Anybody involved with Birmingham Sunrise Rotary will tell you that our meetings are the best breakfast that can be had on a Tuesday morning... and we don't just mean the food. Don't get me wrong, the food is excellent. Eggs, bacon, grits, fresh fruit, toast, biscuits, yogurt, cereal... you name it. Attendees of our breakfast head to work prepared to conquer the day. But what really makes the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary breakfast so wonderful is our line-up of speakers. Let me run down a quarter's worth of them, just to give you a hint of what you might be missing if you're not a part of our organization.
 
Anybody involved with Birmingham Sunrise Rotary will tell you that our meetings are the best breakfast that can be had on a Tuesday morning... and we don't just mean the food. Don't get me wrong, the food is excellent. Eggs, bacon, grits, fresh fruit, toast, biscuits, yogurt, cereal... you name it. Attendees of our breakfast head to work prepared to conquer the day. But what really makes the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary breakfast so wonderful is our line-up of speakers. Let me run down a quarter's worth of them, just to give you a hint of what you might be missing if you're not a part of our organization:

Derek Waltchack speaks with Clinton Smith and Clint Kirby after the meeting.
Derek Waltchack of Shannon Waltchack speaks with Clinton Smith and Clint Kirby after the meeting.
 
January:
January 5th, we started the year offsite at the Lyric Theatre, where we got a preview of things to come and an excellent debrief on how this wonderful project came to be.
January 12th, the next week, we listened to Christopher Tomlin, the CEO of Methodist Home Communities, who gave a truly eye-opening talk about how the way we care for our elderly is changing (and drastically needs to change). If you find this interesting, you owe it to yourself to look into what's going on at Fair Haven. When the dust settles on their construction over there, you will see what the leading edge of caring for our seniors looks like.
January 19th – we were regaled with insider stories from Chris Stewart, (@CStewartSports) the "Voice of the Alabama Crimson Tide Basketball Team." We learned all sorts of interesting bits. For example, Chris has actually begun a radio show in the back of a cab driving through Phoenix, Arizona.
January 26th – Derek Waltchack of Shannon Waltchack talked to us about the future. Derek's talk, a prognosticating look forward, was a real head bender. He talked at length about technology and the changes it would bring. Imagine, for example, a day when none of us actually own cars... where self-operating cars merely cruise around the city and we call them up using a handy-dandy cell phone app. His ideas were most thought provoking indeed.
 
Kent Stewart – Mountain Climber
 
February:
February 2nd – On Groundhog Day, Darin White, Sports Marketing Program Coordinator and Professor of Marketing at Samford University, took us through the finer points of sports marketing. This multi-billion dollar industry is far more complex than you might imagine.
February 9th – State Representative David Faulkner spoke with us about things governmental.
February 16th – Scott Myers with the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame confirmed what we all knew: Alabama is a home of champions (an not just in football). For those of you who don't know us too well, we partner with the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame every year for our Gridiron Gala and raise funds to help a number of charities and to help the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Check back with us about tickets in the fall and we will most certainly fix you up for an evening with Alabama and Auburn celebrities, good food & drink,  and, of course, excellent company.
February 23rd – Kent Stewart with Reli Title discussed his ventures on Mt. Everest. Kent has summited six of the "Seven Summits" (the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents) with only Everest left to climb. He was there last year when an avalanche overran basecamp killing in the neighborhood of 20 people there and almost 9,000 Nepalis. Instead of climbing, he ended up helping doctors with triage. If you want to learn more about his riveting story, visit kentstewart.co.
Grant Lynch of Talladega Superspeedway addresses the Sunrise breakfast club as Russell Branham looks on.
 
March:
March 1st – March came in for Sunrise – not like a lion or a lamb – but like horses. As in horsepower. Grant Lynch and Russell Branham with Talladega Superspeedway brought us up to speed on what one heck of a venue Talladega is, and what an incredible sport NASCAR is. 
March 8th – Todd Geralds, author of Woodlawn spoke to us about the book, about how God has touched his life, and about the making of the movie, Woodlawn.
March 15th – we were once again graced with the presence of one of our state representatives. Representative Jack Williams talked to us about the challenges of balancing the Alabama state budget and answered questions.
 
Tomorrow, we will finish the quarter with the CEO of B.A.S.S., Bruce Akin. , so if you're fishing around for something to do, oh... about 7:00 on a Tuesday morning, come on by. We meet at the Harbert Center. The breakfast is hot, the speaker is interesting, and the company, well, the company is exceptional.