Meet Past Active: Jim Vogt

Past President of Healdsburg #205, California

In 2011, Dan Chapin, who was the current president of Healdsburg #205 shared about sitting down with gentleman turning 100. They had something in common to talk about – Active 20-30.

Dan told us, “I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit down with him for an interview that the local online news folks organized. It was one of the most amazing life experiences and for a guy who re-chartered an old club I never imagined this kind of thing would happen.”

Among the stories Jim Vogt passed along, he also gave Dan his 1947 Past Active card.
You can read the published article from The Healdsburg Patch and watch a few videos of Dan and Jim’s day together, their common interests and how the club has changed with time.

Sadly, Jim passed away the following year on May 4, 2012. (see obituary)

I invite you all to connect with past actives – both recent and not-so-recent times. Share with us stories you’ve heard and mementos you’ve seen that help us understand our history together.

Just like the “legacy stories” I share regarding 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generational Active members, I would like to start a series on the Past Actives and their stories. Please contact me (I would love to recognize and feature your history) – mchlspil@gmail.com

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3rd Generation Member in Sacramento #1

(REPOST from 2013)

Active Member:
David Brandenburger, 3rd generation

Any offices you held/hold in 20-30? President, Fall 2012

Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in? Did they hold any offices in 20-30? His Grandfather, Sheldon, was a member in the mid 1930’s. And his father, Steve, was a member and on the Board of Directors in the late 1960’s.

If you are a generational member or know of someone who is, please contact me (I’d love to recognize and feature your history) – mchlspil@gmail.com

  • From [insert club]
  • Active member [insert name] is [#] generation. Any offices you held/hold in 20-30?
  • Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
  • Did they hold any offices in 20-30?
  • Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects? Fun tidbits?
  • Can I get a photo of active member to use and, if possible, the other family members?

You can be as brief or as descriptive as you would like. Either way, I am looking forward to hearing from all the generational members out there.

National Project: Back to School Shopping Spree Origins

Other 20-30 Club national projects:
Universal Fingerprinting
Safety Sallys (putting up warning signs at school’s crosswalks)

Curious to know about when clubs started shopping sprees? Or maybe just wanting to know when it became our current United States National Project?

Members from Sacramento #1 visited the re-chartered Stockton Club around 1974. That club was hosting a back to school shopping spree. They thought it a great idea and brought it back to Sacramento, where a back to school spree happened around 1980.*

More and more clubs starting holding their own shopping sprees and when a new National Project committee was formed in 1993, they ended up deciding on having this be the one that they felt clubs would get behind.

Kevin Thompson from Torrance, California “ran for National President on the campaign of a National Project. My campaign speech included … “I have a dream that on the same day, every year, thousands of Active 20-30 members together with thousands of needy children and their families will gather with the purpose of obtaining new clothes and supplies to return to school.” The vision was to create a united cause as previously Active 20-30 did not have a united National project.” He became the National President in the 1994-1995 term and got to work on making his goal a reality. He hoped to reach out to stores like Mervyn’s or Target and get a corporate deal for across the U.S.**

Back-to-School Shopping Spree

The National Project Committee met with Jan O’Laughlan, Community Projects/Public Affairs Manager, Mervyn’s, and established Saturday, August 3rd as the Active 20-30 Back-to-School Shopping Spree. This will be in concert with Mervyn’s fifth Annual ChildSpree.

With your club’s involvement and all of our clubs across the country, it is our hope to provide clothing and school supplies to over 1500 needy children on this very special day.

It has been a three year endeavor to find a project that all of our clubs could participate in no matter what size the club or how much money the club decided to spend on the project.

The National Office has a sample letter that can be used to send to your local Mervyn’s store as well as “Child Release Form” and a sample set up sheet to give you an idea on how the project should be run.

Each Mervyn’s store has available $1500 matching funds for this purpose. Mervyn’s has requested that each Active 20-30 Club contact the local store to submit a request for these matching funds. While there may be a competing non-profit agency also requesting the allocated funds, Mervyn’s is very aware of our national effort and it would therefor behoove us to submit our requests as soon as possible.

