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World Civility Day agenda to focus on real world issues

Community Civility Counts has released the schedule of workshops to be held at the Indiana Welcome Center on World Civility Day, April 12.

The community and civility workshops will be capped with a gala awards and celebration dinner at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville. Among speakers at the dinner will be Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and Dr. Clyde Rivers, Founder and President of iChange Nations. Dr. Rivers will return for the third year.

Even more than in previous years, guests are coming from around the world for World Civility Day in Northwest Indiana. So far guests are registered from Peru, Nigeria, St. Martin, Haiti, Trinidad, Guatemala, South Sudan, Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, and Jordan.

The topics of the workshops were chosen to empower ambassadors with tools to raise awareness and realize the benefit of cultivating civility in addressing many of the common issues people face throughout the world. The event kicks off at 8:45 a.m. followed by the following workshops:

9:00 a.m. – Ambassador training

10:00 a.m. – Methodist Hospital, “Stop the Bleed”

10:40 a.m. – IUN School of Business, “Creating a Culture of Civility”

11:20 a.m. – Nat’l Institute for Civil Discourse, “Tools to revive civility in your community”

Noon – SCORE, “Employer, Employee, Customer Civility”

12:40 p.m. – Civility Center, “Community Weaving” with Kent Roberts

2:00 p.m. – Edgewater Health, “Stand up, Speak up, Stop Bullying”

2:40 p.m. – Legacy Foundation, “On the Table”

Sponsors of the third World Civility Day include the Gary Chamber of Commerce, The Times Media Co., NIPSCO, Southwest Airlines, The Methodist Hospitals, Edgewater Health, IUN School of Business and Economics, Majestic Star Casinos & Hotel, Legacy Foundation, MGT of America, iChange Nations, National Insti-tute for Civil Discourse, The Civility Center, SCORE, North Township Trustee, Lake Area United Way, Trade Winds Center, GNIAR (Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors), and Strack & Van Til.

Call the Gary Chamber at (219) 885-7507 for sponsor info and tickets priced at $90 VIP for all World Civility Day events, $30 for the afternoon lunch and workshops ($15 for students), and $70 for the dinner ($650 for a table of 10).

Community Civility Counts started as an initiative of the Gary Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and has expanded to include many partners both locally and nationally. It was launched in 2015 at a news conference at Gary City Hall.

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