March 2019 Newsletter

  • 14 Feb 2019 12:20 PM
    Message # 7165597

    "Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch."  Walt Whitman

    March 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker

    Sunny and 75

    What’s your perfect weather?

    One of my favorite songs is “Sunny and 75” sung by Joe Nichols and it is one of my favorites because that is my ideal weather. Sunny, 75 degrees, no humidity, blue sky, beach chair, flip flops, sand – yes, I do believe I would be very happy if every day were like that.

    That’s what we had just several days ago, in February. Go figure. When we moved here three and a half years ago, we were told by many “don’t like the weather – just wait ten minutes.”   And in Eastern North Carolina, that seems to be true.

    It is amazing how weather affects our mood and our conversation … in the supermarket, at the doctor’s office, at work – almost everywhere. We are either loving it or complaining about it. Those of us who have moved from colder climates shudder when there is any inkling of snow or below freezing temps. Many of us prefer it cooler, not wanting the humidity of the summer months.

    Realistically, there is not much we can do about the weather. We chose to live here, so we have to accept the variety of conditions and be flexible. This builds our character!

    My car has become home to a variety of weather proofing items including two umbrellas (one full size and one collapsible), a baseball cap for my husband (who wears glasses and is not happy in the rain), a cooler for last minute shopping in warm weather and a windshield cover to protect from the sun’s strong rays.  I keep the ice scraper in the garage, so I don’t have to see it all the time (too depressing).

    We are entering the month of March, which is always a challenging weather month. The old lion-lamb proverb is often accurate, but I find the most wonderful thing about March is that it is the bridge from winter to spring. I can wear sandals more often; crocuses and daffodils are in bloom and the days are longer. Sometimes it is windy and cold, but it really doesn’t last too long.

    Bottom line, even though I prefer sunny and 75, it would get boring to have the same weather all the time. And then, what would be our most frequent conversation starter – if not the weather?

    P.S. REMEMBER to come to Trade Share on Tuesday, March 5th at The Flame. Deadline for dinner reservations is February 28th.    BTW – The TS Committee has put in a request for good weather!



    Tuesday, March 5th  5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Flame, 2301 Neuse Blvd, New Bern

    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, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. There is no cost for table tops, but the normal $22.00 dinner charge will apply at registration.

    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.

    Please email Martha Massaad  at  to reserve a Trade Share table.  If you would like to donate a door prize, please email Kelly Michaud:  

    Wednesday, March 20th 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m. Lunch at the NBG&CC

    Lilibeth Serrano Vélez, is a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and serves in the Ecological Services Division out of the Raleigh Field Office.  Our area has a vast and rich coastal ecosystem to include our beautiful beaches and extensive river systems, along with our fertile Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean. 

    Lilibeth will share information about their Coastal Program in North Carolina that has restored, protected or enhanced more than 36,000 acres of habitat critical for rare plants and animals.  All of which, impact our beloved region and help us connect with nature and connect with each other.



    Lunch Dessert Sponsor

    Thank you, Deedra Durocher

    Habitat for Humanity Craven County will celebrate our 30th Anniversary this June, 2019.  We've built 66 homes and provided shelter for 105 adults and 120 children.  Our mission will continue with your support.

    Phone:  252-633-9599




    Please extend a warm welcome to our seven new members!

    Joan Frommhagen, Retired Nurse Educator

    Karen Miller, Posh Palate Caterers & Events 

    Nancie Prisco, Independent Consultant, Rodan + Fields 

    Thressa Smith, Onboard Editing

    Brooke White, Sound Fitness

    Lara Williams, Courtyards at Berne Village

    Luyao Yan


    A Friendly Reminder ... CWF has a missed meal policy.  Due to our advanced guarantee obligations, you must cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the event.  We'd really like to have you with us but if you can't attend, please be sure to let us know by the deadline.  Thanks for helping us keep the CWF budget balanced.

