July 2017 Newsletter

  • 24 Jun 2017 12:10 PM
    Message # 4915779

    ts July and time to take a break, just remember to renew your CWF Membership on July 1. Meanwhile, our new president, Sandy Eichelberger,  and her team are making plans for our 30th anniversary year.

    JULY 2017 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Sandy Eichelberger

    On The 30

    Have you ever wondered why the number 30 often has a negative connotation? “Never trust anyone over 30.” “As soon as you hit 30, you start going down hill.” But when it comes to CWF’s 30th birthday, the exact opposite is true. CWF can be trusted to provide the best in networking, education, and support for women of all ages, occupations and stages of life. And we keep on getting better every year.

    I am absolutely thrilled to be the CWF President of our 30th year! Yes, 30 years of women getting together for the sake of Networking, Education, and Encouragement. The need for women to continue doing this is as strong now as it was 30 years ago.

    CWF is a well-known and powerful organization in New Bern – just ask our members and they will agree.

    When I moved to New Bern three years ago, CWF was one of the first organizations I heard about, and I was quickly welcomed. Last year, we added over 60 new members and so many of their stories are the same – CWF is the place to feel welcomed and the place to network!

    I think back 30 years ago to what I was doing personally and professionally – how I wish there had been an organization like CWF to support me as I moved up my professional ladder. The ability to have an organization that is inclusive of women of such a broad range of careers, ages, skills, and abilities is so unique. Just the thought of having so many interesting women to help mentor and support each other makes me proud to stand before our membership.

    We will spend time this year reflecting upon the wonderful gifts the women who founded this organization have given us over the years. As we celebrate our 30th, we will garner all the “Pearls of Wisdom” from the women who so boldly established this organization, our community leaders, and other speakers who  will support our 30th year.

    Our first dinner of 2017-2018 will be held at The Chelsea on August 1, 2017. We will introduce our concepts for our 30th year, talk about our special 30th celebration and of course, welcome our current and new members. Be prepared to be wowed at how CWF supports and provides mentoring opportunities for all our members. Don’t miss the first meeting of our 2017 year and be ready to share your summer stories with your CWF sisters.



    August 1 Dinner at the Chelsea -
    Networking 5:30 Dinner 6 p. m.
    PEARLS OF WISDOM!!! Welcome to the start of CWF’s 30 year!!!! 
      We'll introduce the Board, our new President, Sandy Eichelberger will outline her theme for the year (Pearls of Wisdom) and we'll have our Board members ready to showcase how to network!  Spend time getting to know our new members and welcome your sisters back from our vacation break! 

    August 16 Lunch at the NBG&CC - Networking at 11:30, Lunch at Noon
    Find out how you can contribute to our 30th year and add your Pearls of Wisdom.
     As we embark on Coastal Women’s Forum’s 3oth year, we will explore how our values of Networking, Education and Encouragement still hold true after all these years.   As always, bring your business cards and be ready to share your “Pearls of Wisdom”!



    Congratulations to our Membership Team, Kristi Mason and Leanne Wilson.  Under their leadership, CWF ended the year with a total of 195 members, 68 of those members are brand new this year to our organization!

    You don't want to miss celebrating CWF's 30th anniversary--so renew your membership on July 1.  Our dues are just $40 and entitle you to view the entire CWF directory, attend our meetings at a discount, and get free admission to the Annual Meeting/Hat Social.

    Beginning JULY 1 you can renew your membership 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.

    Put a Save The Date on your calendar to remind you to renew on July 1st. 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.


    Effective July 1st, our new board will take over the reins for 2017-2018. These ladies are volunteering their time and energy to keep our organization running. With two events each month, a newsletter, special events, and constant communication with our membership they will be donating approximately 30 hours each month to support CWF in between their other commitments to work, family, and community. And they smile while they do it!
    • President: Sandy Eichelberger
    • Vice President: Cheryl Jukich
    • Secretary: Holli Quinn
    • Treasurer: Lee Chaix McDonough
    • Membership: Becca Moorer & Leann Wilson
    • Luncheon Coordinator: Kathleen Harrison
    • Dinner Coordinator: Judi Dorn
    • Luncheon Speaker Coordinator: Elizabeth Wood
    • Dinner Speaker Coordinator: Eileen Nonemaker
    • Social Media/Historian: Abbey Parker
    • Publicity: Penny Zibula
    • Website Manager: Maribeth Campbell
    • Newsletter: Joanna Carr
    • Advisor: Susan Pittman

    A quick thank you to our Board Members who have served and are coming off the board:
    Jo Johnson,
    MaryAnn Jordan, Chris Kaine, Kristi Mason, Karen Monroe, and Angela O'Kell Watson. We truly could not have done it with them!

