~~ SPECIAL NOTICE ~~
In accordance with CDC guidelines, Coastal Woman's Forum has cancelled the April evening and daytime meetings.
Please stay informed of future meeting notices by visiting us here on our website and on our social media platforms.
Lee Chaix McDonough
As I write this month’s letter, I can’t stop thinking about how now, more than ever, our organizational pillars of Networking, Education, and Encouragement are vitally important in our world right now.
Today, our country is in the midst of a global pandemic as we face COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. We are seeing many schools, businesses, and agencies radically change the way they operate - schools have transitioned to online-only coursework, restaurants have closed their dining rooms and are providing takeout and delivery only, and multiple conferences and meetings have been cancelled - including ours.
In light of recommendations from the CDC, the CWF Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the April Evening and Daytime meetings. We have not yet determined whether the May meetings and June Hat Social will continue as planned, but we will keep the membership informed via email, our website, and social media.
Choosing to cancel was not a pleasant decision, but it's a necessary step in promoting “social distancing,” or reducing physical contact with each other. From a public health perspective, this is an appropriate and effective step to help reduce the spread of the virus. From a psychological health perspective, the effects are mixed.
People are feeling more anxious and uncertain about the virus, and limiting our ability to connect with each other through social distancing can increase feelings of isolation and fear. That’s why our three pillars are more important than ever right now.
We must educate ourselves and the community about Coronavirus and how to prevent and respond to it, and verify that our sources of information are accurate. Grounding ourselves in evidence-based data from reputable organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, is the first step in creating an effective response.
In the face of uncertain times, it’s even more important to encourage and support each other. Social connections are critical during times of crisis, so let’s continue to check in with one another by email, text, phone and video calls.
And what about that third pillar, networking? How do we do that in the face of a communicable disease? Well, this is where we are called to stretch our innovation muscle. Perhaps it means holding meetings with clients or colleagues via videoconference, or taking advantage of advancements in technology to connect with each other virtually.
During these times, our community organizations will need our support more than ever, including this year's President's Charity, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains. Since we are not meeting in April, might I suggest taking the $18 or $22 you would have spent on your meeting registration and donating it to the BGCCP?
In uncertain times, nothing brings me more comfort than knowing I am surrounded by a community of strong, supportive women. I’m grateful for you and the entire CWF membership, and we’ll get through these times together.
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:
Career and self-development
Encouragement from women who have been there and done that
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
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!