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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!

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Manchester Council Visitation

Manchester Council 195 will be hosting Regional President, Charlie Cavallaro at their Visitation-Picnic on Sunday, September 23rd at the home of David and Debbie Rouleau in Hookset, NH.

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The members of Manchester Council are very excited about this new casual event! The menu will consist of a choice of either steak or chicken, expertly prepared by the top chefs in their council. There will also be fresh garden salad, potato salad, chips and dessert. There will also be a large selection of drinks as well as adult beverages. All of this will be served in the afternoon beginning at 12:30pm for the nominal cost of $20 per person.

If you are intending to come to this casual event featuring UCT Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Regional President, Charlie Cavallaro, please reply to PIP Jim Walsh at 603-234-5663.

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 Family Picnic A Success

The members of Providence Council 67 gathered on Sunday, June 11 at the Portuguese American Club and had a great time.  The weather was beautiful, the food was good, and everyone had fun while playing bocce, bingo and cards.

The members look forward to hosting their New England UCT family on Sunday, August 6th at the Portuguese American Club at 12 noon. See the advertisement below this article.

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.

The Johnny Lobello Fund


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                 Arthur C. Newcombe

FITCHBURG, MA -- Arthur C. Newcombe of Fitchburg, MA passed Tuesday, August 8th at Leominster Hospital at the age of 76. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Mary F. (Scanlon), their son A. Scott Newcombe and wife Beth, their daughter Sherrie Morey and husband Mike and their daughter Maria Ricciuti. He was devoted to his beloved grandchildren Nathan Newcombe, Hallie Newcombe, Maggie Morey, Lily Morey and Evie Morey all of whom will miss him greatly. He was predeceased by his parents, Percy and Marion Newcombe and his sisters, Ruth Johnson and Ellen Mustakangus.

Art graduated from Fitchburg High School, Class of 1959, and he received a degree in education from Fitchburg State College in 1964. He also received his Master of Math Education from Framingham State University. An educator for more than 40 years, he spent his life getting ready to go to school every Fall. He started his career in Leominster at May A. Gallagher Middle School, then moved to the Fitchburg Public School System where he worked as a teacher and administrator for over 34 years. During those years he dedicated himself to student involvement and prided himself on being a mentor to many. He also served as Class Advisor to the Class of 1973.

Art was passionate in his commitment to serving others. He demonstrated this commitment in many ways, including his involvement in the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association. He served as a member for 33 years and served on the board for 24 years. He also served as a counselor for Tri-City council 823 and held various leadership positions including Past Grand Councilor in the Grand Council of New England in the United Commercial Travelers of America.

Art and his wife Mary also found much joy in their retirement. In addition to spending time with family and friends close to home, they treasured their winters with their friends in Bonita Springs, Florida and their trips to the Cape during the summer. One of his favorite accomplishments he was able to achieve with his wife in retirement was traveling the entire continental United States.

 Internment is in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA.

In Lieu of flowers Art's family asks for donations to the Fitchburg High School Alumni Association Art Newcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 906, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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.

 

 

 



Tri City Visitation

Tri City Council 823 will host Regional President, Charlie Cavallaro at a visitation on Sunday, September 10th at 12 noon. The visitation will be held at the home of Arthur and Mary Newcombe.

Dinner will feature Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Beer, Soft drinks. The cost is FREE - IF - you bring something to share! Otherwise the cost will be $10 per person.

Reservations must be made before September 1st at which time you will be asked what you are bringing. After September 1st the cost to attend will be $30 per person.

This is a novel approach to visitations and is being done much like visitations were done back in the early beginnings of UCT. Click Here to view the flyer.

Twin City Visitation

Twin City Council 160 will host Regional President Charlie Cavallaro and his suite of officers on Saturday, October 14th at Rolandeau's Restaurant, 775 Washington St., Auburn, ME.

Social Hour will be from 6:30pm to 7pm followed by a buffet dinner. The cost for the evening is $30 per person. Reservations must be made to Bob Blanchard by October 1st at 207-783-9471.

Hotel reservations can be made at the Hampton Inn on 15 Lincoln St, Lewiston, ME at 207-344-1000 by September 13th to be sure to get a room.

Anyone coming on Friday night will enjoy great company and friendship in the hospitality room along with take-out so we don't interrupt the conversation and card games!


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.

2018 Supreme Convention Information

The UCT Convention in Greenville 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.

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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