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The Cotillion Etiquette Workshop

Special to The Truth

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. – Toledo Club(NANBPWC, INC.- Toledo Club)   presented “Between Us Girls “Etiquette Workshop on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Indiana Baptist Church.  It was one of a series of classes offered to the participants in the Cotillion Scholarship Debutante Ball.

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 as needed. 

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.





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