Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer to keynote World Civility Day April 12

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Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer

The Gary Chamber of Commerce recently announced one of the featured speakers for the 3rd Annual World Civility Day – one of the Nation’s experts on Civility, Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse. The organization works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in the political system.

World Civility Day takes place on April 12, 2018. Full day workshops are at the Indiana Welcome Center and an Awards Dinner takes place the same evening at the Avalon Banquet Center in Merrillville.

“As the executive director of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and speaking on behalf of our board of directors, I am elated over the scope and success of the Community Civility Counts initiative,” said Chuck Hughes. “We could not have envisioned early on that CCC would now be recognized in several areas of the world. For that we celebrate with ‘World Civility Day’.”

Its first World Civility Day event, April 14, 2016, was sold out with 300 people from Indiana and nine other states and three countries. UN Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers gave the keynote address at the packed Majestic Star Casino ballroom in Gary.

Dr. Rivers returned for the second World Civility Day and gave out civility awards at an event that again attracted people from many states and several countries. He will be returning again this year.

World Civility Day on April 12, 2018, will include a kickoff lunch and workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center. The dinner, held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, will include entertainment, featured speakers, and awards presented by Community Civility Counts.

Sponsorships and tickets are available through the Gary Chamber of Commerce at (219) 885-7407. Tickets — $90 VIP for all World Civility Day events, $30 for the afternoon lunch and workshops ($15 for students), $70 for the dinner ($650 for a table of 10) — can be obtained by calling the chamber.

Groups and businesses are welcome to join this initiative and be added to our growing list. Just contact the Gary Chamber.

To follow the activities of Community Civility Counts, visit and like the Civility Counts page on Facebook.

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