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Volunteers needed for day visit by U.N. families

Published 5:28 pm, Thursday, June 13, 2013
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A group that for nearly 50 years has hosted United Nations officials and their families for a day in Westport each summer said it expects more than 300 people to visit town on Saturday, June 29. And organizers are looking for volunteers to help with various aspects of the visit.

The United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut said it needs help setting up facilities, preparing and serving food, decorating, serving as hosts and cleaning up. Photographers also are needed for various venues.

The group's annual "jUNe Day" commemorates the signing of the U.N. charter on June 26, 1945. Guests will be able to participate in an array of recreational activities and yours.

Opening ceremonies are planned at Saugatuck Elementary School at 10:15 a.m.

Expected to make remarks at the opening ceremony are Patricia O'Brien, U.N. under-secretary-general for legal affairs, and Joseph Verner Reed, under-secretary general. Welcoming remarks are planned by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff and United Nations Association President Bill Hass.

The annual event was started in 1965 by the association's founder, the late Ruth Steinkraus Cohen. On the day of the visit, flags of many U.N. countries will fly on the downtown Post Road bridge that bears her name.

Activities include a soccer match between a U.N. team and the Westport Knights, a tennis tournament and a day of golf at the Longshore Club Golf Course.

Guests will also have free access to Compo Beach and town pools, and tours of the town, Earthplace and Wakeman Town Farm are planned.

To volunteer or for more information, call Bill Hass at 203-434-6609 or Michaela MacColl at 203-227-9461