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Active 20-30 Club

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FoundersActive International: Ernest Axland, Paul Arthand, Carl Morck, Carl Springer, Carl Teman, Edgar Jones and Pat McNamara 20-30 International: Paul Clairborne
FocusLeadership Development / Disadvantaged Youth
OriginsSacramento, California and Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Area served
North, South and Central America
MethodCommunity service

Active 20-30 International is an international service club focused on helping children and developing leadership skills in younger adults ages 20–39. In the United States and Canada the organization is called the Active 20-30 Club and has over 50 local chapters. In Hispanic America the group is called Activo 20-30 Internacional and has over 60 chapters. The Active 20-30 Club is also a member of a global group called the WOCO Foundation.


Active 20-30 International is the result of the fusion of two Clubs, Active International and 20-30 International. Both were created to give younger adults the opportunity to lead, as leadership positions in established service clubs at that time were dominated by older men.

Active International

Active International was founded in Aberdeen, Washington February 10, 1922, as The Active Club. A group of young men including Ernest Axland, Paul Arthand, Carl Morck, Carl Springer, Carl Teman, Edgar Jones and Pat McNamara were eager to give the young men a more active part in the affairs of the community. Thus, they formed together to establish a young men's club which they named "Active".[1][2] Active was incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington on August 20, 1924. Before long, Active Clubs were formed in Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Olympia.

In 1925 the first convention was held in Montesano, Washington, with Carl Morck of Aberdeen being elected as president. In the same year, the name of the organization was officially changed from Active Club to Active Club International.[3]

The National Offices of Active International have been located in Aberdeen, Tacoma, Raymond and Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4]

20-30 International

20-30 International was founded in Sacramento, CA in the fall of 1922. Paul W. Claiborne was just twenty years of age when he conceived the idea of forming a service club whose members would consist of young men. Together with Earl B. Casey, Alfred B. Franke, Charles G. McBride and Marshall A. Page, he went with his idea to Mitch Nathan, the president of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. Nathan approved of his plan and appointed a committee to foster the formation of a club whose activities would aid the growth and advancement of young men. This committee consisted of F.A.S. "Sandy" Foale, Chairman; Charles Hansen, Clinton Harbor, Joseph Quire and Mrs. Alva Archer. A meeting was held in the Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, December 12, 1922, with Judge Peter J. Shields as the speaker. It was decided to proceed with the organization work immediately. Upon the suggestion of Sandy Foale, the name 20-30 was adopted.[5][6]

An organizational meeting was held on December 19, 1922, and Paul Claiborne was unanimously elected as the first president. Sandy Foale was named chairman of the advisory board. After the Sacramento club had established itself, 20-30 began to expand to new areas.[5][6]

On March 10, 1924, the Stockton, CA club was chartered with the assistance of the Rotary Club in Stockton. G. Lewis Fox was elected president, and Dr. Hall was named Chairman of the Advisory Board. A meeting between Sacramento and Stockton was held on March 5, 1925, and they created the 20-30 Club Executive Council to help with expansion to other cities. In August 1925, the third Club, San Bernardino, California, becomes affiliated with the organization.[5][6]

During 1926, 20-30 Clubs were formed in San Francisco, Hayward, Tracy and Oakland. Delegates from the seven clubs met in San Francisco on August 21, 1926. This was the first convention of 20-30. A Constitution was adopted and the following officers were elected: Sumner Mering, President; Tom Louttit, Vice President; Ivan Shoemaker, Secretary/Treasurer.[5][6]

Expansion of the Active & 20-30 Organizations

In June 1929, Active International became international in fact, as well as in name, with the chartering of the Vancouver International Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Active clubs soon spread through Washington, Oregon, California and Montana in the United States and the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta in Canada. Clubs were also located in Idaho, Hawaii and Washington D.C.

