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					           The Cotillion Review
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                MISSION STATEMENT
        The mission of the Junior Cotillion is
  to teach students to treat others with honor,
  dignity, and respect; to teach ballroom
  dance and the social courtesies that
  accompany it; and to instill a sense of self-
  confidence and poise in a group setting.


Why Cotillion?

       Certainly we, as parents, are aware of the many negative
influences reaching our children in ways we often feel powerless to
control. Our program offers parents a positive alternative for their
children. Self-confidence is one very important component of a
child’s development that we all try to instill in our children. By
practicing their social skills in a peer setting, children get the message
that being ladylike and gentlemanly is accepted openly by their peer group and, therefore, must be a good idea.
	       Character education used to be a role largely held by and important to our school systems. Government and social changes
over the last few decades have caused the school system to be able to focus less and less on this aspect of child development.

       Appropriate boundaries are essential to the healthy development of a child. Boundaries send a message to children that they
are loved and cared for; that their parents care what happens to them. Unfortunately, most social situations children are placed in
don’t provide clear-cut boundaries of appropriate social behavior - especially between young ladies and gentlemen. It is important for
our youths’ emotional development that they know we as parents and educators care enough about them to set social boundaries for
them. Our program teaches them appropriate social interaction that, if followed, will keep them healthy, and safe and provide them
lots of positive fun.

       Having the knowledge of social skills is important for every child’s success in life. However, teaching children to have the grace
to accept their fellow man where he is and show him honor, dignity and respect in the process is what separates people of noble
character from everyone else. Our program is designed to help children
understand what it means to be of noble character and why it is important.

       Unfortunately, many people think the social skills education process
is about “snob training”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The
rules of etiquette, ethics and manners are designed to make sure everyone
knows what to do in social situations so no one will feel uncomfortable.               IN EACH ISSUE:
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Being well educated socially through our program will emphasize to our
youth that to have the knowledge of etiquette, manners and ethics is
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meaningless without grace. The most important thing they will take away                    Cotillion Review” for
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from the training is that to treat others with honor, dignity and respect is
the right thing to do and they will have the knowledge and the confidence
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                                                                                            each class and dance.
        Having the confidence to conduct oneself in an appropriate manner
socially, the knowledge of social boundaries in any situation, and the surety
that they are of noble character is a priceless gift we can give our children.
We are proud to have the opportunity to work with your children.
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MANNER MONDAY

    Carey Sue sends an E-Newsletter every few weeks giving updates on
all of the programs currently being offered. She also has a weekly E-                                                    7
newsletter, “Manner Monday” in which she shares a tip for you to think
about as you get your week started.

    Manner Monday is for everyone… anyone trying to make a positive
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impact on their personal environment and the people they come into
contact with on a regular basis. Manner Monday is not a long and arduous
process… it consists of little tips (many of which we all know - but need a
gentle reminder) to help you keep good manners in focus and in check as
you kick off your week.
	    Here are a few ideas to make the most of Manner Monday:
          • Use it as a table topic for mealtime discussion this week.


                                                                                                 Notes Cards
          • Use it to jump-start your staff meeting.
          • Do you drive carpool? Have the kiddos turn off the technology and engage in some dialogue using the Manner Monday
            tip of the week.

