Active 20-30 International

Active 20-30 International

Active 20-30 International had its beginnings in 1922 when young men in two widely separated communities of the United States saw the need for a service club for young men. They found that established service clubs were dominated by older men, run by older men, and whose officers were invariably much older men. This realization led those groups of ambitious young men to stray away from existing groups and organize a club of their own.

These pioneers created clubs that shared the ideal that young men should have a chance to engage actively in service to their communities; where young ideas, backed by enthusiasm and the energy of youth, could share in the civic responsibilities on an equal basis with clubs composed of older men. Two organizations, Active International in Aberdeen, Washington and 20-30 International in Sacramento, California were formed. Both the International and Active International Associations were charter members of the World Council of Young Men’s Service Clubs (WOCO).

In 1959, President Norm Morrison of 20-30 and President Ken Helling of Active exchanged a letter renewing the long standing proposal that these two identical young men’s service clubs should merge. Between 1959 and 1960 meetings were held between the two groups, culminating with the merger of the two groups into Active 20-30 International on August 1, 1960. While the mechanics of the merger were being formulated each organization maintained its separate administrative structure, officers, and National Office through its convention year. In October 1960 the first combined magazine, Active 20-30, made its appearance and the first convention of the Active 20-30 International was held in Tucson Arizona July 10-14, 1961 where the Constitution and bylaws were officially adopted.

Active 20-30 International has grown to include National Associations in Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and United States. Active 20-30 International is a founding member of WOCO, the World Council of Service Clubs. Organizations from around the world belong to this conglomerate: APEX International, Round Table International, JECC, CREST, and Active 20-30 International provide fellowship in every corner of the globe.

Active 20-30 International has grown to include National Associations in Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and United States. Active 20-30 International is a founding member of WOCO, the World Council of Service Clubs. Organizations from around the world belong to this conglomerate: APEX International, Round Table International, JECC, CREST, and Active 20-30 International provide fellowship in every corner of the globe.