From 20-30's inception in 1922 until December 1941, charters were granted to 260 clubs and a total membership of 4,675 was attained. During the war years, approximately 65 percent of the membership served in the armed forces. This compelled 68 clubs to disband and decreased the number of active clubs to 122 with active membership at 1,800. In many cases the clubs were kept on active status by one or two members who maintained the charter.[6][7]

The official start of international expansion started is up for debate. It was widely believed that with the chartering of the Juarez Club on February 16, 1944, so started the movement of 20-30 in Mexico and Latin America. However, new evidence points to the first real international presence beginning in 1933 when the El Paso, Texas, club was chartered and possibly the Juarez, Mexico Club as well. It was a result of the Juarez charter and that of other Mexican clubs that the name of the association was changed to 20-30 International at the 1946 Victory Convention.[8]


Both 20-30 International and Active International where chartered members of the World Council of Young Men's Service Clubs. John Armenia, Joe Crowe and Arnie Scheldt of Active and Dr. James Vernetti, Henry Heyl and Ray Fletcher of 20-30 were among those who fostered the World Council movement up to its formal beginning in 1945.[9][10]

In 1959 President Norm Morrison of 20-30[11] and President Ken Helling of Active[12] exchanged a letter and renewed the long-standing proposal that these two almost identical young men's service clubs should merge.[13] Throughout 1959 and 1960 meetings were held between the two groups, culminating in the proposed Constitution, and resolution to be presented to the 1960 conventions of each organization.[11]

At the 20-30 International Convention held in Santa Cruz, CA in 1960,[14] the delegates unanimously adopted the merger proposal and the Constitution. One month later, the delegates at the Active international Convention in Calgary, Alberta, also unanimously adopted the propositions. Therefore, on August 1, 1960, Active International and 20-30 International became Active 20-30 International.[14]

The first convention of Active 20-30 International was held in Tucson, AZ, July 10–14, 1961,[15] where the Constitution and By-Laws were officially adopted. Jack Kummert was elected President; Federico G. Lugo as First Vice-President; James Robertson as Second Vice-President. Clint McClure and Owen Barnes, the last presidents of 20-30 and Active respectively, stayed as members of the International Directors Council as Immediate Past Presidents.

Other members of the First Council of Directors of Active 20-30 International were: Ray Manges, Area 1; Norm Jensen, Area 2; Skeet Glidewell, Area 3; Forrest K. Stewart, Area 4; Roy Stype, Area 5; Emilio Pérez-Banuet, Area 6; Joaquin Bours, Associate Director of Area 6; Angel Moreno, Area 7 and Bob Baumgartner, Area 8.

Its presence became so large, that the State of California and Governor Ronald Reagan declared February 20–26, 1967 "Active 20-30 Week" [2]

Active 20-30 International


The original Active International and 20-30 International clubs started as a result of younger members of other service organizations finding that most leadership positions in those organizations were held and reserved for, the older and more senior members. The idea of a time limit for membership was intended to help build leadership and responsibility. The club as a whole focuses on helping children, specifically those that have special needs or are disadvantaged. Local clubs apply that focus to their specific cities and towns.[16][17][18][19]

Symbols and sayings

The symbols and sayings of the organization are typically adaptations of those of Active International and 20-30 International or a confluence of both.


The Active 20-30 International emblem is a buzz saw encircling an hourglass and inscribed "Active 20-30 International."

The emblem selected for Active International was the buzz saw. The buzz saw is just about the most active object you can find anywhere. Even when motionless, as it is on the emblem, it has the appearance of intense activity. Since Aberdeen was a lumber center and sawmills with humming saw blades were in evidence everywhere, it was only logical that the founders of Active chose the buzz saw for their emblem. The buzz saw represents the usefulness of intense activity and the abundant energy of responsible youth, means power, strength, and progress.[11]

The emblem of 20-30 International was an hourglass, symbolizing the passage of time and the need of young man to take advantage of his time and energy for useful activities. Around this hourglass, there were four "S". The four "S" have a double significance since these were the initials of the first four 20-30 Clubs (Sacramento, Stockton, San Bernardino and San Francisco) and they also form the initials of the original slogan "Sincerity in Service, our Slogan for Success".[11]

Upon the merger, a new emblem was developed incorporating both. The 4 "S" were removed and the hourglass was placed within a 23 tooth buzzsaw.

