EDITORIAL: Educate yourself on civility - April 1, 2017

Courtesy of nwitimes.com • April 1, 2017

By The Times Editorial Board

Civility will be celebrated, but also honed, on World Civility Day on April 13. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill will be the keynote speaker for that evening’s gala awards dinner and celebration.

But that’s just part of the celebration that day.

Community Civility Counts has put together a full slate of workshops for its second World Civility Day on April 13. These workshops will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

“Having incorporated workshops that will be conducted by subject experts in their respective fields not only heightens the awareness of civility, but also educates us on the value of being civil,” said Chuck Hughes, executive director of the Gary Chamber of Commerce.

These workshops will share best practices for fostering and spreading civility within your sphere of influence.

Here’s the tentative schedule for the Indiana Welcome Center:

  • World Civility Day Ambassadorship (Dr. Clyde Rivers), 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Stop the Bleed (Methodist Hospitals), 9:50 to 10:20 a.m.
  • Civility in the Community (National Civility Center), 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • Civility Books and Publishing (Propriety Publishing), 11:20-11:40 a.m.
  • One Approach to Providing Ethics Training to Public Employees (Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, Cal Bellamy), 11:40-noon
  • Where Do We Go From Here — Chaos or Community? (Urban League of NWI), 12:15 to 1 p.m.
  • The Business Case for Civility at Work (Lew Bayer of Civility Experts of Canada), 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
  • Stand Up, Speak Up, Stop Bullying (Edgewater Systems), 2 to 2:45 p.m.
  • Civility in the Classroom (Teachers, Summer Moore), 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.
  • Cyber Bullying (Cathie Bledsoe of Indiana State Police), 3:30 to 4 p.m.

The cost of $25 per person includes lunch as well as access to all of these workshops. Register by calling the Gary Chamber of Commerce at 219-885-7407.

World Civility Day will end with a gala awards dinner and celebration at Avalon Manor in Merrillville starting at 6 p.m. the same day. Register by calling the chamber. Tickets are $60 apiece or $550 for a table of 10.

Celebrate World Civility Day by attending these events, but also by putting into daily practice the techniques taught at these workshops.