My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch ... I call it LUNCH.

September 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

Ladies Who Lunch

About twelve years ago, I worked as the Director of Advertising Sales at an international boating publication in Annapolis, Maryland. There were several women on the management team and we would make plans to meet in town for lunch about once a month. Since magazine publishing has many sales and production deadlines, it was important to schedule away from the busiest “putting out fire” times.

We called this event the “Ladies Who Lunch,” lunch. The five of us were often joined by George, the Art Director, who was a “Lady Who Lunches” wannabe. We chose different places each time and rotated picking up the tab, always conscious of keeping the entrĂ©e prices moderate. Lunch topics included the usual stuff – what was happening at the office, the most annoying client, where we traveled or planned to travel, and complaining about our spouses or partners. We would part with hugs and the next lunch date scheduled. Going back to the office refreshed and relaxed made the afternoon go by very quickly. These lunches continued for several years, even after health issues and retirements, but when relocations occurred, the core group was unfortunately unable to continue meeting.

I must admit I miss those folks and the lunches, but since I believe that we need to remove ourselves from our daily routines midday, I look to schedule lunches with my new friends here in Eastern NC.

I have always loved food and therefore I love to eat. I can do without breakfast or just have a bowl of fruit, but I cannot skip lunch. I, like most people, don’t have a problem with dinner – it’s not a meal that is often skipped. Dinner owns the end of the work day, family time and is still a daily ritual in many households.

A good number of us, however, will eat lunch at our desks, while doing some work-related typing or reading, or sometimes during a meeting – just to not waste time. (As if eating is wasting time!).

In his book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel H. Pink declares that LUNCH is the most important meal of the day. His research shows that lunch breaks promote occupational health and well-being and that the most powerful lunch breaks offer us autonomy and detachment. It is key that we have control over how we utilize our lunch breaks and that we detach ourselves psychologically and physically from the workplace.

Some of you are saying, “Oh, sure, that’s easy to say, but hard to do. I just don’t have time to go out to lunch.” Changing our habits is not easy. When we realize how much more productive, creative, and clear thinking we will be in the afternoon following a refreshing break, we will be more serious about making lunch plans with others, walking in the park or around the block, and giving ourselves that mid-day free time we deserve.

So, you must think I am promoting your attendance at the CWF lunches.

YES! As my friend Vicki Davis says, how often can you go to a beautiful country club with view of the water, get a wonderful meal and dessert without breaking the bank, mingle with smart, creative ladies, and maybe even learn something new? Turns out almost every month!

 And yes, I am promoting the idea that we all take time to schedule lunches with friends or family members that get us away from our work. I am also suggesting that we say “yes” to that last-minute invite, especially when we are frazzled, so we can de-frazzle!

Join me in the “Ladies Who Lunch” club to rejuvenate and have some fun.



Tuesday, September 4th  at 5:30 p.m. - Dinner at the Chelsea

What's Past is Prologue

Join us for the September Dinner meeting.  In keeping with this year’s theme of "Connecting the Dots,"  New Bern businesswoman, Virginia Spencer will share her thoughts on how reflecting on our past connections can help us understand what's happening now and what the future could bring.  We just don't always know where the dots will lead us.  Virginia is owner of Carolina Creations, a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike.

Virginia Spencer, Owner, Carolina Creations

Wednesday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m. - Lunch at the NBG&CC

Connecting the Dots for Business in New Bern

New Bern is a vibrant destination. The retail, commercial and housing sectors are growing. What aspects of the community must connect to promote growth and help the area prosper? How can we as New Bernians support new businesses? New Bern is a relatively small community, of approximately 30,000 people, but we have so many amenities and strengths that elevate the community to compete on the next level with larger locales.  But what truly makes New Bern unique are the people.  New Bern is poised for a bright future and is implementing plans to provide better opportunities to its residents on a variety of levels. Learn how you can be a part of our successful, smart growth at our September lunch meeting.                                                                        

Amanda Ohlensehlen 

Community & Economic Development Manager

City of New Bern



Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Linda!

I’m Linda Cantella, and I’m proud to be a new Coastal Women’s Forum member and a New Bern resident. 

