By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
The annual Picayune Rotary Etiquette class was held for Picayune Police Camp attendees at Paul’s Pastry.
Each summer the women of Picayune Rotary, under the leadership of Suzan Wilson, host a sit down meal with formal place settings for the campers. Wilson starts the session with a variety of scenarios and asks what the campers would do. She then tells them the correct way to handle the situation, if they do not already know.
The campers work through a series of courses, each receiving personal attention from Wilson as she roams the room. Fellow women Rotarians are on hand to lend support and help camp counselors as needed.
Captain Theresa Milar leads the camp each summer and says that the campers always ask if they get to do the manners lesson that year.
“They really enjoy it and they get a lot out of it,” Milar says.
Wilson says, “We look forward to this every year and work hard so the campers will leave enthused and proud of their accomplishments. I work at a bank and wish I had a nickel for all of the times that either a parent or guardian came up to me and reported either how their child had reprimanded them or drastically improved their manners at home. It’s very gratifying.”
Rotarian Christy Goss says, “This was so much fun! It’s wonderful how so many groups coordinate to work together for the children. Paul’s Pastry, Picayune Police Department and Rotary are investing in our community’s future with these children. Some campers have mentioned how much they look forward to this class. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
Rotarian April Lovelace says, “I really believe that you are never too young or too old to learn proper etiquette. We are lucky to have a Rotarian like Suzan, who is so committed to teaching the proper way to do things and also a police department who cares about children in the community enough to put on a camp like this each summer.”