Two founding members, Milciades Perez and Elias Brache, recently came and shared their stories with the current members of Active 20-30 Club of Santo Domingo.
It was interesting for me to learn that before 1962, the Dominican Republic was under a dictatorship. No public meetings or groups were able to form. After he was assassinated, this opened the country to growth.
Under the leadership of Rene Fernandez (San Salvador #442) members of Active 20-30 reached out to the young men in April 1962. They started holding meetings in May. And by August, the Active 20-30 Club of Santo Domingo, was the first club chartered in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Perez and Mr. Brache formed the 40+ club and the Active 20-30 Foundation in 1982. The foundation helped build a hospital that continues to see more than 40 patients per year in 15 specialties.
It was also shared that Mr. Perez was the author of the Dominican Republic flag salutation (similar to our Pledge of Allegiance here in the United States)
Just like the “legacy stories” I share regarding 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generational Active members, this is a series on the Past Actives and their stories. Please contact me (I would love to recognize and feature your history) – firstname.lastname@example.org