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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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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 


September 2015 | Rotary New Generations 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

Hi everyone and welcome to another week,

Our dedicated volunteers arrived in Birdsville this week to commence with the annual Birdsville RFDS Barbeque and fundraisers. The amount of time and energy that goes into this event is enormous, both in the pre-event planning stages and undertaking, and all our volunteers deserve a huge congratulations for their efforts. We will look forward to seeing the photos on Facebook over the next week or so!

You may have seen an email that was sent around last week requesting our Club’s assistance for McKenzie Weight. McKenzie is a 7 year old girl who suffers from a movement disorder that requires full time care and has recently undergone brain surgery, otherwise known as deep brain stimulation. Her family is currently struggling and in need of financial assistance. One of the things McKenzie and her family require is a reverse-cycle air-conditioning unit which our Club has agreed to purchase and install. This is primarily thanks to our immediate-Past President Geoff Baldwin who’s company will be assisting us with arranging the installation.

Our Club has also agreed to support Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice. Hummingbird House endeavour “to provide respite and end of life care for life-limited children and their families, and to help them discover moments and memories to last a lifetime”. Hummingbird
House will be more than just accommodation though, there will be a range of facilities for both the children and their families to use. Our Club has made a donation towards the Hummingbird House pool which will be accessible for children of all abilities for enjoyment as well as the associated therapeutic benefits of water-based activities. For more information on Hummingbird House, visit their website at www.hummingbirdhouse.org.au/.

Finally, Secretary Ray Pifer has emailed around the results of the 2015 Membership Satisfaction Survey. As we conducted an identical survey in 2014, we are able to compare the results and see how the Club is improving and implementing changes suggested in the surveys. Please take the time to have a read of these as they provide great insight to how our Club is going. Overall, it appears members are very satisfied with how our Club is going and how our meetings are conducted. However, the results have definitely identified some areas that our Club could still use improvement on, and we will be doing our best to implement these changes as we are able.

Our guest speaker tonight is Kristy Seymour, from Circus Stars Founder and Head Trainer, who achieved her Masters with her thesis papers titled “How circus training can improve the well-being of autistic children and their families”. It will be a great talk and I encourage everyone to log on at 8pm tonight and hear Kristy speak.

See you there!

Kind regards,


President, 2015-16

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.

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.


Youth Exchange Program Applications 2016

Yes, it is that time of year again - applications close soon!

Your local Rotary Clubs are looking for students to go on a cultural exchange for a year to another country, starting January 2016.  In the last year a few new countries have opened up to us, so please check out:  www.ryea.org.au

NSW Students:  Please note the NSW Government's rules have changed regarding your age when going on exchange.

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".

Isn't that just beautiful!  :)

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 GoToMeeting 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 six video feeds at any one time and up to 26 audio, therefore we swap around so we get to see everyone's beautiful faces.

Our meetings officially start at 8pm AEST each Tuesday Night but we are regularly online 15 mins 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 GoToMeeting logo in the top left hand corner of this website and follow the prompts.

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.

September Dates:

Tuesday 1 September 2015 - Kristy Seymour - Circus Stars Founder/Head Trainer

Tuesday 8 September 2015 - Erika Avellaneda Celis & Nysha Munro - Sprout Tasmania - Fork to Fork Project

Tuesday 15 September 2015
- Naomi Edwards - Intrepid Landcare

Tuesday 29 September 2015 - James Anderson - Growth Mindset

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.

Erika Avellaneda Celis & Nysha Munro - Sprout Tasmania - Fork to Fork Project

Nysha Munro's background is agricultural science. She began her career working in a research institute in Germany focussed on sustainable agriculture and has since moved into the realm of Not For Profits. Her passion for food education is nourished by her work in the Mona 24 Carrot Program and through an organic demonstration farm she is helping to set up in Southern Tasmania. Nysha is interested in how technology, creativity and passionate people can combine to make great ideas reality.

Erika Avellaneda Celis has been involved with Sprout since October of 2014 when Alice needed a volunteer to drive the technology aspect of the Fork to Fork project. Erika has a background in Zoology, and community organising, she taught herself to make websites years ago and cares about linking community with technology, she is a wizz with gadgets and cares most about environmental conservation.

About Sprout
Sprout Tasmania is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting local food producers who would like to get their ideas in the ground, growing and to market.
Sprout is run by a group of volunteers, both board members and friends, whose shared aim is to connect consumers to local, ethically produced, great tasting produce and to advocate for, and support, producers who produce and sell ethical, great tasting food.

We have three exciting project/events happening in 2015.
Fork to Fork: An innovative new way to buy/sell Tasmanian produce
Cross Pollinate 2015: Our annual conference bringing together restauranteurs, producers and foodies to talk about the future of food in Tasmania.
Sprout Producer Program: A year long mentorship project teaching small and start up producers who want to get their ideas in the ground, growing and to market.

Naomi Edwards - Intrepid Landcare

Intrepid Landcare is an initiative which aims to inspire young, awesome, enthusiastic people to take care of the Gold Coast's environment while exploring the outdoors, having fun and making friends! The presentation will provide a background to Intrepid Landcare and describe the journey behind its creation. In retracing the development of this organisation, Naomi will discuss how to be organised (her best tips and tricks!!) and share her biggest lessons learnt so far! She will also share templates created by the Intrepid Landcare team to help people focus their energy and structure an idea into tangible actions to ultimately complete a project.

Bio: Who is Naomi Edwards?

Naomi Edwards is an infectiously inspiring community mobiliser from the Gold Coast, QLD Australia. She has been a member of the Landcare movement since 2006, and similar to Megan was instrumental in establishing youth opportunities for her friends and fellow students to get involved in Landcare. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, Bachelor of Communications (Hons), Masters of International and Community Development and is a leader for sustainability graduate from the United Nations University, and is the on the PhD journey to discover the happiness of beaches. Also a National Young Landcare Ambassador for Landcare Australia, she is passionate about inspiring change makers to be organised and embrace creativity in the way we engage the public in environmental initiatives.

If you can't keep up with her you can always catch her on the beach with her dog Elle... or in between meetings and events wearing her many hats - Responsible Runners Happy Beaches Tangaroa BlueSurfrider Foundation Gold Coast Catchment Association SEQ Catchments Australian Coastal Society etc etc...! 

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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