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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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.