Coastal Cotillion Holds Intensive Workshop At Emerald Beach Hotel In Corpus Christi

The Flour Bluff / Padre Island Coastal Cotillion held their Etiquette Workshop event at the Emerald Beach Hotel on Sunday, October 13th, 2019.  The topics for the meeting included introductions, manners, dining etiquette, resumes, and job interviews. The purpose of this workshop was to stress that the first impressions are very important and good manners make you confident.

Mrs. Flo East began the workshop with introductions , and basics of good manners, with a manner's checklist.  She also stressed that being a lady takes self-confidence, determination, and grace, no matter what age. She also discussed the social media, do's and don'ts.  Mrs. Elaine Boughton continued with dining etiquette for formal and informal social events. The Debutantes were taught the formal dinner place setting as well as the informal dinner place setting.  Dining etiquette included how to fold your napkin, posture at the table, which utensil is used for certain foods, and how to use the china and crystal at your place setting. Table manners for a typical evening meal were discussed as well as etiquette for a dinner party with you as a hostess or a guest.  The hotel graciously set up the table for a formal dinner for a visual for this part of the workshop.

During a short break, refreshments of various finger sandwiches, cheeses and a delicious array of sliced fruits and iced tea were served buffet style.

Mrs. Susan Lawson began the second session with a discussion about business situations.  She discussed how to write a correct resume and job interviews. Examples of written resumes included cover letters, objectives, and resume tips were included in the packet each Deb received.  Dress attire for the interview was carefully discussed. Mrs. Flo East added to this part of the workshop with different scenarios that could arise at a dinner party and the Debs had to use their problem solving skills to decide what they would do in those situations.  Mrs. Flo East then conducted the business part of the meeting, starting with the information about the Fall Luncheon and dress critique.  

The Debutantes for 2019 - 2020 are: Miss Rebecca Bertishofer, Miss Courtney Bouve, Miss Megan Cox, Miss Mary Crossland, Miss Serena Draper, Miss Kayla Edwards, Miss Jenna Flores, Miss Gloria Geurin, Miss Ashley Heartwell, Miss Charlie King, Miss Lauren Lindemann, Miss Reganne Long, Miss Emily Nava, Miss Sydney Nelson, Miss Corina Reed, Miss Madelynn Rosales, Miss Allison Sheehan, Miss Cassidy Soward, Miss Mia Villegas, and Miss Anna Widrick.

The Coastal Cotillion was established to educate and enlighten the young women in the Flour Bluff, Padre Island, and London community about the social and educational opportunities available as they complete their senior year in high school.  Activities through the Coastal Cotillion support participating senior high school ladies to develop their social skills as they pursue post graduation educational goals and professional careers.

The activities prior to the Coastal Cotillion Presentation Ball in January 2020 include guest speakers, workshops, and social functions designed to develop personal social skills and enhance their resumes as they work toward graduation.  The Coastal Cotillion is open to any senior high school girl in the Flour Bluff, Padre Island, and London schools. The 2019 -2020 Presentation Ball will be held at the Emerald Beach Hotel on January 28th, 2020.

The Coastal Cotillion Board Members for the 2019 - 2020 year are: Mrs. Flo East, senior advisor, Mrs. Elaine Boughton, and Mrs. Susan Lawson.


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