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Community Involvement

As a community bank, we are proud to participate in a number of local events and programs that help us all grow and thrive. Whether this means forming a team of walkers, or donating to a worthy cause, we’re always ready to help.

Below is a partial list of Citizens National Bank’s involvement in the community.

Access Agency
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
American Red Cross
Day Kimball Hospital
DKH Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride
Hole in the Wall Gang
Interfaith Human Services of Putnam (IHSP)                   
Lions Club
March of Dimes
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc.
Our Companions
QVCC Foundation, Inc.
Salvation Army
TEEG
The Last Green Valley

 

2015 Spring Shred Day

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, CNB hosted its semi-annual Shred Day.  The weather was picture perfect. The Community, our customers & neighbors turned out to purge outdated documents.  The truck was filled to capacity, which is a great sign of success.  It is wonderful to see people taking active steps towards protecting themselves from identity theft. We are proud to bring this service to you, free of charge.

 

Keep an eye out for the next community shred day!

2014 Pajama Time

From November 24th thru December 13th, 2014 we asked the community to donate new pajamas for local families in need. Once again, Pajama Time was a success! We utilized monetary donations to purchase additional pajamas. The final community contributions totaled 540 new pajamas for local kids in need! We would like to Thank Gordie Mauer of Windham Container Corporation for donating the boxes for our Pajama Time clothing drive year after year. Thank you Gordie!

Donations were dispersed to the following schools:

  • Thompson - Mary R Fisher Elementary
  • Putnam Elementary
  • Killingly Central
  • Killingly Memorial
  • Brooklyn Elementary
  • Woodstock Elementary

As a special “thank you”, everyone that made a donation received a ticket for a chance to win a $200 home heating voucher.

 

 

And the winners are:

  • Blenda Salvas of Putnam
  • Bob Lebeau of Thompson
  • R. DonFrancisco of Brooklyn
  • Deb Torres of Thompson
  • Marge Lafontaine of Thompson

A heartfelt Thank you, Northeastern Connecticut for lending a hand to our neighbors in need this Holiday Season!

Northeastern Connecticut’s 13th Annual Holiday Dazzle Light Parade
On Sunday, November 30, 2014 CNB participated in our thirteenth consecutive dazzle light parade festival. This fun-filled, illuminated holiday parade is held to celebrate the community spirit of the season! This 1.5 mile parade began on Grove Street and ended at the Owen Tarr Sports Complex in Putnam. The evening was cold but the crowds still turned out in large numbers to kick off the holiday season! Our theme was the Polar Express.

 

Next year, enter your civic club, youth group, classic car, church group, business, or family. Untangle your holiday lights and get glowing… because everyone is invited to enter a float or march in the parade!

The Citizens National Bank Turkey Trot & Wobble

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 The Citizens National Bank was the proud sponsor of a 5K Cross Country Turkey Trot & 2.5/5K Turkey Wobble. All proceeds of this event will benefit the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group Inc (TEEG) Food Bank and Thompson’s trails, parks & play grounds.

 

The CNB team was a nice mix of employees and family members. The total money raised has not been determined as of yet. Congratulations to Brendon Peltier (Worcester, MA) for placing first!!And another big congratulations to Brooke Brouillard (Brooklyn) for being the first female runner to cross the finish line! Great job trotters & wobblers!

 

The CNB team consisted of:

Diane Stephens

Jackie Lebeau

Maria Thomas & Ben Alden

Sue & Bill Srednicki

Monique, Jacob and Evan Mailloux

Claire Coombs

Marie Morich

Jo-Ann & Bob Chenail

Lori Guimont

Cindy Gaucher

Amanda Harvey (and guest)

Laurie, Keeley & Grace Cerbo

Erica Harris (son Caleb and Fiancé Glauco)

Michelle & Tom Harvanek

 

Update: As a result of this event, The Citizens National Bank Turket Trot & Wobble raised nearly $11,000!

2nd Annual QV Regional Rotaract Trivia Night

On Friday, November, 7th 2014 The Citizens National Bank sponsored the first QVR Rotaract Club Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus hall in North Grosvenordale. Our President & CEO, Dave Conrad was the Trivia Master.

 

CNB Trivia Maniacs:

Peg Bernat

Bruce Bumpus

Rebecca Gould

Monique Mailloux

Shawn McNerney

Marie Morich

David Santerre

Tina Swift

 

The Trivia competition featured a total of 18 teams. Congratulations to the Putnam Rotary Club, for their big win! Day Kimball Hospital came in second and the CNB Trivia Maniacs came took third place this year. The Putnam Rotary Club ($500) DKH ($250) and CNB ($100) teams all donated their prize money back to the Rotaract Club to be used for scholarships!

 

The Rotaract is said to be on track to "double" proceeds from last year which will be used for scholarships. Great job everyone! CNB is looking forward to the challenge again next year.

