""It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." Charles Dickens

March 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Sandy Eichelberger


Spring Is Unfolding...

Oh my, is that a wonderful little crocus and a Lenten Rose blooming? And look over there. Our forsythia is showing off all its gorgeous yellow blooms. After an exceptionally frosty winter, those wonderful signs of spring bring us a sense of relief and a feeling of anticipation in our hearts that indeed, the beauty of spring is unfolding.

The energy of Spring is very powerful. Think of all those little bulbs lying dormant underneath the ground all winter, so when needed, that energy to burst through the soil in a profusion of multi-colored splendor will be in abundant supply. We, as mortal humans, are much the same. We rest in the winter and when spring comes, there we go. That same energy serves us well in all the planning and thinking involved in nurturing our gardens, our homes and our families, while juggling everything else in our lives. We almost bubble with excitement from it all. Gone are the black and navy-blue clothes and out come the pastels and prints that make us feel lighter and more expressive.

Think back to March 1988 and what was happening in New Bern! A dynamic group of women was thinking, planning and determining how they could set in motion an organization that would be just for women, different from other existing women’s organizations. An organization with values and principles that would support the needs of a group of professional women. Spring was the perfect time to launch this well thought out seedling of an idea!

As we look forward to our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Coastal Women’s Forum, I cannot help but be in awe of these women. Women’s experiences in the workplace were very different in 1988 from what they are now – and even now, more change and acceptance is needed. So, hat’s off to all those women with such fortitude and persistence to put together this organization. The beauty of CWF is that while members may change from year to year, this lasting and thriving organization stands today with the exact same core values for our members – Networking, Education and Encouragement. New Bern’s very own Circle of Energy!

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our Charter Members! They indeed, demonstrated the power and energy of spring.



March 6th - 5:30 p.m. Dinner at the Chelsea
Second Careers, How CCC Can Help

Enjoy networking, dinner and a presentation from Linda MacDonald.  Linda will share information about specialized programs at Craven Community College and how the College and its Foundation can help women who are exploring a second career.  Linda joined the Craven College Foundation Board back in 2004 and was awarded Director Emeritus of the CCC Foundation Board in 2013.  She continues service on the Community Relations Committee for RCS and serves on the Board of Directors of the Craven Arts Council and Gallery.

March 21st - 11:30 a.m. Lunch at the New Bern Golf & CC
Women's History Month

Our speaker brings a remarkable perspective on the progression of roles for women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. military.  Sergeant Major Holly Praftke (USMC Ret.) spent her early years in the Marine Corps spending a year-at-a-time between Japan and California.  Career deployments also included Iraq  and Afghanistan.  Eventually, orders brought Holly to MCAS-Cherry Point, Parris Island, and Camp Lejeune.  Interestingly, Holly served as a Drill Sergeant while at Parris Island...an uncommon role for women.  During her 31-year career in  the Corps, Holly earned numerous promotions and commendations.



Dinner Dessert Sponsor

Terri McDonald, CIEE, www.ciee.org, 252-671-3863

Our March Lunch Dessert Sponsor is Terri McDonald, local coordinator of the Council on International Educational Exchange. Bring the World to your home, become a Host Family! For more information on CIEE contact Terri.

Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Sally Pichette    Croakertown Coffee Company  www.croakertowncoffeee.com 252-577-1920  

Croakertown Coffee Roasters just a few blocks from the water in Oriental, North Carolina offers the Best Roast on the Coast! Superior beans, small batches, and tender loving care ensure you have sipping satisfaction. Watch for our Grand Opening!




MEMBERSHIP - Welcome New Members

Mary Connelly, Reflexology & Rejuvenation Studio

Lori Friese, Neuromuscular Disease Support Organization

Nancy George, Merci Clinic and Juice Plus Franchise Owner

Anne Rasmussen, Reflexology & Rejuvenation Studio

Jan Ross

Nancy Thuringer, everybody Pilates

Maxine Weisman, PsyD

Missed Meals Policy - We get it, life gets hectic and then all of a sudden, you can't attend a lunch or dinner.  If you have to cancel your registration, please do it by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner.  If not, due to our advance guarantee obligations, we won't be able to refund your event fee.  We appreciate your understanding.


