Keith H Hall’s 1954 Speech

The gentleman on the right (in the white shirt) is Keith H Hall. He was a President of the Active Club of Sacramento in 1953. The next year, 1954, he participated in the Public Speaking Contest for his district but did not win. He did, however, get elected as Lieutenant Governor for District 6.

One of our objectives is leadership, and what better way to work on that then through self development with Public Speaking. It seems that each year, there was a list of topics they could pick from, and then deliver in a speech contest. Below is the speech that Mr. Hall gave during the District 6 Convention.

 

 

Topic Sentence:
Active International in order to succeed in its conquest for permanent growth and expansion needs a powerful secret weapon.

Body:
If Active Club is to achieve its deserved place in the orbit of other great international service clubs, we had better stop right here and now and analyze our present position and design a plan to ensure that we arrive at our destination.

The course we are now following is apparent. The stronger clubs are increasing our membership by chartering new clubs, but the weaker clubs are offsetting this growth by losing members faster than their big brothers can charter. Now the conclusion to this cycle is obvious. But this need not be.

No solvent establishment sets its sights on a single period, but rather aims at the horizon of the years ahead. That is why I suggest that the International resolve itself to a long range, three-year plan.

The first (1) year dedicated to the bolstering of the membership of the existing clubs.

The second (2) to the exploiting of the service and welfare to the communities of those same existing clubs.

The third (3) to the expanding of Active International to the far corners of our unlimited boundaries.

Now let’s take a look at these yearly plans separately. First, I say we must strengthen our existing clubs. From the reports I have seen there are very few clubs that have such enormous memberships that it renders them unwieldy. But rather I would say that the truth is just about the opposite. If we are to succeed in adding more stories to our International edifice, it might be wise to check our foundations first. Some of it may be in need of repairs by now.

A leaning tower of Active Clubs, might provide a curious interest to a touring prospective member but to what purpose could it serve him? Once we are sure that we have our foundations in good order, and enough reinforcing steel, the sky’s the limit.

Now after we have accomplished our first goal we can turn confidently to the next. The purpose of the 2nd year is to harness this new-found energy and direct it to the main objectives for the welfare of its community and the progress of its members. The staging of local and international welfare projects will sink our roots deeper in those same existing communities. Then and only after we have accomplished our first 2 goals do we turn our sights to the expanding of ideas to the new surrounding communities.

Then we shall find that with this added manpower and new-born energy we can and will charter bigger and stronger clubs. For if we build carefully, slowly, and painstakingly we will have found our secret weapon for success.

Then in the using of this modern weapon in these modern times, we will no longer just be ACTIVE but radioactive. And in a correct, logical sequence we shall set off a contagious chain reaction, that will discharge a perpetual energy in forms of enthusiasm, progress, and goodwill.

And we shall let the “Geiger counters” of public opinion, our own progress, growth and expansion be the measurer of our success.

I thank you.

(Thank you to the family of Keith H Hall for the donated items).

You can read about his life here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/fair-oaks-ca/keith-hall-5358104

THE MAGAZINE (or evolution of)

I’ve been wanting to share a little of the evolution of the Active 20-30 publication. These right now are just the magazine covers of the changes through the years. I’m hoping to dig deeper and find articles within talking about the changes. As you will see; as the organization’s name changes and two groups merge, so did their magazines.

Active 20-30 Club, United States and Canada association has in their current bylaws a section for our official publication.

Article XII [Official Publication]
Section 1. Publication and Title: The association shall publish, or cause to be published under its control, a periodical under the official title of “Active Twenty-Thirtian

There are a couple more sections detailing the editorial staff, subscriptions, and club correspondents. I am not highlighting those areas at the moment so we’ll leave them be.The first couple of the 20-30 magazines were more like bulletins of clubs and events and what occurred. This was the first cover for the Association of 20-30 Clubs (1927).  Recap: this is the group of 20 to 30 year olds that started out in Sacramento, California.This is the first cover for the Active Club (1928) Recap: This is the group of 20 to 30 year olds that started out in Aberdeen, Washington.Next, we have the magazine cover when 20-30 International and Active International merged together into one organization (1960s).Lastly, a couple more when they became smaller publications after International split into different national association groups. These represent the United States and Canada’s magazine. Couldn’t find any International ones at the time of this posting.

