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Welcome to the Etiquette Excursion with Mrs. Mona Johnson

This is the last week for coffee house etiquette. It was a question that came up. I never would have imagined there would be so much information to share. Remember stopping for a coffee break is a time to relax and enjoy

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Going to a coffee shop for many of you is like a visit to your living room. You feel right at home, but you need to remember, you are not at home. There are a few manners you need to observe. These reminders by Maralee McKee will only make your visit more enjoyable.

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The Pomona Valley Section, National Council of Negro Women Luncheon

The Pomona Valley Section, National Council of Negro Women invite you to attend their membership luncheon on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel, Claremont, CA., 555 W. Foothill Blvd. at 11:00 a.m. in celebration of Women’s History Mouth. The main guise of the luncheon is to encourage our youth to become a voice in the community by joining us at our membership luncheon enfranchising mentoring and our voice in the community.

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Going to a coffee shop for many of you is like a visit to your living room. You feel right at home, but you need to remember, you are not at home. There are a few manners you need to observe. These reminders by Maralee McKee will only make your visit more enjoyable.

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Make sure you are setting a good ample when you use napkins and table clothes. Kids really do learn from seeing our behavior and habits. But what about place mates? Place mates can be fun and colorful but they can also be distracting if they are used carelessly.

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I’m not good at math,” should never again come from a young girl’s mouth.” Women and young girls can be and can do anything they set their minds to. These three black women were not only good at math they lead a space program and a nation to the moon and back.

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Sometimes the great ones leave us early before they have fully made their mark in history. Barbara Charline Jordan (1936-1996) was one of those. Barbara Jordan emerged as an eloquent and powerful interpreter of the Watergate impeachment investigation at a time when many Americans despaired about the Constitution and the country. As one of the first African Americans elected from the Deep South since 1898 and the first black Congresswoman ever from that region, Jordan lent added weight to her message by her very presence on the House Judiciary Committee.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: Carter Godwin Woodson

Remarkable men and women have marked our history with words of wisdom not for a single race but for a Nation of proud people of all religion and races. Here are some quotes of life by Carter Godwin Woodson.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson, (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917.

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Why do we have etiquette and why do we accept the guidelines of etiquette? Etiquette can be like a two-edged sword. It can swing to include people or it can be used to exclude and cut individuals out of the conversation or event. Too often it is used to exclude individuals and often even to shame them. It is indeed bad etiquette not to use good etiquette all the time.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: Introductions

Stumbling through an introduction can live with you for a long time. The primary objective of introductions is to ensure that everyone know each individual present in the group. Once that has been accomplished you have met your one of the primary social goals.

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Let’s review this month and use some of the advice given some time ago (2011). No matter what your social position you should have a practical set of personalized stationery. Having a good set of stationery allows you to drop someone a quick not when you think about them.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: Happy New Year

Happy New Year. This is going to be your best year yet. Does that mean it will perfect? Maybe for some of you. Does it mean you will always be happy? Probably not, but at least it will be something toward which you have a goal to keep you motivated.

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s we end a year we walk very circumspect into a new dawning. Too much has changed in our government yet not enough has changed. Our lives are like bated breath being held wondering what the exhaling will reveal. Who will make the first move, who will make the first major mistake. Will history repeat its self or will we be able to out-smart the autocrat?

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: The Reason for the Season

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

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The holidays are times that most people share and spend with their family and close friends. Make every effort to enjoy your family, you never know when it will be your last time. The holidays are also a time when you want to entertain and be relaxed but yet have fun and be on your best behavior. You want to have fun but you don’t want to be scrutinized for just trying to have fun. It is fair to ask for all of these requests to happen harmoniously.

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The debate is on, should you send via snail mail or computer. Snail mail can never be wrong especially if it arrives on time. It shows effort and love. However, many of you will be sending holiday or end of the year family updates, which are really nice.

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Here comes the time of the year when we appear to be able to be kinder, more understanding, and more gregarious with family, friends and co-workers. We seem to be on our best behavior, as long as me are not in a mall line waiting to pay at the one check stand that is open. We think about other people.

