W.W.T.C. – Curious

Wednesday Weekly Theme Challenge – (July 20 – 26): Curious

Last year I found a weekly genealogy challenge with different topics, and realized some of the themes can be easily applied to our history.

Have you come across a photo or story related to Active 20-30 and wanted to know more?

There has been quite a few that I have found, and others that have been shared, that had me going down rabbit holes. Some of them have been from people finding 20-30 dedicated plaques at parks, a photo of a horse at an indoor meeting promoting an event, or names of famous people.

I came across a photo of an 20-30 club putting on a Donkey Basketball benefit game. I’ll have to find that photo later. For now, here is a newspaper one from the Arizona Republic (6 Apr 1937), “Phoenix 20-30 Club decided to stage a series of donkey softball and polo games”.


Play along. Comment below or tag this page in your post for any stories or photos you would like to share.

Living History & Re-Discovering Older History

Who else went to the 2022 Convention and Centennial Celebration this last week?

There is no better feeling than walking into the hotel and getting hugs from people you have not seen in several years. The sense of belonging to a group that expands across countries is so wonderful. Listening to club success stories, seeing graphs of how much money raised and how many children and families helped, is the boost you need each year to recommit to helping in your own community.

This year also marks 100 years this organization has been around. It might have started out with two clubs but it has grown and expanded into so much more. I have been rejuvenated to work on sharing some living history of the last few years as well as rediscovering our older history. I hope to get out of my comfort zone by reaching out and talk to past members and get their stories. As well as talking out to clubs to create history books for their clubs. The idea is to have at least one member from each club helping to add records of their club officers, members honored with awards, and events they have held.

If there is something you do have, or has been given to you, that you would like to share, please reach out to be featured. Profiles about you, stories, and photos, are always appreciated. active2030archives@gmail.com

Will be featuring daily themes along with Club Anniversaries. And anything else that comes up to share.

Member Monday

Pin It On Tuesday

Weekly Theme Challenge Wednesday

From The Archives Thursday or Document Thursday

Flash Back Friday or Newspaper Find Friday

Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser

Each month has several notable observances & themes that are used by various groups to raise awarness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something. Some of the things in APRIL are: National Volunteer, Autism Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness, & Child Abuse Prevention Month.

I came across this article in The Active Twenty-Thirtian about the Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser and how money raised went to the All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center and their Safehouse. The club hosted the event for over 20 years. (Here is a photo of the club at their event in 2011).

Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103

Mark Stanley (Phoenix), National Director Region 3

The Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque was chartered in 1988 and has quietly grown into one of the strongest clubs in ourorgnaization. Located in Duke City, this club has been recognized nationally for providing funds and support for the Children’s Safehouse of Albuquerque.

In 1989, the Albuquerque Club launched the Equestrian Cup annual fundriasing event, committing all profits from the fundraiser to jump-start the Safehouse Project. The Club is the Center’s largest private source of funding, with contributions of more than $680,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours.

In September, the Club hosted the 12th Annual Eqestrian Cup and raised approximately $75,000 for the Safehouse. What is most amazing is the Club raised these funds with only 14 hard working members.

The Club was nationally recognized in 2000, when the members were invited to Washington D.C. to receive the National Children’s Alliance Volunteer Leadership Group Award “(“VLGA”). In a Capitol Hill ceremony, New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici presented the VLGA to Club President Christ Buttner before a group of nearly 300 dignitaries, mostly U.S. Senators and Congress members. “Albuquerque’s Active 20-30 Club has demonstrated the type of community service and volunteerism that should inspire us all to get involeved and the local level,” Domenici said.

The VLGA is presented annually by the Children’s Alliance, a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to assist communities looking to improve their response to child abuse by establishing Children’s Advocacy Centers. “It was a real honor,” said Buttner, “Pete Domenici did a wonderful job of describing what we do, and what the safehouses represent.”

Many congratulations to the Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque. your success is an inspiration to all Clubs as we continue the mission of 20-30!

Stanley, Mark, “Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103”, The Active Twenty-Thirtian, April 2002, Vol. 80, No. 1, p 1.

Renal Care Gift

Napa Active 20-30 Club Gets It Together

On the evening of the Active 20-30 Club’s semi-annual dinner dance, two of the club’s members took the time to visit a third member.

Attorney David Gaw and Realtor Scott Brown stopped at Queen of the Valley Hospital to Visit Marvis Ernest, a patient of the Renal Care Unit.

