April 2017 Newsletter

  • 22 Mar 2017 9:31 AM
    Message # 4682541

    It's time for the CWF Annual Trade Share!  Join us for networking and dinner at the NBG&CC Thursday, April 6.  On April 19 our Luncheon speaker will be Juliet Rogers talking about transitioning from profit to non-profit.

    April 2017 Newsletter

    President's Message
    Jane H. Maulucci

    Death, Taxes, & Networking

    Ben Franklin claimed that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Since it is April, hopefully everyone has come to grips with their obligation to the IRS.  And that by now, you’ve taken Mary Skinner’s words to heart and gotten all your necessary papers in order, because as we all know, death happens.

    I’d like to add a third certainty of life – Networking. Whether you recognize it or not, each of you has a network that supports and surrounds you. Of course part of it is the Coastal Women’s Forum, but you also have your family, business, social, and spiritual webs that contribute to your greater network.

    It is almost impossible to be successful in life and business without your network. Even the cloistered computer wizard living in her mother’s basement making $20k a year by blogging has a network and understands the value of that literal and figurative connection.

    We started this year asking “Who do you know?” to remind members to reach out to our diverse group professionally and personally. At our twice monthly meetings we work to encourage you to use the directory to search for the women who provide the products and services you need or to continue a conversation that started over a meal. (Ahem... how’s your profile looking? Got a name tag?)

    We randomly toss in assigned seating so that we can each move out of our comfort zone and network with people we may have missed along the way. If we can think of another way to serve our mission of Networking, Education, and Encouragement we will spring it on you!

    But this Networking piece is the key to your success. And it isn’t painful. It is a conversation with one of your tablemates. It’s “Tell me about your business...” or “Who do you use for computer services...” or “Where did you get those earrings?” And the next thing you know, you’ve expanded your network.

    On April 6 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club at 5 p.m. we will have our Trade Share event. It is a mini- trade show where our members get to showcase their businesses. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your CWF sisters. Then on April 19 RCS Executive Director, Juliet Rodgers, will offer her humorous insights on transitioning from a successful career in finance to a commitment to a non-profit.

    While you’re chatting with your tablemates this month, ask them about a connection they’ve made through CWF or a leap of faith moment in their life. They may be one and the same!



    April 6 CWF Trade Share at the NBG&CC -

    Trade Share is here!  Every year this is a big event as our members display their business and non-profit connections at this mini-trade show. You'll get to learn all about the personal and professional passions of your CWF sisters. Plus, there will be a networking game, great food, and door prizes.

    (By the way... if you don't have a booth, you can still offer a door prize to promote your endeavor. Contact Cheryl Jukich and bring it with you to the event that evening.)

    Be sure to register for the dinner even if you have already reserved your booth! Visitors and guests are welcome, but be aware that this is very popular event so register the first time you see the invitation so you don't get left out.


    April 19 CWF Lunch at the NBG&CC -
    Networking 11:30 Lunch 12 Noon

    Speaker: Juliet Rogers - Executive Director of Religious Community Services

    Juliet Rogers will share her thoughts on her transition from working in the lucrative world finance to being recruited as the Executive Director for RCS. She will speak on "How can I successfully adapt from for profit to non profit and yet fail at teaching my family to change the toilet paper roll!" Bring Kleenex: her humor and heart will have you in tears.  




    Jeanne Crockett of Crockett's Critter Care is our Dinner Dessert Sponsor this month. Jeanne provides professional pet setting and dog walking services,  Let Crockett's Critter Care enrich your life by caring for your pet.



    Our April Lunch Dessert Sponsor is Terri McDonald, local coordinator of the Council on International Educational Exchange. Bring the World to your home, become a Host Family! For more information on CIEE contact Terri.



    We have 185 active members and since last month we have added 3 new members -  Leslie Andrews, Cecelia Morris, and Leslie O'Bryant.  Introduce yourself and say welcome when you see them at the next CWF event.  

    Well, it is officially SPRING! Which means we're tossing off the old winter looks and sprucing ourselves up with new styles, haircuts, or fashionable glasses. But have you updated your CWF profile picture? Ideally you should get a new headshot every two years, and if you've made a change like gone from blonde to purple, people may not recognize you.Go ahead and get that new profile picture up there! (You know... we do have some great photographers in our midst...look them up in the CWF directory!) After all, it is so much easier to remember a face that has a sparkling smile than a name we can't pronounce.

    We've got your back!LOVE TO HAVE YOU!
    If you have been coming to meetings as a visitor and you're still on the fence about joining consider this. First, you are technically only allowed to attend TWICE as a visitor. Second, membership gives you access to the full website and our directory. And THIRD, we buy you dinner at the Hat Social. Plus, there are other perks of membership such as the Member Minute at every meeting and newsletter blurbs - free advertising. What are you waiting for?

    As a CWF member you are connected to a phenomenal network of women who have extensive knowledge and experience that they are willing to share with you. All you need to do is ask! We've even simplified the process for you.

    Look for the WHO DO YOU KNOW? board at the back of the room. Fill out an envelope with your question or desire and post it to the board. As members and visitors mingle they can read the question and determine if they or someone they know can answer it. They’ll put their business card in the envelope and you’ll head home with new connections. We'll also read your request during our opening announcements. Give it a try!