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)

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””.

Sept 1960, Active Club President’s Message

Renewed Incentive

By Owen Barnes
President, Active International

The last Active International Convention we will ever have is behind us. Thanks must be given to our Calgary hosts for a most memorable and fitting Convention. Thanks, too, to all of you for allowing me the privilege of serving you this coming year.

With a last nostalgic glance at the past we embark on an exciting year of progress under the Active 20-30 banner. As of August 1, 1960, we are, by unanimous action of the delegates in Calgary, a part of Active 20-30. It is my earnest belief that the delegates at Santa Cruz and those at Calgary showed considerable wisdom in deciding upon a merger. It is a logical step enabling two service-minded groups to combine their talents and enthusiasm in order to better serve their communities and their countries.

This year we must not only condition our thinking to embrace the phrase “Active 20-30 International”, but we must also continue the vigorous programs we have already undertaken to make ours the biggest and best Area of all. To do this I hope each Club will seriously attempt to win the Master Active Club Award. A careful look at the requirements for this Award will show why I feel this way. All the requirements are designed to foster a strong, healthy, well-balanced Club. This almost makes membership increase automatic, and external expansion more than probable. I have set no specific goals of membership increase or expansion because these will take place as a by-product if all Clubs set out to win the above Award. At the same time there will be more attention placed on Public Speaking (which is vital to our self-improvement), as well as all the other facets of our service life.

It must be apparent to you that I consider success or failure as a matter solely up to the local Clubs. Actually, it can’t be otherwise. For 36 years local members, local Clubs, local Club Presidents, have decided the fate of our organization. How else could it be when this is all there is? YOU are International! Your efforts will determine when your Active 20-30 will be. International officers can only inform, suggest and guide. We cannot do your work for you.

Because of the problems of merger this year we anticipate a great deal of information will be sent out to all Presidents. This information will have to be presented at regular meetings in order to keep everyone informed. For example, by the time you read this the two Executive Committees of Active and 20-30 will have met in Eugene to work out some of the necessary details of the mechanics of merger. Such proposals as need Board ratification and a delegate vote will be presented at the combined Area VIII Convention and Mid-Winter Board Meeting in January. Details of this will be presented in full in ample time for you to make plans to attend. In addition we contemplate a further Executive Committee meeting to be held in the Spring. Decisions made at these meetings will be presented in general Club mailings and must be passed along to all members.

There will also be a new International Committee, with Past President Bill Smith as Chairman, entitled, “Rheumatic Fever Foundation”. By Convention action all money owed our CP Fund by the General Fund was written off, and the money still remaining in the CP Fund was transferred to the General Fun – primarily to pay off the Eugene note. This has been done. This, however, leaves our CP Fund non-existent. To offer something as a replacement, your Board of Governors felt we should learn as much as possible about the Rheumatic Fever Foundation, and the tremendous work done by 20-30 in this field. For this reason this new committee was established for the purpose of education. No active solicitation of funds will be made, this year, but since it is a major Active 20-30 project, we would be remiss if we did not find out more about it.

You see, it will be an exciting year for all of us. A year in which we expand the heritage of 36 years of service given us by outstanding men of vision into an even greater good for our communities. Let us, Area VIII of Active 20-30 International, lead the way in Enthusiasm, Goodwill and Progress. Let us bring in the most members, form the most new Clubs, perform the larger services. Let us go more than half-way toward making this merger a success. And let us get the greatest good from the services we perform.

Owen Barnes. “Renewed Incentive”. The Activian, September 1960, p3.