December 2016 CWF Newsletter

  • 21 Nov 2016 8:33 AM
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    December is the month of celebration and sharing. Join us for dinner December 6 and lunch December 21 for frivolity and to support the President's Charity: Craven Literacy Council.

    December 2016 Newsletter

    President's Message
    Jane H. Maulucci

    Be the Light

    December is filled with holidays that celebrate light,literally and figuratively. Whatever you are celebrating this month be mindful that each us has our own way of honoring our seasonal traditions. The commonality is that at this time of year we are all reminded to be kinder to others, to share our bounty with those less fortunate, and to wish everyone well.  Everyone.

    This is tough. We have family, friends, and colleagues who may be on our personal naughty list right now and just thinking about them dims our holiday spirit. Let it go. Think kind thoughts and visualize the best possible outcome of your next encounter. It may actually go as you hoped.

    Remember that this time of year is not all Hallmark moments for many people. The holidays can leave people longing for those who are far away or recently passed. Others may be feeling Grinchy because the grand expectations of gifts and joyful get-togethers have never been or are not now part of their reality.  And for the introvert, the office party is as close to Hades as she ever wants to get.

    So don’t feel that it is a personal affront if your enthusiasm for antler headbands and wild sweaters is not shared with everyone you meet. Understand that for some of us, getting through the holidays and into the New Year takes some effort. Just keep sharing that “cup of kindness” and we’ll all see the light.

    At our December dinner on the 6th and our luncheon on the 21st, we will be in holiday mode. Both the Chelsea and the New Bern Golf and Country Club will be festively decked out so come join us to lighten up and hear our speakers from the Craven Literacy Council, the President's Charity of the Year.



    December 6 Dinner at the Chelsea
    Networking 5:30 Dinner 6 p.m.
    We'll kick off the month with a fashion show of your most outrageous or lovely holiday outfit. Get as silly or as dazzling as you like as you like with a prize for each category. Plus, Carol McCormick, Program Coordinator for the Craven Literacy Council will be our speaker. 

    December 21 Lunch at the NBG&CC  
    Networking 11:30 Luncheon Noon

    Take a moment to relax!You're in the holiday homestretch so come have lunch and play some reindeer games. Our speaker will be Amy Reingold, Student Services Coordinator for the Craven Literacy Council.



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor: Anita English 
    My Travel Agent
    I can help you escape the winter doldrums, plan a family reunion, or plot a surprise adventure for you and your sweetie. I make travel simply spectacular!


    Luncheon Dessert Sponsor: Kelly Michaud
    Solid Rock Accounting
    We’re here to help you rediscover what you love about your business. Solid Rock Accounting Services is your partner to help simplify your bookkeeping so you can grow your business.


    For just $30 you'll get a blurb in the newsletter, a chance to stand up at our meeting and promote your business or cause, and the undying gratitude of the ladies who lunch and dine! Send an email to and let us know what you'd prefer, lunch or dinner, and your month preference.



    This year's President's Charity is the Craven Literacy Council (CLC). Adults with low literacy skills do not have the full range of economic, employment, social and personal choices which are available to people with higher levels of literacy. 

    As you read this, think of all the other ways literacy impacts your life. From the steamy novel you read last night to the instructions for your prescription, from the multiple emails and texts you receive each day to the flyer for the neighborhood tag sale. Low literacy means that people are missing out on opportunities.

    Please join us in celebrating Craven Literacy Council's 30TH anniversary by clicking here to donate $30 now to combat illiteracy. Or you may bring your donation in any amount to our dinner and luncheon.

    Your donation will support the CLC in their mission of improving lives through literacy.Click here to read more about how low literacy affects all of us.



    We have 10 people who have joined or re-joined CWF since our last newsletter. Be sure to welcome them all at our next event: Jennie Adkins, Sarah Afflerbach, Nelda Coats, Kristen Floreno, Sarah Gilpin, Lori Miller, Susan Moffat-Thomas (returning charter member!), Kate Moore, Abbey Parker, and Kayla Schippert.

    One of the advantages of membership is our Member's Minute at the end of our monthly meetings. Member's get :60 to stand up and promote themselves or their cause to our group.

    If you'd like to volunteer we'd love to hear from you! We have opportunities for our two big events: Trade Share in March and the Hat Social in June. Plus we are looking for folks interested in serving on our board. Speak to any board member to learn more about how you can get further involved in CWF we'd love to have your energy and ideas!

    Since we're a networking group, a name tag is vital at our events. As a member you can order one online and save trees and time at your next meeting. We all want to be able to easily connect your name with your sparkling personality. And by the way, how's your profile picture?