Mark Your Calendar!

Coastal Women's Forum started in 1988. 
Come celebrate its success with your CWF Sisters!

Registration is open now and seating is limited.

Please be reminded that registration closes March 1.

Payment must be received by March 15. 

Pay online or by check.  Mail to P.O. Box 15392, New Bern, NC  28561.

No refunds for cancellations due to our advance guarantee obligation.

Keynote Speaker: 
Beth Wood, NC State Auditor and CWF Charter Member 

Beth Wood is a Certified Public Accountant in her third term as North Carolina’s elected State Auditor. She is a long-time public servant with nearly 25 years of auditing experience, having worked in the Auditor’s Office for nearly 10 years before her election in 2008 and also in the State Treasurer’s Office.

Before that, she worked for several companies in the private sector. Beth is the first woman elected State Auditor in North Carolina.

Thank you Sponsors for your generous support!

Sandy Eichelberger - Acupuncture in New Bern

Joanna Carr - Edward Jones Investment

Georgiana Bowman-Bircher - Edward Jones Investment

Jane Maulucci - The Reactive Voice

Cindy Burrows - MERCI Clinic

Jeanette Paschal - Sound Meetings & Event Management

Lee Chaix McDonough - Caravel Coaching

Thea Kincaid - Thea's Ideas

Julie Mincey - High Country Travel

Sally Pichette - Croakertown Coffee Co LLC

Kelly Michaud - Solid Rock Accounting Services

Leigh Wilkinson - Ward and Smith

Virginia Spencer - Carolina Creations

Sandi Sanderson - Neuromuscular Disease Support Organization 

MaryAnn Jordan - Bear Essentials

Leann Wilson - River City Massage

Diane Maniaci - RE/MAX Southwinds

Cheryl Jukich - cabi Fashion Stylist

Vicki Davis - cabi Fashion Stylist

Jeanne Crockett - Crockett's Critter Care

Kayla Schippert - GO Architectural Design, PLLC

Sarah Afflerbach - GO Architectural Design, PLLC

Marie Phillips - First Citizens Bank

Danielle Brinkley - First Citizens Bank

Nelda Coats - Resource Financial Services

Eileen Nonemaker - Paradigm Associates

Beth Atkins - Howard Stallings From & Hutson, P.A.

Gayle Albertini - Gayleforce Designs

Joyce O'Callahan - Ghosts of New Bern Walking Tours

Judi Dorn 

Penny Zibula - SixLegsWillTravel

Carrie Gallagher

Kathy Richey - Keller Williams Realty

Telly Ipock - Linear Tech, LLC

Carter Ann Rollins - Ward & Smith, P.A.

Lois Flemming - Flemming Chiropractic

Melissa Lavallee - Creative Kitchen and Bath

Susan Moffat-Thomas - Coordinator, CCC Adult Enrichment

Andrea Tolmich - Violinist, Harmonium Players

Claudia Houston - Creative Memories

Susan Pittman - Retired Educator

Kate Moore - Cleaning by Kate



Time To Pet!

Crockett’s Critter Care makes it easy to schedule your pet care right from your phone with TIME TO PET. Now you can use your phone to set up a profile for you and your pet then tap in the days and times you’d like Rex walked or Fluffy fed. You can include detailed information such as treats and toys they prefer or if they have other special needs.  By using the app you’ll also get a report sent right to your phone with a picture of your pet to let you know about their visit or walk. It’s almost like being there!

Jeanne Crockett’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring a trained professional 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.


Essential to Wellness

Celebrating 21 years in Business, 2017 Readers' Choice Award voted BEST Massage Therapist, NC Licensed 327, Board Certified with NCBTMB and member of the AMTA.

Call and we can discuss your needs.  Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to Wellness!

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

(252) 474-6118



Slimming Secrets

Ruby Ribbon offers Shapewear, Wardrobe Essentials with slimming secrets, and fashion layers.  Contact Laura Gorham, Stylist and Fit Specialist for a personal appointment, Home of Office Trunk Show, and business opportunities.  Special limited edition items to benefit Women's Heart Health during the month of February!  

Laura Gorham

Ruby Ribbon Stylist and Fit Specialist


(252) 266-4422


That One Thing

Do you or someone in your household deal with pain?  Do you live with sickness and pain?  Or wouldn't it be nice to avoid that part of life altogether? Hello, I'm Martha Massaad with Rise Radiantly with Martha.  I am on a mission to help women take care of themselves with lifestyle changes and learning to shop for products that support their health...Melaleuca.com/msv   As women we are typically taking care of everything else and neglect to think about wellness planning.  After all seeking wellness should really be part of our retirement planning. Allergies, skin issues, digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, sleepless nights are just some of the chronic conditions and complaints that lifestyle changes improve.  For more information call Martha @ 252.259.5171  It is never too late to make small changes to feel better. 

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

Martha Smith Massaad                                  
Wellness Planner & Go Green Specialist
Find out more about Eco-friendly and green products @melaleuca.com/msv 


One Simple Change

March is the National Nutrition month created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Fruits and vegetables play a crucial role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention.  They provide antioxidants needed for healthy cell performance and decreased oxidative stress linked to poor health.  

The USDA recommends you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.  If you are like most people this doesn't happen.  The gap that we should eat and do eat keeps growing.  Juice Plus+ is real farm fresh nutrition, the highest quality of over 30 fruits, vegetables, seeds and berries are carefully sourced and preserved from farm to capsule.  As a Juice Plus+ Franchise owner, I have a mission to inspire healthy living through better nutrition and healthier life style.  One simple change can make a big difference.  Bridge the gap with Juice Plus+!   

Contact me, Nancy George, at ngeorge25@cox.net, for more information.


Spring Green

Has anyone resolved to make improvements this year? Eat better? Exercise more? Stress less? As we are well into 2018, I hope you have stayed on track! But there is another, often-overlooked area in our daily lives that can have a significant impact not only on the quality of our lives, but the quality of our environment.

Did you know …..

  • 51,000 trees are cut down DAILY for North America’s paper towel habit?
  • 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is created every day?
  • More than 200 chemicals have been found in the cord blood of newborns?
  • The average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals?
  • In the U.S. alone, 500 million plastic straws are used every day?
  • Many skin care products contain harmful chemicals?

We can do better! Norwex is the solution! Water & a cloth are all you need! I’ll show you how!

Mary Ellen Crisp, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant

252-675-9947 -- crispyclean2016@gmail.com


Winter Prep for a Summer Sale!

If you're thinking about selling your home after school is over and summer begins, you can save time by starting prep during the winter. 

Here are a few easy ideas that can help make a great first impression:

Focus on the front door: Fresh paint for the front porch and even a new door can brighten your entry. For a finishing touch, add a brand-new welcome mat and change out your door hardware for something shiny and unscratched.

Kitchen and bath refreshes: Change out the drawer knobs and handles, and get organizers for the drawers. New toilet seats are crucial.

New entryway lights: Designers say that proper lighting can help put buyers in a good mood. The entry is where their first impressions begin, so that's the perfect place to start.

Contact us today to get your FREE Market Analysis!  (252) 773-0610

Diane Maniaci, Broker, Owner, REALTORรข




Thea’s Ideas Now on Middle Street

Thea Kincaid has moved Thea’s Ideas to 405 Middle Street, New Bern. The boxes are unpacked and she is ready to help you find the perfect something for your next event, trade show, or daily marketing. For over 30 years, Thea has been igniting business promotions with clever and memorable tools. Go check out her new office and find out what Thea’s Ideas can do to get you some positive attention.



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