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Union of Consumer societies of the Ternopil region celebrates its 80th anniversary: serving people

Ternopil regional union celebrated its 80th anniversary. Although the region’s consumer cooperation is almost 115 years old, the regional consumer union was the first organization to unite and mobilize under one wing the entire cooperative movement.

On the occasion of the regional consumer union’s anniversary the decision the erect the small chapel named after Archangel Michael was taken.  The chapel was consecrated by the priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church led by Archbishop and Metropolitan Vasyl Semeniuk of the Ternopil-Zboriv. All cooperative organizations and enterprises of the region raised funds for the construction of the chapel. This landmark event was attended by members of the Regional Consumer Union Council, veterans of the consumer cooperation, representatives of the local community, heads of district consumer and regional consumer organizations, who came to this important for all event.

Then there was a solemn meeting on the occasion of the anniversary date, honoring veterans of consumer cooperatives, the best workers and a festive dinner. The Chairman of the Board of the Regional Consumer Union, Mykhailo Lazar, in his speech made an excursion into the historical past of the region’s cooperative movement, thanked the famous cooperators with gratitude, told about the results of their work in building a cooperative economy.

Today, the consumer cooperation of the region has grown into a powerful economic structure, which occupies a worthy place in the socio-economic life of the local community, and is one of the best regional consumer unions of the Ukrcoopspilka system. In addition to the reconstruction and technical re-equipment of the existing establishments, new capital construction began in the system. This year a modern village store in Zalishchytsky district consumer society was built, a warehouse for 5 thousand square meters was built, the construction of several more rural shops is planned.

The Board of the Regional Consumer Union, the Presidency of the Regional Trade Union Organization thanked the cooperators for their honest work and presented the awards. Participants of the celebrations were also greeted by local artists.

Volodymyr Levytskyi, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Ukrcoopspilka, congratulated the cooperators of Ternopil and presented the awards on behalf of the Board of the Ukrcoopspilka and the Central Trade Union Committee of Consumer Cooperatives.

Mykhaylo МАZUR

On the photo: During the consecration of the chapel of Archangel Michael and the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Ternopil Regional Consumer Union