January 2020 Newsletter

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream."  C.S. Lewis 

 

President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020! How exciting to say hello to a brand-new year, and this one is particularly special as it marks the beginning of a new decade, complete with new hopes, new dreams, and new possibilities.

A few months ago, I shared how September is becoming the new January, and suggested that rather than create resolutions, we clarify our core values. We can then anchor our actions around those values, and release ourselves from the weightiness of traditional resolutions.

As we approach the dawn of a new decade, I want to build on that and share a practice that many people find helpful – choosing a word for the year. This process asks us to reflect on what matters most and how we want to move forward in the coming year.

There’s no right or wrong way to choose a word for the year. Perhaps it’s a word that has always held meaning for you, and it feels right to reaffirm its importance in 2020. Maybe it’s a word that comes to you in a flash of inspiration, and you know it’s the one for you.

·        But if you’re like me, perhaps you prefer a more structured process. If so, here are a few steps to help discover your word:

·        Take 5 or 10 minutes to brainstorm everything you want to accomplish next year.

·        Make a list of things that worked well for you last year, and things that didn’t go as well.

·        Based on these two lists, decide what you will say YES to in 2020, and what is a hard NO.

·        Create a list of goals for 2020 that include both the WHAT (what you’ll accomplish) and the WHY (why it matters to you).

·        Review everything you’ve written, and circle any key themes, patterns, and ideas. Allow this to inspire your word of the year.

I first did this exercise in December 2016, and it became clear that my word for 2017 was CONNECTION. Last year, my word was FLOW. In 2020, my word is EXPANSION – I’m eager to learn, grow, and expand my horizons.

Whatever word you choose (and I hope you’ll share yours with me!), I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a joyous start to 2020.

 

Upcoming Events

Evening Meeting with Dinner at  The Chelsea

Tuesday, January 7

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

 

Day Meeting with Lunch at The New Bern Golf & Country Club

Wednesday, January 15

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m,

Join us on January 7th and 15th, as we kick off the new year building lasting bridges with our fellow CWF members and our community.


Dessert Sponsors

Dinner Dessert Sponsor

Thank you - Jane Maulucci

 


Our January Dinner Dessert Sponsor is Jane Maulucci, The Reactive Voice, who has been selling ideas since birth. As the youngest of 6, her ability to convince her siblings that she had some value started when she was able to take the blame for most anything and proved invaluable as the antenna and remote control for their black and white TV set. From that auspicious beginning she moved on to selling shoes, signs, airtime, and even inspiration. Now as a copywriter, she selects words that sing to your target market making them happily dance to your tune. She believes dessert should always be the first selection on any menu. ENJOY!

Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Thank you - Kelly Michaud

 


We make life easier - With Solid Rock Accounting it’s not just about the numbers, it’s about taking the time to understand your business as if it were our own. We will help you design systems that meet your unique needs and that provide you with a big picture view of your finances, enabling you to make timely decisions that strengthen and grow your business.

Whether you are a new or established business, SRA provides the tools, resources, and expertise to help you manage your business finances—from setting up your company file and accounting systems, entering your transactions, reconciling and adjusting your accounts, and providing detailed reports to your tax preparer, to a full range of payroll services—all tailored to your needs.

Start 2020 off smart and strong: Call 252-772-5825 to schedule your free consultation with Kelly Michaud, owner of Solid Rock Accounting.


Board Notes

Membership

 

Patrice Atencio, Fresenius Kidney Care

Jean Leslie

Liz Plummer, Arbonne

Treasurer

 

Missed Meal Policy:  Schedules change - we understand.  If you need to cancel your meeting registration, please do so my noon on the MONDAY before the meeting.  We are required to provide our venues with a firm attendance number in advance, and we are billed based on that number.  As a result, we are unable to refund any registrations that care cancelled after 12pm on the Monday before the meeting.  Thank you for your understanding.

Leadership

 

Mark Twain wrote, "The secret to getting ahead is getting started."  It's not too early to start thinking about your marketing plan for 2020.  Part of that plan should include sharing your story and products at the 2020 CWF TradeShare event.  Scheduled for March 5th at The Flame, this is a terrific opportunity to showcase your business.

