"Silence and solitude, the soul's best friends."  H.W. Longfellow

January 2019 Newsletter

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

A Special Gift 

When I think of January, I think of crisp cold mornings and fulfilling New Year’s resolutions. I think of the days getting longer. I also reminisce about the past holiday and the special gifts given and received.

As I reflect, I also remember gifts from my distant past. One of the most special gifts I ever received from a very dear friend is a copy of the book “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In the late 70’s I spent some time with this friend on Maui – just about the time the second version of the book was published.

After losing her son in a world-famous kidnapping case, Anne Morrow Lindbergh moved on with her life raising five children with her husband Charles Lindbergh. She was a well known writer who in the mid 1950’s spent some time on Maui walking the beach exploring the shells and the tranquility of her surroundings. In “Gift from the Sea”, she recorded her thoughts and emotions during that time, attaching different shells to the different aspects of her life.

One of my favorite shells, the moon shell, represents solitude.

Solitude, as she notes, is something that many women do not allow themselves. There is the work day, the chores, the dinners and the needs of the rest of the family. Often there is no time for solitude – a vacation alone, creative solitude, or even a walk by oneself on a quiet trail. Her premise is that if women were convinced that a day off or an hour of solitude were a reasonable ambition, they would find a way of attaining it. Most of us just feel that this time is unjustified. Even women who have economic means or the time or energy for solitude – still do not use it.

If we read that Anne Morrow Lindbergh had these thoughts in the mid- 50’s, one can only imagine how she would feel today. Today we are always attached to our businesses, families, and friends. The cell phone, email, texting, Facebook – make it more difficult to get away and be alone.

We all need alone time, time to revisit our core, and understand who we are and why we are here. Time to explore our essence and re-energize.

When I think of January, I also think about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s resolutions. In January we start anew. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all make the commitment to find some alone time in the upcoming year. Anne Morrow Lindbergh took the moon shell from Maui back to her home in Connecticut to remind her of “solitude” and to remind her to schedule some alone time even if only an hour. We can each choose our own symbol of solitude as a reminder to ourselves to enjoy that alone time we need and so richly deserve.



Tuesday, January 8th 5:30-7:00 p.m.    Dinner at the Chelsea

What Is Communication?

There is power in communication. Together, let’s understand how proper communication can empower us and improve our relationships. We will also gain useful tools to help those around us use the basics of communication - such as: grammar and mechanics, tone and voice. 

Tonya J. Lynch


The Black Light Project

Wednesday, January 16th 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   

Lunch at the NBG&CC

Welcome, Visitors!

As the executive director of the Tourism Development Authority, Tarshi McCoy is charged with fostering an environment to grow the number of visitors to our community. She will share with our attendees the wealth of opportunities we have, even post Hurricane Florence, to host visitors, the value of tourism to our entire community, the ideal types of visitors and ultimately how we can assist her in continuing the prosperity of our community.

Tarshi McCoy

Executive Director

Craven County Tourism Development Authority



Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Dr. Adrienne Earle

Dr. Adrienne Earle



3000 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562

Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Valerie Fryczcynski

It’s easy and rewarding to create scholarships at local community colleges. As dessert sponsor in January, I will give you some ideas on how to do this and why it has been so meaningful to me. In November 2008, I created the Lottie Fryczynski Memorial Scholarship at Carteret Community College in memory of my mother-in-law and in April 2015, I created the Nancy Lowery Harris Memorial Scholarship at Piedmont Community College in the memory of my daughter-in-law’s mother.




It's a pleasure to welcome six new members to the CWF family.  

Diane Dennis

Jerilyn Felber

Connie Harbby, Bespoke Custom Florals

Kim Ranton

Gillian Vanderzyl, Independent Consultant with Mary Kay

Lori Yarrow


Trade Share is Back!

Don't miss this unique opportunity to showcase your business and network with CWF colleagues.  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and watch for details.


A Friendly Reminder... we have a Missed Meal Policy:  Please cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner event, or you must pay for the meal you missed (this is due to our advanced guarantee obligations). We want you attend, but if you can't, be sure to let us know by the deadline.  It's not personal, it's the CWF's bottom line.  Thanks for understanding.



