TATAMAGOUCHE – There will be 100 reasons to celebrate here on Saturday.
The Freedom Rebekah Lodge No. 62 is marking a century of friendship and service to the community and invites the community to a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Main Street in Tatamagouche.
Group treasurer Edie Leet said members are dedicated community volunteers and have offered help in a number of ways throughout the organization’s history.
“It’s a non-profit organization and it does charity work,” Leet said about the role the group plays.
Over the years, members have furnished a room at the Maritime Odd Fellows Home in Pictou, named the ‘Rebekah room’ for people associated with the lodge who need a place to stay; provided bursaries to graduating high school students and assisted young children in need with summer camp costs.
Leet said another important part of the group’s volunteer work is visiting senior members in special care and private homes, as well as visiting and reading to residents at the Maritime Odd Fellows Home.
The lodge has about 18 members, however, many no longer actively participate in community service activities.
“We’d love to have new members,” said Leet. “Anyone is welcome to join.”
The group meets the first and third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Leet said two centenarian members of the group, Pearl Mackay and Pearl LeFresne, who marked their 100th birthdays earlier this year, will attend the anniversary celebration. The MacKay’s will provide live musical entertainment and finger foods will be served.