...and new people & ways to grow your networking circle!

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Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities...

Women just like you!

We invite you to join us at our monthly lunch and dinner meetings,

and take advantage of being a CWF member. 

Coastal Women's Forum Membership includes:

Meetings that fit your busy schedule
Business, professional, and volunteer networking opportunities

Informative and entertaining speakers
Opportunities to promote your passion

Career and self-development

Access to the support, knowledge, and experience of your fellow CWF members

      Encouragement from women who have been there and done that

  Your chance to give back and support other women in our community

CWF Members are women who own businesses, or are following careers in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Other members are blissfully enjoying retirement or raising families. Some are new to New Bern and are seeking ways to establish themselves within the community. They are all energetically involved in pursuing their personal passions and often committed volunteers for the benefit of the community.

Become a CWF member and share our mission of Networking, Education and Encouragement. Browse the website and understand who we are and what we are all about. But the best way for you to know us is to meet us in person. Sign up to attend a luncheon or dinner and meet the dynamic women of our thriving and constantly growing group.

We’ve saved you a seat! For information on how to join CWF, click here


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President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker

It's Puzzling

We have all assembled jigsaw puzzles at one time or another. They have been an early learning tool since 1760, when the engraver and cartographer, John Spilsbury, of London, is believed to have created the original puzzle. His early puzzles were maps, with pieces cut along the national boundaries, used to teach geography.

Puzzles were originally made of wood and after WWII the manufacture of cardboard puzzles increased. Improvements in the manufacturing process reduced cost and made cardboard puzzles more attractive.

Today, there are many puzzles of varying levels of difficulty and they are touted to help keep the brain active. For children and adults, these puzzles are a great learning tool, especially when they are part of a learning process. As part of her occupational therapy, our past president, Sandy Eichelberger is working on piecing puzzles together.

Puzzles involve seeing the global or big picture and then working out the analytics to find the tiny details that create the whole. A puzzle can create a new learning experience, introduce a new topic, detail historical events, or just be a pretty scene.

For many of us it is the challenge of seeing a project come to completion. Jigsaw puzzles are a passion of mine. We have a bistro table set up at all times with a puzzle in process. I share this passion with my sister, Val; my sister-in-law, Ann; and good friends Lu Ann in New Jersey and Joe in Oriental. Just like a book swap, we exchange puzzles when we complete them, adding to each other’s collections. With the collection I have waiting for me now, I may never have to buy a puzzle for myself again! When I do buy puzzles as gifts for the others, I look for some of the really intricate, challenging ones. If they are too easy, they are no fun. I love to hear the word “ugh” when they open the package!

One of the reasons I enjoy jigsaw puzzles so much is that they are a diversion. The puzzle is a nice break from housework, a pastime while something is simmering on the stove, or a way be distracted when the NASCAR race is droning in the background. And nothing beats the feeling of success, when putting in the last few pieces…that sense of satisfaction when seeing the whole process come together.

In a way, CWF is a jigsaw puzzle. Each person/member/sister brings their unique talents, skills, and insights to our organization to make a complete picture. So if you ever wonder what your role is within our organization, it is to be an active participant in whatever way it works for you. You can do it by attending out meetings, reading our newsletter, reaching out personally or professionally to your CWF sisters. We are all in this together.

If you ever feel like doing a jigsaw puzzle and don’t have one around, just give me a call or stop by the New Bern – Craven County Library on Johnson Street. They have a large table with a puzzle in progress all the time.


  • The jigsaw puzzle with the most pieces is believed to be one consisting of 551,232 pieces made in 2011 at a university in Vietnam.
  • The largest commercial jigsaw puzzle went on sale in 2011 and contained 32,256 pieces. 
  • The Guinness world record for completing their official 250-piece jigsaw is 13 minutes, 7 seconds. 
  • The Rolling Stones released a song called Jigsaw Puzzle in 1968 (I missed that one).


Become a member

For only $40 per year, you can receive all the benefits of being a member of Coastal Women's Forum. 

In addition to the networking and education opportunities CWF provides to all guests, members receive a $5 discount on the price of meals, have access to members-only content areas of the website, and can promote their business or cause for free at CWF events and in the CWF newsletter.

Why not join today!

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