The members of Tri City Council 823 will be hosting a Vistation on Sunday, September 13th, in honor of Regional President, Jeff Masse and his suite of officers.
The event begins immediately following the Cathedral of the Pines service, approximately 12 noon, at the home of PGC's Leo and Sue Rufiange's home in Ashburnham, MA.
Click on the picture above for more information and to make reservations! Call Art & Mary Newcombe 978-345-1464 0r Leo & Sue Rufiange 978-827-6559.
The Johnny LoBello Friendship Fund held its annual Poker Run and Family Fun Day on Sunday June 7th. The fund honored 3 guests of honor that day.
The first child honored was an 11year old girl named Kendall, she has a type of bone cancer. She loves the beach, and she has three sisters. Johnny's fund presented Kendall with a $500 VISA gift card, each of her sisters a $100 VISA gift card, each with a tote bag full of fun beach items, a beach pass for the season and a $100 gas card for their mom to help with driving them to the beach.
The second child honored was Michael, he is a 4 year old boy who is in remission from Leukemia. Michael loves to swim in his pool, however last year he was unable to due to the fact that he had a chemo port in his chest. This year his port was removed but his pool was in need of repairs, Johnny's fund paid for the pool repairs and for the opening of the pool for the season. (This is a built-in pool) We were told that Michael loved anything with wheels so we purchased him a KIA sports vehicle from Toys R Us also. He had fun riding it around the fundraiser once he got the hang of it.
The third child honored was Nathan, he a 14 year old young man with a cancer that began in his eye. The only thing he was hoping for was a replacement for his cell phone which he dropped and didn't have insurance on. Johnny's fund along with T-Mobile teamed up and presented Nathan with the newest Apple phone out. We also purchased insurance on this phone. Michael has an older brother and a younger sister. His family is in the process of adopting another little girl. Johnny's fund purchased a $150 dinner certificate to Dave & Busters and a "power card" for each of the family members so that they could all enjoy a fun night out.
The Johnny LoBello Friendship Fund is able to do these wonderful things for these children and their families because of sponsors like UCT Providence Council 67. Thanks to our sponsors, we can put smiles on the faces of children and their family members who have, or have had, many challenges in their young lives.
Here's a GREAT charitable opportunity for your council! Throughout the year they fulfill requests to help children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Please check out the pictures on the "Photo Gallery" page.
The Cathedral of the Pines service will be held on Sunday, September 13th, at 10am in Rindge, NH according to Kathy Masse, chairperson. As always this is a special event for the Grand Council and is always very moving. Following the service we will retire to the UCT flagpole for a wreath laying service for all of our departed New England members.
This tradition hearkens back to Article VIII of our constitution: The Sunday nearest to the anniversary of the death of our first supreme secretary, Charles Benton Flagg, who died on the ninth day of April, 1901, shall be Memorial Day, except that, when the ninth day of April shall be a Sunday, such Sunday shall be Memorial Day. All local councils are requested to meet on Memorial Day in their respective localities for the purpose of engaging in services and exercises appropriate to the occasion.
While we still maintain this tradition, we have chosen to move the date to September because the spring is too busy.
The members of Providence Council 67 hosted a very successful Clam Bake and BBQ on Sunday, August 9th. The event was held at the Portugese American Social Club in Smithfield, RI.
The attendees had a choice of steamed lobster with mussels and chowder or bbq chicken, ribs, steak tips and hot dogs. There was also garden salad and brownies for dessert. In all 57 members of UCT enjoyed a wonderful summer day under the pavillion. There was also a free drawing for 2 gift baskets.
Pictures appear under the "Photo Gallery" tab
The International Convention was held June 28th to July 1st in Wichita, KS. Ten members of the New England Regional Council attended; PSC Al and PGC Pat Maddalena, PSC Jim & GPC Yolande Walsh, PGC Charlie & Ethel Cavallaro, PC Angela & Mike Goff, and PC Sandra & John Lobello.
PSC's Al and Jim attended a dinner on Saturday evening for Past International Presidents (PIP's) along with their wives. On Sunday morning, Al and Jim attended a meeting for Past International Presidents. Jim was re-elected to serve on the liaison committee to the International Board on behalf of the PIP's.
The members attended an Interdenominational Service on Sunday morning. The Opening Ceremonies were held on Sunday evening. PGC's Carleton Snowe from Twin City 160 and PGC Andre Soucy from Tri City 823 and Lowell Council 360 were remembered.
Monday morning there were meetings of the International Secretary Treasurer's Association (ISTA) and Grand Counselor's Association (GCA). PC Sandra Lobello was elected to the office of president in the ISTA and installed into office by PSC Jim Walsh. She will conduct the ISTA session in Louisville, KY in 2016.
The business session convened Monday afternoon at 2pm. PSC Jim Walsh served as parliamentarian for the convention.
PC Angela Goff served as the delegation chair from New England and PGC Charlie Cavallaro served as the other delegate.
