August is Civility Month ... learn more
Oshkosh, Wisc. (July 15, 2015)
For Immediate Release
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Tom Grogan – 920.424.3168 – email@example.com
August Declared Civility Month in Oshkosh Wisconsin
The Oshkosh Civility Project has named August as Civility Month for the greater Oshkosh area.
Each day during August, the project will post a daily reminder concerning the principles and practice of civility in everyday life.
“This new project builds on the past success of our work,” said Walter Scott, Jr., the leader of the core team. “With nearly 1,000 people having signed our pledge, we see the monthly reminder as another way to communicate our commitment to acting in civil ways.”
The idea was developed upon a suggestion from Sue Panek from the Oshkosh Area United Way.
“The Civility Project will have a presence at the Oshkosh Farmers Market on Saturday, July 25,” Panek said. “By featuring a civility concept each day during the month of August, we will provide another opportunity for people to reflect on the importance of our standards of conduct.”
Panek indicated that calendars featuring the daily statements will be distributed at the Farmers Market and are available for download at the project’s website at www.oshkoshcivilityproject.org. The daily Facebook feed will be at: https://www.facebook.com/OshkoshCivilityProject.
“Civility is a dynamic commitment,” said core team member Margy Davey, who represents the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County. “Each day we are reminded of the ways that we can improve as individuals and help to strengthen our shared community.”
The project noted that the core team has been augmented through the addition of several new members: Carl Schroeder, Howard Brown and Stephanie Steinfort. Scott said the new members of the core team are bringing new energy and drive to the work of the Oshkosh Civility Project.
“We have many things that challenge us in our daily lives,” Scott said. “By practicing a commitment to civility, we can remind ourselves of how our actions impact others.”
Panek added that the core team, “sees this new initiative as a way to help sharpen and focus daily practice.”
This initiative will be developed and implemented by UW Oshkosh student Isaiah Gray who is also serving as the marketing intern for the Civility Project.
The Oshkosh Civility Project was developed in 2010 based on the work of Dr. P.M. Forni and his book, Choosing Civility (2003). The Oshkosh Civility Project has been active and engaged in community, regional and broader efforts to promote understanding and awareness of how our communication patterns impact others.
“We believe that our community is strong and can be made even stronger,” Scott said. “This is why we project the project here and helps to explain why the message continues to have vitality.”
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The Oshkosh Civility Pledge ~ Building A Stronger Community
The Promise, the Principles and the Practice of Civility.
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The Oshkosh Civility Pledge:
We build a stronger and more diverse community by actively sharing our ideas and opinions with others in thoughtful and considerate ways. By practicing this basic commitment to civility, we learn and grow from one another - even in disagreement.
Today and Every Day I Aspire to Practice the following Skills:
1. Pay Attention - Be Aware of Others & Sensitive to the Immediate Context of Actions
2. Listen Closely - Understand Other Points of View
3. Be Inclusive - Welcome All; Don't Exclude Anyone
4. Don't Gossip - Remind Others of the Importance of this Practice
5. Show Respect - Honor Others (Especially in Disagreement)
6. Be Agreeable - Find Opportunities to Agree
7. Apologize Sincerely - Repair Damaged Relationships
8. Give Constructive Comments, Suggestions & Feedback - No Personal Attacks (Focus on Issues)
9. Accept Responsibility - Don't Shift Blame; Share Disagreements Publicly
"It's not what you say. It's how you say it."
About the Oshkosh Civility Project
The Oshkosh Civility Project has been advancing the cause of civility since 2010. It began as an ad hoc community-based effort. Walter Scott brought the idea for this initiative from his travels to Truckee, California, where he discovered the "Speak Your Peace" campaign developed by the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation.
That campaign from California was developed based on work originally done in Duluth-Superior using as a reference authority "Choosing Civility" by P.M. Forni. Dr. Forni advised the Oshkosh effort and many other groups on the formation of civility improvement efforts. Dr. Forni was brought to Oshkosh by the Oshkosh Civility Project and delivered several community presentations during the formal launch of the initiative in February 2011.
In his discussions with representatives from the Oshkosh Community Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a small planning group was formed that was comprised of representatives from a number of community-based organizations, including the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, the Oshkosh Public Library, the Oshkosh Area School District and other related individuals and organizations.
The Oshkosh Civility Project is loosely organized as a non-profit community-based organization. As the project's efforts continue to develop, these efforts may result in a more formalized organizational structure. For the time being, however, this is a consensus-based effort.
Core Team - Oshkosh Civility Project
Kim Biedermann - Business Success Center - UW Oshkosh
Mindie Boynton - Business Success Center - UW Oshkosh
Theresa Brockman - Evergreen
Howard Brown - Concerned Citizen
Margy Davey - League of Women Voters of Winnebago County
Tom Grogan - Office of the Chancellor - UW Oshkosh
Sue Panek - Oshkosh Area United Way
Mandy Potts - Integrated Marketing and Communications - UW Oshkosh
Carl Schroeder - Concerned Citizen
Walter Scott - Independence Financial LLC
Stephanie Steinfort - Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
Emeritus Members: Recognized for Exemplary and Thoughtful Service
Kemp Jones, Colleen Merrill, Kathy Golem, Karen Fredrick, Liz Hebbe, Stew Rieckman, Karlene Grabner, Casey Larson, Zack Pawlosky, Lexi Ballweg, Joe Wiedenmeier, and Karen Heikel.