Dear Member and Parent,
I hope this letter finds each of you well, particularly given the complex challenges of COVID-19. I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Directors and the Cotillion Club of Sarasota to announce our response to the current COVID-19 situation within the state of Florida and throughout our nation. Although we were hopeful the number of cases would decline, this unfortunately has not been our reality. We remain steadfast in our commitment to maintain the health and safety of our members; and therefore, regrettably find it necessary to postpone the August New Member Orientation and cancel Fall and Winter dances in 2020. We remain hopeful the local Health Department and CDC guidelines will enable us to host New Member Orientation and our Spring dance schedule in 2021.
As a gesture of our appreciation for your ongoing commitment to the Cotillion Club of Sarasota, a refund equal to approximately two-thirds the amount paid in membership dues will be provided. This refund will be processed over the next several weeks in the same form in which payment was made. Please note that dues paid each year provides for overall membership to our organization. Cotillion’s educational program is fully funded through such membership dues, which covers all fixed costs, annual operational expenditures, and fees associated with our events. As volunteers, we strive to make decisions that are in the best interest of our members while supporting the long-term health of our organization. If it becomes necessary to cancel Spring dances, further refunds will be considered due to the unprecedented circumstances caused by COVID-19.
The Cotillion Club of Sarasota is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1951 to educate and promote the principles of good manners and proper social etiquette to young ladies and gentlemen of Sarasota County. The pandemic has compelled the first cancellation of events in the organization’s history. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to reconnecting with our members when it is safe to resume our social experiences and etiquette lessons. In the meantime, we encourage all members to use your talents and social skills to positively impact your community. Stay safe and well until we resume Cotillion traditions and are able to be together once again.
Kathy S Dyer
President, The Cotillion Club of Sarasota
Spring Dance Schedule
8th Grade: February 6, 2021; The Grove, Lakewood Ranch
9th Grade: March 6, 2021; Laurel Oak Country Club, Sarasota
10th Grade: February 13, 2021; The Grove, Lakewood Ranch
11/12th Grades: March 6, 2021; The Field Club, Sarasota
The original etiquette manuals of Western civilization were, in fact, success manuals. As author Steven Pinker notes, they taught knights and nobles how to conduct themselves in the court of the king—which is where we get the concepts of “courtly” and “courtesy.”
Manners are standards of conduct and behavior which are not forced upon anyone yet help in distinguishing the polite from the impolite and the refined from the unrefined. Manners are laws that set standards for a human behavior. What sets them apart from laws is the fact that there is no formal punishment if you break these laws. You may only suffer from indirect punishment that is disapproval by public and society. Manners make a man/woman. You should be refined, polite, and civilized in your manners because they are the hallmark of an educated human being.
Cotillion Club of Sarasota proudly welcomes eligible, school aged boys and girls who either reside or attend school in Sarasota County. Our organization is run by a working Board of Directors whose children are or have been Members of Cotillion. With revolving, 3 year terms, the Board Members generously volunteer their time, working thoughtfully to include the children and families of our community in the timeless mission of Cotillion.
Great effort is made to represent all areas and schools in Sarasota County. To ensure that the intent and ethos of our mission is upheld to the highest standard possible, that every Member enjoy a meaningful and lasting social experience and that as many families as possible be served, we are committed to personally knowing each and every Member who is part of Cotillion. For this reason, we have personalized criterion for admitting new Members and retaining existing ones. More Details
Cotillion Club of Sarasota was established in 1951 by a group of Sarasota parents as a learning experience in social etiquette for their children and friends. This idea started with a few children in attendance. We now have over 1000 Members throughout Sarasota County from various schools.
Cotillion Club of Sarasota has established a set of Core Values that we believe dictate the basis by which we conduct ourselves as an organization. These Core Values set the framework for the principles of Cotillion. We strive to instill these values in our Cotillion Members throughout their time in our organization.
Cotillion Club of Sarasota strives to provide both instruction and experiences to help Members learn and practice proper behavior in social settings. Each Member is required to follow the Rules of Cotillion. New Members are required to attend an orientation session in the Fall before the season begins; this session is required for participation in the dinner-dances.
During the Cotillion year, which coincides with the school year, there are three semi-formal dinner-dances for the 8th grade, 9th grade and 10th grade Cotillion groups. The Senior Cotillion group has two semi-formal dinner-dances and closes the year with a "black-tie optional" dinner-dance in the Spring.