July 2019 Newsletter

  • 19 Jun 2019 7:50 AM
    Message # 7587448

    "Love builds bridges where there are none."  R.H. Delaney

    July 2019 Newsletter

    President's Message

    Lee Chaix McDonough

    Building Bridges

    As I write this article, my first President’s Message, I can’t help but reflect on my CWF experience thus far. I joined Coastal Women’s Forum in 2016 and became a board member shortly thereafter, serving under three different presidents and witnessing firsthand how each contributed to our organization.

    From Jane Maulucci’s passion, to Sandy Eichelberger’s strength, to Eileen Nonemaker’s expertise, these women worked tirelessly to promote our core pillars: Networking, Education, and Encouragement. They are now and forever a part of the CWF legacy, along with Cynthia Turco, Leigh Wilkerson, MaryAnn Jordan, and dozens of other exemplary women who served as president.

    And now in 2019, a different Lee (with a different spelling!) prepares to step into the role of President. How fortunate I am to have the wisdom and support not only of presidents past, but of our membership as a whole. The women who make up Coastal Women’s Forum are incredible, and it’s my honor to serve you and the organization this year.

    Each year, the president chooses a theme to guide CWF as we plan events, choose speakers, and engage in our community. This is a significant responsibility; one I’ve been considering and thinking about for months.

    I wanted to choose a theme that acknowledges everything CWF has accomplished over the last 30+ years, while also providing inspiration and direction for the future. As I thought about connecting yesterday with tomorrow, I envisioned a bridge between them, much like our city’s iconic drawbridge. And from this mental image came this year’s theme:

    Building Bridges

    My vision for the 2019-2020 year is to expand CWF’s presence and impact through dialogue, relationship-building, and connection with community members and organizations. By building bridges across age, racial, and cultural divides, we can help strengthen and empower our community.

    In many ways, this year’s theme is also my personal theme. In May, I celebrated my 40th birthday, meaning I’m part of a micro-generation called “Xennials.” Those of us born between 1977 and 1983 don’t fit neatly into either the Gen X or Millennial generations, as we have traits of both yet conform to neither. We’re known for having an “analog childhood and digital adulthood,” bridging the gap between two generations.

    The feeling of straddling two worlds is not a new one for me, and not simply because of my birth year. When my husband was in the Air Force and I worked as a government employee, I often felt like I lived in two worlds – military and civilian. And now, as an entrepreneur and mother of two children, I’m constantly navigating the demands of my business with the responsibilities of parenthood.

    As a result, I’m comfortable in the in-between, navigating transitions and finding innovative ways to get from point A to point B and beyond. My hope is that my personal experiences, combined with the collective wisdom of our membership and the guidance of an outstanding Board of Directors, will help CWF build new bridges into the future.

    Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you at the first Dinner Meeting of the year on August 6th!



    No meetings in July.  Please mark your calendar for our August events.

    Tuesday, August 6th  Dinner at The Chelsea

    Wednesday, August 21st Lunch at the NBG&CC



    No events in July ... so no desserts.  Now that's a bummer. 

    However, if you're interested in sponsoring dessert for any of our upcoming events, please let a CWF Board Member know.   

    There's no sweeter way to get your message out.




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

    Sue Thatch, FRC East

    TREASURER - Two Things, Please

    Membership Renewal and Special Pricing Notice

    First:  Please watch your email for the 2019-2020 CWF membership renewal notice going out in July.  Thank you for renewing your dues quickly so that we can work to present valuable events in the year ahead.  Any questions about your membership, please contact Virginia Spencer or Adrienne Earle.

    Second:  Due to increased costs, it's necessary for us to increase the fee for our monthly luncheon to $18 for members and $25 for non-members.    Please remember that the remarkable value of attending remains: 

    • Great educational and motivational content with our speakers 
    • Unparalleled networking with business colleagues and friends
    • A wonderful lunch at the New Bern Golf & Country Club

    LEADERSHIP - 2019-2020 CWF Board of Directors ... at your service

    Lee Chaix McDonough, President

    Rose McNeal, President Elect

    Eileen Nonemaker, Past President

    Holli Quin, Secretary

    Nelda Coats, Treasurer

    Carrie Gallagher, Advisor

    Georgiana Bowman Bircher, Lunch Program Chair

    Liz Hartman, Lunch Meeting Coordinator

    Kelly Michaud, Dinner Program Chair

    Judi Dorn, Dinner Meeting Coordinator

    Virginia Spencer, Membership

    Adrienne Earle, Membership

    Penny Zibula, Publicity

    Kayla Schippert, Social Media and Historian

    Jeanette Paschal, Newsletter



    Happenings at the New Bern Historical Society

    If you missed Mark Sandvigen’s sold-out World War I Lunch & Learn presentation, A Distant Mirror: Craven County and Reflections on the Great War, 1917-1920, you are in luck!  There will be an encore on July 10th at 11:30am at The Chelsea.  Get your reservations now. 

    Call 252-638-8558 or go to www.NewBernHistorical.org/tickets.

    Doesn’t it seem that the Ghostwalk ghosts are having fun?  Well, they are!  And here is your chance to join them.  Ghostwalk auditions will be Wednesday, July 24 at 6pm at the Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street. No preparation or experience is necessary.  Just come and read from the script. We are looking for women and men age 18 and up.  Those selected as ghosts will learn a role, participate in approximately 2 rehearsals and portray a character at one of 13 ghost sites including the favorite, Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

    For more information call 252-638-8558.


    Heated Discussion

    Even in the heat of summer, your dog still longs for a walk. Unfortunately, Rex and Rosie don’t understand the impact heat and humidity can have on their daily wander, but the pet professionals at Crockett’s Critter Care do!  When the weather is hot, Jeanne’s team makes sure your little buddy is cool and comfortable.  During their stroll, they’ll keep your pup off the scorching pavement, stay on the shady side of the street, and provide a refreshing drink of water.

    For those pets who prefer to stay in, Crockett’s can provide that daily safety check to prevent heat exhaustion for the housebound.

    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.


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

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    Happy July!

    Hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!   Stay cool in the water and enjoy your family & friends.

    Monthly Massage Therapy is essential to overall good health.


    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560

    252 474-6118

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    It's Almost Here!  


    No More Dry Eyes


    Summer School is Open

    C’mon all you over achievers! Get the jump on your competition with Monday Mini Courses in sales, networking, and content development: July 8 -You’re An Expert -learn how to write a great speech, July 15, But I Hate Sales – a sales process for non-sales folks, July 22 Newbie Networking – How you can be fearless and make it work, July 29 Copywriting Simplified – The science and system of creating stellar copy. The Monday classes run from 6:30-8pm and are $75 each. 

    On Thursday evenings, 6:30-8pm, July 11-25, the three session Passionate Presentations will be offered for those who want to lose the speaking jitters and captivate their audience. Then Saturday mornings, 9-noon, July 13, 20 & 27, Manifesting Made Easy – It’s not magic, it’s choices! Become the conscious creator of your best life.  Each three session course is $125. For more information email: jane@trainedbyjane.com or call or text: 252.631.9601


    Have a safe and happy Summer, everyone!



    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: 19 Jun 2019 7:52 AM | 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

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New Bern, NC 28560


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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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