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.
Providence Council 67 held its annual Visitation weekend on November 14 and 15. The weekend began with the council meeting Friday evening at 7pm at the Kelley Gazzero VFW Post 1418 Plainfield Pike in Cranston, RI. It was attended by over 50 guests and members including the Grand Counselor, Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh and Supreme Counselor Dave Burt.
Following the meeting everyone enjoyed a nice dinner of pasta and veal & peas along with apple pie for dessert. Grand Counselor Yolande spoke to the members and shared her appreciation for everything they do in their community. Supreme Counselor Dave also commented on the council activities and was eager to share them with others during his travels this year.
On Saturday the members of Providence along with Grand Counselor Yolande and Supreme Counselor Dave dedicated the new Kaye Trainer that was purchased for the Pawtucket Pirates, a member team of ASHA (American Special Hockey Association) at the Dennis Lynch Arena in Pawtucket.
The members of Providence donated $2500 at the Supreme Session in Columbus, Ohio this year for this purchase and it was finally delivered earlier this month.
Providence Council then hosted a luncheon in honor of New England's "First Man", Jim Walsh. Jim is the husband of Grand Counselor Yolande and only the 4th man to achieve this lofty position! The members and guests enjoyed pasta, soup and a chicken caeser salad with pumpkin pie for dessert. There were also many prizes for the members, many of which were handcrafted by the Providence members themselves.
Jim received a beautiful throw with a collage of baseballs on 1 side and pictures of his favorite drink on the other! He was grateful and couldn't wait to snuggle up with the Grand Counselor under the throw!!
Saturday evening was the Visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Yolande. The meal was a very delicious Surf and Turf dinner. The event was attended by more than 80 members and guests including Supreme Counselor Dave and his wife Phyllis. The evening also featured dancing and fruit basket gifts for the dignitaries that attended. The members presented Grand Counselor Yolande with a cash gift and Supreme Counselor Dave a gift as well.
It was a great weekend. Pictures will be appearing on the Photo Album page soon.
Twin City Council 160 held its Visitation in honor of Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh and her suite of officers October 19th at Rolandeau's Restaurant in Auburn, ME.
31 people attended a Friday night dinner at Marco's Italian Restaurant, a tradition over many years, with the Grand Counselor. Following dinner Yolande opened a hospitality room at the Fireside Inn.
Saturday was a day to relax with shopping and gambling at the casino in Oxford, ME. The hospitality room was reopened in the afternoon. The social hour prior to the Visitation was at 6:30pm prior to the buffet dinner at Rolandeau's Restaurant with 38 people in attendance. Yolande was presented with earrings and a bracelet to match a necklace that was given to her this summer by Twin City Council 160 at their council outing.
Grand Counselor Yolande thanked all of the members for attending and was grateful for such a great weekend.
Well done Twin City Council 160!
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