    You can sign up for the E-Newsletter via Carey Sue’s blog at www.CareySueVega.com
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THE PROGRAM                                                                                 PARTICIPATION OF PARENTS
The purpose of the Junior Cotillion program is to give young people instruction and         Parents of members have a standing
practice in courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them; to      invitation to attend any Cotillion session. It is
give them training in standard ballroom dancing; and provide opportunities to               a joyous sight to see these young people in
practice and enjoy these skills at memorable parties, complete with decorations,            action. Parents cannot fully comprehend the
refreshments, favors, and prizes. In addition to the usual courtesies connected with        program without observing at least one class.
dancing, instruction is also given in telephone courtesy, acknowledgment of gifts,          Parents are urged to communicate promptly
introductions, receiving lines, table manners, participation in a car pool, polite          with the director if any problem arises
conversation, paying and receiving compliments, sports etiquette, interview skills, dress   concerning a member's participation.
codes for all occasions, formal place settings, being a guest or a host, and many other
areas of social behavior. An instructional dinner is also taught to emphasize and           CHAPERONE OPPORTUNITIES
practice the etiquette of formal dining. After constant practice in a peer group, ladies    Many parents express an interest in
and gentlemen are expected to leave the program with the confidence and poise that           chaperoning these exciting and fantastic
comes from knowing the correct thing to do in social situations. Members are                events. We will randomly compile a list of
required to conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the courtesies taught.       parents, from those expressing an interest in
The directors reserve the right to request the withdrawal of any lady or gentleman          chaperoning, who will be assigned to attend
who fails to show progress in this area. The Junior Cotillion program has six meetings.     a specific class to assist with the class details.
Five are instructional, and one is formal. The basics of the waltz, foxtrot, cha cha,       Both parents are encouraged to participate.
swing and other ballroom dances are introduced.                                             A detailed class schedule and chaperone
                                                                                            assignments will be announced prior to the
                                                                                            first class. Chaperones will be reminded
ATTENDANCE                                                                                  prior to the assigned class, covering the time
Regular attendance is a requirement. Each lesson is a follow-up of the preceding            to arrive and responsibilities associated with
lesson and is a foundation for the next lesson. The proper progression of the group, as     their child’s specific class. Responsibilities of
well as of the individual, depends upon the regular attendance of all members.              a Chaperone include serving refreshments,
Membership should not be accepted unless regular attendance can be assured.                 assisting with contests and class order, and
Members may not bring guests, other than family, to any session unless arrangements         participating in a receiving line at the end of
are made in advance with the directors.                                                     class.

                                                                                             DRESS CODE
     PREMIERE PROGRAM - HIGH SCHOOL                                                          All sessions are dress-up affairs for which
     For Students in 9th - 12th grades The purpose of the Premiere Cotillion                 careful grooming is stressed. A shower,
     Program is to give High School aged participants the opportunity to enjoy the           clean clothes, thoroughly brushed hair;
     social skills learned in Junior Cotillion and to continue to learn and practice         well-manicured nails and freshly shined
     ballroom dancing. Invitations to the Premiere Cotillion Program have been               shoes are all part of the preparation.
     extended to former participants of Junior Cotillion and recommendations of              Remember, dancing requires hard soled
     their friends and associates. The High School students are taken on “outings” to        shoes; no athletic shoes please. Ladies
     put into practice the skills they are learning in the program. For example, one of      should wear knee- length or longer
     the outings will be to the Civic Center where the students will enjoy a formal          dresses or skirts, no strapless dresses
     reception, with light hors d’oeuvres and punch. This gives the students the             please. For the Ball, knee-length or
     opportunity to manage a plate and glass while in a social setting. We will then         longer, formal or semi-formal dresses are
     take the students to the scheduled production/performance giving them the               appropriate. Gentlemen should wear
     opportunity to implement their theatre manners.                                         khaki pants, dress shirt and tie for dances.
                                                                                             For the Ball, black-tie is required.
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Meet the Team...
   Carey Sue Vega is an award-winning etiquette expert in business professionalism and social etiquette.  The Ponca City native
	
  
has done consultant work for businesses, attorneys, doctors and organizations around the world – literally.  For ten years, she
honed her skills with an international audience, as Cruise Director for the Norwegian Cruise
Line.
	 Vega has been featured in numerous radio and television shows and magazine articles,
sharing her expertise on topics such as The Rules for International Dining, Cell Phone
Courtesy, Whom Is Introduced to Whom? and that ever-popular topic of How To Mingle
Without Being Cornered by the Boring Guy Wearing a Leisure Suit.

 But don’t expect this Miss Manners to have a white bun; Carey Sue is “regular person”
who has simply learned to use professionalism to her advantage. “Etiquette is not about
being hoity-toity with your pinky in the air,” says Vega.  “No matter what situation you are in,
having good conversational and social skills help you feel comfortable and help the people
around you feel comfortable.”

