March 2017 Newsletter

  • 22 Feb 2017 6:07 PM
    Message # 4627213
    March brings spring, daylight savings time and women's history month.  Join us for dinner March 7 to review hemlines and history and lunch March 15 as we look at some wild New Bern women of the past.

    March 2017 Newsletter

    President's Message
    Jane H. Maulucci

    March Madness

    This month the crazies will hit all of us. If you’re a basketball fan, you’ll be watching the college clashes. If you’re a gardener you’ll be hunting down the plants that went into hiding last fall.  Some of us will be ever so grateful to regain the earlier sunrise, until they take it away with daylight savings time.

    There is another form of March Madness that crept up on us in January with the Women’s March. Whether you think these women are saints or sinners, they have exercised their right of free speech and joined the ranks of all the other women who have marched in protest or in support of causes for our citizenry.

    March is women’s history month. A month devoted to reminding us that the forefathers didn’t really create this country on their own. There were founding mothers, too. And wives, sisters, and aunts. A friend of mine from Massachusetts, Alice Stelzer, researched and wrote a book entitled Female Adventurers. In it she describes how the guys who settled New England (and got all the credit) were not out wandering in the woods unaccompanied.

    These tough explorers had their families with them. The wife trailed behind with the cow and kids (and possibly a bun in the oven) to keep house on the trail and establish a home once they stopped. The women marched with the men through unfriendly and uncharted lands; swamps, forests, and fields to get this country started. Their progeny (and their immigrant sisters who followed) have marched for abolition, prohibition, suffrage, and peace.  Some of their efforts have been successful.

    This month, let’s keep in mind that the original ladies who secured certain rights for us were fired up and had to be a little touched to think that by taking their cause public they would and could make a difference. But they did! We stand on the shoulders of women brave enough to take a stand and spread their “madness.”

    During our luncheon meeting on March 15, we will have a lighthearted look at some of the colorful and “mad” women of New Bern that had Nelson McDaniel in awe when he was a kid in the 50’s. And our dinner speaker on March 7 will be from the Tryon Palace; Leslie Lambrecht will discuss how women’s clothing and fashion has evolved to suit our roles through history.  

    Join us for these two meetings and check in with your tablemates to learn who they deemed a role model when they were a kid or the goofy fashions they have overcome.


    March 7 CWF Dinner at the Chelsea - Networking 5:30  Dinner 6 p. m.

    SPEAKER: Leslie Lambrecht -
    Historical Costume Interpreter at Tryon Palace

    From corsets that emphasized tiny waists to shoulder pads that emphasized "power," the fashion of the time tells our history. Join us as Leslie Lambrecht takes us through a look back to the 20th century and how the struggle for rights and equality not only changed the way we dress, but forever changed the way women’s clothes are designed and produced.


    March 15 CWF Lunch at the NBG&CC - Networking 11:30  Lunch 12 Noon

    SPEAKER: Nelson McDaniel -
    President, New Bern Historical Society

    Your youth shapes your world view. New Bernian Nelson McDaniel grew up with some strong and noteworthy women  and it made him wonder why women needed to be liberated! To his mind they already were. Join us as he regales us with tales of the vibrant women who made New Bern and history.



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor:

    New Bern Get Your Pink On is our Dinner Dessert Sponsor for March. NBGYPO is a community organization that strives to promote awareness and education as well as support those affected by all types of cancer. NBGYPO's annual  community event will be held on March 30 from 5-7PM at the Isaac Taylor Garden in downtown New Bern. For more information call 252-259-2041 or visit


    Lunch Dessert Sponsor:

    Thanks to Melissa True of SBS Forward for being our Luncheon Dessert Sponsor. SBS Forward is unique in offering its clients both marketing and HR related services, which create the perfect combination for small business owners who typically wear many hats as they manage the day to day aspects of their business.




    We have 13 new members since our last newsletter!  Please welcome:  Traci Bearhope, Kathleen Harrison, Lyne Lassen, Melissa Lavallee, Rose MacNeal, Angela Nipper, Heather Noto, Michelle Pascetta, Louise Peele, Sally Pichette, Pat Preston, Keatha Todd, and Amy Weaver. Remember to say hello when you see them at the next CWF event.

    You have a friend or colleague that you'd like to introduce to CWF, but there is some awkwardness about who is paying for what.

    Here is a suggested invitation: "You should come to a CWF meeting. Lunch is $18 for visitors and dinner is $23. You can register and even pay online!"

    TA-DA! Now you've gotten that uncomfortable discussion out of the way and directed them to take charge of their attendance at the meeting of their choice. After all, CWF members are self-reliant!