That day Marvis had spent six hours of dialysis on the artificial kidney machine. He told his visitors how his treatment had been facilitated by use of a new uni-puncture machine, the only machine available to kidney patients at that time.

Gaw and Brown went on to the dance, where they took some more time to communicate their new awareness of the complicated treatments face by victims of kidney disease. The next morning, they called Marvis at the Queen and told him people at the dance had pledged enough money to provide another uni-puncture machine for the hospital.

Several days later, club president, Adrian Fenderson, D.D.S., Gaw, Brown, and Ernest presented Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation with a check in the amount of $750. The new machine has been ordered.

The Active 20-30 Club of Napa is to be congratulated for reacting so generously and spontaneously to an area of patient care worthy of much more public attention.

Doctors tells us that bones can break, muscles can atrophy, glands can loaf and even the brain can go to sleep without immediate danger to survival. But should the kidneys fail, neither bones, muscles, gland nor brain could carry on.

We are also informed that over 8 million Americans suffer with kidney-related diseases. It is the fourth greatest health problem in the nation today.

Over 60,000 men, women, and children die in this country each year, from some form of disease of the kidneys. Over 3 million Americans have an unrecognized and undiagnosed disease of the kidneys.

Fortunately, medical scientists have concentrated their attention more and more on the kidneys in recent years and progress has been made in diagnosis, treatment and therapy. More can be done for the victims of kidney disease today than has ever been possible before.

One of the most serious disorders is acute kidney shutdown. The shutdown can be caused by systemic disfunctions or by crushing type accidents as might be incurred in an automobile mishap. None of us are immune to such happenstance.

Until recently, no person in the city and county of Napa, or Solano County, or parts of Lake, Sonoma or Sacramento counties could receive treatments to carry out those functions ordinarily performed by the kidneys without traveling to Sacramento., the immediate Bay Area, or Santa Rosa.

These treatments involve the use of an artificial kidney, or dialysis machine, and often involve daily treatments and procedures of six hours. Costs, travel and human suffering caused these treatments, in many cases, to be prohibitive. Quite simply, people died.

In May, 1974, the only renal care unit to serve patients in these areas was established at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. The unit functions as a satellite of Sandford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. It opened with three dialysis machines. It now has four such machines, could use one more, and is available for chronic and acute dialysis 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The unit can treat six or seven patients daily. It provided 125 treatments in June of this year, and 927 treatments in its first year of operation.

Obviously, as the hospital can provide more and improved equipment, the unit can increase its capacity to serve a larger area. Unfortunately, hospital re-imbursements through Medicare and Medi-cal cannot compensate the cost of treatment. Consequently, equipment needs are most often met through funds which find their way to the hospital through the effort and generosity of concerned individuals and organizations such as the Napa Active 20-30 Club.

“Renal Care Gift,” Active 20-30, October / November 1975, vol. 14, no. 2, p. 4-5.

20-30 Club World War II Memorial Plaque

During the Twentieth Annual “Victory” Convention, August 19 – 25, 1946 in Sacramento, California a memorial plaque was reveled.

On Wednesday, August 21st, represented the opening Plenary Session in the State Assembly Chambers. The location of this gather was particularly convenient and appropriate. The sea of delegate’s serious faces silently announced to the leaders in the rostrum that they were ready for business and prepared to map the year’s future. National President Jim Vernetti presided and after “America” and the Pledge to the Flag, Past National President Abbe Strunck of San Antonio, Texas, gave the invocation. Committee and officer reports followed until the time had arrived for the Period of Remembrance for the 20-30ians who had given their lives in World War II. The audience consisted principally of delegates and officials with a few 20-30ians and visitors who had realized such a ceremony was to take place. In view of the program which followed, absolutely every person in attendance at the convention should have been present because without having witnessed the Period of Remembrance they returned to their homes without the memory of something which would never leave them. The celebrated Convention Bureau Stringed Ensemble with its women’s choir augmented the solemnly conducted ceremony consisting of Invocation, Unveiling of the Memorial, reading of the names of the casualties, the Eulogy and “Lest We Forget”. The Creation Hymn, Green Cathedral, Lord’s Prayer, My Buddy, and Day is Done, was sung in the soft clear tones of bells tolling in the distance. Only the light tap of the gavel opened the half-hour period, and only “Taps” and another light touch of the gavel closed it. The assembly slowly wended its way out, speechless and silent in reverence of that which had just been witnessed.

(Twenty-Thirtian, October 1946, pp11-12)

In Memoriam

As listed in January 1946 issue.
The Association of 20-30 Clubs, permanent War Memorial plaque with the names of war casualties inscribed thereon.
54 clubs reported 75 casualties.

