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Janet Yeager For the Coal Valley News

Brock Loftus (center), of Uneeda, has been named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Madison Rotary Club. He is pictured here with Madison Rotary Club President Nick Smith (left) and Rotary guest Oliver Luck, West Virginia University's athletic director.
Brock Loftus (center), of Uneeda, has been named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Madison Rotary Club. He is pictured here with Madison Rotary Club President Nick Smith (left) and Rotary guest Oliver Luck, West Virginia University's athletic director.
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MADISON — Brock Loftus, of Uneeda, has been named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Madison Rotary Club. The announcement was made Thursday, June 5, during the club’s annual dinner.

Each year since 1995, the Madison Rotary Club has chosen for this award a worthy individual who is well known in the community for outstanding contributions made in helping his or her fellow citizens. The selection is based on community service and a willingness to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever needed to benefit others. The Rotarians felt that Brock met, and exceeded, the requirements for this award and recognized him for his life-long deeds of kindness and concern for his community, as well as for his military service.

Brock is a veteran of the Vietnam War, but service to his country did not stop when he had the good fortune to return home. He continues to serve through the VFW and has been a member of VFW Post 5578 since 1971. He willingly gives back in so many ways.

Among his many good deeds, friends say it is not unusual to see Brock removing snow from the driveway of a neighbor, an elderly person, or the home of another veteran during the winter months. In the spring he often plows gardens for those who are unable to do so themselves. And from his own vegetable garden he generously shares his bounty.

“Brock offers his help to anyone he sees in need and seems to get much pleasure in helping others,” said Rotarian Ron Stollings. “He does many acts of kindness but seeks no recognition.”

As a VFW member, Brock is not just another name on the book. He is an active member of this patriotic organization and has participated in hundreds of military funerals held for his fellow veterans. Currently he plays taps at each service.

Anytime there is parade, or an opening ceremony for a community event, Brock is right there among the distinguished veterans marching proudly as everyone watching genuinely feels great pride and gratitude for the contributions they made to our nation.

Brock is a life-long resident of Boone County. His wife Bernadette accompanied him to the Rotary dinner. They have two sons, Brett and Brennan.

“I am honored that the Madison Rotarians chose me for this award,” Brock said. “I appreciate it and thank them so much.”

The distinction of being selected Rotary Citizen of the Year brings another honor of being named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. The award is named for Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman who founded Rotary more than 100 years ago. The Madison club has donated $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation in Brock’s name, and he will receive a Paul Harris Fellow medallion, certificate, and pin recognizing him for this distinguished award.

The Rotary Foundation funds various humanitarian projects in the United States and in countries around the world. The world’s largest service organization, Rotary clubs number over 34,000 with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries. Rotary’s mission is to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and foster peace throughout the world through humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs and projects.

Celebrating its 89th birthday this year, the Madison Rotary Club was founded in the spring of 1925 by a group of local business and professional individuals who saw a need for community service. Members meet every Thursday at noon in the Madison United Methodist Church to continue the tradition of service initiated by that first group of Rotarians.

While most Rotary clubs develop their own service programs, all Rotarians are united in a global campaign to eradicate polio, Rotary’s primary goal. The Madison club has for many years contributed to this project that has immunized more than 800 million children in 122 countries and currently is very close to eradicating this terrible disease worldwide.

In addition to contributing to PolioPlus and other Rotary International projects, the Madison club has for many years focused on local youth by awarding scholarships to deserving graduates as well as encouraging youth leadership. Since beginning the Madison Rotary Club Scholarship Program, the club has awarded scholarships totaling in excess of $115,000 to dozens of area youth who have excelled academically and who have a record of outstanding volunteer service. Need is also taken into consideration when processing the scholarship applications.

Just recently, at the end of this school year, the Madison club awarded a $1,000 scholarship to another six Boone County graduates. Receiving scholarships were Scott High graduates Evan Butcher, Allison Epling, Margaret Hager, and Taylor Raby; and Van High graduates Haleigh Foxx and Katelyn Green.

Thanks to the community for generously supporting the club’s fund raising efforts over the years that have helped make scholarships and other worthwhile projects possible, and have included pancake breakfasts, auctions, golf outings, musical programs, sports tournaments, Rubber Ducky races, and more.

The Madison Rotary Club again congratulates Brock Loftus on receiving the Citizen of the Year recognition.

Congratulations also to Dr. Ron Stollings on receiving his second Paul Harris Fellow Award which was announced at the annual event.

Club President Nick Smith presided at the dinner. Nick will again serve as Rotary president for 2014-15 as members look forward to another year of service to their community. Other officers for the new club year which begins July 1, are: Mark Linville, president elect; Nada Woodie, vice president; Randy Foxx, treasurer; and Dan Parker, secretary.

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