 

Update: As a result of this event, The Quinebaug Valley Regional Rotaract Club raised more than $6,000!

Putnam Business Association - Pumpkin Festival

On Saturday, October 25th, The Citizens National Bank participated in the 2014 pumpkin festival in downtown Putnam. This year we offered the kids a chance to paint a pumpkin and have a snack. The CNB staff enjoyed the day with the community. It was a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

Regional Community YMCA Project                  

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, The Citizens National Bank pledged $75,000 to the Regional Community YMCA project.

“The community campaign total is about $2.8 million, and we’re at $2.6 million now, and we’re very optimistic that we’re going to raise the remaining amount within the next few weeks,” says James Morton, the President and CEO of the Greater Hartford YMCA. “We’re very excited about bringing the community campaign to a close and that means we will have raised all of the resources we need in order to build this beautiful, full service, 46,000 square foot facility that I think the community and the Citizens National Bank will be proud of,” says Morton.

 

Land clearing has begun, and a bridge to the property expected to get underway shortly.  The YMCA is on the fast track to being the “Pride of Northeastern Connecticut,” says Campaign Counsel Ron Coderre and others.

 

Dave Conrad, President & CEO of The Citizens National Bank explains as a community bank we will continue to pledge our support through volunteer hours once the facility is constructed.

Thompson 11th Annual Community Day

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, the 11th annual Thompson Community Day was held. The theme of the event is “Unity in Community” and is geared towards bringing families, volunteers and businesses of Thompson together. While entertainment plays from the stage, there are multiple booths for everyone to enjoy ranging from bounce houses to fire trucks to window installation information.

This year, The Citizens National Bank booth offered a coloring contest, bean bag toss, temporary tattoos, eagle mascot, balloons and mini nerf football giveaways.  CNB staff on hand for the event included: Maria Thomas, Leah Gaboury, Jackie, Marion, Allyson and Michelle, Dick & Jo-Ann Chenail.

Shred Day

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 CNB hosted another Shred Day event. The weather was fantastic. The Community, our customers & neighbors filled the InforShred truck nearly to capacity. It is wonderful to see how people are protecting themselves from identity theft by destroying old documentation. We are proud to bring this service to you, free of charge.

The next scheduled Shred day is TBD.

5th Annual Bark for Life

On Sunday September 14th, The Citizens National Bank sponsored the 5th Annual Bark for Life dog walk held at the Brooklyn fairgrounds. This dog walk honors the role that our canine friends lend to their human companions battling cancer as well as our beloved animals that have battled or lost the fight to cancer themselves. The American Cancer Society studies cancers that affect both humans and animals. The research and testing ACS conducts is making strides in both fields.

It was a beautiful sunny, fun filled day. We had 137 dogs and approximately 200 people. The four hour event was packed with excitement from vendors, crafters, canine demonstrations, a DJ, dog contests and food. Bark for Life 2014 generated more than $5,600 for The American Cancer Society! A huge thank you to all that attended and assisted in the success of this event! We’ll see you again in 2015.

2014 Killingly Cooks & Great Killingly Tomato Festival

On Saturday, September 13, 2014; Davis Park hosted the 2014 Killingly Cooks & Great Killingly Tomato Festival. The event was filled with fun, excitement, challenges, art, good food, agricultural educational opportunities, contests of all kind and a special Farmers Market

Presented together with “Killingly Cooks”, the Killingly Business Association Craft and Health Fair, Frito-Lay Community Services Day, the Northeast CT Farmers Market and the Killingly Parks and Recreation’s Tomato Festival 5K.

Our own Erica Harris, Roni Atti, Rachel Wexler and Jo-Ann Chenail were there handing out candy and having fun with sand art and a bean bag toss.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On Friday, September 12, 2014; Dave Conrad (President & CEO) and many of the CNB crew accepted the ALS Challenge from Kevin Merchant of Jewett City Savings Bank?. CNB  also donated $1,000 to ALS.

Dave Conrad nominated Nick Fortson and CorePlus Federal Credit Union?, Rene Morin and Northeastern CT Healthcare Credit Union and Brian Orenstein and Charter Oak Federal Credit Union?.  Now it is your turn Credit Unions! Watch the video.

4th Annual Day Kimball Hospital Give it a Tri Triathlon

On Saturday, August 16, Day Kimball Hospital held the Fourth Annual DKH Give it a Tri Triathlon. Located at Moosup Pond, Plainfield, CT; this event consisted of a half mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. Athletes participated via a relay team or competed individually. The event was created to promote fitness and health in our community.

CNB was represented by: Our President & CEO David Conrad, Michelle Harvanek and Sergio Rodriguez. Congratulations to all the athletes for a job well done.