A Fascinating Start to the Year

Getting your New Year off to a great start with two programs you won’t want to miss!  Our Lunch & Learn on January 9 at 11:30 at The Chelsea features John Leys, former New Bern Historical Society Historian, telling us The Story of the Historic Ghent Community.  John’s talk will take us back to the days when Ghent was developed from the Rhem family plantation and the neighborhood grew as a trolley suburb of lovely Craftsmen, Colonial Revival, and even Sears kit houses.

On Sunday, January 13, at 2pm in the NC History Center, nationally renowned historian Ed Bearss will present The Raising of the USS Cairo, the real-life adventure of how he discovered the long-lost Civil War-era ironclad gunboat at the bottom of a river.  With characteristic humor and humility, this 95-year old WWII veteran will entertain us with the story of what it took to raise it from the depths – including an appearance on a TV game show to fund the project! 

For information call 252-638-8558 or go to www.NewBernHistorical.org.


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.


Make your New Year’s Health Resolution a Success!

Many people make a New Year’s resolution to get healthy or lose weight, but nearly 80% quit by February! Don’t be a statistic. Discover simple ways to improve your health, and products that can help you on your journey, including:

Easy ways to exercise and move

Simple ways to improve your nutrition

Healthy snacks and supplements for a busy lifestyle

Contact me for personalized product recommendations or questions!

919-770-4210 | beautyofhealthyliving@gmail.com


Start with a Strong Voice

Jane Maulucci of Trained By Jane strengthens your business voice through workshops focused on building your presentation skills and mastering your message so you can fearlessly face any audience or client. Coming up: January 16, YOU’RE AN EXPERT; this quick single session will help you go from a blank page to a clear message providing you with a solid foundation to be a confident speaker. Then: January 23, SPEAK EASY, a three session workshop, will show you how to turn on your passion and get your audience in the palm of your hand with movement, vocal variation, and emotion.

Jane’s mission is training solopreneurs and micro-business owners to confidently look and sound like Fortune 500 corporations. Coming out in January is her new book: You Can Make a Living at That? The complete guide to thinking big for your small business. For details: trainedbyjane.com, email jane@trainedbyjane.com, or call 252-631-9601.


Got the Sniffles?

Need a Cold and Flu Treatment?  Here are some research-based prevention tips:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Use Clear defense hand sanitizer (has vitamin E oil, black walnut oil and Tea tree oil).
  • Disinfect surfaces with Sol-U-Guard Botanical.
  • Avoid touching your face. Take Activate Immune Complex. Only use 3 weeks per month.
  • Supplement with Peak Performance Nutrition Pack which contains Florify, an immune protecting probiotic.
  • Supplement with Vitamin D3 and K2-D3.
  • Get seven to eight hours of sleep.
  • Diffuse Armour and Vapor essential oils.
  • Apply pain-a trate to your temples if you have a headache.
  • Drink lots of water.

Transform your health with planet and people friendly products. 

Ask your Wellness Planner, Martha S. Massaad for a complimentary healthy-home makeover.  Contact Martha at 252.269.5171 or martha@riseradiantlywithmartha.com

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

*Transform Your Health with Planet & People Friendly Products*
**Ask about the SMART way to go GREEN!

Checkout lifestyle changes for you: http://www.makegreengogreen.com/?investinyourwellness


Happy New Year!

Monthly massage therapy keeps the body and mind in balance!  Call today or visit my website.      

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy                             

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,  Suite 6

New Bern, NC   28560




Become a Savvy International Traveler

In January, 2018, Craven Community College Adult Enrichment Program will offer “An Introduction to International Travel”, a new course to help you make the most of your overseas adventures. Whether you’re interested in exploring far away places, a novice traveler looking for a way to take those first steps toward your trip, or an international traveler wanting to get more out of your future journeys, this course is for you.

In this three session program you will learn:

  • What documents you will need and where to get them
  • How to find the best travel deals
  • How to find accessible accommodations and what rights you have in foreign countries as a person with a disability
  • How to pack like a pro
  • Preparing for and handling health concerns while traveling

And much more.

For more information or to register, visit http://cravencc.edu/aep/enrichment-special-interest/#tvl



Make time for yourself this year.



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