April 2019 Newsletter

  • 20 Mar 2019 8:46 AM
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    "The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity."  Douglas Horton

    April 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker


    It's Puzzling

    We have all assembled jigsaw puzzles at one time or another. They have been an early learning tool since 1760, when the engraver and cartographer, John Spilsbury, of London, is believed to have created the original puzzle. His early puzzles were maps, with pieces cut along the national boundaries, used to teach geography.

    Puzzles were originally made of wood and after WWII the manufacture of cardboard puzzles increased. Improvements in the manufacturing process reduced cost and made cardboard puzzles more attractive.

    Today, there are many puzzles of varying levels of difficulty and they are touted to help keep the brain active. For children and adults, these puzzles are a great learning tool, especially when they are part of a learning process. As part of her occupational therapy, our past president, Sandy Eichelberger is working on piecing puzzles together.

    Puzzles involve seeing the global or big picture and then working out the analytics to find the tiny details that create the whole. A puzzle can create a new learning experience, introduce a new topic, detail historical events, or just be a pretty scene.

    For many of us it is the challenge of seeing a project come to completion. Jigsaw puzzles are a passion of mine. We have a bistro table set up at all times with a puzzle in process. I share this passion with my sister, Val; my sister-in-law, Ann; and good friends Lu Ann in New Jersey and Joe in Oriental. Just like a book swap, we exchange puzzles when we complete them, adding to each other’s collections. With the collection I have waiting for me now, I may never have to buy a puzzle for myself again! When I do buy puzzles as gifts for the others, I look for some of the really intricate, challenging ones. If they are too easy, they are no fun. I love to hear the word “ugh” when they open the package!

    One of the reasons I enjoy jigsaw puzzles so much is that they are a diversion. The puzzle is a nice break from housework, a pastime while something is simmering on the stove, or a way be distracted when the NASCAR race is droning in the background. And nothing beats the feeling of success, when putting in the last few pieces…that sense of satisfaction when seeing the whole process come together.

    In a way, CWF is a jigsaw puzzle. Each person/member/sister brings their unique talents, skills, and insights to our organization to make a complete picture. So if you ever wonder what your role is within our organization, it is to be an active participant in whatever way it works for you. You can do it by attending out meetings, reading our newsletter, reaching out personally or professionally to your CWF sisters. We are all in this together.

    If you ever feel like doing a jigsaw puzzle and don’t have one around, just give me a call or stop by the New Bern – Craven County Library on Johnson Street. They have a large table with a puzzle in progress all the time.


    • The jigsaw puzzle with the most pieces is believed to be one consisting of 551,232 pieces made in 2011 at a university in Vietnam.
    • The largest commercial jigsaw puzzle went on sale in 2011 and contained 32,256 pieces. 
    • The Guinness world record for completing their official 250-piece jigsaw is 13 minutes, 7 seconds. 
    • The Rolling Stones released a song called Jigsaw Puzzle in 1968 (I missed that one).



    Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Dinner at the Chelsea

    Join us for Trivia Night!  How well did you get to know your CWF sister’s during Trade Share?  If you attended Trade Share you will have an advantage. If you missed the event – well, we will test your memory anyway. 

    Join us for a fun evening of networking and dinner, followed by an original CWF Trivia Game – testing your knowledge about your CWF sisters! The evening's moderator will  by our very own Lee Chaix McDonough. 

    Wednesday, April 17 at 11:30 a.m. - 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.



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Marie Phillips

    Marie Phillips

    First Citizens Bank


    First Citizens Bank
    305 Broad StNew BernNC  28560

    Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Susanne Pendleton

    Dedicated – Responsive – Recommended. Listening and providing personal attention every step of the way while helping you buy or sell real estate is what I do best. Real estate is one of the biggest investments of your life. You need a professional with exceptional communication skills and attention to detail that you can count on to produce successful results. Whether it's helping prepare your home for the market, finding your dream home or that perfect investment property, you can depend on my honesty, integrity and loyalty in every transaction. I bring my love for the New Bern area and my passion for helping people to every real estate client. I am committed to use all my best efforts and experience to represent you and your property. Call me today and put my experience and resources to work for you.

    Susanne Pendleton

    Broker/REALTOR                                                Susanne@SusannePendleton.com

    Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith                                           115 Middle Street, New Bern

     (252) 670-5944 CELL
     (252) 638-3500 OFFICE    





    Please extend a warm welcome

    to our 10 new members!

    Jacqueline Douglas 

    Mary Duquette, Mary Duquette Decorating Consultant

    Marcia Herring, Mary Kay Leadership Director 

    Ann Marie Hodrick, Heart's Desire Jewelry 

    Gülsüm Imercer

    Diane Jones

    Robin Kark, Croakertown Coffee Company 

    Hayden Keziah, PruittHealth-Neuse  

    Maryann Kozar, New Bern Chamber of Commerce 

    Kaitlyn Whitford, Salon #9  

    Something New!

    Promote CWF and Enhance Your Marketing

    There have been requests from members who want to add the CWF logo to their websites.

    If you would like to let your customers and colleagues know that you are a proud member of CWF,  we have added a Logo Usage Request Form on the website.  On the far, top right, of the home page, there is a drop-down screen that links you to the form with submission instructions.

    Please follow the process to get the approved logo file.

    CWF Board is Recruiting

    If you're interested in serving our premier networking organization, consider volunteering your time and talent to the CWF as a member of the Board of Directors.  Connect with Eileen and Lee during an upcoming event.  