    The CWF 2016 Scholarship Winner, Alexandria Kirian sent us an update of her activities and you can read her email in the announcements section.

    Well, it had to happen. After getting after the board to reserve as soon as they see the meeting invitation, the President forgot to sign up for the November luncheon. Fortunately, Elizabeth Wood caught the error and knew that Jane was planning to be there. But, neither Elizabeth nor Jo Johnson have physic abilities so if you'd like to attend our CWF dinner or luncheon be sure to register before the Monday deadlines.



    Greetings everyone! I am so excited to report that we found someone to add to our office. Please come and welcome our new professional.

    Have a beautiful Fall and don't forget to schedule your next Massage Therapy Session! You may order your Christmas Gift Certificates and make shopping so easy!

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy 252 474-6118
    Glenburnie Professional Center
    1425 South Glenburnie Road,  Suite 6
    New Bern, NC    28560
    Please visit me on FB and LinkedIn



    April King announced: Craven Literacy Council is offering a workshop to train volunteers to work with adults desiring to improve their literacy skills.  The workshop provides participants with techniques and materials to prepare them to tutor. 

    Imagine if your child were sick and you could not read a prescription label, or help them with homework?  What if you couldn’t complete a job application?  When adults learn to read,write, or do basic math, they are better able to find jobs, enjoy better health, and educate their children. CLC has a waiting list of students in need of a tutor.

    The workshop begins Tuesday,January 17 and continues with sessions on January 19, 24, 26, and a final session on March 9 (Tuesdays and Thursdays). These sessions are from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.

    YOU can make a difference in someone's life.  For additional information, please go to, or call 252-637-8079.


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    Can you imagine cleaning your body with just water and a cloth? I know I would never have imagined it was possible until I was introduced to Norwex and their Body Cloths.  They are beyond awesome!  The super soft cloths completely remove dirt, makeup and even mascara with just water.  Harsh soaps and cleansers can be drying to skin. They’re especially problematic to those with sensitive skin. No need for face wash -- and so convenient for travel/boating/camping. Watch this for another amazing way to use them.

    I would love to share all of the Norwex products with you.  If you’d like a one-on-one demonstration or would like to host a party to share this excitement with your friends and earn generous hostess rewards, please let me know!

    Mary Ellen Crisp - 252-675-9947


    March 5 to March 16, 2017


    The enigmatic land of Israel is home to some of the most Holy sites to three major religions, ancient cities and towns, museums displaying some of the oldest artifacts in the world and a rich history dating back to biblical times. It is also home to vineyards in the desert, cheese factories, Byzantine ruins, a mammoth crater, micro-breweries and many other facets, that, when combined, complete the jewel known as Israel.

    Your trip planners Penny Zibula, a freelance travel writer and blogger and Simon Lock a travel photographer and editor are committed to creating a tour to Israel and experiences that are unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere.

    For more information, contact, Penny Zibula at, or call 252-876-3811.



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    • Pet Sitting – Weekend, weekday, overnight.  Let us take care of your pet at your home when you are away.
    • Dog Walking - Exercise, potty break, playtime.   Let us tend to your pet’s needs when you are at work.   
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    Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to
    by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter!

    Last modified: 21 Nov 2016 8:35 AM | Jane Maulucci


CWF Newsletters

“Nothing happens until someone sells something.”

~Attributed to Henry Ford

President's Message

Nelda Coats

Charting a New Course!

Like it or not, no matter what your title is, you’re selling something. Some of us are literally selling services or goods. Others may be promoting a non-profit and encouraging people to donate or volunteer. No matter what your role is within an organization, good customer service is vital to keep people coming back. An essential part of growing a business or non-profit is attracting new customers, volunteers and donors. The first word in Coastal Women’s Forum’s tagline is “Networking”. Whether you joined CWF to specifically find new customers or just to meet new women, networking describes how this is done.

I have belonged to many networking organizations during my career – from loose groups who met for breakfast once a month to more formal weekly networking groups such as BNI (Business Networking International). With formal groups, there is a stated structure and exact procedures to follow to get to know other members of the group and to provide referrals to each other. Referrals given and received are tracked, tallied and reported on. While this is not emphasized within CWF, I think we can learn some lessons from these groups on how to network.

First and foremost, we all are a center of influence. We have friends, families, and co-workers that we interact with daily. When we are asked for advice or recommendations for service, who do we recommend? Generally, someone whose service we have used or someone we know who performs that service. As members of Coastal Women’s Forum, we have at our fingertips over 120 women who are resources for many goods and services and represent non-profit organizations. Aside from just checking the directory, how do we confidently recommend our sisters?

