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Best Teacher Ever Receives Free Lunch


The following post was on Glenys Ryder’s Facebook page:

Something totally unexpected happened to me on Thursday (August 6, 2015)! I was having lunch at Applebee's with some longtime friends. We were busy talking about the good times we had when we were working together at Fairview School, and I didn't notice the people around us. When it came time for the checks, our waiter informed us that my lunch had been paid for by the woman and baby in the next booth. It seems that I had been her fourth grade teacher! She had already left, so I have no idea who it could be. But I want her to know that it made my day!! I appreciate it so much, and I would love to thank her!!

Connie Whitmore, like a lot of women as they go thru checkout at the grocery store, picked up a weekly magazine "Women's World".  As she was reading she came upon an article written by Glenys in the October 23rd or 30th edition, about her being in a restaurant and someone paying for her meal who had already left the premises.

That person told the cashier that she had Glenys for a teacher several years ago and she was her favorite teacher, so wanted to surprise her.  Evidently to this day she does not know who it was.

Coat Drive A Success

Providence Council 67 hosted a coat drive for homeless veterans in the Providence, RI area. UCT members were asked to bring a new or gently used winter coats to the Providence Council "Turkey Trot" or to the Providence Council Visitation weekend events. The members of UCT responded by donating 167 coats with the help of another generous donor, the Greenville Nursery School who sent a trunk full of coats!

This is a great example of councils helping other councils and communities other than their own by donating new and/or used clothing, food and other everyday much needed items. The next opportunity to help is the Manchester Council 195 Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13th. The members will be collecting ready to eat meals (spaghetti, ravioli, baked beans, etc.) to support Liberty House in Manchester, NH. This is another drive to support homeless and recovering veterans in the Manchester area.

Providence Council Hosts Visitation


Providence Council 67  hosted a Visitation in honor of Regional President Jeff Masse and his suite of officers on Saturday, November 14. 84 UCT members attended the event which was held at the Kelly Gazzerro VFW- 1418 Plainfield Pike -Cranston RI. There was a social hour at 6:30pm with dinner at 8:00pm.

Fruit baskets were given to First Lady Kathy Masse, Grand Chaplain Beth Newcombe, GPC Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh, PGC Pat Maddalena, SC Angela Forlingeiri, Delores Cavallaro, PC Minnie Russo and Ethel Cavallaro.

Flowers were presented to PGC Dorothy Densmore who has just recently moved back into her home after suffering a total loss after a fire almost 1 year ago.

The members of Providence Council presented GC Jeff Masse with a generous cash gift as a token of their support for his serving the Grand Council

The menu this year featured a choice of Surf and Turf or Chicken and Surf along with Pasta, Salad, Vegetable, Coffee, Tea and dessert.

PSC Al Maddalena was presented with his 50 year membership plaque and pin from PSC Jim Walsh who also served as Al's Supreme Chaplain. PC John Cavallaro from Providence Council 67 also received his 50 year membership plaque and pin from PGC Charlie Cavallaro.

On Saturday, November 14th at 12 noon there was a luncheon honoring First Lady Kathy Masse. 47 UCT members attended the event was also held at the Kelly Gazzerro VFW- 1418 Plainfield Pike -Cranston RI. As usual the ladies of Providence provided quite an entertaining afternoon with many gifts and surprises. Kathy Masse received a beautiful hand-tied blanket as a gift from the council. Grand Chaplain Beth Newcombe was also presented with a beautiful gift.

Manchester Hosts Visitation


Manchester Council hosted a Visitation in honor of Regional President Jeff Masse and his suite of officers on Sunday, September 27th at Belmont Hall in Manchester. This was a new location for Manchester Council with the announcement of the closing of the Chateau Restaurant last year.

The Visitation began at 2pm with dinner being served propmtly at 2:30pm. Dinner was a buffet featuring Roasted Turkey with gravy and all the fixings, Boneless Fried Chicken, Green Bean Almondine and Beef Burgundy with Pasta. There was also a fresh garden salad and Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. 42 members from all over New England came to enjoy dinner and fraternalism.

Manchester Council also conducted a fundraising event to benefit the Grand Council. This was one of GC Jeff Masse's challenges. Members of Manchester Council donated a pop up canopy, 2 canvas folding chairs and a snow brush to be raffled off. PC ben Carbone won the canopy, PGC Art Newcombe won the 2 chairs and PGC David Accinno won the snow brush. $330 was raised to benefit the Grand Council.

GC Jeff received a statue of the "Thinking Man" with his name, dates of his service as Regional President and his theme "What's Next". First Lady Kathy Masse and Regional Chaplain Beth Newcombe each received a wicker basket with artificial Autumn flowers arranged on it.

PGC Debbie Rouleau received her 25 year membership pin and she was presented the pin by GC Jeff and her husband, PGC David Rouleau.

The Johnny Lobello Fund

This is the 14th year walking as a team to help support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  They've raised over $60,000 through the years to support the wonderful research and support programs provided by the Society.  The Light the Night Walk 2002 was one of the first events to keep Johnny's memory alive.  Fourteen years later they continue to walk for Johnny and all the other "Johnnies" out there.

Please consider making a donation to support Team Remembering Johnny or joining us on Sunday, November 1st!

