The annual New Bern Sun Journal’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice recognizes a vast array of top businesses, non profit, medical providers and restaurants.
The 2018 Readers’ Choice recipients were recently announced. We have many CWF members who have been named as or work for recipients of this year’s awards and it is a pleasure to highlight them on our CWF website and congratulated them on their achievements.
Adrienne Earle – Baxter Eyecare
Anita English – My Travel Agent
Beth Cooper and Cindy Burrows – Merci Clinic
Brooke White – Sound Fitness
Christine Barnham – Cella Ford
Elise Medenbach – Massage
Elizabeth Wood – E.A. Wood Law Firm
Joanna Carr and Georgiana Bowman Bircher – Edward Jones
Kate Moore – Cleaning by Kate
Linda Jarvis – Lynaire Kennels
Marie Phillips – First Citizen’s Bank, Mortgage
Mitchell’s Hardware – Loriann Harker
Tina Proctor – Robinson & Stith
Virginia Spencer – Carolina Creations
The Chelsea – Dinner Host
New Bern Golf & Country Club – Luncheon Host
President’s Charity – Habitat for Humanity Craven County
Habitat for Humanity was established in 1976 by Millard & Linda Fuller in Americas, GA with the vision of “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.” In June 1989, a group of citizens who shared this vision founded our local Habitat for Humanity of Craven County and over the last 29 years, this local affiliate has completed 66 homes, impacting over 95 adults and 120 children. Construction on home #67 will begin in late November and four new homes are planned by the end of this fiscal year in June 2019. In addition, a special program for repairs and rebuilding in response to damages experienced in our community from Hurricane Florence will be coordinated by Habitat Craven County to assist Habitat and non-Habitat homeowners in the coming months.
There are currently 1250 Habitat affiliates in the US, with 67 located in North Carolina. Each Habitat affiliate operates independently, although each follows the general policies of Habitat for Humanity International and is responsible for their own fundraising. Habitat Craven County accomplishes this through grant awards as well as donations from businesses, organizations and individuals. In addition, monthly mortgage payments go into the Fund for Humanity to support ongoing home building projects and the Habitat ReStore contributes critical revenue from the sale of donated furniture, appliances, and household or remolding items.
On an international level, Habitat is involved with building or investing in 84 countries throughout the world. Through an annual Tithe Program, Habitat Craven County has contributed over $104,000 to build 41 homes to date. A Global Village trip is planned in 2020 to recruit volunteers from New Bern for an international building mission. A Habitat “Home Brew Coffee” has been created to bring awareness and support for this trip and three South American countries are represented in the coffee selections available through Habitat Craven County.
With a small staff of ten, six of whom are dedicated to the ReStore, Habitat Craven County is dependent on volunteers to support construction, ReStore, and committee activities. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit individual skills, interests, expertise, and time schedules whether you have only a few hours or are looking for an ongoing project.
Deedra Durocher, Volunteer & Resource Coordinator
When you attend a CWF meeting between September, 2017 and the Trade Share, 2018, a Pearls of Wisdom jar will be available, along with forms ready for you to complete. Write down your Pearl of Wisdom, and drop it into the jar. You can contribute one pearl, or an entire string throughout the year: a favorite quote, a life lesson you want to share with your CWF sisters and/or the title and author of a book that has impacted your life.
Whether you are a brand new CWF member, have been with us from the beginning, or joined us somewhere in between, we invite and encourage you to participate in filling our jar with your priceless Pearls of Wisdom. We will share all of them at our 30th Anniversary event.
Each month we will share! And below are a few “Pearls”…
We still have openings to fill for dinner and lunch sponsors!!!! For this exciting privilege and a mere $30 (the restaurant supplies the dessert!) you, your organization or business is listed on the event page of the event you sponsor. Our Newsletter will also mention you as a sponsor and during our event, you are able to preview your organization or business. Our membership is always very appreciative of their desserts and they also, will be thanking you!!
Beginning JULY 1 you can renew your membership or join for the 2017-2018 year online with a credit card or through PayPal. Of course you can mail a check if you prefer to CWF, PO Box 15392, New Bern, NC And while you are updating your membership, be sure your profile has a current picture, phone, and email address so that your CWF sisters can contact you.
REMEMBER, July 1st is the date to renew or join! If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact one of the CWF Membership Team: Leann Wilson or Becca Moorer, or Treasurer, Lee Chaix McDonough. We look forward to seeing you next year.
