In 1925, twenty-six (26) young sports minded men banded together to form an athletic club which became the Silver Bell Club. These men were of Polish and Slovak origin. The club's primary objective was to participate in various competitive sports of boxing, baseball, and basketball.
The club became affiliated with the Polish National Alliance of North America, the largest Polish Fraternal organization in America. To distinguish this Lodge, it was named the "PNA Silver Bell Club, Group # 2365.
In 1944, the Club, leased a building at 1700 Massachusetts Street. At the end of World War II,
it became a place to reunify the neighborhood GI's returning home from military service.
In 1950, the Club purchased the former Gleason Welfare Center. In1995, the first amendment to
the Constitution and By-Laws were written and adopted, for new members and the inclusion of
In 1974, the President, initiated the first annual "Sports Awards Banquet". Two champion
members were honored, Tony Zale, former world middle-weight boxing champ and Hank Stram, former head coach of the super bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. This sports award
program drew crowds from 700 to 900 people to the event. This continuing event features
National sports figures, honoring graduating high school students of Polish-Slovak decent.
The Club purchased a 50 acre site and hall at 10310 Grand Blvd., in Crown Point, Indiana,
in 1997. A catastrophic fire destroyed the 5,000 square foot hall on Christmas Eve, in 2004. Currently meetings are held at:
Gary Sportsman's Club
10101 Madison St.
Crown Point, IN
The PNA Lodge # 2431 merged with Silver Bell Club in 2005. In 2008, PNA Lodge # 2947,
and PNA Lodge #1810 merged with our Club.
The future of the Silver Bell Club has been based on a firm foundation, the goal will be to increase
membership, in order to continue it's fraternal and civic endeavors for the Northwest Community,
as well as Polonia.
SILVER BELL CLUB'S SYMBOL....THE BELL
Silver: means faith, purity, high and mighty, it also can mean having the soft, clear tones of a SILVER BELL.
Purple: means high rank or royalty , a cloth or garment was formally worn by sovereigns, hence it has connection with royal power, or dignity; preeminence
(having highest rank or wealth).