The older generation will be happy to hear that yes, the younger generation is still being taught manners.
The National League of Young Men (NLYM) hosted its Social Etiquette Dinner on March 18, drawing 50 area teens.
Every year, about 25 junior boys from NLYM and about 25 junior girls from the National Charity League (NCL) attend the dinner.
The students represented Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, JSerra Catholic, Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran high schools, and St. Margaret's Episcopal School. This year, the event was hosted at the home of NLYM Junior Member Jeffrey Harrison in Newport Beach.
Janet Terrell, who was crowned Miss California in 1975 and was second runner-up to Miss America, instructed the young men in how to set a table, when to use the spoon that rests at the top of the plate, the proper use of a napkin, the proper protocol for excusing themselves from the table and other dining do's and don'ts before the dinner.