"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."  Coretta Scott King

December 2019 Newsletter

President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Bridges to a Better Tomorrow

The holidays are here, my friends, and with them come a mixture of excitement, anticipation, love, and yes, sometimes a little stress as well. There’s a lot to do – decorating, gift giving, card writing, baking… and it’s easy for these holiday observances to feel less like fun and more like chores.

That’s why the holiday season is a perfect time to reengage with what brings our life meaning and connect with the purpose of these activities. Sure, writing dozens of holiday cards can be tedious (not to mention the hand cramps), but when we stop to think about each person receiving that letter and why they are important to us, it deepens the meaning of the activity.

I tried to harness that same spirit of intention and reflection when I chose this year’s President’s Charity. As a networking organization, Coastal Women’s Forum traditionally focuses our efforts on building personal and professional bonds, and we limit our philanthropic activity to one month, December, and one cause, the President’s Charity.

Every year, the president selects a non-profit to feature, and encourages members to contribute with their dollars and their time. This year, I’m pleased to announce that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains is the CWF President’s Charity.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.” Their mission connects directly with CWF’s theme of Building Bridges – we are building bridges to a better tomorrow by supporting the youth of today through a partnership with the BGC.

I hope you’ll join us at our Evening Meeting on December 3rd and our Daytime Meeting on December 18th, at which you’ll hear directly from Dré Nix, Regional Vice President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains, how BGC serves the next generation and builds bridges for the youth in our community. At these meetings, you’ll also have the opportunity to support BGC with your financial contribution.

I wish you and your families a joyous and peaceful holiday season!



Tuesday, December 3rd   5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Meeting with Dinner at the Chelsea

Wednesday, December 18th    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Day Meeting with Lunch at the NBG&CC

The President's Charity

Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plains

Special Presentations by Andrea "Dré" Nix

Dré Nix serves at the Regional Vice President of Region 3 (serving Craven and Carteret Counties) at the Boys and Girls Club.  She has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs for over 18 years.

Dré loves to play and watch basketball, movies and sleeping. She is married to Active Duty Marine Gunnery Sergeant Jelani Nix.  Dré’s ambition, leadership and attention to detail is one of the many reasons the BGCCP Club is excelling today.  



Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Trista Laborn

Hello, My name is Trista Laborn and I LOVE tea! I'm the Founder and Creator of Special Tea, Co. It's about the quality, the taste and living a healthy lifestyle. With no "Natural or Artificial" flavorings in our tea.

With a HUGE passion for Health, Wellness and Fun, I started this business with a passion to create unique blends designed with your favorite flavors & spices in mind. Sharing in the health benefits, the impact it made in my life, the comfort and lasting memories with every tea blend I create, I pray that every blend will bring you comfort and lasting memories. 

"Holiday Tea Sampler Boxes" are now available and feature a holiday-inspired herbal tea blend with a tea filter.  Check out the website for more info.  https://specialteaco.com

Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Jeanne Crockett

This month’s lunch dessert sponsor is Jeanne Crockett, the founder of Crockett’s Critter Care. Jeanne and her employees specialize in Fear Free methods to ensure a pleasant experience for your pet on every visit. Recently, Jeanne was nominated as one of the top 5 finalists for Pet Sitters International’s 2020 Pet Sitter of the Year Award.

Pet Sitting is a calling she takes very seriously and strives to be your trusted partner in pet care. She has always had a passion for animals and enjoys learning how to understand them, properly care for them in all stages of their lives, and to manage their personality quirks so that they become welcomed family members. She cares for your pets the way you would. Contact Jeanne for pet sitting and dog walking by going to crockettscrittercare.com, or  email Jeanne, or call her directly at 252.635.2655.




Our membership has grown by two!   Please be sure to welcome these two ladies when you meet them.

Holley Hardee, On the Glow Spray Tan

Liz Plummer, Arbonne

Missed meal policy:   Schedules change - we understand. If you need to cancel your meeting registration, please do so by noon on 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!


A couple of announcements, please:

  • CWF Name Badges are back!  Orders are now being accepted on the CWF website.  Click through to "Donations" and follow the prompts.  Badges are $11 each and must be paid for online.
  • Looking Ahead:  The 2020 Trade Share is scheduled on March 5th and the Annual Hat Social will be on June 4th.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!



Give a Toy, Get a Discount


The Gift of Relaxation

Greetings Ladies!  Let me know if you need to book a Massage Therapy Appointment or purchase a Gift Certificate.  Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to great health.

