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Welcome to Coastal Women's Forum. CWF (Coastal Women's Forum) is an organization that provides women with business and professional networking opportunities. With monthly meetings offering dinner or lunch venues, we can accommodate busy schedules. Dinner and lunch programs offer a variety of speakers on local and regional interests. We promote self-development through our programs, presentations and discussions on business related topics.

Coastal Women’s Forum provides an opportunity for business and professional women to meet periodically to enjoy, learn from, and support one another. The group promotes self-development through networking and enhancement of business and professional acumen among women in this community through programs, presentations, discussions on business and related topics, and via personal contacts. Members are career women and women who have been involved in or anticipate a career in business, professional, or public life.

Website: www.coastalwomensforum.com
Contact Name: President: MaryAnn Jordan-Yates
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A Message from President MaryAnn Jordan-Yates

MEMBERS, MEMBERSHIP & MORE

By Baker Dona on July 16th


As I begin my year as President of Coastal Women’s Forum, I like to reflect on the first CWF meeting I attended in 2009 as a guest of my sister-in-law, Carol Jordan. At that time, I was still working full time in Northern Virginia, but my husband and I had bought a home here and we would come down as often as possible. On one visit in October of 2009, Carol asked me if I wanted to go with her to a CWF lunch meeting. Everyone was so inviting and friendly and I left lunch making plans to come back and join CWF the next time we were in town. I don’t remember the program that day, or what I ate for lunch, but I do remember meeting a lot of amazing women; Gayle Albertini, Thea Kincaid along with Carol Jordan all sold me on CWF. It was probably just another meeting to them and I’m sure they don’t remember me, or realize the impression they made on me at that one meeting which has brought me full circle to where I am today.

My theme for this year is Members, Memberships and More because I believe in the power of our members and the value of a membership to CWF. As members, we have access to women who are powerful, amazing leaders both in the community and in business. We all have stories to tell, ideas to share and smiles that are contagious. As president, I challenge each of you to invite a guest to each meeting as Carol did for me and someday, when one of them is elected as president they will reflect on their first meeting too.
 

MaryAnn Jordan-Yates

2014 Coastal Women's Forum Scholarship

By Baker Dona on December 3rd, 2013

COASTAL WOMEN’S FORUM SCHOLARSHIP

The Coastal Women’s Forum is proud to offer one $2,000 scholarship award for a female high school senior graduating in the spring of 2014. Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF), a non-profit women’s organization formed in 1987 in New Bern, NC that promotes self-development through networking, encouragement and education. This academic scholarship is a way to support the next generation of women in New Bern and encourage their education.

Deadline for submitting an application is March 14, 2014. Return completed applications to the Coastal Women’s Forum Scholarship Committee. The winner will be announced in May, 2014.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Click here for the application and be sure to complete all questions. The three essays should be typed, double-spaced with your name placed at the bottom of each. Grammar, spelling and writing skills will be considered. The listing of Student Activities, Community Activities, Special Recognition, Awards & Honors and Work Experience should be typed as well.  Attach all materials to the cover sheet of the application.

ELIGIBILITY:

1. Be a female resident of Craven County, graduating from high school in 2014.

2. Have a G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher.

3. Submit a completed application to the CWF Scholarship Committee no later than March 14, 2014. Applications must be received no later than 5pm.

AWARD:

Check shall be made payable to student for discretionary college expenses. The student isresponsible for any tax consequences as determined by IRS guidelines for the use of thescholarship award.

PROCEDURE:

1. Complete application on the following pages and include an Official High School Transcript dated after the completion of the 1st semester of your Senior Year.

2. Submit two (2) letters of recommendations.

3. Include a recent wallet size photo.

4. Send your application to the CWF Scholarship Committee on or before March 14, 2014, 5 pm. No late or incomplete entries will be considered.

5. Scholarship recipients will be determined by the Coastal Women’s Forum Scholarship Committee, and will be announced in May, 2014.

COASTAL WOMEN'S FORUM - TRADE SHARE

By Nina Randone on January 24th, 2013

Trade Share 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This year instead of having the Trade Show we are having a Trade Share instead. The idea is to provide members with an opportunity to get to meet, talk with, and share business contacts and ideas with each other. 

PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS

  • come ready to share information about your business or interest
  • plan to connect with members you have not had a chance to talk with
  • link up others who may benefit from collaboration 

More details will follow, but until then, please contact your President, Tanya Roberts with any questions you have. We are excited to have this new event this year, offer a real networking meeting, and return to our Annual Trade Show in April 2015!

