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
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).
The Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America, popularly known today as the PNA or the Alliance, is the largest of all ethnically-based fraternal insurance benefit societies in this country. On December 31, 1996 the PNA counted 230,359 life insurance and 6,873 annuity holders in its ranks. Its members held a total of $721,660,990 of insurance with the PNA. The PNA is licensed to do business in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The total assets of the Polish National Alliance are $304,805,343.