Reader Report: National League of Young Men learn etiquette, volunteerism

Since 2014, the junior class (2017) of the National League of Young Men (NLYM) has dedicated hundreds of hours to philanthropic activities throughout Orange County.

Together, among many other activities, they have served food to the local community's hungry, constructed living quarters at shelters for homeless members in the local area and worked with children needing mentors.

Recently, the junior class (2017) of NLYM joined with the junior class (2017) of the National Charity League (NCL), a group of young women who are equally dedicated to the local community, in an evening focused on the etiquette and communication skills necessary as they grow and delve deeper in their philanthropic endeavors.

Hosted at the residence of Annie and Tim Quinn, the couple opened their home to the 30 young men who comprise the 2017 class of NLYM, and the 28 young women who are their counterparts from NCL.

The evening began with Julie Ann Ulcickas, who provided a private lesson to the young men, addressing how to welcome a guest, the art of conversation and dinner party etiquette. Following the lesson, the young women arrived, and the gentlemen were able to practice their new skills.

After hors d'oeuvres and sparkling cider, the young men escorted the ladies to their seats at dinner, which was prepared and served by mothers of the NLYM. The lessons continued throughout the dinner party and included dining etiquette and how to appropriately end a dinner party conversation.

The evening of classic social instruction was chaired by Gina Donald, joining dedicated moms, including Annie Quinn, Anne Yahn, Karin Garell, Fayeron Morrison, Gabriella Duncan, Allyson McDonald, Sallie Jane Super and Susanne Richter.

The three-course Sunday evening dinner began with a mixed green salad, followed by Mediterranean chicken and a dessert of chocolate pound cake topped with berries and whipped cream.

Josh Morrison, chairman of protocol for the Class of 2017, said he felt the event was important.

"As we interact with members in the community, it is important that we present ourselves in a way that is socially correct," he said. "We are representing the National League of Young Men and are role models for others."

Other NLYM members participating in the event included Sean Dahl, Ryan Del Valle, Luke Desforges, Timoth Donald, Jaden Duncan, Chase Furey, John Horton, Connor Johnston, Conner Kincaid, Spencer Lawrence, Matthew McDonald, Alex Michaelson, Landon Monroe, Josh Morrison, Logan Niedermayer, Andrew Person, Andrew Potter, Mickey Quinn, Ryan Shean, Brett Super, Blake Terry, Ben Toffel, Max Toffel, Nicholas Ursini, Angelo Ursini, Sam Wardwell, Brett Wirta and Jon Wirta.

FAYERON MORRISON lives in Newport Beach.

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