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October 1-2, 2018: South RAC Meeting, Mobile, AL


October 6, 2018: World CP Day


October 9, 2018: Upcoming Network News Publication.


October 18, 2018: 2:00 PM CT Midwest RAC Teleconference Call (888) 402-6958. No pin required.


October 29-30, 2018: Northeast RAC Meeting, Providence, RI


November 15, 2018: Volunteer Engagement Call 12:00 PM ET Topic: Update from UCP Board of Trustees. Presenters: TBD


December 11, 2018:Affiliate Topical Call 3:00 PM ET Topic:Bellows Applications Q&A. Presenter: Mark Boles, Chair, Bellows Committee.


Save the Date: March 24-26, 2019: UCP Annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois Embassy Suites Magnificent Mile.

CEO Briefing for Affiliates


Greetings Affiliate Executives!


I’m writing this message from the West RAC meeting taking place in Hawaii. It has been a proactive

day as our valued Affiliate

Execs shared their knowledge and expertise in support of the National Network. Their sincere and

collaborative spirit was

focused on building value and strategies for increasing most needed resources for the membership.

Also, we are celebrating

Donna Fouts’ retirement and her 33 years of unwavering service as the CEO of UCP of Hawaii!

Congratulations Donna!


On September 4, I sent an e-mail communication to all the Execs with a summary of UCP National’s

future direction. If for some

reason, you did not receive it, please send me a note. I welcome your comments on this communication.


Also, if you are interested in joining the UCP 70th Anniversary Committee, please contact, Dr. Todd

Kates at tkates@ucpboston.org

Your input and participation is essential to this national campaign.


Last, I’m looking forward to the conversations with the South, Mid West and North East RAC’s in the

coming weeks.




Armando A. Contreras


2019 UCP Annual Meeting


The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Members of the Corporation will be held at the Embassy Suites

Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile.

The address and reservations phone number are as follows:


511 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL. 6061, Telephone: 800-525-2509. Embassy Suites link for

reservations is:








The room rate will be $149.00 for a king size bed, non – smoking room. We will have complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms and guest rooms. Made to order breakfast and evening manager’s receptions are also included. If you are wondering what is available on the Magnificent Mile click here https://www.themagnificentmile.com/. More details to follow as they are available!



RAC Meetings


Laura White, Executive Director of UCP of Tampa Bay will be stepping down as RAC Chair after the October RAC meeting. The South RAC will elect a new Chair at their meeting in October.


Roger Slingerman, CEO of UCP of Central California agreed to provide leadership to the West RAC through the Fall RAC meeting when a RAC Chair will be elected for the next year.



Plan for Expansion of Affiliate Network

At each RAC meeting there will be discussion about a draft plan for expanding the Affiliate Network. The plan includes support from all stakeholders including staff, affiliates and board members. The draft plan can be accessed here for review: View Plan



Bellows Process for Allocations


Mark Boles, Chair of the Bellows Committee and Anita Porco prepared a memo regarding the process for determining the amount of money available for distribution to affiliates and the method for determining the allocation for each affiliate. This process will also be discussed at the RAC meetings. You can access the memo here: View Memo.



Proposal for Handling Bequests at UCP National


Affiliate Services Committee was asked to review a proposal for handling bequests at the National level. The proposal was drafted by two members of the Affiliate Services Committee. The Committee provided some feedback and suggested that the proposal be vetted through the RAC’s before being considered by the UCP Board of Trustees. Please see the document here: View Memo.



Affiliate Dues Calculations


The dues calculation forms for fiscal year 2018-2019 were sent to all affiliates on August 22, 2018 with a reminder email sent out 8/30/2018. If you have not returned your calculation form, please return it to Accounts Receivable as soon as possible as the deadline has passed, email address: accountsreceivable@alliance1.org by September 7, 2018.


Affiliation Agreements


The new Affiliation Agreements are being sent to each affiliate Executive Director for signature. They will include the attachments of the revised documents, UCP Trademark Policy and UCP Brand Standards that were sent to each affiliate on August 17, 2018 for review. Please review the agreement with territory addendum and all attachments carefully and review the instructions in the accompanying email for what needs to be executed and returned. Your prompt attention to the completion of the agreement is appreciated. We plan to have all of them signed and returned by September 30, 2018 in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year.



Life Without Limits Newsletter

UCP plans to restart publishing the Life Without Limits newsletter beginning in November 2018.


With UCP of MetroBoston as the outsourced marketing arm for UCP they will be managing the publication of Life Without Limits as they do with Network News. We are seeking “Mission Moment” stories from UCP affiliates to be used in the newsletter that will be published quarterly. In the next newsletter we will be providing an email address that will allow you to send your “story” directly to the publisher. In the meantime you can send it aporco@ucp.org. UCP is anxious to highlight the individuals you serve and the services that you provide.



Setting a Patient-Centered Research Agenda for Cerebral Palsy


The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) is excited to have its first published research manuscript. Setting a Patient-Centered Research Agenda for Cerebral Palsy is available in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. And even better it is open to the public free-of-charge so that it is available to all in the CP community! Research CP, an initiative to set a patient-centered research agenda for cerebral palsy (CP), is a collaboration between CPRN and CP NOW, a nonprofit focused on education and research for people and families living with CP. Research CP started in March 2017 with a series of educational webinars, online polls to establish a research agenda and culminated in a face-to-face workshop in Chicago, Illinois in June 2017.


World CP Day


Get ready for World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6, with a huge range of tools in multiple languages. Download them free from the World CP Day website. Share the events you are planning so that the world will know!


San Joaquin Magazine Digital Edition


Proudly Celebrating 15 years. San Joaquin Magazine is the region’s most elegant and comprehensive lifestyle magazine of the area. In print and online, this sophisticated monthly lifestyle publication continuously provides readers with the most exclusive information on living in San Joaquin. The award-winning magazine features fashion, arts, beauty and style, dining, shopping, home trends and more.

Our family of publications include San Joaquin Magazine, SJ WEDDINGS magazine, SJ Parents & Kids, Annual Health and Visitors Guides.

Each publication continuously captures the spirit of their area with a professional upscale image. Offering plenty of special and enhanced opportunities to feature and promote the areas finest restaurants, doctors, salons, shops, health experts and wine purveyors.