June 2020 Newsletter

  • 20 May 2020 11:21 AM
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    "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."  A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

     

    June 2020 Newsletter

     

    Please Note:  Our newsletter platform does not allow us to include graphics in this section.  Or perhaps, I just never figured it out. Sorry about that.  It's my pleasure to work with Beth Cooper who will take over producing the CWF monthly newsletter.  It's been such an honor to serve the members of the CWF and I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

    Please go to http://www.coastalwomensforum.com/DownloadNewsletters to see the full newsletter.  Thanks!

    My best,  Jeanette

    President's Message:  Lee Chaix McDonough

    I have a confession to make.

    I completely procrastinated on writing this letter to you. It’s been on my to-do list for weeks, yet I kept putting it off and putting it off until, finally, I had to sit down and do it.

    It’s not because I don’t enjoy writing these letters – in fact, quite the opposite.

    It’s because this is my last one.

    At the June Annual Meeting and Hat Social, which we will be conducting virtually, the membership will vote for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors, and we will begin the transition of the presidency to our President-Elect, Rose MacNeal. The next President’s Letter you read will come from Rose.

    As I transition into the Past President role and serve my final year on the board, I’m handing over the gavel (and the laptop, and the rolling cart!) to Rose, with great confidence in her leadership and optimism for our organization’s future. I cannot think of anyone better suited to serve as President, and I am excited to see what comes next for CWF.

    When we announced this year’s theme of “Building Bridges” back in August, our intention was to create links with new members and new communities, and to connect our past legacy with our future promise. And in many ways, we were successful.

    Our speakers represented dynamic and diverse communities, our annual TradeShare was a wonderful success, and we broke fundraising records in support of this year’s President’s Charity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains. 

    Then came March, and with it a global pandemic that is changing how we live, work, and connect with each other. However, even though Coronavirus required us to cancel our in-person meetings, we still found ways to live out our organizational pillars: Networking, Education, and Encouragement.

    Our board continued to meet via monthly Zoom calls, and we had our first-ever virtual membership meeting in May. We’ll continue to provide online opportunities for connection, including our June Annual Meeting and Virtual Hat Social. None of this would be possible without each and every member of the board, and I am tremendously grateful for their dedication and support.

    As an organization, we’ve met these challenges with flexibility and grace, which should come as no surprise. I’ve never met a stronger, more devoted, more determined group of women than those in Coastal Women’s Forum.

    It’s my honor to have served as your president this year, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity. Though this may be my last letter to you as president, it’s certainly not goodbye. It’s simply an “I’ll see you later” – certainly on Zoom, and hopefully in person at an Evening or Daytime Meeting soon.

    With deepest gratitude,  Lee

    Virtual Event

    CWF Annual Meeting and Hat Social

    Thursday, June 4th 

    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

     

    Upcoming Events


    In keeping with the theme Building Bridges, this year’s hat social theme is Futuristic. Join us on June 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm for a virtual Hat Social with a trivia game. Here are the hat categories: 

    Travel: Express your personal future travel plans or what traveling will be like in the future.

    Entertainment: Show us the future of movies, sports, or the music industry.  

    Masks: What will masks be like in the future?

    Recycled: Go green by using recycled materials. 

    Garden: Turn your hat into a garden of the future. 

    Western: Back to the Future! 

    Registration is required and free!  Please follow this link, along with the prompts, to ensure your participation.  Have a friend you'd like to introduce to CWF?  Invite them to join us by using the same link.  

    http://www.coastalwomensforum.com/event-3601830 

    Special thanks to our Virtual Platform Sponsor, Carrie Gallagher with the African American Heritage and Cultural Center of New Bern.

    In keeping with the theme Building Bridges, this year’s hat social theme is Futuristic. Join us on June 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm for a virtual Hat Social with a trivia game. Here are the hat categories: 

    Travel: Express your personal future travel plans or what traveling will be like in the future.

    Entertainment: Show us the future of movies, sports, or the music industry.  

    Masks: What will masks be like in the future?

    Recycled: Go green by using recycled materials. 

    Garden: Turn your hat into a garden of the future. 

    Western: Back to the Future! 

    Registration is required and free!  Please follow this link, along with the prompts, to ensure your participation.  Have a friend you'd like to introduce to CWF?  Invite them to join us by using the same link.  

    http://www.coastalwomensforum.com/event-3601830 

    Special thanks to our Virtual Platform Sponsor, Carrie Gallagher with the African American Heritage and Cultural Center of New Bern.

