February 2019 Newsletter

  • 18 Jan 2019 10:25 AM
    Message # 7008541

    "To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first."  William Shakespeare

    February 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker

    Baby Steps

    We do not remember our very early years, but most of us have certainly observed a toddler taking his or her first steps, BABY STEPS. First the goal was one to two feet, then three, then across the room. As long as the goal is in sight, the child feels safe and goes for it. The joy of success comes quickly.

    As adults, we are no different in how we approach our business and personal lives. We need goals that are within our vision and our reach, with the immediate satisfaction of some success.

    Some of the most common NEW YEAR’s goals are to work out “more often.” I noticed that the parking lot at the YMCA was quite crowded on January second, as were many of the area gym lots. The “more often” could mean every day, three times a week, or twice a week. The problem with a vague goal is that it can easily change. A specific goal can be measured and evaluated…so to work out twice a week is attainable for most and if we make it through an extra work out, we are thrilled. Just like the toddler who makes it further than she thought she would.

    Another common resolution is to “lose weight.” Just like increasing our exercise schedule, changing our eating habits is not easy. But if we think in BABY STEPS and make minor, but specific changes, we have a greater chance of being successful. When we celebrate small successes, we want to do it again and again. When we lose a pound, we want to lose two and three and so on. Those are the baby steps – no one loses ten pounds in a few days (not in a healthy way).

    Although February is the month of the heart and of passion, I think it is a tough month for most of us. Other than generally being cold, the tough thing about February is that it follows January. January is always the month of promise – it’s the new year and there are wonderful things that we plan to do in that new year. So, February is tough because we might not have been as successful as we expected in those first 31 days. We be may discouraged and may even give up totally on the goals we set on New Year’s Day.

    But if we go back to the idea of BABY STEPS, we realize that even babies get up and try again when they are attempting to walk, and we can, too! This is just the beginning. We need ongoing repetition to make changes and create new habits. If we think of February as our reevaluation month, the time to adjust our goals and reward ourselves for our successes, then February also becomes a month of promise.

    Like a runner who wants to run a marathon. She doesn’t do 26.2 miles the first time out. She does five, then ten and fifteen, until her pace and endurance can help her reach the final goal. These are the BABY STEPS to success.

    Looking forward to celebrating your successes with you this month!

    Here's a Fun Fact: February 30 or 30 February is a date that does not occur on the Gregorian calendar, where the month of February contains only 28 days, or 29 days in a leap year. February 30 is usually used as a sarcastic date for referring to something that will never happen or will never be done.  (I always clean my closets on February 30th!)



    Tuesday, February 5   5:30-7:00 pm Dinner at the Chelsea

    Shannon LuQuire

    Trade Ideas, Inc.

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” said Will Rogers.  You represent your company’s brand and so does the first encounter through your communications.  One of the best ways to help increase awareness of your business is to build a cohesive brand across all online platforms. Often the first interaction a consumer has with your business is online, either from social media or a website.  Our speaker, Shannon LuQuire of Trade Ideas, Inc. will share her suggestions on how to make sure your “brand” reflects you, your mission and your values.

    If you're not planning to exhibit at this year's Trade Share,  this unique event is still a perfect time to meet your CWF sisters and learn more about them.  Shannon will share the best ways to make your time attending Trade Share on March 5th the most productive ever.

    Wednesday, February 20 11:30 am-1:--pm  Lunch at the NBG&CC

    Anne C. Shaw

    State Director, Small Business Center Network

    North Carolina Community Colleges

    Anne Shaw is the State Director for the Small Business Center Network, North Carolina Community Colleges.  The SBCN is the nation’s most expansive state funded technical assistance program and serves over 70,000 North Carolinians each year.  Ann will share some of the development resources available for connecting with those who can help grow your business or nonprofit. Simply, a variety of resources are available but knowing where, who and or what to utilize can be intimidating and or time-consuming in the least. Ann will use her time with our members and guests to demonstrate how to chart a course for growth.



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Martha Massaad

    I stand for helping women make better choices about their health.  I offer a monthly shopping program with the nation's largest wellness online shopping club.  I help you become an educated consumer so that you are helping your family support their health by simply switching out their products that could quite possibly be toxic.  Working with me saves you time, money and invests in your health. There is one thing that matters and that is YOUR health!

    Martha Smith Massaad    252.269.5171

    *Transform Your Health with Planet & People Friendly Products*

    **Ask about the SMART way to go GREEN!
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    Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Leann Wilson

    Our mission is to provide professional, affordable & effective massage that ministers to the body, mind and spirit of our clients.