Thanks to dedicated people like you, funds raised from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk help support the research of blood cancer treatments that save lives. 

The Light The Night Walk brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and our team is helping to shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients. 

Without your efforts LLS could not fund the research of such treatments as targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them or immunotherapy drugs that use a patient's own immune system to kill cancer.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams, and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over 200 communities across North America each fall.

Please check out the pictures on the "Photo Gallery" page.


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Manchester Council Christmas

Manchester Council 195 is holding its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 13th at 1pm at the home of PGC's David and Debbie Rouleau. This is a delicious "Pot Luck" dinner followed by a $15 "Yankee Swap". Attendees from out-of-town are not being asked to bring food; there will be plenty of goodness to be shared...just come!


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In addition Manchester Council is asking attendees to bring ready to eat meals (spaghetti, ravioli, baked beans, etc.) to support Liberty House in Manchester, NH. This is another drive to support homeless and recovering veterans in the Manchester area.

Please call PSC Jim Walsh to let us know you will be coming. Merry Christmas from Manchester Council!

2016 Service Project Announced

The 2016 sevice project for the convention to be held in Loisvill, KY has been announced and is detailed in the UCT winter magazine. You can also read about it here!

UCT Photo Contest


We’re looking for ACTION photos of your local council community service activities for use in The Sample Case and newsletters - and on our website and Facebook page. To give you incentive to send us your best dynamic ACTION photos, we’re sponsoring a quarterly UCT Photo Contest that will pay $500 to the winning council! That’s right, $500! So, get out your cameras and cell phones and start shooting photos now.

Tri-City Visitation A Success


The members of Tri-City Council hosted a Visitation on Sunday, September 13th in honor of Regional President Jeff Masse and his suite of officers. Although is was not a bright sunny day, forcing the event into the spacious confines of Leo and Sue's garage, it did not dampen the spirits of the council members or any of the 42 UCT members attending.

Dinner was a grilled chicken, salad, baked beans, potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, rolls and dessert. After dinner GC Jeff spoke to the members and reminded everyone that summer is over and it is time to get back to work. He would appreciate any invitation to a council event and he reminded every council to appoint someone who would be responsible for sending items to this website.

The members of Tri-City Council presented Jeff with a box of assorted hot sauces and cash gift.

Providence Clam Bake A Success


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



PSC Al Maddalena Reaches Milestone


PSC Alfred J. Maddalena from Danielson Council 734, recently received his diamond pin and plaque from International President Tom Hoffman for 50 years of service to UCT.

Al joined UCT in 1965 at the tender age of 23. He was signed into the Order and served through the chairs of his local council. In 1978 he was elected as Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England. At the time he was the youngest member elected to the position of Grand Counselor in New England. Al received his honors as PGC in June of 1980.

Al was elected to the position of International President in 2000 at the International Convention in Washington, DC and received his honors as PSC in 2002.

Al continues to serve the Grand Council in many capacities and in many of the auxilliary organizations here in New England as well as at the International level. Without a doubt though his passion is serving on the Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund here in New England where he receives all of the applications for scholarships and grants and provides insight and recommendations to the trustees.

Al is the second longest serving PGC in New England! New England is proud of PSC Al Maddalena and congratulates him on reaching this most prestigious milestone.


Providence Council 67 members at the "Light the Night" rally at the Rhode Island State House supporting the Johnny Lobello Fund. Their team raised over $6000!! Way to go!

Western Mass 686 Donates to Cancer Patient 


Western Mass Council 686 gave Pastor Ryan Bradley a donation to help him with his son Luke’s Medical expenses. 10 year old Luke is facing a second bout of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is recovering from Neurosurgery.

Luke was in Boston Children’s Hospital where he was one of a few children selected to undergo a trial treatment program “proven to really help kids who’ve relapsed”.

Luke started getting intense headaches while in the hospital. In his third week he contracted Bacterial Meningitis due to his weakened immune system. He underwent brain surgery to relieve cranial pressure and to drain the fluid that was occurring on the brain.

Luke is working to regain his speech and is receiving physical therapy to help him move his arms and his legs. He has also resumed his chemotherapy.

Luke is now doing better and hopes to be cancer-free soon.

Twin City Holds Visitation


Twin City Council hosted a Visitation in honor of Regional President Jeff Masse and his suite of officers on Saturday, October 17th at Rolandeau's Restaurant in Auburn, ME. 

The Visitation will began at 6:30pm with dinner being served promptly at 7:00pm. Dinner was a buffet consisting of Salad, Turkey, Roast Beef, Baked Stuffed Fish, Roasted Potatos, Carrots, Rolls and desserts.

PGC Bob Blanchard was the Master of Ceremonies and did a great job as usual. Regional President Jeff did some trivia with the members handing out small prizes for the winning answers before he got serious about What's Next for UCT in New England.

PC Jerry Vincent received his Past Counselor's jewel for 6 years of service on the Executive Committee. It was presented by Jeff. The jewel had been turned back to the council by the family of PGC Ed Parkins who was an integral part of the council for many years.

Flowere were presented to Regional Chaplain Beth Newcombe and Past Regional President Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh.


Twin City Driving for Fun Day

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.


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