Goals & Expectations for the History Committee, part 3

Another task / goal of the History Committee is to track down club memorabilia.

Several items have been donated over the years and I’d like to share a few of those donations in the next few posts. I also get an alert of items found on Ebay (or more likely, a member tells me about them) and I try to purchase the item.

The first thing I did as Chair was go around my mom’s house and see what memorabilia she and my dad had. It’s what I consider a “private collection” as she still would like to keep it for now, so I took photos and shared. I’ve done the same with my own private collection.

If you would like to donate, please send to the National Office, if you see anything for sale, let me know. If you have some neat items in your own private collection, but are not ready to donate, take photos and share with me. I’d love to have a digital gallery of memorabilia. It would also be helpful in case there are items people would like to borrow for club anniversary celebrations.

Goals & Expectations for the History Committee, part 2

One of the tasks for the History Committee is a little bittersweet, and that is collecting information on our past actives that have passed away.

I have been keeping track of obituaries that pop up with mentions of time in Active 20-30 Clubs (or 20/30 clubs). On the current list: you can find the names, years lived, and where they passed away.

Wayne Ingraham and Jeff Okrepkie recently shared their research on Active 20-30 of Santa Rosa #50 ‘s Past Actives, and their spreadsheet had quite a bit of information that would be a great way of keeping records. I’m working on creating a similar list, and will share with you.

It would be helpful if you could start looking into your own Past Actives (begin with your Club Presidents) and create a list. Once done, send to the Historian to be added into one list (and folder that has the obituary and any photos). This also helps us make note of accomplishments our members have done after being in Active 20-30.

Email me (mchlspil@gmail.com) any names (& obits) that should be added. Thanks!

Goals & Expectations for the History Committee, part 1

My time as National History Chair began with asking for information on my Grandparents in Active 20-30, (as well as hearing stories from my parents’ time in the club). As I discovered some fun tidbits in my research, I was excited to share with others. This lead to me telling each National President, that I would like to keep “snooping” into the history if they didn’t mind. Nine years later, and I have been excited that more and more members are interested in knowing history and their eyes don’t glaze over after hearing stories for more than a few minutes.

We are reaching the mid-way point this term and start looking for members interested in running for Offices and be on committees. Stay tuned as I share some of the goals and expectations the committee has done through the years. Please reach out to me if you are like minded in keeping records of our living history as well as continue sharing our past endeavors. We can coordinate a smooth transition next term. I plan to still be “behind the scenes” working on a history book, but hope other members can take over the reign.

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

Snooping Into Active 20-30’s Past?

I LOVE history, especially when I can find a more personal connection to it. Knowing that my grandparents and parents were members of Sacramento #1, made me curious to learn more about this organization’s past.

Here are two articles that I found had some interesting information, the first is an article the day after the very first official meeting of the 20-30 club and the second one mentions the 50th anniversary celebration where there was an explanation of the hourglass symbol (interesting to note that things haven’t changed much with a social hour, followed by a dinner where likely there were speeches and announcements, followed by dancing).  I might be the only one that’s jumping for joy at this find but it is exciting to be able to solve mysteries of the past and learn how things came about and what happened. Enjoy!

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Organization of 20-30 Club is Completed

Final organization of the 20-30 Club, composed of men between the ages of 20 and 30 years engaged in all lines of work, yesterday was completed at a meeting held at the chamber of commerce, when officers were elected and constitution and by-laws were approved.

The officers of the club are: Paul Claiborne, president; A.B. Frank, vice president; Carroll Couture, second vice president; C.J. McBride, secretary; Joe Rohl, treasurer, Jack Foale, sergeant at arms; directors, E. Casey, R. Cohen, Homer Dunn, R.Kirby, and Clarence Breuner.

The next meeting of the club will be held December 28th at 8 p.m. at the chamber of commerce.

A feature of the program yesterday was the appearance of Verne Vernill, female impersonator, who sang several songs.

 Sacramento Union, 20 Dec. 1922:  22.

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20-30 Club Was Born In Sacramento

“Twenty-Thirty is Fifty” is the theme of a dinner dance which will be held Saturday in the Woodlake Inn in observance of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the 20-30 club.

More than 500 members and former members and their wives will be in attendance at the affair, which will start with a 6 p.m. social hour followed by dinner and dancing.

Toasts and messages of welcome will be offered by David K. Murphy, president of the club; J. Edward Cain, president in 1927, and Robert Baumgart, who held the office in 1953.

Gene Pendergast is chairman of arrangements.

It was in 1922 that 20-30 Club, long an international organization, had its beginnings. The late Paul Claiborne conceived the idea of forming a service club with a membership that would consist only of young men and with goals directed toward helping the youth of the community – two needs that were not being filled at the time by senior service clubs in the Sacramento area.

Along with Earle G. Casey, Alfred B Franke, Charles G McBride and Marshall A Page, Claiborne took his idea to Mitchel Nathan, then president of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

The first meeting was held Dec. 19 and the hourglass, a symbol of the passage of youth, was adopted as the emblem.

Soon after the Sacramento club had established itself, 20-30 began to expand into new areas. Clubs were formed in San Bernardino, San Francisco, Hayward, Tracy, and Oakland.

By 1941 charters were granted to clubs from California to Indiana, from Washington to New Mexico. In 1946, with the chartering of a club in Juarez, Mexico, 20-30 became an international organization and at a “victory” Convention, the official name of the association of 20-30 Clubs was changed to 20-30 International and the age limit advanced to 35.

In the years to follow, expansion began in the far west and Southwest. Clubs also spread through Mexico and into all the Central American countries and parts of South America.

Nineteen Twenty-Two was also the birth date of another service club. Some 700 miles of Sacramento, in Aberdeen, Wash., another group of young men had hit upon Claibornes’ idea and formed an organization which they named “Active”. Throughout the years of expansion both 20-30 and Active were drawn along similar paths. In 1959 President Norm Morrison of 20-30 International and President Ken Helling of Active International proposed that the two almost-identical clubs should merge. On August 1, 1960, Active and 20-30 became known as Active 20-30 International.

Throughout its fifty years of service to the community and country, 20-30 members (or more recently Active 20-30 members) have provided aid and service to youth and provided a training ground for young businessmen.

Sacramento Bee, 26 Nov. 1972:  W-1+.