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July 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

Connecting the Dots

As I was preparing for the upcoming year and my first newsletter article, I looked back at what the Coastal Women’s Forum has meant to me over the past two years. I joined CWF when Jane’s theme, “Who Do You Know?” created an interaction during member minutes, giving us a chance to ask for help and seek connections for various clients, jobs, sources, etc.

Last year the 30th Anniversary and Sandy’s “Pearls of Wisdom” connected us to our earliest days, when the organization was founded and the core principles of Networking, Education and Encouragement were established. During our celebration we were able to connect with Charter members and Past Presidents who do not normally attend monthly meetings.

This past year several members used their member minute or dessert sponsor time to thank other members for holding them accountable or being an integral part in the start of their new business. They thanked those who connected with them and encouraged them throughout their growth process.

Notice my theme? CONNECTIONS

I believe that is those we connect with at dinners and lunches, and then at other events, or over coffee, that make CWF the vibrant organization is was in 1988 and still is today. There are friendships that develop between those who believe in the strength of women and the principles that CWF promotes.

When I ran this idea, Connections, by my sister, Valerie, who joined CWF this past year, she immediately said, “It’s Like Connecting the Dots!” I like the visual that created and, thanks, Val, I will be using “Connecting the Dots” throughout this next year!

Is there anyone who cannot remember the puzzles we did as a child? The puzzles became more difficult as we got older and the outlined figures we were creating less obvious. We had to pull back and see if we could visualize the final product before we went crazy drawing lines. Little did we know that these puzzles were designed to help our cognitive abilities and fine motor skills.

As adults the phrase “connecting the dots” can be used to illustrate the ability to draw logical inferences connecting items of information. It can also mean to understand the relationship between different ideas and experiences. When we connect the dots, we join the dots and put two and two together, linking events to see the full picture.

As we progress through our lives, there are times when it is not always obvious what our next steps will be or where our actions will lead us. We put together bits and pieces of information and just like in a puzzle we create a clearer picture of what to do and where we want to be. For many of us CWF has been a catalyst for these connections.

As you approach the next year in CWF, I hope you will embrace the new connections you will make, enjoy the new information you may gain and celebrate the successes you have achieved through connecting with those at Coastal Women’s Forum events.

Let’s also use our Member Minute to share how we connected the dots and how much we appreciate each other!

Enjoy your summer – see you on August 7th!



No events in July...



Your Governing Board for the 2018-2019 Term

Eileen Nonemaker, President

Lee McDonough, President Elect

Nelda Coats, Treasurer

Holli Quinn, Secretary

Susan Moffat-Thomas, Advisor

Georgiana Bowman Bircher, Lunch Program Chair

Joanna Carr, Lunch Meeting Coordinator

Elizabeth Wood, Dinner Program Chair

Judi Dorn, Dinner Meeting Coordinator

Cheryl Jukich, Web/Database Manager

Rose MacNeal, Membership

Diane Maniaci,  Membership

Jeanette Paschal, Newsletter

Kayla Schippert,  Social Media/Historian

Penny Zibula,  Publicity

Sandy Eichelberger,  Past President



...that the Bear Town Bear in front of City Hall was donated by the Coastal Womens Forum in 2010 during New Bern’s 300th Anniversary celebration? This Bear, at the intersection of Pollock and Craven Streets, is known as the Flag Bearer and was painted by Vicki Vitale. With the help of CWF and many other businesses, the goal of 52 Bears was reached for the 300th celebration. Our Bear has been dressed up and decorated for holidays and has been the object of many a photo op! Stop by and check him/her out.



Timely Visits

You know your pets can tell time. They know when meals are served, treats are given, and of course, when it is time to head out the door for some fun. Crockett’s Critter Care will be sure to honor those schedules when you can’t.  Jeanne Crockett’s team starts walks and visits early in the morning and are available into the evening to ensure that when you come home at mid-night there will be no surprises waiting for you. And if Rex or Fluffy need multiple visits during the day, Crockett’s caregivers will be there providing every pet tender loving care 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 crockettscrittercare.com, contact Jeanne by email, or call her at 252.635.2655.


Pro Bono HR Consulting for Non Profits

If you work with a nonprofit in need of HR support, look no further!  Western Carolina University has a pro bono program that provides online HR consulting services to nonprofit organizations: https://hrconsulting.wcu.edu. By completing the “Request for Consulting Service” form, you will be referred to the lead professor and assigned to either a single student or student team(s) this fall or next spring - provided your needs fit the requirements. Please feel free to share this link with other nonprofits you think might be in need of such pro bono HR consultation support – locally or internationally! 

