April 2020 Newsletter



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"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."  C.S. Lewis

President's Message

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.

Board Notes


We've grown by eight members this month! Be sure to say hello and give a warm welcome when you spot these new faces at our upcoming meetings.

Taylor Woolard, Edward Jones

Tiffany Tigh, Pillar to Post Home Inspectors

Rhonda Tennant, Healing Paws Canine Massage Therapy

Shelby Taylor, Prohibition Drinks and Desserts

Iris Lemmonds, Ruby Ribbon

Deidre Edwards, Toolkits for Health

Anna DiNisio, Tupperware

Tuiana Carson, Pruitt Health Trent



Special Announcements:

In accordance with CDC recommendations, Coastal Woman's Forum has cancelled the March Daytime, April Evening, and April Daytime Meetings. All March reservations have been refunded. Questions about the cancellation or refund policy may be directed to Nelda Coats, CWF Treasurer, at treasurercwf@gmail.com. 

Please stay informed by visiting our website and our social media platforms.

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration granted NC Governor Roy Cooper's request for federal relief for small businesses facing economic losses due to COVID-19.  This allows NC small businesses to apply for low interest disaster relief loans.  Here's the link for more information:


Member News

A Healthy – and Historical – Option

Here’s a healthy and safe alternative to hiding out in your house watching bad news 24/7 – enjoy a serene nature walk at New Bern Battlefield Park.  Bring the kids or grandkids, bring the dog - you don’t have a to be a Civil War buff to enjoy all that this quiet oasis has to offer.  Stroll along the carefully tended wooded paths of the History Walk, with 36 interpretive panels describing New Bern “back in the day” and sharing inspiring stories and military actions.  Bring your lunch and a book to enjoy under the covered visitors pavilion.  If you’re a bird watcher, you’ll want to relax on the benches overlooking the marshes teeming with wildlife.  And all the while, feel good about your community, knowing that the park is maintained entirely by volunteers from the New Bern Historical Society and supported by generous community donations. 

Located at the entrance to Taberna at 300 Battlefield Trail, the park is free and open to the public year-round.  For more information call 252-638-8558 or go to www.NewBernHistorical.org.

Submitted by Mickey Miller, Executive Director, New Bern Historical Society


Medicine Done Differently

Stressed? Trouble Sleeping? No energy? Weight gain?

At ParkerLane Integrative Health, our practitioners combine conventional medicine with alternative therapies to address your unique healthcare needs and goals.

We partner with you to identify the root cause of your health concerns using a holistic mind-body approach, focusing on nutrition, lifestyle, and stress management.

Our mission is to empower you to be fully engaged in your healing process and embrace lifelong wellness. 

ParkerLane Integrative Health


1440 McCarthy Blvd. Suite A

New Bern, NC 28562         


 Dr. Christina Belcher, ND


Give Your Immune System a Bump

Boosting your immune system is the key to keeping yourself and your family healthy this time of year. With so many viruses going around, from colds, to the flu, to the Coronavirus, we are all looking for a little extra protection. With the right tools, you can set yourself up for success by boosting your immune system.

Tips to avoid getting sick:

  • Get enough rest: a stressed-out, tired body is more susceptible to invaders.
  • Have a safe germ fighter spray to wipe down high-touch areas like doorknobs, keyboards, phones, and public areas.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Use  immunity type essential oils.
  • Support your body with supplements,
  • Soak in an Epsom salt bath with healing oils

Find out more about Eco-friendly and green products @melaleuca.com/msv
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    There is one thing that matters ... that is YOUR HEALTH.

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    A Shot of Spring Fever

    Now that the weather is wonderful, before you let Fluffy or Rex out the door to explore be sure they have had their annual shots. Vaccinations protect you and your pets and you’ll sleep better knowing that you are a responsible pet owner. A current shot record was invaluable last fall when many pet owners were turned away from shelters because their pets were not up to date on their vaccinations. Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care cares for your fur babies when you can’t, and she reminds you to update your pets’ vaccinations and to keep a copy in your hurricane kit.

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