    Board Notes


    Revised Bylaws Presentation and Vote

    The CWF Board of Directors have spent the 2019-2020 year reviewing our organizational bylaws. Our bylaws were last revised in 2012, and at the direction of the president, our board advisor, Carrie Gallagher, led the effort to update this document. 

    The proposed revisions were shared with the CWF Past Presidents in October 2019, discussed by the Bylaws Subcommittee in April 2020, and finalized by the board shortly thereafter.

    During our Virtual Meeting on June 4, we will present the revised bylaws to the general membership and vote on their adoption. You are welcome to review the proposed bylaws in advance at  http://coastalwomensforum.com/Bylaws (please note you may need to sign in to the site in order to access them).

    If you have any questions about the bylaws or the review process, please email coastalwomensforumnb@gmail.com.


    Member News



    Habitat ReStore Re-Opens!

    Donations & Volunteers needed

    The Habitat for Humanity of Craven County ReStore located at 930 Pollock Street in New Bern re-opened on Tuesday, May 12 at 10:00 am. Due the restrictions of the Covid-19 Stay-At-Home Orders, the ReStore has been closed to shoppers. With an ongoing rigid cleaning schedule and social distancing preparations, the store will now be open Tuesday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday thru Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

    ReStore donations may be dropped off during those times as well. Donation pickups will also resume in the near future.  Please call 252- 633 -5512 X 111 to reach the ReStore.

    In addition to donations, the ReStore is in need of volunteers to assist in the office with our Donation Hotline. For more information contact Michelle Hooper, Volunteer Coordinator, at 252-633-9599 or mhooper@cravencountyhabitat.org.

    Habitat ReStore Re-Opens!

    Donations & Volunteers needed

    The Habitat for Humanity of Craven County ReStore located at 930 Pollock Street in New Bern re-opened on Tuesday, May 12 at 10:00 am. Due the restrictions of the Covid-19 Stay-At-Home Orders, the ReStore has been closed to shoppers. With an ongoing rigid cleaning schedule and social distancing preparations, the store will now be open Tuesday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Wednesday thru Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

    ReStore donations may be dropped off during those times as well. Donation pickups will also resume in the near future.  Please call 252- 633 -5512 X 111 to reach the ReStore.

    In addition to donations, the ReStore is in need of volunteers to assist in the office with our Donation Hotline. For more information contact Michelle Hooper, Volunteer Coordinator, at 252-633-9599 or mhooper@cravencountyhabitat.org.

    Plan Ahead for Your Special Event

    Ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, the New Bern Yacht Club offers a unique event venue for Social or Corporate occasions, with your budget in mind:

    • Unique property with 250 feet of waterfront footage
    • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
    • Charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85 people
    • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
    • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual; large-screen TV for computer/internet presentations
    • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch and spacious lawn, plus room for waterside tents
    • Ample off-street parking
    • Surprisingly affordable rates!

    We've extended our TradeShare Special Discount Offer!  CWF Members who make a reservation by June 30th for a future event (when life gets back to normal) will receive a discounted rental fee.  To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty, 252/649-9780, lucylaurens2@gmail.com.  Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com.




    We Can Help You Escape

    As the world reopens and we start to emerge from our homes, our pets will need to readjust. If you’ve been showering your fur babies with attention they will likely be lost without you once you start getting out and about. Crockett’s Critter Care can help with the transition by walking your dog and doing a safety check for your cat. We follow strict CDC guidelines, wear masks and gloves, and wipe down any surface we touch when we come to care for your pet. They will still miss you, but they’ll be happier and your home will be intact when you return.

    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.




    Last modified: 20 May 2020 11:33 AM | Jeanette Paschal

UPCOMING EVENTS

CWF Newsletters

"Whatever community organization, whether it’s a women’s organization, or fighting for racial justice…you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way."

~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg


President's Message

Nelda Coats

Charting a New Course!

Approaching Thanksgiving, our hearts turn to gratitude and treating others with kindness. During December, we are given many opportunities to give back to our community through donations to community organizations, service charities, sponsoring children for Christmas gifts, and on and on. Many religions celebrate significant days in December – from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa and others I’m sure I’m not aware of! All emphasize the importance of supporting our community through our service, support, and giving financially.

December is traditionally the month that Coastal Women’s Forum allows the President to present her charity for the year and request donations to show our support as an organization. In the October newsletter, I introduced you to Sound Rivers. Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. They unite with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina. They do this through water protection, community engagement, and pollution reduction. Their mission statement is to monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina, and to preserve the health and beauty of the river basin through environmental justice.

