Community Organizations and Churches
Alabama Civic Chorale | Bluff Park Art Association | Hoover Art Association
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Hoover Beautification Board
Hoover Belles | Hoover Historical Society | Friends of Hoover
Hoover Metro Kiwanis Club | Hoover Service Club | Hoover New Horizons
Hoover Service Club | Hoover Rotary Club | Hoover Teen Board
North Shelby Kiwanis Club | Vestavia-Hoover Business & Professional Woman's Club
Involvement begins with strong community organizations
Giving back to one's community by giving of one's time, resources and talents is part of being a good citizen. And one avenue to becoming a good citizen is to become involved in strong community organizations.
In Hoover, many such organizations contribute a variety of opportunities and services to the community. Following is information on some Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce member organizations that can help you play a role in maintaining - and maybe even improving - the quality of life in Hoover.
Founded in 1948 as the Bessemer Civic Chorale, the Alabama Civic Chorale (ACC) is a group of musicians dedicated to enriching the lives of others through the presentation of choral music of the masters. Composed of 100 members from over 50 churches and choirs across the state, the ACC is a non-auditioned fine and performing arts chorus that allows those with a desire to participate to join. The ACC has performed around the state and for national conventions. Its annual performance of Handel's Messiah accompanied by the Alabama Symphony is a treasured Christmas tradition in Hoover. Participation in the chorale has inspired many of its members to begin careers as church choir directors, accompanists, professors of music and soloists. For more information on the Alabama Civic Chorale, contact Bebe Kok Clark, director, at 914-3524 or visit the ACC website at http://www.alabamacivicchorale.com/.
Bluff Park Art Association (205) 822-0078 http://www.bluffparkartassociation.org/
Begun in 1963 by a group of parents seeking to expand the library at Bluff Park Elementary School, the Bluff Park Art Association has grown from an initial "Come As Your Favorite Book" dance that raised $600 to a prestigious annual art event that yearly raises thousands of dollars for scholarships and other worthy causes.
Held in a beautiful four-acre setting atop Shades Mountain, the Bluff Park Art Show attracts over 30,000 people a year. Artists come from all over the country to enter the juried art show and exhibit their work. Local church and civic groups sell baked goods and barbecue while patrons enjoy live music. An art learning center provides entertainment as well as an educational experience for kids.
The event is always held on the first Saturday in October. For more information on the Bluff Park Art Show, call 822-0078 or visit http://www.bluffparkartassociation.org/.
The goal of Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment through educational experiences.
One of the ways this organization strives to meet that goal is through involvement with the Birmingham Botanical Garden's Horticulture Therapy Program. This program has been successful in improving the physical, psychological and social functioning of individuals with cerebral palsy. The plants that program participants propagate are sold at the Spring Fiesta, an annual plant sale and fundraiser for the Gardens' maintenance and educational needs. For more information on Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, call 414-3962 or visit www.bbgardens.org.
The Hoover Art Association is an organization committed to promoting the visual arts. Members meet monthly, except for the months of June and July. Each year, the association awards a savings bond to a Hoover High School senior. Also, members are responsible for hanging students' work at the Hoover Library once a month. Other association activities include arts demonstrations and shows to which the public is invited.
For more information, contact Beverly Klamer at 669-0494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A service organization called Hoover Belles helps get young people involved in the Hoover community. Exemplary young ladies who are sophomores in high school and residents of Hoover are invited to apply to become a Hoover Belle for their junior and senior years.
Hoover Belles must be of good character, have a pleasant personality, be enrolled in school, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the full two-year term and enjoy the civic responsibility of serving their city and local charities. Each Belle is required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service through the organization each year. Belles are expected to conduct themselves in a way that will bring honor to the program and are required to sign a pledge to remain drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free.
Hoover Belle application forms are available mid-November through most of December at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber office
"Keeping Hoover Clean and Green" serves as the motto and goal for this up to 20-member volunteer board appointed by the mayor. Not only does the Beautification Board sponsor the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and an ongoing litter campaign, it also sponsors annual projects such as the Commercial Beautification Awards Program, Christmas beautification of municipal buildings, and Hoover's Arbor Day celebration. The board hosted its first plant dig in 2002 and furnishes bedding plants to the Hoover Fire Department in the spring and fall. For more information, contact Eva Click at (205) 444-7500.
Members of the Hoover Historical Society are dedicated to promoting increased knowledge of the conditions, lifestyles and people who founded Hoover. Its most ambitious—and highly successful—project to date has been the relocation, restoration, and furnishing of the Stinson Ole Place, an authentic 1840s log home at Bluff Park Elementary School. The public is invited to attend society activities.
