All About Active 20-30

“One never stands so tall as when kneeling to help a child”


Mission Statement

Active 20-30 United States & Canada provides young adults between the ages of 20-40 with an opportunity for personal growth, friendship, and leadership development, while improving the quality of life for special needs children in the community.

Who we are

We’re Social! We like to help our community! We love to have a good time doing both! The Active 20-30 Club is just as much about enjoying friendships and meeting new faces as it is about helping our community. We strive every day to blend these two aspects into one social, philanthropic club.  We host fun events that people enjoy coming to, and use the proceeds to benefit those in need.  Namely, the underprivileged children all around us, yet often fail to see.  We hope you will come to check us out and experience first-hand what we do!

History of the Reno Active 20-30 Club #8

Founded in 1927, our local club has a rich history in the Reno area, with many past-actives as leaders in the business community, and numerous members shaping the political landscape of the state of Nevada. The club has built a relationship with KOHL’S department store, where we host our children’s Back to School and Christmas Shopping Sprees, in which 150 kids from our community were served in 2012 alone. 20-30 has also developed a partnership with Echo Loder Elementary and Sun Valley Elementary Schools, for which we work hands-on with children. The club, while local, is also a part of an international organization with clubs as close as Carson Valley and as far away as Edmonton, Canada.

History of the International Organization: Realizing the Need

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, and were run by older men whose officers were invariably much older men. This realization led those groups of ambitious young men to stray from existing groups and organize a club of their own. These clubs shared the ideal that young men would 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 civic responsibilities on an equal basis with clubs composed of older men. These pioneers of young men’s service clubs simultaneously created two virtually identical clubs: the Active International, located in Aberdeen, Washington, and 20-30 International formed in Sacramento, California. Today, these organizations have merged into a co-ed international service club: Active 20-30 International.

Merging Ideas & Resources

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 in the proposed Constitution and Resolution to be presented to the 1960 Conventions of each organization. In addition to Morrison and Helling, Jack Kummert, Doug Martin and Clint McClure of 20-30, and Victory W. “Bill” Smith, Owen Barnes and Jim Robertson of Active participated in the early negotiations.

In 1960, the 20-30 International Convention was held in Santa Cruz, California. 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 the Active 20-30 International.

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. The first convention of Active 20-30 International was held in Tucson, Arizona, July 10-14, 1961, where the Constitution and bylaws were officially adopted.

The major International Projects selected for the new organization were Keys in the Car, Aid to Scouting, Public Speaking and Rheumatic Fever. During the 1975 Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the new International Charity Foundation 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).