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President's Message: Charting a New Course!

October 2021

Fall is my favorite time of year. The mild temperatures and beautiful blue skies here in Eastern North Carolina make my heart soar. My soul is nurtured by the time I’m able to spend outside and in nature. As I’ve shared, my husband and I are sailors. We spend a lot of time on the Neuse River, literally at our doorstep in our little village of Oriental.

The Neuse River is vital to our local economy as well. Visitors and new residents are drawn to New Bern, Craven, and Pamlico counties because of all the river offers from sailing, boating, fishing, and just beautiful views.

Here are some interesting facts about the Neuse River:

  • Named in 1584 for the Neusiok Indians – the name means peace.
  • 250 miles long, its watershed measures 6,235 miles.
  • It is the longest river entirely contained in North Carolina.
  • It is 6 nautical miles across at its widest point, which makes it one of the widest rivers in America.

Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins. This organization unites 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.

I have chosen Sound Rivers as my President’s Charity this year. You can read more about this great organization on our website under the President’s Charity tab and also at soundrivers.org. Corinne Belch, Director of Development, and Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, will be our guest speakers at our December meetings to present more about Sound Rivers. There is also a link on our website, where you can directly donate to Sound Rivers.

You will also have opportunities to donate at our meetings each month. If you do directly donate, please let our treasurer, Lisa Esposito, know so that we can track our impact this year.

Enjoy this beautiful Fall weather and I look forward to seeing you at our October meetings.




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