The 129th annual Internation Convention convened on Sunday, July 3rd in the evening. PSC Jim Walsh served as Master of Ceremony for the opening. He introduced the officers, their spouses and the flag bearers from their state or province.
During the opening, the members heard a presentation by Phil Gwoke who was the keynote speaker. He is a generational expert with a passionate and firm belief the right motivation, training and support can make it easy for every generation to work together to achieve remarkable results!
Prior to the opening, a Memorial Service was presented and the names of deceased Past Regional Presidents were read. The names of PGC George Taragowski and PGC Dick Pyne from New England were included and a flower was placed in a large fern for each of them, creating a large bouquet.
Sandra Lobello ran the 112th ISTA meeting as president. She represented New England very well. It was said that she will be well remembered for allowing the members 2 breaks during the meeting and ending the meeting early so the members could attend the luncheon...all while disposing of the business in a very efficient manner!
Sandra was elected to the position of Immediate Past President and will attend the 113th session of the ISTA in Greenville, SC in 2017
Pat Maddalena was installed as president of the PGC's Association, Charlie Cavallaro was installed as the 3rd Regional vice president and Jeff Masse was installed as the 4th Regional vice president. This is unprecedented in the GCA that New England should have 3 officers serving in the line of officers. Congratulations to them!
Debra Rouleau served as a delegate at large. She served on the Publicity Committee that judged newsletters and websites.
The 14 members from New England went to dinner at Gordon Biersch on Monday night and celebrated birthdays for Mike Goff, Jeff Masse and Pat Maddalena. Each of them was served an individual dessert while we serenaded them with "Happy Birthday"!
Over 2000 books were donated to Korsair Kids and over $3000 in donations were presented to them to support their Christmas giving program to children who will be patients in the Korsair Children's Hospital during the Christmas holiday.
The New England Regional Council won First Place in the website contest. Webmaster Jim Walsh accepted the award
Providence Council won Second Place in the newsletter contest, PGC Charlie accepted the award. They also won the Gold Medal of Honor, Sandra Lobello accepted the award. Providence also received an award for Join Hands Day with Angela Goff accepting the award.
The banquet on Tuesday evening was a very casual "Hawaiian" theme. During the banquet the "Roses for the Living" committee presented their program and Sandra Lobello received a rose for her contributions to UCT. Congratulations Sandra!
UCT Charities Trust Fund received over $9700 in donations, the Benevolent Fund received over $9300 and the Mae E. Tisdale Fund received over $10,700 in donations. The Kaye Trainer effort received over $5300 toward the purchase of more devices for Special skaters.
A big thank you to Providence Council 67 for their donation to UCT to help sponsor the coffee breaks during the sessions!
During the sessions the 2 proposed amendments were considered. It was voted to accept the first amendment allowing for the minimum age to be 16 rather than 18. The second amendment which would allow for a member with 3 years of service on the local or regional line of officers to be eligible to serve on the international line of officers was defeated.
Joanne Quinn received an appointment on the Memorial Committee and Jim Walsh received an appointment on the Volunteer of the Year Committee
The spring 2016 issue of UCT's The Sample Case includes:
Remember, anything in blue and underlined is linked to a webpage as are most of the pictures. Click to see where they take you!
The fundraising committee for the Grand Council of New England has come up with a novel idea that won't break the bank but will add needed assets to our general account. It is a raffle calendar with drawings every day in the month of January with a top prize of $200!
They make great Christmas gifts for; teachers, bus drivers, baby sitters, hair stylist etc... Also if anyone needs more tickets, we have plenty. Contact Sandra Lobello at
Providence Council 67 presented a check for $500.00 to Joe Russo as well as another $170.00 in personal donations from members of Manchester Council, Tri-City Council, Danielson Council, Narragansett Council & Western MA Council.
