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:

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Informative and entertaining speakers
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Career and self-development
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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.

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President's Message

Sandy Eichelberger

Time has a very interesting component to it – sometimes you have a feeling that time is going very slowly and sometimes it going so rapidly you cannot keep up! This is exactly how the 30th Anniversary Event has unfolded, or at least it has to me.

I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a talented group of women who make up our 30th Committee. Our small band of dynamic women is comprised of Eileen Nonemaker, Jane Maulucci, Rebecca Moorer, MaryAnn Jordan, Kayla Schipper, Lee McDonough, Penny Zibula, Susan Pittman and Jeanette Paschal. Each member has taken on a specific assignment, taken off with excitement and passion and is supporting her fellow committee members. Believe it or not, we began our planning process in March 2017 and each of these women has never ceased to amaze me with her knowledge and dedication to CWF, as well as in keeping our goal of ensuring our members enjoy an evening to remember.

If you have never had the pleasure of working on a large event or even a small one, don’t miss your opportunity! You have more to offer than you could ever imagine and working with the dynamics of a group, well, the ideas and passion just seem to flow! And the fun and the laughs you will have – it is well worth your time and an incredible learning experience. And do remember, it is all part of one of CWF’s core values, networking!

So when I say, time feels like it is going slowly and that is how it felt when we started our planning and then…all of a sudden, it feels like time is racing and there is just not enough of it. It is kind of like planning a special vacation – it seems like it will never get there and then it feels as if once you are on your trip, time just flies. This has been the experience of planning our 30th event. Our committee is dedicated and committed to making sure our members have a special evening, and don’t we all need to experience special every now and then?

In thinking about our committee of strong, talented and intelligent women, I have been reflecting upon all the talented women who have gone before me as CWF leaders, including our Charter Members and Past Presidents. I feel honored to have the opportunity to stand where they once stood.

It would be impossible to capture all the talents and contributions of those who went before, but in naming a few accomplishments of our Charter Members and Past Presidents, this should help our newer members understand how CWF was formed and continues to grow and prosper. Our key note speaker for our anniversary event is the North Carolina State Auditor, we have other charter members who are attorneys, community leader’s,‚Äč interior designers and so many more professionals. In terms of our past presidents, we have a president who started Get Your Pink On in New Bern, presidents who are active at Craven Community College, presidents who are active in local nonprofits, presidents who are entrepreneurs in our community and the list goes on and on. In general, Charter Members and past presidents are strong, talented women giving back to our community and making New Bern the type of community that you want to live, work, raise your family and retire. No wonder New Bern is continually growing. After all, who wouldn’t want to live here?

So as I think about our current membership, both long term and newer members, I wonder in the next ten, twenty or thirty years, what will your CWF legacy look like. I am thinking that our Charter Members never considered that thirty years later, their legacy would be going so strong. So, as we each think of ways to contribute and give back, realize that your legacy can live long and strong. Reach out, spread your wings, go outside of your comfort zone and fly. And in thirty years, another group of amazing women will be giving a deep bow of gratitude in honor of all you have done!

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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.

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