About Petaluma Active 20-30 #30
History of Petaluma #30
Petaluma chartered as 20-30 Club #30 in 1928, and later Active 20-30, with the merger of the Active and 20-30 service organizations. Members ran a variety of local projects such as maintaining school crossings, holding fundraisers for local charities, and was instrumental in bringing a new hospital to the town- Hillcrest Hospital- in the 1950’s. Over the years, the club was forced to disband when membership waned- particularly as young men were drafted into service during WWII and Vietnam.
In the 1980’s, membership in Active 20-30 US & Canada was opened to women, and many clubs throughout the organization became co-ed. In August 2009, Santa Rosa #50 sponsored the rechartering of Petaluma #30, now as a men’s and women’s club.
Petaluma #30 Now
This year, we are excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary since rechartering, and 10 years of success and service in Petaluma. We are a social club that enjoys helping our community! Petaluma Active 20-30 hosts fun events to benefit our community and, specifically, underprivileged children around us. The proceeds we raise benefit those children in need.
Petaluma Active 20-30 #30’s biggest charitable event each year is the Children’s Shopping Spree. In August, before the school year starts, the club sponsors underprivileged children to go back-to-school shopping at Kohl’s in Petaluma. Members and volunteers take the children to shop the store before it opens to the public. Often, this is the first time these kids have owned a brand new pair of shoes or clothes that are not hand-me-downs. They are also given a backpack full of school supplies, a haircut, and a hot breakfast. These kids return to the classroom full of self-esteem, ready to learn.
The following is a list of organizations that Petaluma Active 20-30 #30 club has supported during the last few years: