September 2021 Newsletter

  • 21 Aug 2021 4:02 PM
    Message # 10946721

    Why are you a member of Coastal Women’s Forum? Our tag line is "Networking, Education and Encouragement". I really like this as it speaks to the ways we receive benefits from our organization as well as the various ways we can give to the organization. Many join for the networking opportunities and to grow their businesses. Some have just arrived in town and are looking for ways to meet new people. Others like the energy and that they have found ways to get involved in the community.

    When I joined, I had recently taken a position with a regional mortgage company. I was responsible for my own leads and I wanted to get more plugged into the New Bern community. While I have received new business directly from my association with CWF, the benefits I have received are far more intangible but no less meaningful for me. I’ve met women whose services have greatly benefited me.

    It was through my association with CWF that I met Jane Malucci. It was Jane who asked me to step in  to a production through The New Bern Historical Society. I played Katie Brownell for a "Lunch 'n Learn". This was such a rewarding experience for me and it gave me the courage to try out for Ghost Walk. I performed here for two years! I’ve met women who have had extraordinary careers and women who are starting their own businesses for the first time. We are a vibrant, interesting group of women who have much to offer.

    Every year CWF awards a $2000 Scholarship to a woman attending Craven Community College. We also give the recipient a complimentary membership in CWF and encourage her to attend meetings and network with our members. What a wonderful way to give back to our New Bern Community!

    This is a rebuilding year for Coastal Women’s Forum. More than half of our members did not renew their membership during the pandemic. Many were not comfortable using Zoom and many were, quite frankly, just trying to survive the year!

    Your Board has set as one of its goals for the year to increase our membership. We will have a booth at MumFest this year to increase our exposure and let more women know about this great organization. There is more about opportunities for you to participate in MumFest through CWF in this newsletter, including signing up to work the booth and donating items for gift baskets to be given away.

    But the most effective way to get members is to be invited to one of our meetings. Was that how you found CWF? Did someone invite you to a meeting to check out this incredible organization? Won’t you join me in inviting someone to the next meeting? If you know someone who did not renew this year, give them a call and invite them back. Remind them of all we have to offer. Let’s not keep this great group of women to ourselves.

    Kindest Regards,


    Last modified: 21 Aug 2021 4:07 PM | Mary Jane Charles

UPCOMING EVENTS

CWF Newsletters

“Nothing happens until someone sells something.”

~Attributed to Henry Ford


President's Message

Nelda Coats

Charting a New Course!

Like it or not, no matter what your title is, you’re selling something. Some of us are literally selling services or goods. Others may be promoting a non-profit and encouraging people to donate or volunteer. No matter what your role is within an organization, good customer service is vital to keep people coming back. An essential part of growing a business or non-profit is attracting new customers, volunteers and donors. The first word in Coastal Women’s Forum’s tagline is “Networking”. Whether you joined CWF to specifically find new customers or just to meet new women, networking describes how this is done.

I have belonged to many networking organizations during my career – from loose groups who met for breakfast once a month to more formal weekly networking groups such as BNI (Business Networking International). With formal groups, there is a stated structure and exact procedures to follow to get to know other members of the group and to provide referrals to each other. Referrals given and received are tracked, tallied and reported on. While this is not emphasized within CWF, I think we can learn some lessons from these groups on how to network.

First and foremost, we all are a center of influence. We have friends, families, and co-workers that we interact with daily. When we are asked for advice or recommendations for service, who do we recommend? Generally, someone whose service we have used or someone we know who performs that service. As members of Coastal Women’s Forum, we have at our fingertips over 120 women who are resources for many goods and services and represent non-profit organizations. Aside from just checking the directory, how do we confidently recommend our sisters?

There’s another old saying in sales that folks have to “know you, like you and trust you.” And it begins with “know you.” I would like to encourage you to get to know your fellow members in CWF beyond sitting together at our daytime and evening meetings. In BNI we were expected to participate in “one-on-one’s”. These were meetings outside the group meetings between two members. We even had suggested questions to ask each other to facilitate learning all about each other and our businesses. What could happen if you made a commitment to ask one person to coffee that you met at CWF? What if you met with one person a month? At the least you’d learn more about each other, you might even gain some new business, or even better, you may make a new friend.

In January, our program coordinators have designed our meetings around Getting to Know You so that you will have an opportunity to learn more about your CWF sisters. Besides being a lot of fun, we’ll learn more about each other and I encourage you to be on the lookout for someone that you just might want to get to know a bit better!

Let’s have coffee,

Upcoming Events

JANUARY PROGRAMS

As Coastal Women’s Forum continues Charting a New Course, we’ll start the new year by getting to know our sister travelers!

Coastal Women’s Forum will celebrate 2022 with Getting to Know You networking programs in January. We have welcomed several new members this program year and many of our members have embarked on new paths since they joined the Forum. The January daytime and evening meetings will feature different networking activities and provide the opportunity to get to know our Coastal Women’s Forum sisters a little better. 

Please plan to join in these fun celebrations. The meetings will also be great opportunities to welcome guests and introduce them to our wonderful Coastal Women’s Forum sisters! We look forward to seeing you in January for the beginning of a great 2022!

Dessert Sponsors


"Miss Julia' Hart


RE/MAX Homestead



JANUARY 4th EVENING MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our January Evening Meeting Dessert Sponsor, "Miss Julia" Hart, of RE/MAX Homestead.





JANUARY 19th DAYTIME MEETING

DESSERT SPONSOR


Thank you to our January Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Georgiana Bowman Bircher, of Edward Jones!


Georgiana Bowman Bircher

Edward Jones

Updated Meal Cancellation Policy 


  • If you made a reservation and cannot attend, please CANCEL your reservation for either evening or daytime meetings.
  • Cancellations for monthly evening meetings should be no later than noon on the Sunday before the evening meeting. Email cwfdinner@gmail.com
  • Cancellations for monthly daytime meetings should be made no later than noon on the Monday before the lunch meeting. Email  cwflunch@gmail.com.
  • If cancellations are not received by these deadlines, you will be responsible to cover the cost of your meal.
  • Please note the difference in emails.
  • While masks are not required, their use is greatly encouraged and appreciated.

Thank you, all!


Membership


Welcome New Members:

Shannon Adcock - United Bank

Anne Griggs - The French Bee Events

Christina Howerin - Farmasi & Park Lane Jewelry

Eileen Paxton

Margaret Pollock - Christ Church, New Bern

Member News

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Local Authors and Books

  • Nada Behr (Children) - We Want a Dog
  • Kim Rice Smith (Christian Literature) - The Heart of a Warrior
  • A.J. Clements (Historical Fiction) - Avonvale
  • Kyre Smith (Personal Development) - Unpopular Beliefs: Everyday Issues
  • Mellanie Crouell (Neo Soul) - 25 Days of Roses
  • Stanley Trice ( Young Adult Sci-Fi) - High School Rocket Science
  • Les Pendleton (Fiction) - The Bridges at Union Point
  • Todd Wetherington (Short Stories) - Savages
  • John Scirica (Murder/Thriller/ESP) - Deadly Dreams
  • Candace Williams (Japanese Historical) - The Earthquake Doll


Have lunch with an author!


Learn about their book as they speak for a few minutes. Autographed copies of the books will be available for purchase.


Proceeds to benefit STEM Scholarships at Craven Community College.


Local Authors Luncheon


Saturday,

January 15, 2022,

at 11:30 AM

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The Chelsea Restaurant


sponsored by:



$30 ticket

($12 tax deductible)



Tickets available at the Next Chapter Book & Art Store (Downtown New Bern) or by calling (252) 637-9499 or (252) 633-1931.

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