The Rotaract Club of Birmingham

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The Rotaract Club of Birmingham (District 6860[citation needed]) is a service organization in Birmingham, Alabama.[1] It was founded in March 2004 by Birmingham natives Mike Mahon and John Peinhardt. The club is sponsored by 550 members of the Downtown Rotary Club, and has access to the resources of Rotary International (RI) and The Rotary Foundation. With about 230 members, the club is currently the largest community-based Rotaract club.[2]

The club holds bi-monthly luncheons at the Harbert Center[3] in downtown Birmingham. It meets on the first and third Thursday of every month and hosts guest speakers at its events. Speakers have included William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, Bob Riley, governor of Alabama, John Johns, president and CEO of Protective Life Corporation, Hatton Smith, president and CEO of Royal Cup Coffee and Kate Nielsen, president of The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

The club holds a number of social and networking events, including monthly happy hours, and promotes a "Service Above Self" Rotarian concept. In 2005, Rotaract chose literacy as a focus and targeted second grade reading comprehension.

Board of directors[edit]

The club has a board of directors with ten members that serve one-year terms. The 2011-2012 the board consists of the following people:

  • President: Nikki Harris, Southern Company
  • Vice-President: John Smola, Alabama Power Company
  • Communications Director: Christian Smith, YWCA Central Alabama
  • Treasurer: Henry Sprott Long III, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
  • Service Director: Nicole Hedick, Alabama Power Company
  • Social Director: Laura Montgomery, The Crittenden Firm
  • Membership Recruitment Director: Courtney Bascom Truss, Birmingham Business Alliance
  • Membership Development Director: Reed Avant, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Programs Director: Jeremy Carter, PlaidJack
  • Chair: Andrew Case, Harbert Management Corporation

Past Presidents have been:

  • Andrew Case 2011-2012
  • Justin Weintraub 2010-2011
  • V.J. Graffeo 2009-2010
  • Anthony Oni 2008-2009
  • April Mason 2007-2008
  • Ben Moncrief 2006-2007
  • Bill Hankins 2005-2006
  • Mike Mahon & John Peinhardt 2004-2005


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