April 1, 2024

Councilwoman’s Stylish Stride and Etiquette Guide Her in Leadership Roles

1.6 min read| Published On: April 1st, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

Councilwoman’s Stylish Stride and Etiquette Guide Her in Leadership Roles

1.6 min read| Published On: April 1st, 2024|

Barbara Gaines

Growing up: I grew up in a lower-middle class neighborhood where money wasn’t flowing, but manners were a very high priority. Later in life, I became a certified etiquette consultant, not only to improve my social skills and image, but to empower others to feel more confident. I wanted to show people that manners and etiquette weren’t luxuries, but necessities.  

I decided to run for office because: I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to serve the public and address issues that mattered to me. I wanted to advocate for small businesses and gain an enhanced quality of life for families in Groveland.

Making a difference: I am responsible for voting on ordinances that affect the city’s welfare, including the budget, land use, public safety and city services. I work with my fellow councilmembers, the mayor and other stakeholders to find solutions to our city’s challenges and opportunities. In my position, I strive to be ethical and responsive and to serve the city with passion and integrity.   

I teach because: As I planned for retirement, I knew I wanted to continue to help people. Thus, I chose etiquette. It gives me great pride in assisting people to be the best version of themselves because etiquette is not about following rigid rules but about being respectful, considerate and gracious to others.  

Etiquette lessons: Be sure to handwrite a thank you note after receiving a gift, favor or an interview. Stay away from controversial topics such as sex, politics, or religion. Ew . . . please don’t use your napkin to blow your nose or sneeze into your hand. Your cell phone should never be on the table while dining. 

A saying I live by: “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” – Jay Danzie, author

In order to succeed: Understand the pros and the cons of your passion and take initiative. Network with others who share your interests. Get involved and attend public meetings, events or workshops that are relevant to your passion and network with local leaders, officials and experts who can offer guidance and support.

My hobbies include: Listening to light jazz and 80s music, interior decorating and fashion. 

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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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