One thing that Birmingham doesn’t fall short on is our outstanding service clubs that bring some extra magic to the Magic City. Let’s meet each club and learn what they’re all about. Maybe you’ll even end up joining one that resonates with you.
Civitan International was founded in Birmingham 100 years ago. Today, Civitan has clubs in 50 nations around the world focused on the idea of service to others. Civitan has an appeal to people of all ages beginning with high school clubs and senior clubs.
This week, we are talking to Bobby Farley, a young professional who currently interns at the headquarters of Civitan in Crestwood.
Civitan International has reached a few milestones in its 100 year history. Founded and based in Birmingham, it was the first of the major civic organizations to admit women to full membership, the first to break the racial barrier (in the 1940s) and among the first to go international. When Scarlet Thompson takes on the role of Executive Vice President in July, she will become the first female leader of the organization.
Few companies and even fewer people live to be 100 years old, but the Civitan Club of Birmingham—the original club of Civitan International—celebrated that milestone birthday with a reception at UAB. Their official birthday is March 17, 2017. Members of the club hosted guests and media at the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) on March 9th to bring awareness to the good work researchers are doing at the center.
Fresh water wells in Western Africa, a sensory park in Germany, proms for disabled students across the United States and a research center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have more in common than merely being good deeds. All of the examples listed, and thousands of others, have one thing in common—they all started over a cup of coffee and a sandwich 100 years ago in Birmingham.