Our Lodge History
May 3, 1958
Our founder was Danny D'amico, Past State President. We were very active those first few yeas. In fact we were also very brave because we hosted our first grand convention in 1965, after just 7 years.
We bought the property we are on now. There were three renters in the back and two renters in the main building. We took over one of the spaces for a meeting hall that measured 27 x 45. It was small, but it was our home. We continued to have dinner dances at various locations. We had to remain active because we had a mortgage to pay.
Would you believe we hosted our second grand convention?
Because of the hard working members of our Anaheim Lodge, we had a mortgage burning party.
We took over all of our rentals and decided to go for it. We remodeled with a building that measured over 5000 square feet with a capacity of over 300. Our members were all enthused because we no longer were looking for locations to hold our dinner dances. Of course a larger hall meant larger expenses and re-financing meant bigger mortgage payments.
The third time is the charm! We hosted our third grand convention and after all this time the delegates still talk about the great time they all had here in Anaheim.
The City of Anaheim starts plans to widen Anaheim Blvd. They start to acquire properties along north Anaheim Blvd. The street is torn up and we can't use our front entrance. The wedding parties that were booked had to use our back entrance, and some even cancelled out completely. It was a challenge, but our Anaheim members are survivors. The more we were challenged, the stronger we got!
Because of the widening of Anaheim Blvd., we lost over 20' frontage from our building. This meant remodeling again, reducing the capacity to our present size of 200. Because we were smaller, it affected our rentals. People wanted a larger hall.
To supplement our income because of our loss of rentals, through the efforts of Chuck Armato, Ray Bradley, and Mike Arra, we started having bingo here every Sunday. For the next 5 years a hand full of loyal members gave up their Sundays with their families to volunteer their services. Monies earned from bingo, dinner dances, and rentals have enabled us to support our local charities: