Welcome to Pictonian Council #879!
Pictonian Council was presented with its Charter on March 18, 1967. The council was sponsored by Truro Council 856 and 35 members signed as the original charter members. Brother Tom Hoegg was the first Senior Counselor. He later became a member of Truro Council. He also attained the title of Past Grand Counselor.
From the very beginning, Pictonian Council was involved in their community. They helped with the building of the YM-YWCA and initiated the Christmas Daddies in Pictou County. The following year, $7000 was donated to the YM-YWCA. The wishing well project was started in 1969. The primary use of these funds was to send Mentally Challenged children to summer camp. Over the years, they supported many projects, sports teams and, of course, Special Olympics.
From 1967-1981, meetings were held in the Stellarton IOOF hall. On December 19, 1981, the first breakfast meeting was held at the activity centre. About 15 members attended these meetings. Spirit and fraternalism was strong. In 1985, through the efforts of Brother Peter Leblanc, Clingmaster became our fundraiser. At this time, Pictonian Council pledged $50,000 over 5 years for the construction of Summer Street Industries. This was paid off in 3 years. In 1994, the first fishing derby was held at LORD, a fishing facility for seniors, handicapped and mentally challenged. About 150 enjoyed the day of fishing and taking part in a BBQ provided by the council.
After much work and many meetings, three dedicated members- Brothers Henry Walsh, Peter Leblanc, and Jim Halliday- were able to obtain a licence to broadcast TV bingo. All three members, along with Brother Bob Rosborough, were appointed as the Bingo Committee. Their mandate was to operate the bingo as a business with all profits given back to the community. To date, over $1 million has been donted to community projects. In August 1999, three members met with the Executive Director of Summer Street Industries regarding the building of a new centre for the pre-vocational program as well as a meeting space, bingo studio, office and kitchen facilities for UCT. Our total commitment to this project was $600,000, and we were proud to have paid this off in 2009.
Pictonian is proud to be home for 5 Past Grand Counselors, Bothers Eon MacLellan, Colin Coady Sr., Bob Rosborough, Henry Walsh and Sister June Rosborough. Past Grand Chaplain Peter Leblanc as well as Brother Vernon Hirtle have been honoured as Grand Fraternalists of the Year. Many of our members have received Roses for the Living.
From 1985 to 1993, eight honour badges were received, and since 1995, eleven Gold Medals and one Silver Medal in the Medal of Honour program have been awarded to Pictonian Council.
Our motto is "People Helping People" and reflects our commitment to the community and its members.