"Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air."    Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 2018 Newsletter

President's Message

Eileen Nonemaker


Refresh Thyself

I think of August as a time to refresh. You think I’m crazy, because it is normally a very hot, humid month and the weather is not the least bit refreshing!

Growing up in New Jersey, I remember August being a special month. The Jersey tomatoes were ripening on the vine faster than we could eat them, the sweet white corn was plentiful, and the trees in our back yard produced the most delicious peaches. New Jersey is the Garden State and despite what those of you who just travel through think, it is a beautiful state with many farms and sparkling beaches.  But it isn’t the State that’s important here, but the fond memories of being refreshed in August.

August is the time to prepare for the transition to “reality.”  The days are now getting shorter and we need to take advantage of daylight and all the experiences that more daylight offers. Vacations are wrapping up and folks are shopping for school clothes and supplies. It is the end of the Summer and we grab every opportunity to go boating, tubing, and swimming and schedule beach days and barbecues. In August we want to get that last bit of relaxation, tune up our tan, and get that final bright summer color on our toes.

But, what does it mean to “refresh”? It means to take some time for ourselves, to rejuvenate ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. It means to learn something new; read the book we ordered last spring; finish a jigsaw puzzle or just sit and relax. It may mean a mani-pedi, a massage, a facial or just soaking in the hot tub. It also means doing NOTHING for a period of time.

Last week I spoke with a dear friend who I hadn’t heard from in over a year. We are always discussing books and articles that pertain to us and our clients (she coaches chamber executives). She mentioned Alan Lightman’s “In Praise of Wasting Time,” which is a TED book published by Simon & Schuster.  I immediately ordered it from Amazon and it was an easy read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Lightman states the case for breaking away from the idea that time is NOT to be wasted, but that letting our minds relax and spending time without planned activities or unplugging from the grid can help us be more creative and more energetic with the tasks we must do.

August may be a good time to go through the CWF directory and look up your sisters who offer some of the services I mentioned earlier. It is also a good to time to join us for dinner and lunch to continue connecting the dots and “refresh” those CWF friendships that may have lapsed briefly over the busy summer months. August is a good month to “waste” some time and enjoy the freedom of nothing to do.

So, what are you waiting for…the time to refresh is NOW!



August is dedicated to networking, pure and simple.

Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner at the Chelsea

Join us for the August dinner meeting.  You'll meet your new Board, refresh relationships with fellow CWF members through a special networking activity and, of course, enjoy a lovely meal.

Wednesday, August 15 at 11:30 a.m.   Lunch at the New Bern Golf & Country Club

Where in the world has CWF been?

Or rather should we ask ... where has its membership traveled this summer and what are some of the interesting twists in their lives? Join us during the August lunch meeting for an extended opportunity to network and learn more about your CWF sisters. Be prepared to share more about yourself with those you meet. Set a goal to meet three new people. Join us for a great lunch, great company, and connecting with your fellow CWF members after the long summer holiday. Check-in begins at 11:30 and we will promptly end at 1:00pm.



Dinner Dessert Sponsor

Thanks, Diane Maniaci, we love cake!  Diane can be reached at (252) 773-0610 or diane.maniaci@remax.net.

Lunch Dessert Sponsor

I am Georgiana Bowman Bircher. I am a mother, a community and people supporter, as well as an Edward Jones financial advisor. While at work, I think of myself as my clients' financial GPS. I help GUIDE clients in looking for long-term, individualized ways to save so that they may have more options when they retire and while they live in retirement. I provide PROTECTION strategies for the unexpected. No one appreciates a financial challenge, but when one arises, all feel better when they feel more prepared.

I suggest ways to SPEND or SHARE their wealth more wisely, in order to plan for the life and legacy they desire. Simply, through the use personalized investment plans created through an established process, I help my clients achieve what is important to them from starting their savings to creating legacies within their communities and families. 

Please consider accepting a complimentary review; contact me to schedule an appointment today (252) 671-9506 or georgiana.bircher@edwardjones.com.

Thank you Dessert Sponsors!

"This cake is bigger than my head"!




Join us in welcoming these new CWF Members!

Alfea Camia

Adrienne Earle, Baxter Eye Care

Cindy Rice, Twin Rivers YMCA


A Friendly Reminder... CWF's Missed Meal Policy

We get it, things happen and perhaps you can't join us for lunch or dinner after all.  Due to our advance guarantee obligations, you must cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the event or you will be charged for the meal you missed  Of course, we'd really rather have you attend, but if you can't, be sure to let us know by the deadline. It's not personal, it's business.  Thanks for your understanding.



The Neuse River has been described as “one of Americas great streams” and also as “one of the widest rivers in the US.” Six nautical miles across at its widest point, it averages over three miles in width between the ICW and New Bern. It is also believed to be one of the oldest rivers in the US. Archeological evidence indicates that early Native Americans settled near the Neuse as early as 14,000 years ago.

Source:  CGAUX.ORG is the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary official web portal.



The Warm Days of Summer

Summer has always been my favorite time of year with fun activities:  Beach, pool, tennis, biking, boating, kayaking, walking and gardening.

