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Federal Retirees local branch celebrates anniversary

National Association of Federal Retirees local branch celebrated its 30th anniversary at a recent meeting at the New Glasgow legion. Pictured in front from left: Margaret Thompson, vice president; Cathy Gibson, membership; Annie Peitzsche, secretary. In back: Terri Fleury, treasurer; John Peitzsche, president; Marie Murray, director; Glen Alexander, director; and Albert MacKinnon, regional services officer.
National Association of Federal Retirees local branch celebrated its 30th anniversary at a recent meeting at the New Glasgow legion. Pictured in front from left: Margaret Thompson, vice president; Cathy Gibson, membership; Annie Peitzsche, secretary. In back: Terri Fleury, treasurer; John Peitzsche, president; Marie Murray, director; Glen Alexander, director; and Albert MacKinnon, regional services officer.

The National Association of Federal Retirees local branch celebrated its 30th anniversary at a meeting Thursday.

The branch (which takes in the areas of Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties) started 30 years ago with John Wood as president and later Ted Teiman took office and was there for many years.

The current president is John Peitzsche, who hails from Goldboro. John and his wife Annie are very active in the community as volunteers. John retired from the Armed Forces. Membership increased throughout the years and, sadly, many members passed away. The executive changed through the years and the group always enjoyed potluck dinner following the meetings.

Meetings were held in New Glasgow, Pictou and Antigonish and a super meeting was held in Guysborough county at the interpretive centre. Recipes were exchanged and friendships made.

The entertainment for meetings varied with such groups as Ukulele Group, Pictou County Fiddlers, Lisa Hallet and her group and many others.

At one point the group had someone pipe in “Haggis” in Pictou to celebrate Robbie Burns Night. One aim was always to maintain good relationships in the community.

Guest speakers contributed equally including: Naturopath Dr. Lisa McNiven, pharmacist David MacLean, a foot care specialist, RCMP on scams and thefts, a lawyer on wills and estates, a representative from the Alzheimer Society and many more.

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