Kathy Worthington, a U.S. Postal Service window clerk from Murray, and David Hatch, a letter carrier from Layton, have been selected to assist a global conference of top postal officials from throughout the world Nov. 13 to Dec. 15, 1989, in Washington, D.C.
The two are among 105 postal workers selected nationwide for the position of Universal Postal Union Congress guide. They will act as hosts and hostesses at the conference, which will discuss how to improve postal operations worldwide and will determine how member nations will handle and charge for international mail through 1994.Worthington and Hatch will work in registration centers and information booths and generally assist the attendees and their spouses.
According to acting Salt Lake Division general manager and postmaster Ed Broglio, each guide had to pass numerous tests and interviews comparable to those required by the U.S. Department of State for employees in overseas embassies.
"They have to be proficient in at least one of eight languages, demonstrate excellent English language skills and have enthusiasm and cultural sensitivity," Broglio said.
Worthington acquired her Spanish language skills while living in Mexico six years and while attending the National University in Mexico City and Hatch is fluent in French, a language he learned on an LDS Church mission.