My company, Efficiency Ninja, specializes in working with seniors with relocation needs. I manage every step of their move and I take the worry out of the moving process. One of my clients said, “I want to blink my eyes and be moved from my home into my new retirement apartment without dealing with the steps in between.”  I’m passionate about taking care of all of the move details for my clients.  Please contact me at 252-288-4467 or if you or someone you know is ready to move. 

Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Kayla!

Kayla Schippert

Pampered Chef Independent Consultant

Make cooking easier and more enjoyable! Like Schippert's Pampered Chef on Facebook for updates on the latest products and specials.

Kayla Schippert   910-389-9561




It's a pleasure to welcome 11 new members this month! 

Annalee Ashe, Strengths Coaching

June Bonner, Ruby Ribbon Independent Stylist

Audrey Celmo-Kelly, ACK!creates

Dana Feller, Carolina Center for Dental Implants and Perio

Jennifer Ferguson-Dillow, LM Hair Studio and Spa

Elizabeth Garrity, Auguston Allstate Insurance

Trish Miller, Zija International

Shereitta Myrick, Assured Purpose Coaching & Consulting

Ellen Sheridan, Ellen Louise Designs

Susan Williams, Carolina Center for Dental Implants and Perio

Margaret Wynne, BBT


Missed Meal Policy-Due to our advanced guarantee obligations, we ask members to cancel your dinner or lunch reservation by 12 noon the Monday prior to the event.  If not, we have to charge you for the missed meal.  Help us keep the CWF budget strong and balanced.


Change in Scholarship Awardee.  There is one constant in life and that is things change!

Last Spring, we awarded our CWF scholarship to Christine Elliot and we greeted her in May. Unfortunately, Christine’s course work transitioned her to Wesleyan, which is based on the Craven Community College campus, but is a separate school. Because Christine is no longer eligible to receive our scholarship, the college has awarded the CWF funds to Jennifer Whitson. I am hoping that Jennifer’s schedule allows her to meet all of you at one of the September events.

Jennifer is a resident of Vanceboro. She is 28 years old and has a five-year son starting kindergarten this year. She works full time for a local OB-GYN office here in New Bern and keeps the finances for her church. Initially she earned her associates in general education and then took five years off to find herself and focus on her family. This semester she is only taking four classes at CCC. After this semester ends she will need only four more classes to complete her degree. Jennifer anticipates graduating in May 2019 with an Associates in Business. Ideally after graduation she would love to join a small business where she can use her learning in finance and paperwork, to help that small business run smoothly and flourish. Welcome, Jennifer!



Constitution Week (September 12 – 17) is an appropriate time to commemorate Richard Dobbs Spaight, a famous New Bernian who, at age 29, was one of the original 55 delegates who attended the Constitutional Convention and one of the 41 delegates who signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.  

He was the first native born Governor of North Carolina whose life abruptly ended in September 1802, at the age of 44. He was mortally wounded in a duel with rival politician John Stanly who dishonored him while competing for a seat in the House of Representatives. He was interred in the family sepulcher on property known as Clermont. A historic state marker identifies the grave site, located on state property, adjacent to Madam Moore’s Lane, just three miles from downtown.

Credit:  Susan Moffat-Thomas



Travel Talk Planned on September 28

Join us for our September Travel Talk on Friday, September 28 from 11:30-1 p.m. in the second floor conference room in the O'Marks Building.  You will hear all about our 2019 and 2020 Group Tour Itineraries planned: Ireland – exclusive tour developed by Julie Mincey and Ireland Tourism (February 2019), Italy by Rail (April 2019), Great Canyonlands & Vegas (September, 2019), National Parks of the Southwest, (October, 2019), the Alaska Iditarod Race (March, 2020), Austria & Germany (September, 2020), and so much more! A light lunch will be served at this free event. RSVP

As a full-service Travel Agency, we can help with all your travel needs.  Call or visit us today 252-631-1003 - 233 Middle Street, Suite 109 in the O’Marks Building in Historic Downtown New Bern. Please stop by to say hello! Office hours are now 8 am to 4 pm.


Life in the 'Burbs

Imagine -- it’s the turn of the 20th century and New Bern already has a suburb!  The New Bern Historical Society’s September Lunch & Learn will highlight one of New Bern’s oldest and most interesting historic neighborhoods with “Riverside:  New Bern’s First Suburb.”  