    Speaking of who's paying... please do your best to register on line for our luncheon and dinner events. And choosing to pay with PayPal or your credit card means you just buzz through the receiving line when you arrive. Also remember that our event team is made up of volunteers with jobs, family, and a life outside of CWF (in their spare time!).

    Imagine coordinating events that involve 50-75 women on a monthly basis...PHEW! And they do a great job. So help a CWF sister out, register on line, on time! 


    CWF Trade Share will be on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club starting at 5:00 p. m. to give everyone a chance to view the displays.  Trade Share is our annual mini-tradeshow for our members to display their businesses or philanthropic interests to their CWF sisters.  Table top display space is 24 inches wide by 15 inches deep and is available only to MEMBERS on a first come, first served basis. Email Abbey Parker to reserve your space by March 17, and remember, spaces are limited so reserve your spot today. 

    We will have a drawing for door-prizes.  Any MEMBER may donate a door prize whether she has a display area or not. If you would like to contribute a door prize, please make your door prize tangible – as in service or product.  Email Cheryl Jukich to let her know what prize you will be bringing the night of the event. 

    Save the date!  Trade Share: Thursday, April 6, NBG&CC at 5 pm 




    New Bern Breakfast Rotary invites you to Our POLIO PLUS concert Featuring the ULTIMATE TRIBUTE to Johnny Cash "The Johnny Folsum Four with June Carter Character!" on Saturday February 25, 2017 6 pm-10:30 pm at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center! Tickets are $25 for general Admission and $60 for VIP seating ( Includes stage front seats, private bar & meet and greet session with the band!)

    Order your tickets online or if you prefer paper tickets, please reach out to me:
    Lori Ann Giovinco, CEO of Defining a New Life 
    New Focus Consulting & Coaching, 570-350-5050 or 



    LOVE to clean?  You’ll LOVE Norwex!  HATE to clean?  You’ll REALLY LOVE Norwex!!  

    Spring is exciting for so many reasons, but none of them have to do with the spring cleaning we have waiting for us. These incredible products will cut your cleaning time in half, save you money AND rid your home of harmful chemicals.  You can clean 90% of your home using only water and get better results than what you’re getting with any chemical cleaners – I promise!  Spring cleaning will actually be fun – I promise!! I would love to share all of the Norwex products with you, as well as the business opportunity this company offers.  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



    Do you need help with your bookkeeping? Not sure if you need just a little or a lot of support? We can assess your needs and will be honest with what will be best for you. Solid Rock Accounting can set up your QuickBooks account and monitor to ensure you are entering data correctly or can run the program for you. Our team will customize a proposal based on your individual needs. This allows you to get the most for your money, retain as much control as you feel you need and to free up some of your time to grow your business. Allow yourself the privilege of running your business as you want with peace of mind that your finances are in reliable, trustworthy hands. Call today: 252-675-5414 or email 



    Resource Financial Services is a boutique mortgage bank that specializes in residential mortgages. Our Close On Time Guarantee and Rate Guarantee give you peace of mind that you have the best rate and that your loan will close when it should. With over 25 years in financial services, I am passionate about helping you achieve your dream of home ownership.

    Resource Financial Services works with local business affiliates like Coastal Women’s Forum through our Corporate Affinity Program. Because you are a member of Coastal Women’s Forum, at closing, Resource Financial Services will give you a $500 credit to apply to the closing costs of your home purchase loan or refinance.
    Call me today for details: 252-639-1616 , Nelda Coats, Mortgage Banker, NMLS # 1511029



    The Neuse River Bridge Run will be held on March 11 and volunteers are needed.  Proceeds from the race go to benefit eight local nonprofit organizations including RCS.  To volunteer, go to the "volunteer" tab at OR go directly to: For more information about RCS contact Susan Lucas.



    Make right choices for you regarding your lifestyle!  Choices include eating a variety of fresh foods, getting enough exercise, avoiding smoking, reducing stress and using the RIGHT PRODUCTS.  Melaleuca, The Wellness Company is your online store. We are the largest online wellness shopping club.  Many of the products are first of its kind that address health issues like heart health, joint health and brain health.  Many of our products have patents, the laundry detergent  and the multi-vitamins have 2 patents each.  Gluten-free, products already made with essential oils, green products, natural skin care, food, drugstore type items are all @ Melaleuca.
    For more information, call Martha S. Vaughan at 252-269-5171 or email  There is one thing that matters..and that is YOUR health"

    Checkout lifestyle changes for you: or



    Joli Salon of New Bern welcomes their newest stylist Samantha Allen! She has spent over 8 years providing an amazing hair experience with her bubbly personality and creativity. We are glad to have her in our salon! We also wanted to remind you that we are the premier provider of the UK’s fantastic milk_shake hair products. This full line of products use natural ingredients such as milk and yogurt proteins as well as fruit extracts to give your hair the beauty and shine only Mother Nature could.Stop by and take advantage of our February Special: Choose from a free eyebrow wax - lip wax - or Moroccan oil hair treatment with any haircut and style.

