UCT Chapter marks 50 years


NEW GLASGOW – Members have fond memories of volunteering for the Pictonian Council 879 of the United Commercial Travellers of America.

They took part last Thursday in an open house at its location at Summer Street in New Glasgow to help celebrate the chapter’s 50th anniversary.

“I think it’s great that we continue to be serving the community all that time,” said chapter vice-president Keith Campbell, who has been a member for 27 years.

“It continues to serve the community all the time.”

Tim Hoigg, who now resides in Truro, is the last surviving charter member, while Jamie MacKay has been a member for 49 years and Bob Rosborough is a 40-year member.

“Jamie is the reason why I come to every meeting because he’d always call to make sure I’m coming,” Rosborough said.

Vernon Hirtle has been a member for 43 years and welcomes the fellowship and opportunity to serve the community.

“I’ve met a lot of people all over the Maritimes and the U.S. and still keep in touch with some of them in New Brunswick,” he said. “It’s people helping people. That’s what we do.”

U.C.T. is a non-profit fraternal benefit society founded in 1888 for the purpose of providing accident benefits for traveling salesmen, protecting the human rights of its members, aiding those dependent upon them, and elevating the moral and social standing of its members across North America. Members, male and female, come from a variety of professions and all walks of life.

Its top project is to give aid to those with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics, cancer and drug awareness.

The Pictonian Council has about 200 members and is the largest of the councils in Nova Scotia.

UCT Pictonian Council 879 president Iva Fraser-Campbell, right, and fellow member Vernon Hirtle get ready to cut the Council’s 50th anniversary cake. (Goodwin photo)

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