Past President David Park opened the meeting at 7a.m. 
 
Visitors 
Former Warringah Mayor Michael Regan and Bronwen Regan
 
 
President’s Opening Comments
 
Past President David opened the meeting and welcomed Michael Regan and his wife Bronwen Regan. PP David also commented on the eagerness of all club members to show off their silly hats to raise awareness of and support for Rotary Health (in addition to all funds received during the sergeant's session).
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
PP Maggie introduced our guest speaker: Mr Michael Regan, former Mayor of Warirngah Council and current Chair of the Economic Committee at the Northern Beaches Council.
 
 
Michael Regan is an Australian public servant and local government politician. He served as the Mayor of Warringah Council from 13 September 2008, when he was elected as the first directly-elected mayor of the council following its return from five years of state administration. Became the longest-serving mayor of Warringah since he overtook the 6 year cumulative term of Arthur Parr (as Shire President) in 2014 and was the last mayor of Warringah following its amalgamation into the new Northern Beaches Council.
 
Michael spoke on the outcome of one council for the Northern Beaches which he supported and the process of how it came about.
 
Northern Beaches Council
On 12 May 2016, with the release of the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016, the Northern Beaches Council was formed as per Warringah's submission, from Manly, Pittwater and Waringah councils. At the first meeting of the new council at Manly Town Hall on 19 May, Regan was appointed, with Manly mayor Jean Hay and Pittwater Deputy Mayor Kylie Ferguson, by Administrator Dick Persson as a member of the Implementation Advisory Group, one of several advisory committees composed of former councillors and mayors of the three councils, and as Chair of the Economic Committee.
 
Michael spoke of the economic opportunities and savings derived from a bigger council eg consolidated insurance and IT, he spoke of benefits that a bigger council can achieve and also spoke of the  increase to grants that many community organisations can apply for, a proposed $750,000 going back into the community.