Chrissie White is forming a committee to plan the event, if anyone is interested in joining please email her at chrissie@nauticalwheelersnc.com. The first planning meeting will be in January. We will be collecting donations for door prizes if anyone is able to donate please let Chrissie know. Thank you.

Member News

 

 

Attention Military Friends & Family

Having relocated nearly 4 years ago from New York’s picturesque Hudson Valley, I have been called back to my life’s purpose.  Having listed and sold properties over 30 years ago, I am returning to my true passion in life, real estate.  I want to help folks who discover New Bern, create a beautiful life here. 

My company offers a special Military on the Move program (MOM) which we offer 20% cash back on our portion of the transaction, whether it be selling a property or buying a property.  I am very proud to be affiliated with a small independent brokerage who is a member (invite only) of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network.  I’m local, I’m global!!  Contact me today to find out more.

Kathy Sciorra

Broker / REALTOR®

Cell       914-391-1136

Office  252-633-4888

kathy@neuserealty.com

Did you want coffee with your poopy cake?

I bet not, but you might like coffee with your poppy cake! Typos happen – but they don’t have to!

I’m Beth Cooper, owner of Professional Proofreading Plus. As a writer and a small business owner, I understand the importance of clear, concise, and error-free writing that attracts and engages your customers.  Let me polish your website, social media pages, and marketing collateral with fresh, engaging edits and a thorough review for errors.

Calling all self-publishing authors! Professional Proofreading Plus is here for you too.  I collaborate closely with authors to edit and proofread their manuscripts, placing the utmost priority on maintaining the author’s authentic voice while ensuring their writing is the best it can be.

It is great to love what you do and share your passion with others! www.ProfessionalProofreadingPlus.com


 

 

 

 

 


Healthy New Year

Now that you’ve resolved to be healthier this year, add your pets to your resolution! They need to watch their diet and get a daily dose of exercise just as you do. If taking Rex for a romp or booking playtime for Fluffy is crowding your calendar, call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care and let her team of pet care pros get your fur babies back in shape. They will keep your feeding schedule, provide daily exercise, and give your pets tender loving care when you can’t.  And if you have senior pets, Crockett’s gentle caregivers are sure to keep them comfortable.

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.



Honour, The Musical: New Bern’s very own “Hamilton” without the rap!

The New Bern Historical Society presents Honour, The Musical, an original musical play about the Stanly-Spaight duel, written by Bill Hand with music by Simon Spalding. This full-length production sweeps you from the signing of the Constitution to North Carolina’s most notorious affair of honor that would lead bitter rivals to fight to the death. The play also tells parallel stories of a favored slave who seeks her freedom, and a wealthy African American freedman and slaveowner, all set against a backdrop of the heated politics of a young 19th century America.

Evening and matinee performances January 23 - February 2, all at Orringer Hall on the Craven Community College New Bern Campus.

At only $15 for adults, tickets are selling quickly! Get yours at www.HonourTheMusical.com, by phone at 252-638-8558, or at the New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street.

Per Erichson (L) as Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Stilley (R) as Jon Stanly

 

 


Loaded with Learning

Jane Maulucci of Trained By Jane creates confident communicators and she’s loaded up January with learning opportunities to strengthen your professional presence.

January 8 - Alignable: What’s In It For You? at the Craven Community College Small Business Center Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. Learn about Alignable, the local online networking tool. Registration is free.

On Monday evenings at The Next Chapter Books & Art from 6:30-8 p.m.:

January 13 - Copywriting Simplified: Create content that connects with your target market.

January 20 - BUT, I Hate Sales:  You’ll get a sales process  that gets results.

January 27 - You’re An Expert: Coalesce your thoughts into a memorable and meaningful speech.

Each interactive seminar is just $75 for CWF Sisters. Registration is required.

For more details go to trainedbyjane.com, email jane@trainedbyjane.com, or call her at 252-631-9601.

(Pssst! She has a book , too: You Can Make a Living at That?)


