Dot leads the celebrations
DOT Maher doesn't like being the centre of attention but on Saturday afternoon she simply had no choice.
As the oldest member of the Loyal Coffs Harbour Lodge No 243, Dot was asked to cut the cake for the Manchester Unity centenary celebration.
Now in her 90s, Dot acted as the lodge secretary for more than 30 years and society members thought it fitting she cut the cake on their behalf.
Secretary for the Coffs Harbour Lodge, Elsie Langford, said the celebrations at the weekend attracted up to 40 people.
"Everyone was interested in the history of the lodge and, after 100 years, there is so much to learn," Ms Langford said.
People travelled mainly from the Coffs Coast area including North Beach, Frederickton and Grafton, with others coming from Taree.
Manchester Unity is a mutual benefit society, organised on the fraternal lodge system, and it has been providing help for more than 100 years. Its social and support roles remain, although its financial role has largely been taken over by government social services.
Ms Langford said she has about 120 people registered on her books with Manchester unity, although the group is always looking for new members.
The next meeting of Manchester Unity will be held on October 18 at Cavanbah Hall at 1.30pm. After that meet- ings will be changed to the fourth Wednesday of every month. It costs $10 to be a social member. For more in- formation phone 6651 6123.