Rank – Name – Location – Club Number

  • T/Sgt. Jesse W. Andrew – Alice #239
  • Lt. Robert M. Arthur – Corpus Christi #199
  • Lt. Herb Baker – Sacramento #1
  • Sgt. Robert E. Baly – El Centro #115
  • CM 2/c William E. Bates – Beaumont #185
  • Joe Bates – Fresno #12
  • 2nd Lt. Mayo Bills – Houston #192
  • Joseph H. Boyle – Madera #160
  • Capt. Frank D. Bradford – Fresno #12
  • Lt. (j.g.) Donald R. Brown – Healdsburg #215
  • 1st Lt. Loren Bubar – San Luis Obispo #93
  • Lt. Wilmer L. Buzan – Corona #26
  • Lawrence Chenoweth, Jt. – Bakersfield #27
  • Pvt. Kenneth Cole – Flagstaff #142
  • Chf. Pharm. Nick Colabella – Santa Rosa #50
  • SC/2 Edwin J. Cook – Redding #143
  • Pfc. Woodrow Cornett – S.W. Los Angeles #206
  • Joe DeClark – S.W. Los Angeles #206
  • Duray Dorsey – San Bernardino #3
  • Lt. Ernest Emery – Kingman #157
  • Pfc. John W.R. Engholm – Gallup #180
  • Maj. John Evans – Seattle #215
  • Lt. Pierre Ferran – Napa #57
  • Claude Fleming – Carlsbad #202
  • Lt. James Fowler – Santa Barbara #42
  • Warren Feeland – Bakersfield #27
  • Robert Fulton – Idaho Falls #114
  • Robert Gardner – Patterson #91
  • Lt. Daniel H. Gatti – Westwood #200
  • Lt. Waldorf George – Pomona #9
  • Lt. S. Kenneth Graff – Alhambra #117
  • 1st Lt. Edward Hampton – Taft #77
  • 2nd Lt. O.W. Handy – Riverside #10
  • S/Sgt. Norbert Hans – Redding #143
  • Sgt. Preston Harris – Corpus Christi #199
  • 1st Lt. William L. Hart, Jr. – Kingman #157
  • Lt. John H. Hartsfield – Gallup #180
  • Charles Heller – San Antonio #167
  • 1st Lt. George B. Herbert – Houston #192
  • Corp. William L. Hoyt – Ontario #13
  • Lt. George Hudnutt, Jr. – Sacramento #1
  • Edward J. Jacobs – Flagstaff #142
  • S 1/c Arthur F. Johnsen – Huntington Park #16
  • Lt. Leonard A. Johnson – Corpus Christi #199
  • Lt. George Jones – Sacramento #1
  • Dave Kaufman – San Antonio #167
  • Lt. A.S. Kidd – Santa Monica #233
  • Ernest Krohnert – Mt. Shasta #203
  • Ens. William Laws – Santa Rosa #50
  • Lt. Robert T. Marquess – Carlsbad #202
  • 1st Lt. Pike B. Martin, Jr – Fresno #12
  • Lt. Admiral McDonald – San Antonio #167
  • Maynard Melmick – Van Nuys #207
  • Lt. Byron Michaelson – Huntington Park #16
  • George Moore – Artesia #231
  • Capt. John Mulvaney, Jr. – Alameda #183
  • Sgt. Floyd Oehlerking – Long Beach #29
  • Lt. Frederick H. Palmer – Palo Alto #25
  • Pfc. Sanator J. Passarino – Healdsburg #205
  • Pfc. Clifford E. Patton – San Francisco-Park Presidio #246
  • Lt. William H. Paulsen, Jr. – Salinas #44
  • Ivan Richardson – Bakersfield #27
  • Richard Riley, M.D. – Albuquerque #103
  • Lt. Glen Salisbury – Idaho Falls #114
  • Harry Schellhase – San Antonio #167
  • Lee J. Shudde – Houston #192
  • Rm 1/c David Solari – Chowchilla #249
  • Pvt. Joseph Spina – Los Banos #108
  • Lt. Jack R. Stewart – San Antonio #167
  • Corp. Garth B. Tillotsen – Ogden #179
  • Pfc. Marshall Weimer – Napa #57
  • Lt. Stanley Wells – Wilmington #177
  • Charles Wiese – Patterson #91
  • Lt. Jack Wiles, Jr. – Burbank #127
  • Lt. (j.g.) David Wright – Sacramento #1

As listed in May 1946 issue.
Additional war casualties have been reported to the Association of 20-30 Clubs. Following names will be added to the plaque.

