Dear Rotarians and Friends,
Last week I made the decision to cancel our Thursday lunch meeting so that I could give our members the opportunity of paying their respects to a great fellow Rotarian – Dr Eugene Spangaro. Many of us did attend the funeral at the Fawkner Memorial Park and we did enjoy a lovely service conducted by the celebrant, Father Brian McDermott, who injected a bit of humour into the service. Eugene’s family gave us an insight into their own life under their father’s influence and of the times they all enjoyed down at the holiday home in Anglesea.
Eugene only retired as a GP two years ago as he had a great work ethic and obviously cared about his patients. I am sure he treated them as family. My dealings and associations with Eugene always appeared to me as a man who loved his life and had a humorous twinkle in his eyes...I could even venture to say there was a vein of mischief in him!
John Davis kindly gave me the following regarding Eugene’s history with the club:
Eugene joined our Rotary Club in September 1977 in the classification of Medicine General Practice. He chaired the International Committee in 1983-84. He then became Club Treasurer under Michael Dempsey’s and Evan Phillips’ Presidency. In 1989-90 he became our Clubs President and, due to Lawrence Atley being the District Governor, he became involved in many additional projects associated with organising a District Conference. The success and achievements of our Club in Eugene’s year was recognised by the President of Rotary International with a Five Star Presidential Citation. In the 1996-97 year, Eugene was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to the community. In 1997 he joined the Board of Community Service and the House of Friendship Fund, becoming Chairman in 2001 and subsequent years until 2009. Eugene was a vital part of the fabric of our great Club and we are all the richer to have enjoyed his presence. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Pauline, and family.
On another note, with our first evening meeting next week being on the 6th August, we will be conducting a club forum. So bring your ideas and thoughts on how we can achieve more for the community, fundraising and membership. Your input and participation is vital.
We shall also have the pleasure of our Assistant Governor, Colin Styles, attending our luncheon meeting this Thursday. He has just returned from a great road trip in outback Australia.
Have a great week.