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Welcome to the Grand Council of New England's webpage. Please let us know what content you would like to see and we will try Make It Happen!

Incoming Grand Counselor Yolande would love to have the opportunity to visit each of the local councils in the the New England Region. Please contact her at

Yolande would also like to have names submitted for committee appointments. If you or someone in your council would like to serve the Grand Council please contact her!


Supreme Convention Stuff

July 6, 7, 8, 9 in Columbus, OH

Please look under the "Convention" tab at the top and scroll down to view the Supreme Convention Pre-Registration packet. You will find all the information you need to start planning for the Supreme Convention including registration information, meeting agendas, area restaurants, parking & transportation information, service project information and much more!!

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Well, it's almost summer...


...I can't wait!!

UCT 101 in New England

PSC Keith Ward, UCT Community Outreach Manager, will be attending our Grand Convention in May to introduce a new program called "UCT 101". This program is designed to help familiarize our members with what UCT is and what UCT does and can do within our communities. More information will be printed when the details are finalized. We look forward to having Keith and Connie in New England once again!!

Pssst..."Hey, I know a guy"...I was able to score some pages of the presentation for you to look at before the convention. Keep an eye on the "Convention" page for more details.

Convention Plans Underway

Plans are being laid for the Grand Council of New England Convention in Leominster, MA on May 29, 30 and 31. The menus have been chosen and the forms are available under the "Convention" tab. They are also being mailed to all of you. Feel free to download the forms from the website for an early registration.

Hotel reservations and Convention Reservation form along with meal choices must be made prior to May 9th!

Incoming Grand Counselor Yolande has asked all of the ladies to wear color...any color they like for the installation. Men are asked to wear a dark suit with a colorful tie. A letter will be going out soon from Yolande that covers this as well as to ask for names of members in your council that would be willing to serve on committees.

Don't forget the Basket Raffle! It is our only major fundraiser. Please have your council consider donating a basket with a minimum value of $25. Of course any member may also donate a basket for the raffle!!

UCT Scholarships!

The UCT Heaston Scholarship was established to help young people achieve their dreams of a college education. The program consists of three scholarships to be granted to three deserving students annually; each covering four years of undergraduate education. The scholarships are:


  • The Jack & Betty Heaston Memorial Scholarship – $6,000 per year for 4 years
  • The Betty Y. Heaston Memorial Scholarship – $3,000 per year for 4 years
  • The Jack Heaston Memorial Scholarship – $3,000 per year for 4 years

Also...Don't forget -

*Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund

*UCT Scholarship

*May E. Tisdale Scholarship.

Applications and criteria for all of these are available to be downloaded under the "Application" tab at the top of this page.


New Page Added

A new page has been added to the website - "Members Only". A member ID and password has been sent to all of our members who have furnished an e-mail address to the webmaster to view the files contained on that page. If you are a member of UCT and would like to have access please e-mail the webmaster 

Mass Special Hockey

On Friday, April 11, the Boston Bear Cubs hosted their fundraising game against the Boston Bruins Alumni team.  The game was held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA.  It took place at the USA Hockey Disabled Festival, which was held on the weekend of April 11-13.  There was a special hockey division at the festival, and the Bear Cubs participated in the tournament.

ASHA recognized UCT for our ongoing support of special hockey during the Alumni game.  After the game, they honored the USA National Sled Hockey team, which just won the gold medal at the Paralympics in Sochi.  They invited their major sponsors to recogize the sled hockey team, and UCT was part of that event. Past International Prsident Jim Walsh was on the ice to congratulate the members of the team.

Also, we ran a full-page ad for UCT in the program book.  Pictures are under the "Photo Gallery" tab.

For more information on ASHA go to

The convention dates are May 29, 30, 31, 2014


The long winter has almost reached an end, and it’s time to “think spring!” For many UCT members this means it’s time to start planning a JOIN HANDS DAY project to support a community cause.  

Traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, JOIN HANDS DAY is a noted day of service throughout North America that specifically targets and develops relationships between young people and adults by encouraging them to coordinate joint volunteer projects each year. Youth and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities, building trust and respect for each other and creating a sense of community in the process.

UCT local councils have been involved with JOIN HANDS DAY since its inception in 2000. Members throughout the U.S. and Canada – and the youth they partner with each year – make a difference in their communities by coordinating local festivals, cleaning up parks and other local areas, initiating environmental projects, building Habitat for Humanity homes, and making life a little brighter for seniors.

National organizations that have promoted JOIN HANDS DAY to their members include the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, the National FFA Organization, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Host America, Salvation Army and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

If you have yet to organize a JOIN HANDS DAY project, maybe it’s time you did! Whether it’s local students, a youth organization or just kids in the neighborhood, consider joining with youth ages 8-18 to work with your UCT local council on a volunteer project to better your community. You – and those who benefit from your efforts – will be glad you did!

For the UCT Medal of Honor Program, your JOIN HANDS DAY project can be held anytime throughout the year. In addition to the JOIN HANDS DAY category in the program, your event can count as an additional project if your council is short one task needed to reach your goal.

Need some project ideas? Check out the JOIN HANDS DAY website at  or go to the Members area of UCT’s website at

- See more at: 



UCT Gives Back Results

UCT representatives were in Eldon, Missouri recently to present Eldon High School's Mustang Cookie Company program with its $10,000 UCT Gives Back...Again video contest award! Next week it's on to Sudbury, Ontario, to present the $5,000 award to St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School. A larger picture is on the "Photo Gallery" page.


Congratulations to the winners of the UCT Gives Back Again video contest – 1st Place, Eldon High School in Eldon, Missouri, and 2nd Place, St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury, Ontario! We can’t wait to see how you put your respective $10,000 and $5,000 awards to use in your classrooms. A heartfelt thanks to all the schools that submitted videos and to our 10 finalists – your programs are all so deserving and make such a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities! Keep up the great work! - Watch the videos that were submitted at:


Narragansett 699

Hosts Visitation

Narragansett Council 699 hosted a Visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Doug Larrabee and his suite of officers on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7 pm. Social time began at 6:30 pm.

Once again they held the event at the Twelve Acres banquet facility located at 445 Douglas Pike in Smithfield, RI. The menu was a buffet featuring Sliced Beef, Chicken Parmesan and Broiled Scrod along with Chicken Escarole Soup, Oven Roast Potato, Penne with Sauce, Vegetable Medley and Dessert.

Approximately 50people attended the event and enjoyed an evening of renewing friendships after a very long winter.

It was nice to see PGC's Art and Mary Newcombe who had just returned from Florida, perhaps a little too early! Also attending were Joe and Ann Nunes, the parents of PGC Joanne Quinn, Jack Robertson as well as Dennis and Debbie Ratcliffe, all from Narragansett Council 699.

Grand Counselor Doug spoke to the members present and asked them to continue to try to sign at least 1 new person into UCT. Doug was presented with one of PGC Lorraine LaPlante's "money shirts". Doug exclaimed that it was the wrong size and he need a larger shirt!!

Photos are in the "Photo Gallery ".




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