And…I am starting my own HR consulting business focusing on increasing productivity through foundational HR solutions.   For questions about either the WCU program for nonprofits or my HR consulting services, please contact me:   Tanya P. Roberts, MSW, MSHR (graduating Dec 2018) tanyaproberts@gmail.com or (252) 665-3424.    


Summer Travel Talk Planned

Country Travel & Tours has moved to 233 Middle Street, Suite 109 in the O’Marks Building (just down the street in Historic Downtown New Bern). Please stop by to say hello!

We are hosting our summer Travel Talk on Thursday, July 19 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the second floor Conference room in the O'Marks building.  Please join us to hear all about our 2019 and 2020 Group Tour Itineraries we have planned -- Ireland, France on a River Cruise, The Kentucky Derby, Holland on a River Cruise – Tulip Time, National Parks of the Southwest, Austria & Germany, see the Alaska Iditarod Race and so much more! Julie will also be speaking about using a Travel Agent vs Booking online in her series, “Let’s Talk.”

As a full-service Travel Agency, we can help you will all your travel needs.  Call or visit us today!  252-631-1003


New Bern Then & Now

You hear it often in New Bern: “that used to be….”  Captain Ratty’s used to be Duffy’s Drug Store.  First Citizens Bank sits where the Hotel Queen Anne used to be.  In the New Bern Historical Society’s free program “New Bern Then & Now,” Curator Jim Hodges will take you on a photographic journey down memory lane, revealing the past and present of dozens of New Bern landmarks.  Join us on June 27th at 6:30 pm at the Cullman Performance Hall, NC History Center.  No reservations are required for this free program, but early arrival is recommended.

Curator Jim has scoured the Society’s photo collection to share nearly 100 wonderful images from our past.  Some buildings have been carefully renovated and saved in their original condition; others have been saved and re-purposed, while sometimes they are simply lost.  In any case, you’ll be fascinated by these historic images.


The One Thing That Matters 

Whether you like to surf, boat, fish or just be out in the outdoors,  catching some rays along with the smell of salt air, just makes you feel better.  The sunshine does a lot for our moods (boosts serotonin), and raises important vitamin D levels. Too much sunlight is bad news…awful hot sunburns and possible skin cancer.  Protect yourself by planning ahead: 

  • Always have a shirt and hat handy. 
  • Eat antioxidant rich foods.
  • Be careful with the sunscreens.  Read your labels and know your manufacturer.
  • Use mineral-based (titanium or zinc)*. It reflects the sun’s rays away from your skin.
  • After being in the sun, apply a moisturizer to help your skin recover from the elements

Martha Smith Massaad is an independent marketing executive with Melaleuca, The Wellness Company and owner of Rise Radiantly with Martha.  For more info on safer for you products & services, you can reach her at 252.269.5171 or riseradiantly@gmail.com

"There is one thing that matters...and that is YOUR health" 

Martha Smith Massaad

Wellness Planner & Go Green Specialist


Enjoy the sweet days of summer!

Summer is here and please don’t forget to take care of you. Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to good health.  Act before your body gets stiff or painful.  Gift Certificates are available.

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

New Bern, NC    28560




Piece of Mind

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Click to hear how one member was reimbursed for missed vacation time.

To get protected or more information, contact Karen Monroe, Independent Associate   (757) 343-4312


Web Design - Search Optimization - Pay-Per-Click Marketing

Click Mine Design has 20 years’ experience building websites optimized to attract customers and leads. What’s the point in having a website that no one can find? The days of “build it and they will come” are long gone.

We begin with a free review of your internet goals. We’ll analyze your business category, your competitors, your goals, and build an affordable strategy to deliver a positive return on your investment.  Our SEO techniques will get your website well placed on Google Search across all platforms including mobile.

Our managed Google Adwords service (Pay-Per-Click) reduces customer acquisition costs by over 80% when compared with managing your Adwords account yourself.  We offer additional value-add services such as online review generation and reputation management, along with full hosting, backup, and security services.

Contact VP of Sales and Marketing Lisa Seeber today.  Visit us at www.ClickMine.com email: lisa@clickmine.com or call us at (252)-652-7357.


Enjoy Your Summer!  See you in August.


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