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:

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.

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President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

Ladies Who Lunch

About twelve years ago, I worked as the Director of Advertising Sales at an international boating publication in Annapolis, Maryland. There were several women on the management team and we would make plans to meet in town for lunch about once a month. Since magazine publishing has many sales and production deadlines, it was important to schedule away from the busiest “putting out fire” times.

We called this event the “Ladies Who Lunch,” lunch. The five of us were often joined by George, the Art Director, who was a “Lady Who Lunches” wannabe. We chose different places each time and rotated picking up the tab, always conscious of keeping the entrĂ©e prices moderate. Lunch topics included the usual stuff – what was happening at the office, the most annoying client, where we traveled or planned to travel, and complaining about our spouses or partners. We would part with hugs and the next lunch date scheduled. Going back to the office refreshed and relaxed made the afternoon go by very quickly. These lunches continued for several years, even after health issues and retirements, but when relocations occurred, the core group was unfortunately unable to continue meeting.

I must admit I miss those folks and the lunches, but since I believe that we need to remove ourselves from our daily routines midday, I look to schedule lunches with my new friends here in Eastern NC.

I have always loved food and therefore I love to eat. I can do without breakfast or just have a bowl of fruit, but I cannot skip lunch. I, like most people, don’t have a problem with dinner – it’s not a meal that is often skipped. Dinner owns the end of the work day, family time and is still a daily ritual in many households.

A good number of us, however, will eat lunch at our desks, while doing some work-related typing or reading, or sometimes during a meeting – just to not waste time. (As if eating is wasting time!).

In his book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel H. Pink declares that LUNCH is the most important meal of the day. His research shows that lunch breaks promote occupational health and well-being and that the most powerful lunch breaks offer us autonomy and detachment. It is key that we have control over how we utilize our lunch breaks and that we detach ourselves psychologically and physically from the workplace.

Some of you are saying, “Oh, sure, that’s easy to say, but hard to do. I just don’t have time to go out to lunch.” Changing our habits is not easy. When we realize how much more productive, creative, and clear thinking we will be in the afternoon following a refreshing break, we will be more serious about making lunch plans with others, walking in the park or around the block, and giving ourselves that mid-day free time we deserve.

So, you must think I am promoting your attendance at the CWF lunches.

YES! As my friend Vicki Davis says, how often can you go to a beautiful country club with view of the water, get a wonderful meal and dessert without breaking the bank, mingle with smart, creative ladies, and maybe even learn something new? Turns out almost every month!

 And yes, I am promoting the idea that we all take time to schedule lunches with friends or family members that get us away from our work. I am also suggesting that we say “yes” to that last-minute invite, especially when we are frazzled, so we can de-frazzle!

Join me in the “Ladies Who Lunch” club to rejuvenate and have some fun.


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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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