March 2020 Community Circle Newsletter

A Monthly Update for Community Circle Members

Published by Community National Bank

Dear Friends,

Giving back to our community will be another focus for our Club in 2020. Julie and I have a couple of opportunities to a make a difference in our community.


THURSDAY, APRIL 16th, 2020
from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00ish

Combating Food Insecurities for Our Neighbors

The Backpack Program at Derby Elementary sends kids home with a backpack over spring break week full of non-perishable food items. Thirty-one families have signed up for the Backpack program and volunteers are needed to organize food donations, pack backpacks and transport them to the school. Join Julie and Shelly at the First Universalist Parish Church at 112 Main Street in Derby Line to participate in this volunteer opportunity.
Call the Community Circle office at (802) 334-7915 to sign up.

SATURDAY, MAY 2nd, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
Green-Up Day at Gardner Park
in Newport, Vermont

Join Julie at Gardner Park for a group green-up effort! We’ll be given a non-roadside group assignment. Wear long pants, mud boots and work gloves. Call
the office to register.

from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Guided Naturalist Snowshoe Tour at
NorthWoods Stewardship Center

Join NorthWoods Stewardship Center staff for a guided snowshoe tour. We’ll enjoy a combination of groomed and packed trails to explore the winter woods – learning about tracks, wildlife signs, and winter ecology as we travel. Multiple route options will provide participants with the opportunity to return to the lodge or keep trekking for a longer tour. No prior experience necessary. We’ll return to the lodge to enjoy hot drinks and a bring-your-own lunch. Dress in non-cotton layers and bring a bagged lunch. Cost for this tour is $15.00 which includes snowshoe rental. Sign up by March 2nd.

We’ll meet at the NorthWoods lodge located at 154 Leadership Drive in East Charleston, VT.

This is about a 20 minute drive from Derby, VT. Follow route 105 to East Charleston, VT and turn onto the 10 Mile Square Road. Leadership drive is about two miles off the 10 Mile Square Road.

We have cancelled our Boston Overnight.

We feel this is best in keeping our members healthy and following the guidelines for Coronavirus Best Practices.

APRIL 17th, 2020 – Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Jose Duddy at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, VT

Jose Duddy, “Award Winning Singer/Entertainer” will join us at the East Side Restaurant. Jose joined the Down East Country Music Association and has won many awards throughout New England. In 1999, Jose won Traditional Male Vocalist of the United States at the Show Boat Hotel & Casino from the United States Country Music Association, i.e. The American Eagle Award.

When you arrive at the East Side, you’ll start your lunch with soup or salad and an entrée of your choice:

• Crusted Cod with Lemon Caper Sauce
• Chicken Cordon Blue
• Pork Tenderloin with Apple Butter
• Non-alcoholic beverage and dessert are also included

Jose also carries the title of “Maine’s #1 Country Singer and Entertainer” so don’t forget your dancing shoes! Jose will perform from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The price for this fun filled afternoon is $47.00 and includes gratuities. Give us a call at 334-7915 to reserve your seat and let us know your entrée choice.

Payment is due by April 10th.

MAY 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th, 2020

Walking Group on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. with Julie & Shelly

Let’s get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air and the beauty of spring! We’ll meet at the bike path parking lot at North Country Hospital, Newport, VT.

MAY 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, & 17th

Borderline Players Presents “Noises Off!“ at the Haskell Opera House

This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening night and a performance towards the end of a run. We’re given a window into the inner workings of the theatre, from flubbed lines and missed cues in a rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Noises Off is a backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!

We are pleased to support Borderline Players again this season and happy to offer reduced price tickets to our members for $7.00 per show! Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinees are on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Get your discounted ticket in advance by ordering on-line at: or in person at the Derby office of Community National Bank. Tickets will be available for pickup at the bank after April 6th.

JUNE 8th TO JUNE 11th, 2020
Magnifique “Quebec City Tour”


Depart this morning for Quebec City, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also the only walled city in the Americas north of Mexico. Arrive at the enchanting Le Chateau Frontenac for an included welcome lunch. Afterwards, embark on a city tour with our local licensed step-on guide. Highlights include the Plains of Abraham, Grande-Allee, Le Quartier Petit Champlain, Place d’Armes, Place Royal and more! Check in for three nights at the Hotel Manoir Victoria, located right in the heart of Old Quebec. Enjoy a free evening. Lunch included.


After breakfast, depart with our step-on guide for beautiful Montmorency Falls. At 27 stories tall, the Falls are almost double the height of Niagara Falls. Take an aerial tram ride to the top for spectacular views. Visit the Albert Gilles Copper Museum, before seeing his handiwork first hand at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica, an important Roman Catholic shrine in Canada. Drive out to Ile de Orleans, the “Garden of Quebec”, and delight in an included lunch. Stop at Tigidou Confitrie, a local jam maker and scone baker. Taste local wines at Vignoble Isle de Bacchus. Finish the day at Cassis Monna & Filles, specializing in black currant products. Return to the hotel after a delicious day and have the evening at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.


Continue our tour of Quebec City this morning with our step-on guide. Take a ferry across the St. Lawrence for a panoramic view of the city. Then discover Le Grand Marche, Quebec City’s new Farmers Market. Return to the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Have lunch on your own, explore a museum, take a quick ride on the Funicular, or do some shopping. Later, join our travel partners for a farewell dinner in Old Town. Breakfast and dinner included.


