Kiwanis Club of Vulcan

Kiwanis Club of Vulcan The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan was established April 4, 1980. Since inception, we have been committed to serving the Birmingham, AL community.

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🚨Save the date🚨Looking for a way to give back during the Holiday  season? Look no further than the Kiwanis Club of Vulca...
11/20/2020

🚨Save the date🚨

Looking for a way to give back during the Holiday season? Look no further than the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan 23rd Annual Toy Drive.

We’ve made it easier than ever to participate this year with “4” separate drive by locations.

Can’t make it and still want to donate? Feel free to send us an email or DM.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan on yesterday evening with our fundraiser at Mic...
11/19/2020

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan on yesterday evening with our fundraiser at Michael’s restaurant.

Special thanks to Michael’s for allowing us to partner with their fine establishment, and agreeing to donate a portion of their proceeds to our philanthropic efforts in the city of Birmingham.

Pictured:
Left: Uriah Williams, Kiwanis Club of Vulcan President
Right: Bernadine Birdsong, Michael’s Restaurant Proprietor

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D as our guest speaker Wednesday November 4th, 2020...
11/04/2020

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D as our guest speaker Wednesday November 4th, 2020.

Dr. Anthony C. Hood serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for First Horizon Bank.

Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Civic Innovation in the Office of the President at UAB as well as an Associate Professor of Management in the Collat School of Business at UAB.

An electrical engineer by training, Dr. Hood enjoyed a 10 year career with BellSouth and AT&T supporting startup telecom companies in the firm’s wholesale division. He was honored with the Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest honor for productivity and leadership.

He left AT&T to pursue his PhD full time at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Since completing his PhD in only 3 years, he has completed studies at Harvard Business School, Stanford and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Dr. Hood received his undergrad and MBA from UAB (Go Blazers!). In 2019, Dr. Hood was honored by the UAB Alumni Association with the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Hood is a board member of a number of organizations including the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Birmingham Education Foundation, Urban Impact, the Woodlawn Foundation and the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District.

A social entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Hood has received a number of awards for his community-based efforts including the Power of Leadership Award from Alabama Power Company, the Community Game Changer award from the Vulcans Community Awards, and the Dr. A.G. Gaston Award from the A.G. Gaston Business Institute.

If interested in attending, please DM us for ZOOM details.

Please consider donating a laptop (new or refurbished) so we can bless students in the Birmingham-Metro area. Cash donat...
10/19/2020

Please consider donating a laptop (new or refurbished) so we can bless students in the Birmingham-Metro area. Cash donations will be accepted as well. We are happy to come and meet you if necessary.

Email us at [email protected] or DM us if you have any questions.

Our President will be live tonight on “Mind Your Business” with Pastor Lawrence Jackson. Tune in to hear what great thin...
10/08/2020

Our President will be live tonight on “Mind Your Business” with Pastor Lawrence Jackson. Tune in to hear what great things the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan have planned to make an impact in the Birmingham, AL community.

Please welcome as the 2021 FY President, Mr. Uriah D. Williams.Uriah D. Williams is a seasoned financial professional in...
10/02/2020

Please welcome as the 2021 FY President, Mr. Uriah D. Williams.

Uriah D. Williams is a seasoned financial professional in Birmingham, Alabama with close to twelve years of experience in the field of banking and wealth management. His professional expertise includes comprehensive financial planning for individuals and families who are serious about planning for their financial future and customized investment strategies aimed at achieving his clients goals.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Uriah attended Alabama A&M University where he was a member of the Marching Maroon & White band, and graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Business.

An avid believer that whatever a man sow that shall he also reap, Mr. Williams volunteers his time and knowledge through several community organizations aimed at creating the next generation of leaders.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing golf, grilling, and music.

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Dr. Alexia Vaughn  as our guest speaker Tuesday October 6th, 2020. Dr. ...
10/01/2020

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Dr. Alexia Vaughn as our guest speaker Tuesday October 6th, 2020.

Dr. Alexia C. Vaughn is the President of Advanced Eye Care, a primary care optometric practice that has been providing excellent eye to the Birmingham, AL metropolitan area for over 20 years. She is also part-time clinical assistant professor at the University of Alabama School of Optometry.

Dr. Vaughn is a native of Killen, Alabama near the town of Florence. She received her bachelor of science with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She then continued her studies at UAB’s Optometry School with a doctorate of optometry and a master of science in vision science. Some years after optometry school she furthered her education with a master of business administration at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Vaughn’s practice focuses on the relationship between maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to have optimum ocular health with a focus on preventing diabetes and diabetes education. Keeping with this concept, she leads an active lifestyle which includes jogging, swimming, golfing, and gardening. She is an avid reader and also enjoys playing the piano, photography, and cooking.

