December 2021 Newsletter

  • 17 Dec 2021 9:32 AM
    Message # 12198734

    "Whatever community organization, whether it’s a women’s organization, or fighting for racial justice…you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way."

    ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

      

    President's Message

    Nelda Coats

    Charting a New Course!

    Approaching Thanksgiving, our hearts turn to gratitude and treating others with kindness. During December, we are given many opportunities to give back to our community through donations to community organizations, service charities, sponsoring children for Christmas gifts, and on and on. Many religions celebrate significant days in December – from Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa and others I’m sure I’m not aware of! All emphasize the importance of supporting our community through our service, support, and giving financially.

    December is traditionally the month that Coastal Women’s Forum allows the President to present her charity for the year and request donations to show our support as an organization. In the October newsletter, I introduced you to Sound Rivers. Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. They unite with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina. They do this through water protection, community engagement, and pollution reduction. Their mission statement is to monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina, and to preserve the health and beauty of the river basin through environmental justice.

    There are many ways we can support them – monetary gifts, volunteering, participating in a river clean-up, and promoting them through your social media. I’m excited to hear from Corinne Belch, Director of Development and Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, at our December meetings, where they will educate us on their work and how we can become involved in keeping the beautiful Neuse River healthy and flourishing for years to come.

    There is a link under President’s Charity on our website where you may read more about Sound Rivers and how to donate. If you wish, you may bring your checks and cash to the December meetings and donate directly there. Make your check payable to Sound Rivers.

    Thank you for all you do in supporting our community.

    Fondly,


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    Upcoming Events

    DECEMBER MEETING SPEAKERS

    Welcome, Sound Rivers!

    Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. Sound Rivers unites with concerned citizens to monitor, protect and preserve the watersheds covering nearly one-quarter of North Carolina.

    Founded in 2015 with the merger of two of the state’s oldest grassroots conservation organizations, Sound Rivers combines the deep history of advocacy of the Neuse River Foundation, established in 1980, and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, established in 1981. This union to become Sound Rivers creates a powerful advocate protecting North Carolina’s most cherished waterways. 

    Donations to Sound Rivers support all these programs, and giving means Sound Rivers Riverkeepers can continue working for our clean water. Together, we can make a clean water future possible!


    DECEMBER Evening Speaker

    Tuesday, December 7

    Corrine Belch

    Director of Development

    In January 2017, Corinne Everett Belch joined Sound Rivers as the Director of Development. Corinne grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has a lifelong passion for the environment.

    Thank you, Corrine!


    DECEMBER Daytime Speaker

    Wednesday, December 15


    Katy Hunt

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

    Katy joined Sound Rivers as the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper on June 26, 2017, and is based in New Bern. As Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy is Sound Rivers’ primary representative for the Neuse River basin from the Lenoir-Wayne County line eastward to the mouth of the Neuse River.

    Thank you, Katy!

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    Dessert Sponsors

    DECEMBER 7th EVENING MEETING

    DESSERT SPONSOR

    Jean Leslie

    Massage Therapy

    Thank you to our December Evening Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Jean Leslie, owner of Jean Leslie Therapeutic Massage!


    DECEMBER 15th DAYTIME MEETING

    DESSERT SPONSOR

    Nelda Coats

    Movement Mortgage

    Thank you to our December Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor, Nelda Coats, Mortgage Loan Officer of Movement Mortgage!

    Navigate with Nelda!

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    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!

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    Membership


    Welcome New Members:

    Heather Thornburg

    Meg Wethington - New Bern Good News

    Marianne Waldrop - Retired Military

    Bonita Simmons - Tried by Fire, Inc.

    Mary Chester - Pruitt Health

    Susan Chesson - Buckingham Strategic Wealth

    Haley Salmons - Creative Chromosomes

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    Member News

    Is Santa bringing you new luggage for your holiday travel?

    Remember that Anita English, My Travel Agent, (travelto@suddelink.net) and Debby Lutz, Travel by Debby L, (tbtravel075@gmail.com) are collecting gently used luggage for Foster Kids… because no one should carry their belongings in a trash bag.

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    Jeanne Crockett - Crockett's Critter Care

    Yah! We did it! Over 1,000 unsolicited happiness reviews. Feeling grateful. I am so proud of our team members and the hard work they do every day to make our company great! Dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and professional are just a few of the words that describe our team. We are grateful to our clients for their positive feedback and reviews. Thank you for continuing to choose us.

    Dog Training (New)

    Our new signature service is a unique program designed to help reactive, fearful dogs and their owners. It consists of eight, forty-five-minute, in-person training sessions that are supported by videos and handouts. Throughout the process you will discover the whys, develop good handling skills, and gain insights that will help you and your canine partner achieve an unbreakable bond.

    For services and rates, testimonials, pet gallery photos, and more:

    Visit: www.crockettscrittercare.com

    Call: 252 635-2655

    Where your critters count!

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    Elise Medenbach, LBMT

    Take time to take care of YOU this Christmas Season! 

    We are usually so busy taking care of others that we forget the most important person. If we don't take care of ourselves, who will take care of us?

    Merry Christmas!


    Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy

    Glenburnie Professional Center

    1425 South Glenburnie Road,   Suite 6

    New Bern, NC  28560

    252 474-6118

    www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach

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    New Bern Yacht Club

    Entertaining friends, family, or clients over the holidays?

    New Bern Yacht Club, ideally situated on picturesque Brices Creek, offers you a unique and relaxed setting for social or corporate entertaining -- with your budget in mind:

    • Unique property with 250 feet of waterfront footage
    • Panoramic views of scenic Brices Creek to the Trent River
    • Private, charming clubhouse accommodates up to 85 people
    • Fully appointed warming kitchen for ease of catering
    • Secure Wi-Fi and audiovisual; large-screen TV for computer/internet presentations
    • Outdoor entertaining on screen porch, plus spacious lawn with room for waterside tents
    • Ample off-street parking
    • Surprisingly affordable rates!

    To tour the property, contact CWF member Lucy Lichty: 252/649-9780 | lucylaurens2@gmail.com.  

    Visit us at www.NewBernYachtClub.com.

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    Last modified: 17 Dec 2021 9:35 AM | Morgan Broughton

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

Greetings! 

Wishing you a Winter Wonderland this Christmas Season!


All the Best,


Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy


Tyson Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6

New Bern, NC 28560

www.amtamembers.com/elisemedenbach

252 474-6118


Martha Smith Massaad

Become healthier with your product choices for your home & body. When you take care of YOU; it helps the environment. When you help the environment; it helps YOU.


Find out about ingredients....some are really bad. I help busy professionals become more responsible for their self-care and health by teaching them about their lifestyle choices and the impact it has on their health. The bonus is when you transform your health, you become more people and planet friendly.


Call Martha at 252.269.5171 for a no obligation review of your pantry, bathroom and kitchen products.


There is one thing that matters & that is YOUR health"


Saha - to your health

Martha Smith Massaad


www.riseradiantlywithmartha.com 

252.269.5171

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.

Submit!

Remember to submit your 150 word blurb to cwfnewsletter@gmail.com along with a jpeg or png image by the 10th of the month for the next newsletter.

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