Dear Member and Parent,
I hope this letter finds you well and your Holiday celebrations were filled with joyful memories. The Cotillion Club of Sarasota Board of Directors sends heartfelt wishes for a promising New Year. Although the COVID-19 situation within the state of Florida and throughout our nation will regrettably force us to cancel Spring dance celebrations, we are hopeful the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and future CDC guidelines will enable us to resume Cotillion activities in the Fall of 2021. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to the Cotillion Club of Sarasota, and it is with great anticipation and hope that we look forward to reconnecting with our members when it is safe to resume our social gatherings of dining, dancing, and etiquette lessons.
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 students of Sarasota County grades 8th through 12th. Dues paid each year provides for overall membership to our organization, covering fixed costs, annual operational expenditures, and fees associated with our events. Partial refunds were processed and mailed to all members following the cancellation of our Fall and Winter dances. We request that you consider donating the remainder of your membership dues, equal to approximately one-third of the amount paid, to help cover the fixed costs of our organization. However, if you would like to receive the remainder of your dues, please send an email to Lisa Marx, Cotillion Club of Sarasota Treasurer, at email@example.com by February 15, 2021 and a refund will be processed in the same form in which original payment was made.
After such a lengthy time of physical distancing, we understand the importance of returning to some normalcy and look forward to providing our members with an exceptionally celebratory 2021-2022 social season if circumstances allow. Wishing you all the best for safety and good health until we are able to once again enjoy educational social gatherings and create delightful memories with current and new members of the Cotillion Club of Sarasota.
Kathy S Dyer
Cotillion Club of 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.