    Board Members in their Real Lives

    Lee Chaix McDonough, CWF President Elect

    A little over a year ago Lee announced during member minutes that she was going to write a book. “Telling all of you is a way of holding myself accountable.”  Her book, titled ‘ACT On Your Business’, was officially released on February 5, 2019 and is #1 on Amazon. Congratulations Lee! Source: New Bern Sun Journal

    Joanna Carr, CWF Lunch Event Coordinator

    Joanna Carr, an Edward Jones financial advisor was selected to attend the Edward Jones fourth annual Women's Conference at the firms headquarters in St. Louis, MO.

    The conference recognized the top female Edward Jones financial advisors and provided attendees with the opportunity to network, hear from internationally recognized speakers, participate in elective sessions that explore performance excellence best practices and interact with firm leadership.  Carr said she found the conference extremely beneficial, "Attracting women to our opportunity is a key part of our firm's growth strategy," Carr said. "We strive to be a family friendly workplace for talented individuals who enjoy the job satisfaction that comes from making a meaningful, positive difference to our clients."   

    Joanna's office is located at 3515 Trent Road, Suite 7, New Bern, NC 28562, and she can be reached at 252-638-5013.  Visit her website at www.edwardjones.com/joanna-carr.

    Jane Maulucci, CWF Past President

    Jane, owner of The Reactive Voice, LLC,  was named New Bern's 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year by Alignable.

    Competition criteria focused on local SMB role models, who are dedicated to helping other small businesspeople succeed. After an extended round of nominations, top nominees advanced to the finalist stage, where local Alignable members voted for their favorite candidate.  Congrats, Jane!



    Celebrate Spring!

    Brighten someone's day with a fresh floral arrangement or blooming plant! Mention this you saw this ad in the Coastal Women's Forum news and receive 10% off your next floral purchase! 

    Be·spoke Custom Florals

    244-A Craven Street, New Bern NC



    Feeling Frisky?

    The warm spring weather makes you and your pets want to get outdoors and explore. After lolling around all winter, that pent up energy has to go somewhere! You can bet that your pooch would love the chance to take a “snifari” around the neighborhood. Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care provides adventure and enrichment for your pets when you can’t. Her team of pet professionals will take Rex for a daily romp and give Fluffy her special playtime while you’re out conquering the world.  Then you’ll come home to happy exercised pets ready to snuggle down and relax with you.

    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.


    Important Educational Summit

    The Neuromuscular Disease Support Organization will host an Education and Outreach Summit on April 27th.  The theme is, "Coping: Day to day Challenges."  Mr. Peter Rosenberger,  a 30-year caregiver and radio talk show host from Nashville TN, will be our guest speaker. Those who are affected by a neuromuscular disease, family members and caregivers are invited to attend this free event.

    The Summit will take place at Craven Community College in New Bern. For more details and to register, please visit our website  neuromusculardiseasesupportorganization.org or call 252 733 0799. 


    April Showers Bring May Flowers   

    Spring is upon us;  take the time to smell the flowers.  Monthly Massage Therapy is essential for good for your overall health. If you don’t tend to the garden what will happen?  Yep, same thing with the human body.  Call me if you have any questions or would like to book that much needed appointment.

    Elise A. Medenbach,  LMBT Massage Therapy  Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6  

    New Bern,  NC 28560

     Call (252) 474-6118 or email me at:             www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach


    Appreciation Discount

    We’ve got a special discount for our coffee loving members! We are offering our CWF members a 10% customer appreciation discount during the month of March. Use the coupon code cwf10 when you purchase from our online shop www.croakertowncoffee.com/shop. This is an unlimited coupon that is good on all your online purchases throughout the month of March.

    Thank you for your support at the CWF Trade Share. If you didn’t get a chance to try or buy some of our specialty coffees, you are always invited to visit us at the Roastery in Oriental. If you serve coffee at your business to clients or employees, we have a B2B coffee program for you! If you want to build your brand, stand out at trade shows or give a special corporate gift to your clients, ask us about our private label coffee. We have already produced private label coffees for several CWF members. 

    Sally Pichette

    Croakertown Coffee Company


    108 Straight Road, Oriental, NC 28571

    www.croakertowncoffee.com    sally@croakertown.com


    Smart, simple legal coverage starts here!

    Protect your family, your business, and your personal identity with simple, comprehensive coverage from LegalShield and IDShield

    Call me to discuss your needs and how we can help.  

    Karen Monroe

    LegalShield Independent Associate

    Personal, Small Business and Group


    C:  757.343.4312


    Heritage Homes Tour

    On April 12 & 13 the New Bern Historical Society invites you to celebrate New Bern’s extraordinary heritage and beauty with an exciting new homes tour featuring some of the finest properties in five historic neighborhoods: Downtown, Dryborough, Riverside, DeGraffenried Park, and Ghent. 

    You’ll tour 18 historic properties over the two days: 15 homes, including two with renovations in progress, one public building, and three gardens. 

    Take a break during the tour at the Garden Party Pavilion at the Attmore-Oliver House garden.  Enjoy refreshments, live music and visit with historic characters - all part of your ticket!  Master gardeners will present a special heritage garden demonstration, and food trucks along the route will offer lunches to help guest maximize their tour schedules. 

    Information and tickets at New Bern Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street,  (252-638-8558) and on line at www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets. Outlets ready now: Mitchell Hardware on Craven Street, the Bank of the Arts on Middle Street. Harris Teeter on MLK Blvd and in Carolina Colours will carry tickets beginning March 21. 



    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!

    Last modified: 20 Mar 2019 1:23 PM | Jeanette Paschal


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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