2007-03-22 / News

Volunteers needed to help with Tall Ships event in June

A recruiting station for potential volunteers, sponsored by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), will be held this Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Masonic Lodge, 81 Sprague St., Portsmouth.

The presentation includes guest speaker retired Coast Guard Capt. Eric Williams. There will be a question and answer session, and a complimentary book, "Sail Tall Ships! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea" (courtesy of ASTA).

Refreshments will be served and attendees are eligible for a door prize drawing. Attendance is limited to the first 135 people. To register for the presentation, call 556.5940.

"The purpose of the presentation is to inspire volunteers to sign up for this summer's event. The Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization with a goal to "improve and elevate the character of man, a natural fit with the character building experience of sail training," said Jimmy Smith, Noble Grand of Excelsior Lodge.

Tall Ships Rhode Island 2007 is an international celebration of world-class sailing vessels and sail training programs culminating in a maritime festival in Newport Harbor. Presence of the Tall Ships fleet is expected to draw 250,000 visitors from New England to the "City by the Sea." An international village representing the participating countries will educate and entertain visitors. Volunteers are being recruited now for security, driving/parking, crowd/line control, safety/first aid, info desk, merchandise/ ticket sales, site set-up/ clean-up and administration. Prior volunteer experience and ability to speak a foreign language helpful, but not required. Tall Ships from Germany, Canada, India, Brazil, New Zealand, Bermuda, the Netherlands and the United States have already made commitments for the event and will be open for tours.

Their crews will participate in sporting events and competitions, and the general public can enjoy the crew parade, picnics, fireworks, concerts and other special events including culturally diverse music, food and art in the international village.

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