Indiana Attorney General to speak at World Civility Day in Merrillville - March 29, 2017

Courtesy of • March 29, 2017

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is headed to the Region to speak at the World Civility Day awards dinner on April 13 at Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

Hill is the state’s 43rd attorney general. As Indiana’s top legal officer, he oversees a staff or more than 400 employees spread across multiple divisions.

He has focused on four priorities: Rolling back federal overreach, protecting families from drugs and violent crime, safeguarding consumers from fraud and scams, and inspiring youth to pursue meaningful lives.

Hill, an Elkhart native, was serving his fourth term as Elkhart County prosecutor when he was elected to his current role in November. Hoosiers cast 1,643,689 votes for Hill, making him the top vote getter of any elected official in Indiana history. He took office Jan. 9.

Hill earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. He and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Community Civility Counts, which started as a partnership of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Co. in 2015, is hosting the activities of World Civility Day for a second year.

A series of workshops will take place at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond during the day April 13 before the awards dinner at Avalon Manor.

“The importance of the role of attorney general has been highlighted recently, and what a coup it is for World Civility Day and Northwest Indiana to feature our own history-making AG,” said Chuck Hughes, executive director of the Gary Chamber. “Please come out to hear his remarkable story and his personal perspective on civility.”

Also speaking at the dinner and hosting a workshop during the day is Dr. Clyde Rivers, world peace ambassador and special representative from an Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative to the United Nations.

Rivers, ambassador at large appointed by Burundi, Africa, attended World Civility Day last year and has been taking the civility campaign around the world.

Rivers, as well as Community Civility Counts, will present awards at the dinner. Also appearing and performing at the dinner will be the South Shore Dance Alliance, founded by Larry Brewer, and a jazz band.

Earlier in the day, a full slate of workshops will be held at the Welcome Center. Among them are “The Business Case for Civility at Work,” presented by Lew Bayer of the Civility Experts; “Stand Up, Speak Up, Stop Bullying,” presented by Edgewater Systems, and “Where do we go from here — chaos or community?” presented by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

People from 13 states and Canada have registered for the workshops and the dinner. Several civility-themed groups will be represented.

Tickets can be ordered by calling the Gary Chamber of Commerce at (219) 885-7407. Tickets are $25 for the day sessions and lunch and $60 for the celebration and awards dinner. Tables of 10 for the dinner can be reserved for $550.

In addition to the Gary Chamber and The Times Media Co., World Civility Day sponsors include Methodist Hospitals, AT&T Indiana, National Civility Center, Civility Experts, Propriety Publishing, Legacy Foundation, Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, Shared Ethics Advisory Commission, Edgewater Systems, Gary Housing Authority, Hammond Housing Authority, Lake Area United Way, and Lake County Bar Association.