"The thing I'm most grateful for right now is elastic waistbands."  Author Unknown

November 2019 Newsletter

President's Message

Lee Chaix McDonough

Gratitude Matters

November is a traditional time to reflect on our blessings and give thanks for all we have. Although gratitude is something we can practice year round, November is the perfect month to take a closer look at why gratitude is important and why incorporating a regular gratitude practice makes a huge difference in our happiness.

Gratitude matters – here’s why

Research suggests expressing gratitude has significant health benefits, both physically and emotionally. According to a study in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, people who regularly express gratitude report feeling healthier and experience fewer aches and pains. They’re also more likely to sleep better and to take care of their health, which in turn promotes better physical wellness.

But it’s not just physical health – gratitude has a huge impact on our emotional wellness too. It reduces unpleasant feelings, including jealousy, anger, frustration, regret, and shame, and increases our overall happiness and self-esteem. A study by the University of Kentucky suggests that gratitude increases empathy and reduces aggression and revenge. No wonder gratitude is also linked to improved quantity and quality of friendships!

Clearly, the benefits of gratitude are significant. So how can we harness the benefits of gratitude in our lives?

Establishing a gratitude practice

In her research for her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown discovered a strong link between gratitude and joy. In twelve years of research, every single person she interviewed who described themselves as joyful also had an active gratitude practice.

Brown describes this effect using the words of Jesuit priest David Steindl-Rast: “It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us happy.”

However, the link between gratitude and joy requires more than simply having a grateful attitude – it requires action. While having a spirit of gratitude is helpful, what transforms it to joy are the actions we take.

We can’t simply think our way from gratitude to joy – we must make it active. And by doing so, we cultivate more joy in our world and more reasons to be grateful.

Active gratitude could look like keeping a gratitude journal, saying grace before a meal, praying or meditating, saying “thank you” out loud at specific times of the day, or other small but meaningful personal rituals.

This month, I invite you to join me in giving thanks and living joyfully by creating or expanding your gratitude practice.

Have a joyful Thanksgiving!



Tuesday, November 5th   5:30- 7:00 p.m.

Evening Meeting with Dinner at the Chelsea

Don't Forget to Take Your M.E.D.S

Charlotte Lane, FNP and Holly Parker, RN of ParkerLane Integrative Health will be presenting on self-care, an area that is often neglected, especially with the holiday season just ahead. They will discuss what self-care looks like, when to practice it, and why it is so important for our mental, emotional, and physical wellness. The title of their presentation will be “Don’t Forget to Take Your M.E.D.S.” in which they will review natural ways for self-care to be the bridge between your wellness goals and accomplishments.

Wednesday, November 20th  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Day Meeting with Lunch at the NBG&CC

Grateful Hearts and Visions of Sugar Plums

Amanda Banks is a Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Chair of the Beary Merry Christmas Committee.  Amanda will truly put us in the holiday spirit as she shares the past, the present and the future of Christmas in New Bern. More specifically she will discuss the vision for our Beary Merry Christmas, how she became involved (and how you can too) as well as a bit about all of the joyful activities available. Learn how this holiday promotion supports our community, downtown businesses, and even our pets.  We will all leave the daytime November meeting not only with grateful hearts but also with visions of sugar plums to come!



Dinner Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Diane Hogan

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Lunch Dessert Sponsor - Thank you Mary Ann LeRay and Jean Bender

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To receive your complimentary makeover, call Mary Ann at 252-671-7815 or Jean at 252-229-6545.  For all your Christmas shopping, we have something for everyone on your list.




A Red Carpet Welcome to Our New Members!

Our membership has grown by seven dynamic ladies this month. Be sure to say hello and give a warm welcome when you spot these new faces at our next meeting.

  • Jennifer Armknecht: 2019-2020 Coastal Women's Forum Scholarship Recipient
  • Bronwyn Chartier
  • Gabriela Edwards, LinearTech, LLC
  • Nancy Hug
  • Betsy McDonald, Habitat for Humanity of Craven County
  • Susan Perez
  • Jilliana Raymond


2019-2020 Coastal Women’s Forum Scholarship Awarded

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 Coastal Women’s Forum Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Jennifer Armknecht.  Jennifer is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Craven Community College.  She is an active mom who is pursuing a higher education degree for the first time.  She and her husband Dylan, a Marine who has served for 22 years, have four children, ages 7 to 13.  Alex is in 8th grade, Cayleen is in 7th grade, Kristopher is in 5th grade and Matthew is in 2nd grade. 

