However, we can say with complete confidence that Birmingham has the biggest and best civic clubs on earth.
Our Birmingham Kiwanis Club is the largest in the world.
Our Birmingham Rotary Club is the largest in the world.
Our Birmingham Rotaract Club is the largest in the world.
How’s that possible? Birmingham isn’t that big.
And we can claim that the Civitan Club was founded here in Birmingham.
We are so fortunate because our clubs donate and work tirelessly supporting numerous causes.
Our Birmingham Rotary Club recently announced a plan to create a pedestrian and bicycle greenway on an abandoned railroad line that runs along First Avenue South. This new linear park should be a game changer for our downtown rail corridor between the Railroad Park and Sloss Furnace. Add that to our new baseball park and Children’s Hospital and Birmingham will never be the same.
Our Birmingham Kiwanis Club is equally impressive. Without Kiwanis, Birmingham would likely not have Vulcan and Kiwanians are responsible for many of the improvements at our Birmingham Zoo.
And there’s scores of Kiwanis, Rotary, and civic clubs in our region.
By every measure our corporate and civic generosity is unparalleled.
I doubt if any other community in the U.S. has a United Way that’s made it’s goal every years since World War II.
Our United Way is recognized as fifth in the U.S. for individuals who contribute $10,000 a year or more. Note that Birmingham’s the 50th largest metropolitan area, but 5th in big givers.
Our Birmingham region is one of the most generous in America and our corporate and civic clubs are at the heart of that generosity.
David Sher’s goal is to create a conversation on how to fix our fragmented and dysfunctional local government.
David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).