Remember a time long, long ago…way back in the ‘50s? Not the 1650s, the 1750s or even the 1850s but the good old 1950s when children went to charm school, finishing school, or attended some other form of “manners class” where girls became ladies and boys became gentlemen. Often times, the training was offered as part of the school curriculum.
“You don’t see that much anymore,” says Jonnie Fox Flanagan, an independent etiquette consultant, founder and director of The Magnolia School of Etiquette.
Flanagan was born and raised in New Orleans where southern manners are “your calling card,” she recalls. “Civility and manners are as important today as they ever were and we are often judged by something as simple as how we hold our fork to the strength of our handshake.”
The world has forever changed with the technological advances of the internet and cellular communications industry.
“There is an entire separate set of etiquette rules that apply to electronic communications and these rules can make or break friendships, romances, professions and family dynamics,” Flanagan states.
Combining her southern heritage, employment history in marketing, advertising sales, and professional sports, and an appreciation for the timeless affords of grace, etiquette and protocol, Flanagan embarked on the launching of her new school.
“I have always been passionate about social and dining etiquette,” says Jonnie. “I wrote my high school term paper on the subject forty years ago. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.”
With comprehensive training and tutelage under Sue Fox (no relation), founder of Etiquette Survival, and one of the leading etiquette education experts in the country, and a Certificate of Completion in Professional Table Manners from The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, Inc., Flanagan founded The Magnolia School of Etiquette and Protocol.
We offer etiquette enrichment classes with emphasis on social and dining skills to K-12, charter and magna schools, community venues, and various groups from ages 5-Adult. “A minimum of six students is required to make up a class so it can be fun to get a group of your friends, a brownie troop, or a mix of male/females to role play during the training,” says Flanagan.
Winsome Hooper and Jack Newton’s romance took place during W.W.II. Even during the tumultuous times, the couple was able to discover each other.
A photograph of Hooper was on display in Yousuf Karsh’s studio. Hooper – who had graduated from MacDonald College in St-Anne – had been chosen by Karsh as a model. Young, dapper Newton came into Karsh’s studio and was bowled over by the display photograph of Hooper, hanging on the wall. Newton was smitten and was instantly attracted and curious abut the young beauty – he had to find her.
Charming Winsome, as she was called, liked being a model, but one day, she took a class on how to change a tire. This was unusual for these times. Her story ended up in the local newspapers. She was an ambitious and bold role model for young woman.