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North Trinity Lake Improvement Association

Trinity Center Community Center
I.O.O.F. Hall

The NTLIA's primary function is to take care of the historic I.O.O.F. hall.

NTLIA's fiscal year starts October 1st and members receive the latest annual report. 

Annual membership is $10.00 for an individual and $20.00 for a family.

At one time, the Association held meetings once a month with guest speakers with topics of interest to the community.  After several years, it was difficult to find subject matter and attendance dropped off to the point that it wasn't feasible to continue. 

Now NTLIA only has the one Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner in September.

The Board oversees Hall problems that arise. NTLIA's main support is community donations from membership dues, Hall rentals, and volunteer labor for plumbing, electrical, or carpentry problems.

2014 NTLIA Board members :

  • President - Betty Jenner
  • Vice-President - Carole Havens
  • Secretary - Charlotte Scott
  • Secretary Assist. - Lynn Hartley      
  • Treasurer -  Barbara Langford
  • Board Member - Terri Loretz      

I.O.O.F. Hall and NTLIA History

According to some notes made by Edwin Scott, the present IOOF Hall was built (by Charles Kingsbury) in 1905 to replace the hall that burned to the ground in 1904 due to a faulty stove pipe. The new IOOF Hall was built on land in the old Trinity Center belonging to Sykes Mining Co, which gave the lodge a 100 year lease.

Mr. Scott writes, “The siding and floor for the hall was vertical sawed from one large fir tree”. After the dam was created in 1959, Edwin Scott insisted that the 70 year old hall be moved to the new Trinity Center, and donated the land to put it on. There were some that said it couldn't be done, because the building was so old, it would break apart. But a single old truck slowly towed the IOOF building on a large trailer to its new location with the only damage being “one timber in the foundation that was damaged from dirt coming down the bank and rotted”.

The building made it just fine, “with every line as true as when it was built”. But Mr. Scott was not so sure about the truck

Then to Now
written in 1980 by Billie Bullard

The I.O.O.F. hall in Trinity Center is 75 years old. It was built in 1905 by Charles Lingsbury of old Trinity Center. The hall was moved to its present location in 1959. The Odd Fellows last used the hall in 1962, when the few remaining members joined the Weaverville Lodge.

The Rebekehs continued to use the hall until 1963, when they transferred to the Weaverville Rebekahs.

The townspeople of Trinity Center has many activities in the lower floor of the hall, but stopped using it in 1963. The hall sat vacant and unused until August 1974 when a group of interested citizens of Trinity Center decided to make the effort to restore the hall.

The group petitioned the State Historical Society to have the hall declared a historical building. The hall was declared a Point of Historical Interest on November 19, 1974.

The North Trinity Lake Improvement Association was founded on September 26, 1974. Their first goal was to acquire the abandoned I . O . G . F . hall from the Odd-Fellow Lodge and restore it to usable condition for use as a community meeting place.

To do this, the group applied and received a $15,000 grant from the Department of Parks and Recreation. Of this grant money, $6,135.00 was used to purchase the building. The remainder was used toward restoration that started in the summer of 1976. After many months off hard work and effort, in June of 1978, the hall was inspected by the Building and Safety Department and declared usable.

The first to use the hall was the Trinity Center School to present a minstrel show.

During this time, the North Trinity Lake Improvement Association had been growing in membership and became a non-profit corporation on July 19, 1977. On July 16, 1978, the NTLIA had their first meeting in the I.O.O.F. hall with a potluck dinner and dedication meeting with guest speakers and slides.

NTLIA is the caretaker of the building, which is the property of Trinity County. NTLIA is fully responsible for maintenance and improvement of the hall. The only financial assistance that the association receives is from membership dues, fund raising projects, donations, and modest rental charges for use of the hall.

The Trinity Lake Lions Club have completely rebuilt the kitchen and helped purchase new chairs and tables to furnish the hall. NTLIA continually strives to restore and improve the hall and make it available for all community functions.

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