Savannah, the Hostess City of the South, was honored as America’s “Most Mannerly City” during a ceremony at Thursday’s City Council meeting.
Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette presented Mayor Otis Johnson with the award, a glass vase inscribed with the title.
“It’s not an action, it’s an attitude, and Savannah has it,” Ms. Grosso said of good manners. “It’s a series of very simple gestures, such as holding the door for someone, that conveys selfrespect and self-confidence.”
The Most Mannerly City contest was founded 30 years ago by etiquette expert and author Marjabelle Young Stewart.
In 2007, Ms. Grosso secured the endorsement of Stewart’s family to carry on the contest.
The 2008 winner was chosen based on results from online and mail voting to the school.
Savannah received the award when our sister city, Charleston, S.C. — in a display of impeccable manners — removed itself from competition after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the school in 2007 following 11 straight years of claiming the title.
“Charleston was gracious, but I hope next year we claim the title outright,” Mayor Johnson said. “There is a reason why we’re called the Hostess City.”