The Vulcans Community Awards is the most prestigious recognition of civic pride, leadership and progress in the seven-county Birmingham Region, including Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties. 

Begun in 2014, The Vulcans Community Awards recognizes citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress just as Vulcan has symbolized for 115 years. There are five honoree categories: Hero, Servant Leader, Game Changer, Newcomer, and Lifetime Achievement.  While only one honoree is selected for Lifetime Achievement, up to three individuals are recognized in the other categories, one for The Vulcan award and up to two for The Spear award. All honorees exemplify qualities that have had a significant impact on the region. (Nominations are accepted electronically from the general public and reviewed by a formal selection committee to select each year's honorees.)

Take a look at past honorees. 

2018 Award Honorees 

Dr. Charles 'Scotty' McCallum Jr., Lifetime Achievement 

The Vulcans Honorees

Spear Honorees

Sean Fredella, Hero

J.W. Carpenter, Servant Leadership

Edward Aldag Jr., Game Changer

Jenny Short, Newcomer


Timothy Alexander and Austin Perine, Hero

Lisa Borden and Marvell 'Chip' Bivins, Servant Leadership

Brian Hawkins and Dr. Hollie Cost, Game Changer 

Christopher Nanni and Lizzi Wilkerson, Newcomer 


2017 Award Honorees 

Charles Collat Sr., Lifetime Achievement 

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Spear Honorees

Jesse Frank, Hero

Keiah L. Shauku, Servant Leadership

Thomas W. Thagard III, Game Changer

Dr. Henna Budwani, Newcomer


Sgt. Aaron Causey and J.D. Simpson, Hero

Sherriff R. John Samaniego and Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, Servant Leadership

Giles G. Perkins and Hatton C. Smith, Game Changer 

Drs. Julian Maha & Michele Kong and Dan Drinkard, Newcomer 


2016 Award Honorees 

Odessa Woolfolk, Lifetime Achievement 

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Spear Honorees

John Croyle, Hero

Carrie Leland, Servant Leadership

Tom Cosby, Game Changer

Dr. Henna Budhwani, Newcomer


Tajuan McCarty and James Strong, Hero

Bill Heintz and Phillip Morris, Servant Leadership

Dr. Jarralynne Agee and Jim Wooten, Game Changer 

Victoria Hollis and Daniel Branum, Newcomer 


2015 Award Honorees 

Dr. Judy M. Merritt, Lifetime Achievement 

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Spear Honorees

Sgt. Noah Galloway, Hero

Dr. Sandra and Rev. Henry Ford, Servant Leadership

Coach Bill Clark, Game Changer

Dr. John W. Stewart III, Newcomer


Dr. Zenko J. Hrynkiw and Vanessa Jones, Hero

Kerri Pruitt and Tonya Willigham, Servant Leadership

Dr. Anthony C. Hood and John C. Lyons Jr., Game Changer 

Matt Crane and Kaneshia Sims, Newcomer 


2014 Award Honorees 

Dr. Cameron Vowell, Lifetime Achievement 

The Vulcans Honorees

Spear Honorees

Dr. Shelley Stewart, Hero

Chief A.C. Roper, Servant Leadership

Mike Warren, Game Changer

General Charles Krulak, Newcomer


Ashley DeRamus and Mr. Kerry McInerney, Hero

Marco Morosini and Andy and Jan Thrower, Servant Leadership

Wendy Jackson and Randall Woodfin, Game Changer 

Monique Gardner-Witherspoon, Ph.D. and Matthew Hamilton, Newcomer 



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