Please reach out to your CWF sisters if you have a need or can lend a hand.
We hope to see everyone at our October luncheon at the New Bern Country Club!


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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A special note ... I know many of us have suffered much loss from this horrible hurricane. As we clean up our homes and properties and put our lives back together, we will call upon each other for support and encouragement. The Coastal Women’s Forum is a group of strong women who have tackled many challenges. We will survive this one as well.  Please let us know how we can help you!    E.N.

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

 Friendship: Celebrating the Differences

We all know how important friends are to our daily lives. We normally make friends through some type of common ground, a similarity that puts us in the same place at the same time.

My husband, Rob and I recently made a trip North and visited long-time friends in Maryland and New Jersey. These included a fellow art major from college, a former student, teachers that taught in the same school, fellow boaters, former clients and business associates, as well as previous neighbors. For Rob it also included a lifelong family friend, whose son’s wedding was our final destination.

The common ground for these long-time friends for the most part has either disappeared or changed. I am no longer in college or teaching art, but these friends and I have made an effort to stay in touch and share what’s new in our lives. Our lives are very different due to political affiliations, children, grandchildren, pets, extended travels, and present location, but we have all stayed connected.

I have relocated twice, moving from New Jersey to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and now Eastern North Carolina. When it comes to previous neighbors, much of the common ground is just that, the same neighborhood. In a new neighborhood we look to meet people who share walking a dog, boating, or a fondness for a certain restaurant. We like to be with folks who are like us…it makes us most comfortable.

With a lifelong friend or even family member things change with the loss of a parent or sibling, marriage of a child or the birth of a grandchild. Relocation makes it more difficult to share those experiences, but when that familial bond is important, we make the connection happen.

Fortunately, staying in touch is easier than it used to be with cell phones, email, texting, and often social media. To me the interesting concept is that we enjoy the differences in our present lives and look forward to sharing photos and funny stories about similar times past.

This recent trip made me think about the new friends we have made since moving South. We have lots of common ground – swim classes at the YMCA, The Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, the Arts Council, and especially CWF. Interestingly the folks we have met in these organizations are very different from us. Everyone has come here from a different part of the country, from very different careers, and many from the military, having lived all over the world.

It has been exciting to hear new stories and gain different perspectives from the various experiences that brought us all to the same geography. We enjoy, celebrate, and respect the differences in our old friends, as well as in our new ones. Life would be very boring, if everyone were the same in all ways!

When you attend CWF events, you have the opportunity to expand your personal and professional connections. At the next meeting, make a point of reaching out to someone you have yet to meet. Who knows what you may have in common!


Become a member

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.

Why not join today!

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