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May you have a Happy Thanksgiving! The world has changed before our very eyes. History has been made in your lifetime. Each one of us has witness a change in our government that will affect each and every one of us rather you voted and shame on you if you did not vote. Maybe we need to step back in time before we attempt to gather ourselves and try to move forward, and forward is the only direction we can move. T

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The explanation is the same as last week but begs to be repeated. What is vaping? It is a process by which nicotine is heated within an instrument called an e-cigarette. That nicotine is mixed with water that is then nicotine-water vapor that is them inhaled into the lungs. Is it harmless, depends on what you read. Is it harmful, depends on what you read. No matter what you read, like cigarettes there are some etiquette rules to be followed. Below are a few of the rules by vaper, Michael Bloch, who has a website that you can visit to learn more about vaping and e-cigarettes.

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One tradition that has experienced very few changes is the funeral procession. The mode of transportation may have advanced but the tradition of the funeral procession is an honored and currently practice tradition.

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Visiting a friend in the hospital should be carried out with sensitivity and respect. One of the most difficult friendship responsibilities is to visit a friend who is experiencing ill-health and is in the hospital. When friends are in the hospital it makes us feel helpless and at a great loss for words.

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The pulpit is the most sacred and exalted place in the church. He who occupies this position stands as the representative of Christ. This is the minister's first line of offense. From this honored and dedicated place, he boldly denounces sin and courageously challenges the devil. From the sacred desk are heard the truths of God, which cut as a two-edged sword, bringing both conviction and contrition to the worshiper.

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New job? If you want to make a great impression on your new boss, be well prepared for your first conference call. Whether you are taking the call in your office, from your home or even from your car, be prepared. Have paper, pens and any materials you think you might need at hand. An effectual conference call takes a lot of will power and organization on the part of each participant and the leader.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: Church Etiquette

There are many strata of church etiquette. Depending on where you were raised will give value to your respect for the church. However, there are certain conditions that should never occur in the House of the Lord no matter what your denomination. Running in the church is not acceptable for anyone. Unless there is a fire, walk.

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Like many of you I am on vacation for the next few weeks. So I have pulled from the archives just to stay in touch with you. Etiquette should not be a daunting area for you to navigate. Etiquette consist of being inclusive of other individual and the use of common sense. Let’s review some of the areas that have previously been explored.

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It is important to teach children the basics of etiquette but as an adult it is our responsibility to make sure the lesson is fun and one the child will want to perform and repeat. Every adult and child should know how to use a napkin. Make it fun for your child not a discouraging performance. For the next few weeks will back-track to some lessons learned. Here is a little history.

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Summer is definitely here. It is warm, people are traveling to interesting sites with family members. Parking is at a premium and you want a space as soon as possible. Well, no matter how desperate you are, or how far you have driven you need to be courteous and thoughtful even if other people are not. There are etiquette rules to remember and you should also remember everyone is not on the same page with you.

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Having family and friends in your home should be a very pleasant event. Do not feel obligated to open your home if you have not received an advanced notice. Don’t feel obligated to explain, just tell the truth. “I wish you had let me know you were coming. But without a notice I just can’t be a hostess to you right now. If you are planning to stay in someone’s home, you should contact them and ask if it would be possible to stay in their home.

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With everything that has happened in the past fourteen days it feels great to hear someone speak of love and equality. When one thinks of etiquette and refinement you must give a nod to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. This educator and courageous woman was far ahead of her time and many would say she is still ahead of our time.

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When one thinks of etiquette and refinement you must give a nod to Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. This educator and courageous woman was far ahead of her time and many would say she is still ahead of our time. For your edification and sheer sense of self admiration her legacy will be presented in two parts.

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Sensitivity and common sense are the keys to proper prayer etiquette. We pray “in the Spirit” but we live in a physical world and need to observe some rules of behavior in the way we relate to people and their prayer needs.

