September 2022 Community Circle Newsletter

A Monthly Update for Community Circle Members

Published by Community National Bank

We’ve been working on our 2023 calendar and are excited to announce that we’re going to Music Cities in 2023! Enjoy the sounds of jazz in the French Quarter, blues and soul in Memphis and country in Nashville! From Graceland to the Grand Ole Opry and the iconic Ryman Auditorium our tour covers a number of “must-sees” in these three great music cities. Details of this trip will be available at our upcoming travel presentation on October 14th. We hope you’ll join us to learn more! Shelly's Signature

THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 1st - OCTOBER 20th from 11:00 a.m. - Noon

Back by popular demand, line dancing returns to keep us moving into the fall months. Classes will be taught to a mix of oldies, Motown and country music. We’ll meet in the community room at the Church of God located at 295 Crawford Road in Derby. The cost for the 8 weeks is $48.00 due at registration. Call us to register, 802-334-7915.

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  • September 6th and 13th, Orleans Country Club at 9:30 a.m. Mahjong
  • September 20th, Goodrich Library at 10:00 a.m.

Starting September 20th, we’re moving our weekly open game time to the Goodrich Memorial Library, Main Street in Newport. We’ll begin at 10:00 a.m. and play until 12:30 p.m. The $2.00 cost to play is donated to the library. No need to RSVP, just show up! Aside from being extremely FUN, mahjong helps improve memory skills and sharpen the mind. We will continue weekly game play through the winter. If you’d like to learn how to play this awesome game and join in on the fun, give us a call to learn more about our classes.

WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 14th and 21st, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Country Corner Squares invites Community Circle members to learn to square dance with two free lessons during their “Square Dance Fun Nights!” Following the two lessons, attendees are invited to their weekly square dance evenings. No partner needed and even those with “two left feet” are encouraged to attend! Lessons will take place at the Riverside School located at 30 Lily Pond Road in Lyndonville. Call us to register, 802-334-7915.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st at 10:00 a.m.

Just in time for the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period, our boot camp will cover all the ins and outs of Medicare, Medicare supplement plans, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. There will also be a question and answer period. Whether you’re brand new to Medicare or would like more information about the supplement plans, this boot camp is for you! We’ll meet in the Community National Bank Community Room. Enter from the Crawford Road entrance off Route 5, park in the back parking lot and follow the sidewalk to the Community Room. You must R.S.V.P for this free event by calling the Community Circle office at 334-7915.

Passport10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We’re bringing government postal employees on site for “Passport Days” for our members. Apply for a passport or renew your existing one at our Community Circle passport days. We’re scheduling 10 minute appointments and will provide the necessary forms to you in advance. Your photo will be taken and mailed along with your application. No lines or wait times. Bring your documentation and two checks, one for the U.S. Department of State and one for 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 schedule an appointment at one of the following events:

We’ll meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Turn onto Crawford Road at the traffic lights and drive around and park in the back parking lot. The sidewalk will lead to the Community Room.

We’ll be set up at Community National Bank in Island Pond located at 23 VT Route 105.

We’ll be meeting in the multi-room space within the post office building located at 1153 Main Street in St. Johnsbury.


Join us aboard the M/S Mount Washington for a 2 ½ hour narrated cruise on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. While on board, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Afterwards, we’ll return home via the stunning Kancamagus Highway. Voted as one of New England’s prettiest fall foliage drives, the Kanc, as it’s known to locals, will take us up to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet. This trip will include round trip motorcoach transportation, your cruise and a buffet lunch. We’ll leave from the Derby branch at 7:00 a.m., Barton branch at 7:15 a.m., and from the St. Johnsbury branch (Price Chopper) at 7:45 a.m. The price is $139.00 per person and is due at registration. Call us to reserve your seats at 802-334-7915.

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The Border Curling Club invites Community Circle Club members with an interest in curling, to attend their Learn to Curl workshop they plan to host in October. Interested parties should contact Mary Pat Goulding at 802-334-2444 for details.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Local CFSG Wealth Advisor, Joe Jenkins with Community Financial Services Group (CFSG), will present on overview of the economy and discuss CFSG’s financial planning services and investment strategies.

With over thirty years of experience, Joe can assist you with:
• Investment Advice and Management
• Trusts (Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Trusts)
• Retirement Plans and IRAs
• Minimizing Estate and Income Taxes
• Dynamic, Innovative Strategies
• Competitive Fees

This complimentary presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Park in the upper back parking lot and follow the side-walk to the entrance to the meeting room. To register, please give us a call at 334-7915.

