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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?

Manchester Donates

Manchester Council 195 made a significant donation of food, toiletries and clothes on Saturday, November 18 at Liberty House in Manchester.

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Those donating were Sophie Poltack (not pictured), Denny Walsh, Jim Walsh, Jeff Masse, and David Rouleau. The girls on the other side are; Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh, Denise Walsh, Kathy Masse and Debbie Rouleau. We were assisted by Scott Newcombe from Tri-City Council 823 who took pictures for us so Jim could finally be in the pictures!

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After the donation the girls went to the Backroom for lunch. The guys went to Pizza 911 and then to the shooting range!

Liberty House, with the help of a very dedicated staff, veterans in residence, and local community organizations, is working to make positive, successful changes in the lives of the brave men and women who have served our country. From employment search and housing assistance to case management and agency referrals, all of their residents are provided with resources and services to help them rejoin their communities and regain fulfilling, independent lives.

Convention 2018 Information

Even though the snow has yet to fly and spring has not yet sprung, it's not too early to start looking to our 2018 convention at a new location - the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA.

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The convention will take place over the dates of Thursday, May 30th and Friday June 1st. This is a departure from our usual days of Friday and Saturday. The change is an experiment to see how weekdays impact our members versus weekends. This will also decrease the cost of the rooms and minimize the number of young children in the hotel which may improve the quality of your stay.

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All rooms are blocked for deluxe queen suites. These rooms are equipped with 2 queen beds, pull out twin sofa, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, bath toiletries, hair dryer, and irons with boards. Your rooms automatically will include access to the water parks should you or your family be interested. Guests may arrive early to enjoy the facilities of the resort by stopping by the front desk for wrist bands as early as 1pm (although room check-in begins at 4pm) and they may return to the resort post games on the day of departure and use the parks until closing (although room check-out is at 11am).

Feel free to use this link http://myevent.ws/United-Commercial-Travelers-of-America-Grand-Council-of-New-England-3  to see more about the hotel.

Over the coming months there will be lots of information about the Great Wolf Lodge, all meant to enhance your convention experience.

 2018 Supreme Convention Information

 The UCT Convention in Savannah, GA dates are July 3 – 6, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

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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 1

  • PIP meeting, PIP/BOG/Senior Management Luncheon,  will be held on Monday, July 2
  • Opening and Memorial and Keynote speaker will be on Monday, July 2
  • Diana Loafman's luncheon and the opening of the General Business Session will be on Tuesday, July 3
  • Business Session continues and the annual banquet will be on Wednesday, July 4
  • Business Session/Installation will be held on Thursday, July 5 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.

International Convention Stuff

 Convention Highlights 

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The 130th annual Internation Convention convened on Monday, July 3rd in the evening. 

During the opening, the members heard a presentation by Warren Barhorst  who was the keynote speaker. He spoke about identifying potential members and leaders for councils.

Prior to the opening, a Memorial Service was presented and the names of deceased Past Regional Presidents were read. The name of PGC Ernest Brunault from New England was included and a candle was lit for him. Joanne Quinn served as chair of the Memorial Committee and conducted an outstanding service, remembering Two Past International Presidents, an Auxiliary Past International President, two Past International Chaplains, and a Fraternalist of the Year, as well as 22 Past Regional Presidents during the memorial service.

Sandra Lobello was declared a Past President at 113th ISTA meeting as president. She represented New England very well. She was elected to the executive committe of the ISTA for a 2 year term. PSC Jim Walsh served as parliamentarian for the ISTA meeting.

Pat Maddalena presided as president of the PGC's Association, Charlie Cavallaro was installed as the 2nd Regional vice president and Jeff Masse was installed as the 3rd 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!

Jim Walsh served as parliamentarian for the convention and also served on the Volunteer of the Year Committee. The committee selected Charlene Claeys Godard of Glenboro, Manitoba Council 943, who was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year during Monday's business session.

The 15 members from New England went to dinner at Sticky Fingers on Tuesday night with members from the Ohio and Michigan Regions. It was a great night of fun and fraternalism!! 

This year’s convention service project was collecting needed items for Greenville’s Meyer Center for Special Children, whose mission is to help children living with disabilities reach their maximum potential. Members were asked to help support this worthy cause by donating much-needed items to help the children the Meyer Center is dedicated to. As always, members outdid themselves by contributing over seven boxes of items and donating more than $7,000 to the center.  

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The New England Regional Council again 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 Silver 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 Wednesday evening was casual.. During the banquet the "Roses for the Living" committee presented their program and Joanne Quinn received a rose for her contributions to UCT. Congratulations Joanne!

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Charles (Charlie) Cavallaro of Providence, Rhode Island Council 67 was named the recipient of UCT’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the banquet. He was recognized for the exceptional volunteer contributions he has made over the years to his community and his dedication to UCT and his local and regional councils. Congrats, Charlie – you’ve earned it!

UCT Charities Trust Fund received $10,825 in donations, the Fraternal Fund received $5,725 and the Mae E. Tisdale Fund received $9,700 in donations. The Kaye Trainer effort received one $2500 toward the purchase of more devices for Special skaters. 