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Is dining with friends different then dining with family and is that different from dining with co-workers or your boss? Yes, it is different and it should be. The topics of conversation will probably be different. The tone or tension in the room is probably different and the purpose of the meal could very well be different.

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The casino bus trips will be coming soon and they are great ways to spend time with friends, talk, eat, play the tables or the machines and just enjoy yourself. When is the last time you were inside a casino? While you were there, did you think about casino etiquette? Probably not. However, there is such a thing as casino etiquette.

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Sensitivity and common sense are the keys to proper prayer etiquette. We pray “in the Spirit” but we live in a physical world and need to observe some rules of behavior in the way we relate to people and their prayer needs.

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We have talked about the appropriate ways to treat people with disabilities. How do you interact with individuals who have a disability? Do you tolerate individuals with disabilities? Are you compassionate toward individuals with disabilities? Do you have empathy for individuals with disabilities or do you feel sorry for individuals with disabilities?

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Illness and even mental health are conditions that we would rather ignore than learn about. Our fear can sometimes be our worst enemy. Below you will find some myths and facts about mental illness. Where common sense prevails etiquette will lead.

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There are many layers of church etiquette. However, we do not always know the rational of why. All of our life we have passed along and heard different components of etiquette that we continue to repeat and pass down to our children.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: Graduations

It is that wonderful time of the year again. Graduations are a time that bring families together, even parents that have divorced seem to be able to put their differences aside for a child that is graduating from preschool, grade school, high school or college. It is a time when parents try to put their best efforts to good use for the sake of a loved one. It is a joyful time for all involved. So what is your role in all of this celebration and festivities?

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In my search to write a topic to share with you in Etiquette Excursion I came across the topic of, Baptist Church Etiquette, and the contents brought back memories of the practice that was practiced when I was a child. The following contents are not my original words and unfortunately I was unable to find the author of the message below.

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Young boys and men often reason etiquette as a feminine comportment. However, there is nothing more attractive than watching a mature man, or young man who knows how to display his good manners. Etiquette for men and boys is just as important as it is for women and girls. Every mother and father wishes their daughter to be with a man who has and uses good manners, just as they want their sons to display good manners also.

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Remember, when it was fun and a luxury to be able to leave someone a voice message. People would put half a song on their machine and you would enjoy the music. Those days are gone. Long gone. Even now when we leave a social message we are in a hurry and rushed to get the details of the message communicated because we have to move on to something just or more important. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to spend too much time trying to get the meaning of the message because people fail to organize their message and make it worthwhile for us to salvage the information without listening to the entire message from beginning to end just to retrieve the name and number of the caller.

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Spring break, why? Whether you attended college or not you are familiar with ‘spring break.’ The time of year when college students take a break and decide to travel someplace to have fun and drinks. But how did it start? Who decided that young college students needed to relax and have fun? History tells us, that the first Olympic pool was built in Fort Lauderdale in 1936. The coach of Colgate University, Sam Ingram decided to take his team to Lauderdale to train in the Olympic size swimming pool.

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Etiquette Excursion with Mona Johnson: "How to choose Flowers and How to Display Your Arrangements for the Best Results" (Part 2)

Flowers allow us to say things in ways that words cannot. But sending or using the right flower for the perfect occasion is a sign of love and understanding. Here are a few tips from some experts. Use them when you need to make the best occasion more enhanced.

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To prepare for the approaching wedding season for the next two weeks the Etiquette Excursion features will be about flowers. Flowers are so important to an anniversary party, intimate dinner, and weddings large or small, extravagant or intimate. It is a must that you know how to choose flowers and how to display your arrangements for the best results. Though, they are lovely additions to a dinner or wedding, there are a few rules to remember when ordering and displaying flowers.

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It is approaching that time of year when you will be buying and sending flowers. Congratulations on your engagement, wedding, anniversary, prom, graduation and that off to college bouquet. Like most things in our life flowers have meanings. So make sure you send the appropriate meaning for the special occasion.

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Here are a few social etiquette tips on table manners and Etiquette Basics by Rita Fae. It is important to sit up straight. Don’t slouch or try to hide beneath the table. I have tried this and it does not work, plus it does not make for good social etiquette.

