Active International: A Brief Outline Covering First Years in History

By Carl C Springer
Founder of the Active Club

The first meeting of the Active Club was heald at the Sweet Shop in Aberdeen, Wash., on February 10, 1922. Those present were Paul Arthaud, Ernest Axland, Cal Teman, Pat McNamara, Edgar Jones, and Carl Springer. The latter was named temporary chairman and Ernest Axland temporary secretary.

At the second session in the Washington Hotel of the same city the same group was present along with Carl Morck, Clarence George, Tom O’Hara, Earl Woodland, Gordon Tebb, FK Green, LA Aldrich, Vard Steiglitz, Carl Weathrwax Jr., Dr. Harry Tyo and Frank Partridge. A constitution and by-laws committee was appointed.

The third session was held at the same place. At this time the constitution and by-laws were adopted and the following officers were elected: EC Axland, chairman; Carl C Springer, timekeeper. Several names were presented for an appropriate title for the organization and Carl Morck proposed the word “Active” which was adopted on motion.

Meetings were continued in the same manner until the constitution and by-laws were revised on Jan. 3, 1924. At this time the former titles were dropped in recognition of president, vice-president, and secretary. Carl Springer was named president of the club; Charles J Kalb, vice-president, and Arthur J Spacek, secretary. The constitution recognizing the organization as a national was filed with the secretary of the state on August 20, 1924.

The group was incorporated under the laws of Washington. Hoquiam group No. 2 was granted a charter presented by Herbert Wilson, president of the Aberdeen Club. Montesano became No. 3 as chartered by the present international treasurer, Ed Nattrass, who was the vice-president of the Aberdeen Active Club.

Soon after Elma became No. 4 and Olympia No. 5. During the early days in the organization several activities were entered into by the Aberdeen group. They sponsored joint banquets with the other service clubs and the Chamber of Commerce, helped in establishment of a tourist park and Boy Scout Camp, sponsored a kid’s day, and were active in Near East relief work. Many other smaller tasks were accomplished by the organization.

This includes a general outline of the Active Club up until the time of the first convention held in Montesano, 1925, when the present constitution and by-laws were adopted and new officers elected for the International. A new charter also was received from the secretary of state.

Following this time the rapid expansion of the club started. This history of the organization from this time to the present is generally know to the membership of the international.

(1927)

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Bob Hope Entertains Banning

by Don “Louie” Keele

An Tuesday night, February 24, millions of listeners throughout the North American continent and probably some overseas, heard about Banning and its 20-30 Club. Bob Hope brought his program to Banning to help our club secure money for its Building Fund.

In addition to his regular broadcast, Bob did a special hour show after leaving the air. Vera Vague, Jerry Colona, guest star Clifton Webb and announcer Wendell Niles were the principal performers. Les Brown and his orchestra were generous with their fine music.

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President Milton Callopy presented the comedian with a blue and grey western shirt bearing the inscription “Healthy Baskers” in gold lettering. This is the name our club is known by.

Bob Hope made presentations of gold football trophies to the outstanding football players of the Banning High School football squad of 1947 on behalf of our club.

Community leaders have expressed their appreciation of the work of our club in bringing the Hope show to Banning, and stated it was one of the best publicity features the community has ever had. Every seat in the auditorium was occupied and the entire event was outstanding.

Sacramento Active International Convention 1947

Surprised Discovery: Not only was there a Sacramento Active Club, but they had a Convention in 1947, one year after the Sacramento 20-30 Club hosted their Convention.

I knew there were separate Active and 20-30 Clubs in California before the organizations merged, but I had no clue there were both in my hometown.Caption: “The Sacramento Convention Picture, taken in the lobby of the Hotel Senator toward the close of a highly successful convention, gives just a suggestion of the festive spirit which prevailed. In the center foreground (beside the saw) is Active’s First Lady, Irene Moore, and Bob Moore, newly installed President of Active International. A portion of the party was “elsewhere”, unfortunately, when the picture was taken. Also, apologies to those on the edges of the group who are not flattered by the “distortion””.

When Pauls and Founders meet (20-30 & Rotary)

Fun find: “When Pauls and Founders meet. It was a moment mutually enjoyed when Rotary International’s incoming Governor Paul Claiborne, left, of Auburn, California, met Rotary’s Founder Paul Harris, and told him the idea for the 20-30 Clubs came to him at a Rotary Luncheon. Governor Claiborne organized the first of these young men’s clubs nineteen years ago.
(Twenty-Thirtian magazine, year 1941)

Happy 95th Anniversary to the Active 20-30 Club Sacramento #1

Every year, we raise our glasses all around the world to celebrate Sacramento #1’s anniversary and the beginning of Active 20-30 International. I would ask for stories, memories, and photos of people’s time in the organization.