    Do you have your advance directives completed, organized and easily accessible? We all need to have these documents. April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day (www.nhdd.org) - a day to learn about what documents you need and how to complete them. They include a Durable Power of Attorney and your Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. One resource to help with getting through this process so you have what you need when you need it is The HAINES System™ (http://www.structuredchaos.biz/ths). Call or email Tanya with Structured Chaos to help you. Together, we can do this and you and your family will be glad you did! (252) 665-3424 or tanya@structuredchaos.biz.



    Can you imagine what it is like for your pet when you go to work, leave for a business trip, go away on vacation? What if your pet is a little shy, fearful, needs medication, doesn’t like being left alone too long? Your pet deserves to have the best of care provided in a kind and gentle manner. Jeanne Crockett is recognized as a Certified Fear Free Professional. To learn more: www.fearfreepets.com.

    This accomplishment helps Jeanne and her team implement positive handling procedures and fear free methods designed to lower stress, anxiety and fear. This helps pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the attention they need. 

    Jeanne is also a certified pet sitter through Pet Sitters International. And, she is trained in Pet First Aid/CPR, insured and bonded and background check passed. For more: www.crockettscrittercare.com. Contact Jeanne through the website or by calling (252) 635-2655.



    We’re not just a company, we’re a promise for a brighter futureA brighter future for our families who will live happier, healthier lives as we create safe havens by radically reducing chemicals in our homes with our simple, cost-effective solutions that truly work.

    A brighter future for our Consultants, who have the opportunity to empower themselves and others as they build their own businesses and live the life of their dreams in a community founded on integrity, trust and respect.

    And a brighter future for our planet, as we share our Mission with others by showing them how to reduce chemicals and waste that challenge the health of our environment.

    At Norwex, we are real people making a real impact through our promise of a brighter future for everyone, for generations to come. Real peopleReal impact. Join me!!  www.maryellencrisp.norwex.biz crispyclean2016@gmail.com  --  252.675.9947



    MERCI Clinic provides confidential medical and pharmaceutical services to individuals who have no health insurance and are of limited income in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. MERCI is in great need of the truly committed who want to make a difference in our community. 

    Volunteers needed: M,W, & F for administrative duties, 4 hour shifts between 8:30 am to 5 pm. We can accommodate shorter shifts.Tu &Th for Clinic days with patients and medical staff,  available shifts are 7:45 am -12:15 pm and/or 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm. If you wish to make a difference, please submit a volunteer application on the MERCI website at www.merciclinic.org. 

    MERCI is also looking to fill 2 part time paid staff positions:  Lab Coordinator (12-18 hours per week) and Bookkeeper adept at Quickbooks (2-3 hours per week). For more information about the staff positions please email or call Beth Cooper, Executive Director, at 252-633-1599, ext 101 or director@merciclinic.org. Thank you!



    In addition to providing travel assistance for vacations, honeymoons and group tours, High Country Travel & Tours can assist business travelers with their day-to-day business travel, business management as well as corporate retreats, incentive and group travel.

    Making your air, hotel and car reservations is just the beginning of your business travel.  It all starts with us getting to know you personally. What is your company culture? What are your business objectives and how does travel come into play? How can we be the very best business travel agency for you?  Together we will work to find just the right combination of corporate travel services to keep your business travelers happy!

    You can be assured that we are committed to do our best to satisfy you. From the moment you contact Julie Mincey, Your Travel Agent,  at 252-631-1003 or  www.highcountrytraveltours.com, your satisfaction and security are our top priority.



    The Sharon D. Quill Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to a Craven County high school senior by the Trent Woods Garden Club. The TWGC scholarship was established to encourage students to further their education in an area of study that will enable them to maintain, enhance and improve the environment. Applications can be obtained from high school counselors or  http://trentwoodsgardenclub.webs.com
    Deadline for application is April 14th

    The scholarship will be awarded at the May 11th luncheon  meeting of the TWGC at the New Bern Country Club. The recipient and his or her parents will be honored. For additional information, please contact Scholarship Committee Member Judi Lloyd



    There is one thing that matters and that is YOUR health. It is a choice how you live, how you shop, how you plan for your wellness.  As women, planning for our health is just as important as making plans about retiring someday.  I help women make choices that benefit their health by a monthly shopping plan that saves money and time. 

    Through the process of understanding not only looking at ingredients but knowing the manufacturer, you purchase from, you learn the importance of supporting your health through high quality products at affordable prices.  Wellness programs on essential oils, heart health, gut health, going green, etc. are available for your office, your groups and on individual basis.  Contact Martha Vaughan at 252.269.5171 or marthasv@saferforyourhome.com and checkout lifestyle changes for you at http://www.makegreengogreen.com/investinyourwellness



    “If our men are all drawn off and we should be attacked, you would find a Race of Amazons in America.” Abigail Adams, 1776.

    Warrior Women is an original theater piece revealing the challenges of being female active duty military. The multi-talented Angelique Richelle Pinkston and Michelle Sims, confront their power and vulnerability by telling their stories through dance, song, and words. The piece was conceived and directed by Wendy Osserman who choreographed it in collaboration with the performers. Performances are May 15 and 16, 7:30 pm, Orringer Auditorium, Craven Community College, New Bern. Suitable for teens and up.  Admission $20/$10 military & students. Tickets: Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St. New Bern, 252-638-2577 or through the Lifetime Learning Center,  Craven Community College , Brock Administration Bldg. Suite 100, (252) 633-2618 for details. Warrior Women is presented in partnership with the Lifetime Learning Center. Jane Maulucci – Stage Manager


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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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