Riverside resident Tim Thompson will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:30am at the Chelsea Restaurant.  Join him as he presents images, stories, and architectural facts ranging from the Civil War to Roper Mill to Maola Ice Cream.  All in Riverside, New Bern’s first suburb, a National Trust, and a locally designated historic district.  For more information or reservations, call 252-638-8558 or go to


Rethinking the Convenience of Paper Towels

Did you know ….

More than 51,000 trees are cut down EVERY DAY to support North America’s paper towel habit?

To make just one ton of paper towels, 17 trees must be cut down and 20,000 gallons of water consumed?

Globally, discarded paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year?

About 3,000 tons of paper towels, after just one use, annually go into U.S. landfills generating methane, a greenhouse gas, during decomposition?

There’s a price for that convenience -- in 2017, consumers spent $39,203 million on household paper products!  Next time you’re wiping up a spill, think about if you’re wiping out a forest.

Norwex’s superior quality microfiber cloths offer the perfect solution by reducing/eliminating the need for paper towels in your home.  Learn about the Envirocloth, Kitchen Cloth & Towel, Counter Cloths, Envirosponges, Napkins, and more incredible products. 

Host a party or schedule a one-on-one demonstration today!

Mary Ellen Crisp, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant --  252.675.9947


Carpe Capulus! (translation: Seize the Coffee!)

Croakertown Coffee Company is a specialty coffee roaster located in Oriental, NC. You can order our locally roasted coffee right from your laptop! Free shipping on orders over $36.00. For CWF Members use coupon code CWF10 for a 10% discount on all your orders. We ship domestic and internationally. Visit our website at to order today!

Do you provide coffee to your employees or customers? Would you love to serve them The Best Roast on the Coast? We have a Business to Business Coffee program. Get discounted prices and free weekly delivery!  CWF members get a 20% discount on your first order and 10% discount for the rest of 2018! Yes, we have single serve cups (Keurig)! For more information and a price list, give me a call or send me an email.  Sally Pichette   252-241-1618


Free Business Training Sessions

Sure it is September, but mark your calendars now for October 4 and 10 to take advantage of two outstanding training sessions offered through the Craven Community College Small Business Center.

October 4, 6-9PM – Define & Market Your Business in 3 Minutes or Less Having the answer to “What do you do?” means that you’ll quickly capture the attention of your potential audience. This session is open to anyone who wants to successfully pitch their new or existing business, nonprofit organization, or club to win more investors, customers, clients, donors, or members. Presented by Heather Noto, Brink Strategy & Jane Maulucci, Trained By Jane.

October 10 7:30-9AM – BUT, I HATE SALES! If you have a product or service you must do sales to be successful. Come to the Small Business Roundtable and get the process for being an outstanding salesperson without the sleaze. Presented by Jane Maulucci, Trained By Jane.


Finding the Right Retirement Community

When you or someone close to you is ready to explore retirement communities, here are some helpful suggestions.

First, determine what is important to you. How many daily meals are included? Are there a lot of planned activities that interest you? Is there a hair salon on the property? How important is pharmacy delivery to you? A pro and con site visit checklist is a great way to make notes during your tour.

Second, when you tour each retirement community ask to see a different floor than the one they show you. It’s a common practice to pump fresh scent and colder air during the tour to entice potential residents. Also ask to speak to some residents and get honest feedback about their experience.

When the time is right, I am happy to help with your search and your move. 

Contact Linda Cantella, owner of Efficiency Ninja at 252-288-4467. 


Hurricane Pet Prep

Stormy weather is coming this fall and you need to prepare for your pets as well as yourself!  Just as you would gather your food, water, medicine and comfort items, you need an emergency kit and plan in place for each of your pets. As part of your Pet Preparedness Kit, Crockett’s Critter Care recommends that you print a photo of your pet and keep it with a paper copy of their medical records in a water proof container.

And while you’re still enjoying the fair weather, Crockett’s Critter Care will be happy to care for Rex and Fluffy while you’re away.

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, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.


Happy September Everyone

The children are back in school.  Now it’s time to take care of you! Summer can be very relaxing but hectic.  If YOU don’t take care of yourself; who will take care of you when you are exhausted?  Schedule that much needed Massage Therapy Session today.  Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to stay flexible and pain free.

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

(252) 474-6118



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