Encouraging More Adults to Swim

Two Service Awards for Joan Campbell

Active in all facets of swimming

Meegan Wilson | April 12, 2006

Joan Campbell

Joan Campbell was awarded a Florida LMSC Service Award on February 13, 2010 at the "Ninth Annual Florida LMSC Social and Awards Banquet" for her years as Florida's Senior Games Liaison and other volunteer activities that further U.S. Masters swimming. She received a plaque that said: "Joan K. Campbell - In Appreciation for 10 Years as Senior Games Liaison for the Florida LMSC 2001-2010 and continuing contributions to U.S. Masters Swimming." Congratulations Joan!

Joan received the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award in 2007. The following is her nomination letter:

Joan started Masters swimming late in life. At the age of 59, in 1989, she was introduced to the Senior Olympics in Connecticut by Dorothy Donnelly. Dot and Joannie became lifelong friends. Joannie volunteered as a timer, a scorer, in hospitality, and awards. She did anything, anywhere that help was needed, working at local and national meets, Senior Games, and YMCAs. In 1995 at the age of 65 Joannie retired from an executive position of vice president in the investment department of Reliance Insurance in New York. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla. She immediately became actively involved with Clearwater Masters serving as president, vice president, registrar, treasurer and secretary. She was instrumental in making her team annual winter swim meet a huge success by offering fabulous hospitality, a continuation of Dorothy Donnelly Connecticut Masters philosophy. She was also directly involved in the formation of two new teams, Sun Masters and the Florida Aquatic Combined Team (FACT).

Over the past six years, she has been a delegate to the USMS convention and an active member of the USMS Finance Committee. Since 2004 she has also served on the USMS Marketing Committee. She has been active with the National Senior Games and has promoted USMS involvement and participation of USMS members in the Games. Since 2001 she has served as Liaison to the Senior Games for the Florida LMSC. She has served on many other committees of the Florida LMSC and is one reason that our Annual Awards Banquet is such a success.

 At 77, she remains active in all facets of the swimming world, achieving Top Ten regularly in all strokes and receiving special awards for long distance swimming from her local LMSC and All-American honors. And she continues to work part time five days a week in New Port Richey for Morgan Stanley, after her daily workout! Joannie is a take charge individual. She always finishes what she starts, with honors. The Florida LMSC nominates Joan Campbell for the Dorothy Donnelly Service Award.

written by Meegan Wilson and Marianne Bradley

Autobiography 2006

My swimming career started at age 59 at the Senior Olympics in Connecticut in 1989 with the enthusiastic support of Dorothy Donnelly, who became my best friend and mentor. I was encouraged to become active in all facets of the swimming community from my local club, which at the time was Connecticut Masters, through the LMSC and on to the national organization.

I was not a swimmer as a child, but since my involvement I have made Top Ten in well over 300 events and earned All-American five times. Currently I hold the National YMCA record for the 70-74 age group and the 3000 USMS record for the 75-79 age group. I prefer swimming the long events but like to swim everything but open water—I'm partial to that black line down the center. Masters has given me good health and a zest for living as well as a host of friends all over the world.

I have served on the USMS Finance Committee since 2001, the Insurance Committee for a short time, and am currently involved with the Marketing Committee as well as Finance. I am also the Senior Games Liaison for the Florida LMSC and currently compete for SUN Masters, a chapter of the Florida Aquatic Combined Team (FACT). I volunteer regularly for both my local chapter and club.

I retired in 1995 as an executive with Reliance Insurance Company in New York and have been married for 54 years to my husband, Jim, who has supported both my careers (swimming and business). We live in Palm Harbor, Fla., and have four married children and five grandchildren.

written by Joan Campbell April 12, 2006

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