In 1959, the president of 20-30, Norman Morrison and the president of Activo. Ken Helling, exchanged communications that resurrected the old proposition that these two almost identical groupings of service clubs merged into one.
During the years of 1959 and 1960 several meetings were held between the two groups, culminating in the drafting of the constitution that would govern the nascent institution and with a special resolution recommending the approval of the merger to the assemblies General members and 20-30.
Jack Kummert, Doug Martin and Clint McClure of 20-30 and Victor Smith, Owen Barnes and Jim Robertson of Activo, participated with Norman Morrison and Ken helling in the preliminary negotiations.
During the 20-30 International convention held in Santa Cruz, California in June 1960, delegates unanimously approved the proposition to amalgamate both institutions, adopting the proposed constitution. A month later at the International Active Convention held in Calgar and Alberta, Canada. Identical agreements were taken, preliminaries. During the 20-30 International convention held in Santa Cruz, California in June there are clubs in 16 locations. In 1981 the International statutes were changed changing the existing structure of districts and areas to be converted into national associations of Active 20-30 Clubs, to allow the formation of committees of 1960, the delegates unanimously approved the Proposition to amalgamate both institutions, adopting the proposed constitution. A month later at the International Active Convention held in Calgar and, Alberta, Canada. Identical agreements were taken. Therefore, on August 1, 1960, Active 20-30 were transformed into Active 20-30 International. In October 1960 the first magazine of the new organization appeared.
In the year of the merger, Active 20-30 consisted of 7500 members, members of 365 clubs established in Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
To learn more about our history visit the blog Active 20-30 Historical Findings by Michele Spilman.