UCT members gathered for the first time in two years to take part in the one-day, in-person/virtual 2022 UCT convention held Saturday, June 25, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Members were able to participate in the workshops, memorial service, business session, and installation, and those who were eligible voted for officers, amendments, and resolutions. The following are some highlights that came out of the convention.
The UCT Board of Governors for 2022-2023 was elected and installed during the convention. Board members are:
UCT President – Kenneth Milliser, Ohio
UCT Vice President – Stanna Funk, Colorado-Wyoming
UCT Chairman of the Board – Dianna Wolfe, Wisconsin
UCT Secretary-Treasurer – Rick Redman, Mississippi-Louisiana
UCT Director – David Van Order, Ohio
UCT Director – Bernie Regenbogen, Atlantic
UCT Director – Scott Newcombe, New England
UCT Board of Governors – Thomas “Butch” Liebaert, Wisconsin
UCT Board of Governors – Doug Honeyford, ACT-UCT
UCT Chaplain – John Thompson, Ohio
Outgoing UCT Chairman of the Board Mary Applegate received her past international president honors during the convention, as did outgoing UCT Board of Governors Member Dave Syrota. Both were recognized for their dedication and service to UCT. Mark Brown was also honored as a Past UCT Chaplain as was the late Curt Barnes who passed away while holding the office.
Amendments to the constitution were passed during the convention. The amendments this year primarily addressed title changes to ensure continuity within the constitution. In addition, two resolutions to the standing orders pertaining to a title change and disbanding the I.S.T.A. were passed.
Sam Adams of Cape Breton Council 883 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, was named the 2022 Volunteer of the Year during the convention for his outstanding volunteer and community service efforts and Edna Puthoff of Cincinnati, Ohio Council 2 was honored as the recipient of UCT’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her nearly 40 years of dedication to our organization on local, regional, and international levels. UCT home office employee David Knapp also received the inaugural Board of Governors Distinguished Service Award for going above and beyond in sharing his talents and energy with UCT for nearly 40 years.
Community organizations win big through the Bridges of Friendship Award
Two community organizations, one in the U.S. and the other in Canada, were each granted $5,000 for their programs from UCT Charities through the Bridges of Friendship Award at the UCT convention. The award is based in our organization’s grassroots, the local council, to reward non-profit organizations in local communities that members support through volunteering and donations.
Brave Heart – Children in Need in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and The ONE Change, Inc. in Saint John, New Brunswick, were this year’s recipients. Brave Heart is focused on improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing the trauma of being removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect while ONE Change provides services that address issues such as crime, poverty, unemployment, poor health, and lack of education. Kudos to UCT’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana Council 499 and Jack Kidd Council 755 in Saint John for nominating these outstanding organizations for this award!
Thank you to our members and councils for turning out to raise nearly $4,000 for Columbus’ Dodge Community Center, this year’s convention service project. In the words of Dodge’s Center Manager Nikki Van Dine, “I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement for the things we’re going to be able to do and the families we’re going to be able to impact with this money. I can’t thank UCT enough.”
Local councils recognized for efforts
Nineteen of UCT’s local councils went above and beyond in their fraternal and community service efforts during the 2021-2022 membership year to earn Medals of Honor while five local councils were recognized for their excellent newsletters. And kudos to the nine determined councils that joined with youth in their communities to coordinate Join Hands Day projects.
In addition, despite continuing COVID-19 restrictions, eight local councils worked hard to bring new members into UCT and experienced fraternal membership gains as a result.
PDF committee reports and documents to view and print
Videos for UCT Board of Governors Candidates
Scott Newcombe, New England Region – Candidate for 3rd UCT Director
Doug Honeyford, ACT-UCT Dominion Region – Candidate for Board of Governors