Tri-City Council 823 held its annual visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh and her suite of officers on Sunday, September 7 following the Cathedral of the Pines service. Approximately 33 people attended the event that featured a BBQ chicken with salad, rolls, corn on the cob and lots of desserts. The event was held at the home of PGC's Leo and Sue Rufiange in Ashburnham, MA - a short hop from the Cathedral in Rindge, NH.
The members of Tri-City council presented Yolande with a cool hat with a fleur-de-lis (symbolizing french heritage) and a cash gift. GMD Carmino Russo provided members with an informational and member sign up kit.
Thank you Tri-City for a great day!
Providence Council 67 held it's clam bake and BBQ on Sunday, August 17 at the Portugese American Social Club in Smithfield, RI. Approximately 65 people attended to help make the event a success and several applications were received. All those in attendance are hoping that this becomes an annual event!
The annual Supreme Convention for the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America was held in Columbus, OH from July 6-9. PGC Charlie Cavallaro had the honor of serving on the Supreme Resolutions Committee. This committee had a lot of potential for some very serious work because of 2 controversial resolutions that were presented at the convention but were withdrawn.
PC Sandra Lobello served the International Secretary Treasurer's Association (ISTA) as Page. She was elected and installed later in the meeting as Vice President and will serve in that capacity at the annual convention next year in Wichita, KS.
PGC Patricia Maddalena served the Past Grand Counselor's Association (GCA) as a Regional Vice President and will soon serve that association as president.
PGC Charlie Cavallaro received a "Rose for the Living" for his contributions to UCT in our Grand Council. Congratulations Charlie, it is well deserved!
PGC Mary Newcombe has received a committee appointment for this year. She has been appointed to serve as an at-large committee person and will serve on a committee at the annual convention next year at the pleasure of our new International President, David Burt.
UCT Charities Trust Fund received $1,500 in donations, the Fraternal Fund received $5,500 in donation and Mae E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund received $9,651 in donations.
In addition to that UCT has adopted a new fundraiser to help the ASHA programs. We are attempting to raise enough funds to purchase 65 Kaye Trainers at a cost of $2500 each. These trainers will assist new skaters or physically challenged skaters to participate on the ice. $18,500 was raised during the convention for this purpose, enough money to purchase 7 1/2 trainers! PGC Charlie Cavallaro and PC Sandra Lobello presented a check for $2500 from Providence Counsil 67 for one of the trainers!!
Manchester Council 195 will be holding it's visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Yolande and her suite of officers on Sunday, October 5 at 1pm at the Chateau Restaurant, 201 Hanover St.
The menu this year will be a buffet featuring Chicken Parmesan, Baked Haddock and Sliced Top Round of Beef with Sauce Bordelais. Also potatoes, pasta, salad, vegetable medley and green beans with bacon and onions. Dessert will be a choice of carrot cake and chocolate pudding. Manchester Council will provide hot hors d'oeuvers prior to the event and there will be a cash bar. The cost of the event is $30 per person...a great deal!
Plan now to join us and call Jim Walsh at 603-234-5663 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a new page on the website - "Membership Development". It will be used by Grand Membership Development Director PGC Carmino Russo to help keep you informed about how to find and recruit new members and retain existing members. There are brochures available on the page but you will need to go to the www.uct.org website to obtain applications because they are all state specific except for the fraternal application which is available on our site.
UCT would like to have more photos to use in our publications and also give the councils a chance to win some money. Please download the attached flier to share with your council! Click below.
UCT collected enough coloring books, crayons, chalk, bubbles, jump ropes and more for the Children's Hunger Alliance's summer reading program to fill 20 boxes at the convention this year! In addition more than $5000 was donated by councils and individual UCT members.
Each year we take on a local cause as a community service project in the city where our annual convention is being held. This year'srecipient in Columbus, Ohio we supported the Children's Hunger Alliance, which works to ensure all area children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
Past Supreme Counselor, Stewart A. Wagner, 64, of Kankakee, Illinois passed away Saturday (Aug. 31, 2014) at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. He leaves behind his wife Mary.
He was born Feb. 18, 1950, in Kankakee, the son of Arthur E. and Caroline V. Wagner. He married Mary Powell on Feb. 14, 1970, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee. She survives, of Kankakee.
Stewart was a retired manager of Mike's Corner Shell in Coal City, had worked at Birmingham Steel and several local radio and television stations. A 1968 graduate of Kankakee Eastridge High School, he attended Kankakee Community College and joined United Commercial Travelers (UCT) in 1968, where he served in local and regional offices and on numerous committees on the international level. He was elected as the Supreme Sentinel of UCT in 2006.
He also had been a member of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society and the Moose Lodge. He had served on the board of the Illinois Fraternal Council and was its past president. He had also been a volunteer for Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
In addition to his wife; surviving are one niece; one nephew; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, Edwin; one sister-in-law; and one nephew.
Stewart followed PSC Jim Walsh through the Supreme line and received his honors in 2012. He was considered a great fraternalist in the Grand Jurisdiction of Illinois.
Carol Carbone entered the Eternal City Council on Tuesday, August 19. at the age of 85. She died peacefully, with her beloved husband of 64 years, Benjamin Carbone and her family by her side. Born in Providence, RI, a daughter of the late James Cavallaro and Florence (Voccio) Cavallaro she was a life-long resident of Providence. Carol is survived by her son, Steven B. Carbone of Scituate, RI, daughter Sharon (Nichols) Souza, and son-in-law David Souza of Cranston, RI. She was a loving grandmother to Stephanie Nichols, Stacey Nichols, Kerri Carbone, and Joseph Carbone and his wife Annalisa . She was a great-grandmother to Ashley, Andrew, Philip Joseph and an expected great-grandchild. She was a wonderful sister to Charles Cavallaro, his wife Ethel of Johnston, James Cavallaro, his wife Janet, and sister-in-law Dotty Carbone as well as her late sisters Ida Marzilli and Rose Wood . She leaves many nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones, including Bob Almeida. She was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and Y.P.S.C. Carol's legacy is of love and friendship.
Her Funeral will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. from the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory 1278 Park Avenue, Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Matthew’s Church, Cranston. Burial will take place in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.
VISITING HOURS: Sunday 4:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics Rhode Island, 370 George Washington Highway, Smithfield, RI, 02917, one of her cherished causes.
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