To the more than 17 million spellbound visitors that travel there each year, New Orleans is like no other place in the world. It’s a star of a city, existing in a class all its own.
It’s a vibrant city with a rhythm, style and attitude like no other. It’s a city of festivals, of freewheeling fun, of go-cups poured in the bars where cocktails were invented. It’s a place where pirates and ghosts have free rein, where cemeteries are above-ground cities of the dead and Voodoo has its own royal queen. In New Orleans, Carnival stretches for weeks, gumbo and crawfish recipes are family heirlooms and neighborhood pride is touted in all corners of the city.
UCT members jumped right in to all that the city offers and let the good times roll at our 2019 UCT convention held June 29-July 2 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Below are some of the highlights of the convention.
The UCT Board of Governors for 2019-2020 was elected and installed during the convention. Board members are:
UCT President – Mary Applegate, Crawfordville, Florida
UCT Vice President – Dianna Wolfe, Racine, Wisconsin
UCT Chairman of the Board – Chris Phelan, Calgary, Alberta
UCT Secretary-Treasurer – Steve Desselles, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
UCT Director – Kenneth Milliser, Pickerington, Ohio
UCT Director – Stanna Funk, Gering, Nebraska
UCT Director – David Van Order, Columbus, Ohio
UCT Board of Governors – Glenn Suever, Quincy, Michigan
UCT Board of Governors – David Syrota, Medicine Hat, Alberta
UCT Chaplain – Bernie Regenbogen, Saint John, New Brunswick
One Heart NOLA is a 501c3 grassroots, non-profit driven by volunteers and donors who operate on the belief that people best help other people, which makes them a perfect fit for UCT support since we believe that too. The organization, which works to help children and families navigate the Louisiana foster system and ultimately stay together when possible, relies on one-time and in-kind donations to function. UCT is proud to have helped them do so.
Our goal was to raise at least $6,000 to help One Heart NOLA purchase needed beds and bedding along with other necessary items like pots and pans, utensils, kitchenware, bath towels, and Walmart gift cards to help families with home visits. As always, members outdid themselves by exceeding our goal by donating $8,000 through their generosity – UCT’s Mississippi-Louisiana region raised nearly $3,000 on its own. Thank you, UCT members for going all out for this worthy cause!
Past International President Wes Cosman Honored as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year
Through his council Wes has been involved with youth and drug awareness programs, numerous fundraising endeavors, the Medal of Honor Program, Join Hands Day, council appreciation events and mentoring new, younger members.
He has also proved to be a great asset to his local community by supporting church fundraising and outreach events, coordinating holiday programs to benefit those less fortunate, working on local DARE projects for youth at risk and being involved in local medical first aid programs.
Indiana’s Charlie Short receives UCT’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Charlie Short of Logansport, Indiana Council 354, was honored as the recipient of UCT’s Lifetime Achievement Award during our convention. He was recognized for the exceptional volunteer contributions he has made over the years to his community and for his 25 plus years of dedication to UCT on local, regional and international levels. Many thanks to Charlie for all he has done and continues to do for UCT!
Proposed amendments to UCT constitution and bylaws pass
Three proposed amendments to the UCT constitution and one proposed amendment to the UCT bylaws were presented and passed at the convention. Two proposed amendments were withdrawn.