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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. 

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

President's Message

Sandy Eichelberger

Scary October

While waiting for a movie at the theater to begin, I watched the trailers for some upcoming films. Sure enough – debuting in October was a very scary looking movie. Now, I personally don’t like scary movies, so I will not be at all interested in seeing this one. However, it did make me think about why some people like scary movies and other people, like me, avoid them like the plague.

Is it that I don’t like my heart racing when the background music ebbs and flows, then suddenly accelerates? Or is it that I don’t like the surprise of shadows and someone jumping out from behind a bookcase in a dusty basement or garage? I must admire those who can sit thru an entire scary movie without throwing their popcorn all over the place.

This brings up that emotion of fear, which seems to always be part of the month of October. Scary costumes at Halloween, movies intended to strike fear in our hearts and Ghost Walk, one of New Bern’s favorite October events.

But what is so bad about fear? Fear often can protect us from harming ourselves – I mean, don’t we look when we are standing on top of a mountain and realize with a healthy dose of fear that we really should be careful. In this scenario fear keeps us safe.

Sure, it is natural to feel fear when contemplating something new or out of our comfort zone. We go right into that “fight or flight” mode and many times we want to choose the flight option.  When we stand our ground, and choose the fight mode – life shifting changes can occur. A new job, a promotion, a successful presentation, a new relationship are just a few opportunities that await us if we positively manage our fear.

Frequently, I hear that it is frightening to attend a large meeting and walk into the room alone. Recognizing that some women may feel a sense of intimidation when coming into a meeting, our Board has established protocols to help ease members and visitors into participating in our meetings. At every CWF meeting, we have a Board member acting as hostess at the entrance. Board members wear identifying badges. And our Board members are always on the look-out for opportunities to engage Visitors and New Members (also identifiable by their name badges). So if you are feeling those butterflies in your stomach, conquer your fear and look for a Board member, and she will gladly assist you in joining a conversation.

Come enjoy our October events, our dinner at The Chelsea on October 3 and hear our speaker, Angelina Doyle who will talk to us about Driving to Success. On October 18th, join us at the New Bern Golf and Country Club and get into the spooky October spirit by listening to Joyce Callahan tell us all about New Bern Ghost Tours.

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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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