On Friday, June 25th, approximately 100 guests gathered for the 90th birthday celebration of Ruth L. Campbell at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center. Family, friends, community leaders, and City of Homestead employees hosted a pot luck luncheon to honor Ms. Campbell on such an extraordinary milestone. As part of the festivity, Ms. Campbell was presented a plaque of appreciation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman and Vice Mayor Judy Waldman for her exemplary service to the City. The ballroom was filled with balloons, flowers, and pictures of the former councilwoman.
Ms. Campbell has a very long history of service and deep roots with the City of Homestead. For over thirty-four years she devoted her life to public service. She was the first woman elected to the Homestead City Council in 1963 and in 1997 when she did not seek re-election she was given the title of “Honorary Mayor of Krome Avenue.” Ms. Campbell was involved in numerous civic organizations during her tenure and continues to be very active in the Homestead community. She is currently the museum director and local historian of the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum, the city’s first municipal building. Through her efforts, she has committed herself to developing an awareness and appreciation for the City’s historic assets and an urgency for preservation.
The City of Homestead is very fortunate to have such a dedicated leader who has inspired generations to volunteer and give back to their community. She has accomplished so much for the City in bringing the past and future together and is a true example of a public servant. Happy 90th Birthday!