March 2020 Newsletter

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"Success is achieved by developing our strengths not by eliminating our weaknesses." 

Marilyn Vos Savant


President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Let's Talk About Our Strengths

 


I was attracted to “Building Bridges” as this year’s theme because of its hopeful, relentless optimism. It speaks to how we’re always able to move forward and create connections between people and ideas, which is at the heart of the Coastal Women’s Forum mission of Networking, Education, and Encouragement.

In earlier letters, I’ve talked about how our values – the concepts around which we build our lives –connect to the Coastal Women’s Forum mission and to this year’s theme. This month, I want to talk about our strengths. Each one of us has been gifted with a unique constellation of qualities and strengths, and they help us build fulfilling, meaningful lives.

Recently, I took the Gallup StrengthsFinder survey and discovered my top 5 strengths: Connectedness, Relator, Futuristic, Positivity, and Strategy. With this new information, “Building Bridges” took on a very personal meaning.

Connectedness means I have faith in the links among all people and things, Relator indicates I value close relationships and working together, and Futuristic suggests that I’m inspired by the future and what’s possible. Add in Positivity and Strategy, and you’ve got a recipe for building bridges. Not a bad combo for a president, huh?

But each strength is also accompanied by a shadow aspect or weakness. Positivity makes me more likely to rush into decisions without considering the potential negative consequences, and my Futuristic tendencies mean I rarely consider historical context. Because I prioritize connections and relationships, it’s not always easy for me to take charge or set clear boundaries. Not a great combo for a president, huh?

Fortunately, CWF is greater than one person or one president. The strength of our organization relies on the diversity of strengths among its members.

I need only look to my fellow board members and to past presidents to find women who excel in areas where I struggle. They are my examples and role models. And when I look to our entire membership, I see countless other strengths and gifts working together for the benefit of our community.

This month features our annual TradeShare event, with the theme of “Building Bridges to Your Future.” It’s a wonderful opportunity to network and connect, and to celebrate our strengths as an integral part of building bridges. I hope I’ll see you there, and I hope you won’t be shy about sharing your strengths with me.

I was attracted to “Building Bridges” as this year’s theme because of its hopeful, relentless optimism. It speaks to how we’re always able to move forward and create connections between people and ideas, which is at the heart of Coastal Women’s Forum mission of Networking, Education, and Encouragement.

In earlier letters, I’ve talked about how our values – the concepts around which we build our lives –connect to the Coastal Women’s Forum mission and to this year’s theme. This month, I want to talk about our strengths. Each one of us has been gifted with a unique constellation of qualities and strengths, and they help us build fulfilling, meaningful lives.

Recently, I took the Gallup StrengthsFinder survey and discovered my top 5 strengths: Connectedness, Relator, Futuristic, Positivity, and Strategy. With this new information, “Building Bridges” took on a very personal meaning.

Connectedness means I have faith in the links among all people and things, Relator indicates I value close relationships and working together, and Futuristic suggests that I’m inspired by the future and what’s possible. Add in Positivity and Strategy, and you’ve got a recipe for building bridges. Not a bad combo for a president, huh?

But each strength is also accompanied by a shadow aspect or weakness. Positivity makes me more likely to rush into decisions without considering the potential negative consequences, and my Futuristic tendencies mean I rarely consider historical context. Because I prioritize connections and relationships, it’s not always easy for me to take charge or set clear boundaries. Not a great combo for a president, huh?

Fortunately, CWF is greater than one person or one president. The strength of our organization relies on the diversity of strengths among its members.

I need only look to my fellow board members and to past presidents to find women who excel in areas where I struggle. They are my examples and role models. And when I look to our entire membership, I see countless other strengths and gifts working together for the benefit of our community.

This month features our annual TradeShare event, with the theme of “Building Bridges to Your Future.” It’s a wonderful opportunity to network and connect, and to celebrate our strengths as an integral part of building bridges. I hope I’ll see you there, and I hope you won’t be shy about sharing your strengths with me.


Upcoming Events

CWF Special Event

The Flame             

 2301 Neuse Blvd

Tuesday, March 3rd

5:30-7:00 p.m.

 

Trade Share is a CWF Trade Show where members can display and share information about their organization, products, or services.  Enjoy a cash bar, carving station, appetizers, and so much more!

EVENING MEETING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

All members and guests, including those with a tabletop display, MUST register for the evening meeting via the website: members $22 and guests $27.

This is a great event, and the more attendees the better. Please invite your female friends, relatives, and coworkers to attend and meet your CWF Sisters!

Sign up NOW!

Day Meeting with Lunch at The New Bern Golf & Country Club

Wednesday, March, 18

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 

Judy Pierce, CarolinaEast Health System

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


Dessert Sponsor

Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Thank you "Miss Julia" Hart


I have been a Broker-Realtor for over 30 years and I just love what I do!


I am very fortunate to be associated with RE/MAX Homestead.  My main office is in Havelock, but we have two branch offices in New Bern and Cedar Point.


I work with both buyers and sellers in 4 counties: Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, and Jones counties.


I help them with their buying and selling needs for Relocation, Investment Properties, Primary, Second, or Vacation Homes.


I especially love helping first time buyers ... it's very exciting for them!

RE/MAX gives back to the community through the Children's Miracle Network!


Please call me "Miss Julia" at 252-514-7270.


