February 2017 Newsletter

  • 24 Jan 2017 4:34 PM
    Message # 4566769

    February is heart month.  Join us for dinner February 7 and lunch February 15 as we explore affairs of the heart.  

    February 2017 Newsletter

    President's Message
    Jane H. Maulucci

    Affairs of the Heart

    The month of February starts with hope for an early spring dependent upon a rodent and his shadow sighting. Then it becomes either loathsome or lovely because of Valentine’s Day. PLUS, the entire month is wrapped up in reminders about heart health. (Which, by the way, there is a new CPR method that we all need to learn; here’s a link!)

     The ancient Chinese called the heart the Supreme Controller. They deemed that the heart is the source of human wisdom, the center of our emotions, memory, soul, and even our personality. Understanding this makes sense when we’re told to follow our hearts to make tough decisions, that we become heartbroken and hard hearted when disappointed, and lighthearted when happy and joyful.

    We are instructed to protect our hearts with diet and exercise and to only give our hearts to those who will treat it (and you) with tenderness. The idea of losing your heart to a new love can be rapturous, while having it stolen can also be enjoyable unless your organ is returned damaged.

    It appears that even though we modern folk prefer to think of the brain as command central, we’ve maintained the heart mystique; wearing it on our sleeve so to speak.

    Our theme this month is “Affairs of the Heart” covering both the practical and the whimsical parts of our nature. Business Coach, Lee Chaix McDonough will lead the dinner discussion on February 7 about following your passion as a professional or personal pursuit. On the practical side, Atty. Mary Skinner will speak to us at our February 15 luncheon meeting reminding us to keep our monetary affairs in order with all the necessary legal documents that every woman should have.

    While you are munching with your table mates at either the dinner or luncheon ask them about the last time their heart fluttered with joy. 



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor: 

     Leann Wilson of River City Massage is our Dinner Dessert Sponsor. The mission of River City Message is to  provide professional, affordable & effective massage that ministers to the body, mind and spirit of our clients. 


    Lunch Dessert Sponsor:

    Thanks to Michelle K. Jerome of Quay and Associates for being our Luncheon Dessert Sponsor.  Quay and Associates provides outstanding legal representation to meet all your life's needs including Family Law, Estate Planning and Criminal Defense.  




    February 7 Dinner at the Chelsea

    Networking 5:30 Dinner 6 p. m.

    We’ve all heard it before: “Do what you love.” “Follow your passion.” “Find a job that you would do for free.” Yet passion is one of those mystical concepts that is difficult to explain, hard to find and impossible to measure. It is something that’s unique to each of us, with no scale to determine it or map to guide us to it. Join us in the month that celebrates LOVE with our guest speaker, Lee McDonough, who will talk about doing what you love, finding your passion and linking it to your personal beliefs and core values. 

    Lee Chaix McDonough, LCSW, MSPH, is a therapist, business coach, and founder of Caravel Coaching & Consulting. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, after twelve years traveling the world as an Air Force spouse, relocated to New Bern in June 2015. Trained as a mindfulness-based therapist, Lee specializes in values-based transition coaching for professionals. She is a two-time back-of-the-pack marathoner, and enjoys cooking, podcasts, and spending time with her husband, Patrick, and their two sons, Jack and Ben.


    February 15 Lunch at the NBG&CC

    Networking 11:30  Lunch 12 Noon

    At this luncheon we shall dive into more matters of the heart - not in the physical sense but  with a look at how we can heartily and heartfully legally protect ourselves in this unpredictable life that we sometimes find ourselves immersed in.  Mary Skinner of Dunn Pittman Skinner and Cushman will guide us through a few of the practical steps we as women  neglect in our quest to be loving and "everything" to our families.  This is one time when our mother's recipe for life might not be best.  Join us for luncheon on Wednesday, February 15 at 11:30 to find out if your legal heart needs a little tender loving care!




    Seven women have joined or re-joined CWF since our last newsletter. Be sure to welcome them all at our next event:  Felisa Benton, Diane Carbone, Glenda Cedarleaf, Deedra Durocher, Nancy Falcobe, Amy James, and Miriam Monroe.


    Over 60 CWF members and guests attended the January lunch where Daynette Snead led an "Aha Attitude Exercise". She inspired us to think about our priorities and passions and to consider how other people and groups support us to achieve our goals. If anyone is interested in doing a one-on-one attitude exercise, contact Daynette at daynette@diaspra.com


    If you'd like to volunteer we'd love to hear from you!  We have our 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!


    CWF Trade Share will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. Trade Share is our annual mini-trade show for our members to display their businesses or philanthropic interests to their CWF sisters.  Look for more details about this event in the March newsletter.



    Massage Therapy

    Donna Adele, lmbt

    Licensed Massage Therapist

    2500 Trent Rd, Trent Road Plaza

    Book Online @LumbarTrac.com

    Treat yourself to the most decadent hour of massage you have had in a long time. Let me pamper your sore muscles with integrated deep relaxation and therapeutic massage techniques that will surely have you rejuvenated for the new year!

