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Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities - women like you. We invite you to join us at our monthly lunch and dinner meetings, and take advantage of being a CWF member. 

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 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

President's Message - March 2017
Jane H. Maulucci


This month the crazies will hit all of us. If you’re a basketball fan, you’ll be watching the college clashes. If you’re a gardener you’ll be hunting down the plants that went into hiding last fall.  Some of us will be ever so grateful to regain the earlier sunrise, until they take it away with daylight savings time.

There is another form of March Madness that crept up on us in January with the Women’s March. Whether you think these women are saints or sinners, they have exercised their right of free speech and joined the ranks of all the other women who have marched in protest or in support of causes for our citizenry.

March is women’s history month. A month devoted to reminding us that the forefathers didn’t really create this country on their own. There were founding mothers, too. And wives, sisters, and aunts. A friend of mine from Massachusetts, Alice Stelzer, researched and wrote a book entitled Female Adventurers. In it she describes how the guys who settled New England (and got all the credit) were not out wandering in the woods unaccompanied.

These tough explorers had their families with them. The wife trailed behind with the cow and kids (and possibly a bun in the oven) to keep house on the trail and establish a home once they stopped. The women marched with the men through unfriendly and uncharted lands; swamps, forests, and fields to get this country started. Their progeny (and their immigrant sisters who followed) have marched for abolition, prohibition, suffrage, and peace.  Some of their efforts have been successful.

This month, let’s keep in mind that the original ladies who secured certain rights for us were fired up and had to be a little touched to think that by taking their cause public they would and could make a difference. But they did! We stand on the shoulders of women brave enough to take a stand and spread their “madness.”

During our luncheon meeting on March 15, we will have a lighthearted look at some of the colorful and “mad” women of New Bern that had Nelson McDaniel in awe when he was a kid in the 50’s. And our dinner speaker on March 7 will be from the Tryon Palace; Leslie Lambrecht will discuss how women’s clothing and fashion has evolved to suit our roles through history.

Join us for these two meetings and check in with your tablemates to learn who they deemed a role model when they were a kid or the goofy fashions they have overcome.

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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.  Join today!

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