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RoTell - September 8, 2021

Rotary Club Ottawa South eBulletin

Via Zoom
Editor: Scott Vetter, Assistant Editor: Rosemary Parker, Photographer: Robin Spencer


  • Welcome to esteemed guests DG Fay Campbell; Linda Scales, Kateri Clark, Julie Culgalj and Sherri Kelly from RC Ottawa; Teresa Thomblison, President of Rotaract Club Ottawa South
  • RC Hawkesbury has initiated a fundraiser for Haiti. See more info here.
  • Saturday, September 25 @ 10am: We will be meeting to clean up the streets around the Ottawa Rotary Home as part of Cleaning up the Capital. Scott has bags and disposable gloves provided by the City. Wear work clothes, a big smile, and yeah, a mask.

DG Fay Campbell's Goals for Our District

Fay started with a video from RI President Shekhar Mehta - a dynamic presentation urging us to Do More and Grow More.

As impressive as the video was, it was overshadowed by Fay's passion and conviction for what District 7040 can achieve. Or more specifically, what each of us can do to help the District achieve more. And yes, it did include doing more and growing more.

Fay has identified three major foci for her term:

1. Education - Fay sees education as a key, specifically education for youth. It can change lives, creating knowledge and curiosity, building leadership skills, and instilling service above self. She appreciates that learning about others and being more tolerant hinges on education. She encourages clubs to start and nurture Interact Clubs, so that Rotary can be part of their educational and growth experience.

2. Rotary Foundation - A strong foundation creates a legacy and ensures a vital giving source for Rotary International. Fay encourages everyone to give to the Foundation, either monthly or annually. It is an efficient way to earn a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF), in fact, Fay would love to see more Paul Harris Clubs, where all members have a PHF.

3. Grow Rotary - Fay was pleased to report that our District is ranked first for new members in our Zone. She is keen to see us keep that position by encouraging others to join Rotary. or join in on the fun. Inviting people to help and have fun, is the way to strengthen Rotary and our community. In Fay's words, "everyone is a Rotarian, some just haven't been asked yet".

In closing, Fay reminded us that Rotary is a journey, not a destination; and she challenged us to dream big along the way.


Getting to Know Fay Campbell

Growing up in Jamaica Fay was fascinated by hairstyles and fashion – what started as a pastime passion led to a successful national and international professional career in hair styling. After graduating from Cosmetology School, she taught for three years at the school.
Fay immigrated to Canada and was gainfully employed at the prestigious La Coupe hair salon in Montreal, followed by positions at Vidal Sassoon and other well-known salons. With her knowledge and experience, Fay started two high-end hair salons and spas in Toronto and Ottawa.
As a leader in the cosmetology industry, Fay wanted to pass on her expertise and passion. After attending teacher's college at Queens University, Fay taught at Algonquin College, the Ottawa Catholic and Public-School Boards.
Seeking meaningful ways to contribute to and serve the local and global community – Fay Joined the Bytown Rotary Club of Ottawa in 2004. She served as President of the club from 2008 to 2010 and as the Area Governor - Ottawa Central from 2011-2017.
Fay is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Orleans, and also very busy at the District level: Chair of the Rotary District Silent Auction from 2011 to 2017, Club International Chair from 2010-2014 and again in 2016-2019 and District Friendship Exchange Chair in 2018, and, of course, currently as District Governor.
Fay has been active with many fundraising initiatives for incubators for a neo-natal clinic in Jamaica, a school in the Mathere Slums Nairobi Kenya, Hawksbay Campus School in Karachi, a Football field for a Boys Home in Columbia 2019, and she continues to host a garden party to raise funds to support marginalized youth in the Jamaican youth Orchestra.
Fay has enjoyed Friendship Tours abroad and helped to start three Interact Clubs locally. Quite fittingly, she is the recipient of seven Paul Harris Fellowship and the  Monette - Webster Rotarian Award.
On a personal note, Fay loves travelling, gardening, and dancing. She is the proud mother of one son, Major Ward Lentz, an instructor at the Infantry School in Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.
Members of the Rotary Club of Ottawa South and several guests listen to DG Fay Campbell's enjoy getting to know David Oliver as he recounts stories from his years abroad and across Canada as a clergyman. 

Join us at our next meeting on Zoom

Wednesday September 15, 2021

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