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.***

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Diamond Jubilee Song

“Watch Our Story Grow”

I came across a video that was a photo slideshow of the 1984 National Convention in Edmonton, Canada. What excited me about this was the song that was the music for the photos. It is a neat song and I recorded it and listened to it many times in order to write down the lyrics and share with everyone. (I will post a recording of that slideshow at a later date)

If someone comes across this blog entry and knows more about this song or Active 20-30 history, I would also LOVE to hear any stories you’d like to share (please send me an email: mchlspil@gmail.com). It would be nice to re-record this song, but you don’t want to hear me trying to sing it.

record

The Active 20-30 song from Edmonton
Way back when
in 1922
there were two clubs
who saw so much to do
youth to be served, must serve and this they knew
from these two clubs our story grew
There came a time, in 1961, that found us all
how much we could become, if our two clubs could serve the world as one
we’ve come so far yet just begun
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Yes around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
We share a bond
Working side by side in which to meet all challenges with pride
And the future is in children everywhere
To guide them, everyone must care
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Well around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
Take a man who never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child, is small
Young and strong, we serve the world as one
We’ve come so far yet just begun
Around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow
Well around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
For fellowship and leadership, just watch our story grow
Yes, all around the world and across the seas, we joined hands and hearts and histories
The Active 20-30 club, just watch our story grow