"Let's face it, all the good stuff happens after midnight." Matt Groening
June 2019 Newsletter
As I was preparing my last newsletter as President of CWF, I couldn’t help but think back to last year when I stepped into this leadership role. Both Sandy Eichelberger and Jane Maulucci told me I would have an “easy year” … the 30th Anniversary was past and life would be good! I promise not to say that to CWF Vice President Lee McDonough, to avoid jinxing her, as no year is an “easy year” simply because stuff happens!
This past year, Hurricane Florence happened leaving many of us without our homes and many still working to fix them up and get back to normal. But with Florence came resiliency, comradery, generosity, empathy, and understanding. These are the situations that build character and, as trite as that sounds, we know it’s true.
I was reminded this winter that we often take our health for granted when two CWF stalwarts, Sandy Eichelberger and Penny Zibula, had unexpected health issues that took everyone by surprise. Again, due to the incredible support of their husbands, friends, family, and CWF Sisters both ladies are home and making progress toward recovery. We know women are strong, but these two are our role models for the expression “against all odds.”
When stuff happens, it throws us off our game, disrupts our daily routine and causes stress. We know that the loss of a family member or spouse is life changing, even traumatic. With support, we get through it. We may not like these changes, and as difficult as it is, we learn to accept the stuff that happens and move forward.
And you know…positive stuff happens too! Books are published, businesses are launched, retirement starts, and friendships are forged. While we may strive and prepare for these good things we still need to adjust. The surprise good stuff, like an acquaintance who won $70 thousand dollars in the lottery, takes a different type of adjustment!
The theme for this year is “Connect the Dots” and I truly do feel the strength of the connection with my CWF sisters. As I think about this past year and all the stuff that happened, I want to thank all those who participated in our CWF events. There is a wonderful energy that is created during the lunches and dinners that inspires us. You should also know that your support for our Sandy and Penny is much appreciated. We had a wonderful and successful Trade Share event in March – many thanks to the committee and all who participated. I appreciate Lee and my Board members for their support throughout this “interesting” year. I owe a great thanks to Jane Maulucci and MaryAnn Jordan who stepped into the Past President’s role to guide me in some decision making, due to Sandy’s absence.
I look forward to the Hat Social on June 6th and hope to see lots of “dots” before my eyes that evening at our Annual Meeting welcoming Lee McDonough and her new Board of Directors.
See you there!
Dinner - Thursday, June 6th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hat Social at the NBG&CC
Join us for dinner on Thursday June 6th at the New Bern Golf and Country Club for one of our most fun events of the year! In keeping with our "Connect the Dots" theme, this year’s hat social theme will be “Polka Dots.” Get your creative hats on and think about how you have connected the dots with your CWF sisters this year or anything else dots. The contest categories include: Most Outrageous, Head to Toe, Most Colorful, Vintage, Most Connected.
Registration is free for CWF members in good standing. Guests and non-members are welcome. Their fee to attend is $27 per person. Register to attend today!
Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Joan Frommhagen
Joan is a retired nurse educator who just moved to New Bern from California. Thank you, Joan, we appreciate your generous contribution to June's Hat Social. Mmm ... cake...
Please extend a warm welcome to our newest member ...
Karen Baskin, FRC East
CWF Board is Recruiting
If you're interested in serving this outstanding networking organization, consider volunteering your time and talent to the CWF as a member of the Board of Directors. Connect with Lee Chaix McDonough for more information about the positions available.
Promote CWF and Enhance Your Marketing
If you would like to let your customers and colleagues know that you are a proud member of CWF, we have added a Logo Usage Request Form on the website. On the far, top right of the CWF home page, there is a drop-down screen that links you to the form with submission instructions. Please follow the process to get the approved logo file.
Speaking of Hats ...
If you're looking for a unique hat to wear to the Hat Social, check out the assortment of vintage styles at Kind of Blue, member Ann Marie Hodrick's booth in Franklin's Antique Mall (215 E. Front St.). Her space is along the right wall all the way to the back. You'll find everything from partial veil hats of the 40's to mod & feathered hats from the 60's to newer brightly colored wide brim sun hats for you to decorate if you like. Come by often as new items are restocked daily.
Ann Marie Hodrick
♥ Heart's Desire Jewelry
June is the ending of the school year and the beginning of Summer. Make sure to enjoy each day to its fullest. Get outside in the morning before it gets too hot. Enjoy the lazy pool side afternoons. aah... the sounds of Summer!
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