Les Pontin introduced President Mike Healy.
Mike then welcomed visiting Rotarians Judy Clark from the Caloundra club and Kevin from the Greenmeadows Club in NZ. He welcomed Ian Aspinall, a guest of Greg Lee Archer as well as partners Anna & Gary. Mark McArdle our guest speaker was also welcomed.
INTERNATIONAL TOAST: Marilyn proposed the toast to the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the home club of Rotary International President, John Germ. It was chartered in 2002 and is a breakfast club. Their main projects involve providing safe water for communities in Haiti and Uganda. They also read a story called the Apple Dumpling Adventure to young school children. This story is based on the four way test.
Judy Clark announced that her club has a movie night on 11th August. The movie is the Absolutely Fabulous Movie and costs $25 a head and proceeds go to Mercy Ships.
VOCATIONAL MINUTE:  Starring Marilyn Harris.
Marilyn married Gary in 2012, joined Rotary in 2005 and was president in 2009/2010.Her initial career was in nursing at the Mater in Brisbane then St John’s in Perth. She then obtained a Batchelor of Business degree at QUT followed by a Masters degree at Griffith. If I have this right she was the Director of Child Health. She has been heavily involved in the campaign to prevent violence against women. With work she has travelled many times to Taiwan.
RYDA: Bruce asked for volunteers for the 19th August.
RIKI TIKI: Kevin Curd asked the questions and Mike Healy was the ultimate gold medal winner.
SERGEANT: Peter Hovey did a wonderful job in extracting money.
GUEST SPEAKER: Our own Mark McArdle
Mark spoke on the looming traffic congestion problem in the Caloundra region. He gave traffic figures for several roads. Caloundra Road and Bowman Roads seem to be the main problem areas. With Aura, Palmview and Bell Vista all developing this congestion will only increase. Mark gave several proposals to improve traffic flow at the Nicklin Way and Caloundra Road roundabout. His preferred option would be to have slip lanes but this would involve land resumptions.
Mark also mentioned three possible routes for a light rail system between Caloundra and Maroochydore. All would be quite expensive and without private sector investment are unlikely to proceed.
His main message seemed to be that we need to act and plan now to so that the costs don’t become prohibitive in the future.
RAFFLE: was drawn.
President Mike closed the meeting and reminded all that Marie Hinkly’s funeral was to be held on Friday 5th at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Edmund Street.