Mission statement

The mission statement is "Providing young adults with an opportunity for personal growth, friendship and leadership development while improving the quality of life for the special needs children in our community."

Club motto

The club's motto is "Youth, to be served, must serve" and variations on the club slogan include "One never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child," "A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child," "Man never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child," and "A person never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child."


The club's colors are red, blue, and gold.


Local clubs include women's chapters, men's chapters, and co-ed chapters. The age requirement to be a member is 20-39 to allow for youth leadership training. Honorary members can be of any age. Many Active 20-30 Clubs partner with other service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, and Soroptimist, and Active 20-30 Club members often join these groups later on in life.[20][21]

Notable members & alumni

Organizational structure

The Active 20-30 Club is organized locally, nationally, and internationally.

US & Canada

Current active clubs in the United States and Canada include: Albuquerque, Auburn, Bakersfield, Brentwood, Carson Valley, Chico, Denver, Eugene, Feather River Valley, Glendale, Gold Rush, Greater Folsom, Greater Roseville/So. Placer Co., Greater Sacramento, Hangtown, Healdsburg, Madera, Marysville/Yuba City, Merced, Napa, Rohnert Park & Cotati, Petaluma, Phoenix, Redding, Redwood Empire, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Scottsdale, Seattle, Sebastopol, Southern Arizona, Tucson, Valley of the Sun.[65]


Local chapters are divided into larger bodies. In the United States and Canada, there are six regions:

  • Region 1: Dormant
  • Region 2: I5 Corridor from Sacramento to Seattle
  • Region 3: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and New York
  • Region 4: Nevada, California Sierras and Central California
  • Region 5: San Francisco Bay Area & North Coast.

In Latin America each country is divided into its own region known as an association.

Latin America

Current active clubs in the Latin America include:


Armenia, Barrancabermeja, Barranquilla, Bogotá, Cali, Manizales, Medellín, Pereira, Santa Marta,

Costa Rica

San Jose, Cañas, Limón, Perez Zeledón, Tilarán, Tres Ríos, Metropoli.

Dominican Republic

Azua, Baní, Barahona, La Vega, Mao, Moca, Nagua, Padre Las Casas, San Francisco de Macorís, Santiago, Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, San Juan de la Maguana, Villa Vásquez [66]

El Salvador

San Salvador, San Miguel, San Vicente, San Salvador Centro, Usulután and San Francisco Gotera


Delicias, Juárez, Chihuahua, Mukira, Ensenada, Mulier, Los Mochis, Somachi, Meoqui, Saucillo, Cuauhtémoc, Michoacán.


Managua Capital, Granada


Aguadulce, Boquete, Colón Sur, Changuinola, Chitré, David, La Concepción, Las Cumbres, Las Tablas, Panamá, Panamá Noreste, Panamá Oeste, Panamá Pacífico, Penonomé, Puerto Armuelles, Santiago


Lima, Chiclayo

National/International Interaction

Each country has their own national governing body. In the US & Canada the composition is unique due to the considerable size and geographic reach of the association's membership. The National Board is composed of the nine elected officers which include the Regional Directors (one per region), the National President-elect, National President and the Immediate Past National President as well as three appointed positions; National Treasurer, Executive Director and the International Relations Officer (IRO).

In other countries the governing body is called the Council of Presidents. Each individual club is represented by their president. Also included is the National President-elect, National President and the Immediate Past National President as well as the appointed positions; National Treasurer, National Secretary and the International Relations Officer (IRO)

The International Board for the International Organization has representation by each national president and includes the International President-elect, International President as well as the appointed positions; International Treasurer, International Secretary and the international International Relations Officer (IRO)


The Active 20-30 Club is also part of a global group called the WOCO Foundation, the World Council of Service Organizations. This includes the Round Table India, Round Table Austria, Round Table Belgium, Round Table Cyprus, Round Table Kenya, Round Table France, Round Table Germany, Round Table Israel, Round Table Italy, Ladies Circle: India, Round Table Malta, Round Table Mauritius, Round Table Nepal, Round Table Portugal, Round Table Seychelles, Round Table Sri Lanka, Round Table Switzerland, and Apex Bangladesh.[67]


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