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.