September 2020 Newsletter


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“Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world."

- Mary McLeod Bethune

President's Message

Rose MacNeal

The Quest to Make Ourselves Better

As you look to the month of September, also known as Self-Improvement Month, take some time to think of ways that you can improve yourself or what you’ve accomplished this year. We all know that there is always room for self-improvement. 

Here are a few self-improvement ideas:  

Start a new fitness program –You can find lots of free exercise programs on YouTube.

Read a book – Books can let you escape or be a great source of insight and wisdom. 

Get out of your comfort zone – Learn something new! The possibilities are endless!

Put down the phone – Sometimes we give too much of our attention to social media and neglect the relationships that are the most important parts of our lives.

Dispose of any negative energy ASAP!

Wake up early – Waking up early can have positive effects on your productivity and quality of life.

Quit a bad habit – Whether it’s nail biting, smoking, or whatever it may be, try giving up one bad habit. 

Try a new recipe!

Speaking of trying a new recipe, how would you like to contribute to our “CWF Quarantine Recipes” e-book?  I’m sure many of us have done a lot of home cooking during the Pandemic. Why not share one of your favorite recipes with your fellow sisters at CWF?  Perhaps you’ve found a new recipe or have an old standby you’d like to share. Is it a decadent dessert, a savory dinner, a quick lunch idea, or a refreshing smoothie? Perhaps you have a new favorite cocktail?

Please send your recipes to by October 31st (include photos if you have them). Think of the possibilities of trying a new recipe or two! Recipes will be compiled into our e-book and linked on the CWF website.

We have confirmed our next virtual meeting scheduled for the evening of September 1st.  The meeting will start promptly at 5:30 pm. Please join us as we welcome our guest speaker, Judy Pierce from CarolinaEast Health System.  

Until we meet again, please continue to stay safe and healthy!

All my best,


What a time we are living in. Uncertain how long our restricted lives will be necessary, we are tasked with figuring out how to move forward and plan for the future. As a board we have discussed, fretted, and then determined how CWF, an organization built on human connections, can best move forward. 

For as long as the Governor directs us to refrain from large group gatherings, CWF will have one meeting per month. This monthly meeting will be virtual. Our meetings will continue to provide a dynamic speaker as well as opportunities to engage with each other. We believe virtual meetings will enable us all to safely continue creating important connections.  

With one virtual monthly meeting, our Dessert Sponsor will become our Virtual Meeting Sponsor. If you are interested in being a sponsor for an upcoming meeting, please email Nelda at Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis so don't delay! 

We appreciate the patience of all our members, and we will keep you apprised of changes as they occur. 

It was great to see so many of you at our virtual August meeting, and we hope to see everyone at our September 1st meeting!

CWF Board of Directors

Upcoming Events

Virtual Evening Meeting: 

Tuesday, September 1st

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Zoom link will be emailed at a later date. 

Welcome Judy Pierce with CarolinaEast!

Judy Pierce serves as the Director of Mission Effectiveness for CarolinaEast Health System. She has been with the CarolinaEast nearly twenty-five years and a registered nurse for over forty years.  

As Director of Mission Effectiveness, Judy plays an integral role helping to sustain and cultivate the culture of excellence and exceptional customer service throughout the Health System. 

Virtual Meeting Sponsors

Thank you to our September Virtual Meeting Sponsor: 

Kelly Michaud, Solid Rock Accounting


Solid Rock Accounting strives to serve not only our customers, but our community at large. During the COVID-19 we have worked hard to provide critical small business funding and resource information to the public via our blog posts at SRA Blogand on our social media sights  linkedin-kelly-michaud and SRA on facebook. If you are a small business owner, we encourage you to follow us to receive our up-to-date information.

Solid Rock Accounting is currently accepting new clients and we invite you to call 772-5825 or email to schedule your free one-hour consultation with Kelly.                                     


Please welcome our newest members:

Renee Hunt with Nutrien

Elizabeth Pope with Atlantic Dance Theatre

Membership Dues  

The month of July resets the new year for Coastal Women's Forum. It is also the month when we renew our membership and pay our one-time annual due of only $40. 

Yes, it's true that our format for 20-21 is a bit different - but you know what hasn't changed? Your opportunity for a member minute at our monthly virtual meetings, free ad in our monthly newsletter, access to our dynamic speakers, and support of our President's Charity and CWF's Scholarship Fund

If you have not renewed your membership, we encourage you to go online today and renew!

Member News

Atlantic Dance Theatre is rescheduling Bach and Forward, a new choreography to movements from J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites, to a safe date in 2021, to be announced. 

Four acclaimed NC artists, modern choreographer, Michelle Pearson; baroque dancer and choreographer, Paige Whitley-Bauguess; modern dancer, Steven James Rodriguez Velez; and baroque cellist, Stephanie Vial, will give dance and music lovers a backstage pass of sorts, discussing their art forms, how the piece evolved, and relationships between historical and modern forms discovered along the way…Bach and Forward. We look forward to sharing this joyful and moving experience with you!

Also, in 2021, ADT is launching extensive youth programming featuring outstanding black guest dance artists for in-school, after school, and community performances and classes.

In a transition? Need a change?

Trouble getting from Point A to Point B? 

Let’s meet over a cup of coffee and discover what stumbling blocks may be in your way.

Through assessments and one-on-one coaching discussions, Paradigm Associates can offer you insight into what you want or where you want to be, with a practical plan to help you reach your goals!

Contact Eileen Nonemaker at 443-988-8075 or

Thea’s Ideas' Thursday, October 1st Fall Show has been postponed.

As soon as our 2021 date is set, we will let everyone know.

Thank you, Cathi Miller & Thea Kincaid 

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