Tanya P. Roberts: tanya@structuredchaos.biz or (252) 665-3424

Take Full Advantage of Your CWF Membership

By Nina Randone on August 16th, 2012

Take full advantage of the website, directory and your membership. It only takes a moment to reate your personal account if you haven't alread done so. Let's do it today! 

Registration for Members:
1. Click Sign In in the top right hand corner under the button that says Join Group. (If you received this email, you are an active member and are already in our database so do NOT click Join Group)

2. A small sign-in window will pop up. If you don't already have a password click on the link Create an Account to come to a new page.

3. Fill out the form with your name and using the email address that this email was sent to (this is important!) in order to create your private account by setting a password. This is your personal password so please make sure you can remember it. If you use a different email address to register you will create a duplicate account and won't be able to access the information already added to your profile. If you need to change the email address you can do that once you are logged in.

4. You will be asked to confirm your email address and finalize the registration process by checking your email and clicking the link provided.

5. You will now be able to access the member directory and your personal profile. You can edit your personal information, add a photo and browse other member's profiles and all other pages on our new site.

From now on you will be able to make your meeting registrations directly through our website, view our calendar of events, browse our photo gallery, and make your annual membership payment safely and quickly by credit card through PayPal. All in one place!

If you are a brand new member and would like to join, please do so by clicking JOIN GROUP and follow the instructions. We are happy to have you!

Keep in mind that this is a new process for all of us and we are doing our best to make it as efficient and easy for everyone. If you run into any problems or have questions let us know by sending an email to CoastalWomensForum+Admins@groupspaces.com. One of our website administrators will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you and enjoy!

CWF Board

Board Elections 2012/2013

By Nina Randone on July 31st, 2012


Coastal Women's Forum Board Members 2012-2013: Ginny Johnson, Bea Palumbo, Pam DuVal, Kathy Sirpilla, Valerie Phillips, Tanya P. Roberts, Nina Randone, MaryAnn Jordan-Yates, Juliet Meyers. Photo by Kelly Williams-Birt www.kellywilliamsphotography.com


Our annual business meeting took place this year in June rather than August. The membership approved this change in the bylaws last February.

The following Board Members were elected unanimously on June 5, 2012:

Cindy Blot, Pam Duval, Claudia Houston, Ginny Johnson, Lucy Lichty, Susan Lucas, Juliet Meyer, Bea Palumbo, Valerie Phillips, Nina Randone, Kathy Sirpilla, Carol Stewart, Tanya Roberts, Leigh Wilkinson and Mary Ann Jordan-Yates.

Immediately thereafter the Board members elected the Officers for the coming year as follows:
President Kathy Sirpilla
President Elect Tanya Roberts
Treasurer Cindy Blot
Secretary Lucy Lichty
 
Many thanks to our Board members who served 2011/2012:
Kathy Sirpilla, Karen Joseph, Lucy Lichty, Lynn Huson, Susan Lucas, Amanda Norwood, Cindy Blot, Carol Jordan, Juliet Meyer, Valerie Phillips, Nina Randone, Bea Palumbo, Gayle Albertini, Leigh Wilkinson. Thanks also to Carol Stewart, our database person; Cheri Moyers, Newsletter Editor; Donna Wilgus and Tanya Roberts, who handled publicity this year; and Kelly Williams, our photographer.
 
Good luck to our new Board for 2012-2013!

COASTAL WOMEN’S FORUM AWARDS THREE SCHOLARSHIPS

By Nina Randone on May 21st, 2012

Every year, the Coastal Women’s Forum awards a scholarship to a young woman residing in Craven County and graduating from a local high school, private school or home school. This year there were so many outstanding submissions, the group chose to award one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships!

Michaela Rickard won the top award. She attends Craven Early College and has been accepted to NC State University where she plans to study biomedical engineering. Michaela has also been accepted into the WISE program – Women in Science and Engineering, played and coached volleyball and plays in her church band.


Aspyn Fulcher attends West Craven High School and will be attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall, working toward a degree that will allow her to pursue her dream of working for the United Nations or mission work. She was voted, “Most likely to change the world” by her fellow seniors and may just do that!




Janie Lynn Poncelet attends New Bern High School and has been accepted at ECU. She already has a CNA certificate, worked with the Wounded Warriors, Coastal Women’s Shelter and Stop Hunger Now, as well as serving as a biology teaching assistant. Her goal is to study nursing in hopes of changing lives.





CWF, a non-profit women’s organization formed in 1987, promotes self-development through networking, encouragement and education. The group meets twice monthly – lunch meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at The Emerald in Greenbrier at 12pm and dinner on the 1st Tuesday of each month at The Chelsea at 530pm.

