The 2015 UCT Convention is just around the corner! Though it might not seem like it, the 2015 UCT Convention is just a few months away!
This year’s convention will be held June 28-July 1 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas.
Room rates are as follows and are applicable three days prior and three days following the convention, based on availability:
Reservations must be made by no later than June 2, 2015 - call 316.293.1234.
Be sure to tell them you’re with UCT. We hope to see you there!
The service for the 2015 Supreme Convention has been announced.
Rainbows United enhances the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services. Everything under the rainbow.
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Rainbows provides many vital services for children with special needs, birth through age 21, and their families. They are on the leading edge of implementing the latest, most effective therapies for children with developmental delays. They are the regional leader in early childhood development, including on-site educational child care and pre kindergarten classes. They are the experts who are called to visit the hospital hours after a baby is born who will face developmental challenges. They are home grown and nationally recognized; a grateful recipient and responsible steward of their contributions and resources. They willingly serve everyone -- the family with the ability to pay for services, and their neighbors with few options and resources.
For more information go to http://www.rainbowsunited.org/
If you or your council would like to donate but cannot get items to Wichita, KS please bring them to the Grand Convention and we will get them to the convention for you!
Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh was spotted volunteering at New Horizons, a homeless shelter in Manchester, NH this past Sunday. She and husband PSCJim Walsh volunteer regularly to feed the homeless in Manchester, a very rewarding experience.
Please send pictures of your members volunteering to Jim Walsh for publication on this page. We need to recognize our members.
On Saturday, November 15th, the UCT members of Providence Council 67 along with Local President Charlie Cavallaro, Regional President Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh and International President David Burt traveled to the Dennis M. Lynch Ice Arena in Pawtucket, RI for a very special event.
Other members of UCT present were Ed Pelletier, Carmino Russo, Jeff and Kathy Masse, Jim Walsh and Phyllis Burt.
The arena is home to the Pawtucket Junior Bears. This very special team is a member team of American Special Hockey. Created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities, the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
On this day, the group had assembled to dedicate a “Kaye Trainer” to the team. At the United Commercial Travelers of America (UCT) annual convention in Columbus, OH, the members of Providence Council 67 donated $2,500 to purchase a Kaye Trainer which was delivered to the team.
The Kaye Trainer is a physical therapy device used in rehabilitation centers worldwide. Originally designed for recovery from traumatic leg/hip injuries or illnesses, two special hockey programs have now discovered an alternative use for the device. According to Dave Chase of the Valencia SNAP Flyers in California, "The device is THE safest way to teach someone how to skate!"
Gerry Letourneau, head coach of the Pawtucket Junior Bears, was on hand to accept the Kaye Trainer and to talk with the UCT members as well as to thank them for their generous donation.
UCT members support ASHA through such volunteer efforts as sponsoring ice time for games and practices, hosting post-practice lunches, helping sponsor tournaments and camps, and holding fundraisers to help teams with travel costs and purchasing necessary equipment.
Over the last 3 years UCT has provided over $50,000 to be a major sponsor of ASHA and another $30,000 has been donated by our members for the purchase of the Kaye Trainers.
Since the campaign was launched in July, six ASHA special hockey teams have received devices from UCT, two teams are in the process of arranging delivery of the Kaye Trainer, two more teams have been offered devices, and one team that already has a trainer has opted for a new harness instead of another device.
The convention forms are now available for download on the Convention page. Please feel free to share them with others who may not have a computer. The hotel reservations mst be made no later than May 3rd by calling them at (978) 466-3400.
The convention registration and meal selection form is due no later than May 15th.
SOUTH YARMOUTH - Alfred Andrew Maddalena, 102, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Cape Cod Hospital.
The son of the late Antonio and Maria (DeBonis), he attended Worcester schools before marrying the late Lillian E. Gleason on June 29, 1940. He worked as a machinist at Leland-Gifford before opening Clearview Service Station in Worcester with his brothers Albert and Vincent Velleco in 1946. Alfred retired to South Yarmouth, MA in 1987 and married Bernadette (Auger) on August 6, 1987. She survives him.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and taking men's cooking classes at the South Yarmouth Senior Center.
