"CHARTING A NEW COURSE"
President's Message: Charting a New Course!
Why are you a member of Coastal Women’s Forum? Our tag line is "Networking, Education and Encouragement". I really like this as it speaks to the ways we receive benefits from our organization as well as the various ways we can give to the organization. Many join for the networking opportunities and to grow their businesses. Some have just arrived in town and are looking for ways to meet new people. Others like the energy and that they have found ways to get involved in the community.
When I joined, I had recently taken a position with a regional mortgage company. I was responsible for my own leads and I wanted to get more plugged into the New Bern community. While I have received new business directly from my association with CWF, the benefits I have received are far more intangible but no less meaningful for me. I’ve met women whose services have greatly benefited me.
It was through my association with CWF that I met Jane Malucci. It was Jane who asked me to step in to a production through The New Bern Historical Society. I played Katie Brownell for a "Lunch 'n Learn". This was such a rewarding experience for me and it gave me the courage to try out for Ghost Walk. I performed here for two years! I’ve met women who have had extraordinary careers and women who are starting their own businesses for the first time. We are a vibrant, interesting group of women who have much to offer.
Every year CWF awards a $2000 Scholarship to a woman attending Craven Community College. We also give the recipient a complimentary membership in CWF and encourage her to attend meetings and network with our members. What a wonderful way to give back to our New Bern Community!
This is a rebuilding year for Coastal Women’s Forum. More than half of our members did not renew their membership during the pandemic. Many were not comfortable using Zoom and many were, quite frankly, just trying to survive the year!
Your Board has set as one of its goals for the year to increase our membership. We will have a booth at MumFest this year to increase our exposure and let more women know about this great organization. There is more about opportunities for you to participate in MumFest through CWF in this newsletter, including signing up to work the booth and donating items for gift baskets to be given away.
But the most effective way to get members is to be invited to one of our meetings. Was that how you found CWF? Did someone invite you to a meeting to check out this incredible organization? Won’t you join me in inviting someone to the next meeting? If you know someone who did not renew this year, give them a call and invite them back. Remind them of all we have to offer. Let’s not keep this great group of women to ourselves.
Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities...
Women just 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:
Career and self-development
Encouragement from women who have been there and done that
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.
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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.
Why not join today!