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Welcome to the Regional Council of New England's webpage.

Enjoy your stay here, feel free to look around our website and if you like what you see and want more information please send me an e-mail at 

Anything in blue and most of the pictures are interactive - see where they take you!

What is UCT?

Providence Council 67 at Special Olympics

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Six members of Providence Council 67 volunteered on Saturday, April 29th at a Rhode Island Special Olympics event. The members seved lunch to the athletes and volunteers.

Providence Council Clam Bake & BBQ

Providence Council 67 has annouced the date of their Annual Clam Bake & BBQ. Please click on the picture below to see the flyer with all the information.

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Manchester Council Donates

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On Saturday, April 22nd, Manchester Council 195 went to Liberty House in Manchester, NH to make a donation of food and clothing. We are committed to helping the veterans in our community.

We also got a tour of the house and heard the history of Liberty House and how it all began with a bequest of the Pazsoca family in honor of their son Private Harold C. Pazcosa who was killed aboard the "Chaplain Ship" during World War II. They wanted to so something to honor his memory and the house was dedicated to help homeless veterans.

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We also decided to help with clothing. Liberty House cares for homeless veterans who have nothing. We provided shirts, pants, shoes, business suits, dresses, blankets and many other needed items.

We have been there many times over the last 2 years to make similar donations.

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After our donation we went back to David and Debbie's house for a pizza party and friendship!

International Convention Stuff

Convention Highlights

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The New England Regional Council won First Place in the website contest. Webmaster Jim Walsh accepted the award 

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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.

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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!

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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

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Regional Convention News 

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 122nd annual Regional Convention for New England jurisdiction was held on May 19th and 20th at the DoubleTree Hotel is Leominster, MA. Many of the officers and delegates as well as guests to the convention arrived on Thursday night, May 18th. 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 as well as granting $750 to each of 3 scholarshipapplicants.

The convention sessions began on Friday afternoon beginning with Regional President Angela's report of her 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 Ernest Brunault was eulogized by PIP Al Maddalena. "The Roses for the Living" ceremony followed. These members all received a rose:

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A presented a pin, certificate and rose to Natalie Cardinal and RoseMarie Capalbo from Providence 67. Roses were presented to grand Counselor Angela Goff and her husband Mike also from Providence Council 67. Jim Walsh and Sophie Poltack from Manchester Council 195 received a rose. Grand Chaplain Joyce Pelletier and her husband Ed from Providence Council 67 received a rose and certificate.

After the ceremonies, the members and guests were treated to a banquet in the dining room with a choice of New England Stuffed Pork, Chicken Marsala or Baked Stuffed Haddock as well as clam chowder, salad, rolls, coffee and carrot cake for dessert. Following the dinner, Regional President Angela Goff conducted her own brand of entertainment with a Beach Blanket Bingo game. Winners had a choice of gifts and everyone enjoyed "penny candy", a real "Blast From the Past". Again the hospitality room was opened for the members and guests to spend one last evening together enjoying Friendship and Fraternalism!

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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 Jim Walsh. The officers were installed in the afternoon by Past International President Jim Walsh with PRP Bob Blanchard serving as Installing Marshal. Ernie LaPlante was declared a Past Grand Counselor for the second time after serving through the Executive Committee for the second time! Joyce Pelletier received her honor as a Past Grand Chaplain and was pinned by Angela Goff. 

Providence Council 67 treated all of the members and guests to hors d'oeuvres and drinks following the installation. The cocktail hour was interupted by a fire alarm with many trucks responding so we took our drinks into the parking lot behind the hotel and watched the action. 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 Jeff Masse as chair of the committee. 

Dinner on Saturday night featured a choice of Prime Rib, Grilled Salmon with Lemon Dill or Tuscan Herb Chicken as well as salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. Newly installed Regional President Charlie Cavallaro could not attend his own bahquet as he had to return to Providence to attend post graduatiion parties with his grandchildren. 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 2018 is under review and the date and location will appear on this website as soon as negotitions have concluded.