 Since 2001, Vega has served as director for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Chapters of
The National League of Junior Cotillions and The International League of Corporate
Cotillions.  She is married to her cruise-line sweetheart, Ricardo Vega.  After years at sea, the
two decided to drop anchor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2000.

Kelley McGuire is a highly-                                              	 Whitney Gebard is a graduate of Oklahoma City
involved community volunteer, whose                                      University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass
experiences range from being a full-                                     Communications and Public Relations. She holds a
time mother to a non-profit                                               Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in
director.  She graduated from                                            Organizational Development from Oklahoma Christian
Oklahoma State University with a                                         University. Whitney has spent several years in sales and
degree in Journalism Advertising and                                     communications specializing in the retail and
a minor in French.                                                       pharmaceutical industries. Whitney currently works full
	 Kelley currently works for the                                         time for Daiichi Sankyo pharmaceutical as a senior
Oklahoma City Boathouse                                                  cardiovascular sales
Foundation as Director of Youth                                          specialist. Additionally,
Outreach.                                                                Whitney is a
	 McGuire has also been involved with Junior League of Oklahoma          professionally trained
City, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae of Oklahoma City, United Way             ballet dancer and coach.
of Central Oklahoma, and many other organizations.                       Whitney has been
	 She has served on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma City               performing, coaching and
Alumni Association, The Downtown Club of Oklahoma City and               teaching ballet since
the Associate Board of the OKC Philharmonic.                             1993.
	 She is very excited to work with Junior Cotillion in helping           	 Whitney attributes
children and young people learn necessary skills to be comfortable in    much of her professional
any situation                                                            success to her strong

 Kelley and Matt have two children ages 15 and 13. In Matt’s free       verbal and social
time, he enjoys spending time with his family. A firm believer in         communication skills. She believes in the power of a
giving back to his community, Matt is a member of the Downtown           sincere smile, the intrigue in making a new friend and the
Club and is active in the United Way of Central Oklahoma. He is an       value in utilizing good social skills to network personally
executive committee member, the current events chairman and also         and professionally. The National League of Junior
serves on the board of directors. He previously served as the United     Cotillions is a perfect compliment to Whitney's unique
Way Emerging Leaders co-chair from 2004-2006. In addition to his         professional background. In working with the students,
current charitable services, Mr. McGuire is a past board member of       Whitney will blend her background and her experience to
the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Downtown Club.  Matt is           help youngsters become more comfortable and prepared
the Director of Investments for Heritage Trust Company.                  for their formative social years and beyond.


                                         
       Anna Sullivan is vital to our operations as she helps to maintain
                                         details “behind the scenes”. She is native of Oklahoma City.
                                         	       Anna is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in
                                         Edmond, with a degree in Education.
                                         	       She and her husband Travis and have a daughter and son.
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                                                      Training Business Professionalism
                                                            and Social Etiquette
                                    
 Looking for that competitive edge?  In today’s business world, people
                                    skills are a hot commodity – but it takes more than “great personality” to
                                    skillfully maneuver through the business environment.  Employees need
                                    training on how to represent themselves at social venues; from board meetings
                                    and business luncheons to cocktail parties.
                                    
 Basic techniques will ensure that all parties are left feeling comfortable–
                                    no matter the situation–and that your company will leave an impression of
                                    polished professionalism.
                                    	 Please visit www.CareySueVega.com to learn more, or to register for an
                                    upcoming workshop.

                                                               What they’re saying:
                                    • “Thank you for teaching us about Cotillion. It is a pleasure to learn how to be a young
                                      gentleman. It is really fun trying to do as best as we can to win a trip to the prize table. I
                                      think Cotillion has taught me well.”
                                    • “Thank you for having me at Cotillion last Friday. I really enjoyed it. I am having so
                                      much fun. I am very excited to come back next time. I really loved the new dances we
                                      learned and I am really getting the hang of them. Once again, thank you and I can’t
                                      wait to see you at the next class.”
                                    • “Carey Sue’s Business Etiquette presentation should be mandatory for all employees to
                                      attend in todays modern work arena.”
                                    • “Would love to bring her back for a whole series on Business Etiquette. Each class
                                      focusing on different situations as spending time with different topics.”
                                    • “I recently volunteered to write thank you notes on an auction committee. Not having a
                                      lot of etiquette training in my youth, but with the Manner Monday and having one of
                                      my children complete your etiquette training, I have learned a lot and felt confident.  As
                                      the old saying goes ‘your never to old to learn’!”

