Young Australians on Global Issues!

UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians on global issues.  Come along to hear all about UN Youth from UN Youth Queensland President Janie-Marie Burgess.

Janie-Marie Burgess is a proud (albeit pale and thus ill-fitting) Gold Coast-er, currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Modern History and English) by distance education, with the intention of doing a post-graduate degree in secondary education. She furthers her passion for teaching in her work as a teacher aide, debating coach, and of course; as the UN Youth Queensland President!

Janie was a delegate in 2012’s Evatt Trophy Competition State Final and has since thrown herself into every facilitation position open to her, including Voice Convenor, Deputy Communications Director, and finally as the Queensland Operations Director in 2015.

Genuinely believing that UN Youth fosters well-rounded future leaders by ‘opening young eyes to the world’, Janie is dedicated to supporting those who run our programs. She loves working “on the ground” at our events and seeing delegates inspired on our platforms. She’s also super passionate about welfare and the accessibility of our events.

Kiarah Cuthbert and Mohit Tolani - Volunteering for Friends with Dignity Australia - Reflections from Southport Rotaract Club!

Join us to hear from Kiarah Cuthbert and Mohit Tolani from the Rotaract Club of Southport about their involvement with Friends with Dignity Australia.

Friends With Dignity is a Not for Profit National community based organisation that was founded in late 2015 to provide practical assistance to aid individuals and/or families affected by domestic violence.

Ilari Hauhia - My Experiences at Regional Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) 2015

Ilari Hauhia is a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Finland, hosted by our very own club! He recently attended the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar (RYTS) and is going to share his experiences with us!

RYTS is a week-long camp held in December every year at Tyalgum Ridge Retreat for students aged 16 to 18 years. The RYTS Team consists of 13 young adults and 5 Rotarians, who spend 6 months planning the event. Most years the camp has consisted of over 60 students from the Gold Coast to Grafton to Glen Innes to Goondiwindi and has been run for over 25 years.

The camp focuses its main theme on ‘Life Skills’ and includes sessions on motivation, self-identity, finance & renting, goal setting, with entertainment, loud music, and loads of fun thrown in!

Come along to hear all about Ilari's RYTS adventure!

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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