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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. 

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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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December 2017

President's Message

Sandy Eichelberger

Growing up, Christmas was always a very magical time for me.  I remember my Mother always brought so much joy into decorating and cooking.  And my father!  Weeks before Christmas, he would walk the halls singing, “Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus”.  I am not sure which of my parents loved the holidays more!  All I know is that for my brothers and me, they brought so much excitement to the holidays.

And later, I was in the Corporate world and the only politically correct greeting was, Happy Holidays.  And for years, I was conditioned that is the only way to wish people well in December.  Then, I moved to New Bern, and the, “oh so very foreign sounding”, greeting of “Merry Christmas” came back to my ears.

Reflecting upon all of this, I recognize that December is a month of a variety of emotions, that can range from pure joy to complete dread.  Recognizing that we have people of many faiths and belief systems among us, this holiday may not mean anything to them.

As women, many of us are in a flurry of activities which starts right after Thanksgiving and we often do not have time to think about those that may be struggling through the holidays.  I say, take a step back, take a deep breath and consider those that could use our light and compassion. 

Stop in and visit someone who might be unable to get out of their home.  We have so many elderly folks in our community who may not have family in the area and what a wonderful thing it would be to bring a little joy into their lives. There are unlimited ways to show your light by doing small things.  For those who may not embrace the holiday, show them your consideration and understanding.

All of this requires a little thought and extra time to an already overflowing schedule.  And yet, the gift of raising someone’s spirits will do more for you than any perfect gift you may buy or receive!

We welcome you to join us at our December events, our Dinner at The Chelsea on December 5th and our Lunch at the New Bern Golf and Country Club on December 20th.  Our locations will be brightly decorated with holiday cheer and we will provide some opportunities for some joy and laughs.  Our speaker will be from the MERCI  Clinic, the President’s Charity for this year.

MERCI Clinic is a charitable, non-profit organization that was established in 1996. It exists to provide free, direct medical and limited dental care, behavioral health care, specialty clinics, referrals for diagnostic testing, diabetes education & management, and pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties.   Please see the article in this Newsletter to review all of the support MERCI gives to our community.

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