For more information, contact Jean Butterworth (205) 822-4987.
Any issue affecting Hoover’s citizens is a potential topic at a Friends of Hoover meeting. This organization encourages participation in civic, cultural and charitable activities which enhance the quality of life in Hoover. Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Highway 31 Piccadilly Cafeteria. Speakers have included an Alabama Supreme Court justice, Auntie Litter and local government officials. For more information contact Daniel Whitman (205) 981-0940.
The Hoover chapter of the world's largest service club organization focuses on aid and service to the visually impaired, diabetes education for adults and children and high school camps that promote communication and leadership skills in young people. Chartered in 1966, the Hoover Lions Club has numbered among its members five past district governors. The Hoover Lions are continually represented at Zone meetings, District and State conventions Lions Clubs International conventions, and at meetings of other Lions Clubs. For more information on the Hoover Lions Club, contact Bill Spaulding at 822-2831 or mail to: email@example.com or visit http://www.hooverlions.org/
The Hoover Metro Kiwanis Club is an organization that provides service opportunities, fellowship and interesting programs to its members. Projects include the presentation of two $1,000 college scholarships in memory of fellow Kiwanian, Dick Hafner, sponsoring health insurance for two needy children through Alabama Child Caring Foundation, providing toys to needy children at Christmas, preparing meals for campers at Camp Smile-A-Mile, sponsoring a charity golf tournament with half the proceeds benefiting a shelter for abused women, sponsoring gifts for local nursing home residents and sponsoring and actively supporting the Spain Park High School Key Club. For more information about Hoover Metro Kiwanis, contact Rick Welch at 220-7740 or visit http://www.hoovermetro.org/.
The Hoover Service Club promotes awareness of needs in the community and takes steps to fulfill those needs. With funds raised by its annual luncheon and fashion show, the Service Club assists with various charitable projects and rewards deserving students in grades 9 through 12 with citizenship awards and scholarships. The club also sponsors the Flora Mae Pike Hoover Community Service Award. The Hoover Service Club meets every second Thursday at the Hoover Country Club. Membership is open to ladies in the Hoover area. For information, contact Sue Knopf (205) 979-3422.
This is an organization for residents age 50 and over. Through a wide range of social and cultural outings, members can enjoy new experiences and maintain the mobility to attend to practical matters. For those unable to drive, the New Horizons Express drives members to medical appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Non-structured trips around Hoover on Mondays and Wednesdays enable members to run errands at multiple locations. Monthly luncheon meetings are held at the Hoover Recreation Center and on occasion, at the Hoover Country Club. For more information, Hoover Parks & Recreation (205) 444-7765 http://www.hooveral.org/.
Part of an international organization, the Hoover Rotary Club is a group of business and professional leaders whose goal is to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill. The Hoover Rotarians annually sponsor a golf tournament to benefit college scholarships, ring bells for the Salvation Army at Christmas and give blood in an American Red Cross drive. Special projects include a Noah's Ark raffle to benefit local charities and raising money for low-income individuals in Brazil. For more information on the Hoover Rotary Club, call 290-2712 or visit http://www.hooverrotary.org/.
The Hoover Recreation Teen Board is a group of talented high school students devoted to planning approximately seven special events per year for teens living in the Hoover community. Serving on the Teen Board teaches teens to utilize planning and public relations skills and enables them to develop a vision for a project and then through their own efforts, see that vision become reality. In 2003, the Teen Board won an Alabama Recreation and Parks Association “Innovative Programming Award” for its Battle of the Sexes event. The Teen Board is a program of Hoover Parks & Recreation. For more info call: Dana Stewart (205) 444-7884 http://www.hooveral.org/
The North Shelby Kiwanis Club is part of an international organization dedicated to helping youth and children. Part of the overall Alabama District, the North Shelby Kiwanis sponsors a yearly circus to help fund scholarships for deserving Pelham and Thompson high school students and a K-Kids Club at Creekview Elementary. North Shelby Kiwanis members also volunteer at the Bruno's Memorial Golf Classic and at the Children's Hospital Festival of Trees. Membership is by invitation. For more information, contact Gene Maier at (205) 664-4369.
Vestavia-Hoover Business & Professional Woman's Club
A service club made up of local business and professional women, the Vestavia-Hoover Business & Professional Women's Club organizes and implements fundraising projects in conjunction with BPW organizations across the state. The clubs' fundraising most recently benefited a scholarship fund for students from all over Alabama. The organization also offers an Individual Development Program for members. For more information on the Vestavia-Hoover BPW, contact Harriett Enochs at 982-2434.