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Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities - women like you. We invite you to join us at our monthly lunch and dinner meetings, and take advantage of being a CWF member. 


Coastal Women's Forum Membership includes:

  • Meetings that fit your busy schedule
  • Business, professional, and volunteer networking opportunities
  • Informative and entertaining speakers
  • Opportunities to promote your passion
  • Career and self-development
  • Access to the support, knowledge, and experience of your fellow CWF members
  • Encouragement from women who have been there and done that
  • Your chance to give back and support other women in our community

 CWF Members are women who own businesses, or are following careers in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Other members are blissfully enjoying retirement or raising families. Some are new to New Bern and are seeking ways to establish themselves within the community. They are all energetically involved in pursuing their personal passions and often committed volunteers for the benefit of the community.

 Become a CWF member and share our mission of Networking, Education and Encouragement. Browse the website and understand who we are and what we are all about. But the best way for you to know us is to meet us in person. Sign up to attend a luncheon or dinner and meet the dynamic women of our thriving and constantly growing group. We’ve saved you a seat! For information on how to join CWF, click here



June 2016

It’s hard to believe that my journey as President of CWF is almost over, and what a journey it has been. In late 2013, when President Tanya Roberts asked me to fill a vacated position as President Elect, I asked her to give me some time to think about it. It was just my second year on the CWF Board of Directors and only third year as a member and I didn’t feel that I knew enough about the organization or the responsibilities of the position to be qualified for such an important role. Tanya and I met and talked several times and I waffled on the decision for a couple of weeks until she finally persuaded me to say yes, and I accepted the challenge. I honestly didn’t realize at the time how that single decision would transform me.

Anybody who knows me well, knows that I am a workaholic, a planner and task oriented person. I follow a set routine (it’s just easier for me) and although I can manage chaos (after all, that is what 9-1-1 Dispatchers do), I prefer structure. So as I was planning for the duties of CWF President, I talked to Past Presidents about their term and asked for advice. Ironically, they all said the same thing, “Just have fun with it!” And I have!

But I haven’t done it by myself. I have had an awesome Board of Directors that have supported my vision and worked with me to make it all happen. The fifteen members of the CWF BOD have volunteered countless hour of their time to make me look good and make it all come together. Without them it would have been an impossible task, but as a team we did it!

During my first year as President (2014-2015), I concentrated on growing the membership. After all, the members are what it’s all about. The fun part was getting to know all of the ladies and learning about them and their passion. Through Coastal Women’s Forum membership, I have met so many wonderful people, both within and outside of our group, made a lot of new friends and learned so much about everything from A-Z!

It wasn’t in my plan to be President for two years, but things happen and so it is. This second year was a little easier because I was ahead of the learning curve, and although it had its challenges (new Website), the fun continued. During this past year, we concentrated on The Benefits of being a Coastal Women’s Forum Woman. Our focus was on the core values; Networking, Education, Encouragement, and we chose programs that highlighted our principles. Our biggest change this year was switching our lunch venue to New Bern Golf and Country Club. The atmosphere, food and service have been inviting and even though we had to raise the price we have more than doubled our lunch attendance from previous years.

So as my second year as CWF President now comes to a close, I can look back over the past two years with pride knowing that we have had fun and delivered great programs, awesome events, and exceptional networking opportunities. At every meeting there is always plenty of laughter and the room becomes energized. It is this energy that has transformed me; I feel more alive and more connected within the community. I succeeded as President and am a better person because of you, my Coastal Women Forum sisters, and the stamp each of you has left on my heart.

Thank you for believing in me and for your encouragement and support over the past two years. It has been an awesome, unforgettable journey.

MaryAnn


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For only $40 per year, you can receive all the benefits of being a member of Coastal Women's Forum.  In addition to the networking and education opportunities CWF provides to all guests, members receive a $5 discount on the price of meals, have access to members-only content areas of the website, and can promote their business or cause for free at CWF events and in the CWF newsletter.  Join today!

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