Upon receipt of the club’s request and approval of the $1500 matching funds, Mervyn’s will also provide a very detailed “How-to-Kit” to augment what you will receive from the National Office. Mervyn’s will additionally provide a 10% discount for Active 20-30 the day of the event as well as any sales or special promotions that may be going on.

It is the hope of your National Board of Directors that all of our clubs will participate in this worthwhile National project. However, we know it takes time for new projects to get incorporated into a club’s schedule. But certainly for those clubs who can’t participate this year, they will be able to join the others clubs in 1997.***

3rd Generation Member in Greater Sacramento #1032

Now that I came up with this spotlight format, guess I could do mine.

Active member:
Michele Spilman, 3rd generation

Any offices you held/hold in 20-30? Currently the President of Greater Sacramento #1032 and in my  6th year as USA & Canada National History Chair.  It’s fun to now be able to say I’m also a 3rd Generation Club President. A first for Greater Sacramento #1032. 

Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in? Did they hold any offices in 20-30? My grandfather, Carl Spilman, was a member of Sacramento #1. My grandmother, Helen, was a member of the Sacramento 20-30ettes and a president.

A cousin of my dad’s (Brian Holdener) was a member of Sacramento #1 and was his sponsor into the club.

My father, Craig Spilman, was a member of Sacramento #1, Man of the Year, and Past Active Life. My mother, Dale, was a member of the 20-30ettes and a president, Woman of the Year, Past Active Life, and managed the National Office for two years.

Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects? Fun tidbits? They enjoyed National, International and WOCO conventions in Anaheim, Sacramento, Eugene Oregon, and Santo Domingo. Also enjoyed a WOCO tour in England/Scotland making many friends in the WOCO community.

My dad was known for his pyrotechnics in meetings to make announcements or just as surprises. Always fun!!If you are a generational member or know of someone who is, please contact me (I’d love to recognize and feature your history) – mchlspil@gmail.com

  • From [insert club]
  • Active member [insert name] is [#] generation. Any offices you held/hold in 20-30?
  • Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
  • Did they hold any offices in 20-30?
  • Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects? Fun tidbits?
  • Can I get a photo of active member to use and, if possible, the other family members?

You can be as brief or as descriptive as you would like. Either way, I am looking forward to hearing from all the generational members out there.

2nd Generation Member in Redwood Empire #1029

Thank you for sharing your history, Christy.

Active member:
Christy Calverley, 2nd generation

Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
Her mother, Jeannie Calverley, was a member of Redwood Empire #1029. The club chartered 23 years ago and has it’s first second generation member. [How neat is that?!]
Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects? Fun tidbits?
Christy experienced her first International Convention with her mother when they went to the one in Colombia in 2011.

If you are a generational member or know of someone who is, please contact me (I’d love to recognize and feature your history) – mchlspil@gmail.com

From [insert club]
Active member [insert name] is [#] generation. Any offices you held/hold in 20-30?
Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
Did they hold any offices in 20-30?
Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects? Fun tidbits?
Can I get a photo of active member to use and, if possible, the other family members?
You can be as brief or as descriptive as you would like. Either way, I am looking forward to hearing from all the generational members out there.

3rd Generation Member in Auburn #19

Danny Miller, 3rd generation

He may be a 3rd generation member, but he is also 1 of 8 family members to be part of Active 20-30.  Here are his answers to my questions.

Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
I am one of eight family members to be part of Auburn 20-30 that include my Grandfather Chuck Tutt PAL, my Grandmother Laura Tutt PAL, my Fatter Tony Miller PAL 19 year member, my Mother Charla Miller (Auburn 20-30ettes), Uncle Steve Tutt PAL 20 year member, Aunt Debbie Tutt (Auburn 20-30ettes), and my cousin Kathryn Tutt (current active member).

Did they hold any offices in 20-30?
To the best of my knowledge everyone but Kathryn has held the office of president.

Any other noteworthy accomplishments? 
I have held an office in Auburn #19 of some sort for 17 of my 20 years including a multi-year term as treasurer, 5 terms as president and Region 4 director 2009-2010.  I have chaired many (to many to mention) projects and events.

