Month of Highlights for the 1920’s

With the start of September this week, it’s 10 months until our 2022 Convention – Centennial Celebration (JUL 13 – JUL 17, 2022)!

We are going to switch from weekly themed memory prompts, to sharing the Active 20-30 timeline. Each month we’ll focus on one decade and have posts on timeline of events, photos, stories, and member spotlights.

Our story begins in 1922, in two different cities. Aberdeen, Washington and Sacramento, California.

St. Helena 20-30 Club Builds Bus Stops 1965

I’ve seen photos and articles of several clubs building shelters. Clubs like Napa, Santa Rosa, Coronado, and here is one from St Helena in 1965. Have you participated in building shelters, or know if your club did this type of project in the past?

20-30 Club to Build Bus Stop Shelters

As school begins the members of the Active 20-30 are busily constructing as many bus stop shelters as the club treasury will allow, before the rainy season begins. Due to the overwhelming response of parents requesting shelters, there are many more needed.

The club’s motto is “Youth to serve must be served.” In an effort to serve all the youth of the school district, if possible, the club will give away an R.C.A. Color T.V. Oct. 29 at Carpy Field during the half-time of the St. Helena vs. Willits football game, profits going toward additional shelters. “Help us to help your children,” by obtaining your tickets for the television at any of the home games or from any 20-30 member. Anyone requesting a shelter may write to St. Helena Active 20-30, P.O. Box 65, St. Helena.

“20-30 Club to Build Bus Stop”, The St. Helena Star, 16 September 1965, p 2, Accessed 25 August 2021.

Photo Caption: St. Helena Active 20-30 Club is engaged in the project of rebuilding or in some case renovating the old school bus shelters once provided by the earlier club. A color TV will be awarded as a prize this fall. Shown above in Taylor Electric is Marshall Sears buying the first ticket from John Mathis, treasurer of the 20-30 Club with Ralph Turnidge looking on. Proceeds will go to help finance the shelter project.
The other pictures show a shelter which can be salvaged, and one which is simply done for. Working on the project when the pictures were taken were Ray Torres, Ernies Butala, Bob Stemler, Don Martin, Leroy Cox and Ralph Duer. In the bottom picture Ralph Turnidge’s sons help spray the new type shelter the club is building. Since the project started the club has had many requests for shelters, and has to raise money by awarding the color TV set.

20-30 Women & Fashion

The women auxiliary clubs and some current clubs have held fashion shows through the years. They have offered these shows as part of the women’s events during conventions, or as part of fundraising events that the men’s clubs were hosting, or as their own events.

“Balcony Scene at Brookdale lodge yesterday during the 20-30 Anns’ fashion show-luncheon features Mrs. William Martine modeling a pink and white checked tissue gingham frock from Rittenhouse’s. Interested spectators are (l-r) Mesdames Dolly Thornton of the Albuquerque, N. Mex., “Thunderbirds,” Dina Madison, Nancy Arno and Opel Napolitano of the Coronado “Beachcombers.” Nearly 100 of the 20-30 convention delegates’ wives attended the mid-day event, arranged for their entertainment by the Santa Cruz 20-30 Anns headed by Mrs. Dick Hackbarth. Miss Susan Bronson, reigning Miss California, was a special guest, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Ray Bronson of San Lorenzo. Tomorrow the 20-30 wives are invited on a sightseeing bus tour and in the evening will return to Brookdale lodge with their husbands for the closing installation of officers and dinner-dance beginning at 7 o’clock.”

“20-30 Anns Looks At Fashion”. Santa Cruz Sentinel, 23 June 1960, Accessed 21 July 2021.

Pin It On Tuesday – Fashion Forward

Fashion shows up in our pin collection. Highlighted here is a sports jersey, a sweater vest, a shoe, and a crown. We also should include a suitcase to round it out.

Would love to see what fashionable type of pins you might have.

