The Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix has a distinguished and honored history as one of Arizona’s most prestigious and active fund raising men’s clubs. Since the club’s inception over 70 years ago, the men of Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix have raised millions of dollars and dedicated thousands of hours to local children’s charities. Phoenix #99, along with the entire international organization in North and South America, continues to dedicate its fundraising to one of the fastest growing and weakest groups in our fast-paced society: underprivileged children.
Phoenix #99 was chartered on April 23, 1932 by a group of local businessmen including the Honorable Senator Barry Goldwater, Dr. Carlos Craig, Earnest Suggs, Bob Goldwater and Harry Rosenzweig, Sr (recent club alumni include well-known Valley residents Ben Rosner and Barry Goldwater, Jr). The original meetings were held at the “American Kitchen”, a local Chinese restaurant in downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue. Later, the meetings were moved to the Arizona Club. Members of Phoenix #99 were part of the chartering groups for the Phoenix Boy’s Club and the Phoenix Thunderbirds. In fact, it is safe to say that the majority of the service groups in the Valley (Boy’s & Girl’s Club, Thunderbirds, Rotary, etc) have had past 20-30 members at their helm at one time or another. One of the most outstanding events in the Valley today, the FBR Open PGA golf tournament (formerly the Phoenix Open), got its start in 1932 with Phoenix #99 members - the event had a total of $2,500 in prize money and a Maxwell car was raffled off to pay expenses.
At its peak, Phoenix #99 maintained an Active Membership of 99 members with more on a waiting list. This continued through the 1950s and 1960s, but during the late 1960s and early 1970s, many service organizations (from college fraternities to volunteer fire departments) were hurt by the "I am an individual" movement of the times. In 1977, Phoenix #99 lost its charter. The following year, six members began a recharter effort and Phoenix #99 was officially rechartered on March 3, 1979. Today, the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix #99 again enjoys a roster of the top young professional men in the Valley. Members meet once a month to discuss and plan fundraisers such as the annual Phoenix Suitcase Party events - and enjoy friendships created through community service projects.
Greg Derr | President
Greg Derr is our Club President and the Vice President of the Children in Need Foundation Board of Directors. A Club Member since 2008, he most recently served on the EC as Vice President of Events and Chairman of the 2016 Phoenix Suitcase Party. Greg manages finance teams for iHeartMedia Inc. and is a graduate of Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Elsewhere in the community, he is a Sol Devil and a member of the Phoenix Art Museum's Men's Art Council. He's proud to serve side by side on the EC with his brother Matt, the Club Sponsorship Director. If you have any questions about our Club or Foundation, feel free to contact Greg.
Eric Wong | Vice President of Events
Nick Verderame | Vice president of Membership
Nick is a Phoenix native and has a passion for the community. After attending college at the University of Maryland and working in Connecticut at ESPN, Inc., Nick came back to the place he's always called home. He attended law school at the University of Arizona and is now practices injury law at the "family firm" - Plattner Verderame PC. This is Nick's fourth year in the Club and second time serving on the EC.
David Dobrusin | Treasurer
Cy Brown | Community Activities Officer
Cy Brown is our Community Activity Officer, in charge of planning all of our events with less fortunate children in the Valley. A third generation native of Phoenix, he received a Global Business Degree from Arizona State University and worked in Durango, Colorado and then Chicago, Illinois before moving back home to Phoenix. Cy is a Past President of our Club, founded the Phoenix Suitcase Party, and has been a Member for 14 years. If you are an organization in the Valley with children that you think would be a good match for the Phoenix 20/30 Club to work with, please reach out to Cy.
Matt Derr | Club Sponsorship Director
Matt takes care of tracking all fundraising, working with sponsors, and maximizing overall fundraising for the Club. Originally from the East Coast, Matt resides in Scottsdale with his wife and two children. A graduate of Arizona State University, he has spent his career working with state and federal elected officials and now works in public affairs for Southwest Gas Corporation in Phoenix. Matt has been a member of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix since 2009, has run several events for the organization, and has served on the EC as Sponsorship Director for the past two years.
Greg Saetrum | Club Secretary
Tom Capaldi | Past President
Tom is a valley native and works in the construction industry with a focus on low voltage, security and life safety contracting and consulting. He has served as a member of the Active Phoenix 20/30 Club since 2008. In that time he has served on the Executive Committee for four consecutive terms as Treasurer and was also the Chairman of the third Phoenix Suitcase Party. He’s the father of two sons who he hopes will share his passion for philanthropy and one day find their own love of serving and helping others.
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, 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 organized 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. Both the International and Active International Associations were charter members of the World Council of Young Men’s Service Clubs (WOCO). 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 (See WOCO information).
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 USA & 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 the Nossaman, Guthner, Knox and Elliott, a professional association management team, is currently serving Active 20-30 USA & Canada. Active 20-30 USA & Canada is also a member of Activo 20-30 International and the World Council of Service Organizations (WOCO).
Active 20-30 USA & Canada is the national umbrella organization to which the Phoenix 20-30 club belongs. www.active20-30.com
Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club is the local women's chapter of Active 20-30 USA & Canada. www.vos2030.org
Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club is another local men's chapter based in Scottsdale. www.scottsdale2030.org
WOCOActive 20-30 is affiliated with many international organizations through WOCO, the World Council of Service Clubs. WOCO serves as a world platform for young charity organisations with an age limit of 45, encompassing the globe with ideals of fellowship and service to others. These same ideals, born out of man’s need for friendship and understanding, have spread, been accepted and acclaimed in six continents by young men from business and professional backgrounds, representing many vocations and the widest range of religious and political beliefs, regardless of color and creed. At present, WOCO has a membership of more than 100,000 young men and women across the world. www.woco.info
Round TableRound Table is a non-political, non-denominational association of young men between the ages of 18 and 45, embracing representatives of nearly every profession and occupation. Round Table has its origin in 1927 with a young unhappy member of Rotary, Louis Marchesi, who wanted to create an organisation that had many of the same values as Rotary, but was more adapted to the young profesionals. The objects of Round Table encompass the encouragement of high ethical standards, the promotion of social interactivity and fellowship among young professional men, the quickening of individual interest in everything affecting the public welfare, and the promotion of understanding amongst peoples of different cultural, language and political backgrounds. www.roundtable.name
ApexApex was founded in Australia in 1931, and quickly grew to become one of the largest service clubs in the nation, eventually joining WOCO in 1945. The common goal of Apex members is to work together to serve their community's greatest needs by promoting service, fellowship and community spirit. Apex is non-sectarian and non-party political, welcoming members from all walks of life, and ensures a youthful outlook thanks to its youthful membership base. Over the past 70 years, the Apex Clubs of Australia have been instrumental in the introduction of some of the largest public service schemes in Australia, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the National Scheme for Aboriginal Welfare, and the establishment of the first Guide Dogs for the Blind Training Center. www.apex.org.au