National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC)

National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC) May 27, 2010 The focus of the message is for the Memorial Day holiday and as we go into the weekend and the remembrance of what Memorial Day represents as it is different for each of us, as we remember those we honor and cherish. I have a friend who currently has his young boy enrolled in the National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC). I’m duly impressed with his parents for being so insightful. I went to the NLJCs website and I chose to provide their area of focus as their national courtesy character and citizenship of the month as it focuses on some of the key skills that we all need to step back and reflect and work to improve our own skills and our social graces. The challenge that our young generations have with being connected with the social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, You Tube and other methods of communicating including texting, is the lost art of etiquette. I recently attended a business lunch, and I took the opportunity to observe the lack of etiquette that the Millennials, the Generation X & Y and perhaps the ‘Boomers presented as they ate lunch at the table. There were Traditionalists at the table as well and the younger folks were texting messages while we were eating lunch to one another, and forgetting that they were there to socialize, network, pass the bread, pass the butter, and make polite conversation. My hope is as our social websites focus on learning that we can focus on social etiquette and remember how important it is to show basic kindness courtesy, character, citizenship and honor to others who are seated beside them. NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONSTM

The purpose of the National League of Junior Cotillions National Courtesy, Character and Citizenship Month™ is to promote an awareness of the necessity to regain a sense of honor, dignity and respect in our young people through education in Courtesy, Character, and Citizenship.
  • Courtesy in the home.
  • Courtesy at school or work.
  • Courtesy in the community.
  • Courtesy in the electronic age.
  • Courtesy at social events.
  • Courtesy in sports.
  • Courtesy and character.


  • Honoring those in authority
  • Honesty in everyday living.
  • Financial Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Promise Keeping
  • Self Respect, Self Discipline.


  • Respect for our Country
  • Respect for our Countries Political Leaders.
  • Respect for local and national Spiritual Leaders.
  • Respect for our Servicemen.
  • Respect for our Flag. In chapters of the NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONSTM across America, students are learning the basics of etiquette, ethics and manners. Here is today’s lesson for you. Please check this page frequently for new topics.

Q: How is the proper way to introduce a younger person to an older person? A: The proper way to introduce a younger person to an older person is to remember that a young person is always introduced to the older person, unless the younger person is more important.

Each year, the NATIONAL LEAGUE OF JUNIOR COTILLIONS™ releases a list of the Ten Best Mannered People. The major criteria for selections are that the individual has been an outstanding role model of good manners and exemplary behavior during the current year. NLJC students from across the nation submit their list of nominations from individuals who are news makers from a wide variety of activities including but not limited to: Politics, Business, Sports, Arts, Military, Music, Comedy, Television, Motion Pictures or Theater. The Ten Best Mannered list is prominently featured in the media – including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and the associated press.

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An accomplished talent management professional with experience in curriculum design, development of learning strategies, and professional skills development training programs for the workplace. Collaboration in training programs includes small and medium size businesses (SMB) to larger organizations from Raleigh to Charlotte, North Carolina. Virtual instructor led training can be offered to any location.