During the sessions the 5 proposed amendments were considered. The first ammendment to establish the role of the Board Qualifying Committee was withdrawn. It was voted to accept the 2nd and 3rd amendments to have the UCT per capita applied to the Fraternal Funds passed as did the 4th and 5th ammendments to remove Alternative Councils from the by-laws.

Cindy Larrabee was appointed as a Delegate-At-Large for 2018 and Yolande Cotnoir-Walsh was appointed to the membership Committee for 2018. Jim Walsh was asked to serve as an advisor for International President Numan Loafman.

The 131st annual convention will be in Savannah, GA from July 2nd to July 5th.

 

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.

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Providence to Host Seniors

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Providence Council will be hosting "Santa's Workshop" at Golden Crest Nursing Center on Sunday Dec 17th.  Residents will be able to choose 2 gifts to gifts to give to their loved ones and Providence 67's elves will be on hand to help them wrap and tag their special gifts.  The members will also treat the residents to Christmas cookies and egg nog when they are finished shopping.  And maybe even a visit from Santa himself!

CASF Donates

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PIP Jim Walsh and Yolande present a check to Chet Bobola, Director of Residential Services and Brenda Aziz, Director of Resource Development

The Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund approved a $1,225 donation to the William J. Moore Center in Manchester, NH. The grant  was for the purchase of 7 Doxie Go Plus Portable Scanners.  The scanners allow their nurses to better protect the private health information of their clients. The Nurses use them for scanning documents when out in the community as they are very efficient and decrease tasks associated with copying documents, emailing, and having to return documents to their previous location. The Doxie Mobile Scanners  for travel between program locations for residential staff.

These machines will assist in preventing any release of Private Health Information, as clients documents will no longer be in staff automobiles as they transport it to and from programs. As such, client documents will not be stored in these machines during travel so no visible client information will be at risk of accidentally being exposed to the public.

Your donations to the CASF are directly responsible for allowing the Fund to grant these types of requests. Over a span of 40 years the CASF has granted to Moore Center nearly $50,000!

Warren Gillies Passes Away

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Warren Glen Gillies of Neepawa, Manitoba Canada, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Brandon Hospital at the age of 80 years. Darlene Gillies, PIP, his beloved wife of 50 years and their sons, Neil, and Alan were with Warren at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon when he took his last breath. Many of the rest of his family had been with him during his final days and hours, especially Neil's wife Lisa Gillies, whom Warren loved like a daughter more than a daughter-in-law, and Neil & Lisa's children, Shelby and Braden, Warren's grandchildren, whom he adored as much as they did him.

Warren was at work at Neepawa Tire, which he has owned since 1979, on Friday, November 3rd with Darlene, and son Neil when he became ill.

Around noon, just prior to going for lunch, Warren suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, meaning bleeding on the brain. This type of stroke happens in less than 15% of strokes; strokes are usually the result of an aneurysm. Warren realized that he might be having a stroke, and asked Neil to drive him the Neepawa hospital, from there, the ambulance took Warren (Darlene rode with him) to Brandon General. 

Even at 80, Warren's work ethic was such that "retirement" was just a word; many probably know that he was also involved in son Alan's businesses, as well as Neepawa Tire, for the last 6 years.

Warren's community involvement with United Commercial Travelers, his support of local sports including the Neepawa Natives and Yellowhead Chiefs, and his personal mission to collect thousands of soft drink can pull-tabs in effort to obtain wheelchairs for those in need was legendary in Neepawa.  All of that, plus workworking in his workshop near Neepawa Tire kept him busy and active.

Warren was always by Darlene's side in every aspect of life. He traveled with Darlene to every UCT event and was a cherished part of the International Board of Governors and the spouses of Board members. He went everywhere with the spouses without complaints, even receiving a manicure and pedicure! He survived many shopping trips with the ladies and trips to museums, and was once talked into buying Darlene a bracelet at a museum gift shop for her birthday! The ladies surprised a very shy Warren with a trip to "Hooters" as a final trip when he and Darlene were finishing their time on the Board. They took pictures with Warren and the servers and bought him a tee shirt to commemorate the occasion! 

Warren will be remembered for his warm smile and gentle ways. The number of "Facebook" posts reacting to the news of Warren's stroke and subsequent death speaks volumes about the love others had for Warren and Darlene.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa at 2:00 pm with Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa

To honour the memory of Warren Glen Gillies memorial donations may be made to Beautiful Plains Community Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

Providence

Does Sundaes

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Providence Council visited Golden Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently and really cheered up the residents, patients and staff. about 3 times a year.  They provided seasonal treats as they normally do when they visit 3 times a year.

The Theme for this vixit was an "Ice Cream Social" and raffle.  Some of the volunteers from Providence Council buddy up with the residents and help them make their way up to the Sundae table where the rest of Providence Council is waiting to help them make their Sundae.

Each resident is given a raffle ticket and when their number is called, their buddy helps them to the prize tables to choose a prize. The raffle goes around twice, there are always have plenty of prizes.

Also, they visit some of the residents who can't make it out of their rooms bringing them ice cream and prizes.

