"Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch." Walt Whitman
March 2019 Newsletter
Sunny and 75
What’s your perfect weather?
One of my favorite songs is “Sunny and 75” sung by Joe Nichols and it is one of my favorites because that is my ideal weather. Sunny, 75 degrees, no humidity, blue sky, beach chair, flip flops, sand – yes, I do believe I would be very happy if every day were like that.
That’s what we had just several days ago, in February. Go figure. When we moved here three and a half years ago, we were told by many “don’t like the weather – just wait ten minutes.” And in Eastern North Carolina, that seems to be true.
It is amazing how weather affects our mood and our conversation … in the supermarket, at the doctor’s office, at work – almost everywhere. We are either loving it or complaining about it. Those of us who have moved from colder climates shudder when there is any inkling of snow or below freezing temps. Many of us prefer it cooler, not wanting the humidity of the summer months.
Realistically, there is not much we can do about the weather. We chose to live here, so we have to accept the variety of conditions and be flexible. This builds our character!
My car has become home to a variety of weather proofing items including two umbrellas (one full size and one collapsible), a baseball cap for my husband (who wears glasses and is not happy in the rain), a cooler for last minute shopping in warm weather and a windshield cover to protect from the sun’s strong rays. I keep the ice scraper in the garage, so I don’t have to see it all the time (too depressing).
We are entering the month of March, which is always a challenging weather month. The old lion-lamb proverb is often accurate, but I find the most wonderful thing about March is that it is the bridge from winter to spring. I can wear sandals more often; crocuses and daffodils are in bloom and the days are longer. Sometimes it is windy and cold, but it really doesn’t last too long.
Bottom line, even though I prefer sunny and 75, it would get boring to have the same weather all the time. And then, what would be our most frequent conversation starter – if not the weather?
P.S. REMEMBER to come to Trade Share on Tuesday, March 5th at The Flame. Deadline for dinner reservations is February 28th. BTW – The TS Committee has put in a request for good weather!
Tuesday, March 5th 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Flame, 2301 Neuse Blvd, New Bern
Trade Share is an opportunity for CWF Members to display their products and services to their CWF sisters and guests in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Trade Share will be held at The Flame Restaurant, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. There is no cost for table tops, but the normal $22.00 dinner charge will apply at registration.
Trade Share is also a wonderful opportunity for non-exhibitors to meet their CWF sisters and learn more about their businesses. We will have heavy hors d’oeuvres, in lieu of a sit-down dinner, to facilitate more time for attendees to mingle and connect with each other. There will be door prizes throughout the evening.
Wednesday, March 20th 11:30 am - 1:00 p.m. Lunch at the NBG&CC
Lilibeth Serrano Vélez, is a Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and serves in the Ecological Services Division out of the Raleigh Field Office. Our area has a vast and rich coastal ecosystem to include our beautiful beaches and extensive river systems, along with our fertile Sounds and the Atlantic Ocean.
Lilibeth will share information about their Coastal Program in North Carolina that has restored, protected or enhanced more than 36,000 acres of habitat critical for rare plants and animals. All of which, impact our beloved region and help us connect with nature and connect with each other.
Lunch Dessert Sponsor
Thank you, Deedra Durocher
Habitat for Humanity Craven County will celebrate our 30th Anniversary this June, 2019. We've built 66 homes and provided shelter for 105 adults and 120 children. Our mission will continue with your support.
A Friendly Reminder ... CWF has a missed meal policy. Due to our advanced guarantee obligations, you must cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the event. We'd really like to have you with us but if you can't attend, please be sure to let us know by the deadline. Thanks for helping us keep the CWF budget balanced.
LEADERSHIP - Amazing CWF Members
Warmest congratulations to Linda Jarvis, Lynaire Kennels! Linda's dog "Joy" won Best of Breed at the 143rd Annual Westminster Dog Show in New York City. "Joy" is the best Airedale Terrier anywhere! That's amazing Linda, congratulations!
Beary Interesting ...
Do you know the purpose of Corporate Gift-Giving? Chances are, your customers don’t wake up thinking about you. Staying top of mind is up to you.
There’s power in a personal touch and the number one reason for corporate gift giving is to improve relationships, it also helps:
Build and strengthen your brand
Retain present customers
Obtain potential customers
Show appreciation to employees
Your company is just one of many that clients can turn to when they're in need of new business. Small gifts are also an excellent method to show employees, clients, partners, and coworkers how much you appreciate them. An example of one of these gifts is a thank you medical gift basket from a specialty doctor to a primary doctor who has referred their company.
Please visit us at https://beartownbaskets.com/ or email brenda@beartownbaskets. Better yet, come talk with us at Trade Share. We can help you create a gifting-plan.
Spring is Coming, Promise
February can be grim and gloomy but spring will be here soon. And what an exciting lineup of spring programs from the New Bern Historical Society!
March 9, ABC* Indoor Yard Sale(*Attic, Basement, Closet). Find one-of-a-kind treasurers! Furniture, antiques, collectibles, art, housewares and more. 8 am to noon at Knights of Columbus, 1125 Pinetree Drive.
March23, Battlefield Adventure Day at New Bern Battlefield Park. A day full of hands-on activities and living history for the whole family. Reenactors, camp life, crafts, medical displays – we make learning fun! 12 noon to 4 pm.
March 29, Deadline to apply for the Harriet Marks College Scholarship for New Bern High School students. Criteria considers both scholarship and need.
April 12-13, Heritage Homes Tour. Celebrate New Bern’s history, resilience and charm with tours through 18 homes in five historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a garden party with live music, refreshments, and costumed historical characters.
The Beauty of Healthy Living is all about helping you realize your best life, by taking care of your body as well as your home. We offer a wide variety of health and wellness products, including organic vitamins and supplements, world-renowned skincare and makeup, and organic, environmentally-friendly home products. Through personalized health and fitness coaching, and product recommendations, we can help you achieve your best self.
Your cat may be your snuggle buddy or the aloof sentinel of your home, but no matter their personality, someone should check on them when you’re not home. Fluffy could have gotten herself trapped in a precarious position, tangled in the window treatments, or tipped over her water bowl chasing dust mites in a sunbeam. Meanwhile, a senior pet could just use some tender loving care. Let Crockett’s Critter Care provide the safety and security of human intervention while you’re at work for the day or away for the weekend. Call Jeanne and set up regular check-ins with one of Crockett’s professional caregivers.
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.
Welcome to a windy March with great opportunity for growth. Monthly Massage Therapy keeps our body, mind and soul in good health. Please call or visit my website to set up that much needed Massage Therapy Session.