There are many ways we can support them – monetary gifts, volunteering, participating in a river clean-up, and promoting them through your social media. I’m excited to hear from Corinne Belch, Director of Development and Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, at our December meetings, where they will educate us on their work and how we can become involved in keeping the beautiful Neuse River healthy and flourishing for years to come.

There is a link under President’s Charity on our website where you may read more about Sound Rivers and how to donate. If you wish, you may bring your checks and cash to the December meetings and donate directly there. Make your check payable to Sound Rivers.

Thank you for all you do in supporting our community.

Fondly,

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER MEETING SPEAKERS

Welcome, Sound Rivers!

Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. Sound Rivers unites with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one-quarter of North Carolina.

Founded in 2015 with the merger of two of the state’s oldest grassroots conservation organizations, Sound Rivers combines the deep history of advocacy of the Neuse River Foundation, established in 1980, and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, established in 1981. This union to become Sound Rivers creates a powerful advocate protecting North Carolina’s most cherished waterways. 

Donations to Sound Rivers support all these programs, and giving means Sound Rivers Riverkeepers can continue working for our clean water. Together, we can make a clean water future possible!

DECEMBER Evening Speaker

Tuesday, December 7

In January 2017, Corinne Everett Belch joined Sound Rivers as the Director of Development. Corinne grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has a lifelong passion for the environment.


Thank you, Corrine!


Corrine Belch

Director of Development


Katy Hunt

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

DECEMBER Daytime Speaker

Wednesday, December 15


Katy joined Sound Rivers as the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper on June 26, 2017, and is based in New Bern. As Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy is Sound Rivers’ primary representative for the Neuse River basin from the Lenoir-Wayne County line eastward to the mouth of the Neuse River.


Thank you, Katy!

Dessert Sponsors


Jean Leslie


Massage Therapy


DECEMBER 7th EVENING MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our December Evening Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Jean Leslie, owner of Jean Leslie Therapeutic Massage!



DECEMBER 15th DAYTIME MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our December Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Nelda Coats, Mortgage Loan Officer of Movement Mortgage!


Navigate with Nelda!


Nelda Coats

Movement Mortgage

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!


Membership


Welcome New Members:

Heather Thornburg

Meg Wethington - New Bern Good News

Marianne Waldrop - Retired Military

Bonita Simmons - Tried by Fire, Inc.

Mary Chester - Pruitt Health

Susan Chesson - Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Haley Salmons - Creative Chromosomes

Member News


Is Santa bringing you new luggage for your holiday travel?

Remember that Anita English, My Travel Agent, (travelto@suddelink.net) and Debby Lutz, Travel by Debby L, (tbtravel075@gmail.com) are collecting gently used luggage for Foster Kids… because no one should carry their belongings in a trash bag.


Anita English

My Travel Agent


travelto@suddenlink.net

252-638-4134 Office

252-670-4263 Mobile

www.mytravelagentinc.com

Debby Lutz

Travel by Debby L


tbtravel075@gmail.com

877-493-3048 Office

252-500-4183 Mobile

www.travelbydebbyl.com

Jeanne Crockett - Crockett's Critter Care

Yah! We did it! Over 1,000 unsolicited happiness reviews. Feeling grateful. I am so proud of our team members and the hard work they do every day to make our company great! Dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and professional are just a few of the words that describe our team. We are grateful to our clients for their positive feedback and reviews. Thank you for continuing to choose us.

Dog Training (New)

Our new signature service is a unique program designed to help reactive, fearful dogs and their owners. It consists of eight, forty-five-minute, in-person training sessions that are supported by videos and handouts. Throughout the process you will discover the whys, develop good handling skills, and gain insights that will help you and your canine partner achieve an unbreakable bond.

For services and rates, testimonials, pet gallery photos, and more:

Visit: www.crockettscrittercare.com

Call: 252 635-2655

Where your critters count!

Elise Medenbach, LBMT

Take time to take care of YOU this Christmas Season! 

We are usually so busy taking care of others that we forget the most important person. If we do not take care of ourselves, who will take care of us?

Merry Christmas!


Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy


Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

252 474-6118

www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach

Entertaining friends, family, or clients over the holidays?

