Chadwick Dowell

Lane Ebers, left, Louisiana Chamber of Commerce vice president, presented Chadwick Dowell with a print of the new Champ Clark Bridge during a ceremony honoring Dowell as Louisiana’s Citizen of the Year. Photo by Stan Schwartz

LOUISIANA—In a ceremony at their noon lunch, the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce announced their citizen of the year.

Speaking on behalf of the chamber, Layne Ebers, human resources director for the Pike County Memorial Hospital, introduced Chadwick Dowell as the 2020 Louisiana Citizen of the Year.

Ebers said that the Chamber of Commerce could not hold its annual Chamber dinner where the Citizen of the Year is normally announced because of the pandemic. Instead, the group decided to hold the ceremony during its lunch at the Fourth Street Event Center.

“I’m so pleased and honored to announce that this year the Citizen of the Year is Chadwick Dowell,” Ebers said. “Everyone knows Chadwick, because he does so much for the city. Chadwick is what ‘Put service above self’ is all about,” he added.

Ebers noted some of Dowell’s accomplishments over the years. He was president of the Interact Club during high school.

“He helped raise money for the local food pantry, he funded a basketball court to be built at Sunset Park, and he went to Haiti on a mission trip to be part of building a new school there.”

In addition to those worthwhile endeavors, Ebers noted that Dowell also helped with Operation Christmas Child—where he packed hundreds of boxes each year for children’s Christmas. In fact, he had just packed 620 boxes this past weekend.

Dowell also started fundraising bingo games to raise money for the Louisiana Food Pantry, the Bowling Green’s Refuge Church Paper Pantry, Operation Christmas Child, Pike County Schools student lunch accounts, school supplies and the local fire department.

“So what more can we say about Chadwick?” Ebers asked. “Thank you for all you’ve done and all you continue to do. He truly does put service above self.”

As part of the ceremony, Dowell was presented with a print of the new Champ Clark Bridge in recognition of his outstanding efforts on behalf of the community.

Dowell was humble about getting the recognition for his efforts to help Louisiana and Pike County.

“I am truly surprised by the award,” said Dowell. “And I have enjoyed bettering the community of Louisiana. I love to help people anyway I can.”

Louisiana won’t have Dowell around for much longer. He said he is moving west this month.

“I don’t foresee me doing any projects for a while, as I will be starting a new chapter in my life. I am officially moving to West Yellowstone, Mont. on Nov. 11.”

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