Big projects?
My biggest project so far has been the Auburn Brewfest, I chaired this the first 4 years.

(left to right in the photo:  Danny Miller, Tony Miller, Charla Miller, Steve Tutt, Debie Tutt, and Kathryn Tutt)

If you are a Generational member or know of someone who is, please contact me (I’d love to recognize and feature your history) – mchlspil@gmail.com

  • From [insert club]
  • Active member [insert name] is [#] generation.  Any offices you held/hold in 20-30?
  • Relation, name, and what club were the other members of the family in?
  • Did they hold any offices in 20-30?
  • Any other noteworthy accomplishments? Big projects?  Fun tidbits?
  • Can I get a photo of active member to use and, if possible, the other family members?

PROJECT: A Gathering of Eagles

eagles-03Pssst … Buddy, ya wanna buy an eagle? Rent one? How about a long term loan?

This is what the US Department of Interior offered the Sacramento City Zoo; a permanent loan of several pairs of Golden Eagles, provided an appropriate display area be created. And that’s when the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento go involved.

A year ago (May ’73) Bill Meeker, a Director of the city zoo, was invited to speak before the Sacramento club on “What’s New At The Zoo?” After hearing about the development of the zoo into one of the most formidable for a community the size of Sacramento, and about Meeker’s plans for future zoo development, he was invited to make a presentation before the club’s Projects and Charities Committee.

Meeker advised the P/C Committee that in order to keep pace with other similar zoos, and in order to maintain public interest and attendance, a new exhibit should be developed every one or two years. Meeker added that there were no funds available for expansion. He therefore envisioned his best source for zoo expansion would be through the Sacramento area’s service clubs. He felt that if one major club, such as Active 20-30, would provide the first new exhibit, this would be the initiative for other service clubs to build additional new exhibits.

Meeker introduced his plans to expand the zoo with a new ornithology area to include many new aviary exhibits. The first being the new eagle aerie for our national bird. He showed the P/C Committee an illustration of a new eagle display shaped like a giant canary cage and said the cost would be approximately $1,500.00 for material and construction. The committee suggested the plan ought to be revised to a larger more natural exhibit with high rock formations, trees, etc. Meeker thought this was a great idea but too expensive since it would boost the cost to around $20,000.00.

Nevertheless, the Sacramento club believed they could build such a cage, using the resources available through its own members, and voted to go ahead with the project.

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After the zoo provided the basic design, several engineers from the club determined what the structural requirements would be and their approximate costs. They estimated if the club could obtain the majority of the materials by donations from the community, the cost could be kept within $2,000.00 … including food and beer. After this, several club members in the construction industry determined the time and manpower requirements. They estimated ten to fifteen members working on the project for five or six weekends would complete the entire job.

An “Eagle Cage Committee” was formed with two co-chairmen: Steve Whichard, who is a partner in Whichard Construction, to provide the expertise and round up materials; and Ned Strong, from the mortgage business, to provide manpower.

The exhibit was planned to include a 25-foot high heavy-gauge screened area which could best be framed with telephone poles. The then-president of the Sacramento club (ahem) just happened to be employed by Pacific Telephone and was able to obtain enough poles for the exhibit, which the telephone company also placed. Through members in the construction industry, cement for the foundation, lumber, nails, metal eagles-02doors for the building, and many other materials were provided. Another major construction item was the framing and gunnite material to create the rock-mountain structure. Steve Whichard was able to have all of the material, as well as its construction, donated by the Northern California Lethe and Plaster Contractors Association. This, obviously saved the club several thousand dollars. All other labor, in addition to tools such as forklifts, power equipment, hammers and pliers, was provided by club members.

The cage took seven working weekends to complete, starting last October and ending in April. Dedication will be May 23, 1974.

Sacramento City Zoo now has a new eagle aerie at no cost to the city, valued at $20,000.00, because of the initiative, imagination and effective use of resources of the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento.

Hefflefinger, Dean. “A Gathering of Eagles.” Active 20-30. April/May 1974: 12-13. Print.

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