Rank – Name – Location – Club Number

  • Foster Beal – Clovis #225
  • Bud Edwards – Highland Park #226
  • Lt. Jack Hodgins – Santa Barbara #42
  • Bob Jensen – Highland Park #226
  • RM 3/c Howard Keffer – Brawley #150
  • Bob Maxon – Highland Park #226
  • Lt. Col. Herbert Mills – El Paso #96
  • Ray McGinley – Santa Ana #22
  • Lt. Don Riley Powell – Fallon #40
  • 2d. Lt. Bert Ross – Santa Rosa #50
  • Carl Schreider – Clovis #225
  • Dr. H.J. Seyfarth – Turlock #68
  • John Shield – Clovis #225
  • S/Sgt. John C. Walden – El Paso #96


Women in Active 20-30

In an effort to bring our association into conformity with the public accommodation laws of the State of California and other states, and in light of last summer’s Supreme Court decision mandating the admission of women in Rotary Clubs and subsequent decisions by other mainstream service clubs, such as Lions, Kiwanis, and Jaycees, to allow women as members, your elected National Board has prepared a proposed change in our constitution and bylaws allowing for qualified women to apply for membership in Active 20-30. Our National Association is incorporated, along with Active 20-30 International, in the State of California. While our constitution is technically in violation of these public accommodation laws and subject to scrutiny by the Franchise Tax Board of California, we have not yet been challenged by this taxing authority, also, to date, our constitutional provisions for membership as expressly male-only, has not been challenged by court action or lawsuit, which could definitively determine whether Active 20-30, is in fact, more private and social than public and whether finite and strict membership guidelines are universally and uniformly applied, to protect our male-only status and U.S. constitutional rights. It’s been argued that perhaps, if challenged in court, we could delay a decision for a few years through the legal and appeals process. However, this action would exact a cost, in potential legal fees, and resultant reduction or loss of membership services, the potential loss of our tax status, unfavorable press, and create a divisive issue for our clubs with the possible loss of some dedicated members or clubs.

What effect will this proposed amendment to our constitution have on our association’s membership in Active 20-30/International and in WOCO? The officers of Active 20-30/International are cognizant of our situation and are confident that we will act in a manner which is responsible and prudent in the face of federal and state law regarding this issue.

Active 20-30/International is also incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Also, it is inherent in our international bylaws, that a National association not operate in the direct or indirect conflict with the “laws of the land”. Inquiry on the impact of women in our association in relation to our membership in WOCO was requested. The response was that the WOCO Board and/or a WOCO AGM would not act until needing to do so. We will draft appropriate bylaws amendments for WOCO and International to explicitly provide for the admission of women into an association where its been determined to be the correct action with regards to this sort of legislation or binding rulings by the courts. At this point, we presume that the ratification of this amendment at our next annual general meeting (AGM), during the convention in Phoenix, will not jeopardize our status in WOCO or International.

How will this change affect our clubs and auxiliaries? First, it should be noted that the amendment does not require all of our member clubs to begin admitting women. It provides for women to apply for membership, and be granted membership if qualified, in those states with equal accommodation statutes, such as California, your club will want to check with your state’s agency or authority to verify the existence of these types of laws. (Headquarters staff is presently researching this as well.) We also recommend that your club re-examine your specific membership guidelines to ensure the uniform application of these criteria for prospective members. This action could help prevent local potential legal entanglements with regards to new member applications by women, as well as men. In the states where these laws currently don’t exist, clubs are not mandated to accept applications from women or to grant membership to them. It is the local clubs choice in this case. However, it is incumbent upon the local club officers to be aware of specific local legislation or ruling before acting.

Women’s auxiliary clubs can continue to function as they have previously. No amendments have been proposed, to date, to alter their status. However, these clubs may make formal application for an Active 20-30 club charter. As with all charter applications, the chartering process and procedures must be met prior to approval by the National Board and of course, assuming this amendment is passed by our AGM.

The National President and officers urge you to consider and discuss this issue in your own club and to temper your discourse and judgement in light of the realities we face. Ample opportunity to further discuss this amendment at the upcoming Regional and National meetings will be available, prior to the formal vote, in Phoenix. This vote will cast the immediate and long term future of Active 20-30. The National Board recommends that your club votes in favor of the amendment in its current form, as the best solution to this issue.

“Women in Active 20-30”. The Active Twenty-Thirtian, May 1988, p3.