This year our scholarship committee updated the CWF Scholarship to go to a female student over the age of 25 pursuing a degree or certificate at Craven Community College.We are very grateful to Tanya Roberts for pulling all the pieces together and identifying our scholar, DeAnne Holliday.
DeAnne Holliday will be entering the Associates Degree in Nursing (R.N.) program this fall at Craven Community College, in order to attain her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. While she had attended an R.N. program in the mid-1980s, illness forced her to discontinue her studies. Now she has just finally gotten the opportunity to return to school again! After graduating from Craven, she plans to attain a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing from UNC-Wilmington. Her long-term goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner.
One of her passions is providing free or low-cost mobile clinics to serve the rural communities for the uninsured or under-insured. DeAnne lived in Nevada for four years and witnessed how the Nevada Department of Health sponsored mobile vans to send their teams of healthcare professionals around the State to serve the residents in the small and isolated desert communities. She would very much like to be involved in this type of project in North Carolina so that she can make a positive impact on her...our community.
DeAnne was awarded $2000 through the college, a one year membership with CWF, and the board has voted to host her at any of the meetings she chooses to attend throughout the year. Congratulations!
In keeping with our literacy charity this year, our annual Hat Social theme is: "Who Do You Literally Love?" You get to select a favorite character or book from a variety of literary genres to represent in your fabulous chapeau! Here are the categories:
Favorite Villain – So bad you rooted for her or him.
Favorite Childhood Book/Character – This story or character was your imagination's inspiration!
Favorite Romance Character/Book – This is could be a bodice buster or a prim tale of longtime sweethearts.
Favorite Mystery Book/Character – This one kept you guessing and you resisted turning to the last page to find out who done it!
Favorite Historical Book/Character – Factual or fictional, this is a story that had you time traveling and still sticks with you.
Favorite Non-Fiction Book – It could be your favorite humorist or your well worn cookbook, a serious collection of poems or a spiritual guide to life, this is your go-to book.
Remember, the Hat Social is FREE for members in good standing, $23 for all visitors and guests and it will be on THURSDAY, June 8 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. REGISTER NOW!
TRADE SHARE - APRIL 6 - NBGCC
Here are the specs for the display areas. YES, they are small... think tall and remember your booth needs to stand on its own.
1. Tabletop display space is 24" wide by 15" deep. That is 24 inches wide by 15 inches deep.
2. There are a total of 48 spaces available only to MEMBERS on a first come, first served basis.
3. You must reserve your space with Abbey Parker via email.
4. There is no electricity available for your display spot.
5. Your display will be un-womanned; it will have to speak for you.
6. Set up time for all display areas is 4-4:45 p.m. Registration opens at 5 for Trade Share and we want everything to be ready for browsing and networking.
1. Any MEMBER may donate a door prize whether they have a display area or not.
2. Door prizes must be a product or service.
3. Please contact Cheryl Jukich to let us know you intend to contribute a door prize.
4. You must bring your door prize to Trade Share.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Moorer, Trade Share Chair.
NOTE: Alexandria Kirian, the CWF 2016 Scholarship winner sent a note to keep us updated on her progress in college:
Hello! How have you all been? I hope you are all staying safe with the recent storm and flooding issues. I wanted to write this email to give you all an update on what I have been up to.
As of now, I have been attending college for about eight weeks. Craven Community College has a beautiful campus and an exceptional staff that makes me look forward to class. My classes with Craven are Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology 1. This semester I am also taking Introduction to Theatre online with East Carolina University. My coursework has been large lately but I am learning so much that I will use frequently as a nurse. For example, Anatomy has taught me about medical terminology, tissues, organs, the skeleton and much more which is information I will hold with me throughout my nursing career.
I have stayed pretty busy between school, work, and the student ambassador program. Over the summer, I was accepted into the Craven Community College ambassador program. As a student ambassador, I volunteer for and represent the college. We participate in many of the student life and community events such as the welcome back fair, the bridge run, and the local Christmas parades. Being a student ambassador has made my transition from high school to college much easier.
Again, I wanted to thank you all for the great impact you have had on my life. The scholarship I received from The Coastal Women’s Forum relieved a huge stress that my family and I had when dealing with how to pay for college. All of you have helped me to focus more on my studies then how I would pay for my education. I am greatly appreciative, thank you all so much.
If you are looking for great employees remember to reach out to your CWF sisters to see who they know that should be working with you. You can also post your opportunity in the monthly newsletter. Send the information by the 10th of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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