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There are many layers of church etiquette and often this is for a good reason. Religion and care of the church cab be a difficult subject to break down. All of our life we have passed along and heard different components of etiquette that we continue to repeat and pass down to our children without the rational of why or what it really entails.

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We have talked about the appropriate ways to treat people with disabilities. How do you interact with individuals who have a disability? Do you tolerate individuals with disabilities? Are you compassionate toward individuals with disabilities? Do you have empathy for individuals with disabilities or do you feel sorry for individuals with disabilities?

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If you feel you are intimidated by using good manners you will probably be able to recall a time when someone made you feel uncomfortable. Poor use of good manners or calling someone out because they made a social indiscretion is rude and very much uncalled for as one individual to another. If you cannot inconspicuously, assist someone them ignore their indiscretion, do not bring attention to it. If someone does insist on making it noticeable try to draw attention away from the mistake or occurrence.

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Well it is that time of the year. The game shirts will be on, the automobiles will boost their choice and everyone will be praying that church does not last too long. It is Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you are with family or friends there are a few rules that are just down right polite. Have a wonderful time. Here are 12 tips for being a Super Bowl party guest:

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It is a new year. Make and keep an easy resolution. Look your best each time you step out of the house. This does not mean that you have to be dressed to the nines, each time you step out of the door it just means you are clean and dressed appropriately.

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Whether you have been in the military or not you know that they have a very ridget dress code that everyone in a military uniform must follow. If you have been in the military, you certainly understand what they mean when they say the “uniform of the day.” Military individuals are permitted to wear a religious symbol, usually under their uniform, a wedding band, a watch and a class ring.

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This year is a leap year. Those of you who have a February 29th birthday, Happy Birthday to you. You seldom have a chance to have your birthday like the rest of us that celebrate the day of our birth every year.

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The holidays are steeped in traditions that we exercise and sometimes fail to ask the questions of why we do what we do. Below is information from Wikimedia Commons in response to, “Why we send Christmas cards.”

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This is the week that many of you will be having or preparing for office parties and gift exchanges. Here are a few things you may want to consider before trying to impress your boss and co-workers. Enjoy the holidays but remember at all times your budget and your self-worth are most important. I would like to share some information with you.

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The good ole holidays are the time when we socialize to the point of exhaustion. Fun filled exhaustion. Many of you will be attending cocktail parties on the weekend or after work. If your party is after work it is wise to remember that it is an extension of your work day so monitor your behavior so that you maintain your professional standards and behavior. Cocktail parties are another form of networking. So be on your best behavior and be in a good mood.

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As the holidays move closer you may find you are invited to more than your share of office and family parties. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday gathering, especially if it will take time from your immediate family. You may find that you are being called upon to make a toast or speak in public more than usual. Being able to speak in public, in front of your family or in front of co-workers can be an asset that could be noticed by the right people at the right time. Public speaking for some individuals is their greatest fear. Try to make it a fear that you have conquered. Be prepared. It never hurts to have a few nice things to say about the host and/or hostess.

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With the wonderful advancement of computers many of you will decide to create your own Christmas and holiday cards. Will you be sending Christmas or holiday cards by mail this season? This can be a fun and creative adventure. Just make certain it is in good taste and is presentable. Christmas card sending is an act of caring and love and the rules are very relaxed. Here are some suggestions.

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Don't Blow Your Budget It's easy to want to impress your boss and colleagues with pricey presents, but this may send the message that you're trying to buy their loyalty. "If there is no agreed upon budget, spend less rather than more. An office holiday gift is meant to be a token of appreciation rather than a large holiday gift from Santa," says etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, owner of the Protocol School of Texas. Not only will your gift be seen as more tasteful, your credit card debt will thank you.

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This article, “Cancer etiquette: How to talk about it” is by Kerrie K. Morris. It is very much worth sharing parts of it with you during this breast cancer awareness month. Cancer etiquette: How to talk about “it” by Kerri K. Morris