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

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(252) 474-6118


Gifts to Remember

Can you remember the last few gifts that you were given? Think back, what were they? Um?  Who got them for you? Think of what you’ve received over the years. How many were gift cards, a bottle of wine, a generic gift basket or something you'll never use?

Ready to create memorable relationships with your friends, family and customers? How about a unique sandstone coaster with a picture of New Bern?  Or a gift box of local snacks with a framed picture of when they visited you? Gifts like these create lasting memories.

We can help. Contact me and I'll help ensure that they remember their last gift from you.

Coasters are 4 of one style for $25. Mention CWF and get 10% off on orders of 4 sets or more. 

Email: brenda@beartownbaskets.com



It's That Time of Year Again!

Come see us at Nautical Wheelers on Craven Street downtown New Bern to get all your holiday shopping done. We have so many great new items and a wide assortment for women and men, you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. We even gift wrap for free.Make this year holiday shopping easy by coming to Nautical Wheelers!"    Upcoming Event: ArtWalk Wine Tasting December 13th from 5-8 pm, hope you'll join us!


Before Your Last Breath – Make a Plan

Author, speaker, and End-of-Life Doula, Jilliana Raymond has written Before Your Last Breath to  provide a comprehensive guide for all the considerations of your end of life planning. Preparing for transition before that inevitable moment alleviates the burden on those remaining who will handle your final affairs. And for you, it hopefully eliminates much of the fear and uncertainty about your final transition. 

There is one constant truth all must face--every soul will eventually leave the physical world and return to their spiritual house. Join Jilliana on a transformational exploration of life and death, looking beyond your physical life, and peer into the realm of spirit, while putting in place an all-embracing plan for your final journey.

Before Your Last Breath – Your Spiritual Transition and End-of-Life Planning is available at The Next Chapter Books & Art and through Amazon. Contact Jilliana directly by email or phone: 703.966.4121


Perfect Pet Presents

Your holiday shopping list will, of course, include gifts for your pets. While Rex and Fluffy will enjoy their new playthings (or at least the box they came in), what your pets really want is some playtime.

Your pup would love a good daily walk or a chance to play fetch, while your cat is longing for an opportunity to show off their dexterity. And, if you asked, each of them would beg for a gentle brushing. Let Crockett’s Critter Care make their holiday dreams come true. Call Jeanne and set up a regular playdate with one of Crockett’s professional caregivers.

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.


I’m a Little Too Tall for an Elf…

... but, I can do magical things with your copy. “What copy?” you ask. The content on your website, the speech you need to make to your biggest client or alma mater, your blog and all the rest of your marketing materials.  Your copy needs to sing a siren song to your clients; you want to snag their attention, make them an offer, and then get them to take action. Together we’ll make your copy captivating using the words that resonate with your clients in a voice that is all yours. You don’t have to wait until Christmas to open this gift!

Let’s get to work! jane@thereactivevoice.com -860.508.1887

(Oh, and if you want to learn to do it yourself, I am offering Copywriting Simplified in January. Click here for details.)  


Honour, The Musical: A World Premiere by, about and in New Bern!

The New Bern Historical Society is thrilled to present Honour, The Musical, an original telling of the Stanly-Spaight duel written by Bill Hand with music by Simon Spalding. This historic tale will be brought to life as the full-length musical sweeps you from the signing of the Constitution to the dispute that would lead these bitter rivals to a fight to the death on the field of honor. Tickets are now ready in time for holiday gift giving. They are available on line at www.HonourTheMusical.com or by phone at 252-638-8558 or in person at the New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street. Honour, The Musical will be presented January 23- February 2 at the Orringer Hall on the Craven Community College New Bern Campus.

Photo:  Per Erichson (left) as Richard Dobbs Spaight and John Stilley (right) as John Stanly


Great Ideas for Your Holiday Shopping!

Make your holiday More the Merrier with the dashing 2019 Holiday Collection from Arbonne. Unwrap new scents and holiday favorites to bring joy and merry moments to those around you.

Check out http://RosemarieMacNeal.arbonne.com for all Arbonne products as well as the Holiday Line.  

Pure, Safe, Beneficial -- that is the Arbonne way. There are so many wonderful items for all those on your gift-giving list--including kids and the guys in your life too!

Email me at rose.arbonneconsultant@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like a free demonstration!  Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays!



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