Week of Mar. 19 – Mar. 25, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 18

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Openings  - Four Laws of Ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. Everything must go somewhere. Nature knows best. There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Barry Commoner, Ecologist http://www.scientificamerican.com/print_version.cfm?articleID=00039231-7D1D-1CDA-B4A8809EC588EEDF  Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The Shean Investment Co-operative in the community of Inverness, Cape Breton, has been successful in raising funds through a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) to help improve their local co-operative. Shean Co-operative is a retail grocery store serving members in the village of Inverness and surrounding areas. To learn more about CEDIFs go to: www.gov.ns.ca/econ/cedif/

·        Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is getting ready for its Annual General Meeting and is calling for nominations to its board of directors. Credit union representatives are needed in District One (Cape Breton Island), District Two (Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester, Cumberland and Guysborough Counties), and District Four (West Hants, Kings and Annapolis Counties). Co-op representatives are needed in Districts Two (Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester, Cumberland and Guysborough Counties) and Five (Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens and Lunenburg Counties). The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is the development arm of the Nova Scotia co-op and credit union system. Its goals include supporting new co-op development, government advocacy and relations, and building a strong co-op movement in the province. For further information contact the chief executive officer Dianne Kelderman, 893-8966 or diannefk@tru.eastlink.ca

·        The Huntington Society of Canada recently presented Atlantic Canada’s Co-op System with their National Award of Merit, in recognition of their support for the organization. Last year more than $50,000 was raised from the region’s Co-op members and store suppliers to help combat the hereditary brain disorder. For further information, contact Mark Higgins at 506-858-6614 or mark.higgins@coopatlantic.ca. Co-op stores are currently raising funds during the month of March to fight Huntington’s Disease. You can purchase a Huntington’s icon at your store for $1. To find out more about Huntington’s go to: www.hsc-ca.org

·        The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Business Development Services has developed a four-page test for co-operative directors taken from the research and writings of leading co-operative and governance leaders like Stephen Covey, John Carver, Peter Drucker and Daniel Ish. Subject areas include: legal obligations, co-operative law, chronic problems, governance that makes a difference, financial standards and Complimentary additions to the Carver Model. An electronic copy of the test is available by contacting Fred@nsco-opcouncil.ca

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Expanding Your Back Yard – Visiting Grandchildren: Economic Development in the Maritimes, by Donald J Savoie http://www.utppublishing.com/pubstore/merchant.ihtml?pid=8673&step=4 - Visiting Grandchildren looks to history, accidents of geography, and to the workings of national political and administrative institutions to explain the relative underdevelopment of the Maritime provinces. Savoie says the region must redefine its relationship with Ottawa and with other regions, and ask about its own responsibility for its present underdevelopment, develop a co-operative mindset, and embrace the market, if it is to prosper in the twenty-first century. Savoie has a new vision for the Maritimes. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at l’Université de Moncton.
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What’s Your Vision Statement?  – Vision Statement of the Risk Management Agency, former Credit Union Stabilization Fund for New Brunswick credit unions -
To establish responsible corporate governance and to ensure the financial stability of member Credit Unions.
 www.rm.ca   Send us your co-operative’s Vision Statement. We want to know where your co-operative is going. News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational  Links   Today we share the story of a successful worker co-operative in San Francisco.  Thirty years ago, Berkeley’s now-famous co-operative, the Cheeseboard Collective, opened its doors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese_Board_Collective#References

The Cheeseboard was founded as a privately owned cheese shop in 1967 by Elizabeth and Sahag Avedasian. In 1971, the owners and their six employees converted their business from a conventional privately owned firm to an egalitarian worker-owned collective by distributing shares in the business equally between themselves and their employees and equalizing the wages of all of the new worker/owners. In 1997, inspired by their own success, they helped open another bakery based on co-operative principles. Arizmendi Oakland http://www.arizmendibakery.com/index.php  debuted that year on Lakeshore Avenue, named after the Basque labor organizer of Mondragon fame. http://www.arizmendibakery.com/why_arizmendi.html An interesting story from San Francisco Chronicle about the co-op’s success:    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/e/a/2000/01/14/BUSINESS15852.dtl&hw=cheeseboard&sn=001&sc=1000/

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        March 31 – April 1  - Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual General Meeting

·        April 7 – Deadline for Canadian Co-operative Association Co-operative Achievement Award submissions

·        April 7-8 – Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual General Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

·        April 10-13 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting

·        April 28- 29 – Coastal Communities Network Annual Capacity Building Conference, Tatamagouche Centre. Visit www.coastalcommunities.ns.ca

·        May 4, 2006 – Consumers Community Co-operative AGM

·        May 4-6, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic AGM

·        May 5-6, 2006 – Atlantic Council for International Co-operation AGM, PEI

·        May 7-8, 2006 - CoopZone Co-operative Development Forum, Toronto For more information, go to www.coopzone.coop

·        June 9-10, 2006 – Annual General Meeting and Mini-Congress, Canadian Co-operative Association, London, Ontario

·        June 14, 2006 – 67th Annual General Meeting, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Truro, NS

·        June 30 – July 2, 2006 - 60th Annual Congress and General Assembly of the Conseil Canadien de la Coopération (CCC), in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia. Le Conseil Coopératif Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse is currently helping CCC with the various preparations of the congress.

·        July 7-8, 2006 – Annual Festival of Place-Based Business, Cape Breton University

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Contest of the week  - Week 18 Contest – Can you find 13 animals hidden in these letters? – Pheasantoadderaturtleechareelionewtige? Announcing Week 17 winner  Glenna Weagle, Bridgewater, NS - Which one of these sentences do you think uses “erudite” correctly? A. Because he has a talent for memorizing facts, Zack has a reputation in school as an erudite student. B. Julie’s favorite perfume combines the scents of jasmine and erudite. C. The Roman Empire ended in 476 A.D. when Rome was invaded by an erudite army of barbarians. D. In the opinion of the movie critic, the hit comedy was “silly, erudite, and a waste of time.” Answer - The answer that puts you in the know is sentence A. Sentence B can be discarded right away, since it uses “erudite” as a noun instead of an adjective. The warriors who overran Rome were concerned with conquering as much land as possible, not with learning, so “erudite” doesn’t fit in C either. In D “erudite” appears alongside “silly” and “waste of time,” both of which contradict its meaning as something that is serious and worthwhile. That leaves A, and Zack’s quick memory, a gift that leads others to describe him with the word “erudite.” All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for March will be announced in April. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca
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It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Send in your suggestions to cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook.

Make your own Granola  (Be sure to store this in an air tight container)

Ingredients
1 cup sunflower seeds (hulls removed)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup slivered almonds
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar mixed with 1/2 cup water
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dried fruit cut into small pieces if necessary  (like raisins, cranberries, papaya, apricots)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, combine all seeds and nuts. Heat over low heat, stirring often until toasted, about 2 minutes. In a large bowl, combine toasted seeds and remaining ingredients except dried fruit. Spread mixture on two cookie sheets and bake for 20 minutes. Turn mixture frequently with wooden spoon. Remove from oven and let cool on pan. Add dried fruit to bake mixture and store in an airtight container. For April we are looking for salad dressing recipes. Please send yours along to cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Dictionary Democracy – What is board process”?  - the capacity of a board to make appropriate decisions. Board process goes beyond board structure, composition and size, to deal with director competencies and director behaviour. For more on value-added boards and board process go to: http://www.coopscanada.coop/NewsLetter/Governance/January2004/             

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, March 29, 2006