We will continue to meet in person as long as the Governor's guidelines allow. The current recommendation is that masks are encouraged when meeting indoors. As a result, masks are encouraged but not required at our daytime and evening meetings.
This year our scholarship committee updated the CWF Scholarship to go to a female student over the age of 25 pursuing a degree or certificate at Craven Community College.We are very grateful to Tanya Roberts for pulling all the pieces together and identifying our scholar, DeAnne Holliday.
DeAnne Holliday will be entering the Associates Degree in Nursing (R.N.) program this fall at Craven Community College, in order to attain her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. While she had attended an R.N. program in the mid-1980s, illness forced her to discontinue her studies. Now she has just finally gotten the opportunity to return to school again! After graduating from Craven, she plans to attain a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing from UNC-Wilmington. Her long-term goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner.
One of her passions is providing free or low-cost mobile clinics to serve the rural communities for the uninsured or under-insured. DeAnne lived in Nevada for four years and witnessed how the Nevada Department of Health sponsored mobile vans to send their teams of healthcare professionals around the State to serve the residents in the small and isolated desert communities. She would very much like to be involved in this type of project in North Carolina so that she can make a positive impact on her...our community.
DeAnne was awarded $2000 through the college, a one year membership with CWF, and the board has voted to host her at any of the meetings she chooses to attend throughout the year. Congratulations!
In keeping with our literacy charity this year, our annual Hat Social theme is: "Who Do You Literally Love?" You get to select a favorite character or book from a variety of literary genres to represent in your fabulous chapeau! Here are the categories:
Favorite Villain – So bad you rooted for her or him.
Favorite Childhood Book/Character – This story or character was your imagination's inspiration!
Favorite Romance Character/Book – This is could be a bodice buster or a prim tale of longtime sweethearts.
Favorite Mystery Book/Character – This one kept you guessing and you resisted turning to the last page to find out who done it!
Favorite Historical Book/Character – Factual or fictional, this is a story that had you time traveling and still sticks with you.
Favorite Non-Fiction Book – It could be your favorite humorist or your well worn cookbook, a serious collection of poems or a spiritual guide to life, this is your go-to book.
Remember, the Hat Social is FREE for members in good standing, $23 for all visitors and guests and it will be on THURSDAY, June 8 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. REGISTER NOW!
TRADE SHARE - APRIL 6 - NBGCC
Here are the specs for the display areas. YES, they are small... think tall and remember your booth needs to stand on its own.
1. Tabletop display space is 24" wide by 15" deep. That is 24 inches wide by 15 inches deep.
2. There are a total of 48 spaces available only to MEMBERS on a first come, first served basis.
3. You must reserve your space with Abbey Parker via email.
4. There is no electricity available for your display spot.
5. Your display will be un-womanned; it will have to speak for you.
6. Set up time for all display areas is 4-4:45 p.m. Registration opens at 5 for Trade Share and we want everything to be ready for browsing and networking.
1. Any MEMBER may donate a door prize whether they have a display area or not.
2. Door prizes must be a product or service.
3. Please contact Cheryl Jukich to let us know you intend to contribute a door prize.
4. You must bring your door prize to Trade Share.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Moorer, Trade Share Chair.
NOTE: Alexandria Kirian, the CWF 2016 Scholarship winner sent a note to keep us updated on her progress in college:
Hello! How have you all been? I hope you are all staying safe with the recent storm and flooding issues. I wanted to write this email to give you all an update on what I have been up to.
As of now, I have been attending college for about eight weeks. Craven Community College has a beautiful campus and an exceptional staff that makes me look forward to class. My classes with Craven are Introduction to Computers, Introduction to Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology 1. This semester I am also taking Introduction to Theatre online with East Carolina University. My coursework has been large lately but I am learning so much that I will use frequently as a nurse. For example, Anatomy has taught me about medical terminology, tissues, organs, the skeleton and much more which is information I will hold with me throughout my nursing career.
I have stayed pretty busy between school, work, and the student ambassador program. Over the summer, I was accepted into the Craven Community College ambassador program. As a student ambassador, I volunteer for and represent the college. We participate in many of the student life and community events such as the welcome back fair, the bridge run, and the local Christmas parades. Being a student ambassador has made my transition from high school to college much easier.
Again, I wanted to thank you all for the great impact you have had on my life. The scholarship I received from The Coastal Women’s Forum relieved a huge stress that my family and I had when dealing with how to pay for college. All of you have helped me to focus more on my studies then how I would pay for my education. I am greatly appreciative, thank you all so much.
If you are looking for great employees remember to reach out to your CWF sisters to see who they know that should be working with you. You can also post your opportunity in the monthly newsletter. Send the information by the 10th of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual membership (July 1 - June 30) is still only $40.00.
If not already renewed, you can do so online at http://www.coastalwomensforum.com , at a meeting, or by mail.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Are you in the witness protection program? If not, please complete your online profile. You decide what can be viewed by Members Only, what can be viewed by the public and what is not displayed at all. Include a photo of yourself and use searchable key words. Our members want to support one another and we search the membership directory to find the service or product you provide - or maybe you met someone at a meeting and you'd like to get together socially. If you need help, please contact Kristi Mason or Leeann Wilson - our contact information is in the directory as well as on the About Us page.
CWF Ladies, don't forget to register for the 1st Professional Women's Conference Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Carolina Women's Center, Leading with Lipstick - Wednesday, March 18 at the Convention Center. Mention CWF and pay only $25 registration fee.
Wendy Graveman of Pinecone Perennials Brings Spring to CWF
Posted: 01 Feb 2015 01:24 PM PST
The speaker for the February 3 Coastal Women’s Forum dinner meeting will be Wendy Graveman co-owner of Pinecone Perennials in New Bern. Wendy will offer tips to turn brown thumbs green whether they are planting plots or pots. She will also be offering advice on landscaping with native species that should thrive in our coastal environment.
Wendy and her husband Rob relocated from New Jersey in 2000 and started their garden center in New Bern from scratch. They have 7 acres of greenhouses at their home in the county and grow all of the plants they sell at Pinecone Perennials. Rob focuses on growing and Wendy uses her artistic eye to manage the retail side of the business.
This year, Pinecone Perennials will feature a newly added Home & Garden Shop with indoor and outdoor furniture, décor items, and, of course, plants. Right now the shop is bursting with pots of colorful orchids to chase away the winter blues. Wendy notes that she has 1200 orchids at her home and would easily claim the title of “Orchid Lover.”
You can get a dose of spring by attending the CWF Dinner, Tuesday, February 3 at 6 p.m. at the Chelsea.
Submitted by: Jane Maulucci, The Reactive Voice
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