It is hard to imagine that the 2023 year is upon us. It’s a time when many folks make New Year’s resolutions and plan their direction for the coming year. Personally, that isn’t something that helps me feel good about beginning next year’s journey. What works for one, doesn’t always work for another. In the new year, I encourage you to do what is right for YOU, and let it be okay to be different from others.
My heart is full of excitement for what this second half of the year for Coastal Women’s Forum will bring. Y’all make the meetings wonderful, and I love your enthusiasm. Thank you for being a part of our organization.
I have a couple of reminders for everyone: First, there is no evening meeting in January, however, join us January 18th for our daytime meeting at The Flame. Second, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, might you please take a few minutes and update your profile page on Coastal Women’s Forum’s website. It will truly help us all get to know each other and allow us to “do business” with our CWF sisters.
See everyone on January 18th! I’ll be watching the profile pages for updates (hint, hint - there may be a few prizes).
All my best,
Coastal Women’s Forum's Daytime Meeting
January 18th, 2023
*Please note there will be no January evening meeting*
Beware: Protecting Your Business
Advances in communication and technology bring many exciting opportunities for businesses. They also create new risks of fraud and deception! Start the New Year with ways to protect your business - and yourself – from fraud.
At our daytime meeting on January 18, Coastal Women’s Forum is honored to welcome Julie Starzynski, Senior Vice President, Treasury Management Services at First Citizen’s Bank, who will guide us in detecting and preventing commercial fraud.
Julie is a Certified Treasury Professional with 22 years of experience in Treasury Management. She consults with business clients to analyze cash management, streamline treasury operations and enhance financial goals. Her work has identified emerging risks and trends in business and personal exposure to fraud.
Originally from Ohio, Julie is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Finance and Pre-Law. She and her husband, John, live in Jacksonville along with their two labs, Buxton and Bodie!
Please join us on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 11:30 AM, at The Flame Banquet Center to learn more from Julie about effective strategies in commercial fraud protection.
Thank You to Our Daytime Meeting Dessert Sponsor
Heather Sargent - Goosehead Insurance
Review Your Insurance Needs!
Heather Sargent of The Sargent Agency has been writing insurance on the coast of North Carolina for over a decade. Last year she opened her own agency and now writes through one of the largest independent personal lines insurance brokers in the country- Goosehead Insurance. This allows Heather to offer quotes through 45 different companies at once. No need to call multiple companies each year to make sure you are getting the best rate-Heather can do that for you!
Barbara de Belon - Belon Reasearch & Practice (invited by Deedra Durocher)
Melinda Fornes - Simple Blessed Vendors (invited by Christina Howerin)
Bev Horvath - The Blue Crab Boutique (invited by Christina Howerin)
Ginger Groff - Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services (invited by Lisa Coleman)
Being a member of the board is work, but it is also fun and a great way to make good friends. This year's board has met several times outside of our regular meetings to work together to assure that we provide our members with events, speakers, networking, and other opportunities to benefit them.
This picture was from our Christmas party. We had a great time and got to know even more about each other.
Our vice president, Beth Cooper, will begin looking next year for prospective board members. We encourage you to take the opportunity to get involved, work hard, and have some fun!
Join the Historical Society as we welcome back popular speaker, author, and regional historian Eddie Ellis on January 22 and 23. His newest program reveals new stories of spies, lies, schemers, and other clandestine dealings in Civil War New Bern.
You’ll hear about some and controversial characters, including businessmen who profited off Burnside's invasion, secret agents, and locals who switched sides for financial gain. Ellis will also introduce a Union spymaster and his ring of daring former-slaves-turned-spies.
You have two opportunities to see this great program and learn more about New Bern History – Sunday, January 22 at 2 pm or Monday, January 23 at our popular Lunch & Learn. Details and reservations at www.newbernhistorical.org. Hope to see you there!
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Annual Local Authors Luncheon -
Scheduled for January 21, 2023
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Rivers Branch
The Twin Rivers Branch will host their biggest annual fundraiser, the Authors Luncheon. The branch has held an annual Local Authors Luncheon at The Chelsea in New Bern, NC, since January 2008.
January 21, 2023, is the date for this 16th annual event. Ten local published authors of various genres are invited to participate. They are seated at lunch with the ticketed guests, provide a five minute presentation about their works, and sign and sell their books.
All proceeds go toward scholarships for women at the local community college, as well as to middle school girls to attend a summer science camp. This event is open to the public.
President of AAUW Twin Rivers Branch
SAVE THE DATE
On Saturday evening, March 25, 2023, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting an “Spring into Auction” at The Flame on Neuse Blvd. in New Bern.
This fundraising event will include UpScale items and “experiences” ready for Live Auction, a Basket Raffle and a ReSale.
There will be finger food along with beverages available for purchase, and we
will also have serenades by Big Jim Kohler & his wife, Kathleen, to add to the festivities.
Sponsorshipsare available ranging from $500 to $3,000.
We are looking for “experiences” for our Live Auction, as well as “Gift Basket” items for our Silent Auction.
Volunteers are needed for the ReStore Auction Committee and for the night of the event.