    Call now for your appointment! New clients $10 off! 252.725.9039



    The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club offers two special events in February.  Purchase a“PickYour Get-Away” raffle ticket for just $20 to support the Club’s annual Kicks-For-Kids program that provides 300 pairs of shoes to elementary and middle school children in Craven County each November. The winner can choose from three trip offers: Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral, a New York Broadway Experience, or a 7-day Cruise to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The raffle drawing will take place at the Club’s benefit concert on February 25 at the Riverfront Convention Center to End Polio Now. The “Johnny Folsom Four”, a Johnny Cash tribute band, with “June Carter” and special guests will perform. New Bern’s own Merchant’s Road Bluegrass Band will open the program. Concert tickets are available at E.tix.com. More information at www.NewBernRotary.org or contact CWF members Lori Ann Giovinco-Prill or Deedra Durocher for tickets at deedra110@verizon.net 


    Go Green

    Did you know that according to a 15-year study presented by the Toronto Indoor Air Commission, stay-at-home or work-at-home women have a 54% greater chance of getting cancer than those that work outside the home?  One of the leading causes?  Cleaning chemicals in the home.

    Did you also know that it only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in your personal use products to enter your bloodstream?  What’s in your products? 

    Typical resolutions deal with ways we’re going to improve, aiming to be a better version of ourselves.  A popular goal is eating healthier and exercising more.  But we also need to consider how we can make our homes a safer place in which to live by reducing the chemicals we use.  Let me show you how to improve the quality of life by radically reducing the chemicals you use and creating a safe haven for your family. 

    Mary Ellen Crisp, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant




    Speech Class

    If you long to be a better speaker, sign up through the Craven Community College Adult Enrichment Program for Acting for Business and/or Passionate Presentations with Jane Maulucci and John Van Dyke.  Starting February 13, polish up your observation and improvisation skills with Acting for Business.

    Then on March 6, Passionate Presentations will help you infuse your presentation with voice, movement, and emotion.  These two three week workshops will get you out of your seat and fearlessly in front of your audience whether is it one or one thousand! 

    Starting Wednesday, February 8, Jane presents Metaphysics Made Easy to put your thoughts into action to have the life you think you deserve.  It is no secret, it is science. In this four week workshop, you learn to manage your life by consciously choosing how you want to live.   Questions? Reach out to Jane via email!



    Let us be part of your pet care team.

    Pet Sitting – Let your pets relax at home where they can sleep in their favorite place, stay on their usual routine, and be surrounded by familiar scents and sounds.  Do you have a convalescent, geriatric or special needs pet?  We’ll carefully observe its personality and habits and notify you of any changes that need to be addressed. 

    Dog Walking – Is your dog getting enough exercise and stimulation?  Boredom can lead to barking, digging, chewing or even showing aggression.  Walking allows your dog to see, smell, feel, and hear all types of new and interesting things.  Let us help you start your pet’s year off right with a “healthy walking regimen.”

    Crockett’s Critter Care is insured, bonded, certified, background check passed, experienced, and trained in Pet First Aid/CPR.    You may contact Jeanne Crockett at www.crockettscrittercare.com or by calling (252) 635-2655


    Organize Your Business

    Show yourself some love this February and outsource those tedious administrative tasks you must do but don't want to do.  Instead, grow your business by focusing on your business!  Let me handle your CRM, newsletter and social media posts, data entry, emailing invoices and more.  Call or email Tanya today:  252-665-3424 or tanya@structuredchaos.biz.Structured Chaos - empowering businesses to organize for optimizationTM


    Bookkeeping Services

    Solid Rock Accounting Services provides bookkeeping services that support you as you grow your business. We do the “numbers” so you can attend to your business, trusting your books are in order. Call or email today for details on how we can help you: 252-675-5415 or kelly@solidrockaccounting.com.



    Joli Salon  & Egg Cartons

    The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina - New Bern NEEDS  egg cartons. The Food Bank receives pallets of eggs, volunteers wash and inspect the eggs, and then put them into egg cartons to provide food for people at risk of HUNGER. I am asking everyone to please bring your empty egg cartons to Joli Salon at 701 US HWY 70E.  Joli Salon's New Hours are

    Sunday                     2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Monday                    6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Tuesday                   9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Wednesday             9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    Thursday                  9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Friday                        9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Saturday                   9:00 AM to 9:00 PM              

    701 US Hwy 70 East, New Bern, NC 28560

    (252) 649-1777     www.jolisalon.us


    Clean Sweep

    Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors four annual clean up events on the first Saturdays of February, May, August and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter.  The upcoming one will be Saturday, Feb. 4th, but if that day is not convenient, you can choose another day that fits your schedule!

    It’s your choice to help out in any of these ways: by walking along the streets in your own neighborhood; by using your boat to clean up a waterway; by meeting with others at Lawson Creek Park on that Saturday at 9 AM to be assigned a spot or by simply picking any other “trashy” area that’s been bothering you.  The amount of time you spend on this is totally up to you – it can be 15 minutes or a few hours.  Bags will be provided.  The bags will, also, be picked up where you leave them so you do not have to carry them to another spot!  For more information, call 633-1477.


    Love That Lady

    This year the I Love That Lady (https://www.mt.cm/i-love-lady-2017) event will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center on March 2, 2017. Doors open at 6 pm.  The event will include a cash bar, dinner, auction and presentation.  Early  registration is now open and will continue until February 24th.  Discounts are available for "Table of Ten" but you must have all names to register for a whole table.  We can be contacted at  ilovethatlady@yahoo.com.


    Massage Therapy Special

    Elise Medenbach is celebrating two decades in business.  In celebration of this milestone, you can purchase a One Hour Aromatherapy Massage with Paraffin Treatment on Hands & Feet for only $75.00.  This is a $20.00 savings.

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC    28560  252 474-6118




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    by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter!

    Last modified: 01 Feb 2017 10:15 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 cwfdinner@gmail.com
  • Cancellations for monthly daytime meetings should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the lunch meeting. Email  cwflunch@gmail.com.
  • 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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