Civility: What you say AND how you say it!


“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that they must change if they are to get better.”  – Georg C. Lichtenberg

Research shows that civility, if embraced by one person, and then another, and then a few more, can suddenly and profoundly impact the community in which we live – socially, economically, and in terms of our personal fulfillment. The goal of the Door County Civility Project is to encourage each of us to communicate in respectful and effective ways. This is not intended to be a campaign to end disagreements. Rather, it is a campaign to improve personal and public discourse.  We can help make civility contagious!

Shirley Senarighi, a retired school principal and guidance counselor, has coordinated the Door County Civility Project since its inception in 2013.  Volunteers with the Civility Project have had the privilege of speaking with over 2000 individuals in 80+ presentations and training sessions in Door County.  Shirley and her husband Rudy, both natives of northern Minnesota, have made Door County home since 1978.  They enjoy time with family and friends, nature, cooking, travel, domestic and international house-sitting, as well as volunteering with community organizations such as the Civility Project, League of Women Voters, PFLAG, DC Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the American Red Cross.