Extension 4-H Held Annual Etiquette Dinner

By Haywood County Cooperative Extension | Sep 26, 2012
Photo by: Haywood Extension 4-H MINDING THEIR MANNERS — Pictured, from left, (back row) 4-H Agent Coley Phillips, Dillon Sarka, Steven Chavez, Connor Luckey-Smith, Ian Grady, Hunter Grady, Ian Miller, Winston Blanton, Dominic Frost, Madeline Sheppard, Jessica Sarka and Noelle Frost; (front row) John Thomas Chavez, Ian Sheppard, Deric Frost, Christopher Chavez, Paul Matthews, Logan, Jasmine and Chelsey Frost

Haywood Extension 4-H held the Second Annual 4-H Etiquette Dinner September 24 at the Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska. As part of the Haywood Extension 4-H program, 4-H focuses on teaching life skills to equip youth for work force development.

Twenty-six participants learned about table manners, formal place settings, buffet etiquette, cell phone manners and American verses European eating styles.  At the end of the dinner, 4-Hers said that they learned a gentlemen is suppose to offer to help seat a lady and stand when a lady leaves the table.  Other 4-Hers said they learned when you step away from the table you should put your napkin on the back side of your chair.

September is national children’s good manners month and is the perfect opportunity for parents to reinforce day-to-day etiquette training. Find teachable moments for your children to learn good manners and practice table manners at home, especially with the holidays approaching.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are developing leadership, citizenship, public speaking, decision-making, and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.  There are several 4-H clubs in Haywood County, numerous special interest programs, school enrichment programs, day camps, and opportunities for youth to “learn while doing.”  4-H is part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.