There are A LOT of pins, so we are also going to have a weekly feature showing them off here. Let us know of any pins you would like to share, the story behind the pin, if you know the year, how you got it (any fun trade stories), or other memory you connect to that pin (for example, it’s a pin that represents your term as club president or going past active). Even if it’s just a neat pin you like, please share.

Fashion (July 19-25, 2021)

Time to pull out all your 20-30 shirts. Do you have a favorite? Have you collected shirts from the same event each year? How about all the costumes you wore at events? What other club fashion accessories have you collected through the years? There have been vests, hats, bracelets, rings, necklaces, tie clips, belt buckles, cuff links, etc.

“Active 20-30 Dominican Republic wardrobe from the 1960’s displayed during their 2015 National Convention” (thanks for sharing Geoffrey Cheung).

(These weekly themes are inspired by 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks)

Honorary Member – Robert P. Shimmin

Does your Club have any Honorary Members?

Honorary Membership can be “conferred to any person for meritorious service to the club, community or nation.” This membership is granted according to procedures in Clubs’ bylaws.
So far in rediscovering our past, we’ve come across a few famous people being given honorary membership into different clubs. Aviator Charles Lindbergh was honored by the Chehalis Club in 1927, Frank Sinatra by the Portland Club in 1947, and Pete Wilson (later became Governor of California) by the San Diego club in 1972. More recently, young Billy Warner was given honorary membership to several clubs in 2017.

An very interesting person we’ve come to learn of, is Dad Shimmin. Robert P. Shimmin was given honorary membership by Phoenix #99 soon after his son, Jack Shimmin had passed away. Jack was a founding member when they chartered in April 1932. He unfortunately became sick and died in November of that year. Soon after they asked his dad to “join”, and Dad Shimmin started visiting 20-30 clubs across the nation and attending conventions. He was also given the titles of “Grand Old Man of 20-30” and “International Ambassador of Good Will”.

Dad Shimmin kept going until his death in 1965.

(photo of newspaper article was in the El Paso Herald-Post in 1958)

Pin It On Tuesday – Sebastopol & San Francisco

Sticking with this week’s Transportation theme, we have 2 club pins to showcase. The apple truck is from Sebastopol #63 and the trolley car is from San Francisco #4.

Any other clubs that featured some kind of transport?

There are A LOT of pins, so we are also going to have a weekly feature showing them off here. Let us know of any pins you would like to share, the story behind the pin, if you know the year, how you got it (any fun trade stories), or other memory you connect to that pin (for example, it’s a pin that represents your term as club president or going past active). Even if it’s just a neat pin you like, please share.

Transportation (July 12-18, 2021)

Whether it’s planes, trains, or automobiles (or canal boats, or steamships, or… ), think about transportation and how it might connects to Active 20-30.

Did/does your club have a special vehicle used for parades or events? Did your club provide transportation for a group of kids to an event or camp? Or give help when there was need? Was there special transportation for going to conventions (a train or jet reserved only for 20-30 members)?

Here is a photo of Hangtown’s truck. Anyone know what year this was? And how long has it been in parades?

Would love to hear and see any answers to these topics. Comment below or tag this page in your post.

(These weekly themes are inspired by 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks)

Eleanor Roosevelt on 20-30

What I love most about history are the personal stories that you can read about and really feel. Going through and reading these Twenty-Thirty Magazines, we get to read articles that have that personal connection to events in the past. I enjoy seeing these little slices and how they affected people in our age group, not just the big world picture. Here is one article (of several during the 1940’s) that touches on World War II and a talk with a lady that has become such an inspiration to so many.

Eleanor Roosevelt on 20-30
By Edward Ryan

Never in all our history has a First Lady so thoroughly impressed herself upon the national mind as has Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Opinion as to the worth of her activity is hopelessly divided, but the sincerity of her interest in national problems and events is graciously admitted by her friends and critics alike. When applied to Eleanor Roosevelt the term “First Lady” is not just a flattering compliment but a simple statement of truth. With a quiet ease she has assumed the duties incumbent upon a President’s wife and is prosecuting them in what she considers the best and most direct way.

