The following is a transcription of a newspaper article first written in the Auburn Journal in 1969.
Members of the Auburn 20-30 Club are observing Active 20-30 Week with a highlight scheduled tonight at 7:30 in Walker’s Restaurant where a Bosses’ Night will be held.
Tom Kassis, owner-operator of Bonanza Family Billiards in Auburn, will present the program, featuring is gridiron days at Notre Dame and participation in the first annual East-West Shrine Game.
Club President Ron Lipsmeyer said a special guest this evening will be Paul Claiborne, an honorary member of the Auburn Club and founder of 20-30 International. Claiborne joined with a few other individuals to establish the first club in Sacramento in 1926.
Auburn Mayor Don Russell also will speak at the meeting, according to Vice President Bill Brock-Jones, program chairman.
The Auburn 20-30 Club was formed in 1928, with Claiborne and Ray Carlisle among the first members. The late Jim Dobbas served as the first president.
Many of Auburn’s leading businessmen are former members of the local club. An important phase of the service club work is that provided by a wives’ organization which holds regular meetings and assists with the 20-30 projects.
The club, which operates 25 non-profit projects, was voted the outstanding club in this district, at a recent district convention held at Forest Lake. Don Yamasaki was named the outstanding district member and was elected sub-district governor.
Among the club’s fund-raising projects are fireworks sales, concession stands at the Auburn District Fair and 100 Mile in One Day Trail Ride, and the 100 man hour program.
Listed among the club’s projects are an annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsorship of a Little League baseball team, assisting the Auburn Babe Ruth League, sponsorship of the Auburn Robalos swim team, assisting in the Toys for Tots Drive, the Big Brothers organization, sponsoring an Outstanding Boy Scout of the Year Award and a Cub Scout Pack, organizing a Camp Pahatsi work party, Girl Scouts, a helping with the Punt, Pass & Kick football contest, Christmas baskets, Thanksgiving baskets, staging a Fourth of July fireworks display, a traffic safety program, a Captain’s Trophy for the Placer High wrestling team, sponsoring an entry in the Auburn District Fair Pageant, and the installation of a drinking fountain at the fairgrounds.
Club members participate in local sports activities, such as the men’s basketball and lob ball leagues, bowling and a benefit donkey basketball game.
On Saturday evening the club will hold a Valentine party with their wives at Driftwood Village. Other social events include an annual New Year’s dance, a Halloween party, ladies’ night dinner and the annual Past Active Night.
Club dinner meetings are held each Thursday evening with dinner at 7:30. Membership chairman Kurt Carlstedt may be contact at 885-6135 for additional information.
“Auburn Club Marks Active 20-30 Week,” Auburn Journal, Feburary 13, 1969 vol. 96, no. 23, p. A-6.