June 2020 Newsletter



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""How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." 

A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

It's, "See you soon."

I have a confession to make.

I completely procrastinated on writing this letter to you. It’s been on my to-do list for weeks, yet I kept putting it off and putting it off until, finally, I had to sit down and do it.

It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing these letters – in fact, quite the opposite.

It’s because this is my last one.

At the June Annual Meeting and Hat Social, which we will be conducting virtually, the membership will vote for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, and we will begin the transition of the presidency to our President-Elect, Rose MacNeal. The next President’s Letter you read will come from Rose.

As I transition into the Past President role and serve my final year on the board, I’m handing over the gavel (and the laptop, and the rolling cart!) to Rose, with great confidence in her leadership and optimism for our organization’s future. I cannot think of anyone better suited to serve as President, and I am excited to see what comes next for CWF.

When we announced this year’s theme of “Building Bridges” back in August, our intention was to create links with new members and new communities, and to connect our past legacy with our future promise. And in many ways, we were successful.

Our speakers represented dynamic and diverse communities, our annual TradeShare was a wonderful success, and we broke fundraising records in support of this year’s President’s Charity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains. 

Then came March, and with it a global pandemic that is changing how we live, work, and connect with each other. However, even though Coronavirus required us to cancel our in-person meetings, we still found ways to live out our organizational pillars: Networking, Education, and Encouragement.

Our board continued to meet via monthly Zoom calls, and we had our first-ever virtual membership meeting in May. We’ll continue to provide online opportunities for connection, including our June Annual Meeting and Virtual Hat Social. None of this would be possible without each and every member of the board, and I am tremendously grateful for their dedication and support.

As an organization, we’ve met these challenges with flexibility and grace, which should come as no surprise. I’ve never met a stronger, more devoted, more determined group of women than those in Coastal Women’s Forum.

It’s my honor to have served as your president this year, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity. Though this may be my last letter to you as president, it’s certainly not goodbye. It’s simply an “I’ll see you later” – certainly on Zoom, and hopefully in person at an Evening or Daytime Meeting soon.

With deepest gratitude,

Upcoming Events

Virtual Event

CWF Annual Meeting and Hat Social

Thursday, June 4th 

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

In keeping with the theme Building Bridges, this year’s hat social theme is Futuristic. Join us on June 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm for a virtual Hat Social with a trivia game. Here are the hat categories: 

Travel: Express your personal future travel plans or what traveling will be like in the future.

Entertainment: Show us the future of movies, sports, or the music industry.  

Masks: What will masks be like in the future?

Recycled: Go green by using recycled materials. 

Garden: Turn your hat into a garden of the future. 

Western: Back to the Future! 

Registration is required and free!  Please follow this link, along with the prompts, to ensure your participation.  Have a friend you'd like to introduce to CWF?  Invite them to join us by using the same link.  


Special thanks to our Virtual Platform Sponsor, Carrie Gallagher with the African American Heritage and Cultural Center of New Bern.

Board Notes


Revised Bylaws Presentation and Vote

The CWF Board of Directors have spent the 2019-2020 year reviewing our organizational bylaws. Our bylaws were last revised in 2012, and at the direction of the president, our board advisor, Carrie Gallagher, led the effort to update this document. 

The proposed revisions were shared with the CWF Past Presidents in October 2019, discussed by the Bylaws Subcommittee in April 2020, and finalized by the board shortly thereafter.

During our Virtual Meeting on June 4, we will present the revised bylaws to the general membership and vote on their adoption. You are welcome to review the proposed bylaws in advance at  http://coastalwomensforum.com/Bylaws (please note you may need to sign in to the site in order to access them).

If you have any questions about the bylaws or the review process, please email coastalwomensforumnb@gmail.com.

Member News

Habitat ReStore Re-Opens!

Donations & Volunteers needed

The Habitat for Humanity of Craven County ReStore located at 930 Pollock Street in New Bern re-opened on Tuesday, May 12 at 10:00 am. Due the restrictions of the Covid-19 Stay-At-Home Orders, the ReStore has been closed to shoppers. With an ongoing rigid cleaning schedule and social distancing preparations, the store will now be open Tuesday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday thru Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

ReStore donations may be dropped off during those times as well. Donation pickups will also resume in the near future.  Please call 252- 633 -5512 X 111 to reach the ReStore.

In addition to donations, the ReStore is in need of volunteers to assist in the office with our Donation Hotline. For more information contact Michelle Hooper, Volunteer Coordinator, at 252-633-9599 or mhooper@cravencountyhabitat.org.


Plan Ahead for Your Special Event

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!

We've extended our TradeShare Special Discount Offer!  CWF Members who make a reservation by June 30th for a future event (when life gets back to normal) will receive a discounted rental fee.  To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty, 252/649-9780, lucylaurens2@gmail.com.  Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com


    We Can Help You Escape

    As the world reopens and we start to emerge from our homes, our pets will need to readjust. If you’ve been showering your fur babies with attention they will likely be lost without you once you start getting out and about. Crockett’s Critter Care can help with the transition by walking your dog and doing a safety check for your cat. We follow strict CDC guidelines, wear masks and gloves, and wipe down any surface we touch when we come to care for your pet. They will still miss you, but they’ll be happier and your home will be intact when you return.

    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.



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