Not long ago Mrs. Roosevelt and your editor were, by a whim of chance, fellow passengers aboard the Union Pacific’s “Pony Express” making the run from Ogden to Denver. We happened to sit across from one another in the diner, so I sent her a note asking if she would be good enough to grant an interview for the pages of THE TWENTY-THIRTIAN. She answered she would be more than happy to do so and sent someone to bring me to her compartment where she and Miss Thompson, her secretary and traveling companion, received me.

The ease with which the First Lady welcomes one is a warming experience. When she smiles and extends her hand you have a feeling that she means it, that she is sincere, and that the act is not simply just another of the sometimes bothersome social amenities.

“You have asked me to tell you something,” she said, “but I’m sure that you have more to tell me about the 20-30 organization than I could possibly tell you about anything at all.”

That remark is typical of her.

Without delay and as briefly as possible I sketched the whole 20-30 picture for her, beginning with the founding of the first club and bringing the story completely up to date. Mrs. Roosevelt listened intently and seemed especially interested when 20-30’s objects were mentioned. In the middle of an explanation of our national objectives she placed a question.

“Civilian fingerprinting?” she queried. “Tell me more about that.”

I told her the history of the project and of our success with it. She was particularly pleased when I mentioned that we advocated voluntary fingerprinting for means of identification only.

“I myself have been fingerprinted,” she said, “and quite agree that it is an excellent protection. I am very much in favor of your plan since it stresses the words voluntary and identification. Fingerprinting for everyone under those conditions is certainly to be desired, but I would most certainly oppose any plan to fingerprint forcibly any particular group of our population.”

I gathered that she was thinking of the proposed plan to fingerprint aliens and asked if that was the group to which she had reference.

“Aliens, or any other group,” she answered. “Such procedure is basically unfair and essentially un-American. It is discrimination of the worst sort and should never be indulged in.”

I assured her that 20-30 would never be discriminating if only because Twenty-Thirtians had no wish to be discriminated against. That brought us around neatly to the war situation on which I sought to trap her, but Mrs. Roosevelt can’t be trapped.

“Speaking of discrimination,” I said, “it seems to me that all this war talk is discrimination, too. It discriminates against young men in general and 20-30 in particular.”

But Mrs. Roosevelt refused to be drawn out. She smiled and refrained from comment.

“These are bad times,” I continued, “and I’d like to know what advice you’d give to the young men living in these times. I’d like to know, in fact, just what advice you’d give to those of your sons who are of 20-30 age.”

She thought a moment and then began her reply, speaking slowly and emphatically.

“We must of course realize,” she said, “that the world today is not at all secure. That some sort of an effort on the part of our young men is necessary we are aware, and in my opinion that effort should be to remain as sane and calm in the present circumstances as is possible. Instead of being what one might call “war minded” in the extreme, we must continue our effort to solve our peacetime problems for today we are the only great nation in the world who can do just that. There are many things in our domestic life in need of our attention and we must not let the present conflict so distract us that we fail to give these things the full consideration they deserve.”

From there we went to our other national objectives and Mrs. Roosevelt strongly voiced her approval of Safety Sally and the Blood Donning Project. The varied local activities of our individual clubs were discussed and Mrs. Roosevelt showed herself to be in favor of them all. But we had mentioned the war and it seemed to be in both our minds so we were not long in getting back to that unpleasant subject.

“If the war continues,” the First Lady said, “we are certain to feel its effects. Although we must continue to hope and pray for non-involvement, we should bend every effort to end the war and we should be giving a great deal of thought to what kind of a peace we can help to obtain once the war comes to an end.”

I wanted to know just what sort of a peace that should be.