Please welcome our 2021 FY Vice President, Ms. Karon Katiea Smiley-DennisKaron Smiley-Dennis is the owner/operator of No...
10/01/2020

Please welcome our 2021 FY Vice President, Ms. Karon Katiea Smiley-Dennis

Karon Smiley-Dennis is the owner/operator of Norak Staffing Services, d/b/a Cuddly Care Home Health Providers.

Through her love of helping others and obedience to God, Karon started a non-profit organization entitled K.O.T.E. (Keepers of the Environment). K.O.T.E. engages with children ages 5-15, who are mainly in underserved communities, to teach them the importance of sustaining their environment. As a result of its success, the program became a part of the 6th grade curriculum in the Birmingham City School System 2003 - 2007.

Outside of her time serving with the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan, Karon serves as a Supervisor with the Youth Department at Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, Alabama. She also served on the Board for the Rickey Smiley Foundation.

A mother of four and mentor to many others, Karon lives by one scripture; She can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.

Please welcome as our 2021 FY Secretary, Mr. Rodney Davis.Rodney Davis is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. His areas ...
09/28/2020

Please welcome as our 2021 FY Secretary, Mr. Rodney Davis.

Rodney Davis is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. His areas of practice include family law, estate planning and business planning. A native of Hillsboro, Alabama, Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and was a Senior Staff Sports Writer for the Kaleidoscope Newspaper. Mr. Davis later graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law where he served as Communicator of the Christian Legal Society, Senior Editor of the Faulkner Law Review and member of various other organizations including the Faulkner Law Board of Advocates.

Outside of work he enjoys fishing, golfing and music.

As we get set to begin our 2021 Fiscal Year, we would like to take the time to introduce our upcoming slate of officers....
09/24/2020

As we get set to begin our 2021 Fiscal Year, we would like to take the time to introduce our upcoming slate of officers.

Please welcome as the 2021 FY Treasurer, Mr. Darcy Prince

Darcy is a Water Quality Program Manager with Southern Company. A twice graduate of University of Alabama, Birmingham, Darcy received his B.S. in Chemistry and a second B.S. in Civil Engineering.

As a former member of a Kiwanis Club of Vulcan sponsored youth club, Darcy feels passionately about serving his community because he understands first-hand how impactful Kiwanis can be.

Outside of his time with the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan, Darcy serves as Parrish Council President of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, is heavily involved in his neighborhood association, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

We would like to officially welcome two new members to the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan. Ms. Ronda Robinson and Mr. Jason Watt...
09/02/2020

We would like to officially welcome two new members to the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan. Ms. Ronda Robinson and Mr. Jason Watters

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Dr. Leesha Cox  as our guest speaker Tuesday, September 1st, 2020. Dr. ...
08/30/2020

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome Dr. Leesha Cox as our guest speaker Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.

Dr. Leesha is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who shares a heartfelt message of love, hope, and acceptance for moms. As a practicing physician, dynamic public speaker, wife, mommy, and parenting expert, she skillfully weaves sound medical advice with practical strategy grounded in years of clinical care, current research, and personal experience. A catalyst for continuous and positive change, Dr. Leesha works with moms to bring about a powerful mindset shift. The result is a fresh, uncomplicated approach to balanced living for the mind, body, and soul – one that strengthens moms and their families.

If interested in attending, please DM us for ZOOM details.

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan has for many years awarded scholarships to deserving students from across the Birmingham Metr...
08/20/2020

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan has for many years awarded scholarships to deserving students from across the Birmingham Metro area. Though COVID-19 limited fundraising efforts, we would not dare abandon those who needs still need to be met.

2020 Kiwanis Club of Vulcan scholarship recipients were presented their awards by scholarship Chairperson Charles McFarland . Recipients are Aliyah Muhammad a Senior at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL and Makeda Royal a Senior at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.

Accepting for Makeda is her mother Yolanda Royal as Makeda has already returned back to school.

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan has financially supported these two recipients their entire college career, and wish them the very best on what will be a challenging senior year.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear Kiwanian, Mr. Tyrone Webb. Tyrone, affectionately know...
05/28/2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear Kiwanian, Mr. Tyrone Webb. Tyrone, affectionately known as Ty, served in the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan for nearly 30 years. During his tenure, he held the offices of President and Vice President, but left his ultimate mark as the club’s longest-standing Secretary. Rest in Heaven Tyrone; we will miss you!

Due to a scheduling inaccuracy with our meeting location, today’s gathering is being rescheduled to a later date. Thank ...
03/07/2020

Due to a scheduling inaccuracy with our meeting location, today’s gathering is being rescheduled to a later date. Thank you to everyone that took the time out of their day to support our speaker 1918 Catering and the Kiwanis Club of Vulcan.