Their next visit will be the second week in December when they will host "Santa's Workshop".  They invite the residents to choose 2-3 small gifts for friends or family members, then their Providence Council buddy will help them wrap the gifts and put a name tag.  Then they will serve Christmas Cookies and Egg Nog and maybe even sing a few Christmas Carols.

Golden Crest is a 152 bed, skilled nursing facility providing comprehensive nursing care, rehabilitation programs and complex medical services. Among those are Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, Alzheimer’s Care, Hospice and Respite Care.

Charlie Earns Lifetime Achievement Award!

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PGC Charlie Cavallaro of Providence, Rhode Island Council 67 was named the recipient of UCT’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the International banquet on Wednesday evening during the International Convention. He was recognized for the exceptional volunteer contributions he has made over the years to his community and his dedication to UCT and his local and regional councils.

Charlie was selected by the home office staff for this award. They reached out to Providence Council secretary Sandra Lobello and PIP Jim Walsh to provide information on Charlie's specific charitable giving and they conspired to furnish this information to the home office. Charlie was selected based on the information provided. Write-up Attached

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The next step was to keep this a secret from Charlie and then to be sure he attended the convention! Congrats, Charlie – you’ve earned it!

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 scholarship applicants.

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.

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Paul Anka makes a surprise vist for Angela!

Friday evening began with the Necrology Service where we remembered our departed brothers and sisters. PGC Ernest Brunault was eulogized very elegantly by PIP Al Maddalena. "The Roses for the Living" ceremony followed.

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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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The new officers are pictured above and their names are printed under the "officer" tab. 

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.

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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 will be at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, MA from May 31 to June 1, 2018.

 

 

 



Manchester Christmas Party

Manchester Council 195 is hosting a Christmas Party on Sunday, December 10th from 12 noon until 4pm. The party will be held at the home of David and Debbie Rouleau in Hooksett, NH.

Those attending should bring a wrapped gift, $15 value, with no tag for a old fashioned "Yankee Swap"! Everyone reading this is invited and should RSVP to Jim Walsh.

There will be a"Pot Luck" dinner provided by the members of Manchester Council and you know you will NOT leave hungry!!

Numan Was Here!

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International President Numan Loafman and First Lady, PIP, Dianna arrived in New England on Wednesday afternoon and were met at Logan Airport in Boston, MA by PIP Jim Walsh and Yolande.

They headed to NH, stopping at Polcari's Restaurant in Woburn, MA for lunch and then to Manchester, NH. They were given a brief tour of the area, stopping at the Zimmerman House in Manchester, a Frank Lloyd designed home dating back to 1950, a mere 9 years before his death.

Numan and Dianna attended the Manchester Council 195 local council meeting on Wednesday night at "Fratello's Restaurant" as guests of the council. Numan spoke about the "130 Challenge" and encouraged the members of Manchester Council to participate. He noted how involved the council is with Liberty House in Manchester and the quality of our service projects adding that we need only to document our efforts to receive credit.

Manchester Council presented Numan with a check for $250 for the UCT Hurrican Relief efforts which he will deliver to the Home Office personally. He talked to the members about the damages done by the hurricane and the extraordinary relief efforts by so many including the member of UCT.

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Thursday morning Numan and Diana had breakfast with Jim and Yolande and traveled to the seacoast in NH and worked their way up the coast sightseeing and shopping in Kittery and Freeport, Maine. They enjoyed lunch at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, enjoying a real New England traditional lobster roll.

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Numan wearing a Maine cowboy hat!


Once Jim and Numan got the ladies out of the outlet stores, the two couples finally reached their final destination at "Chick-a-Dees" Restaurant  in Lewiston, ME for the Twin City 160 Council meeting.

Numan spoke to the members of Twin City Council 160 about the "130 Challenge" and challenged them to participate in this event. Numan also discussed the upcoming changes in the home office management. He fielded questions from the members, most notably about the lack of any insurance products that can be sold in Maine as well as the entire New England region.

Friday morning they traveled to LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH to tour their vineyards on the property and them enjoy some wine tasting from the 7 distinctive grape varieties that are grown on-site. They enjoyed lunch on the property and did some shopping in the gift store.

Then it was on to Providence Council for the Providence Council 67 local council meeting Friday night.

Saturday afternoon they attended the First Lady's Luncheon in honor of Ethel Cavallaro, First Lady of New England. Following lunch, Numan attended the executive committee meeting of the Regional Council and had an opportunity to layout the future plans for the home office and discuss insurance operations in New England.

Saturday night they attended the home-coming Visitation in honor of Regional President Charlie Cavallaro and his suite of officers at Kelley-Gazzarro VFW hall in Johnston, RI. They are really enjoyed meeting the members of Providence Council 67 and enjoy a very fun evening of food, dancing and fraternalism.

On Sunday Numan and Dianna attended the meeting of the Chris Antonelli New England Scholarship Fund at Stillwater Tavern in Smithfield, RI before flying back to Texas from TF Green Airport.

Providence Joins Hands

Members of Providence Council 67 joined hands with the Johnny Lobello Fund members and cleaned the Johnny Lo Bello Tot Park at Homestead Garden Park for "Join Hands Day".

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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.

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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.

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.

 

 




 

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