Welcome to Restigouche #781!
United Commercial Travelers (UCT) was founded in 1888 by travelling salesmen and has evolved to encompass 100,000 members in more than 300 local councils in cities and towns throughout the United States and Canada.
Our motto is "People Helping People" and reflects our commitment to the community and its members.
Restigouche Council is one of 14 Councils representing the Atlantic Provinces. We received our charter with 34 members on Saturday February 15, 1953. Brother Gerry Hanley, Senior Counselor for Saint John Council, presented the charter.
In the years following, Restigouche Council has organized, sponsored and presented charters to Bathurst Council, Edmunston Council and Grand Falls Council. They also sponsored a Council in Chandler, P.Q. and Miramichi Council which no longer exist.
Since the Maritime Grand Council (now Atlantic Grand) was formed in 1956 our Council has had 15 members become Grand Counselors and currently have two members as officers.
Our meetings are held on the third Sunday of every month at 1000hrs. The Executive meets on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.
If you are interested in getting involved with your community by being a member of UCT Restigouche Council, please click on the Contact Link on the left and someone will contact you as soon as possible.
Our council has been continually active in the community and provides financial support to numerous groups, clubs and organizations. To raise funds, our Council held bingos in halls locally every week. In 1991 we were the first Council in Atlantic Grand to have a TV Bingo on cable TV. The bingo continues today and is our main and only source of fund raising.
With the money raised from bingo, we have been a major contributor to projects in our community such as: UCT Brookfield Park which hosted the long track speed skating during the Canada Winter Games in 2003.
We also made large contributions to the development of Millerbrae Park; Alexander Park; and a skateboard park. We have also contributed to the purchase of minibuses for three schools and the local nursing home.
In 1967 we opened the UCT Training School on Victoria Street. The Council still operates and maintains a workshop for intellectually disabled adults in this building. This Training School would not have been possible without the work and support of all the members. The UCT Ladies group got involved helping raise funds by having yard sales, bake sales, and selling cookbooks. Funds were also raised by selling bricks for the building and five years later, the mortgage was paid off. In October 1987 the extension to the building was completed.