July 2020 Newsletter


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I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities. Whoopi Goldberg

President's Message

Rose MacNeal

Prism of Possibilities

With all that is happening in the world today, you may be wondering, “Ok, what’s next?” Many say that the way of life as we see it now will be the “new normal." At Coastal Women’s Forum, our “normal” continues, status quo. We are a diverse group of strong women that provide an array of knowledge that supports us all, whether it’s on a personal or professional level. Even though we didn’t meet in March and April due to COVID-19, our members still provided opportunities for networking, education, and encouragement.

There are endless possibilities in the world, and they say good things can come from bad. For example, my husband and I welcomed our healthy new grandson, Logan, born during the pandemic! The word possibilities kept coming to me as I thought about what to choose for this year’s theme. 

When you hold up a prism up to light, you see a rainbow of colors. To me, those colors represent the possibilities that come from being a member of the Coastal Women’s Forum. “Prism of Possibilities” is my theme. The possibility of new friendships, the possibility of creating a new business, the possibility of sharing your business with others and educating our members, the possibility of personal development and growth, the possibility to build a future you are excited about, just to name a few.

We come from all different walks of lives. Although we are all different, we are a group of women who genuinely help build each other up with all the opportunities and and possibilities CWF provides. The theme continues to resonate with me in so many aspects of my life. My hope is that it will resonate with you too.

I'm not sure where this year will take me, but as president, I'm going to challenge myself to help our members expand their Prism of Possibilities. I am excited to have you join us at our first kick-off evening meeting on August 4! I am hoping it will be in person, but if we can only meet virtually, it would be wonderful to get as many members as possible join us. Regardless, I promise it will be a fun meeting! Until then, please have a safe and wonderful summer!

All my best,

Upcoming Events

July is a no meeting month for CWF. We look forward to seeing everyone in August! 

Board Notes

Welcome CWF 2020-2021 Board of Directors

President:                                      Rose MacNeal

Vice President:                              Nelda Coats

Past President:                              Lee McDonough

Treasurer:                                      Lisa Esposito

Secretary:                                      Holli Quinn

Advisor:                                         Carter Ann Rollins

Newsletter:                                    Beth Cooper

Membership:                                 Adrienne Earle

Membership:                              Virginia Spencer

Events Coordinator:                      Chrissie White

Evening Meeting Coordinator:      Mary Duquette

Evening Program Coordinator:     Kelly Michaud

Daytime Meeting Coordinator:      Debby Lutz

Daytime Program Coordinator:     Diane Jones

Social Media/Publicity/Historian:  Trista Laborn

Membership:  Do you know what July is? It's CWF Membership Dues Month! Please know that the board has already begun to plan a full and active year. We may not know how much activity will be virtual and how much will be in person, but we do know that CWF will continue to be active. Now is the time that we need the support of our CWF sisters more than ever, and the board encourages you to renew your membership and pay your dues. Thank you!

Member News


Our outstanding community always responds to support those in need. This summer, shop the wonderful local New Bern merchants. These people are our friends and neighbors who bring necessities and niceties to us and always have a cool bowl of water for our pups. In the dog days of summer, also remember our Craven K-9 Unit and the work they do to keep us safe. You can make a donation to purchase equipment and supplies for these devoted dogs and their handlers.

And if you need pet care for a day trip or daily walk for your dog, contact Crockett’s Critter Care.  Jeanne Crockett’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring trained professionals to care for your beloved pet whether furry, feathered, or finned. For Fear Free professional pet sitting and dog walking go to crockettscrittercare.com, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.



Ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, the New Bern Yacht Club offers a unique event venue for Social or Corporate occasions with your budget in mind:

  • Unique property with 250 feet of waterfront footage
  • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
  • Charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85 people
  • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
  • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual; large-screen TV for computer/internet presentations
  • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch and spacious lawn, plus room for waterside tents
  • Ample off-street parking
  • Surprisingly affordable rates!

To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty, 252/649-9780, lucylaurens2@gmail.com. Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com


Carolina Creations is changing to adapt to life after shutdown. We will be glad to open early for at-risk populations so your exposure to others can still be limited until YOU feel you are out of danger. Our staff will be wearing a mask for your protection. Simply let us know when you would like us to open early and we’ll be here to serve you individually. 

We also deliver throughout Craven County if you don’t want to leave your home or if you want to give a gift to someone who remains at home. We’ll even deliver to someone at work…whatever it takes to serve our customers. Call the store 252-633-4369 or my cell 252-349-9226 to make arrangements or send a message through our web site at www.carolinacreations.com.



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