Cowan Named Top Rotarian

Outgoing Rotary Club president Catherine Martin (left) and Deputy Chris Cowan.

Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Cowan has been named the Blythewood Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year. The announcement was made at the Club’s regular breakfast meeting at Maggie’s Market July 19.

Cowan was presented the award by outgoing club president Catherine Martin, who credited Cowan with planning and implementing a foreign exchange program for the club last year between Blythewood High School and the Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Australia.

Blythewood High School principal Keith Price and culinary arts instructor William Turner recently returned from a trip to Australia to seal the deal, which focuses on student exchange studies leading to careers in the culinary or hospitality industry here and abroad.

“This would not have happened,” Martin said, “had it not been for the vision, effort and shear believing of this one member of the club.”

In addition, Martin said Cowan has been a tireless volunteer for the club’s annual social for the last two years, as well as for Salkehatchie. “Plus,” she added, “he has brought us four new members this past year. Chris epitomizes the true spirit of Rotary.”

Cowan lives in Blythewood and is a Captain with the Sheriff’s Department, overseeing the Office of Public Information.