“It must be a just peace,” she said, “and it must give security and protection from force. For when force is abroad in the world there cannot be any security. Should force ever become a basic instrument of this nation’s policy the results to us would be most unfortunate. We would have to pay more and more for defense and it would not be long until we would be unbearably burdened with taxes the greatest part of which would be used to pay for armaments. Our job, as I see it, is to demand of the warring nations that the peace they will eventually conclude be a fair peace so that from that peace may be built something which may insure an even greater peace. They must be prevailed upon to adjust their grievances fairly so that the matter may be decided once and for all. And force as an instrument of national policy must be ruled out.”

I remained silent considering her statement.

“Not long ago,” she continued, “I read the galleys of a book shortly to be published which deals with the problems of young people from eighteen on. I remember one chapter in particular which was written by a young English Army Officer. He makes the statement that the Allies won the last war but that they lost the peace. He realized the vindictiveness of the Treaty of Versailles, that peace treaty which has destroyed peace. He goes on to state that the obligation of youth in this present war is to be concerned not so much with winning the war as in winning the peace.”

I was still silent.

“So when the time comes we must be in a position to win the peace so that justice may be accorded to all belligerents and security given to them as well as to the rest of the world. At least this is how I see the problem. I should like to tell 20-30 that.”

I assured her that her message would be delivered duly and after a brief chat about things less weighty I took my leave.

I couldn’t help thinking that in Eleanor Roosevelt 20-30 had a good friend, a friend to whom we could go, should ever we need an intercessor before the high tribunals of the land. Her charm is inescapable and her graciousness is a characteristic of which a queen might be envious.

Perhaps she’ll be the mistress of the White House for another four years and perhaps she is destined to leave it soon. Either way it will not matter, for she has carved for herself a place of honor on the American scene entirely independent of the political fortunes of her husband, and I for one am proud of the fact that she knows and is interested in 20-30. She is not only the First Lady – she is also a great one.

(The Twenty-Thirtian, June 1940, p.7,12)

Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser

Each month has several notable observances & themes that are used by various groups to raise awarness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something. Some of the things in APRIL are: National Volunteer, Autism Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness, & Child Abuse Prevention Month.

I came across this article in The Active Twenty-Thirtian about the Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser and how money raised went to the All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center and their Safehouse. The club hosted the event for over 20 years. (Here is a photo of the club at their event in 2011).

Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103

Mark Stanley (Phoenix), National Director Region 3

The Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque was chartered in 1988 and has quietly grown into one of the strongest clubs in ourorgnaization. Located in Duke City, this club has been recognized nationally for providing funds and support for the Children’s Safehouse of Albuquerque.

In 1989, the Albuquerque Club launched the Equestrian Cup annual fundriasing event, committing all profits from the fundraiser to jump-start the Safehouse Project. The Club is the Center’s largest private source of funding, with contributions of more than $680,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours.

In September, the Club hosted the 12th Annual Eqestrian Cup and raised approximately $75,000 for the Safehouse. What is most amazing is the Club raised these funds with only 14 hard working members.

The Club was nationally recognized in 2000, when the members were invited to Washington D.C. to receive the National Children’s Alliance Volunteer Leadership Group Award “(“VLGA”). In a Capitol Hill ceremony, New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici presented the VLGA to Club President Christ Buttner before a group of nearly 300 dignitaries, mostly U.S. Senators and Congress members. “Albuquerque’s Active 20-30 Club has demonstrated the type of community service and volunteerism that should inspire us all to get involeved and the local level,” Domenici said.

The VLGA is presented annually by the Children’s Alliance, a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to assist communities looking to improve their response to child abuse by establishing Children’s Advocacy Centers. “It was a real honor,” said Buttner, “Pete Domenici did a wonderful job of describing what we do, and what the safehouses represent.”

Many congratulations to the Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque. your success is an inspiration to all Clubs as we continue the mission of 20-30!

Stanley, Mark, “Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103”, The Active Twenty-Thirtian, April 2002, Vol. 80, No. 1, p 1.