The 2015 UCT Convention is just around the corner! Though it might not seem like it, the 2015 UCT Convention is just a few weeks 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. Hotel reservations can be made by calling them at (978) 534-9000.
The convention registration and meal selections must be made with Scott Newcombe. See you soon!
The members of Manchester Council 195 recently donated graphics and labor to apply to a truck for Habitat for Humanity. The truck was donated by Liberty International of Manchester, NH. PSC Jim Walsh is a contractor for them and he and the council agreed to do the work to benefit a great organization that does so much in the communities of New Hampshire. Our UCT logo and New England website is placed on the truck with the other sponsors.
Pictured with the truck are Grand Counselor Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh, Grand Junior Counselor Jeff Masse, Grand Executive Committee member Kathy Masse, PGC David Rouleau, PGC Debbie Rouleau, Conductor Denny Walsh, Denise Walsh and PSC Jim Walsh.
The Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a retail store located in Nashua, NH. They sell donated new and reusable kitchen cabinets, appliances, furniture, doors, windows and building materials to the public at less than retail costs. These materials are donated by home owners, contractors, manufacturers, retail stores and distributors and are either overstocked or discontinued.
Store proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing to hardworking, low income families. The store is staffed by volunteers.
Follow the link: http://www.nashuahabitat.org/restore for more information about this unique store.
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
The reports for the 2015 convention are being added to the "Members Only" section of the website. Currently there are 10 reports available for viewing and/or downloading. Additional reports will be added when they are received. Reports for the 2014 convention will remain on the website for comparison.
The members of Manchester Council 195 recently made a donation of food and clothing to Liberty House in Manchester, NH. The members are committed to helping different charities in the city.
For more than a decade, Liberty House in Manchester, NH has been providing a safe, supportive, substance-free housing community for American veterans transitioning out of homelessness. Since opening their doors in 2004, their dedicated team of staff and volunteers has helped more than 200 homeless veterans rejoin their communities and regain fulfilling, independent lives.
Each and every veteran that walks through their doors is treated with the utmost respect, regardless of their combat status or length of service, and provided with a unique transition plan tailored to their needs. With the guidance and support of brother and sister veterans and a commitment to giving back through food pantry and clothing programs, Liberty House is more than just a community; it’s a family.
Their transitional facility offers ten resident beds and a variety of services ranging from employment and housing assistance to case management and agency referrals.
In 1943 amid WWII, a German U-boat torpedo struck the USAT Dorchester and more than 600 servicemen were lost. Private Harold Paczosa of Manchester was among the servicemen who perished in the sinking of the transport ship. In honor of his memory, his sister Annette left the family home to the VFW, asking only that the house be used as a home for military veterans and that a memorial stone honoring her brother be maintained at the premises. With the support of the Manchester VFW, Don Duhamel – a retired Air Force sergeant disturbed by the vision of veterans homeless in his community – raised funds, garnered support, and willed Liberty House into existence.
Since then, the veterans at Liberty House have worked together to rebuild confidence, enhance their skills, and lead fulfilling, substance-free lives. Liberty House has provided support and services to more than 200 homeless veterans thanks to the generosity of our donors and the Paczosa family.
While providing much needed items to worthy organizations and getting our name known in the community, our members are learning valuable things about the plight of many less fortunate than we. Members making the donation today were Conductor Denny Walsh, Denise Walsh, GJC Jeff Masse, GEC Kathy Masse, GC Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh & PSC Jim Walsh. Bill Zarakota, Director of Community Development for Liberty House is also pictured. Absent from the pictures are PGC David Rouleau and PGC Debbie Rouleau.
More pictures are available under the "Photo Gallery" tab.
Narragansett Council 699 hosted a 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 at 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.
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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