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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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President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker


Bringing Out Your

Inner Sunshine

“Let a smile be your umbrella, on a rainy, rainy day”* was a hit song  the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s sung by the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby and Perry Como… just ask your mom or your grandmother if you don’t recognize those names.  This is not a discussion of April showers bringing May flowers, but one about our “inside” weather – our inner sunshine.

Having come from the Northeast, more specifically New York and New Jersey, Rob and I were not really accustomed to people making eye contact, saying hello and smiling – especially when we did not know them. We recognized this friendliness after we joined the YMCA. Every morning we were greeted by smiles and “good morning”. It’s amazing how much a great smile means to another person.

A sincere smile has very powerful magic and we all should practice that magic more often. Sometimes we are tired or grumpy and don’t feel like smiling, but that’s when we need to smile the most. We often have to dig deep and create that inner spirit to help ourselves deal with the ups and downs that accompany adult life. And the amazing thing is that when we do that, we make ourselves feel better and it affects those around us.

There is a process in creating, exhibiting and holding onto that bright spirit within us. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years:

  • Avoid newspapers or just stick with the comics
  • Avoid the news
  • Keep a mirror at your desk. Practice smiling, especially when on the telephone
  • Hang around with happy, upbeat people
  • Avoid getting caught up in gossip and others’ drama
  • Pay it forward – buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive thru
  • Hold the door for the person following you through a doorway, male or female, and smile
  • Let the car next to you get in front of you at a merge
  • Laugh at yourself

    Being happy and consequently making others happy is a behavior that often takes focus and effort until it becomes natural. It can easily become contagious. So, here is my challenge…no matter what the outside weather is…rainy or sunny, windy or cool…see how many people you can make smile on any given day. Bring out your inner sunshine and help someone else find theirs.



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      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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