9th Annual Main Street Car Cruise
Sunday, August 10, 2014 was a picture perfect day for a car cruise.  The beautiful weather brought in a record breaking 4000+ show cars and 20,000 spectators.  Onlookers we were treated to a wonderful motorcycle stunt shows, monster diesel truck tug-of-war, 60 foot drags, stationary burn outs, rolling burn outs, as well as river Jet Ski stunts. Trophies were awarded to the best cars at the show and dash plaques for the first 1,000 show cars.
25th Annual Day Kimball Healthcare Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride

On Saturday, August 9, 2014 the 25th Annual Deary Race, Walk and Ride was held in Putnam, CT. This event featured a 5-mile walk, bike ride, road race. This event first began in 1990 and has collectively raised more than one million dollars to assist in preventative care and cancer related services to people in the area who may not have the financial resources.

The Citizens National Bank is proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of this very worthy cause. We continued to show our support through CNB staff and extended family participating in this event. There were OVER 400 walkers, 289 runners, 150 cyclists and 176 VOLUNTEERS!!! All proceeds go to the Day Kimball Healthcare Deary Memorial Cancer Fund. For more info on how you can access the fund, go to daykimball.org. If you’d like to donate, call the DKH Development office at 860-928-7141.

Our CNB roster:

Marie Morich

Monique Mailloux & Family

Lynn James

Chelsea Couzi

Jo-Ann Chenail & Husband

David Conrad

Diane Kozaczka

Chantale Gingras

Amanda Harvey

11th Annual Day Kimball Healthcare Cruisin' for Cancer Care

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, the DKH Deary Memorial Race, Walk & Ride held their Crusin’ for Cancer Care car cruise. Our very own President & CEO David Conrad and his wife Rita were co-chairpersons for the event, and participants.  The event consisted of a motorcycle tour and a motorcycle rodeo.  The event ended at the Thompson Rod and Gun Club with a chicken barbeque. The Citizens National Bank was one of the two major sponsors.

Pat Hedenberg (Appeals & Events Manager at Day Kimball Healthcare) has reported a sum of $12,630.50 has been collected from this event, thus far.

CNB Customer Appreciation 2014
Thank you for joining us for our annual customer appreciation celebrations! Beginning June 13, 2014 through June 27, 2014 we served free lunch to our customers, neighbors and friends. This year we served 1,795 sizzling hot dogs, chips and ice cold lemonade. It’s just our way of saying thanks for choosing CNB.
2014 American Cancer Society - Relay for Life

The Northeastern Connecticut Relay for Life Walk was held on May 17th & 18th at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. This 24 hour relay walk is full of activities that mobilize communities across the country to celebrate survivorship, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and raise money for the fight against cancer.

Citizens Crusaders took to the track for our 18th consecutive year. The weather was phenomenal! Citizens Crusaders is very proud to announce a team total of $6,000; a combination of numerous fundraisers prior to the Relay walk; walker sponsorships, and our Bark for Life event.

ACS Community Executive Development Officer Shannon Stahecki, and NECT Relay for Life Chair Lori Ruehle announced this event raised approximately $269,865 to date. Donations will continue to be accepted until the August deadline.

It is with the support of our CNB family and the entire community, we can proudly say that the Citizens Crusaders continues to fight for a cure!

Killingly Kids Day
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, Killingly Business Association hosted the Killingly Kids Day. CNB employees, Mike G, Marie, Roni, Donna and Killingly Branch Manager Erica Harris all participated by handing out goodie bags and temp tattoos to the crowd. What a great day to celebrate Spring! Thanks for coming out.

 

Community Reinvestment

 

What is the Community Reinvestment Act?
The Community Reinvestment Act encourages banks to help meet the credit needs of their communities for housing and other purposes, particularly in neighborhoods with low or moderate incomes, while maintaining safe and sound operations.
How does CNB comply with the Community Reinvestment Act?
The Citizens National Bank takes pride in its role as a community bank. As always, we strive to assist the communities in which we operate, be it through lending to low income individuals, volunteering in community activities, or giving charitable donations.

 

Your involvement is encouraged.

You are entitled to certain information about our operations and our performance under the CRA, including, for example, information about our branches, such as their location and services provided at them: the public section of our most recent CRA Performance Evaluation, prepared by the Comptroller: and comments received from the public relating to our performance in helping to meet community needs, as well as out responses to those comments. You may review this information today.

 

You may send written comments about our performance in helping to meet community credit needs to either:

 

Shawn McNerney,  EVP Commercial Lending & CRA Officer
The Citizens National Bank
182 Main Street
Putnam, CT 06260

 

The Deputy Comptroller
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Northeastern District
340 Madison Avenue- 5th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2613

 

Your letter, together with any response by us, will be considered by the Comptroller in evaluating our CRA performance and may be made public.

 

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