Don’t Ignore the RSVP

Here is some food for thought…You have received an invitation to a dinner/business event.  Read the invitation.   To whom is it addressed?  Unless the invitation is addressed,  ” and guest”,  attend on your own.  Reply as soon as possible.  RSVP or please respond, means you should respond whether you are planning to attend or not.  A reply can be made by phone call, postal mail or email.  Reflect your professional image in your email message.  It is a permanent inerasable document with your name on it and it is a reflection of you and the company you represent.  Be sure to include: date, salutation, short reply and complimentary closing. But most important… send a prompt reply usually within a week.


Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. JGarland



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!     Contact Armida Geiger via email

Gentlemanly Fraternity at UNH – Durham NH

“You never know when you’ll have to impress someone classier than you,” remarked Michael, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, at the University of New Hampshire. What a true statement. Twenty members of the nation’s largest fraternity, who pride themselves in being gentlemen, were looking for ways to polish up their dining manners and social skills. They turned to Adélie School of Protocol for further instruction and participated in several seminars focused on “How to Be Your Best”. Initial reactions to this decision? “I was dreading this, I really was.” An unsurprising but not very encouraging message. But what were the opinions coming away from the class? “Very fun and laid back” says one member, while another says, “I’ve never felt more like a gentleman”. Dress tips were particularly memorable, as instructor Armida Geiger told the partakers who should wear striped ties and who should stay away from cuffed trousers. As well as dressing, dining and social etiquette, helpful instructions were given on how to catch the attention of a prospective employer, a friend and the overall respect of others. A student’s way of putting it? “A knowledgeable and priceless lesson of the fine arts and chivalry”.

Article written by Catherine Geiger


Sigma Phi Epsilon - etiquette seminar participants-


Additional story found at The UNH Connection, published by the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association. 


Manners on the Go – Homeschool Group has Breakfast Etiquette

Manners on the Go – Homeschoolers  learn table manners

Mary L.  Caulfield and Armida A. Geiger, certified etiquette instructors from the Adelie School of Protocol in Durham, New Hampshire take their table manners class on the road to Milton, New Hampshire.   A wonderful group of home-school children doned their finest and each student toted a complete china place setting including utensils, beverage glasses and linen napkin.  The two hour class was a combination  of  table etiquette and everyday social manners for children ages 6-12.  Parents stepped right up and volunteered to cook and serve the brunch menu. Wearing white shirts and black slacks, they played the part of server and everyone had a great time.  Eggs strata, french toast and fresh fruit cups were  some of the 5-course menu items. 

children partake in Good Manners Program

children partake in Good Manners Program

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, homeschool groups, choirs,  youth groups or birthday parties can enjoy a manners class by incorporating everyday manners and  table etiquette into a  fun- filled event.

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