May 2019 Newsletter

  • 19 Apr 2019 3:27 PM
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    "Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul." Thomas Mann

    May 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker


    Bringing Out Your

    Inner Sunshine

    “Let a smile be your umbrella, on a rainy, rainy day”* was a hit song  the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s sung by the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby and Perry Como… just ask your mom or your grandmother if you don’t recognize those names.  This is not a discussion of April showers bringing May flowers, but one about our “inside” weather – our inner sunshine.

    Having come from the Northeast, more specifically New York and New Jersey, Rob and I were not really accustomed to people making eye contact, saying hello and smiling – especially when we did not know them. We recognized this friendliness after we joined the YMCA. Every morning we were greeted by smiles and “good morning”. It’s amazing how much a great smile means to another person.

    A sincere smile has very powerful magic and we all should practice that magic more often. Sometimes we are tired or grumpy and don’t feel like smiling, but that’s when we need to smile the most. We often have to dig deep and create that inner spirit to help ourselves deal with the ups and downs that accompany adult life. And the amazing thing is that when we do that, we make ourselves feel better and it affects those around us.

    There is a process in creating, exhibiting and holding onto that bright spirit within us. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years:

    • Avoid newspapers or just stick with the comics
    • Avoid the news
    • Keep a mirror at your desk. Practice smiling, especially when on the telephone
    • Hang around with happy, upbeat people
    • Avoid getting caught up in gossip and others’ drama
    • Pay it forward – buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive thru
    • Hold the door for the person following you through a doorway, male or female, and smile
    • Let the car next to you get in front of you at a merge
    • Laugh at yourself

    Being happy and consequently making others happy is a behavior that often takes focus and effort until it becomes natural. It can easily become contagious. So, here is my challenge…no matter what the outside weather is…rainy or sunny, windy or cool…see how many people you can make smile on any given day. Bring out your inner sunshine and help someone else find theirs.




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

    Connecting and Balancing the Dots

    Nancy Nelson Difede presently runs Precision Moulding and Woodworks, Inc., on George Street in New Bern.  Precision is a family business that was started over a century ago in England.

    Nancy moved to New Bern from Houston in 1981 and in 1989 purchased and refurbished the abandoned building that is now the home of Precision.

    Nancy will show us how she connected the dots during 20 years in marketing & consulting, through four years in the Army, many travels, raising a family and taking over the family business. Her story touches on being a female leader in a male dominated industry.

    Wednesday, May 15   11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch at the NBG&CC

    Regional Healthcare - Connecting the Dots

    Jill Thompson, executive director of CarolinaEast Foundation, will connect the dots for our members regarding health care in our area during our lunch meeting.  She will share relevant and exciting news about CarolinaEast.

    1. What resources we have to care for our community's health (Did you see our hospital's latest high ranking in cardiovascular health - Wow!);
    2. What we're going to have (It's exciting the level of care we have and will have across the spectrum of health needs without leaving town); and very importantly;
    3. How we as a community connect others with needed health care (CarolinaEast Foundation provides necessary funding support to many patients, caregivers and health care non-profit organizations).



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Eileen

    As a leading consulting firm in the US, Paradigm Associates can provide you insight, foresight and proven processes.  We help our clients develop and align strategy, people, and processes to achieve Breakthrough Thinking for their Real World. Who is helping you?

    Eileen Nonemaker, Business Coach/Sales Consultant


    Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you, Camilla

    We carry clothing and shoes for both casual style and active outdoor living.  Health & Beauty products that make you feel great.  Distinctive jewelry, gifts and cards. For your home, find decor and outdoor furniture.  And for the end of the day, pick up a lovely bottle of wine.

    Camilla Wheeler, Owner, Nautical Wheelers


    202-A Craven Street, New Bern





    Barbara Krcmar, MERCI Clinic

    Debby Lutz, Travel by Debby Lutz

    Schuey Sampson, Retired


    We'll miss you but... we have a Missed Meal Policy: 

    We understand things happen, but unless you cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner event, due to our advanced guarantee obligations, you still must pay for the meal you missed.  We'd rather have you attend, but if you can't, be sure to let us know by the deadline. It's not personal, it's CWF's bottom line.