 

 

 

 



"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream."  C.S. Lewis 

 

President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020! How exciting to say hello to a brand-new year, and this one is particularly special as it marks the beginning of a new decade, complete with new hopes, new dreams, and new possibilities.

A few months ago, I shared how September is becoming the new January, and suggested that rather than create resolutions, we clarify our core values. We can then anchor our actions around those values, and release ourselves from the weightiness of traditional resolutions.

As we approach the dawn of a new decade, I want to build on that and share a practice that many people find helpful – choosing a word for the year. This process asks us to reflect on what matters most and how we want to move forward in the coming year.

There’s no right or wrong way to choose a word for the year. Perhaps it’s a word that has always held meaning for you, and it feels right to reaffirm its importance in 2020. Maybe it’s a word that comes to you in a flash of inspiration, and you know it’s the one for you.

·        But if you’re like me, perhaps you prefer a more structured process. If so, here are a few steps to help discover your word:

·        Take 5 or 10 minutes to brainstorm everything you want to accomplish next year.

·        Make a list of things that worked well for you last year, and things that didn’t go as well.

·        Based on these two lists, decide what you will say YES to in 2020, and what is a hard NO.

·        Create a list of goals for 2020 that include both the WHAT (what you’ll accomplish) and the WHY (why it matters to you).

·        Review everything you’ve written, and circle any key themes, patterns, and ideas. Allow this to inspire your word of the year.

I first did this exercise in December 2016, and it became clear that my word for 2017 was CONNECTION. Last year, my word was FLOW. In 2020, my word is EXPANSION – I’m eager to learn, grow, and expand my horizons.

Whatever word you choose (and I hope you’ll share yours with me!), I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a joyous start to 2020.

 

Upcoming Events

Evening Meeting with Dinner at  The Chelsea

Tuesday, January 7

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

 

Day Meeting with Lunch at The New Bern Golf & Country Club

Wednesday, January 15

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m,

Join us on January 7th and 15th, as we kick off the new year building lasting bridges with our fellow CWF members and our community.


Dessert Sponsors

Dinner Dessert Sponsor

Thank you - Jane Maulucci

 


Our January Dinner Dessert Sponsor is Jane Maulucci, The Reactive Voice, who has been selling ideas since birth. As the youngest of 6, her ability to convince her siblings that she had some value started when she was able to take the blame for most anything and proved invaluable as the antenna and remote control for their black and white TV set. From that auspicious beginning she moved on to selling shoes, signs, airtime, and even inspiration. Now as a copywriter, she selects words that sing to your target market making them happily dance to your tune. She believes dessert should always be the first selection on any menu. ENJOY!

Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Thank you - Kelly Michaud

 


We make life easier - With Solid Rock Accounting it’s not just about the numbers, it’s about taking the time to understand your business as if it were our own. We will help you design systems that meet your unique needs and that provide you with a big picture view of your finances, enabling you to make timely decisions that strengthen and grow your business.

Whether you are a new or established business, SRA provides the tools, resources, and expertise to help you manage your business finances—from setting up your company file and accounting systems, entering your transactions, reconciling and adjusting your accounts, and providing detailed reports to your tax preparer, to a full range of payroll services—all tailored to your needs.

Start 2020 off smart and strong: Call 252-772-5825 to schedule your free consultation with Kelly Michaud, owner of Solid Rock Accounting.


Board Notes

Membership

 

Patrice Atencio, Fresenius Kidney Care

Jean Leslie

Liz Plummer, Arbonne

Treasurer

 

Missed Meal Policy:  Schedules change - we understand.  If you need to cancel your meeting registration, please do so my noon on the MONDAY before the meeting.  We are required to provide our venues with a firm attendance number in advance, and we are billed based on that number.  As a result, we are unable to refund any registrations that care cancelled after 12pm on the Monday before the meeting.  Thank you for your understanding.

Leadership

 

Mark Twain wrote, "The secret to getting ahead is getting started."  It's not too early to start thinking about your marketing plan for 2020.  Part of that plan should include sharing your story and products at the 2020 CWF TradeShare event.  Scheduled for March 5th at The Flame, this is a terrific opportunity to showcase your business.