                                    • This summer, I had the opportunity to travel as a US Ambassador to Canada.  I went
                                      with a group from several other countries.  During orientation, we participated in a
                                      "state" style formal dinner.  It was 7 courses, during which we were taught the etiquette of
                                      foreign countries and how to address dignitaries from other countries.  Most of the
                                      ambassadors at my table were very confused as to what silverware to use when, why we
                                      had so many glasses on our table, why we were served sorbet between courses, and what
                                      a finger bowl was.  I felt so prepared, and really learned nothing new except a couple of
                                      facts about specific countries.  I was able to help the other ambassadors, all between the
                                      ages of 17 and 21, and also help a couple of our adult escorts.  I emailed Mrs. Vega the
                                      next day to tell her how much her classes helped me! 

                                        An in-house program for your employees and associates

          Carey Sue Vega                                      for Clubs and Organizations
            www.CareySueVega.com
                   PO Box 720056                       for College and University Students
          Oklahoma City, OK 73172
                     405-721-1467    A custom-designed program to meet your objectives. Each
                                      program is specifically designed for your audience. Sponsors may
                                    choose any or all of the following topics to be included in the seminars.
                                                        2012- 2013 JUNIOR COTILLION
Oklahoma City or Edmond? We will keep your child together with peers from his or her school based on your choice of
location. Some families choose the location based solely on their family schedule or convenience.
The Oklahoma City classes will meet at the Waterford Marriott which is located at 63rd and Penn.
The Edmond classes will meet at The Nigh University Center on the campus of UCO, 2nd Street and Garland Godfrey.
Why Sunday afternoon for the Oklahoma City location and Monday/Tuesday for Edmond? We need
ballroom space to accommodate our class setup and ballroom space in the Metro area is a hot commodity with wedding receptions
and other catered events occupying these venues Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Makeup classes... If a scheduling conflict does arise for a particular class, please contact us: we may have other options available
to your child as an alternative to missing an entire class.
Tuition Membership dues are $345 and include all costs for the training, instructional dinner and ball. We highly recommend that
you reserve your space early, as classes are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the date the tuition is
received. Acceptance of this invitation and tuition payment, or deposit, must be received by April 30. Payment arrangements may
be made: please refer to the registration card for details or call 721-1467. In fairness to students who are placed on the waiting list,
there will be no refunds except in the case of extraordinary circumstances, such as moving or illness.
Online registration is available at www.juniorcotillion2012.eventbrite.com
                                                                             SCHEDULE
Once the majority of the registrations have been secured, we will send a detailed schedule with your child’s detailed class
assignment and logistics for the season.

Fifth Grade Program
Edmond Location	                                                                                                                           Oklahoma City Location
Monday or Tuesday, 5:30-7:00	                                                                                               Sunday Afternoon, 1:30-3:00 or 3:30-5:00

                           Based on your choice of location, we will assign your child to a specific class with peers from their school.
September 10 or 11	......................................................Introduction Class and Dance	...................................................September 9 or 16
October 1 or 2	..............................................................Autumn Class and Dance	........................................................September 23 or 30
October 22 or 23	..........................................................Harvest Class and Dance	.............................................................October 21 or 28
November 12 or 13	.......................................................Thanksgiving Class and Dance	..................................................November 4 or 11
January 7 or 8	...............................................................Snow Class and Dance	...................................................................January 6 or 13
February 1 or 2	.............................................................An Evening of Dinner and Dance	..................................................February 1 or 2
                           The Fifth Grade Evening of Dinner and Dance will be held at the Nigh University Center.