Board Notes

Membership

 

Our membership has grown by three this month. Be sure to say hello and give a warm welcome when you spot these new faces at our next meeting!

Mary Chester, Pruitt Health

Joi Mobley, Advanced Signs

Amy Snook, Trades of Hope

Treasurer

 

Missed Meal Policy:  Schedules change - we understand.  If you need to cancel your meeting registration, please do so my 12pm on the MONDAY before the meeting.  We are required to provide our venues with a firm attendance number in advance, and we are billed based on that number.  As a result, we are unable to refund any registrations that are cancelled after 12pm on the Monday before the meeting.  Thank you for your understanding.


Leadership

 

Let Your Network Know You're a Member

If you would like to let your customers and colleagues know that you're a proud member of CWF, there's a "Logo Usage Request Form" on the website.  See the drop-down screen on the top right of the homepage.  This links you to the form with submission instructions.  Thank you for following the established process to get the approved logo file.


Member News

Crockett's Pet Project is Craven K-9 Unit

As the Pet Sitters International 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year, I’ve chosen the Craven County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit as my “pet” project for my community. These specially trained police dogs are important to our safety, a new initiative in the county, and largely underfunded.

The goal is to build the unit up to an eight dog K-9 Patrol. Officer Rebecca Hopper, who oversees the K-9 unit, reports that purchasing a trained police dog is approximately an $11,000 investment. Police dogs are trained to track criminals, perform search and rescue, sniff out illegal materials, and support their handlers in many ways. 

My first donation was made in January, and if you’d like to contribute, mail your check to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, 1100 Clarks Road, New Bern, NC 28562, and in the memo section, add Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.  This is a donation that will make our county even safer.

 

 

 

 

Leave Nothing to Chance

One of the top reasons clients and employees leave is because they feel un-cared for or ignored. Enhancing client and employee experience will go a long way to improving retention which is really important for every successful business. Don't leave retention to chance. 

You've worked hard to attract clients and talent for your company. Following up with your customers needs to be done consistently.

Remember, your customers don't wake up every morning thinking about you. 

Retention doesn't happen by accident; it happens by design.

Five easy and affordable proven customer retention strategies:

  1. Make clients and employees feel special with a desk kit, local snack basket, or coffee break gift.
  2. Acknowledge birthdays and work anniversaries with a mini gift.
  3. Reward team members with a goodie basket once upon project completion.
  4. Send clients seasonal mini gifts to thank them for business and to remind them to refer you.
  5. Acknowledge promotions, anniversaries, and retirement - personalized coffee mugs, their favorite beverage/snack tray. 

We can help design a simple & affordable gift retention strategy for you. 

This can help you SAVE & MAKE you THOUSANDS!

Brenda              

Text/call (252) 631-0070

BearTownBaskets.com

Brenda@beartownbaskets.com

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Who Loves You?

Aside from family, friends, and your goldfish you have clients and customers who would rave about you, if you asked them. But getting the courage up to ask and hear the unvarnished truth (glowing or not) makes your stomach hurt. 

Here’s why you want to ask even if it makes you uncomfortable – reviews make you more attractive to other clients. And even not perfect reviews give you the opportunity to improve on your products and services.  You need reviews on your website, your Google Business Page, your Facebook business page, and on Alignable and LinkedIn.

If you can’t do it yourself, The Reactive Voice can help you connect with your clients or customers and ask them for you. Meanwhile, you can keep doing what you do best … running your business. Send me a an email and let me know how I can help you better communicate with your target market. 





Welcome Windy March 2020

Get out and enjoy this windy weather with your favorite kite! In like a lion and out like a lamb.  As my mother used to say, "Elise, don’t let that child inside of you ever leave."


Monthly massage therapy is great for overall wellness.





Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

Like us on FB

www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach

252 474-6118


Leave It at the Door

Product Spotlight:  Norwex Entry Mat

Up to 85% of contaminants are brought indoors in the first four steps!  Let the Norwex Entry Mat be a first step (no pun intended ) in creating a Safe Haven in your home in 2020.

Problem:   Your home is your sanctuary, and you want it to be as free from dirt, chemicals, and other kinds of pollution as possible. But today, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental health problems in America, with chemical levels up to 70 times higher indoors than out. In addition, dust and dirt can wear away at your home’s floors and carpets, dulling them and making costly replacements necessary.

Solution:   Reducing indoor air pollution starts at your home’s entryway. The Norwex Entry Mat is your first line of defense against the dirt, dust, chemicals, and allergens that are carried inside every time someone enters your home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRZ7uFiDyoY

Mary Ellen Crisp

Norwex Independent Sales Consultant

www.maryellencrisp.norwex.biz

252.675.9947    crispyclean2016@gmail.com


Drawings by Eileen                                     

Most of you know me as Eileen Nonemaker, Paradigm Associates, a business coach.

What you may not know, is that I have a BA and a MA in Fine Arts from Montclair University in New Jersey. After teaching art in NJ public schools, I entered a long career in Sales, Sales Management, and Business Coaching.

After moving to New Bern in 2015, I decided to semi-retire and re-energize my art career.

This April I will be exhibiting my drawings at the New Bern – Craven County Public Library. This exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Twin Rivers Art Association.

Please join me at my opening reception on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 pm in the library auditorium or stop in the library during the month of April to check out my pen and pencil drawings. I would love to hear your feedback!






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