New Bern Yacht Club, ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, offers you a unique and relaxed setting for social or corporate entertaining -- with your budget in mind:

  • Unique property with 250 feet of waterfront footage
  • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
  • Private, charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85 people
  • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
  • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual; large-screen TV for computer/internet presentations
  • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch, plus spacious lawn with room for waterside tents
  • Ample off-street parking
  • Surprisingly affordable rates!

To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty: 252/649-9780 | lucylaurens2@gmail.com.  

Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com


New Bern Yacht Club

Submit!

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.

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER MEETING SPEAKERS

Welcome, Sound Rivers!

Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. Sound Rivers unites with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one-quarter of North Carolina.

Founded in 2015 with the merger of two of the state’s oldest grassroots conservation organizations, Sound Rivers combines the deep history of advocacy of the Neuse River Foundation, established in 1980, and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, established in 1981. This union to become Sound Rivers creates a powerful advocate protecting North Carolina’s most cherished waterways. 

Donations to Sound Rivers support all these programs, and giving means Sound Rivers Riverkeepers can continue working for our clean water. Together, we can make a clean water future possible!

DECEMBER Evening Speaker

Tuesday, December 7

In January 2017, Corinne Everett Belch joined Sound Rivers as the Director of Development. Corinne grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has a lifelong passion for the environment.


Thank you, Corrine!


Corrine Belch

Director of Development


Katy Hunt

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

DECEMBER Daytime Speaker

Wednesday, December 15


Katy joined Sound Rivers as the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper on June 26, 2017, and is based in New Bern. As Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy is Sound Rivers’ primary representative for the Neuse River basin from the Lenoir-Wayne County line eastward to the mouth of the Neuse River.


Thank you, Katy!

Dessert Sponsors


Jean Leslie


Massage Therapy


DECEMBER 7th EVENING MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our December Evening Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Jean Leslie, owner of Jean Leslie Therapeutic Massage!



DECEMBER 15th DAYTIME MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our December Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Nelda Coats, Mortgage Loan Officer of Movement Mortgage!


Navigate with Nelda!


Nelda Coats

Movement Mortgage

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!


Membership


Welcome New Members:

Heather Thornburg

Meg Wethington - New Bern Good News

Marianne Waldrop - Retired Military

Bonita Simmons - Tried by Fire, Inc.

Mary Chester - Pruitt Health

Susan Chesson - Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Haley Salmons - Creative Chromosomes

Member News


Is Santa bringing you new luggage for your holiday travel?

Remember that Anita English, My Travel Agent, (travelto@suddelink.net) and Debby Lutz, Travel by Debby L, (tbtravel075@gmail.com) are collecting gently used luggage for Foster Kids… because no one should carry their belongings in a trash bag.


Anita English

My Travel Agent


travelto@suddenlink.net

252-638-4134 Office

252-670-4263 Mobile

www.mytravelagentinc.com

Debby Lutz

Travel by Debby L


tbtravel075@gmail.com

877-493-3048 Office

252-500-4183 Mobile

www.travelbydebbyl.com

Jeanne Crockett - Crockett's Critter Care

Yah! We did it! Over 1,000 unsolicited happiness reviews. Feeling grateful. I am so proud of our team members and the hard work they do every day to make our company great! Dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and professional are just a few of the words that describe our team. We are grateful to our clients for their positive feedback and reviews. Thank you for continuing to choose us.

Dog Training (New)

Our new signature service is a unique program designed to help reactive, fearful dogs and their owners. It consists of eight, forty-five-minute, in-person training sessions that are supported by videos and handouts. Throughout the process you will discover the whys, develop good handling skills, and gain insights that will help you and your canine partner achieve an unbreakable bond.

For services and rates, testimonials, pet gallery photos, and more:

Visit: www.crockettscrittercare.com

Call: 252 635-2655

Where your critters count!

Elise Medenbach, LBMT

Take time to take care of YOU this Christmas Season! 

We are usually so busy taking care of others that we forget the most important person. If we do not take care of ourselves, who will take care of us?

Merry Christmas!


Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy


Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

252 474-6118

www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach

Entertaining friends, family, or clients over the holidays?

New Bern Yacht Club, ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, offers you a unique and relaxed setting for social or corporate entertaining -- with your budget in mind:

  • Unique property with 250 feet of waterfront footage
  • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
  • Private, charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85 people
  • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
  • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual; large-screen TV for computer/internet presentations
  • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch, plus spacious lawn with room for waterside tents
  • Ample off-street parking
  • Surprisingly affordable rates!

To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty: 252/649-9780 | lucylaurens2@gmail.com.  

Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com


New Bern Yacht Club

Submit!

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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