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  • August 19, 2021 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Activians,

    A year ago at this time, I was gearing up and preparing to hopefully become elected your next national president-elect.  With the July 2020 AGM coming to an end after what seemed to be the longest day of our lives, I was still not elected and our organization had to wait another month for a decision.  I started August 2020 with so many unknowns.  So many unknowns in my day to day career and also my personal life.  Would I be able to see all my middle schoolers on a daily basis, and if not then when?  Will I ever be able to take off my mask and smile around my colleagues?  Would I be able to travel to clubs and would clubs be able to put on events?  And one of the biggest unknowns for me…… Would I be elected?  

    Things happen for a reason.  A lot of times I don't understand the reasons, but they do.  In August of 2020, I was elected for a reason.  I believe I was elected to continue to be this organization’s biggest cheerleader and encourage all of us to take a step back and appreciate how 20-30 positively impacts our lives.  I wanted to share my speech from the National Convention in Tucson with you...

     “First and foremost I want to thank my family and friends who have traveled down here to support me.  I look around here and I feel very lucky... I feel fortunate.  After this crazy year filled with a pandemic, 11 hour election, vaccinations, and so on, I am able to stand here today with you.  I am also lucky and fortunate because 11 years ago I was randomly flipping through a Phoenix magazine and I came across a short article about a 20-30 men’s club putting on an event.... well I thought to myself... hey there has to be a women’s club or something...and that’s how I stumbled upon VOS.  Now this couldn’t have come at a better time because it was one year after my mother had died.  I don’t know what stage of grieving I was in, whether it was 8 or 2 or back to 5, but I was a shell of a person... going to work, coming home and sitting on the couch.... not to mention I was in my mid 20s, so I was constantly questioning my life... Do I like my job? Should I move? The next thing I know, I interviewed with VOS and I was busy.  Busy meaning 2-3 meetings, volunteering, socializing a week... I was off the couch.  These last 11 years have flown by and they have always brought me back to the reason for a smile on my face.... we do this for kids.  They are what drives our mission and purpose. Of course leadership development and building friendships are added bonuses to being a 20-30ian, but for me it’s the kids. It’s time for us to get back out in our communities, out into the fresh air and volunteer our time. Seek out new and creative ways to support our beneficiaries and the children they serve.  It’s also a time for us to get back out there and support one another.  I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to attend different club events and see your faces throughout this next year. I am going to end by asking you to raise the bar.... raise the bar in how we treat one another, raise the bar in how much time you volunteer, raise the bar in how much money you/or your club raises, and raise the bar just for you.  Enjoy life, and enjoy being a part of 20-30.”

    In closing, I look forward to seeing your faces whether it's in person, on a Zoom call, or from pictures up on social media.  This is an exciting time for our organization, and we have many things to look forward to.  With clubs hosting events back in person, being able to see kids' faces light up when we volunteer with them, to the centennial convention in July 2022…. get excited.

    In service, 

    Ashley Corbett

    National President

    Active 20-30 U.S. & Canada


  • August 16, 2021 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Red Bluff Beer Battle

    By GEORGE JOHNSTON | gjohnston@redbluffdailynews.com | Red Bluff Daily News
    PUBLISHED: August 16, 2021 at 4:12 p.m. | UPDATED: August 16, 2021 at 4:13 p.m.

    RED BLUFF — A pandemic hibernation could not stop a strong return of the Red Bluff Brew Battle Saturday at River Park.

    More than 100 microbrew beers were featured for sampling during the festival, which had about 400 people in attendance 30 minutes after doors opened at 4 p.m. The event, hosted by Red Bluff Active 20-30 Club, was scheduled to run 4-8 p.m.

    Club President Courtney Abbassi said organizers expected more than 500 people to attend.

    “You know, we expected it to be a bigger year with a pandemic and everything,” Abbassi said. “Everybody gets to get out. We are happy with the results. People look excited to be here.”

    Besides beer tasting, there was a taster’s choice beer competition, live music, food trucks, lawn games and live painting by Tehama Creatives.