The amendment lowering the age of admittance into the Order from 18 to 16 was defeated. It will be revisited next year. The second amendment requiring only 3 years of UCT experience to become an international officer as withdrawn.
The members present donated over $35,000 for charity and another $1,400 was raised in fines on the floor for Rainbows United, LLC. We presented more than $5,000 and six boxes of much-needed items to Wichita's Rainbows United this morning. Rainbows is an organization that supports children with special needs and their families. UCT members from across North America donated the funds and goods to this year's convention service project.
Mary Applegate for Florida was elected as International Director (Sentinel), Steve Desselles from Louisiana was elected as International Secretary-Treasurer, and Glen Suever from Michigan was elected to the Board of Governors. Butch Liebaert was appointed Chaplain by International President Tom Hoffman.
Ethel Cavallaro received a “Rose for the Living” at the banquet on Tuesday evening. PGC Debbie Rouleau received a Supreme Appointment and will serve as a Delegate-At-Large at the convention next year.
The Installation was held on Wednesday morning. The members of the Texas jurisdiction did a splendid job making the Installation fun and memorable.
The 2016 convention will be held July 3-6, 2016 in Louisville, KY. The 2017 convention will be in Greenville, SC.
The members of Providence Council 67 "Joined Hands" with a group of young people to clean The Johnny Lobello Tot Park at the "Homestead Gardens Park". They cleaned, weeded, mulched and planted in an effort to spruce upo the tot park for summer use. Good Job Providence! See the photos on the Photo Gallery page.
Twin City #160 accepted my challenge and invited me to Mechanic Falls, Maine on August 26th to be part of their 5th annual Special Needs Driving Day. As the kids arrived, you could feel the excitement in the air. Doug Larrabee had the kids set up the course, driving stakes in the ground and tying ribbons on them. Then the fun began! Eighteen special needs young people took turns completing the course - and not one stake went down! Each driver was cheered on by others, many high-fives were given, and smiles were all over the place.
After the kids had each had a turn driving the course, they cooked up hot dogs and had a great lunch. Then, before leaving, many, if not all of them, sought out Doug to personally thank him (and me!) for the day. A truly uplifting day. Even though a little rain fell, it never dampened the kids' spirits.
Again - I want to issue the same challenge to each council in New England - to invite me to some service project you have planned this year. I want to visit each council and see you in action. Thank you, Twin City #160, for inviting me. It showed me once again how impactful UCT can be in people's lives.
Many photos under the "Photo Gallery" tab.
Click on the logo above for a copy of the Grand Counselor's message
Pictrued above are the winners of the Grand Council Safety Poster Contest. From the left is Ms. Kurtz, 5th grade classroom teacher at Highland Goffes-Falls School, the 4 winners, and GPC Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh. Yolande presented them with their prizes and a UCT shirt.
Above are the winners of the Manchester Council Safety Poster Contest. GPC Yolande presented them with their prizes and UCT shirts.
The 120th Grand Convention was held this past weekend, May 29th and 30th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster, MA. The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship program and the Executive Committee met on Friday morning, May 29th to kick off the weekend.
Regional President Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh opened the convention at 2pm on Friday by welcoming everyone and delivering a very emotional speech thanking all the members for the opportunity to have served this past year and for all of the support she received from the members. She told everyone how much she was "out of her element" which made running the meeting a great personal challenge for her. She certainly met the challenge and far exceeded her expectations!
Manchester Council 195 was the host council this year and really delivered a "first class" convention program, offering an unbelievable hospitality room as well as prize giveaways at each of the lunches and dinners.
Friday night's festivities were preceeded by our Necrology Service where we honor our deceased Past Counselors and Past Grand Counselors. PGC's Andre B. Soucy and Domenic Grande were eulogized. The eulogy for PGC Andy Soucy delivered by PGC Henry Cheetham follows his obituary inder the "Obibituaries" tab
The "Cowboy Up" event on Friday night was well attended and really enjoyed by those that came dressed in their favorite western wear. The members were very busy photographing their friends and having their pictures taken by others. Photos will be appearing all week long so refer often to the "Photo Album" page often.
The entertainment at "Cowboy Up" featured a local group of Square Dancers led by Yolande's sister Louise and her husband Dick. The caller was from the Leominster area. Members had the opportunity to dance with them and learn the basics of square dancing. While they were learning the others were being treated to some real comedy. There were lots of laughs and plenty of exercise!
On Saturday Jeff Masse, also from Manchester Council 195, was installed as Regional President by PSC Jim Walsh, assisted by PGC David Rouleau. Jeff will preside over the 121st annual convention in June of 2016 also at the DoubleTree Hotel in Leominster. Following the installation, Jeff appointed his committees for the year and offered 3 challenges to the membership. They can be found in the accompanying article in the third column here.
Jeff also provided entertainment for the members after the banquet for the newly elected officers. He went about the room asking historical questions about UCT awarding prizes for correct answers and "balloon hats" for wrong answers. It was very entertaining.
The convention next year has been posted on the "Upcoming Events" page on the website.
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