TheaterOCTOBER 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 28th, 29th, & 30th

Reeling in the wake of an unexpected heart transplant, Joy finds herself drawn to contact the donor’s family. A tempestuous meeting ensues resulting in a roller coaster of tears, laughter and healing. An intimate and poignant play that explores the power of human connection. Evening shows are on Friday and Saturday, and matinees on Sundays. Please consult tickets for exact show times. Community Circle is subsidizing ticket costs for our club members. Discounted $7.00 tickets will be available after September 1st at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC Center) on Main Street in Newport. Be sure to bring your membership card to show proof of membership when purchasing your tickets.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a finger-snapping, toe-tapping time on a seven night tour of America’s most famed musical cities – New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. Experience New Orleans, where jazz, food and fun are always on the menu! Choose how you explore New Orleans – by foot or by coach. Discover Mardi Gras World, where massive parade floats are crafted and taste the classic beignets at Café Du Monde. Enjoy Memphis, “birthplace of the blues.” Choose how you connect with Memphis’ history – tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland or follow the last march of Martin Luther King. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. See where country legends recorded hit tunes at RCA Studio B. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the iconic Ryman Auditorium. You’ll be hummin’ and strummin’ long after you’ve returned home. We will fly from Boston and our price will include transportation from Derby to Logan airport. To learn more about this tour, join us for a presentation with our Collette Vacations travel representative. The presentation will take place in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Call us to reserve your seat, 802-334-7915.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Spend time with friends and exercise your brain with a morning of cribbage, scrabble or American mahjong! We’ll meet in the Community Room at Community National Bank in Derby. Park in the upper back parking lot and follow the sidewalk down to the Community Room. Call us to register and bring your boards if you have them, 802-334-7915. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to get set up.


Join us for two fun-filled days at Foxwoods with two nights at the beautiful Great Cedar Hotel and Tower. Try your luck at the many casinos, enjoy a variety of restaurants, the spa and pool. Foxwoods is also home to the largest Tanger outlets all under one roof. Optional Bingo on Thursday evening. A shuttle will also be available for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Trip includes round trip bus transportation, two nights hotel and tax and driver gratuity. Prices are: $374.00 per person double occupancy; $344.00 per person triple occupancy, and $524.00 single occupancy. Final payment is due now. We will leave the Community National Bank parking lot in Derby at 10:00 a.m., Barton at 10:15 a.m., and from St. Johnsbury at 10:45 a.m. We’ll stop for lunch along the way. On Friday, we’ll depart for home at 1:00 p.m. Please call us to reserve your space, 802-334-7915.

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Clothes SwapFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 2022 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Community Circle members are invited to be part of a group volunteer effort. We’ll be helping the Skills USA students from North Country Union High School with their annual Clothing Drop and Swap. This event allows hundreds of students in the Northeast Kingdom to find quality secondhand apparel for the whole family, for free. It requires many hands to make it successful and the students organizing the drop and swap are grateful for our help. This event will take place at North Country Union High School. Call us to register, 802-334-7915.

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Spoon and ForkTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2022 at Noon

Come celebrate the holiday with your Community Circle family! Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and visit with friends while listening to the sounds of the season played by pianist Vivian Spates. We’ll even sing a few Christmas carols! This will be followed by a delicious holiday meal at 12:30. The cost is $39.00 including tax and gratuity and will feature an appetizer buffet, dessert and your choice of one of the following plated entrees:
• Prosciutto goat cheese stuffed chicken
• Petite filet
• Pan seared sea bass
Bring your appetite and holiday spirit! Call us with your entrée selection and reserve your seat, 802-334-7915. Payment is due at time of registration.

APRIL 17-26th, 2023

Savor springtime in Holland and Belgium aboard the MS Amadeus Brilliant that features blooming tulip fields and iconic windmills. Enjoy a canal cruise in the heart of Amsterdam. Visit Keukenhof Gardens, home to more than seven million tulips. Stop in Arnhem, the favorite summer retreat of the Dutch
royal family. Step into medieval times during a Bruges walking tour. Explore Kinderdijk and see Holland’s iconic windmills. Relax as you make your way along picturesque scenery and visit beloved cities such as Amsterdam, Ghent, and Bruges.

Our trip will leave from Derby with additional pickup locations in Barton and St. Johnsbury. A deposit of $1,249.00 per person is due at time of booking and the final payment is due on December 7th, 2022. Call to be added to the wait list, 802-334-7915.

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Let us know if you’re interested in a sporting event in 2023. Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Yankees... If there’s an interest, we’ll do our best to set something up. Let us know your thoughts!

We’ll be announcing details about a trip we’re putting together for June 2023.

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative featured artist for September and October is Kaitlyn Card. Stop by to see her work on display in the lobby of Community National Bank in Derby!