SILVER BELL CLUB - LODGE #2365
POLISH NATIONAL ALLIANCE
CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF POLISH HERITAGE
Since 1880, the PNA began providing insurance protection for Americans
of Polish origins and ancestry, their families, friends and neighbors, both
by owning quality life insurance and by taking advantage of our many
excellent fraternal programs.
History of the Silver Bell Club #2365
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.
In 1974, the President, initiated the first annual "Sports Awards Banquet". Two champion
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
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
SILVER BELL CLUB'S SYMBOL....THE BELL
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: means faith, purity, high and mighty, it also can mean having the soft, clear tones of a SILVER BELL.
high rank or royalty , a cloth or garment was formally worn by
sovereigns, hence it has connection with royal power, or dignity;
(having highest rank or wealth).
Silver Bell Club P.O. Box 162
Hobart, In 46342