    LEADERSHIP - Amazing CWF Members

    Warmest congratulations to Linda Jarvis, Lynaire Kennels!  Linda's dog "Joy" won Best of Breed at the 143rd Annual Westminster Dog Show in New York City.  "Joy" is the best Airedale Terrier anywhere!  That's amazing Linda, congratulations!



    Beary Interesting ...

    Do you know the purpose of Corporate Gift-Giving?  Chances are, your customers don’t wake up thinking about you.  Staying top of mind is up to you. 

    There’s power in a personal touch and the number one reason for corporate gift giving is to improve relationships, it also helps:

    • Build and strengthen your brand
    • Retain present customers
    • Obtain potential customers
    • Show appreciation to employees

    Your company is just one of many that clients can turn to when they're in need of new business. Small gifts are also an excellent method to show employees, clients, partners, and coworkers how much you appreciate them. An example of one of these gifts is a thank you medical gift basket from a specialty doctor to a primary doctor who has referred their company.

    Please visit us at  or email brenda@beartownbaskets.  Better yet,  come talk with us at Trade Share. We can help you create a gifting-plan.


    Spring is Coming, Promise

    February can be grim and gloomy but spring will be here soon.  And what an exciting lineup of spring programs from the New Bern Historical Society!

    March 9,  ABC* Indoor Yard Sale (*Attic, Basement, Closet). Find one-of-a-kind treasurers! Furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, housewares and more. 8 am to noon at Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pinetree Drive.

    March 23, Battlefield Adventure Day at New Bern Battlefield Park. A day full of hands-on activities and living history for the whole family. Reenactors, camp life, crafts, medical displays – we make learning fun! 12 noon to 4 pm.

    March 29, Deadline to apply for the Harriet Marks College Scholarship for New Bern High School students. Criteria considers both scholarship and need.

    April 12-13, Heritage Homes Tour. Celebrate New Bern’s history, resilience and charm with tours through 18 homes in five historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a garden party with live music, refreshments, and costumed historical characters.  

    For more information call us at 252.638.8558 or click to


    And the Eyes Have It

    Come SEE us at Baxter Eye Care at 3000 Trent Road

    and help us give back during the month of March!


    Thank you and have a great day!

    Adrienne Earle, OD



    Realize Your Best Life

    The Beauty of Healthy Living is all about helping you realize your best life, by taking care of your body as well as your home. We offer a wide variety of health and wellness products, including organic vitamins and supplements, world-renowned skincare and makeup, and organic, environmentally-friendly home products. Through personalized health and fitness coaching, and product recommendations, we can help you achieve your best self.

    Visit our table at the Trade Share, or contact us today!
    Angelica Roman


    Eyes of March  

    Your cat may be your snuggle buddy or the aloof sentinel of your home, but no matter their personality, someone should check on them when you’re not home. Fluffy could have gotten herself trapped in a precarious position, tangled in the window treatments, or tipped over her water bowl chasing dust mites in a sunbeam. Meanwhile, a senior pet could just use some tender loving care. Let Crockett’s Critter Care provide the safety and security of human intervention while you’re at work for the day or away for the weekend.  Call Jeanne and set up regular check-ins with one of Crockett’s professional caregivers.

    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, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.


    In like a Lion and out like a Lamb!

    Welcome to a windy March with great opportunity for growth. Monthly Massage Therapy keeps our body, mind and soul in good health. Please call or visit my website to set up that much needed Massage Therapy Session.

    Elise A. Medenbach,  LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560

    Like us on Facebook and call 252 474-6118.


    Healthy Hound Hearts

    February is Heart month and March promises great weather!  Show your dog some love and have some fun exercising together.  Sign up for a free intro to Dog Agility!

    Email Dona Baker at to set up your free introduction to the amazing agility equipment.  Your dog will love you for it.

    Dona Baker, President/Trainer

    Masterful Dog Training, Inc.

    "Training For Both Ends of the Leash"

    252-672-K9ED (5933)

    Check out Essential Oils for you and your dog:                           



    Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to 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
  • 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.


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

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