Savor our last breakfast in Quebec, before boarding our motor coach bound for home. Thank you for exploring with us! Breakfast included.

The price for this trip is $959.00 per person double occupancy, and $1,259.00 single occupancy. A $200.00 deposit per person is due upon registration with final balance due March 20th, 2020. Optional travel insurance is recommended. Please note: passports are required for this trip. Motor coach departs St. Johnsbury, VT at 7:00 a.m., Barton, VT at 7:30 a.m., and Derby, VT at 8:00 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th, 2020 – 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Ireland 2021: A Travel Presentation with Andrew Bessette from Collette Vacations – East Side Restaurant, Newport, Vermont

Join us for an Ireland presentation outlining the details of our trip in May, 2021. Final pricing and detailed itinerary will be available at the presentation. Call us at (802) 334-7915 to reserve your seat for this presentation.

THURSDAY, JUNE 18th, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Genealogy 101 – Community National Bank Training Room in Derby, VT

The pursuit of family history can be exciting and overwhelming. This two hour class is designed to help you get started on researching your ancestry or help you get through a roadblock you may have incurred with an existing search. Sandy McKenny is our genealogy expert. Sandy has been
working with genealogy for over 30 years and is a wealth of information! Bring a notepad and your personal electronic device if you want to get
started. Free for members and their guest. Seating is limited. Sign up by June 15th.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Passport Day – CNB Training Room in Derby, VT

We’re bringing government postal employees on site for a special passport day for our members. Apply for a passport or renew your existing one. Bring your documentation with you along with checks for the US Dept. of State and the USPS for the photo and postage fee. They’re not able to accept credit or debit cards. Call us at (802) 334-7915 to register


The Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH – “Kinky Boots” A Big-Hearted Modern Musical

The exhilarating true story that will lift your spirits to high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Inheriting his father’s bankrupt shoe factory, Charlie Price finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Working together, they turn the factory around, embrace their differences and discover that you change the world when you change your mind! Featuring original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this high-energy, full-hearted hit is inspiring audiences to let love shine. We’ll have lunch at The Inn at Whitefield prior to the performance.

The price for this trip is $99.00 which includes transportation, lunch and the afternoon performance. Payment is due by May 29th, 2020. We’ll leave the Community National Bank upper parking lot in Derby, VT at 10:00 a.m., Barton, VT at 10:15 and St. Johnsbury, VT at 10:30. We expect to arrive back in Derby, VT around 6:30 p.m.

AUGUST 14th to AUGUST 26th, 2020
Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise – SOLD OUT (waitlist only)

We will depart on August 14th and overnight in Boston for an early morning flight to Alaska and return from Vancouver on Wednesday, August 26th.

Final payment is due April 10th.

Mark Your Calendar:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Alaska Document Party with Andrew Bessette from Collette Vacations.

Enjoy summertime refreshments as we go over our travel documents and review details of our Alaska trip. We’ll meet in the Derby Community National Bank training room. Enter from Crawford Road and park in the upper parking lot behind the bank. RSVP by July 27th.


Save the Date

NOVEMBER 4th – 6th, 2020

Foxwoods Casino

Details to come.

For the time being we have cancelled our free movie days. 

Stay healthy and call us with questions.

Trip and Event Cancellation Policy

If a cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to provide either a partial or full refund. However, we cannot guarantee a full refund. There may be times when refunds will not be possible due to ticket purchases, meal number guarantees, etc., but you can count on us to always do our best for you!

Motor Coach Departure

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure tour.

Health Policy

The following is a section from our Travel Policy:

“Community Circle requires that traveling members or non-member guests requiring personal assistance due to health, mental condition, or physical infirmity be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing that assistance for the duration of the trip. Neither CNB, the Community Circle Director, nor any bank employee, affiliate, or vendor may assist with medications or physically lift persons onto transportation vehicles.”

If you no longer have a copy of our Travel Policy and would like us to send you one, please let us know. You may also view our policy on our website on the Community Circle page.

The following representatives are available to help with any questions you might have about Community Circle’s membership and benefits. Please don’t hesitate to give them a call or stop by to visit.

Lorilee Drown
Barre, VT (802) 476-6565

Sarah Stevens
Barton, VT (802) 525-3524

Sheila Gleason
Derby Line, VT (802) 873-3101

Heather Elwood
Enosburg Falls, VT (802) 933-8500

Debby Monfette
Island Pond, VT (802) 723-4356

Lori Leonard
Lyndonville, VT (802) 626-1200

Jennifer Garrett
Montpelier, VT (802) 223-0598

Billie Jo Wescom
Morrisville, VT (802) 888-4633

Robin Coulter
Newport, VT (802) 334-7915

Sarah Bedor
St. Johnsbury, VT (802) 748-3605

Julie Marquis
Troy, VT (802) 744-2287

Shelly Morey
Community Circle Director
4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7915 (office)
(802) 673-4615 (cell)

Julie Mossa
Community Circle Assistant
(802) 334-7915 (office)
(802) 673-6245 (cell)

Providing members with a unique blend of social, travel and financial benefits.