CWF Newsletter - January 2023
President's Message
Kelly Michaud
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,


Upcoming Events
Coastal Women’s Forum's Daytime Meeting
January 18th, 2023
*Please note there will be no January evening meeting*
Beware: Protecting Your Business
 from Fraud!

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!

Heather Sargent
Goosehead Insurance
Welcome to Our New Members
Ann Lewis
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!
Member News
Happy New Year Ladies!

Elise A. Medenbach, LMBT #327 Massage Therapy
Tyson Professional Center
1425 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 6
New Bern, NC 28560

After the hustle & bustle of the holidays give yourself a pick me up.

The table warmer is on and the warm stones are just the perfect temperature.

What are you waiting for?
7 Reasons To Gift A Family Portrait Session in 2023:
  1. Photography is a gift that lasts - you’re giving someone a snapshot in time!
  2. Photography is an experience, not another thing to be forgotten or broken. Let’s be honest. We don’t need more stuff. Consider giving an experience, a chance to preserve giggles & smiles forever.
  3. A portrait session is an original gift! It’s thoughtful & results in family heirlooms to last for generations to come!
  4. It’s the gift that keeps on giving - after the session, they receive a gallery of digital images to be downloaded & ordered as prints, books, cards, canvases, & more!
  5. They will think of you when they see their photos on display!
  6. They can schedule & book their session when it’s convenient for them!
  7. Maybe the best reason of all: No wrapping required!

*CWF Ladies can book by Jan 31, 2023 & Save $50!
Emily Saunders Photography

Happy holidays!
Emily Saunders
Owner & Lead Photographer 
Emily Saunders Photography
Now Booking Weddings & Portraits for 2023 & 2024! 

Carpetbaggers, Scalawags & Spies, Oh My!

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 Hope to see you there!

Submitted by Mickey Miller, New Bern Historical Society; ph. 252.638.8558; email

Knee Pain? Sciatica?

We offer precision instrument-adjusting
And physiotherapy treatments
That will give you your life back!

Flemming Chiropractic Center

3601 Trent Rd., Suite 3
(near Carolina Bagel)
Tel. 252-638-6062

Quality chiropractic care without the
twist and pop!
Travel is back!
We are excited to have a Reception with Travel Partners to reveal our upcoming 2023/2024 Groups.

Carolina Colours March 1,2023 – 5:30pm
Hope you will join us.
Debby Lutz, CTA, VTA
Affliated with Oasis Travel Network, affiliated with Signature Travel
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. 

Thank you,
Aeleen Scherzer 
President of AAUW Twin Rivers Branch 

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.
Sponsorships are 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.

To Volunteer, contact Buna Cumbia at

To Sponsor or Donate, contact Tracey Lilly at or 
Eileen Nonemaker at

Questions can be answered by Evelyn Richards at
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