The 2nd annual UCT Alternative Council Training Session wrapped up this past Saturday afternoon after a three-day event. Nearly 20 new UCT members from across the U.S. traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in the training session to learn more about UCT, meet other UCT members and share success stories from the past year. There were several members here for the first time, as well as a few who returned for their second training session.
During the session, members heard from UCT’s CEO Joe Hoffman on the history, governance, traditions and structure of UCT, and from the Fraternal Department on council recruitment, retention, and member benefits and discounts. We also heard from the members themselves on all of the community service efforts they have accomplished this past year. In addition, members also had the opportunity to hear from special guest speakers from a successful local volunteer group – The Red Shoe Society. The Red Shoe Society is a volunteer group made up of young professionals dedicated to supporting the fundraising and volunteer needs of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Their presentation focused on how they successfully continue to recruit volunteers, the benefits of delegating leadership roles, the types of events they host, as well as how they keep their members engaged. We were grateful for their time as there were several take-aways relevant to our UCT local councils.
Speaking of Ronald McDonald House, members attending the training session had the opportunity to volunteer on Saturday by making lunch for residents of the House. All agreed it was the perfect way to top off their time in Columbus.
Many of the members left with a motivating sense of drive to get out into their communities and continue to make a difference. We look forward to sharing their success stories in the upcoming months as many of the alternative councils have a lot of volunteer activities coming up!
Here are some comments from members attending the 2nd annual UCT Alternative Council Training Session.
Connie Miley, secretary of iBelieve Council 2014:
“What a fantastic training event! Happy to be part of UCT and I’m looking forward to doing great things with our iBelieve alums through this partnership!”
Jamie Stophel, secretary of Western Pennsylvania Special Hockey Council 2006:
“Thank you UCT for hosting a terrific training opportunity these last few days. We enjoyed volunteering along with meeting representatives from other alternative councils throughout the United States.”
Misty Lavender, member of Empower Council 2008:
“Had a great time at the Alternative Council meeting! Came home with some new ideas and can’t wait to share them with the rest of our council!”