20-30 National History

History of Redwood Empire #1029

The Active 20-30 Organization of the UnitedStates and Canada provides young adults with an opportunity for personalgrowth, friendship and leadership development while improving the quality oflife for disadvantaged children in their community.

In February 1990, the Active 20-30 Clubof the Redwood Empire was founded by a group of local businesswomen. It iscomprised both of single and married women in their 20’s and 30’s who want tomake a difference in their local community.

Redwood Empire 20-30 has a rich historyof involvement in the Sonoma County community as a non-profit serviceorganization. The club holds fundraisers, participates in hands-on events,donates funds to local organizations, and holds socials in addition toentertaining general meetings.


National History Realizing The Need

Active 20-30 International had itsbeginnings in 1922 when young men in two widely separated communities of theUnited States saw the need for a service club for young men. They found thatestablished service clubs were dominated by older men, run by older men, andwhose officers were invariably much older men.

This realization led those groups ofambitious young men to stray away from existing groups and organized a club oftheir own. These clubs shared the ideal that young men would have a chance toengage actively in service to their communities; where young ideas, backed byenthusiasm and the energy of youth, could share in civic responsibilities on anequal basis with clubs composed of older men.

These pioneers of young men’s serviceclubs simultaneously created two virtually identical clubs: the ActiveInternational, located in Aberdeen, Washington, and 20-30 International formedin Sacramento, California.

Both the International and ActiveInternational Associations were charter members of the World Council of YoungMen’s Service Clubs (WOCO). John Armenia, Joe Crowe and Arnie Scheldt of Activeand Dr. James Vernetti, Henry Heyl and Ray Fletcher of 20-30 were among thosewho fostered the World Council movement up to its formal beginning in 1945 (SeeWOCO information).

Merging Ideas & Resources

In 1959, President Norm Morrison of20-30 and President Ken Helling of Active, exchanged a letter renewing the longstanding proposal that these two identical young men’s service clubs shouldmerge.

Between 1959 and 1960, meetings wereheld between the two groups, culminating in the proposed Constitution andResolution to be presented to the 1960 Conventions of each organization. Inaddition to Morrison and Helling, Jack Kummert, Doug Martin and Clint McClureof 20-30, and Victory W. “Bill” Smith, Owen Barnes and Jim Robertsonof Active participated in the early negotiations.

In 1960, the 20-30 InternationalConvention was held in Santa Cruz, California. The delegates unanimouslyadopted the merger proposal and the Constitution. One month later, the delegatesat the Active International Convention in Calgary, Alberta, also unanimouslyadopted the propositions. Therefore, on August 1, 1960, Active Internationaland 20-30 International became the Active 20-30 International.

While International Projects selected for the new organization were Keys in theCar, Aid to Scouting, Public Speaking and Rheumatic Fever. During the 1975Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the new International CharityFoundation was adopted to replace Rheumatic Fever.

The major International Projects selected for the new organization were Keys inthe Car, Aid to Scouting, Public Speaking and Rheumatic Fever. During the 1975Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the new International CharityFoundation was adopted to replace Rheumatic Fever.

The Creation of Active 20-30 US & Canada

In 1981, a proposal was put forth to the membership to allow for National Associations in Active 20-30 International. In 1982, the Active 20-30 United States and Canada, Inc., was formed with its National office in the building owned by Active 20-30 US & Canada on 1915 I Street, Sacramento, California. Arnie Krogh of Sacramento served as its first National President. In 1996, the National Office was moved over to 915 L Street in Sacramento, California, where Nossaman LLP, a professional association management team, is currently serving Active 20-30 US & Canada.

International Affiliations

Active 20-30 US & Canada is also a member of Activo 20-30 International and the World Council of Service Organizations (WOCO).

Gavel, Banner and Bell

Every club in Active 20-30 is issued a “club banner”, a brass bell and a president’s gavel. These are standard items that each club must maintain as an Active 20-30 club and must be used at all official club meetings. However, a tradition among many of the clubs is to make sure that no one “steals” these items from the meeting. Any member may attempt to steal one of these items during the meeting and then it is returned in some most unusual ways. Even members visiting from area clubs may attempt to steal one of these items.