Rotary Club of Birmingham


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Rotary Trail

Graffiti lines the walls of the old rail line along first avenue south Tuesday June 19, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The area will become part of a pedestrian and bicycle connection between Railroad Park and Sloss Furnaces. (The Birmingham News,Hal Yeager)

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Preschool Learning Initiative

The Rotary Club of Birmingham’s signature project is the Preschool Learning Initiative.

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International Service

The Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Rotary Club of Colombo Sri Lanka have embarked on a new partnership with the Department of Health to create the Early Detection Cancer Center.

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Community Service

This “Avenue” relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.

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Founded on February 6, 1913

In the one hundred years since the club’s founding, members have played a prominent if not dominant role in providing leadership to such civic enterprises as the Red Cross, Community Chest/United Way, and the Chamber of Commerce. The Club itself has been directly involved in a number of community projects and has led the Rotary world in international service through RI Presidents Frank Spain and Roy Hickman, as well as Les Wright’s leadership of the hugely successful Polio Plus Campaign. In 1986, the Club, through members John Harbert and Hall Thompson, led in building the Harbert Center where we meet now. At present we have some 635 members, making us the largest in the world.

  • Funds the clubs PreK Learning Initiative program. Originally funded by a club-wide effort to build a club foundation.

  • Funds disaster relief projects, other club-initiatied projects. Originated with a one-time gift from South Trust Bank with additional funding provided by members.

  • Funded by the contributions of members and member-companies for the Centennial through pledges which are still being received.

Club Leadership

Betsy Holloway


Fred McCallum


Eric Jack

President Elect

Maye Head Frei


Allen Dunn


Russell Vandevelde


Edgar Marx

Vice President, Club Service

Rebekah Elgin-Council

Vice President, Communications

Brenda Hackney

Vice President, Community Service

Ed Partridge

Vice President, International Service

Dany McKinney

Vice President, New Generations

Gordon Martin

Vice President, Programs

Clark Watson

Vice President, Vocational Service

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