Active 20-30 Wardrobe Collection

Active 20-30 Dominican Republic wardrobe from the 1960’s displayed during their 2015 National Convention.10653838_10152927107196814_7159475398280007963_n (thanks Geoffrey Cheung for sharing this photo)

I would love to start a collection of photos of Active 20-30 wardrobe. Please post here or send to my email:



Searching for Active 20-30 History

The easiest way to search for history on Active 20-30 is to go through your club records.  At least, I hope there are records being kept with your club reports.  In my club, the club historian’s duty is to photograph members at different events and capture memorable moments at meetings.  She collects all the fliers and newsletters and bind them all together into a scrapbook at the end of the term.  This is a great way to keep a record of club’s doings each year.  By doing this she continues to add to the history of the club.  But what if you don’t have much in your club’s files and scrapbooks?  What if you are a new club or re-chartering?

Hopefully you would like to find out about your club’s accomplishments in their service to their communities.  The way I’ve been researching started with my club’s archives and sending out requests to past presidents for their scrapbooks.  Slowly getting those scanned and digitized to be able to share with everyone.

The second step was to go to the library and start looking into newspapers.  The key phrases I’ve been using so far:

  • 20-30 Club
  • Twenty Thirty Club
  • Association of 20-30 Clubs
  • 20-30 International
  • (for those clubs that are in Oregon & Washington, try Active Club)
  • Active 20-30
  • (the name of your club)
  • (the name of your club) plus –ettes at the end. These would be club auxiliaries (these were the married wives of members forming their own service group in connection to the husbands clubs)
  • Then find names of your past presidents and start searching them
  • Other notable members in your club
  • (don’t forget lots of times they wrote 20/30 instead of 20-30)
  • Specific events your club might have done through the years
  • Dates you know events happened that they might have covered (example: Conventions)

You can also do this on the internet, but I mostly find information listed on our club websites.  I am slowly finding other historical information though.   Newspapers are adding their archives on the internet, sometimes you have to pay to search and print articles.

The third step is when you have specific information you can go back to your past actives and ask questions that might help trigger better memories of events.  Example, asking a person what they can remember doing during their years in the club would probably result in them saying, “I can’t recall, lots of things”.  But if you have a specific question, “Do you recall how Shopping Spree started?” you might get more information or at least more hints to narrow down when it started or who would be a better person to ask.

A fourth option for records is to go to your cities archives.  Here in Sacramento there are a few places to try to find information.

The State Archives (mostly related to government type stuff like articles of incorporation)

Center for Sacramento History (collections of newspaper articles, original photos might by found, other documents related to the city only)

and the State Library (as well as the city library, which I touched on earlier)

Any more information on ways to research our organization’s history I would love to hear about.

If you find anything, please share it either by writing to me at or posting on our Facebook page:  Active 20-30 Club Historical Findings


PROJECT: A Gathering of Eagles

eagles-03Pssst … Buddy, ya wanna buy an eagle? Rent one? How about a long term loan?

This is what the US Department of Interior offered the Sacramento City Zoo; a permanent loan of several pairs of Golden Eagles, provided an appropriate display area be created. And that’s when the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento go involved.

A year ago (May ’73) Bill Meeker, a Director of the city zoo, was invited to speak before the Sacramento club on “What’s New At The Zoo?” After hearing about the development of the zoo into one of the most formidable for a community the size of Sacramento, and about Meeker’s plans for future zoo development, he was invited to make a presentation before the club’s Projects and Charities Committee.

Meeker advised the P/C Committee that in order to keep pace with other similar zoos, and in order to maintain public interest and attendance, a new exhibit should be developed every one or two years. Meeker added that there were no funds available for expansion. He therefore envisioned his best source for zoo expansion would be through the Sacramento area’s service clubs. He felt that if one major club, such as Active 20-30, would provide the first new exhibit, this would be the initiative for other service clubs to build additional new exhibits.

Meeker introduced his plans to expand the zoo with a new ornithology area to include many new aviary exhibits. The first being the new eagle aerie for our national bird. He showed the P/C Committee an illustration of a new eagle display shaped like a giant canary cage and said the cost would be approximately $1,500.00 for material and construction. The committee suggested the plan ought to be revised to a larger more natural exhibit with high rock formations, trees, etc. Meeker thought this was a great idea but too expensive since it would boost the cost to around $20,000.00.

Nevertheless, the Sacramento club believed they could build such a cage, using the resources available through its own members, and voted to go ahead with the project.


After the zoo provided the basic design, several engineers from the club determined what the structural requirements would be and their approximate costs. They estimated if the club could obtain the majority of the materials by donations from the community, the cost could be kept within $2,000.00 … including food and beer. After this, several club members in the construction industry determined the time and manpower requirements. They estimated ten to fifteen members working on the project for five or six weekends would complete the entire job.

