Posted by Jim Weiskopf on Dec 20, 2018

On September 5, 2018, the Rotary Club of Beaufort announced and introduced “Speak Your Peace – The Civility Project.”SM  The Beaufort Rotary believes citizens can communicate in a more respectful and effective way and is doing something about it.

Speak Your Peace – The Civility Project
It seems every day we see, read or hear about individuals “losing their cool” when talking to
others; discussions become arguments; tempers rage. Are we forgetting about civility in
conversation?
“Speak Your Peace – The Civility Project SM is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Beaufort. The
Beaufort Rotary believes citizens can communicate in a more respectful and effective way and is
doing something about it.
That something is the motto “Speak Your Peace.” SM The program consists of nine simple tools
for practicing civility. They are:
• Pay Attention
• Listen
• Be Inclusive
• Don't Gossip
• Show Respect
• Be Agreeable
• Apologize
• Give Constructive Criticism
• Take Responsibility

The Civility Project is not a campaign to end disagreement. It is a campaign to improve public
discourse by simply reminding ourselves and others of the basic principles of respect. By
elevating our level of communication and avoiding personal attacks and general stubbornness, we
can avoid unhealthy debate. This will lead to a more effective democracy and help maintain our
sense of community by increasing civic participation.
In furtherance of this objective, the Rotary Club of Beaufort has printed business card sized cards
and larger display posters with the nine rules. They are available to any organization or
individuals for the asking. Just go to www/beaufortrotarysc.org to request materials or a speaker
from Rotary to make a brief presentation to your group.
The Civility Project stems from P. M. Forni’s book “Choosing Civility.” The Rotary Club of
Beaufort hopes to reach not only elected officials but any group or organization.
The program was formally introduced on September 5, 2018, and since introduction, it has been
presented to the Beaufort County Council, Beaufort City Council, and Beaufort County Board of
Education, as well as several other nongovernmental organizations.
The Rotary Club of Beaufort, established in 1934, is the oldest of Beaufort’s three Rotary Clubs.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who see
a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
 
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