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

Connecting the Dots

As I was preparing for the upcoming year and my first newsletter article, I looked back at what the Coastal Women’s Forum has meant to me over the past two years. I joined CWF when Jane’s theme, “Who Do You Know?” created an interaction during member minutes, giving us a chance to ask for help and seek connections for various clients, jobs, sources, etc.

Last year the 30th Anniversary and Sandy’s “Pearls of Wisdom” connected us to our earliest days, when the organization was founded and the core principles of Networking, Education and Encouragement were established. During our celebration we were able to connect with Charter members and Past Presidents who do not normally attend monthly meetings.

This past year several members used their member minute or dessert sponsor time to thank other members for holding them accountable or being an integral part in the start of their new business. They thanked those who connected with them and encouraged them throughout their growth process.

Notice my theme? CONNECTIONS

I believe that is those we connect with at dinners and lunches, and then at other events, or over coffee, that make CWF the vibrant organization is was in 1988 and still is today. There are friendships that develop between those who believe in the strength of women and the principles that CWF promotes.

When I ran this idea, Connections, by my sister, Valerie, who joined CWF this past year, she immediately said, “It’s Like Connecting the Dots!” I like the visual that created and, thanks, Val, I will be using “Connecting the Dots” throughout this next year!

Is there anyone who cannot remember the puzzles we did as a child? The puzzles became more difficult as we got older and the outlined figures we were creating less obvious. We had to pull back and see if we could visualize the final product before we went crazy drawing lines. Little did we know that these puzzles were designed to help our cognitive abilities and fine motor skills.

As adults the phrase “connecting the dots” can be used to illustrate the ability to draw logical inferences connecting items of information. It can also mean to understand the relationship between different ideas and experiences. When we connect the dots, we join the dots and put two and two together, linking events to see the full picture.

As we progress through our lives, there are times when it is not always obvious what our next steps will be or where our actions will lead us. We put together bits and pieces of information and just like in a puzzle we create a clearer picture of what to do and where we want to be. For many of us CWF has been a catalyst for these connections.

As you approach the next year in CWF, I hope you will embrace the new connections you will make, enjoy the new information you may gain and celebrate the successes you have achieved through connecting with those at Coastal Women’s Forum events.

Let’s also use our Member Minute to share how we connected the dots and how much we appreciate each other!

Enjoy your summer – see you on August 7th!


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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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