    We are open 7 days a week! Give us a Call at 252-649-1777 or go to our website at to schedule an appointment! 



    Organization and productivity do not happen just by luck! Are you a solo-preneur working to build a business you love? Do you look forward to meeting clients and sharing your services or products? What about doing all the administrative work? By outsourcing some of the more tedious tasks, you can save money, time and use your brainpower to work on actually building your business. Focus on your business and let go of all these: CRM, newsletter and social media posts, data entry, emailing invoices and more. Call or email Tanya today: 252-665-3424 or tanya@structuredchaos.bizStructured Chaos - empowering businesses to organize for optimization™️!



    March celebrates National Puppy Day & Professional Pet Sitters Week.Puppies are joyful, loving and challenging. Treasure these early months and set your pup up for success.Here are three ways that Crockett’s Critter Care can help your pup get off to a great start:

    1. Potty breaks: Schedule the necessary time outs until your pup is fully housebroken.

    2. Socializing: Introduce a puppy to new things every day to encourage a well-rounded dog.

    3. Leash manners: Encourage them early to walk nicely on a loose leash.

    Crockett’s Critter Care provides visits that address these three steps in a kind and gentle manner to help guide your pup into adulthood.

    Crockett’s Critter Care is a professional pet sitting and dog walking service that is insured, bonded,certified, background check passed, experienced and trained in Pet First Aid/CPR. You may contact Jeanne Crockett at or by calling (252) 635-2655.




    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy
    Glenburnie Professional Center
    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6
    New Bern, NC   28560



    Hi, I'm Laurie Hart from Think Hart Solutions. As you might(or should) already know, Social Media has taken over the world. Do you know what this means for your business?
    It means that if your business does not engage your customers via active and strategic social media, your business might as well be invisible. We can help you keep up with technology and social trends so you can leave your competitors in the dust.
    If you want to grow your business these days, you need to get social. Think Hart Solutions specializes in Social Media Strategy and management for your business so you don’t have to. From daily post management to handcrafted ads and website development, Think Hart Solutions can walk you through every step of the way and help you make this year the best year for your business.

    Contact us today: 919.349.4455 -

    Let’s get you Social!



    Want to improve your speaking and leadership skills? New Bern Toastmasters is having an Open House and you are invited! This is your chance to learn skills that can help you get that next raise or propel you to become a professional speaker.  Either way we are here to help. Join us on Monday, February 27 at Keller Williams ~ 1320 McCarthy Blvd. Light refreshments at 6 pm followed by meeting from 6:30-8 pm. Questions, contact Karen Monroe at            757.343.4312 or visit:



    Your final gift to your family!  Do you have a will and advanced directives? Is your will up to date?  This is your final gift to your family and included in your LegalShield membership.  I look forward to helping you. For information or to get started, contact Karen Monroe, Independent Associate at 757.343.4312 or  



    New Bern Civic Theater presents “Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson on February 24, 25 at 7:30 pm and February 26 at 2:00 pm. Gem of the Ocean unfolds in the home of Aunt Ester, a well-known 285-year-old wise woman whose home is a sanctuary for the troubled and lost. Citizen Barlow, a man in turmoil, comes to Aunt Ester seeking her soul-cleansing powers. Aunt Ester helps guide him through a spiritual journey towards redemption and self-discovery.

    Tickets: Orchestra advance $18, Orchestra door $20, Students and active duty military $12 . Balcony advance $17, Balcony door $19, Balcony student and active duty military $10. Plus tax. Available at 252-633-0567 or at For more information about NBCT contact Gayle Albertini.


    FEAR NOT! There is no need to get the shakes when you have to make a speech.  Turn on your passion and your audience will be in the palm of your hand. Passionate Presentations will teach you how to incorporate movement, vocal variation, and emotion into your speeches to make your audience connect with you and your message.

    This three session program focuses on fine tuning your presentation skills to help you conquer the butterflies and do business better.  Class is limited to 12 students and starts on Monday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 pm through Craven Community College AEP. Writer, speaker, and trainer Jane H. Maulucci has teamed up with actor, director, and vocalist John Van Dyke to create this intense and energetic program. Be courageous, sign up now! 



    Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to
    by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter!

    Last modified: 14 Apr 2017 7:28 PM | 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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