Joseph Russo, (Carmino’s nephew) has been battling late stage Lyme Disease and a complicated Sciatica for the past few years, making it impossible to hold down a regular job He is taking an infusion drug that he is hooked to for several hours a day. He lives alone in a trailer, and because he fell back on his rent, he was about to be evicted.
Joe has used up his unemployment benefits and receives a nominal amount of money per month for food. Otherwise, he depends on charity. For whatever reason, he has been denied disability. However, he has a court date in early September when hopefully, he will finally be granted some kind of disability benefit, at least enough to take care of food, rent and utilities. We pray that he is able to live out his life in peace and comfort.
There are no words to adequately thank UCT and its members for your thoughtfulness and your generosity.
The members of Providence Council collected donations at their Clam Bake and BBQ on Sunday, August 7th and presented those in addition to another $500 raised at a spaghetti dinner to benefit Joe Russo who has significant medical bills after having developed Lyme Disease.
Pictures are available under the "Photo Gallery" page under "Russo"
Providence Council 67 was honored recently by "Operation Stand Down Rhode Island" (OSDRI) at a BBQ and picnic. Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s mission is to help veterans secure stable housing and employment as well as other assistance according to individual needs including case management, basic human needs, referrals, and education and training services.
Many members of Providence Council were on hand to receive recognition for their hard work and many donations of goods, services and money as well as to have a nice liesurely meal cooked by the organization.
Pictures can be found under the "Photo Gallery" tab.
Regional Council committee reports have been posted on the website under the "Members Only" tab. Please review them and print them if you want.
The 121st annual Regional Convention for New England jurisdiction was held on June 3rd and 4th at the DoubleTree Hotel is Leominster, MA. Many of the officers and delegates as well as guests to the convention arrived on Thursday night, June 2nd. After we had dinner, the hospitality room was opened and we continued to enjoy friendship and fraternalism.
The executive committee met on Friday morning to discuss important matters pertaining to the convention. The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund also met on Friday and voted to grant Boy Scout Troop 823, a troop with persons with intellectual disabilities, $750 to fund their summer camp activities.
The convention sessions began on Friday afternoon beginning with Regional President Jeff's report of his activities for the year. Reports were received from the Treasurer, Secretary, the Executive Committee as well as reports regarding our charitable contributions for the year.
Friday evening began with the Necrology Service where we remembered our departed brothers and sisters. PGC George Taragowski was eulogized by PGC Patricia Maddalena and PGC Dick Pyne was eulogized by PGC Bob Blanchard. "The Roses for the Living" ceremony followed. These members all received a rose:
Manchester Council 195 - Dennis J. Walsh, Jeff Masse, Kathy Masse. Providence Council 67 - Phil Diiorio, Ethel Martin, Angela Forlingieri, Paul Forlingieri. Western MA 686 - William Densmore. Tri-City Council 823 - Beth Newcombe, Hallie Newcombe, Scott Newcombe.
After the ceremonies, the members and guests were treated to a banquet in the dining room with a choice of pork, chicken or fish as well as potato & bacon soup, salad, rolls, coffee and carrot cake for dessert. Following the dinner Jeff and Kathy conducted their version of "Family Feud" - UCT Table Feud! 5 tables were involved in the game with distinctive hats. Questions were read by Jeff while Kathy kept a tally of the scores. The winning table received "Balloon Hats", courtesy of David Rouleau. Again the hospitality room was opened following the dinner and the game show fun.
Saturday morning the session resumed and many reports were taken up with lots of lively discussion. Officers were elected for the new year during the meeting under the direction of Past International President Al Maddalena. The officers were installed in the afternoon by Past International President Jim Walsh. Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh was declared a Past Grand Counselor and received the jewel from PGC Frank Walsh (deceased) fulfilling her commitment to him that she would go through the line and obtain her honors so she could keep his jewel alive! Beth Newcombe received her honor as a Past Grand Chaplain and was pinned by Jeff Masse.