There’s another old saying in sales that folks have to “know you, like you and trust you.” And it begins with “know you.” I would like to encourage you to get to know your fellow members in CWF beyond sitting together at our daytime and evening meetings. In BNI we were expected to participate in “one-on-one’s”. These were meetings outside the group meetings between two members. We even had suggested questions to ask each other to facilitate learning all about each other and our businesses. What could happen if you made a commitment to ask one person to coffee that you met at CWF? What if you met with one person a month? At the least you’d learn more about each other, you might even gain some new business, or even better, you may make a new friend.

In January, our program coordinators have designed our meetings around Getting to Know You so that you will have an opportunity to learn more about your CWF sisters. Besides being a lot of fun, we’ll learn more about each other and I encourage you to be on the lookout for someone that you just might want to get to know a bit better!

Let’s have coffee,

Upcoming Events


As Coastal Women’s Forum continues Charting a New Course, we’ll start the new year by getting to know our sister travelers!

Coastal Women’s Forum will celebrate 2022 with Getting to Know You networking programs in January. We have welcomed several new members this program year and many of our members have embarked on new paths since they joined the Forum. The January daytime and evening meetings will feature different networking activities and provide the opportunity to get to know our Coastal Women’s Forum sisters a little better. 

Please plan to join in these fun celebrations. The meetings will also be great opportunities to welcome guests and introduce them to our wonderful Coastal Women’s Forum sisters! We look forward to seeing you in January for the beginning of a great 2022!

Dessert Sponsors

"Miss Julia' Hart

RE/MAX Homestead



Thank you to our January Evening Meeting Dessert Sponsor, "Miss Julia" Hart, of RE/MAX Homestead.



Thank you to our January Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Georgiana Bowman Bircher, of Edward Jones!

Georgiana Bowman Bircher

Edward Jones

Updated Meal Cancellation Policy 

  • If you made a reservation and cannot attend, please CANCEL your reservation for either evening or daytime meetings.
  • Cancellations for monthly evening meetings should be no later than noon on the Sunday before the evening meeting. Email
  • Cancellations for monthly daytime meetings should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the lunch meeting. Email
  • If cancellations are not received by these deadlines, you will be responsible to cover the cost of your meal.
  • Please note the difference in emails.
  • While masks are not required, their use is greatly encouraged and appreciated.

Thank you, all!


Welcome New Members:

Shannon Adcock - United Bank

Anne Griggs - The French Bee Events

Christina Howerin - Farmasi & Park Lane Jewelry

Eileen Paxton

Margaret Pollock - Christ Church, New Bern

Member News


Wishing you a Winter Wonderland this Christmas Season!

All the Best,

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy

Tyson Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6

New Bern, NC 28560

252 474-6118

Martha Smith Massaad

Become healthier with your product choices for your home & body. When you take care of YOU; it helps the environment. When you help the environment; it helps YOU.

Find out about ingredients....some are really bad. I help busy professionals become more responsible for their self-care and health by teaching them about their lifestyle choices and the impact it has on their health. The bonus is when you transform your health, you become more people and planet friendly.

Call Martha at 252.269.5171 for a no obligation review of your pantry, bathroom and kitchen products.

There is one thing that matters & that is YOUR health"

Saha - to your health

Martha Smith Massaad 


Local Authors and Books

  • Nada Behr (Children) - We Want a Dog
  • Kim Rice Smith (Christian Literature) - The Heart of a Warrior
  • A.J. Clements (Historical Fiction) - Avonvale
  • Kyre Smith (Personal Development) - Unpopular Beliefs: Everyday Issues
  • Mellanie Crouell (Neo Soul) - 25 Days of Roses
  • Stanley Trice ( Young Adult Sci-Fi) - High School Rocket Science
  • Les Pendleton (Fiction) - The Bridges at Union Point
  • Todd Wetherington (Short Stories) - Savages
  • John Scirica (Murder/Thriller/ESP) - Deadly Dreams
  • Candace Williams (Japanese Historical) - The Earthquake Doll

Have lunch with an author!

Learn about their book as they speak for a few minutes. Autographed copies of the books will be available for purchase.

Proceeds to benefit STEM Scholarships at Craven Community College.

Local Authors Luncheon


January 15, 2022,

at 11:30 AM


The Chelsea Restaurant

sponsored by:

$30 ticket

($12 tax deductible)

Tickets available at the Next Chapter Book & Art Store (Downtown New Bern) or by calling (252) 637-9499 or (252) 633-1931.


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