    "You can't have a bad day in polka dots."  Anna Kendrick

    Join us for dinner on Thursday June 6th at the New Bern Golf and Country Club.  In keeping with our "Connect the Dots" theme this year’s hat social theme will be “Polka Dots.”  Get your creative hats on and start thinking about what polka dots mean to you, how you have connected the dots with your CWF sisters this year or anything else dots.   The contest categories include:

    Most Outrageous, Head to Toe, Most Colorful, Vintage, Most Connected  

    Promote CWF and Enhance Your Marketing

    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.



    We're Making It Personal

    At BearTownBaskets, we've started offering personalized ceramic mugs for Your Business. If you’re trying to boost business, personalized coffee mugs can make a lasting impact on your customers. 

    • Retail stores 
    • Coffee shops
    • Real Estate

    Everyone else can take advantage of the many uses of custom-made mugs. A custom ceramic coffee mug is something that will stick around in your clients' offices/homes for a long time. 

    Email brenda@beartownbaskets, mention this you saw this ad in the Coastal Women's Forum newsletter and get CWF discounted price of $7 each with your logo (Minimum order 5). One logo per cup, pictures are additional.


    Beauty Showcase

    Join Beauty of Healthy Living for our Product Showcase event, Spring Into Health + Beauty!

    • Explore + test our products
    • Get a FREE digital skin health analysis
    • Free samples
    • Raffle prizes
    • Snacks + refreshments



    Saturday, May 4 @ 2 PM

    111 Joshua Norman Dr., New Bern, NC 28562

    Contact Angelica Roman 919.770.4210 | 


    Vacation Projections

    May signals the start of summer and it’s time to begin planning all your vacation adventures. Whether you are heading out for a week at the beach or a weekend in the mountains, you’ve got to know that Fluffy and Rex are lovingly cared for in your absence. Call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care now to have a professional care for your pets the way you would. Crockett’s team of pet pros will step in to maintain your pets’ feeding and exercise schedules. Plus, they will also tenderly handle the senior pet with special needs or the youngster that requires extra attention.

    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.


    "Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."  A.A. Milne

    Enjoy tending to your garden beds but remember:

    • Stretch those muscles.
    • Take a relaxing Epsom salts & essential oil bath after your garden workout to prevent soreness. 
    • Call or email to schedule that much needed Monthly Maintenance Massage Session.

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern,  NC    28560

    252 474-6118


    It's Our Community

    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.  Choose the 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.


    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


    A tickler for your calendar


    How healthy is your grey matter?

    Are you dealing with insomnia, declining memory, scattered attention, difficult learning or chronically high levels of stress?  And medications don't always work so well over a long period of time.  At Rise Radiantly with Martha, your wellness is planned with alternative, natural solutions that are customized to your health needs.   We change out the products in your home that will support your health and now we are offering a program that is a simple brain-based process that boosts your brain and speeds your healing.  Call Martha to schedule a no obligation consultation @ 252.269.5171 

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

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

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    Just what is body burden?

    Body burden is a term that refers to the total accumulation of toxins in your body.  There are three ways chemicals can enter our body :    Inhalation, ingestion, or touching.  Some only stay for a short period, but others accumulate in fatty tissue and organs.  The greater the accumulation, the greater the stresses on your health.

    Reducing your body burden requires an active approach.  Norwex offers healthy solutions.  Clean with microfiber and water; eliminate all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, dusting spray, degreaser, floor cleaner, and bathroom cleaner.  And not to mention improving the environment by eliminating paper towels!  Win-Win!

    Be smart about what you allow into your life.  It will affect future generations!

    You will learn more about body burden and see impressive demonstrations when you host a Norwex party.  Book now and educate your friends!

    Mary Ellen Crisp, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant





    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.


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