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Etiquette is topic of May 6 First Wednesday

Trumbull, Jennings to offer presentation on a 'lost art'


Those who feel they come up short in the etiquette department are in luck.

“The History of Etiquette: From Yesteryear to Present” is the First Wednesday program of the Oswego Heritage Council on May 6.

Giving the presentation will be two women who know all about etiquette, Bonnie Trumbull and Joan Hopp Jennings. They have also been civic treasures of Lake Oswego for many years.

In the program, Trumbull and Jennings will talk about the Top 10 Lost Rules of Etiquette, accompanied by wonderful stories of Lake Oswego’s rich history of good manners. Their talk will make clear that something valuable has been lost from past years.

“As the years go by many etiquette rules have gone by the wayside,” Trumbull said. “Rarely do we see a child take a bow or curtsy when they greet adults, and doors are not always opened for ladies.”

Trumbull is a corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant. She received her bachelor’s in education from Oregon State University and her certification from the Protocol School of Washington in Washington, D.C., where she earned her consulting credential in corporate etiquette and international protocol.

Her mission is to strengthen and restore grace in our nation, and she is working through universities, businesses and corporations to accomplish her goal.

Trumbull has been recognized for her outstanding work as a member of the Oswego Heritage Council Board of Directors.

Jennings has lived all of her 82 years in Oregon, and most of her years have been in Lake Oswego. She was married in 1952 to Russ Jennings, and they stayed happily married until his death in 2005. The couple had three children and seven grandchildren.

Life began for Jennings in Sellwood in 1932. Her family later moved to Lake Grove, which Jennings calls “a wonderful place to grow up.” Her childhood home was on Knauss Road. As a child Jennings was a horse-riding enthusiast, going on many trail rides, holding membership in the LO Hunt Club Juniors, and showing her horse Lady Lou. She graduated from West Linn High School in 1951.

Following a career as a business secretary, Jennings became a wife and mother. She and her husband raised their children in her childhood home on Knauss Road, which she purchased from her parents.

Jennings had a busy life as a business woman and entrepreneur. She was also busy at home. One of her favorite activities was teaching classes in hospitality and etiquette.

Jennings said, “I have always enjoyed traveling the world, spending time at my beach house (at Cannon Beach), entertaining and working in my gardens. I have had and continue to enjoy a wonderful life.”

The May 6 program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego Heritage House. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, but donations of $5 at the door are suggested.

Oswego Heritage House is located at 398 10th St. in Lake Oswego.

For more information, go to oswegoheritage.org.

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