The popular women’s group also celebrated members who had dedicated 25 years of service to the group.
Director of Rockcote Enterprises Chris Cameron was the guest speaker.
Highly regarded as one of Australia’s most entrepreneurial and influential women, Ms Cameron spoke about how she had grown her business 25 years ago from a backyard shed operation to a multi-million dollar award-winning cement rendering company.
Zonta also proudly awarded an Amelia Earhart Bursary to Kelsey Bourne, an OP 1 student from Matthew Flinders College who is studying first-year engineering at the University of Queensland. Ms Bourne said she wants to join Engineers Without Boarders to assist in delivering good quality water in developing companies. One of her ultimate goals is to work in Switzerland.
The Sunshine Coast University Bursary was awarded to Fiona Johnston, who is in her final year of nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Ms Johnston wants to commence a Masters in Nursing next year and ultimately become a nurse practitioner in an emergency department.
“Zonta Caloundra do a great job of advocating the service of women in our local community and all members should be very proud of their efforts,” Mr McArdle said.
Mary Henzell and Bev Bellett were among a number of Zontans also recognised for their long service.