If you would like more information about the Coastal Women’s Forum, please visit our website: www.coastalwomensforum.com.

CWF Launches New Group Website

By Nina Randone on April 17th, 2012

Welcome to our new website!

As we explained in the April newsletter, the new website will have many new features to simplify membership registrations, event RSVP's, membership payments and more. As an active member your membership information has already been transferred over to the new site. However, there are a couple of things we need you to do in order for you to take full advantage of the new features. It should only take a few moments to complete. Let's do it today! 

Registration for Members:
1. Click Sign In in the top right hand corner under the button that says Join Group. (If you received this email, you are an active member and are already in our database so do NOT click Join Group)

2. A small sign-in window will pop up. Click on the link Create an Account to come to a new page.

3. Fill out the form with your name and using the email address that this email was sent to (this is important!) in order to create your private account by setting a password. This is your personal password so please make sure you can remember it. If you use a different email address to register you will create a duplicate account and won't be able to access the information already added to your profile. If you need to change the email address you can do that once you are logged in.

4. You will be asked to confirm your email address and finalize the registration process by checking your email and clicking the link provided.

5. You will now be able to access the member directory and your personal profile. You can edit your personal information, add a photo and browse other member's profiles and all other pages on our new site.

From now on you will be able to make your meeting registrations directly through our website, view our calendar of events, browse our photo gallery, and make your annual membership payment safely and quickly by credit card through PayPal. All in one place!

If you are a brand new member and would like to join, please do so by clicking JOIN GROUP and follow the instructions. We are happy to have you!

Keep in mind that this is a new process for all of us and we are doing our best to make it as efficient and easy for everyone. If you run into any problems or have questions let us know by sending an email to CoastalWomensForum+Admins@groupspaces.com. One of our website administrators will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you and enjoy!

CWF Board

CWF 12th Annual Trade Show

By Nina Randone on March 13th, 2012

April 3rd, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church Ministry Center
311 Middle Street, New Bern, NC



Promote Your Business

Key Features

  • 6-foot display table
  • Electricity and WiFi available
  • Extended exhibit hours
  • Cocktail party format with “Coastal Bistro” Hors d’Oeuvres by the Chelsea Restaurant
  • Improved booth lay-out and traffic flow
  • Guests invited from business and civic organizations: Rotary, Civitan, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants

Booth Registration

  • $55 CWF Member Exhibits
  • Deadline: March 20th
  • Non-member exhibits will be accepted on a space available basis for $75
  • Fill out registration form or register online at www.coastalwomensforum.com and mail check to:
    CWF, PO Box 15392,
    New Bern, NC 28651
  • For more info contact Carol Jordan at 252-617-2091 or fabac@embarqmail.com
     


Price: $18 members, $25 guests

CWF 2012 College Scholarship

By Nina Randone on February 18th, 2012

CWF encourages education by offering $750 college scholarship
Coastal Women’s Forum is pleased to announce a $750 college scholarship award. The unrestricted scholarship is available for one young woman residing in Craven County and graduating in the spring of 2012 from a local high school, private school or home school who meets the criteria.

CWF, a non-profit women’s organization formed in 1987, promotes self-development through networking, encouragement and education. This academic scholarship is a partnership that works in our community.  It is important to support the next generation of women in New Bern and encourage their education.

Application Criteria:

  • Be a female resident of Craven County, graduating in 2012
  • Have a grade point average of 3.2
  • Submit a completed application to the school guidance office or appropriate representative no later March 25, 2012.

Check shall be made payable to student for discretionary college expenses.
Application Process:

  • The applicant shall submit a complete Coastal Women’s Forum application form, a recent photo, essay and two letters of recommendation.
  • The guidance office or appropriate representative shall forward all the materials to the Scholarship Chairperson of CWF no later than April 4, 2012.

The winner will be announced in May, 2012.
Download application forma right here: 2012 College Scholarship Application

CWF President’s Award Donation Presented to RCS

By Nina Randone on November 21st, 2011

Each year the outgoing president of Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) presents the President’s Award. This award is a public recognition of the person who exemplifies and applies the CWF mission and goals in her everyday life. For the 2010/2011 year, Leigh Wilkinson was selected by outgoing president, Gayle Albertini. Wilkinson selected Religious Community Services (RCS) as her charity. A donation of $100 was presented to Michael McMillan, executive director of RSC on November 9, 2011.



As a community-based organization, Religious Community Services seeks to unify local religious organizations in their commitment to minister to the basic and emergency needs of individuals and families through various forms of assistance and support; RCS is dedicated to the love and reverence of God through reaching out faithfully and respectfully to serve people in times of need. Serving People… Changing Lives!

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