Now, the United Commercial Travellers (U.C.T.) Truro Council #856 is celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend.
“It makes me feel old,” admitted vice-president and junior councillor Ben Boyd.
Boyd has been involved with the program for 47 years. He said the U.C.T. embraces camaraderie and brotherhood.
“When we have our meetings, you come and hear jokes of course and we help each other through the rough spots,” said Boyd.
But a lot of their time is dedicated to helping the community. The council in Truro has been heavily dedicated to hosting various events and fundraisers for local charities. In the past, it held the Powder Puff Derby, featuring sole female jockeys, and was also involved in planning and hosting the Terry Fox Run, to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“That’s our number two charity,” said conductor Ken Welton. “Our number one charity is the workshop, (helping) those with intellectual disabilities.”
Members are looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments during an anniversary charter night on Saturday night at the Best Western Glengarry, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet.
“We’re going to have a guest speaker, Bob Marshall,” said Welton. “He was the supreme past councillor and we’re having the mayor as a guest.”
They also invited the Atlantic provinces’ grand councillor as well as the executive director of the UCT.
“We’re having a good meal, a buffet meal,” said Welton. “That comes first. Then, we’ll have the guest speaker. We’ll be handing out 25-year pins, some members are due for those.”
There will also be door prizes available, including gift certificates, donations from Harrison’s Home Hardware and some household items. Tickets for the event are available through members.
For a video about the UCT, visit trurodaily.com