For the second year in a row, I had the privilege of hosting a great group of young men and women from Guthrie Middle School. Approximately 40 students, along with staff, attended a luncheon in which I put on an “Etiquette” program.
I know. Me. Jay Hartz teaching etiquette! Well, I did a lot of research and put together a fun program for these fantastic young people.
To say the least, I truly enjoyed my short time with this group. 100% of the students were respectful and very eager to learn. As you can see on this group picture, each and every student took extra pride that morning when preparing for the day.
When they arrived at the hotel, the students split up into 3 groups and were given a tour of the hotel by 3 of our local community volunteers. (Which I cannot thank enough: Chad, Dick and Phil. You three gentlemen are awesome!)
¨ General Social and Dining Etiquette Rules
¨ The formal table setting
¨ Serving Food, Passing Dishes
¨ Table Manners
¨ Dress Code
There were several rewarding moments for me during this afternoon, but a few stick out more than others. The students asked great questions. They truly were at the event to learn and they were engaged with the entire program.
Observing students turning over their eating utensil on their plate when they were finished. One young man didn’t do this at first, but soon realized that our Banquet Server did not remove his salad plate. After several minutes, I saw the light bulb go off. He turned his fork over and then she quickly removed his plate.
Seeing the students leave their napkin on their chair when they had to excuse themselves from the table.
I could go on and on…to say the least, I wish you could have been in my place to see this afternoon unfold.
I would like to thank their leader Linda for choosing to bring the students to The Hotel Pattee. In addition, I would like to tip my hat to Linda for her belief in teaching these young people some life skills that will be with them forever.
I can’t wait until next year when you bring the next group over to the hotel!