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:
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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We all know that women are often associated” with their shoes, and it has often been said that we have too many of them. How many times has each of us heard this over the years? And why shouldn’t we have as many shoes as we desire and can comfortably afford? After all, there are so many styles; heels, flats, wedges, closed toes, open toes. And there are so many colors to match our outfits, purses and hats. What about the shoes we fill, walk in or step into? There are as many of these virtual shoes as there are styles of women to fill them.
When I agreed to be President of CWF, I knew I had some incredible shoes to fill. The two Presidents who went before me, MaryAnn Jordan and Jane Maulucci had shoes that were totally different and equally as influential to me. Their care and love of this organization was something to emulate. When Leigh Wilkinson and Beth Wood spoke at our 30th anniversary event, I realized there were other inspirational shoes in which to walk. There has definitely not been a shortage of phenomenal women in this organization.
Once in those shoes, you make them fit who you are as a person, because, let’s face it, we are all different. We are all uniquely our own person with the influences of those who went before. I am blessed that CWF has given me the opportunity to fill the President’s shoes for a year. As other women fill my shoes, the continuity of CWF goes on as it has for 30 years.
My time as President has been pleasantly filled with the ability to get to know many members on deeper levels, with lots of laughs, deep conversations and some tears as we mourn the losses we experienced this year. From the podium, the opportunity to watch as newer members blossomed and grew in their CWF friendships, has been so rewarding. I have seen the birth of new businesses, established businesses flourishing, new friendships forming and new collaborations between members igniting. All of this occurred while standing in the shoes into which I stepped a year ago.
I have deep gratitude for this year’s Board. I often say that they have been the best Board ever, and from the perspective of my shoes, they absolutely are. We now have a new logo, our Circle of Energy. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in a tasteful and eloquent style. Our website has been enhanced and is more engaging, as well as user friendly. We brought a variety of speakers to inspire our members. We listened to our members’ suggestions and concerns. We also came together to share several losses. I cannot thank this group of women enough for their efforts, results and dedication to CWF. And along the way, we had a good deal of fun!
Our members have been so generous and kind to me and given me a chance to get to know them on a more personal level. As this year closes, my heart is full, and I thank the Board and the members for allowing me to stand in these well-worn but sturdy shoes.
Our new CWF Board will be installed at our June 7th Annual Meeting/Hat Social and they will take the month of July to create another year of programs to inspire, inform and entertain our members. CWF will return in August with our first program on August 7th at The Chelsea. Enjoy your summer and see you in August. Your new President, Eileen Nonemaker, will be wearing these shoes!
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!