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Doug Larrabee Recovering

PGC Doug Larrabee is recovering from recent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. He has had a pace-maker put in and his heart is beating regularly. The pacemaker is doing its job. Doug is already driving kids again and teaching his driving classes. No heavy lifting or shoveling snow for him but he can use the tractor-snowblower and has been on it several times with all this beautiful white stuff we keep getting.

Please keep Doug and Cindy in your prayers and feel free to send him a card at his home. His address is listed on the "Members Only" page under Grand Council Officers.


Providence Council Donates Kaye Trainer

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.




Manchester Council Donates

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

Providence Council Visitation Weekend

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 appear on the Photo Album page.


Narragansett Council to Host Visitation

Narragansett Council 699 is hosting a Visitation in honor of

Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh

and her suite of officers on

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Social Hour 6:30pm - Dinner 7pm

Twelve Acres of Smithfield

445 Douglas Pike - Route 7 Smithfield, RI

Chicken Escarole Soup, Buffet (Broiled Scrod, Chicken Parmesan, Sliced Beef) Oven Roasted Potato, Penne with Sauce, Vegetable Medley, Dessert

Please make reservations with Ernie or Lorraine LaPlante by April 1, 2015

Manchester Plungers Go Again!


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 Photo Contest

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 Photo Contest










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