January 2019 Newsletter

  • 19 Dec 2018 9:17 PM
    Message # 6967019

    "Silence and solitude, the soul's best friends." H.W. Longfellow

    January 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker

    A Special Gift 

    When I think of January, I think of crisp cold mornings and fulfilling New Year’s resolutions. I think of the days getting longer. I also reminisce about the past holiday and the special gifts given and received.

    As I reflect, I also remember gifts from my distant past. One of the most special gifts I ever received from a very dear friend is a copy of the book “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In the late 70’s I spent some time with this friend on Maui – just about the time the second version of the book was published.

    After losing her son in a world-famous kidnapping case, Anne Morrow Lindbergh moved on with her life raising five children with her husband Charles Lindbergh. She was a well known writer who in the mid 1950’s spent some time on Maui walking the beach exploring the shells and the tranquility of her surroundings. In “Gift from the Sea”, she recorded her thoughts and emotions during that time, attaching different shells to the different aspects of her life.

    One of my favorite shells, the moon shell, represents solitude.

    Solitude, as she notes, is something that many women do not allow themselves. There is the work day, the chores, the dinners and the needs of the rest of the family. Often there is no time for solitude – a vacation alone, creative solitude, or even a walk by oneself on a quiet trail. Her premise is that if women were convinced that a day off or an hour of solitude were a reasonable ambition, they would find a way of attaining it. Most of us just feel that this time is unjustified. Even women who have economic means or the time or energy for solitude – still do not use it.

    If we read that Anne Morrow Lindbergh had these thoughts in the mid- 50’s, one can only imagine how she would feel today. Today we are always attached to our businesses, families, and friends. The cell phone, email, texting, Facebook – make it more difficult to get away and be alone.

    We all need alone time, time to revisit our core, and understand who we are and why we are here. Time to explore our essence and re-energize.

    When I think of January, I also think about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s resolutions. In January we start anew. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all make the commitment to find some alone time in the upcoming year. Anne Morrow Lindbergh took the moon shell from Maui back to her home in Connecticut to remind her of “solitude” and to remind her to schedule some alone time even if only an hour. We can each choose our own symbol of solitude as a reminder to ourselves to enjoy that alone time we need and so richly deserve.



    Tuesday, January 8th 5:30-7:00 p.m.    Dinner at the Chelsea

    What Is Communication?

    There is power in communication. Together, let’s understand how proper communication can empower us and improve our relationships. We will also gain useful tools to help those around us use the basics of communication - such as: grammar and mechanics, tone and voice. 

    Tonya J. Lynch


    The Black Light Project

    Wednesday, January 16th 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch at the NBG&CC

    Welcome, Visitors!

    As the executive director of the Tourism Development Authority, Tarshi McCoy is charged with fostering an environment to grow the number of visitors to our community. She will share with our attendees the wealth of opportunities we have, even post Hurricane Florence, to host visitors, the value of tourism to our entire community, the ideal types of visitors and ultimately how we can assist her in continuing the prosperity of our community.

    Tarshi McCoy

    Executive Director

    Craven County Tourism Development Authority



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Dr. Adrienne Earle

    Dr. Adrienne Earle



    3000 Trent Road
    New Bern, NC 28562

    Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Valerie Fryczcynski

    It’s easy and rewarding to create scholarships at local community colleges. As dessert sponsor in January, I will give you some ideas on how to do this and why it has been so meaningful to me. In November 2008, I created the Lottie Fryczynski Memorial Scholarship at Carteret Community College in memory of my mother-in-law and in April 2015, I created the Nancy Lowery Harris Memorial Scholarship at Piedmont Community College in the memory of my daughter-in-law’s mother.




    It's a pleasure to welcome six new members to the CWF family.  

    Diane Dennis

    Jerilyn Felber

    Connie Harbby, Bespoke Custom Florals

    Kim Ranton

    Gillian Vanderzyl, Independent Consultant with Mary Kay

    Lori Yarrow


    Trade Share is Back!

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to showcase your business and network with CWF colleagues.  Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 and watch for details.


    A Friendly Reminder... we have a Missed Meal Policy:  Please cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner event, or you must pay for the meal you missed (this is due to our advanced guarantee obligations). We want you attend, but if you can't, be sure to let us know by the deadline.  It's not personal, it's the CWF's bottom line.  Thanks for understanding.



    A Fascinating Start to the Year

    Getting your New Year off to a great start with two programs you won’t want to miss!  Our Lunch & Learn on January 9 at 11:30 at The Chelsea features John Leys, former New Bern Historical Society Historian, telling us The Story of the Historic Ghent Community.  John’s talk will take us back to the days when Ghent was developed from the Rhem family plantation and the neighborhood grew as a trolley suburb of lovely Craftsmen, Colonial Revival, and even Sears kit houses.