Chrissie White is forming a committee to plan the event, if anyone is interested in joining please email her at chrissie@nauticalwheelersnc.com. The first planning meeting will be in January. We will be collecting donations for door prizes if anyone is able to donate please let Chrissie know. Thank you.

Member News

 

 

Attention Military Friends & Family

Having relocated nearly 4 years ago from New York’s picturesque Hudson Valley, I have been called back to my life’s purpose.  Having listed and sold properties over 30 years ago, I am returning to my true passion in life, real estate.  I want to help folks who discover New Bern, create a beautiful life here. 

My company offers a special Military on the Move program (MOM) which we offer 20% cash back on our portion of the transaction, whether it be selling a property or buying a property.  I am very proud to be affiliated with a small independent brokerage who is a member (invite only) of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a global network.  I’m local, I’m global!!  Contact me today to find out more.

Kathy Sciorra

Broker / REALTOR®

Cell       914-391-1136

Office  252-633-4888

kathy@neuserealty.com

Did you want coffee with your poopy cake?

I bet not, but you might like coffee with your poppy cake! Typos happen – but they don’t have to!

I’m Beth Cooper, owner of Professional Proofreading Plus. As a writer and a small business owner, I understand the importance of clear, concise, and error-free writing that attracts and engages your customers.  Let me polish your website, social media pages, and marketing collateral with fresh, engaging edits and a thorough review for errors.

Calling all self-publishing authors! Professional Proofreading Plus is here for you too.  I collaborate closely with authors to edit and proofread their manuscripts, placing the utmost priority on maintaining the author’s authentic voice while ensuring their writing is the best it can be.

It is great to love what you do and share your passion with others! www.ProfessionalProofreadingPlus.com


 

 

 

 

 


Healthy New Year

Now that you’ve resolved to be healthier this year, add your pets to your resolution! They need to watch their diet and get a daily dose of exercise just as you do. If taking Rex for a romp or booking playtime for Fluffy is crowding your calendar, call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care and let her team of pet care pros get your fur babies back in shape. They will keep your feeding schedule, provide daily exercise, and give your pets tender loving care when you can’t.  And if you have senior pets, Crockett’s gentle caregivers are sure to keep them comfortable.

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.



Honour, The Musical: New Bern’s very own “Hamilton” without the rap!

The New Bern Historical Society presents Honour, The Musical, an original musical play about the Stanly-Spaight duel, written by Bill Hand with music by Simon Spalding. This full-length production sweeps you from the signing of the Constitution to North Carolina’s most notorious affair of honor that would lead bitter rivals to fight to the death. The play also tells parallel stories of a favored slave who seeks her freedom, and a wealthy African American freedman and slaveowner, all set against a backdrop of the heated politics of a young 19th century America.

Evening and matinee performances January 23 - February 2, all at Orringer Hall on the Craven Community College New Bern Campus.

At only $15 for adults, tickets are selling quickly! Get yours at www.HonourTheMusical.com, by phone at 252-638-8558, or at the New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street.

Per Erichson (L) as Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Stilley (R) as Jon Stanly

 

 


Loaded with Learning

Jane Maulucci of Trained By Jane creates confident communicators and she’s loaded up January with learning opportunities to strengthen your professional presence.

January 8 - Alignable: What’s In It For You? at the Craven Community College Small Business Center Roundtable, 7:30 a.m. Learn about Alignable, the local online networking tool. Registration is free.

On Monday evenings at The Next Chapter Books & Art from 6:30-8 p.m.:

January 13 - Copywriting Simplified: Create content that connects with your target market.

January 20 - BUT, I Hate Sales:  You’ll get a sales process  that gets results.

January 27 - You’re An Expert: Coalesce your thoughts into a memorable and meaningful speech.

Each interactive seminar is just $75 for CWF Sisters. Registration is required.

For more details go to trainedbyjane.com, email jane@trainedbyjane.com, or call her at 252-631-9601.

(Pssst! She has a book , too: You Can Make a Living at That?)




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