An “Eagle Cage Committee” was formed with two co-chairmen: Steve Whichard, who is a partner in Whichard Construction, to provide the expertise and round up materials; and Ned Strong, from the mortgage business, to provide manpower.

The exhibit was planned to include a 25-foot high heavy-gauge screened area which could best be framed with telephone poles. The then-president of the Sacramento club (ahem) just happened to be employed by Pacific Telephone and was able to obtain enough poles for the exhibit, which the telephone company also placed. Through members in the construction industry, cement for the foundation, lumber, nails, metal eagles-02doors for the building, and many other materials were provided. Another major construction item was the framing and gunnite material to create the rock-mountain structure. Steve Whichard was able to have all of the material, as well as its construction, donated by the Northern California Lethe and Plaster Contractors Association. This, obviously saved the club several thousand dollars. All other labor, in addition to tools such as forklifts, power equipment, hammers and pliers, was provided by club members.

The cage took seven working weekends to complete, starting last October and ending in April. Dedication will be May 23, 1974.

Sacramento City Zoo now has a new eagle aerie at no cost to the city, valued at $20,000.00, because of the initiative, imagination and effective use of resources of the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento.

Hefflefinger, Dean. “A Gathering of Eagles.” Active 20-30. April/May 1974: 12-13. Print.


I’ll have 3 tacos, a water, and here’s a 20-30 Bell

I loved hearing this story and sharing it with others. It takes place in June 2013, where a nice young lady came up to a taco stand at the El Dorado County Fair (California). The stand is always manned by Active 20-30 Cub of Hangtown #43. She said “I’ll have 3 tacos, a water, and here I want your club to have this.”


Ryan West (Past President of Hangtown #43) expanded on the story; “The girl who gave it to me said it had been in her grandfather’s possession for several years (decades probably). He passed away around 10 years ago and it has just been with her grandma since and they wanted to try to get it back to where it belongs or a good home.”

I have done some Google research on the names etched on the bell and it is looking like it might have belonged to Palo Alto #25.

Here are the names of the “Presidents” on the bell:wp_20130807_001
(in no particular order)
• Jack Hansen
• Bill Johnson
• Warner Morgan
• Bob Hollandsworth
• Ben Gibson
• Hank Nordberg
• Chris Bernard
• Frank Pfyl
• Jack Merrill
• Jack J. Janssen
• Bill “snuffy” smith
• Claude anderson
• John santana
• Don ayers
• “R.Bill” Hardin
• Bruce Brown

“We All Are Twenty-Thirtians” Song


p1060328Did you know there is an official song of Active 20-30? Actually there is a whole songbook of songs. But this one first caught my interest a couple of years ago. Before I even came across the lyrics, I was talking 20-30 with my grandfather (Carl Spilman, a past member of Sacramento #1). He started singing a song that he said was always sung at meetings. I was lucky enough to catch him singing and record it on camera before he passed away.

Auburn #19 is the only club I know of that continues the tradition of singing this song at meetings.


We All Are Twenty-Thirtians

Music and Words by Cliff Mott


We are Twenty Thirtians and here’s our motto,
It is Youth to be Served must Serve. When we do things
We do them right Any big job is our delight. You!
Will! Hear! Us! Always boosting our community
That will make us grow and keep expanding. From California to New York cause “Sincerity
Of Service is our Slogan for Success”
That makes a Twenty Thirty Club!

Diamond Jubilee Song

“Watch Our Story Grow”

I came across a video that was a photo slideshow of the 1984 National Convention in Edmonton, Canada. What excited me about this was the song that was the music for the photos. It is a neat song and I recorded it and listened to it many times in order to write down the lyrics and share with everyone. (I will post a recording of that slideshow at a later date)

If someone comes across this blog entry and knows more about this song or Active 20-30 history, I would also LOVE to hear any stories you’d like to share (please send me an email: It would be nice to re-record this song, but you don’t want to hear me trying to sing it.


The Active 20-30 song from Edmonton
Way back when
in 1922
there were two clubs
who saw so much to do
youth to be served, must serve and this they knew
from these two clubs our story grew
There came a time, in 1961, that found us all
how much we could become, if our two clubs could serve the world as one
we’ve come so far yet just begun
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Yes around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
We share a bond
Working side by side in which to meet all challenges with pride
And the future is in children everywhere
To guide them, everyone must care
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Well around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
Take a man who never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child, is small
Young and strong, we serve the world as one
We’ve come so far yet just begun
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Well around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
Yes, all around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow