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Jingle all the way to our next CWF meetings!  This month we have a focus of giving.  In that spirit we will hear from the Merci Clinic and all the generosity they spread.

December 2017 Newsletter

President's Message

Sandy Eichelberger

Growing up, Christmas was always a very magical time for me.  I remember my Mother always brought so much joy into decorating and cooking.  And my father!  Weeks before Christmas, he would walk the halls singing, “Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus”.  I am not sure which of my parents loved the holidays more!  All I know is that for my brothers and me, they brought so much excitement to the holidays.

And later, I was in the Corporate world and the only politically correct greeting was, Happy Holidays.  And for years, I was conditioned that is the only way to wish people well in December.  Then, I moved to New Bern, and the, “oh so very foreign sounding”, greeting of “Merry Christmas” came back to my ears.

Reflecting upon all of this, I recognize that December is a month of a variety of emotions, that can range from pure joy to complete dread.  Recognizing that we have people of many faiths and belief systems among us, this holiday may not mean anything to them.

As women, many of us are in a flurry of activities which starts right after Thanksgiving and we often do not have time to think about those that may be struggling through the holidays.  I say, take a step back, take a deep breath and consider those that could use our light and compassion. 

Stop in and visit someone who might be unable to get out of their home.  We have so many elderly folks in our community who may not have family in the area and what a wonderful thing it would be to bring a little joy into their lives. There are unlimited ways to show your light by doing small things.  For those who may not embrace the holiday, show them your consideration and understanding.

All of this requires a little thought and extra time to an already overflowing schedule.  And yet, the gift of raising someone’s spirits will do more for you than any perfect gift you may buy or receive!

We welcome you to join us at our December events, our Dinner at The Chelsea on December 5th and our Lunch at the New Bern Golf and Country Club on December 20th.  Our locations will be brightly decorated with holiday cheer and we will provide some opportunities for some joy and laughs.  Our speaker will be from the MERCI  Clinic, the President’s Charity for this year.

MERCI Clinic is a charitable, non-profit organization that was established in 1996. It exists to provide free, direct medical and limited dental care, behavioral health care, specialty clinics, referrals for diagnostic testing, diabetes education & management, and pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties.   Please see the article in this Newsletter to review all of the support MERCI gives to our community.



December is a month of giving!  In that spirit, we will hear from our President's Choice of Charity: MERCI Clinic.  For those that are able and feel led, we will be taking donations (cash and checks) at each of these meetings for this wonderful cause.  Checks can be made payable to MERCI Clinic.  Receipts will be provided.  

DINNER December 5th - 5:30 - at the Chelsea Networking 5:30 Program at 6 pm.

It is time to Fa-La-La and play some reindeer games in preparation for the seasonal frivolity. Come and join us for dinner at the Chelsea and get into the holiday spirit or just catch your breath while someone else cooks dinner. Wear your glittery garb if you like to help light up the season and share some festive sparkles. Beth Cooper will be our speaker for the President's Charity - MERCI Clinic.

LUNCH December 20th - 11:30 - at the NBG&CC
Networking 11:30, Program at noon

Depending on your calendar, it's the last day of Hanukkah, the day before Solstice, or just 4 shopping days left before Christmas!  Come have lunch and relax a bit with your buds as you share the holiday spirit with your CWF sisters. Lunch will be served with a side of seasonal silliness. Naughty and Nice are both welcome at this event. Plus, we'll hear how we can support MERCI Clinic the President's Charity.



MERCI Clinic is a charitable, non-profit organization that was established in 1996. It exists to provide free, direct medical and limited dental care, behavioral health care, specialty clinics, referrals for diagnostic testing, diabetes education & management, and pharmaceuticals to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Craven, Pamlico and Jones Counties.  

On-site specialty clinics include orthopedics, gynecology/women's health, diabetes management, and mental health one-to-one counseling. Referrals are made to off-site physicians for neurology, urology, cardiology, hypertension, dermatology, podiatry, urgent dental cases, and annual eye screening for patients with diabetes. 

The barriers for low-income, uninsured adults seeking medical care are significant. Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties are designated as medically under served areas in Eastern North Carolina. Uninsured residents have limited access to medical care. As a result, many patients will utilize the emergency room as a primary care option and/or delay seeking medical attention until their issues become critical. This creates a burden on medical facilities and increases the patient’s chance of developing a preventable chronic condition like diabetes, hypertension, and COPD. 

MERCI Clinic is often the only option for low income, uninsured adults in Craven County to receive free medical and pharmaceutical care. MERCI Clinic understands that providing services that improve health outcomes is a vital contribution to the health care safety net of the community. MERCI services target the areas of prevention, education and treatment of chronic diseases. Patients receive comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services that include checkups and health screening to prevent illness, treatment for minor illnesses, screenings for disease, and care for chronic conditions including: hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease (COPD). Patients receive free pharmaceuticals to aide in the control of these diseases.

These partnerships, along with several others, in combination with our 100 medical and non-medical volunteers enable MERCI to provide, on average, $5,449 worth of medical services for $684 per patient annually. 

In 2016, MERCI Clinic served 776 patients who visited the clinic 5,763 times for doctor appointments, medication pick up, blood pressure checks, diabetes education and other health services. 

Beth Cooper, Executive Director



Dinner Dessert Sponsor

Kathy Sirpilla

Affinity Living Center

Creating "the best life for all we serve!"


Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Kelly Michaud

Solid Rock Accounting


Here at Solid Rock Accounting Services we’re here to help you rediscover what you love about your business. We want to be your partner to help simplify your bookkeeping so you can spend your precious time doing what you are passionate it about, growing your business.



  • I am not bossy, I just know what you should be doing!
  • Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get.  
  • Don’t spend more time on your problems than your purpose.
  • Where ever you go, there you are.  
  • Young is beautiful!  Old is comfortable.  
  • Nothing is impossible.  I’m possible.
  • If you have a thought about being kind, do it, you never know when it will be too late.
  • Unless you are the lead dog, the view is always the same!
  • The best time to make a change – when things are going great.
  • Eliminate limiting beliefs!



NEW MEMBERS! Our membership has grown by 9 this month! Be sure to say hello and give a warm welcome when you spot these new faces at our next meeting!

- Kathleen Andrews, KD Andrews and Co.

- Leslie Anthony, 1943

- Mary Jane Charles, The Bean Counter Monthly

- Catherine Elkins

- Christina Figueroa, Real Estate Plus, Inc. DBA: Management Services

- Sandy Gillespie, Retired Teacher

- Joy Liu

- Tina Proctor, University of Mount Olive

- Virginia Spencer, Carolina Creations

30th Anniversary Sponsorships

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration is set for April 5, 2018 and you can be a sponsor! You have the option of being a CWF Sister or a CWF Networker.  The CWF SISTER Sponsorship is $100 and includes one ticket to the event, your name and your company name on our sponsor banner, and a listing in our program. The CWF NETWORKER Sponsorship is $200 and includes two event tickets, your name and company logo on our sponsor banner, and a listing in the program, plus other visible signage at the event. And, we will list all sponsors each month in our newsletter through May. Go to the sponsorship page to sign up today! Below is the list of your sisters who have signed up to sponsor... THANK YOU!

Georgiana Bowman-Bircher & Joanna Carr, Edward Jones Investments
Cindy Burrows, MERCI Clinic

Jane Maulucci, The Reactive Voice, LLC

Lee Chaix McDonough, Caravel Coaching & Consulting

Jeanette Paschal, Sound Meetings & Event Management


Beth Atkins, Howard Stallings From Atkins Angell & Davis, P.A.

Kate Moore - Cleaning by Kate
Eileen Nonemaker, Paradigm Associates
Marie Phillips - First Citizens BankWE'LL MISS YOU BUT... we have a Missed Meal Policy: We understand things happen, but unless you cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner event, you still must pay for the meal you missed (we need to give a guarantee to the restaurant ahead of the lunch/dinner). We would rather have you attend, but if you cannot, be sure to let us know by the deadline. It's not personal, its business.



Perfect Your Pitch - Non-Profits

To attract support for your organization, you must be able to clearly communicate what you do, why you do it, and who you serve.  And, you must captivate your audience so they want to become involved. 

 Perfect Your Pitch – Non-Profits is specifically designed for non-profit organizations to help you hone and deliver an authentic message that connects and resonates with your donors, board members, volunteers, and customers/clients.

During this fast-paced two session interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to clearly define and communicate your message, how to integrate stories that will move people to act, and how to develop and refine your presentation skills to make your message positively memorable.   Join us Tuesday, January 9 & 16, from 6-8:30 pm.  Bricolage, Heather Noto (Brink Strategy) and Jane Maulucci (The Reactive Voice), will show you how to build and deliver a winning pitch for your audience.  Fee $125, limited to 10 participants.


Announcing the Opening of the

Reflexology & Rejuvenation Studio

Located at Dr. Coles Chiropractic Office

218 C South Front Street, New Bern

The R&R team are offering:

Reflexology, Integrative Sole Energy Therapy, Reiki and much more!

To make an appointment please contact:

Joan Bank 562-708-4805 joanbank@hotmail.com

Mary Connelly 252-671-3034 meconnelly409@gmail.com

Anne Rasmussen 252-670-3730 annecobb@gmail.com

Elana Sunseri 408-504-9639 clearmindbodyspirit@gmail.com

Gift Certificates are available!


Do you want to improve your speaking presentations?  New Bern Toastmasters provides a safe and encouraging learning environment.  Visitors are welcome every Monday (except holiday weekends), 6:30-8 PM.  Keller Williams building, 1320 McCarthy Blvd.  Questions, contact Karen Monroe or Heather Noto.


If you ask most of our clients what their favorite part of being a homeowner is, most will say the freedom to modify their property is especially gratifying. After all, isn’t the opportunity to turn a house into a home one of the most common reasons for buying real estate? 

In the coming newsletters, I will be providing tips outlining current market trends and simple projects that could potentially add value to your property. As your real estate professional, it’s my job to keep you informed on any developments in the business. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via phone, text, email, or come visit me any time in my office located at 4110 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., New Bern, NC!

Diane Maniaci – Broker, Owner, REALTORSรข

RE/MAX Southwinds

Phone: (252) 773-0610

Email: guyndi@guyndi.com

Website: www.guyndi.com


Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

6 Signs Your Dog Is Feeling Ignored or Bored:

  • 1.    Sleeps his life away
  • 2.    Seems blue
  • 3.    Gets into mischief around the house
  • 4.    Gaining weight
  • 5.    Becoming more disobedient
  • 6.    Housetraining issues

6 Easy Ways to Enrich Your Dog’s Life:

  • 1.    Snuggle, Cuddle, Pet, Play
  • 2.    Pal around together
  • 3.    Give quick massages and brush-outs
  • 4.    Take mini-walks
  • 5.    Do short training sessions
  • 6.    Minimize time alone

1 Quick Solution – Crockett’s Critter Care 

Whether you are home or away, let Crockett’s Critter Care professionals give your dog the time, attention, and affection he/she needs and deserves.  Contact us to discuss your dog walking or in-home pet sitting needs.  We can help your pet stay active, relaxed, and happy.

For services and rates, testimonials, pet gallery photos, and more - go to www.crockettscrittercare.com or call 252 635-2655 for a FEAR FREE Pet Care experience.



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