Danville Lodge made an application to Grand Lodge to form a Lodge over the signatures of Brother William Kaserlerst, Elias Maier, Arthur Geringer and William Cairnes in the summer of 1901. Following such an application, C. C. Pickett, then Grand Exalted Ruler, granted a dispensation on the date December 21, 1901 for a Lodge to be known as Danville Lodge and to hold it’s meetings in the Borough of Danville PA. The number 754 was assigned to this new and fledging lodge. Danville Lodge #754 was official Instituted by Order of Grand Lodge on December 30, 1901.
The first Exalted Ruler was Paul
A. Groff, age 28 of
The Lodge moved to its present location in
1923 and our building was totally renovated in 1964. Danville Lodge is 14th in
size in the
At the same time our Lodge was chartered
the fee for initiation was set at twenty ($20.00) and the annual dues were
In the original by-laws the regular sessions of the lodge were set for the 2nd and 4th Monday in each month with the regular hour of such meetings to be 7:30 PM from the first meeting in November to the first meeting in May. During the remainder of the year the meetings started at 8:00pm. During the summer months of July, August and September the meetings were held on the first Monday of the month.
The Lodge incorporated in 1902 under the
laws of the
Richard L. Hauck, PDDGER
who is a State Trustee as well as a Past State President who was also the National Director of the Hoop Shoot program for 18 years.
Emile J. Brady, PSP
We have had six District Deputy Grand Exalted Rulers from Danville Lodge, namely:
Gilbert F. Summerson—2 terms: 1947-48, 1948-49
J. Lee Kessler—1961-62
Emile J. Brady—1970-71
Paul C. Dent—1979-80
Richard L. Hauck—1989-90
Robert B. Geiger 1993-94 (also filled half of 1994-95)
This does not include the fact that Danville Lodge is proud to be the Home of the present District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Northeast Central District of Pennsylvania:
Larry P. Knorr, PER
In addition Danville Lodge is honored to have Emile Brady, PSP a member of the Grand Lodge Membership Committee, as well as several District Trustees and District Chairman.
Danville Lodge is part of the 10 Lodges that make up the Northeast Central District, thus also making us part of the Pennsylvania Elks State Association