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!

Club’s Anniversary Dates

Wish you could have a way of knowing when our Club’s are celebrating their anniversaries, to send them a congrats?

Keep an eye out on the Active 20-30 US & Canada and the Activo 20-30 Internacional pages to watch when they post about club anniversaries.

(click here for a list of the USA clubs)

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.

Searching for Active 20-30 History

The easiest way to search for history on Active 20-30 is to go through your club records.  At least, I hope there are records being kept with your club reports.  In my club, the club historian’s duty is to photograph members at different events and capture memorable moments at meetings.  She collects all the fliers and newsletters and bind them all together into a scrapbook at the end of the term.  This is a great way to keep a record of club’s doings each year.  By doing this she continues to add to the history of the club.  But what if you don’t have much in your club’s files and scrapbooks?  What if you are a new club or re-chartering?

Hopefully you would like to find out about your club’s accomplishments in their service to their communities.  The way I’ve been researching started with my club’s archives and sending out requests to past presidents for their scrapbooks.  Slowly getting those scanned and digitized to be able to share with everyone.

The second step was to go to the library and start looking into newspapers.  The key phrases I’ve been using so far:

  • 20-30 Club
  • Twenty Thirty Club
  • Association of 20-30 Clubs
  • 20-30 International
  • (for those clubs that are in Oregon & Washington, try Active Club)
  • Active 20-30
  • (the name of your club)
  • (the name of your club) plus –ettes at the end. These would be club auxiliaries (these were the married wives of members forming their own service group in connection to the husbands clubs)
  • Then find names of your past presidents and start searching them
  • Other notable members in your club
  • (don’t forget lots of times they wrote 20/30 instead of 20-30)
  • Specific events your club might have done through the years
  • Dates you know events happened that they might have covered (example: Conventions)

You can also do this on the internet, but I mostly find information listed on our club websites.  I am slowly finding other historical information though.   Newspapers are adding their archives on the internet, sometimes you have to pay to search and print articles.

The third step is when you have specific information you can go back to your past actives and ask questions that might help trigger better memories of events.  Example, asking a person what they can remember doing during their years in the club would probably result in them saying, “I can’t recall, lots of things”.  But if you have a specific question, “Do you recall how Shopping Spree started?” you might get more information or at least more hints to narrow down when it started or who would be a better person to ask.

A fourth option for records is to go to your cities archives.  Here in Sacramento there are a few places to try to find information.

The State Archives (mostly related to government type stuff like articles of incorporation)

Center for Sacramento History (collections of newspaper articles, original photos might by found, other documents related to the city only)

and the State Library (as well as the city library, which I touched on earlier)

Any more information on ways to research our organization’s history I would love to hear about.

If you find anything, please share it either by writing to me at mchlspil@gmail.com or posting on our Facebook page:  Active 20-30 Club Historical Findings