Cotillions have historically been held to introduce
debutantes to society. The Toledo Club Cotillion
Scholarship program is in its 54th year and is
unlike any other Cotillion Program. The members of the
NANBPWC provide special training, workshops and activities.
The Etiquette Seminar was presented to the 23 high school
senior debutantes of the Cotillion Scholarship Program from
the Toledo community and surrounding areas. Etiquette
instructor, Denise Cardwell, presented many important topics
that deals with personal self-image, interviews, appearances
social grace, and so much more.
The young ladies came dressed in proper business attire and
dresses, ready to take part in learning more about
themselves and others and how to be a lady. There was time
for questions as well as intervention throughout the
seminar. Cotillion Chairman Wilma Brown provided
information about the Cotillion Program and passed out
scholarship information. Cotillion Co-Chairman Karen
Jarrett, Frances Collins, PhD - Toledo Club President,
Denise Black-Poon and Larry Cardwell were there to assist
Presenter Cardwell stated that the “Rules” of etiquette are
a set of unspoken rules that have been determined by society
as a whole. These rules differ between countries and
cultures but nevertheless are there to ensure a peaceful
coexistence between people creating a society that respects
the rights of others. She also stated that manners and
etiquette will distinguish the debutantes from just being
girls. It is a part of what makes you a young lady.
Cardwell said attitude is very important and that everyone
are in charge of her own attitude and how she reacts to it.
She gave several examples of life lessons that became
relatable to the young ladies that should be practiced each
day for improving self-images. Some examples were: being
kind is more important than being right and that, if one
person says “You’ve made my day,” that makes the day. If you
look at yourself and find that you don’t like the road
you’re walking then start paving another one. She said
motivation and self-esteem is very important.
The Etiquette Seminar is one of many workshops the Cotillion
Scholarship program provides for the debutantes, as well as,
the Debs – In – Waiting and the Escorts. Weekly sessions
occur from January -May leading up to the Debutante
Cotillion Ball on May 25,2019 at the Stranahan Theatre.
The Debutantes will also participate in the Talent Night on
Monday, April 8, 2019 at Rogers High School which is “FREE”
and open to the public.
More information can be obtained by calling 419-531-3660.