Supreme Convention Information

 

The UCT Convention in Greenville dates are July 3 – 6, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.

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I know we are all used to going Sunday through Wednesday, well this year we are going Monday through Thursday.  So, with that being said, further to clarify, the….

  • PIP reception and dinner will be held on Sunday, July 2
  • PIP meeting, PIP/BOG/Senior Management Luncheon,  will be held on Monday, July 3
  • Opening and Memorial and Keynote speaker will be on Monday, July 3
  • Judy Woodworth’s luncheon and the opening of the General Business Session will be on Tuesday, July 4
  • Business Session continues and the annual banquet will be on Wednesday, July 5
  • Business Session/Installation will be held on Thursday, July 6 and everything will be over with so that you can all plan for a Noon departure if you wish.

For more details, check out the UCT website and Sample Case.

Grand Council Fundraiser Winners Announced!

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The fundraising committee for the Grand Council of New England has drawn the winners for the fundraiser. Click on the sample ticket above for a complete list of winners and the amount that they won. If you have questions please contact Sandra Lobello at 

Providence Council Honored

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.

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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.

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Pictures can be found under the "Photo Gallery" tab.

 

Remember, anything in blue and underlined is linked to a webpage as are most of the pictures. Click to see where they take you!

UCT Photo Contest

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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.

 

 

 



Let's Make A Difference in Greenville!

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Making a difference is what we do… and we do it in a BIG way at our annual convention

As our members start gearing up for the annual UCT Convention in Greenville, SC, so do the donations for our annual service project. This year, we will be collecting monetary and tangible donations for Greenville’s Meyer Center for Special Children, whose mission is to help children living with disabilities reach their maximum potential.

Each year UCT members leave their mark in the host city of the UCT Convention by contributing to a local charity in need. And when we say leave our mark, we are talking about thousands of dollars raised and hundreds of items collected! What can we say… we know how to make a difference!

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Julie Accetta, Director of Community Relations for Meyer Center for Special Children shared with us exactly how our donations will benefit them.

“The Meyer Center was established by Dr. Leslie Meyer in 1954 to provide quality education and life-changing therapies to pre-school age children with disabilities. Today, approximately 100 students from 6 months to 7 years old benefit from the programs and services provided by the Meyer Center. Each child has an Individualized Education Plan with specific goals to help students reach their maximum potential with certified therapists working in groups and individually to help address speech, occupational and physical challenges. Every child is unique and an interdisciplinary team of teachers, therapists and social workers continually assess a student’s progress and make adjustments to promote growth in all developmental areas. Upon graduation, Meyer Center staff works with Greenville County Schools to determine the least restrictive environment for meeting a student’s developmental needs.

The MeyerCenter depends on private insurance and Medicaid reimbursements, United Way funding, individual, corporate and foundation support, and special event revenue to operate. Any in-kind donations of services and supplies help us reduce costs which allows us to designate financial contributions directly to the education and growth of our students. Without the tremendous support of groups like UCT we would not be able to fulfill our mission as efficiently and effectively as possible. On behalf of our staff, board of directors, students and families, thank you for your commitment to enriching the lives of children with disabilities so that they might reach their full potential.”

Your donation, however large or small, will allow the staff of the Meyer Center to continue the day-to-day tasks necessary to help the children they’re dedicated to. Their wish-list includes:

Baby wipes
Clorox disinfectant wipes
Hand soap
Plastic forks and spoons
First class postage stamps
You can also send your donation to the UCT Home Office in Columbus to transport to the convention for you!

Please send them to: UCT, c/o Jessica Myers, 1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. Be sure we receive them by no later than June 16, 2017. 
Please make checks payable to the Meyer Center for Special Children.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and sincere generosity!

UCT Kaye Trainer Campaign Update

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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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