TATAMAGOUCHE – Saturday was a special celebration for the Freedom Rebekah Lodge No. 62 – it celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Pearl MacKay and Pearl LeFresne enjoy a cup of tea as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Freedom Rebekah Lodge #62 in Tatamagouche on Saturday. Both are current members of the Lodge and both have celebrated their 100th birthdays recently. Submitted photo
“It was wonderful,” said Edie Leet, treasurer of the group. “We presented a 50-year jewel to Elva Shearer, and the Pugwash Lodge presented us with a plaque for our hundredth anniversary.”
Along with the lodge’s anniversary, two members – Pearl LeFresne and Pearl MacKay – celebrated their 100th birthdays.
“It was unreal,” said Harris LeFresne, Pearl’s son. “She got to the building and it has hardly changed so it brought back so many memories for her. She even had a little dance.”
With about seven members attending the lodge’s meetings on a regular basis, Leet said the celebration was good news as it brought in two new applications.
“Quite a few (lodges) are giving up their charter because they just don’t have enough members. They would have the membership, but they don’t have the attendance and they need to have about five in attendance at the meetings. For us to get those two new members, it was great to get,” said Leet.
Members visit those that are ill or shut-in, and they also help out with bursaries and donations.
“What I do, I visit the people mostly,” said Leet. “I’m older myself so I know it’s important.”