Providence Council 67 treated all of the members and guests to hors d'oeuvres and drinks following the installation. The new officers are pictured above and their names are printed under the "officer" tab.
The executive committee met following the cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and selected Sandra Lobello as chair of the committee.
Dinner on Saturday night featured a choice of Prime Rib, Swordfish or Chicken Cordon Bleu as well as salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. Newly installed Regional President Angela Goff conducted her own brand of entertainment with questions about her favorite performer - Paul Anka. She distributed prizes to the members who correctly guessed the answers to her many question. Again the hospitality room was opened for the members and guests to spend one last evening together enjoying Friendship and Fraternalism!
A special thanks to Scott Newcombe for his great work facilitating the convention, working with the hotel to ensure everything went off with as few problems as possible. The convention for 2017 will be at the DoubleTree in Leominster, MA on May 19th and 20th.
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.
Providence Council 67 is hosting it's annual "Turkey Trot" on Friday, October 21st at 7pm. The couuncil resurrected this tradition last year and it was very successful.
There will be baskets to take chances on and other raffles as well as a small meal.
All proceeds from this fun family event are used to make the holidays a little brighter for our local homeless veterans and their families.
Chairman of the Board, Tom Hoffman, announced yesterday that UCT CEO Joe Hoffman has resigned his position with UCT effective September 2nd of this year. Speaking at the Manchester Council 195 picnic Tom gave the Manchester Council members as well as members of Tri-City Council a synopsis of the resignation letter and provided the members with assurances that "UCT will still answer the phone and keep the lights on".
Tom briefly outlined the succession plan that will be in place after September 2nd. Kevin Hecker will act as interim CEO with a management team consisting of Fraternal Director VP Sandy Shafer and IT Director, VP Ron Ives who between them, have over 75 years' experience in the home office.
"There is no immediate need to replace Joe because we are in a good place" according to Tom Hoffman. There will be a search to replace Joe that most likely be intensive and exhausting to ensure that UCT hires the right person for the job as CEO of UCT.
Joe received an offer to work with a former colleague at was "too good to pass up" according to the letter. This was a difficult decision for Joe as he "would have loved to lead us to into the first period of sustainable growth in over forty years". Joe outlined his accomplishments as CEO over the last 7 years and will miss the UCT members, the Board and especially the home office staff.
More details regarding this will be featured in the upcoming edition of the Sample Case magazine. Certainly we wish Joe all the best in his new endeavor!
On a rainy April 26, 2016, Regional President Jeff Masse and Local Council Director Dennis Walsh, both of Manchester 195, made a clothing donation to Liberty House, a veteran's shelter designed to help veterans transition out of homelessness. The clothing consisted of finer shirts, pants and shoes to help the veteran's to be able to dress more appropriately for important functions such as job interviews. The clothing was greatly appreciated by Liberty House ensuring us it would be put to good use.
UCT kicked off the Kaye Trainer International Capital Campaign for special hockey programs in North America 2 years ago. This is an ongoing campaign until we reach our total campaign goal of raising $182,500, or 73 Kaye Trainer devices. Currently donations stand at just over $62,000, about a third of the total UCT is seeking.
What is a Kaye Trainer? It’s a physical therapy device used in rehabilitation centers worldwide and manufactured by Kaye Products. Originally designed for recovery from traumatic leg/hip injuries or illnesses, special hockey programs have discovered an alternative use for the device. According to Dave Chase of the Valencia S.N.A.P. Flyers special hockey program in Valencia, Calif., “The device is THE safest way to teach someone how to skate!”
The campaign is designed to supply every special hockey program with a Kaye Trainer, which includes suspension and harness. In total, each device costs $2,500, including shipping. Every donation helps and 100% of your contribution is tax deductible.
How can you help? You can donate online through PayPal, or checks can be made payable to UCT Charities* and mailed to the UCT home office at: UCT, Attn. Jen Szymczak, 1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. Each time a donation is made, the amount and the donor is made visible on the UCT home page
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