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UCT programs impacted by convention change

Posted on Jan 06, 2021 by: David Knapp

You’re most likely aware by now that due to COVID-19 the UCT Board of Governors has decided to cancel the 2021 face-to-face UCT convention in Lexington, Kentucky, in favor of a virtual convention. As always, the Board is focused on putting the safety of UCT members first. You’ll receive more information once plans for the convention have been finalized.

Some UCT programs will be affected by the convention cancellation, but most will stay on track for 2021. Here’s a rundown for you:

Medal of Honor Program
Whether you’re mailing a physical book or submitting an electronic version of it, the deadline date for submitting Medal of Honor activities is May 1. The program for 2020-2021 has already been tweaked to accommodate how COVID-19 is affecting local councils and their communities. However, if you’re uncertain about any aspect of the program, please contact me so I can work with you on it.

UCT Safety Poster Contest
While we realize it might not be possible for all councils to participate, we DO plan to hold safety poster judging at the international level in 2021. Local and regional councils that can judge posters and award prizes on their levels safely are encouraged to do so. Regional councils that can judge posters in 2021 should also forward them to the UCT home office for international judging by no later than May 31. If there’s a problem with meeting this date due to your regional convention schedule, we can be flexible. Again, contact me, and I will work with you.

Local/Regional Newsletter Contests
We’ll still be conducting the contests and offering cash prizes at the international level in 2021. We want to encourage councils to stay as active as possible and keep their members informed, so look at your 2020-2021 newsletters, and choose the one you believe to be the best and email it to me at lfisher@uct.org or mail it to the home office by no later than MAY 1.

Volunteer of the Year/Lifetime Achievement Awards
These two awards will be suspended for 2021. Hopefully, the awards will be resumed in 2022.

Join Hands Day
While the “official” Join Hands Day is the first Saturday in May, UCT local councils can hold their projects at any time during the year. We’re leaving this project to the discretion of local councils as to whether they wish to or can hold joint community service event at this time.

That just about covers it. As I’ve been saying, feel free to contact me at lfisher@uct.org or at 800.848.0123 x1130 with any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.


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