The fire side chat between the dynamic father daughter duo of U.W. Clemon and A. Michelle Clemon gave us a meeting today...
02/26/2020

The fire side chat between the dynamic father daughter duo of U.W. Clemon and A. Michelle Clemon gave us a meeting today that we will not soon forget! Many thanks to our very special guest Judge U W Clemon and A. Michelle Clemon for taking us down memory lane on a path of Civil Rights excellence.

02/24/2020
Mardi Gras Celebration & Scholarship Fundraiser

We would like thank everyone who came out on yesterday evening to our Mardi Gras Celebration and Scholarship Fundraiser! It was a rousing success due to your support, and ultimately the kids that will be the main benefactors. We would like to especially thank our sponsors, Rickey Smiley Everett Wess & #JamesGiles for their continued support. We would also like to thank our wonderful vendors, WellDunn Entertainment who supplied our photo booth for the evening and our DJ the incomparable Chris Coleman.

Thank you to everyone that made for a successful Kiwanis Key Club charter night. The kids were excited to meet each othe...
02/22/2020

Thank you to everyone that made for a successful Kiwanis Key Club charter night. The kids were excited to meet each other, and are creating relationships and bonds that will last them the rest of their life. Special thanks to Larry D. Thornton and Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. for hosting. #NextGen #JacksonOlinKeyClub #WenonahKeyClub

Concluding our Black History Month programs, The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to host a fireside chat moderated by ...
02/21/2020

Concluding our Black History Month programs, The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to host a fireside chat moderated by A. Michelle Clemon. It will feature the first first black Federal Judge in the state of Alabama, whom also happens to be her father, Judge U.W. Clemon. Join us on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Lunch & Networking begin at 11:45am, and the meeting will begin at 12:00pm sharp.

Judge U.W. Clemon

Throughout his life, U.W. Clemon has been a fighter for civil rights. The son of migrated Mississippi sharecroppers, he was born in Fairfield in 1943. At the age of thirteen, he witnessed an act of police brutality against a friend, which directly inspired his decision to become a civil rights lawyer.
He is a product of the segregated Jefferson County public schools. At Miles College, he was one of the student leaders of the 1962 selective buying campaign. He confronted Birmingham Police Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor with a petition seeking to repeal the city’s segregation ordinances; was put out of City Hall and branded an “outside agitator” by the Commissioner. The following year, he worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in the Birmingham demonstrations, and desegregated the Birmingham Public Library. He graduated from Miles College in 1965 as valedictorian of his class.
With a law degree from Columbia University, he returned to Alabama in 1968 and entered the practice of law. For the next dozen years, he represented black plaintiffs in major civil rights litigation against the Jefferson County School Board, United States Steel Corporation, Pullman Standard Corporation, and the City of Birmingham. His death penalty cases included those of Caliph Washington, Johnny Daniel Beecher. As a result of his representation of Tommy Lee Hines, the
Alabama Ku Klux Klan placed him on its “hit list “ in 1978.

One of the first two blacks elected to the Alabama State Senate since Reconstruction, he chaired respectively the Rules Committee and the Judiciary Committee. While a Senator, he and Governor George Wallace battled on several civil rights issues between 1974-1978, including the appointment of blacks to state boards and agencies.
In 1980, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the first black federal judge in the history of the State, with unanimous approval by the United States Senate. He was Chief Judge of the federal district court in North Alabama; implementing a more inclusive jury plan. His best known case resulted in the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Since his retirement from the federal bench in 2009, he has resumed the practice of law. His most recent cases include the Gardendale school case and the Alabama legislative reapportionment case.
He has received Judicial Award of Merit of the Alabama Bar Association, the John Pickering Award of the American Bar Association, the C. Francis Stradford Award of the National Bar Association), the “Drum Major” Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Paul Robeson Award of Columbia Law School. Two Birmingham streets bear his name. He received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 2018; and in the same year he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of

Honor. Last year, the Jefferson County School Board named a new elementary school in his honor.
Fraternally, he is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; a 33d degree Prince Hall Mason, and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule).
He is married to Barbara Lang Clemon, a retired school teacher. His children are Addine Michelle Clemon, a lawyer; and H. Isaac Clemon, a musician. He is a deacon of the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.
He is entirely indebted to the grace of the Almighty God, and the many strong shoulders on which he has stood.

A. Michelle Clemon

A. Michelle Clemon, an experienced employment and labor law attorney and consultant with a background in Human Resources Management, received her undergraduate degree in History from Yale University and her law degree from Columbia Law School. Michelle recently earned a Master’s in Sport Management from the University of Florida, where her research interests included the intersection of elite athletes and social responsibility and the underrepresentation of minority football coaches at the intercollegiate and professional levels. Michelle is Principal/Owner of The Clemon Consulting Group, a consultancy which focuses on providing HR services (including contract review, workplace investigations and workplace assessments) for companies and individuals as well as providing career planning/transition training to college and professional athletes. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she teaches a course on the African-American experience in sports. She also presents and provides legal and historical analysis around sports-related issues, including the discussion around athletes and social activism. In addition to these endeavors, Michelle is a co-host of the podcast “Black Girls Vibe,” a podcast that talks sports and leisure from the perspective of black professional women.