Back in December 2012, we celebrated turning 90 years. I came across a post from Robert Allen who is a past active of Sacramento #1. It continues to be a wonderful memory that I want to re-share five years later. Cheers!!

Happy 90th birthday to the Active 20-30 Club Sacramento #1. It is……very simply……the greatest service organization in the world!!! President Richard Nixon, Congressman Robert Matsui, Senator Barry Goldwater, Governor Pete Wilson and hundreds of the most influential businessmen in the Sacramento Region have been members of the Active 20-30 Club. The club was founded here in Sacramento and has since grown worldwide helping young people come together for leadership development, personal growth and friendship. All while helping the children in their respective communities! I am a PROUD past active member of the organization and am very humble to be part of it over the years!

I still think many people in the community have no idea what we do. A singles group…….a networking organization? Really?? So far from the truth. Our “hands on” events focus on having 20-30 members actually spend time with and help underprivileged or disadvantaged kids in the area. Our events range from our annual Michael Smythe Cancer Kids Party to the Back to School and Holiday Shopping Sprees that give us the opportunity to buy clothing and toys for children in need. Don’t get me wrong. We throw a great party and have thrown many of them to raise millions of dollars. Just so you know……100%…..that is 100% of proceeds go to charity!!!!! Nothing goes to anyone in the club. Listen to these numbers. In Sacramento Club #1 alone there have been thousands of men, that have raised millions of dollars, helping tens of thousands of children, assisting hundreds of non-profits and volunteering hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of man hours!!! Just in Sacramento.

The most moving event for me was a few years ago at the Mike Smythe Cancer Kids Party. Sitting on plastic chairs, face to face with a girl that was about 7 and fighting cancer. Her parents and healthy sister watched from across the room while eating pizza. I was painting a snowflake on her cheek. I am NOT an artist. My buddy Robb W. in the club is a pro at this, but not me. I held her chin with my left hand and painted with my right. We talked about Christmas, her family, her medical staff and school. Her face was not far from mine and we talked eye to eye as I tried to paint. She was a beautiful little girl and wearing a blonde wig. At one point I told her that “her hair” was beautiful (and winked)…just letting her know I knew it was a wig. The party wasn’t over, but my painting was complete. As her parents walked over I said something like, “You are a special girl. Have a Merry Christmas and YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL GIRL whether you have hair or not.” …and I smiled! I am not sure if it was the right thing to say or not……she is not my daughter……I only met her that day. I went on to my next attempt at face painting. Later when it was close to the end of the party a man’s voice gave a little shout across the room….”Rob!” I turned to look and there she was with her family waving as they walked out the door……..HER DAD RUBBING HER BALD HEAD AND SMILING!

Our motto is timeless and is as true today as it was 90 years ago! “One never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child.”….or in my case painting a snowflake on a child’s cheek.

Here is to another 95 years!

Portland Makes Frank Sinatra Honorary Member

Climax to all membership drive efforts in 1947 for the Portland, Oregon 20-30 Club was the pinning of a 20-30 button on singer Frank Sinatra.  President Bill Thelin made the presentation to the popular radio and screen star at the huge PAL benefit show, stage at Portland’s International Exposition building.

Appearing in Portland for the first time, Sinatra headlined a large group of Hollywood stars that included Edward Arnold, Jack Paar, Eddy Peabody and singer Nora Martin.  In close cooperation with other civic groups, Portland Twenty-Thirtians helped to sponsor the first PAL charity performance, designed to raise funds for PAL, Inc. a public youth building program set up to fight juvenile delinquency.

When appeals for public help failed, Twenty-Thirtians pounded pavement distributing posters; handled the multitude of details necessary to publish a printed program from advertising sales to the vending.  A speaker’s bureau was set up from which fast-on-their-feet speakers carried the story of PAL and publicized its purposes to countless community groups.

by Dick Johnson

The Twenty-Thirtian. February 1948. Volume XXII, Number V.

Husband and Wife Club Presidents

This is a historical first for Active 20-30. Presidents of two local clubs are husband and wife.

On September 14th, the Active 20-30 Club of Dry Diggins #1034 was chartered as a new club in Placerville, California. The club is the second club in Placerville with the total membership made up of all female members.

The Active 20-30 Club of Placerville #43 assisted in the chartering effort. Doug Perryman, current President of the Placerville club, inducted his wife Joell Perryman as the first President of the Dry Diggins club. The new officers, except for the President were read in by the Regional Director of Region #1 Tom Carlisle, a member of the Auburn club.

The name, Dry Diggins, was chosen for its historical significance. Dry Diggins was the first name used for the city of Placerville. After that name, it was changed to “Hangtown” and then to its present name of Placerville.

The club has chosen as its first project to work with the Winnie Wakely School, a school for orthopedic, mentally, and severely handicapped children.

“Husband and Wife Club Presidents.” The Active Twenty-Thirtian, Oct 1991, V70. No 3, p1.