He was predeceased by brothers Anthony and John Maddalena, Albert and Vincent Velleco, sisters Christine Giannino, Rose Tiesler, Dorothy Putnam and Mary Gregg.
He is survived by sons, Alfred J. (Patricia) Maddalena of Niantic, CT and James A. (Jane) Maddalena of West Boylston, MA; four grandchildren, Craig (Tammy) Maddalena of Hopedale, MA, Jeffrey (Christine) Maddalena of Gloucester, MA; Paul Maddalena of Worcester; and Kristin (Paul) DeMarco of Windham, NH; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Taylor and Jocelyn Maddalena, Emma and Ryan DeMarco; sisters Ann Goddard of Worcester and Matilda Kenney of Hull, MA. He is also survived by adopted daughter Leeann (Chad) Taylor of Middleburg, FL and her children Catharine and Landon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Raymond A. Gosselin, 94, of Manchester, died on Friday, April 3, 2015, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. He was born on July 16, 1920, in Manchester, son of the late Frederick and Hortence (Vincent) Gosselin.He was predeceased by his first wife of over 50 years, Leanne (Roy) Gosselin, and his second wife of 13 years, Rena (Morissette) Cartier, as well as his sister, Jeannette Wozniak.
Ray served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was involved D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
He was the founder of Ray's Refrigeration in Manchester. He was a 40 year member and past president of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and a Past Counselor of United Commercial Travelers of America, Council No. 195. Ray served through the line of officers and continued for many years as a member and chairman of the local council executive committee, he was a 50 year member of Manchester Council. He was very committed to Manchester Council. When his first wife Leanne was very ill and could no longer attend local council meetings he continued to come for the meeting, passing over the dinner beforehand. Although he never served on the grand line, he held numerous committee appointments within the Grand Council of New England. He had many friends in UCT in New England and will be missed by all.
In his free time, Ray enjoyed dancing, cruising and traveling.
He is survived by his children, Paul Gosselin of Auburn, Elaine Pinard of Bedford, Connie Bartlett of Manchester, Jackie Buxton of Manchester, and Charlene Westervelt of Litchfield; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bob Hutchinson is recovering at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Bob had a valve replacement on his aorta . The surgery went very well and a full recovery is expected. He will be in the hospital for about 5 days and then may go home as long as someone stays with him. Nancy has taken 3 weeks off from work. He is at CMMC, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 0424 room 325.
Domenic Grande, “The Jolly Green Giant”, passed away March 24, 2015. He was 92 years old.
He was the son of the late William and Carmela (Pontarelli) Grande. He is survived by his loving wife Claire A. (Merlino) Grande; step-son Vincent Macari and his wife Carol, and Robin Quinn and her husband Wayne. Papa of Ashley and Christopher Macari; brother of John Grande, Mary Autieri and Evelyn Ferraro; uncle of Bobby, Anthony and Michael Autieri, John and Steve Ferraro, and Billy Grande. He was also the brother of the late Michael Grande.
Domenic was the president and operator of Eastern Cabinet Works and a member of the Carpenters Union Local 351. Domenic was an active member of Providence Council 67 for 58 years. He joined Providence Council on April 1, 1957 and served on the executive committee and served through the line of officers receiving his honors as Past Counselor in 1982.
Domenic served as Grand Counselor of the Grand Council of New England during the 2006-2007 membership year and received his honors as a Past Grand Counselor of the Order of United Commercial Travelers of America on May 31, 2008, He enjoyed cooking, gardening and making homemade wine which he gifted to his many friends in New England.
Domenic will be eulogized at the Grand Session this year at the Double Tree Hotel in Leominster, MA. He will be missed by all the members that knew him. He will be missed for his big smile and his even bigger heart.
The members of Manchester Council 195 recently collected baby items at their February meeting and donated them along with a check for $100 to Birthright International in Manchester, NH.