Don’t forget to take care of you with Monthly Massage Therapy.  Keep your body in great shape to last a long time.

Enjoy your summer to its fullest!


Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT Massage Therapy

Glenburnie Professional Center

1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6

New Bern, NC  28560

(252) 474-6118



A Wonderful Cause

The Neuromuscular Disease Support Organization is hosting a Virtual Fund Raiser from now until August 4th. You have the opportunity to make a purchase from a beautiful collection of jewelry, travel bags, purses, scarves and tops. ALL the profit from this event will go the NMDSO to help fund our 2018 Education and Outreach Summit which will be held October 27, 2018.  

Go to https://www.stelladot.com/ts/fr0y8 and have some fun from the comfort of your home. All for a good cause.



When Rex or Fluffy nuzzles you for a little attention, you respond and reinforce your loving bond. Your valuable companions can get lonesome and bored without you. That’s not good. If you’re not available they may find something else to occupy their time; like the garbage can or your favorite sneakers. Crockett’s Critter Care can give your pets the playtime they need and deserve when you can’t.  Jeanne Crockett’s team of professional pet caregivers will provide the exercise and interaction your pet craves in 30, 45, or 60 minute segments. Then you’ll have a happy home with a joyfully relaxed and tired pet.

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.


Ghosts Wanted

Have you always wanted to try your hand at acting?  Here’s your chance!  The New Bern Historical Society is looking for a few good ghosts for this year’s Ghostwalk, October 25-27, with the theme Graves’ Anatomy.  Whether you are a spirited novice or have previous ghostly experience, we want YOU to portray the historic characters in this year’s event. 

Ghostwalk, one of New Bern’s premier events, brings to life colorful personalities from New Bern’s past in the very locations they may have been seen.  Each year a new and different batch of spirits appear.  Auditions will be Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  No experience or preparation is necessary.  Auditions are first-come, first-served, so arrive early!  Call for more information 638-8558.


Cleaning Out Your Closets

With the longer days of summer upon us, it might be the right time to tackle cleaning out closets and organizing personal belongings. Pre-planning, prioritizing, and realistic pacing help make the cleaning-out project as painless as possible.  I work side by side with my clients as they organize, sort, donate, and decide what to throw away.  

Here are some helpful first steps for getting started.  

  1. Decide on a firm start and end date.
  2. Decide which room to organize first.
  3. Gather supplies. Plenty of boxes, permanent markers, garbage bags, colored post-its.
  4. Sort belongings into six categories; save for me, save for others, sell, donate, throw away, not sure. 
  5. Label boxes with the six categories.
  6. Set a limit for your “not sure” box.

For organization assistance, please call Linda @ 813-334-7234. www.efficiencyninja.com


Summer Travel Talk Planned 

We are hosting our August Travel Talk on Thursday, August 30 from 11:30-1 p.m. in the second floor Conference room in the O'Marks building.  Please join us to hear all about our 2019 and 2020 Group Tour Itineraries we have planned -- Ireland, France on a River Cruise, Italy by Rail, The Kentucky Derby, Holland on a River Cruise – Tulip Time, National Parks of the Southwest, Great Canyonlands & Vegas, Austria & Germany, the Alaska Iditarod Race and so much more! Light lunch will be served. RSVP for this free event to rose@countrytraveltours.com.

As a full-service Travel Agency, we can help you with all your travel needs.  Call or visit us today!  252-631-1003 We recently moved to 233 Middle Street, Suite 109 in the O’Marks Building (just down the street in Historic Downtown New Bern). Please stop by to say hello!


Luggage for Kids

“Luggage for Kids” is being founded to give every kid in foster care their own suitcase. When a child is in foster care, the heartbreaking reality is that their belongings are often carried in black trash bags. This sends a very damaging message to these kids that they are as disposable as their belongings. “Luggage for Kids” is being started in the New Bern area by 3 travel agents, Anita English, My Travel Agent, Debby Lutz, Travel by DebbyL, and Maureen McNeill, Travel Leaders.  

These travel agents have been inspired to encourage their clients and the community to donate gently used suitcases, travel bags, and duffel bags so that every child in foster care can have their own luggage. Most importantly, it provides these children with some dignity. The travel agents will thank you for your donation with a $25 gift certificate towards your next vacation.  Please call any of us to arrange pick up.


Croakertown Coffee Company is a specialty coffee roaster located in Oriental, NC.  If you own a business and currently provide coffee to your clients or employees, we invite you to consider our new B2B coffee service.  We have competitive pricing and free weekly delivery to your place of business.  

We offer the following fresh, locally roasted coffees:

  • Single serve cups (compatible with most Keurig machines)
  • Single origin, house blends and custom blends
  • Decaf (and half caff)
  • Light, medium and dark roasts
  • 12 oz and 5 lb bags
  • Whole bean or freshly ground for you at no additional cost  

Build your company brand with your own coffee using our private labeling services.  We offer free design services to help you stand out from your competition!

Sally Pichette

Croakertown Coffee Company

(252) 577-1920

108 Straight Road, Oriental




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