Good Manners on Display at Community Partners Dover NH

Good manners on display at Community Partners by Kristen Welch – grant writer & development coordinator, Community Partners

Most of us think we have good manners.We put our napkins on our laps, say please and thank you, and speak kindly to others.But we may not know as much as we think we do.

Over the past few weeks, a group of women from Community Partners have discovered that there is much to learn about social etiquette. Led by Armida Geiger of the Adelie School of Protocol, LLC, Community Partners recently sponsored a series of etiquette classes for adult women.

All the participants choose to attend because they have personal goals regarding social skills and the understanding of behavior consequences. The classes were a wonderful introduction to the basics of manners and created a lasting impression on the participants.

The “Everyday Manners” classes covered a variety of topics, including introductions, listening, telephone and cell phone usage, the protocol to follow when waiting for rides, gossip and dating and romance. Geiger used skits, role playing and examples to make abstract concepts concrete.

The participants learned that there is meaning behind social etiquette that extends beyond “we just don’t do that” without an explanation of why.Examples that illustrate the right and wrong way to approach a situation were particularly useful to the participants.”It was presented in a fun way that captured their attention,” said Nancy A. Morse, Community Partners community support services coordinator. “They kept asking questions even when the class had ended. The classes were a great learning experience for everybody.”

For the students, having an outside teacher for the class has been tremendously helpful. They are finding that explanations from another voice are objective, and they tend to listen more closely and take the class more seriously. In the fall, Community Partners plans to work with the Adelie School of Protocol to teach a class for adult men, and will follow up with a combined female and male class.

“It was great,” said Sarah Buckovitch, one of the participants, a sentiment other attendees echoed. “I felt better so that I could stand up for myself.”

Geiger  described the class as “an enriching adventure” for her. “This class is about being the best you can be as an individual,” she said. “There is always room for improvement. Society is changing constantly, and we have to keep up.”

The Adelie School of Protocol, LLC offers a variety of after-school programs and etiquette classes for children and adults. Visit or call 868-7156 for more information.
The state has designated Community Partners as the community mental health center and area agency for developmental services. A nonprofit, Community Partners serves more than 3,500 individuals and families annually. For more information, visit or call 516-9300.



About Armida Geiger
Armida Geiger - Director Administration background paved the road for Geiger to be a Co-Founder of Adélie School of Protocol, LLC. She received certification from the International School of Protocol as an Etiquette Consultant. Adélie School of Protocol equips clients with refinement of proper manners and social skills. Gaining knowledge of appropriate dress, body language, and communication style combined with execution is central in order to achieve positive results. The client will reap rewards of greater self-confidence and respect of self and others. Allow your professional career, social scene and personal endeavors to become the best they can be! Geiger has been published in NH Parenting, featured on television with New Hampshire Chronicle and HD News, New York. Manners classes at ASOP continue to be a hot New Hampshire topic. Local media eagerly interview Armida Geiger, a professional and respected etiquette leader.

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