UCT History

UCT was founded in 1888 to provide accident insurance and other benefits for traveling salesmen and their families.

Today we offer opportunities for community service, member benefits and insurance options to people from all walks of life. We have no religious or political affiliations. Members of local and regional councils plan and carry out the majority of volunteer and service activities, directly meeting the needs of local communities.

Significant Events in UCT’s History

  • 1888 UCT founded in Columbus, Ohio   learn more
  • 1891 The Sample Case magazine is first published   learn more
  • 1899 UCT expands into Canada   learn more
  • 1914 Office of Chief Agent for Canada instituted
  • 1959 May E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund founded   learn more
  • 1959 Aid to people with intellectual disabilities instituted as top service project   learn more
  • 1960 Scholarship fund for special education students established
  • 1987 $250,000 donated (Silver Sponsor) to the International Special Olympics Games in South Bend, Ind.
  • 1990 Endowment fund at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute established   learn more
  • 1991 $250,000 donated (Silver Sponsor) to the International Special Olympics Games in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • 1993 UCT and A.C.T. in Canada joined forces   learn more
  • 1997 UCT Charities / UCT Scholarship Program created   learn more
  • 2010 UCT unveils our new strategic marketing plan and launches our new brand and tagline   learn more

Members in Action

CEO Joe Hoffman and former Chairman of the Board Jim Walsh present a $10,000 donation to Theodoros Teknos, M.D., director of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at Columbus’ Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (The James). UCT established an endowment fund at The James in 1990 that has grown to more than $110,000.

 

Members and local youth from Blomidon Council 918 plant 10,000 gladiola bulbs in the annual Margaret Salsman Cancer Care Memorial Garden.