Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held At Willow Lodge

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Tatamagouche & Area Notebook, By Ellen Millard

Surprise birthday party held at Fables

On May 7 the members International Order of Oddfellows in Tatamagouche hosted an Open House for anyone interested becoming a new member. Spokesperson Bill MacNutt says the group is always looking for new people to join.

On May 10, the Order is having a Degree Rally for those who have recently joined to help them complete their second and third degrees in the lodge.

There will be a supper at the Lodge Hall on Saturday night from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes Roast Beef with all the trimmings and everybody is welcome to come enjoy a good meal.

Several weeks ago a presentation of jewels was hosted at the Tatamagouche Oddfellows Hall to both Oddfellow and Rebekah members. Two of the Rebekah members were unable to be present at the event. The ladies names were omitted in the story and were as follows: Jane Terry received her 30-year jewel and Elva Langille received her 15-year jewel.

Next year the appreciation dinner will be hosted by the Pictou Lodges and jewel awards will be presented at that time.

For more information on any of these events, call Bill MacNutt at 902-657- 2639.  


The annual appreciation dinner for Willow Lodge volunteers was held on  

April 22 and Shelley LeFresne says this year they had about 135 volunteers who come in to help with the many activities that go on during the year.

“This year we had 87 of them able to come in for the dinner and we were happy to honour their service,” she says.

The menu was barbecued chicken, potatoes, carrots and broccoli salad, with cheesecake for dessert. 

Volunteers are of all ages; the eldest is 101 year old Lloyd Tattrie who plays the fiddle and often young folk from the Carousel Nursery School visit the Lodge at various times.

There are many activities to choose from if you would like to be a volunteer.

“If you have activities you like to do, I’m sure we can find a time for you to show them to our residents or help them do them with you,” LeFresne says.

Meals on Wheels is coordinated three times a week out of Willow Lodge and it’s always looking for volunteer drivers. The days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and it takes about an hour to do the delivery.

A new project this year has been to enlarge the print in local history books and then residents can read the stories out loud to one another.


The family of Grace Lockerby held a surprise party for her at The Stirling Room in Tatamagouche on her birthday, April 23. Like any birthday party, it included cake, cards and lots of best wishes. But the big surprise was a visit from two of her favourite musicians.

The man in black, “Johnny Cash,” and from Graceland, “Elvis Presley,” chatted with her, sang to her and danced with her, much to the delight of her husband Alan, her daughter Joanne and son-in-law Larry Hunt, and her son Peter and daughter-in-law Sandy.

Alan and Grace have seven grandchildren and most of them were able to attend. They also have two great-grand children. Alan and Grace celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year as well.

The Stirling Room was filled with family, cousins and both Carruthers and Lockerby nieces and nephews, as well as long time friends. As folks left the happy occasion, some were humming the song “Wasn’t that a party!”

Grace says she thanks everyone for coming to help her celebrate her 80th birthday and making it such a special occasion.

Ellen Millard is a historian, author and longtime resident of Sand Point, near Tatamagouche. Email her at millards@nncweb.ca.


Organizations: Carousel Nursery School

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Graceland, Sand Point

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