June 2019 Newsletter

  • 20 May 2019 8:51 AM
    Message # 7351568

    "Let's face it, all the good stuff happens after midnight."  Matt Groening

    June 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Eileen Nonemaker

    Stuff Happens

    As I was preparing my last newsletter as President of CWF, I couldn’t help but think back to last year when I stepped into this leadership role. Both Sandy Eichelberger and Jane Maulucci told me I would have an “easy year” … the 30th Anniversary was past and life would be good! I promise not to say that to CWF Vice President Lee McDonough, to avoid jinxing her, as no year is an “easy year” simply because stuff happens!

    This past year, Hurricane Florence happened leaving many of us without our homes and many still working to fix them up and get back to normal. But with Florence came resiliency, comradery, generosity, empathy, and understanding. These are the situations that build character and, as trite as that sounds, we know it’s true.

    I was reminded this winter that we often take our health for granted when two CWF stalwarts, Sandy Eichelberger and Penny Zibula, had unexpected health issues that took everyone by surprise. Again, due to the incredible support of their husbands, friends, family, and CWF Sisters both ladies are home and making progress toward recovery. We know women are strong, but these two are our role models for the expression “against all odds.”

    When stuff happens, it throws us off our game, disrupts our daily routine and causes stress. We know that the loss of a family member or spouse is life changing, even traumatic. With support, we get through it. We may not like these changes, and as difficult as it is, we learn to accept the stuff that happens and move forward.

    And you know…positive stuff happens too! Books are published, businesses are launched, retirement starts, and friendships are forged.  While we may strive and prepare for these good things we still need to adjust. The surprise good stuff, like an acquaintance who won $70 thousand dollars in the lottery, takes a different type of adjustment!

    The theme for this year is “Connect the Dots” and I truly do feel the strength of the connection with my CWF sisters. As I think about this past year and all the stuff that happened, I want to thank all those who participated in our CWF events. There is a wonderful energy that is created during the lunches and dinners that inspires us. You should also know that your support for our Sandy and Penny is much appreciated. We had a wonderful and successful Trade Share event in March – many thanks to the committee and all who participated. I appreciate Lee and my Board members for their support throughout this “interesting” year. I owe a great thanks to Jane Maulucci and MaryAnn Jordan who stepped into the Past President’s role to guide me in some decision making, due to Sandy’s absence.

    I look forward to the Hat Social on June 6th and hope to see lots of “dots” before my eyes that evening at our Annual Meeting welcoming Lee McDonough and her new Board of Directors.

    See you there!



    Dinner - Thursday, June 6th 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    Hat Social at the NBG&CC

    Join us for dinner on Thursday June 6th at the New Bern Golf and Country Club for one of our most fun events of the year!  In keeping with our "Connect the Dots" theme, this year’s hat social theme will be “Polka Dots.”  Get your creative hats on and think about 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.  

    Registration is free for CWF members in good standing.  Guests and non-members are welcome.  Their fee to attend is $27 per person.  Register to attend today!



    Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Joan Frommhagen

    Joan is a retired nurse educator who just moved to New Bern from California.  Thank you, Joan, we appreciate your generous contribution to June's Hat Social.   Mmm ... cake...




    Please extend a warm welcome to our newest member ...

    Karen Baskin, FRC East


    CWF Board is Recruiting

    If you're interested in serving this outstanding networking organization, consider volunteering your time and talent to the CWF as a member of the Board of Directors.  Connect with Lee Chaix McDonough for more information about the positions available.

    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 CWF 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.



    Speaking of Hats ...

    If you're looking for a unique hat to wear to the Hat Social, check out the assortment of vintage styles at Kind of Blue, member Ann Marie Hodrick's booth in Franklin's Antique Mall (215 E. Front St.). Her space is along the right wall all the way to the back.  You'll find everything from partial veil hats of the 40's to mod & feathered hats from the 60's to newer brightly colored wide brim sun hats for you to decorate if you like. Come by often as new items are restocked daily.


    Ann Marie Hodrick
    ♥ Heart's Desire Jewelry

    website - http://www.heartsdesirejewelry.com

    facebook - Hearts Desire Jewelry

    instagram - hearts_desire_jewelry

    blog - HDJ News 
    twitter - 

    Etsy shop - HeartsDesireOutlet


    The Wonderful Month of June

    June is the ending of the school year and the beginning of Summer.   Make sure to enjoy each day to its fullest.   Get outside in the morning before it gets too hot.   Enjoy the lazy pool side afternoons.  aah... the sounds of Summer!

    Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to great health!

    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560




    Fear of Public Speaking?

    Do you feel uncomfortable when people ask you to speak, whether in a meeting, at an event, or even in one-on-one discussions?   Maybe you’re dreaming of becoming an inspirational or motivational speaker?  Want to make a difference in the world and you know you’ll need to feel comfortable with public speaking to get your word out?  Visit New Bern Toastmasters and meet a professional and fun diverse group of people who joined Toastmasters for those same reasons.  We meet every Monday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Keller Williams, 1320 McCarthy Blvd.   Guests are always welcome.  

    New Bern Toastmasters offers self-paced projects that develop strong communication and leadership skills in a supportive and positive learning environment.    We want to help you become a better leader and a more confident speaker.  Come visit and learn how you can become a better version of you! 

    For more information, visit  https://newbern.toastmastersclubs.org/


    Add a Little Jingle to Your July


    There's No Place Like Home

    While you are planning your summer escapes, remember, your pets would really prefer to sleep in their own bed, have their regular food, and maintain their sovereignty at home than hit the road with you. They like a consistent routine and that one sunshiny spot in the living room to stretch out for their mid-morning nap. Let Crockett’s Critter Care take care of your pets while you’re away and you’ll both be happy! Crockett’s will come to your home, on your schedule, to provide exercise and playtime, snuggles and snacks, and the kindness your fur baby craves when you’re not available. 

    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.




    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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