Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club honors Dr. Carroll Loomis
The Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club honored Dr. Carroll Loomis of Anna on Dec. 15 as the club's Rotarian of the Year.
Assistant district governor Leon Russell presented Dr. Loomis with a plaque commemorating his lifetime of contributions to others.
The Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club shared the following information about Dr. Loomis:
Dr. Carroll Loomis is an example of service above self, dedicating his life to local community service and service to all people around the world.
Dr. Loomis’ service above self began early in life while serving as a missionary doctor in Ethiopia from 1963 to 1969.
He worked in remote tribal areas treating patients of injuries and illnesses with very little medicines and supplies. This experience was very helpful in his future career in medicine.
Dr. Loomis returned to Anna in 1970 to establish a private practice in medicine and serve the community of Anna until 2000. While in retirement he served the Union County Hospital as a emergency room physician.
During his service to the community, he joined the Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club in 1975.
He served Rotary well by helping the small club raise several hundreds of dollars to support polio plus programs and other district programs.
Dr. Loomis began a long period of humanitarian service in Honduras and the African country of Malawi.
During his time in private practice, he made 27 trips to Honduras, collecting medicines and supplies for each of these trips.
After his retirement, he supported a mission in a remote area in Malawi, Africa; he raised a large amount of funds and supplies donated by himself, Rotary International, private individuals and pharmaceutical companies to support a very remote hospital in a very poor area of Embangweni, Malawi.
Dr. Loomis helped in the water well project and visited the Rotary Club of Mzuzu many times for support for this and other projects.
Dr. Loomis helped with transporting a soy milk machine to this area.
He is responsible for distributing thousands of moringa seeds throughout the country; this a very nutritious tree that produces leaves which are good for baby formula and sick adults.
He was very much involved in getting communications to the area by using ham radio.
Dr. Carroll Loomis is an outstanding Rotarian.
Now in his 80s, Carroll Loomis is still supporting two Malawi students for a college degree by paying their tuition.
We, members of the club believe this member is a true Rotarian and has gone far above service above self in sacrificing to help others. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow.