"Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch."  Walt Whitman

March 2019 Newsletter

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

Sunny and 75

What’s your perfect weather?

One of my favorite songs is “Sunny and 75” sung by Joe Nichols and it is one of my favorites because that is my ideal weather. Sunny, 75 degrees, no humidity, blue sky, beach chair, flip flops, sand – yes, I do believe I would be very happy if every day were like that.

That’s what we had just several days ago, in February. Go figure. When we moved here three and a half years ago, we were told by many “don’t like the weather – just wait ten minutes.”   And in Eastern North Carolina, that seems to be true.

It is amazing how weather affects our mood and our conversation … in the supermarket, at the doctor’s office, at work – almost everywhere. We are either loving it or complaining about it. Those of us who have moved from colder climates shudder when there is any inkling of snow or below freezing temps. Many of us prefer it cooler, not wanting the humidity of the summer months.

Realistically, there is not much we can do about the weather. We chose to live here, so we have to accept the variety of conditions and be flexible. This builds our character!

My car has become home to a variety of weather proofing items including two umbrellas (one full size and one collapsible), a baseball cap for my husband (who wears glasses and is not happy in the rain), a cooler for last minute shopping in warm weather and a windshield cover to protect from the sun’s strong rays.  I keep the ice scraper in the garage, so I don’t have to see it all the time (too depressing).

We are entering the month of March, which is always a challenging weather month. The old lion-lamb proverb is often accurate, but I find the most wonderful thing about March is that it is the bridge from winter to spring. I can wear sandals more often; crocuses and daffodils are in bloom and the days are longer. Sometimes it is windy and cold, but it really doesn’t last too long.

Bottom line, even though I prefer sunny and 75, it would get boring to have the same weather all the time. And then, what would be our most frequent conversation starter – if not the weather?

P.S. REMEMBER to come to Trade Share on Tuesday, March 5th at The Flame. Deadline for dinner reservations is February 28th.    BTW – The TS Committee has put in a request for good weather!



Tuesday, March 5th  5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Flame, 2301 Neuse Blvd, New Bern

Trade Share is an opportunity for CWF Members to display their products and services to their CWF sisters and guests in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Trade Share will be held at The Flame Restaurant, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. There is no cost for table tops, but the normal $22.00 dinner charge will apply at registration.

Trade Share is also a wonderful opportunity for non-exhibitors to meet their CWF sisters and learn more about their businesses. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres, in lieu of a sit-down dinner, to facilitate more time for attendees to mingle and connect with each other. There will be door prizes throughout the evening.

Please email Martha Massaad  at  melamarta@inbox.com  to reserve a Trade Share table.  If you would like to donate a door prize, please email Kelly Michaud: kelly@solidrockaccounting.com.  

Wednesday, March 20th 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m. Lunch at the NBG&CC

Lilibeth Serrano VĂ©lez, is a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and serves in the Ecological Services Division out of the Raleigh Field Office.  Our area has a vast and rich coastal ecosystem to include our beautiful beaches and extensive river systems, along with our fertile Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Lilibeth will share information about their Coastal Program in North Carolina that has restored, protected or enhanced more than 36,000 acres of habitat critical for rare plants and animals.  All of which, impact our beloved region and help us connect with nature and connect with each other.



Lunch Dessert Sponsor

Thank you, Deedra Durocher

Habitat for Humanity Craven County will celebrate our 30th Anniversary this June, 2019.  We've built 66 homes and provided shelter for 105 adults and 120 children.  Our mission will continue with your support.

volunteerhabitatcraven@gmail.com  Phone:  252-633-9599




Please extend a warm welcome to our seven new members!

Joan Frommhagen, Retired Nurse Educator

Karen Miller, Posh Palate Caterers & Events 

Nancie Prisco, Independent Consultant, Rodan + Fields 

Thressa Smith, Onboard Editing

Brooke White, Sound Fitness

Lara Williams, Courtyards at Berne Village

Luyao Yan


A Friendly Reminder ... CWF has a missed meal policy.  Due to our advanced guarantee obligations, you must cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the event.  We'd really like to have you with us but if you can't attend, please be sure to let us know by the deadline.  Thanks for helping us keep the CWF budget balanced.

LEADERSHIP - Amazing CWF Members

Warmest congratulations to Linda Jarvis, Lynaire Kennels!  Linda's dog "Joy" won Best of Breed at the 143rd Annual Westminster Dog Show in New York City.  "Joy" is the best Airedale Terrier anywhere!  That's amazing Linda, congratulations!



Beary Interesting ...

Do you know the purpose of Corporate Gift-Giving?  Chances are, your customers don’t wake up thinking about you.  Staying top of mind is up to you. 

There’s power in a personal touch and the number one reason for corporate gift giving is to improve relationships, it also helps:

  • Build and strengthen your brand
  • Retain present customers
  • Obtain potential customers
  • Show appreciation to employees

    Your company is just one of many that clients can turn to when they're in need of new business. Small gifts are also an excellent method to show employees, clients, partners, and coworkers how much you appreciate them. An example of one of these gifts is a thank you medical gift basket from a specialty doctor to a primary doctor who has referred their company.

    Please visit us at https://beartownbaskets.com/  or email brenda@beartownbaskets.  Better yet,  come talk with us at Trade Share. We can help you create a gifting-plan.


    Spring is Coming, Promise

    February can be grim and gloomy but spring will be here soon.  And what an exciting lineup of spring programs from the New Bern Historical Society!

    March 9,  ABC* Indoor Yard Sale (*Attic, Basement, Closet). Find one-of-a-kind treasurers! Furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, housewares and more. 8 am to noon at Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pinetree Drive.

    March 23, Battlefield Adventure Day at New Bern Battlefield Park. A day full of hands-on activities and living history for the whole family. Reenactors, camp life, crafts, medical displays – we make learning fun! 12 noon to 4 pm.

    March 29, Deadline to apply for the Harriet Marks College Scholarship for New Bern High School students. Criteria considers both scholarship and need.

    April 12-13, Heritage Homes Tour. Celebrate New Bern’s history, resilience and charm with tours through 18 homes in five historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a garden party with live music, refreshments, and costumed historical characters.  

    For more information call us at 252.638.8558 or click to www.newbernhistorical.org.


    And the Eyes Have It

    Come SEE us at Baxter Eye Care at 3000 Trent Road

    and help us give back during the month of March!


    Thank you and have a great day!

    Adrienne Earle, OD



    Realize Your Best Life

    The Beauty of Healthy Living is all about helping you realize your best life, by taking care of your body as well as your home. We offer a wide variety of health and wellness products, including organic vitamins and supplements, world-renowned skincare and makeup, and organic, environmentally-friendly home products. Through personalized health and fitness coaching, and product recommendations, we can help you achieve your best self.

    Visit our table at the Trade Share, or contact us today!
    Angelica Roman


    Eyes of March  

    Your cat may be your snuggle buddy or the aloof sentinel of your home, but no matter their personality, someone should check on them when you’re not home. Fluffy could have gotten herself trapped in a precarious position, tangled in the window treatments, or tipped over her water bowl chasing dust mites in a sunbeam. Meanwhile, a senior pet could just use some tender loving care. Let Crockett’s Critter Care provide the safety and security of human intervention while you’re at work for the day or away for the weekend.  Call Jeanne and set up regular check-ins 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.


    In like a Lion and out like a Lamb!

    Welcome to a windy March with great opportunity for growth. Monthly Massage Therapy keeps our body, mind and soul in good health. Please call or visit my website to set up that much needed Massage Therapy Session.

    Elise A. Medenbach,  LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560


    Like us on Facebook and call 252 474-6118.


    Healthy Hound Hearts

    February is Heart month and March promises great weather!  Show your dog some love and have some fun exercising together.  Sign up for a free intro to Dog Agility!

    Email Dona Baker at Masterfuldogtrainer@gmail.com to set up your free introduction to the amazing agility equipment.  Your dog will love you for it.

    Dona Baker, President/Trainer

    Masterful Dog Training, Inc.

    "Training For Both Ends of the Leash"

    252-672-K9ED (5933)


    Check out Essential Oils for you and your dog:  http://bit.ly/2ybwMq5                           


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