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"There are moments which mark your life. Moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts - before this and after this." - Fallen

President's Message

Rose MacNeal

Embrace Change

As we head into fall, let’s think of new beginnings and positive changes. Even in the times we are living in, positive changes are possible.

We all experience the change of seasons. For me personally, fall was always my favorite time of the year. Growing up in New England, there was a definite change in the air. My sisters, brother, and I would fearlessly jump into the piles of leaves we raked! Fall also meant weekend drives with my family to the apple orchards. We would head out on Sunday afternoons for a drive, which always ended up at a farm stand or orchard to get apples for the week. As we headed back to the car for our drive home, my mom would wipe off a few apples and slice them up for us as we drove on country roads enjoying the foliage and the crisp, sweet taste of the different apples she would select. This is a memory that I will never forget!

In these times we are currently experiencing, we have all had to make changes in our lives—some of which we may not have control over. And yes, these are changes that we will probably never forget either! We cannot let these changes affect our hopes and dreams. As we go through these changes, what’s important to remember is that Coastal Women’s Forum is a strong group of women who continue to educate and encourage our members.

Many of us have dreams, hopes, or desires for our personal lives, our health, our families, or our professional lives. Think of the fearless child you once were who embraced the change of the season from summer to fall with the hope of endless possibilities. We may have to work a little harder or wait a little longer, but changes for the good are possible.  Remember to accept the things we cannot change and have the courage to change the things we can.

I know that many of us have missed the socialization and networking that takes place at our monthly meetings. Well, I am excited to tell you that we will be hosting our Daytime October 21st meeting via Zoom, and we will be hosting an in-person meeting at the same time on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members only will be permitted for the in-person meeting and must pay online when registration opens. At this time, Governor Cooper is permitting up to twenty-five people for indoor meetings. If this changes, we will notify our members.  

I hope that you will join me as we embrace this change!

All my best,

Upcoming Events

Zoom and In-Person Luncheon Meeting

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at the NB Country Club

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Welcome Lynne Harakal, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, Inc.

Resilience is the heart of possibility!

Please join us for our October daytime meeting as we welcome Lynne Harakal, Executive Director of Swiss Bear, Inc., as she shares her unique perspectives of the value of being resilient, especially in challenging times!

Swiss Bear, Inc. is the Main Street organization for the City of New Bern and is responsible for leading the economic development of the Greater Downtown region. Throughout the past few years, Swiss Bear, Inc. has been resilience in action! From guiding rebuilding after Hurricane Florence in 2018, through navigating the multitude of challenges caused by COVID 19, Swiss Bear, Inc. has been a vital resource to the economic and cultural vibrancy of our city.

Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Lynne is a graduate of Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. Before moving to New Bern, Lynne and her family lived in the Netherlands, Germany, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Singapore. After relocating to New Bern in 2004, she joined the New Bern Historical Society as its Executive Director in 2008. She served in that role until 2016 when she became the Executive Director of Swiss Bear, Inc.

Lynne also serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, New Bern Historical Society Board of Directors, participates in the Downtown Municipal Service District advisory group, and is a trustee for Centenary United Methodist Church. Lynne is married to Mark Harakal and has two grown daughters, Nikole and Kyra.

Swiss Bear, Inc. also produces New Bern’s renowned annual MumFest! Celebration. Lynne will introduce the redesigned October MumFeast 2020! month-long celebration and share some of the fun and safe ways to celebrate this year!   

Virtual Meeting Sponsors

Thank you to our September Virtual Meeting Sponsor: 

Debby Lutz with Travel by DebbyL


Travel by DebbyL, LLC. was founded in 2007 by the owner, Debby Lutz CTA, as a full-service travel agency specializing in leisure travel. Debby, a Certified Travel Advisor, has been in the travel industry since 1969 and has clients all over the United States traveling to every corner of the globe. 

When the country was hit by the Pandemic and airlines, cruise lines, and tour operators were shut down, many travelers realized the value of having a professional travel advisor. Travel by DebbyL provided the help and guidance to her clients so they were able to receive proper refunds and credits.Now is a great time to start planning that future vacation to get the best values!

I invite you to join our Group trip to Bern, Switzerland and Rhine River Cruise – April 2021.

For information feel free to give Debby a call at 252-500-4183 or visit www.travelbydebbyl.com


Please welcome our newest members:

Renee Hunt with Nutrien

Elizabeth Pope with Atlantic Dance Theatre

Member News

This Year's Walk is Everywhere!

The 2020 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25.

This year’s Walk will include threecomponents. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants join together to fight Alzheimer’s and all other dementia, all delivered to participants' smartphones, tablets and computers. Next, everyone will walk in their own neighborhoods with their family and friends. Finally, the Alzheimer’s Association will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format that participants can drive by on Walk day to honor all those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

CONTACT: Christine John-Fuller, Alzheimer's Association
980-498-7737 (office)/704-604-9639 (cell)

Tales from the Underground

The New Bern Historical Society knows where all the skeletons in New Bern are buried, and they’ll share some of those hidden secrets during the 30th Annual Ghostwalk, “Tales from the Underground,” October 22-24. This year’s Ghostwalk will bring you 13 vignettes featuring New Bern’s most intriguing historical characters telling their haunting tales. 

A safely reimagined, all-outdoor Live Ghostwalk will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery, October 22-24 from 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets will be good for one evening at a specific arrival time. The thirteen ghost sites will be arrayed along three separate loops in the cemetery, where small groups will be led through the two-hour walking tour by ghostly guides. Mask wearing and safe distancing will be enforced. 

This COVID-crazy year also brings the exciting premier of Virtual Ghostwalk, which you’ll be able to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Info and tickets at www.GhostwalkNewBern.com or call 252-638-8558.

Market swings got you concerned?

Let's connect virtually for coffee and a market update! Each month on the fourth Thursday I host a virtual update to provide you with the latest market information. This month's webinar via Zoom is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd from 9 - 9:30 am. Call or message my office for details:

Georgiana.BowmanBircher@edwardjones.com or 252-514-0279. 

As always, complimentary reviews are available for those who want a second opinion on their investments. After all, you would likely seek a second opinion on other important aspects in your life such as your health. So, why not seek one on your investments when they affect every aspect of your life?


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