Greater Sacramento #1032
What is the Active 20-30 Club?
Active 20-30 is a non-profit organization that provides adults between the ages of 20 and 39 with an opportunity for personal growth, friendships and leadership development while improving the quality of life for the special needs of children in our communities.
20-30 members come from all professions and walks of life. Our organization differs from many service organizations because we not only raise money for children's charities but also encourage "hands on" interaction. This active participation serves to solidify our relationships with those we serve, maintains motivation, and produces a degree of personal satisfaction.
The Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032 has been helping children in the Sacramento community since 1940 as an auxiliary of the Sacramento Men’s Club. Originally known as “The 20-30-ettes”, our members – who were required to be married to a member of the Men’s club - met to play bridge and enjoy each other’s company while their husbands participated in Active 20-30 events. Our members were also always available to assist any projects hosted by the Men’s Club. As the decades passed, the ladies decided that they too would focus their time and energy towards the needy children in our community and our members created their own events. Our club has tried several different events like Chili Cook-off, Taste of the City, Monte Carlo, Carnivale and Footgolf before we settled on two events that have become our signature events – Sactown Urban Dash and Crab Feed. Our requirements for membership have also changed with the times and we welcome anyone with the devotion and dedication to help the needy children in our community. In 1991, The 20-30-ettes formally chartered as an Active 20-30 club, changing their name to Greater Sacramento #1032.
Greater Sacramento #1032 has implemented:
Standing Rules and By-Laws of Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032
In 1922, two organizations were formed - the Active International in Aberdeen, Washington and the 20-30 Club in Sacramento, California. On August 1st, 1960, these two organizations merged to become Active 20-30 International. Active 20-30 International has grown to include clubs in Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatamala, Mexico, Panama and the United States.
Active 20-30 International is also one of the founding members of WOCO - World Council of Young Service Clubs. Our involvement with WOCO provides our members with excellent opportunities to travel around the world and form lasting friendships with other young adults from organization such as Round Table International, APEX International, JECC and CREST. Our organization also has strong ties to Kin Clubs of Canada. All these organizations have similar operational principles.
To develop members, by precept and example, into a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship, and to create in them a desire to participate actively in civic and welfare work in their respective communities;
To create in every member a personal desire for knowledge and self-improvement, and to develop trust, friendship and understanding between people in their professional and social activities;
To provide a practical means of forming enduring friendships and good-will among its members in their communities, their country and throughout the world;
To hold and promote entertainment, instructions, programs and social gatherings in and for the furtherance of the purposes of "Active 20-30 United States & Canada".
With the productive years of my life before me, with ambitions and ideals to be realized, I accept the following principles necessary in their attainment:
- To show proper appreciation for my community, and to do everything in my power for its growth and development;
- To recognize that friendship is reciprocal and that friendly cooperation is the foundation of society;
- To offer sincere service to Active 20-30 and to fulfill to the best of my ability any task that the organization my assign me;
- To recognize the intrinsic worth of the objects of Active 20-30 which are the development, by precept and example of a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship, providing of a practical means of forming enduring friendships, of rending altruistic service and building better communities.
"Providing young adults an opportunity for personal growth, friendships, and leadership development while improving the quality of life for the special needs of children in its community."
"Youth, to be served, must serve."
"One never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child."
Active 20-30 Closing Song
Obligations of Each Club
In accepting an Active 20-30 Club and issuing a charter, the Active 20-30 United States & Canada vests in that club all rights, privileges and authority of an affiliated Active 20-30 Club and by the acceptance of a charter has assumed all obligations imposed by the National Bylaws and National Policies. These may be briefly summarized:
- To create new Active 20-30 Clubs and to supervise existing clubs;
- To maintain a cross section of members and a balance in the age bracket between 20 to 40 years of age;
- To hold regular meetings;
- To be represented at all National Conventions;
- To pay Active 20-30 United States & Canada for each and every member per capita tax paid annual on July 1st and pay pro-rated dues for each new member along with a new member fee;
- To maintain the Active 20-30 plan of organization and submit regular reports as required by the National organization.
Why a National Association?
In the beginning, there was but one club and it operated much as it pleased because it was just a local proposition. However, as Active 20-30 began to expand and the number of clubs increased, it was necessary to form some kind of central controlling body for the following purposes:
- To plan and direct a definite program of expansion;
- To form an enforcement body to assure all clubs that every club was meeting the basic requirements;
- To establish a central clearing house where the best ideas and thought originating in the various clubs might be disseminated and made available for the use of all clubs.
What is a National Convention?
Each year at the annual convention, club delegates elect officers who adopt or reject throughout the following year various laws and policies for the general welfare of Active 20-30 United States & Canada. Thus, the National Association is not a superior body which dictates to the club, but is the machinery set up to carry out the wishes and desires to each club and every member. The National Association is not a body forced upon each club; it is the correlation of the force and power of all Active 20-30 Clubs and their members.
The National Office
Active 20-30 United States & Canada maintains a National Office in Sacramento, California, through which the affairs of the National organization are administered by our National Board.