We would like thank Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington for being our speaker today. She spoke about ...
02/19/2020

We would like thank Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington for being our speaker today. She spoke about how her faith and perseverance has played key roles in helping her become the First Black Woman to be elected as District Attorney in the State of Alabama as well as first Black woman to be elected as District Attorney in Jefferson County.

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington as our guest speaker Tuesday F...
02/13/2020

The Kiwanis Club of Vulcan is excited to welcome District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington as our guest speaker Tuesday February 18th, 2020.

Lynneice O. Washington is a resident of Bessemer, Alabama and serves as the District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Jefferson County, Bessemer Cutoff Division. She was formerly employed as a Prosecuting Attorney with the Bessemer District Attorney’s Office, and worked with the Bessemer DA’s Office from February 2002 until February 2010, when she had to resign her position to run as a candidate for District Judge.
​Prior to becoming an Assistant District Attorney in 2002, DA Washington was a solo practitioner in the general practice of law. Her practice focused mainly on domestic relations (divorce and child custody), family law (child support, juvenile delinquency, criminal defense (state and federal), personal injury, and probate law. She opened her office and began her full-time legal career in January 1997 after being admitted to the Alabama State Bar in September 1996.
​She’s a 1995 Cum Laude graduate of Miles Law School; received her BS degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in December 1990; and, is a product of the Birmingham Public School System, where she graduated from A.H. Parker High School in 1986.

​During her run for District Judge in 2010 and at the height of her campaign, Lynneice was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2010. She was diagnosed three days after her husband left for Iraq as a Defense Contractor. On September 10, 2010, she underwent surgery, but still continued actively campaigning after 1 ½ weeks of recovery from surgery. A small supportive group of friends and family, who were aware of her plight, rallied around her and supported her journey as a cancer survivor, and with the campaign. After her close, but unsuccessful, run for judgeship, she was appointed as judge by the Bessemer City Council. During such time she received several weeks of chemotherapy immediately followed by several weeks of radiation. Although she lost her hair, experienced some residual sickness from chemotherapy; she championed forward never losing her focus, faith or drive.

​DA Washington’s judicial appointment on February 15, 2011 by the city council led to her appointment as presiding judge over the Bessemer Municipal Court. Additionally, she had an active law practice; served as appellate prosecutor for Irondale Municipal Court as well as a hearing officer for the Jefferson County Personnel Board.

Throughout her legal career, DA Washington has served in a number of legal and civic organizations. She’s member of the Bessemer Bar Association; member of the Metropolitan Criminal Justice Executive Association; member of the National Black Prosecutors Association; Executive Board member of Crime Stoppers; member of NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives); Board member of VOCAL (Victims of Crime and Leniency); Board Member of the ADAA Foundation, Inc. (Alabama District Attorney’s Association); serves as Advisory Board Member with Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies (BBBB), a cancer awareness organization; member and Past President of the Bessemer Rotary Club; serves as a mentor with the P.I.N.K. Program which is an extension of the Bessemer Business Professional Women’s Organization, and other organizations.

DA Washington has been presented and honored with many accolades for her servant leadership – to name a few: 2018 VOCAL (Voices of Crime and Leniency) award for Prosecutor of the Year; 2019 Boy Scouts recognition for “Heart of an Eagle” award; 2018 NOBLE (National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives) Distinguished Service recognition, “Significant Contributions in the Community award”; 2018 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. award recognition as speaker for the Servant Leadership Social Action Luncheon; 2017 Rainbow PUSH Coalition recognition, Crusaders for Justice Award for Excellent Service in the Community; 2017 SCLC Martin Luther King Keepers of the Dream Award.

The 2016 election year historically defines DA Washington as the First Black Woman to be elected as District Attorney in the State of Alabama as well as first Black woman to be elected as District Attorney in Jefferson County. In her elected role as Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff, DA Washington has indeed shattered the proverbial glass ceiling overcoming racial and gender barriers that have existed since the inception of our state.
Giving Thanks to God and recognizing that she is here due to so many others who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for liberties that we all now enjoy, she stands on those shoulders who have paved her way. She States "I may be the first to hold this Position, but am merely the first of many to follow".
In addition to her legal and civic duties, DA Washington is a wife, mother and Christian. She and her family are members of New Bethlehem Baptist Church.

DA Washington is married to Jude Washington, and together they share four children – one son and three daughters.

Lunch & Networking begin at 11:45am, and the meeting will begin at 12:00pm sharp.

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600 18th St N
Birmingham, AL
35203

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(205) 441-9371

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