    1329 S. Glenburnie Rd., New Bern   252-636-2661




    Such a pleasure to welcome our eight New Members!

    Robin Ball

    Wendy Card, NC Life Media

    Jerilyn Felber

    Sandra Kohut, Sysco Food Services of Central PA-Retired

    Cathi Miller, Oliver & Cheek/Thea's Ideas

    Roxanne Peterson, CresCom Bank

    Rachel Smith, Bear City Fudge Company

    Deborah Wynn, Mad Hatteras


    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Trade Share is an opportunity for CWF Members to display their products and services to their CWF sisters and guests in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Trade Share will be held at The Flame Restaurant on Neuse Boulevard from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. There is no cost for table tops, but the normal $22.00 dinner charge will apply at registration.

    Six foot skirted tables will be provided.  We are limited to forty (40) tables, so sign up is first come, first served, and tables may be shared. Details about setup will come at a later date.

    Please email Martha Massaad to reserve your spot: melamarta@inbox.com

    Trade Share is also a wonderful opportunity for non-exhibitors to meet their CWF sisters and learn more about their businesses. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres, in lieu of a sit-down dinner, to facilitate more time for attendees to mingle and connect with each other. There will be door prizes throughout the evening.

    If you would like to donate a door prize, please email Kelly Michaud: kelly@solidrockaccounting.com.



    Greetings Ladies!

    Hope everyone is off to a great 2019.  Keep healthy, happy and stress free with a monthly maintenance Massage Therapy Session.  Isn’t it time to take care of YOU?  Please call or visit my website.

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,  Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560

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    252 474-6118


    Nobody Loves You More

    Your pets hold a special place in your heart. They hear your secrets, make you laugh, and provide much needed snuggles. That’s why you should call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care when you’re looking for someone to care for your pets the way you would. Crockett’s team of pet pros will care for your pets while you’re working around the corner or when you travel out of town. And if you have a senior pet with special needs or a youngster that requires some extra attention, Crockett’s team is able to step in for you to keep Fluffy or Rex on schedule.

    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.


    ACT On Your Business - available for preorder now!

    In ACT on Your Business, therapist and business coach Lee Chaix McDonough introduces the six keys to unlocking greater fulfillment, success, and joy. Using her evidence-based methodology for entrepreneurial flexibility, she’ll teach you the tools you need to: 

    • Connect with what’s most important to you (and why that’s the key to sound decision-making)
    • Transform your deepest, darkest thoughts and feelings from enemies to allies, and 
    • Anchor yourself in the midst of any storm. 

    The result? You'll  move forward  confidently  with your decisions, knowing that they’re aligned with what matters most. You'll show up more powerfully, ready to take on the world. And you’ll fall back in love with your business - and your life.

    Preorder your Kindle edition at http://bit.ly/ACTonyourBusiness. Paperback available for purchase on February 5th!


    Please Pitch In

    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, February 2nd, 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 Craven County Administration Building’s parking lot, 406 Craven Street on that Saturday at 9AM 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.


    No Chemicals Allowed

    For 25 years, Norwex has helped homes across the world become truly clean through their mission of radically reducing chemicals.

    Chemicals can do more harm than good.  No one should have to choose between healthy products and products that work.

    Living well is everyone’s right – free from harmful air pollution and chemicals in the products we use, wear and consume.

    Education inspires people to make healthy choices.  When people know better, they can choose better.

    small, conscious choice can lead to real impact.  I can show you a healthier way to clean, live and help protect our planet.

    Never underestimate your power to make a difference.  Good choices add up, and together we can create a cleaner, healthier world for all families for generations to come. 

    Mary Ellen Crisp

    Norwex Independent Sales Consultant

    252.675.9947 – crispyclean2018@gmail.com


    Big Hearts This Past Christmas, Thank you!

    “Be a Santa to A Senior” is a great opportunity to give back to our community. This Christmas, Home Instead Senior Care® “Santa’s helpers“ provided 565 large gift bags to seniors in several counties. Thanks to over 200 community volunteers organizing and wrapping! Thanks to Joanna Carr and team Edward Jones for hosting a BASTAS wreath again this year.

    Find out how your business can get involved in this very rewarding project. 

    Thanks to First Baptist Church downtown for wrapping space and to Broad Street Christian Church for storing items.

    Enhancing the lives of aging adults and their families is our mission.  Home Instead Senior Care® CAREGivers provide services including: Home Helper, Companion Care, Personal Services, Transitional Care and Hospice Support.

    We are always looking for enthusiastic people interested in Caregiving. If you know someone who would make a good CAREGiver please refer them to our website at www.homeinstead.com/759. Thanks for your support!

    Mallory Harwood




    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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