    Applause for sale: you can buy it for just $30 when you are the dessert sponsor for our luncheon and dinner events. You'll get a thank you to you and your organization in the event invitation, plus you can stand up at the event and get a full minute to tell us all about yourself, your organization, or your event. That's when the applause starts, because everyone loves dessert and if we could, we'd eat it first! To reserve your spot (first come, first served!) at either a luncheon or a dinner send an email with your preferred date to coastalwomensforumnb@gmail.com. 




    Do you like WINE? Do you enjoy delicious food? Are you looking for something fun and unique to do? .... well you are in luck! 

    My name is Kaiy Smith-Biesman. I am an independent wine consultant and private caterer. I do in-home wine tastings in a try before you buy experience. This month only on Sunday, June 25th, I will be doing 2 in-home VIP wine tastings at my house and you are invited. We will be serving 5 premium handcrafted small batch wines paired with an amazing menu and you are invited! The best part is it is FREE! 

    We will have a Brunch seating at 1 pm and a Dinner seating at 7 pm. There are only 6 spots left for each seating so RSVP ASAP! RSVP via email at kaiysmith@yahoo.com or call/text me at 626.221.4680.



    Our goal at Solid Rock Accounting Services is to help simplify your bookkeeping so you can grow your business. By working with small businesses, we offer quality accounting services provided with integrity and professionalism. If you are using QuickBooks and need training, we are now offering individualized QuickBooks support. 

    Call Kelly Michaud at 252-675-5414 or email kelly@solidrockaccounting.com. Visit us at www.solidrockaccounting.com to learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you grow your small business by alleviating bookkeeping worries! 

    Keep in mind the upcoming July 15th deadlines: Deposit June payroll tax (FWT/FICA) if monthly rule applies AND June NC-5 due for monthly filers.



    While planning for your summer vacation, don’t forget to schedule your pet visits! Jeanne with Crockett’s Critter Care is certified to care for dogs, cats, horses, chickens, exotic pets, fish, birds and small caged animals. With many years of experience, and as a Fear Free Certified Pet Professional, you are assured that your pets also have a vacation while you are on yours.

    Also, if you have senior pets or pets with special needs, Crockett’s Critter Care professionals are certified in pet first aid and CPR. Jeanne’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring a trained professional to care for your beloved pet - whether furry, finned or feathered. For pet sitting and dog walking, go online to crockettscrittercare.com or call Jeanne at 252-635-2655 Crockett’s Critter Care: Where your critters count! 



    Cravin’ Wine has scheduled our wine dinners each month thru the end of the year. Based on feedback, we have targeted the 3rd Friday night of each month, unless there is a holiday. Here is our schedule for July – December

    Friday, July 21 – Empire
    Friday, August 25 – The Country Vintner
    Friday, Sept 22 –1 year anniversary celebration
    Friday, Oct 20 – Tryon
    Friday, Nov 10 – Queen of Wine
    Friday, Dec 15 – Mutual

    The dinners start at 6:30 pm. Please give us a call or drop us a note to signup. Invite your friends. (252) 514 2675 or cravinwine@gmail.com

    Please stop by and check out our July wine selection for 4 for $40; 4 red and 4 white wines.  Come and stock up! 


    YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY                                  

    Hope you are enjoying the sun & fun of Summer 2017! Take care of the largest organ of your body…..your skin.Call 252-474-6118 and schedule your next One Hour Massage Therapy Session and receive a FREE Paraffin Hand Treatment.Take care of that beautiful skin and notice how soft and flexible your hands will feel.  If your ears feel congested, ask me about Ear Candling.See you soon!

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center, 1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6, New Bern




    Thea Kincaid of Thea’s Ideas, invites you to Christmas In July, Thursday, July 20, 10 AM-2 PM at the Double Tree by Hilton at
    100 Middle St, New Bern. Thea will have several vendors in town displaying all the newest promotional products and innovative marketing ideas. Here is your chance to speak with the leaders in give-aways and useful branding tools to support your business, non-profit organization, or upcoming event.Make yourself memorable! Find out more at www.theasideas.com or go to Facebook for more details.And remember, please bring food items for RCS and in exchange you’ll receive a juicy watermelon to take home.



    httpwww.salon.com20140819incredible_little_league_pitcher_mone_davis_lands_sports_illustrated_coverNon-profits have a story to tell about what they do and who they serve.This two night seminar is specifically for non-profit organizations to hone their pitch. Getting your pitch perfect means that you will capture the right volunteers, donors, board members, and customers or clients. On Tuesday, August 8 & 15, from 6-8:30 p.m. Heather Noto - Brink Strategy and Jane Maulucci - The Reactive Voice will show you how to build and deliver a winning pitch for each audience. Fee is $125, limited to 12 participants. To reserve your spot email Jane Maulucci.



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

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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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