January 2021 Newsletter



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“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

- Golda Meir

President's Message

Rose MacNeal

It is a New Year—Let’s Make it a Good One!

As we look back to 2020…wait! Don’t look back. Let us look to 2021 as a new beginning! I am not going to harp about making new year’s resolutions, but simply ask you to think about the possibilities for a better future. When I think about the new year, I am reminded of a quote from Ellen Goodman, “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws but for potential.” I really think we should all take a moment and think about this.

Recently, I was speaking to a woman I met when I first came to New Bern. I see her every few months, and we usually chat about family and what has been happening in our lives. She totally surprised me when she told me of her plans to open a new business in 2021 right here in New Bern! She was so excited to share her dream of opening this business and filled me in on all the details of what this business will be and how she envisions it. She has already been in touch with Craven Community College’s Small Business Center to get the ball rolling.

Fortunately, she has a steady, stable job, but her husband has been laid off for quite some time and cannot find a job. She told me that she believes the reason her husband has not found a job is because this new business adventure is his true calling. I am so in awe of her. Given the world we are now living in, she is looking to make a new start and venture out to own a business with her husband. She plans to continue working in her current position and will help her husband a few days a week. Here is another example of the possibilities of a better future for her and her family! Stay tuned!

So, as we look to 2021, keep an open mind, think positively, and open your hearts to your prism of possibilities.

I wish you all a Happy New Year. Please continue to be safe and healthy!

All my best,

Upcoming Events

Join us in welcoming Heather Noto!

Virtual Monthly meeting. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Heather's dance teacher introduced her to yoga more than twenty years ago, and it was love at first downward dog. In mid-2019, Heather made the shift from a full-time marketing/business strategist to full-time yoga teacher. Becoming a yoga teacher is one of Heather’s greatest joys as she is constantly inspired and honored to witness the powerful and positive shifts her students make on their mats and in their lives. In addition to her initial teacher training through Asheville Yoga Center, she has completed numerous hours in advanced training including Yoga for Back Care, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Meditation and is also a certified Reiki Master. Holding the space for others on their yoga journey is Heather's reason for teaching. She is registered with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT (R) 200.

Heather will be talking with us about the health benefits of yoga and will instruct us through a variety of chair yoga exercises. Please join us!

Virtual Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to our January Meeting Sponsor

Kelly Michaud with Solid Rock Accounting

At Solid Rock Accounting, we're always learning and growing,

so we can provide our customers with the best service possible.

SRA - Always here for you!

Board Notes

President's Charity

Please join me in supporting Promise Place. Promise Place provides three branches of service to support their vision--Community and Systems Outreach, Advocacy, and Mental Health. 

Promise Place's Mission is to build safer communities free of sexual violence and impact through support, education, and advocacy in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties.

Promise Place envisions a community where sexual abuse will not be tolerated. Their staff and advocates are in their office and available most weekdays, and there is also a 24/7 crisis line.

Can I count you in for your support? Donations may be made online via the Coastal Women's Forum website: Click here to donate!

Thank you for your donation!

If you shop online on Amazon, you can go to smile.amazon.com to register and add Promise Place as your charity. Every time you shop on Amazon, Promise Place will receive a donation. There is no cost to you! It's a win, win!

Thank you, 


Member News


New Bern Yacht Club, ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, 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 large-screen TV for computer & internet presentations
  • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch and spacious lawn, plus room for waterside tents
  • Private venue with 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


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