Last year Birthright in Manchester served 430 young families and provided over 100 "Layettes" or bags stuffed with new baby items.
Birthright began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1968, with a one-room office and only $300 in the bank, when Louise Summerhill, a busy housewife and mother of seven children, felt something should be done to help women facing unplanned pregnancies.
Events in her own life helped her understand the feelings pregnant girls might experience, including feelings of loneliness, fear of criticism, tension with parents, and even the shock of finding oneself unexpectedly pregnant.
Birthright takes a non-moralistic, non-judgmental approach toward helping women through their pregnancy dilemmas. Over forty-five years later, Birthright International remains true to Louise's original vision of personal, one-on-one contact in helping relationships. Louise's Birthright means "approachability and informality" for clients and volunteers, instead of bureaucracy and meetings in highly structured, business-like environments.
Birthright is a tax-exempt, charitable organization. They rely on and are gratefully fortified by financial and moral support of their donors and volunteers. Birthright is independent, interdenominational, and not affiliated with any religious or political group or public agency. Birthright is located in Canada, the United States and Africa. To find a location in your state or province go to www.birthright.org
Narragansett Council 699 is hosted Visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh and her suite of officers on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Twelve Acres of Smithfield Smithfield, RI.
The evening began with a social hour from 6:30pm where members enjoyed "Fraternalism and Friendship Forever" with Grand Counselor Yolande and all of the members of Narragansett Council. Dinner was served at 7pm. The members enjoyed Chicken Escarole Soup, a buffet featuring Broiled Scrod, Chicken Parmesan, Sliced Beef, Oven Roasted Potato, Penne with Sauce, Vegetable Medley, Dessert.
Following the dinner the members heard from Grand Counselor Yolande who spoke from her heart about what UCT has meant to her over the years and how councils can be successful in recruiting members if they continue to volunteer in their communities and document that on social media and our website.
The members of Narragansett Council presented Grand Chaplain Debbie Rouleau, PGC with a beautiful hanging flower basket. They also presented Grand Counselor Yolande with a "money shirt" that fit perfectly! It was made by PGC Lorraine LaPlante.
PSC Jim Walsh spoke to the members and guests about the upcoming convention and PGC's Art and Mary Newcombe passed out convention registration packets.
Oblivious the Clown (aka PGC David Rouleau) and PSC Jim Walsh hamming it up prior to the St. Patrick's Parade in Manchester, NH. Jim is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), parade sponsors, and David is a member of the Shrine Clown unit in Concord, NH. They met up on parade day. Absent is GC Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh who was helping the AOH in the marching units assembly area and PGC Debbie Rouleau who took the picture. We had lots of fun!
There is a large photo on the "Photo Gallery"page.
PGC David Rouleau and Grand Junior Counselor Jeff Masse braved blustery winds and chilly waters at Hampton Beach for the 16th Annual Penguin Plunge on Sunday.
More than 500 people jumped into the Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, to raise money for Special Olympics New Hampshire.
The theme for the 2015 plunge was Superheroes, and the superheroes plunged into the roughly 40-degree ocean water.
The 80 flocks of plungers raised $408,000 on Sunday for the nearly 3,000 Special Olympians in New Hampshire. SONH was founded in 1970 with the first State Summer Olympics at Philips Exeter Academy.
Plungers must raise $350 for the Penguin Plunge or $175 to participate in the High School Plunge. David and Jeff raised more than $1800 together! They would like to thank all of you who supported their effort.
They were cheered on by Debbie Rouleau, Kathy Masse, Jim & Yolande Walsh and Scott & Beth Newcombe who braved very cold temperatures to wait to see their Superheroes in action!
More than 40 local high schools participated in the High School Plunge on Saturday, also on Hampton Beach. Nearly 600 high schoolers jumped into the sea, ignoring the 10 degree air temperature with a zero degree wind chill.
The teenage plungers raised $190,000 for Special Olympics.
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.
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