Together with their children, this military family has traveled throughout the US and several countries abroad.  Jennifer’s husband will be retiring from active duty in 4 years and plans to pursue a career as a high school history teacher. Both Jennifer and Dylan want to have similar schedules as each other and their children. This is one reason why Jennifer decided to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education program focuses on hands-on learning through experiences rather than instructions. Jennifer loves to work with children, to inspire them, to watch them grow and develop.

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer.  We wish her all the best as she works towards obtaining her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Missed Meal Policy:  A Friendly Reminder

Thanks for understanding that due to our advanced guarantee obligations, we have to charge you for your meal even if you aren't able to attend.  If plans to attend either the Evening or Day Meetings change,  please be sure to cancel your registration by 12 noon the MONDAY PRIOR to the event.  Of course, we'd much rather have you attend but we understand changing schedules.  Just be sure to cancel by the deadline.


It's always wonderful to announce the arrival of a CWF baby.  Our warmest congratulations to former CWF Board Member Joanna Carr on the arrival of baby Waylon Oliver Carr on Friday, October 11 at 7lbs 14 ounces, a lanky little lad at 20+ inches.  Mom, Dad and big brother are all well. The world is a better place for Waylon's arrival. Congratulations, Joanna!



Take a moment.  Breathe.  You're Not Alone

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Attitude of Graditude

While your pets don’t actually say it, they really do appreciate your tender loving care. Fido is so happy when you come home that he actually dances at the door. Fluffy may seem indifferent, but she is truly thrilled when you snap on that laser light and let her show off her hunting prowess. And when you can’t be there and you bring in Crockett’s Critter Care to look after them, they are completely satisfied. They’re confident they’ll get the snuggles, snacks, and playtime they need just as if you were there. Of course, they will still be deeply grateful for your return.

Jeanne Crockett’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring trained professionals to care for your beloved pet whether furry, feathered, or finned. For Fear Free professional pet sitting and dog walking go to crockettscrittercare.com, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.


It’s Time for Ghostwalk!

For the 29th year in a row, lively historic spirits return to historic downtown New Bern to tell their stories during Ghostwalk!  This year’s beloved annual tradition and the Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser takes place Oct. 24-26.  Each Ghostwalk brings a whole new batch of characters from New Bern’s colorful and varied past.  This year’s theme “Spirited Skirts and the Shadows They Cast” celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, with stories of New Bern’s most intriguing women and the men who loved them.

Ghostwalk is a family friendly event offering theatre previews and yummy dinners at historic churches, in addition to historical spirits in 13 downtown locations.  Again this year, every Ghostwalk ticket includes a free picture taken at the professional Tap Snap photo booth.  

For info and tickets go to www.GhostwalkNewBern.com or call 252-638-8558.


Sleep Clean!

Rest easy knowing you are lying on Norwex Microfiber Sheets & Pillowcases that are easy to clean, more durable than cotton and contain BacLock antibacterial agent.  BacLock, with its self-cleansing properties, keeps sheets and pillowcases fresher longer.  Great for acne-prone skin!  Ultra-smooth & luxurious!

PROBLEM:  Ordinary cotton sheets & pillowcases can feel rough.  And when they’re scratchy, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep.  In addition, skin, hair & dandruff cells, as well as drool and sweat, can soil cotton fibers, making your pillow and mattress a harbor for the bacteria that feed on them.

SOLUTION:  With Norwex Sheets & Pillowcases, you won’t lose sleep over bacteria or scratchiness.  Our BacLock antibacterial agent in the cloth keeps them cleaner longer by inhibiting bacterial growth within them.  Plus, they feel so luxuriously soft and satiny, you won’t ever be able to imagine sleeping on any other fabric. 



Mary Ellen Crisp, Norwex Independent Sales Consultant  

252.675.9947      maryellencrisp.norwex.biz


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Check out my website http://RosemarieMacNeal.arbonne.com for all the products. Email me at rose.arbonneconsultant@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like a free demonstration!   



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