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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




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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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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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Ingrid Jewson


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 afternoon Rotarians and friends,

What an awesome conference we had in Murwillumbah! I am probably slightly prejudiced but I think I can safely say it was a great weekend for everyone who was able to attend. A huge congratulations to all those involved in the preparation and running of the Conference, it was a major success. We had some amazing speakers over the Saturday and Sunday sessions including a Rotary Peace Fellow, the Muravah foundation, Orange Sky Laundry, RI President Nominee Ian Riseley and more. Both Friday and Saturday night were great social nights and gave everyone the chance to catch up with fellow Rotarians from the District. We also saw a preview of next year’s conference and I would highly recommend pencilling Ballina 2017 into your calendars.

In addition to the great programme, the eClub had a few personal achievements from the Conference. We were awarded two District Awards including Best Endeavour Award for our fish ‘n’ chip jackets and Best Social Media and Website (for the third year running, yay!). We also came runner-up for our support of Australian Rotary Health through the Tassie Tag-Along. And our newest member, Andrew Bradley, had the privilege of being inducted on-stage by RIPN Ian Riseley.


Finally, I had the extreme privilege of being presented with a Paul Harris Fellow by RIPN Ian Riseley as recognition from my Club. I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to my Club for this recognition.  I truly enjoy being a part of Rotary in any role, and it is a privilege to be a part of a Club that achieves so much and has overcome so many barriers.

Speaking of overcoming barriers, we will have a great example of this tonight when Cathy Booth joins us online to provide an update on Umoja Orphanage Kenya. The Umoja Orphanage is planning on opening its doors in July after years of preparation and fundraising, log on tonight to hear more about it. We will also hear from Ross Turvey, another of our newer members, to give a bit of his background and on his experience with Rotary.

I look forward to seeing you all online tonight.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

May Dates:

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

Tuesday, 10 May - 10 Island Tassie Tag Along Tour

Tuesday, 17 May - e-Club Member Updates and Icebreakers!

Tuesday, 31 May - RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of ENrichment) Awardees.

June Dates:

Tuesday, 7 June - Charles Allen - Council on Legislation

e-Club Dinners and Events:

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

Sunday 29 May 2016 - Ilari's Farewell together with the RC of Hope Island

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.
Thursday 30 June 2016 - Board Meeting.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8-10 July, 2016 - Changeover Weekend in Wauchope/Port Macquarie
Tuesday 12 July 2016 - Our new Exchange Student Kira's first day at school in Australia

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

Tuesday 8 November 2016 - Official DG Visit

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.

Charles Allen - Council on Legislation

Charles was born and grew up in Greensboro, NC. In 1960 he moved to Asheboro, NC when his father moved the family business “Allen Machine & Supply, Inc.” there. Charles is a graduate of Asheboro High School. He attended college at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

Charles and his wife, Sandra met in high school and have been “Love at First Sight” sweethearts since. They were married in 1962 and have three married children and are blessed to have seven awesome grandchildren ages 24 to 17.

Charles and Sandra are active members of Balfour Baptist Church in Asheboro, NC since 1987.

Charles has been involved in many civic organizations in Asheboro & Randleman, NC.

Charles has been a member of the Rotary Club of Randolph (Asheboro) since 1993 and served as club President in 1999-2000. During his year as president he and Sandra traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to participate in Randolph Rotary’s first Matching Grant Project: a “Literacy Library Center – San Jose, Costa Rica”. He has served as International Service Chair & International Projects Chair co-coordinating the club’s International Service participation in projects in Nicaragua &India. 

He served as the District 7690 Rotary Foundation Annual Giving Chair during 2002 – 2003 and Assistant Governor from 2003 through 2006.

He served as District 7690 Governor in 2008-2009. He was District Rotary Foundation Chair 2010-2013 while District 7690 was one of 100 Districts of the TRF Future Vision Pilot Program. He currently serves D7690 as Annual Fund Chair. He was a Zone 33 Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (ARRFC) for D7530, D7550, D7670, & D7690 in 2013-14 and Zone 33 Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (ARRFC) for D7530, D7550, D7690 & D7710 in 2014-15. He currently serves as a Zone 33 Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (ARRFC) for D7530, D7550, D7570 & D7690 for 2015-16.

He traveled to India January 26 – February 15, 2011 to participate in a Polio National Immunization Day (NID) near Calcutta, India. He was privileged to travel with Rotarians from across the USA and to have his, then 19 year old granddaughter, Emily travel on this NID. They were involved in a NID Mop-Up Day of immunizations in Maharashtra, India, site of the last major outbreak of Polio in India.

Charles and Sandra are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Sustaining Members, Benefactors, and Major Donors. Charles is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He was awarded The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service on 28 August, 2012.

Charles retired as President of Allen Precision Industries, Inc. in June 2006 and President of Allen Industrial & Welding Supply, LLC in Asheboro, NC. He is actively involved in management support for Allen Machine & Fabrication, LLC established in January 2011. 

Charles and Sandra have lived in Randleman, NC since 1976 and enjoy time with family, travel and various community activities and involvement. UPDATED – 08/06/15.

Club Forum

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