Season One (Sixth Grade)
Edmond Location	                                                                                                                                Oklahoma City Location
Monday or Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 or 7:30-9:00	                                                                                                   Sunday Afternoon, 1:30-3:00

                           Based on your choice of location, we will assign your child to a specific class with peers from their school.
September 10 or 11	......................................................Introduction Class and Dance	...................................................September 9 or 16
October 1 or 2	..............................................................Autumn Class and Dance	.......................................................September 23 or 30
October 22 or 23	..........................................................Harvest Class and Dance	.............................................................October 21 or 28
November 12 or 13	.......................................................Thanksgiving Class and Dance	..................................................November 4 or 11
January 7 or 8	...............................................................Snow Class and Dance	...................................................................January 6 or 13
February 1 or 2	.............................................................Grand Ball & Instructional Dinner	      .................................................February 1 or 2
                            The Ball & Instructional Dinner for Season One will be held at Gaillardia Country Club.


Season Two (Seventh and Eighth Grade)
*A special orientation class for new Season Two students who have not participated in a previous Junior Cotillion program will be held
Sunday, August 26, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (one class only) at the Nigh University Center in Edmond.
Edmond Location	                                                                                                                                Oklahoma City Location
Monday or Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 or 7:30-9:00	                                                                                                   Sunday Afternoon, 3:30-5:00
                           Based on your choice of location, we will assign your child to a specific class with peers from their school.
September 10 or 11	......................................................Introduction Class and Dance	...................................................September 9 or 16
October 1 or 2	..............................................................Autumn Class and Dance	........................................................September 23 or 30
October 22 or 23	..........................................................Harvest Class and Dance	.............................................................October 21 or 28
November 12 or 13	.......................................................Thanksgiving Class and Dance	..................................................November 4 or 11
January 7 or 8	...............................................................Snow Class and Dance	...................................................................January 6 or 13
February 8 or 9	.............................................................European Tour Ball & Instructional Dinner	..................................February 8 or 9
                                    The Ball and Instructional Dinner for Season Two at Gaillardia Country Club.
                             ADULT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Join us for a fun and educational lunch workshop. All lunch workshops take place from 11:30am - 1:00pm. Reservations
are required and are $50 per person. To register visit: http://careysuevega.com/educational-opportunities/
    Business Etiquette:
    Business meals help to build loyalty and camaraderie with clients and associates.  Are you putting your best foot
    forward?  Join us for lunch while learning how to navigate through the Do's and Don'ts of the business lunch.
      • 	 Tuesday, April 24, Gaillardia Country Club
      • 	 Tuesday, August, 14, Gaillardia Country Club
      • 	 Thursday, September 13, Skirvin, Downtown
      • 	 Tuesday, October 16, Quail Creek Country Club
    Social Etiquette:
    During this lunch workshop, we will cover Social Etiquette and Hospitable Entertaining touching on Basic Table
    Manners, Table Settings, Centerpiece Creation and Party Planning Tips.
      • 	 Thursday, November 8, Gaillardia Country Club

                                       THANK YOU NOTE AND EVENT MANAGER APP
                              	
   With the prevalence of technology in today’s society it may seem the hand-written
                              “Thank You” note is a thing of the past. Even though a hand-written note lends a more
                              genuine feel than the canned email reply that is typically deleted before ever opened many
                              people take the easy road out and shoot off an electronic thank you. The Thank You Note
                              & Event Manager app makes writing thank you notes easy because of its advanced
                              organization features.
                              	 The Thank You Note & Event Manager app will not only help
                              with the daunting task of remembering and sending out thank-
                              you notes, but it also helps the organizationally challenged keep
                              track of gifts, guests, special occasions and numerous other events.
                              	 In addition to helping anyone keep tabs on gifts for all
                              occasions, it is also designed for professionals to track clients,
                              customers and colleagues to send hand-written notes to for such
                              occasions as after-the-job interview, after a networking event, a
                              promotion, business lunch or meeting.
                              	 The Thank You Note & Event Manager app helps keep inventory of stationery items
                              and ties them to events, and it will remind users when they are low on product. It can even
                              record event details, guest lists, gifts and much more.

                                                      NOTES




                                                Carey Sue Vega
                                Email: CareySue@CareySueVega.com - www.CareySueVega.com
                                PO Box 720056 - Oklahoma City, OK 73172 - 405-721-1467

				
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