Thanksgiving Reflections

Thursday is Thanksgiving and here at VCNB we are preparing to be closed for the holiday. All of our seventeen locations, including Customer Service, will be closed so our employees may celebrate the holiday with their families.

 As we contemplate the holiday and its meaning, we wanted to share with you a few quotes about Thanksgiving and gratitude. Plus there’s one at the end from the great Johnny Carson to make you laugh!

From all of us at VCNB, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. After being closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday, we will resume regular business hours Friday.


New England Fall Color“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”  — Ralph Marston


“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank W. Clark


“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey


“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward


Autumn Leaves“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —  John Fitzgerald Kennedy


“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” — Irv Kupcinet


“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” —  Native American Saying


“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser


“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” —Johnny Carson



Keep Calm and Get $100!

Keep Calm Woman holding xmas presentsFeeling stressed this holiday season? At VCNB, we want you to keep calm. That’s why we are offering the “Keep Calm and Get $100” promo! For a limited time, new checking customers will receive $100 just for opening their account.

Consider it our gift to you: extra cash to help cover holiday expenses and the peace of mind that comes from doing business with VCNB, a bank you can trust.

To receive the $100 bonus, you must open the account online and deposit a minimum of $100 within thirty days of opening the account. You Terms and Conditions for Keep Calmwill receive the $100 cash bonus 45 to 60 days after making that minimum deposit.

This promotion runs through December 31, 2014. Current checking account customers are not eligible for this promotion.

VCNB is Member FDIC.

Money Superstitions Around the World

Everyone could use a little extra luck, especially where money is concerned. That may be why people in nations across the globe hold dear a host of superstitions regarding money and fortune. Here are a few of those superstitions to give you some food for thought today.

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In Argentina, the superstitious believe that finding money on the ground is a sign that more money is on the way.

Argentinian superstition states that finding money on the ground is a sign that more money is on the way. But that good fortune can be reversed by spending the found money or by returning it to the rightful owner.

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Some Chinese people believe that keeping a dish full of spare change in the kitchen will make them prosperous.

The superstitious in Turkey believe that holding gold in your hand in a dream means you will earn money in real life. They also believe that a scratched right palm means you will spend money while a scratched left palm means you will receive money.

In nearby Greece, it is commonly believed that money attracts money. They believe that having a single coin in your possession will help you find good fortune. However, completely emptying your pockets, wallet or bank account will bring you very bad fortune. If you give someone the gift of a new wallet or purse it is best to include a few coins to prevent them from being empty from the beginning. Russian superstitions support this belief that you must never give an empty wallet or purse. Russians also believe that scattering coins in bags and cupboards around your home will attract more money. Careful though – if someone picks up these coins from your home, the process will be reversed!

The people of India believe the elephant brings good luck. Symbolizing luck and great wealth, the elephant is often worn as jewelry and prominently displayed.

Chinese people have many beliefs and practices related to money. One example is that they believe keeping a dish full of spare change in your kitchen is thought to make them prosperous.

Several cultures, including Lithuanian, believe that you should never place your wallet or bag on the ground or your hat under the table. These acts mean that you will have no money in the future.

Finding an egg with two yolks means that you will become wealthy, according to superstitions in the Phillipines. If you wish to lure money your way, Puerto Rican folklore says you need only to burn a cinnamon stick. Making a cross on the floor after you pick up found money will bring even more money, according to Mexican tradition.

Do you believe in superstitions?

Vroom, Vroom! Rev Up Your Wallet With Extra Cash!

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Lots of people are taking advantage of our current checking account promotion. Have you heard about our Rev Up Your Summer Road Trip special?

Now through the end of this month we are offering a $150 bonus for anyone who opens a Checking My Way account online and who signs up for direct deposit.

This account is popular among our customers for its flexibility and options. With Checking My Way, you are not required to maintain a minimum balance and there are no fees if you take electronic statements. If you prefer to have a paper statement mailed to you each month, the cost is $3 per month without check images and $5 per month with check images.

In addition, we provide all VCNB customers with free Online Banking, Bill Pay and Mobile Banking, giving you access to your accounts 24-hours a day. With Mobile Deposit, you can deposit a check by taking a picture of it with your mobile phone.

Through our Rev Up Your Summer Road Trip special, if you open a Checking My Way Account online you will receive $100. Sign up for direct deposit and receive an additional $50.

Some limitations apply and a one hundred dollar deposit is required at account opening. To learn more, see the rules pictured below or click here to get started.



VCNB Rolls Out the Red Carpet For Business Customers

Owning and operating a business is hard work. Banking for your business shouldn’t be.

That’s why at VCNB we have a full line of business products to make your life easier. From business accounts to loans to payroll services, we have products and services to help your business.

red carpet and starsMore importantly, we have local support to back up the promise that you will love our business banking.

“We have all the bells and whistles the big banks offer but with a community bank touch. Our customer isn’t a number. We get to know them. We develop a relationship with them and we stay with them to make sure they are satisfied,” explained Monica Delong, Vice President of Retail Accounts. “It would be unfair to say we are competitive. We are better than competitive,” she said.

With Business Online Banking, Delong said that customers can manage their business’ accounts 24 hours a day. “There are a variety of accounts to choose from and they can do wire transfers, stop payments, bill pay and all sorts of things online,” she explained.

Credit card machines are also popular, according to Delong. VCNB’s newest business banking service, Remote Deposit Capture, allows business customers to deposit checks from the convenience of their workplace. Credit, debit and ATM cards make accessing funds easy and our Payroll Services is a convenient way to manage payroll, taxes and more.

The best part though is that VCNB has local staff to assist and support business customers. “If our customer has any issue, we have a dedicated support line, dedicated support online chat and staff ready to help. We will go to their workplace and get them set up. We will hold their hand while they learn and troubleshoot if there’s a problem,” Delong said.

“We only use local people so there’s no call center to handle issues. They will get to know us and we will get to know them. And it’s service delivered with a smile,” she explained.

Business customers can access many services:

Business Checking Accounts

Merchant Services

Remote Deposit Capture

Credit Cards

ATM and Debit Cards

Payroll Service

Business and Commercial Loans

Business Online Banking

To learn more visit our website by clicking here. To speak with someone about business banking services at VCNB click here.