Week of Apr. 9–Apr. 15, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 21

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Openings – “Until you have walked, really walked, the pleasures of walking will remain a mystery. Until you feel the rhythm of your muscles, the touch of the wind on your face, until you have seen the changing scenery or smelled the blossoms of spring, until you have experienced the peace of mind that a good walk can give you, you will not know what you have been missing.”  – Keith C Heidorn http://www.islandnet.com/~see/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

·      JustUs! Coffee Roasters Co-op, based in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, is conducting a feasibility study on building a small hotel and fair-trade ecotourism business in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a local coffee farmers’ co-op as a business partner. CIDA funding is helping with the study.  The hotel would be built near the rainforest land owned by the coffee farmers co-op. They are trying to preserve the land from development. The coffee co-op with about 1,800 farmers has been trading with JustUs! for years and they have discussed teaming up on a project for quite some time. They want to branch out beyond farming coffee to creating work for the women and their children as they grow older. This will enable them to stay in the area. If the feasibility study shows that this can be a positive venture, they hope to have the hotel open in a couple of years. The eco-tourism business would bring in small groups who want to experience the local culture and environment in an ecologically sustainable way. www.justuscoffee.com

·      Danny Meades, Mount Pearl, NL, has just returned from a six-month intern placement with a co-operative organization in Ghana. Danny is a young co-operator who was first introduced to co-operatives at home, but more thoroughly at an Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminar/camp in Digby, Nova Scotia in 1996. It was a life changing experience for him and he has returned to subsequent ACYL camps as a junior and senior staff person. As a young co-operator he has won the Co-op Atlantic Standing Ovation award, is a member of the MYDAS (Mobilizing Youth for the Delivery of Advisory Services) Co-op and then worked in Ghana with the Canadian Co-operative Association. This year he is returning to work with Carole Findlay as ACYL staff in a May camp in PEI (long time co-operator and Lieutenant Governor of PEI Leonce Bernard will be dropping by. He heard Danny speak at the Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual General Meeting and was really impressed.). Also, Danny will be a guest speaker at Co-op Atlantic’s annual general meeting in Moncton in early May.  He will talk about ACYL and the opportunities it has provided him. To learn more about ACYL,  go  to http://www.acyl.coop/english/seminars.htm


Expanding Your Back Yard – The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Kelly ScottHanson and Chris ScottHanson – Cohousing offers a balance of community and personal privacy in an urban or rural setting. Residents own their homes and can gather in common areas to share meals and socialize.  The ScottHansons are pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America. The Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project and is a practical guide to building a better society one neighbourhood at a time. To order, visit www.cohousingresources.com


What’s Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s Vision Statement comes from Capital Credit Union in Fredericton, NB:  Co-operative organization dedicated to providing full financial services and maximum benefits to its members. An integral part of a national and international co-operative financial system to provide a means of improving the social and economic well-being of members and people everywhere

Send us your co-operative’s Vision Statement. We want to know where your co-operative is going. News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - When I was on a study tour to the worker co-op complex in  Mondragon, Spain, I was fortunate to be there during Holy Week. It was an amazing experience. This week I have included a bit about Easter, when and how it is celebrated and its traditions. Spain celebrates Easter Week much more than most European countries. During the whole of Semana Santa, (Holy Week), street processions are organized in most Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.



Also, learn how the Yaqui Indians in Arizona and Mexico celebrate Easter  http://www.brownielocks.com/yaquieaster.html http://www.rimjournal.com/arizyson/easter.htm Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.


Some cute Easter games for kids http://www.brownielocks.com/yaquieaster.html




Words and Expressions from Yesteryear - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Try your luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. “’Tis not every day that Morris kills a cow.” Week 19: The old dog for a hard road – Experience easily overcomes difficulty. Week 20: You are as deep as the grave. – Your real feelings are not easily judged from your appearance. Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - ***NEW FEATURE*** - Each week we will feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week, from Alberta, Community Savings Credit Union in Red Deer. This financial institution is the result of four progressive and successful credit unions merging. It has $1.7 billion in assets and a dedicated group of 465 employees, serves more than 110,000 members You can read more about its innovative history and hear how it is “making a difference” by going to:




Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        April 18 – Volunteer workshops hosted by Imagine Canada and Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd., St. Gregory’s Church Hall, New Glasgow, 4:30 pm

·        April 22 – Earth Day. Visit www.earthday.net/footprint/info.asp for a quiz on your “nature” footprint.

·        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 4-7, 2006 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Seminar, Camp Gencheff, PEI. For more information contact: Carole Findlay at leadership@acyl.coop

·        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 - Announcing last week’s winner – Catherine Ann Fuller

All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for April will be announced the first week in May. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca The lucky participant in the Circles Contest for the month of March is Glenna Weagle, Bridgewater, NS. A small gift is on the way.

Last week’s contest:  Each group of words has one four letter prefix that fits in front of them to form another word or phrase. Can you figure out which word it is for each group?

1.  Nail, man, out, ten
2. Sick, work, room, plate
3. Do, up, shift, believe
4. Range, shot, horn, bow
5. Back, baked, way, hour
6. Dress, band, ache, rest
7. Chair, jump, light, rise
8. Note, print, ball, step
9. Arm, fly, works, sale

Answers:  1) hang 2) home 3) make 4) long 5) half 6) head 7) high 8) foot 9) fire
This week’s contest -Using the root word   “democracy”, how many words can you make using only these 9 letters? 


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.

Spiced Grapes with Cheese or Nuts

This is a salad recipe that is nice with ham for Easter. Be sure to prepare it well ahead of time.

1 lb of seedless grapes

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 stick cinnamon

2 stars of anise

5 whole cloves

12 black peppercorns

Combine all ingredients except grapes in a small saucepan and boil for two to three minutes. Pierce each grape two to three times with a sharp skewer or toothpick. Place grapes in a small bowl and cover with the syrup mixture. Refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Serve with cheese or nuts. April is Salad Dressing Month. Do you have a good recipe for salad dressing? Have you discovered a new way to use spices or fruits in an oil and vinegar dressing? If so, please send your recipe to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca




Dictionary Democracy Code of ethics – a statement adopted by a co-operative, or any business, establishing standards of behaviour and performance to which the co-operative is committed to observe in its policies and practices. Here is a site which will help you put one together for your co-operative - http://www.australia.coop/cg_ethics.htm    


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, April 19, 2006.