    The Red Bluff Active 20-30 Club is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds from the festival will go to support youth in the community. The club in 2019 donated funds from the festival to the Big Splash Park project proposed for River Park.

    Abbassi said no one has approached the club yet about donations. The club is waiting to see whether anyone comes to it with an idea.

    Cody Marshall was working a booth and pouring beer from Sudwerk Brewing Co. Dock Store, a brewery out of Davis. Things were a bit slow at the beginning for the booth, but Marshall reasoned that was because people were pacing themselves and did not want to go too fast with a triple India pale ale.

    “I think this event is awesome,” Marshall said. “I think local craft brewers have really taken off in the last 10 plus years, and so I think this is a really good way for people to really drink beers that maybe they have never had before, but they can not get a hold of and also support a local nonprofit at the same time.”

    Liz Ramos was at the event and invited her friends from Livermore along. Ramos said she liked the brews being offered. In between samplings, she and her friends played giant size Jenga and beer pong.

    “We are having a great time,” Ramos said.

    Ramos said she would recommend the event to anyone interested and old enough who wants to sample different types of beers.

  • August 13, 2021 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Active 20-30 of Rohnert Park/Cotati #656 Host First Annual Kickball Tournament

    Making a stunning kick on the first pitch is Monica Linares of the Rohnert Park/Cotati Chamber of Commerce.. Photo by Robert Grant

    Active 20-30 of Rohnert Park/Cotati #656 Host First Annual Kickball Tournament

    By: Brittney Scardina | August 13, 2021 | The Community Voice, Rohnert Park, CA.

    The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati hosted their first annual kickball tournament at Magnolia Park on Sunday, August 8, at 9 a.m. It was an event full of music, fun, laughter, food, Kona Ice and a community excited to raise money.

    The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati is a club that focuses on making a better place for kids and looking to give back to underserved youth and families in Sonoma County. The club consists of members who are looking to building friendships and the opportunity for leadership development.

    The kickball tournament was an event that many community members participated in as a charity event for the kids. The tournament was community-oriented and open to anyone who wanted to play. There were six teams in the tournament, all consisting of 12-15 players.

    On both fields at M-Park, the kickball teams were playing games and enjoying their Sunday afternoons. Each team was sponsored by a business and had their team shirts. One team even had its own unique and colorful wigs.

    The Westcoast Solar Energy company was an event sponsor for the kickball tournament. The team sponsors included: Mike Stauber Fitness, Wolfe Communication, La Rosa, Blue Apple Dental Group, Spancky’s Bar and Aled Motor Home Fleets.

    Each game in the kickball tournament lasted seven innings and eventually led to the championship game of the match. The team sponsored by Mike Stauber Fitness played against the team sponsored by Blue Apple Dental. The Mike Stauber Fitness team won the tournament, but all teams enjoyed participating and having fun.

    Brian Barrett, the Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati President, and John Borba, one of the organizers for the event and member of the club, both enjoyed working with the other club members to put on this event. They were both very excited and thrilled to be starting a new annual event.

    All the proceeds and fundraising money made from the event will go into the general fund for the Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati. Those funds go back to the kids in the community.

    Barrett and Borba state that every dollar they raise goes back to the kids. The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati provides back-to-school shopping for kids. “We give them backpacks, supplies, and clothes that they wouldn’t otherwise have for back-to-school shopping,” said Borba.

    Around Christmas time, the Active 20-30 Club works with community members to find kids and families who wouldn’t usually get Christmas gifts or family dinners and provides that for them.

    The Active 20-30 Club of Rohnert Park and Cotati wants to give back to the community. To do that, they have to raise money, which they work very hard throughout the year to plan many fundraising events.

    Their next big event will be the Burning Ham BBQ Festival on Sunday, September 19. Burning Ham is a BBQ contest with delicious food and will include many activities for kids, families, adults and all to enjoy.

    Currently, they have over ten teams signed up and are expecting more. This event will take place at Penngrove Park and tickets will be on sale on their website. Last year the club put on this event as a drive-through, and now they are excited to be back hosting it for many to enjoy.

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