    On Sunday, January 13, at 2pm in the NC History Center, nationally renowned historian Ed Bearss will present The Raising of the USS Cairo, the real-life adventure of how he discovered the long-lost Civil War-era ironclad gunboat at the bottom of a river.  With characteristic humor and humility, this 95-year old WWII veteran will entertain us with the story of what it took to raise it from the depths – including an appearance on a TV game show to fund the project! 

    For information call 252-638-8558 or go towww.NewBernHistorical.org.


    Healthy New Year

    Now that you’ve resolved to be healthier this year, add your pets to your resolution! They need to watch their diet and get a daily dose of exercise just as you do. If taking Rex for a romp or booking playtime for Fluffy is crowding your calendar, call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care and let her team of pet care pros get your fur babies back in shape. They will keep your feeding schedule, provide daily exercise, and give your pets tender loving care when you can’t.  And if you have senior pets, Crockett’s gentle caregivers are sure to keep them comfortable.

    Jeanne Crockett’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring trained professionals to care for your beloved pet whether furry, feathered, or finned. For Fear Free professional pet sitting and dog walking go to crockettscrittercare.com, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.


    Make your New Year’s Health Resolution a Success!

    Many people make a New Year’s resolution to get healthy or lose weight, but nearly 80% quit by February! Don’t be a statistic. Discover simple ways to improve your health, and products that can help you on your journey, including:

    Easy ways to exercise and move

    Simple ways to improve your nutrition

         Healthy snacks and supplements for a busy lifestyle

    Contact me for personalized product recommendations or questions!

    919-770-4210 | beautyofhealthyliving@gmail.com



    Start with a Strong Voice

    Jane Maulucci of Trained By Jane strengthens your business voice through workshops focused on building your presentation skills and mastering your message so you can fearlessly face any audience or client. Coming up: January 16, YOU’RE AN EXPERT; this quick single session will help you go from a blank page to a clear message providing you with a solid foundation to be a confident speaker. Then: January 23SPEAK EASY, a three session workshop, will show you how to turn on your passion and get your audience in the palm of your hand with movement, vocal variation, and emotion.

    Jane’s mission is training solopreneurs and micro-business owners to confidently look and sound like Fortune 500 corporations. Coming out in January is her new book: You Can Make a Living at That? The complete guide to thinking big for your small business. For details: trainedbyjane.com, email jane@trainedbyjane.com, or call 252-631-9601.


    Got the Sniffles?

    Need a Cold and Flu Treatment?  Here are some research-based prevention tips:

    • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Use Clear defense hand sanitizer (has vitamin E oil, black walnut oil and Tea tree oil).
    • Disinfect surfaces with Sol-U-Guard Botanical.
    • Avoid touching your face. Take Activate Immune Complex. Only use 3 weeks per month.
    • Supplement with Peak Performance Nutrition Pack which contains Florify, an immune protecting probiotic.
    • Supplement with Vitamin D3 and K2-D3.
    • Get seven to eight hours of sleep.
    • Diffuse Armour and Vapor essential oils.
    • Apply pain-a trate to your temples if you have a headache.
    • Drink lots of water.

    Transform your health with planet and people friendly products. 

    Ask your Wellness Planner, Martha S. Massaad for a complimentary healthy-home makeover.  Contact Martha at 252.269.5171 or martha@riseradiantlywithmartha.com

    There is one thing that matters ... and that is YOUR health"

    *Transform Your Health with Planet & People Friendly Products*
    **Ask about the SMART way to go GREEN!

    Checkout lifestyle changes for you: http://www.makegreengogreen.com/?investinyourwellness


    Happy New Year!

    Monthly massage therapy keeps the body and mind in balance!  Call today or visit my website.      

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy                             

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,  Suite 6

    New Bern, NC   28560




    Become a Savvy International Traveler

    In January, 2018, Craven Community College Adult Enrichment Program will offer “An Introduction to International Travel”, a new course to help you make the most of your overseas adventures. Whether you’re interested in exploring far away places, a novice traveler looking for a way to take those first steps toward your trip, or an international traveler wanting to get more out of your future journeys, this course is for you.

    In this three session program you will learn:

    • What documents you will need and where to get them
    • How to find the best travel deals
    • How to find accessible accommodations and what rights you have in foreign countries as a person with a disability
    • How to pack like a pro
    • Preparing for and handling health concerns while traveling

    And much more.

    For more information or to register, visit http://cravencc.edu/aep/enrichment-special-interest/#tvl


    Make time for yourself this year.



    Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to
    cwfnewsletter@gmail.com along with a jpeg or png
    by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter!


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.


Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to cwfnewsletter@gmail.com along with a jpeg or png image by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter.

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