Week of May 14 –May 20, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 26
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Openings – “When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the world will know Peace”. - Jimi Hendrix www.jimi-hendrix.com/ 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
Can You Imagine a
“Life Without Arms”? Get ready to be inspired when you meet
Alvin Law, keynote speaker at
Scotia Co-operative Council’s Annual Banquet, June 14th, 2006 at the
Glengarry Hotel in
If you are planning on attending
Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Annual General Meeting in
Meghan Farrell of
Patricia Duffield, President of the
Board of OMISTA Credit Union in
Victoria Farmers Co-op in
Store locations within Consumers Community Co-operative (CCC) were
very successful in their recent fundraising efforts for the
· Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) received the fourth annual National Credit Union Innovation Award for its Energy-Efficient Mortgage product. When Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. announced a program to encourage energy-efficient housing, NLCU was the first financial institution in the country to leverage this opportunity. NLCU developed a mortgage with an extended term that allows buyers of energy-efficient homes to qualify for reduced insurance premiums and federal grants. The new product has allowed NLCU to forge new partnerships with home builders and others in the industry. A member who buys an energy-efficient home, purchases a house and makes energy saving renovations or renovates their existing home to make it more energy efficient, has the flexibility of extending their amortization (the time required to repay your mortgage) from 25 years to a maximum of 35 years. This means mortgage payments can be more affordable at an earlier stage in a member’s life when his/her income may not be at its peak. The member may also qualify for a 10% insurance premium refund from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In addition, homeowners may also be eligible for a federal grant through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Visit www.nlcu.com
Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, a look to the not-so-distant future - Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism by Patricia Aburdene. Both in daily practice and in the changing perspectives of business school educators, it is increasingly accepted that “The leadership that millions of managers practice — quiet, modest, behind-the-scenes — is more persuasive and more effective than the bold, heroic leadership associated with CEOs and other top leaders.” Aburdene says there is an increasing democratization of corporate leadership, and she offers a handful of “grassroots leadership” techniques and initiatives to help people at all levels of corporations raise the consciousness of their workaday environment.http://www.hamptonroadspub.com/bookstore/product_info.php?products_id=449
What is Your Vision Statement? – This week’s Vision Statement comes from the National Cooperative of Health Networks. It will be a dynamic, progressive, and nationally recognized professional association for health network executives characterized by:
For more information visit: http://www.nchn.org/mission_vision.php
Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement
Educational Links - National Capital FreeNet - An Internet
provider co-operative in the
NCF is a not-for-profit organization owned and
controlled by its thousands of members. Anyone can become a member just by
registering. Membership is free. NCF was started in 1992 by people at
Expressions from Yesteryear - Try your
luck at figuring out a saying from years gone by. Last week – “Come day, go day, God send Sunday.”
See responses in Our Readers
Write section. – ANSWER:
You CAN Do That
the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week we will
feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around
the world. This week, from the
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
May 24, 2006 –
Shean Investment Co-op Annual General Meeting,
May 31, 2006 –
Shean Co-op Annual Meeting,
· May 31 – June 2, 2006 - “Working Together to Make a Difference”, a national community investment and corporate social responsibility (CSR) forum for credit unions, community investment organizations and co-operatives, Winnipeg, MB www.csrforum06.com
June 6, 2006 –
· June 8, 2006 – 9th Annual Meeting, TEAMWork Co-operative Ltd, at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind auditorium, 6136 Almon St, Halifax
June 9-10, 2006 –
Annual General Meeting and Mini-Congress, Canadian Co-operative Association,
June 12-17 –
70th Anniversary Celebrations –
June 14, 2006 –
Building the High Performance Co-operative Workshop, 10 am – 12 Noon,
June 14, 2006 –
67th Annual General Meeting,
· June 15-17, International Symposium: The Co-operative and its Workers, Saint Mary's University, Room 415, Sobey Building, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS. The Symposium will explore how co-operatives manage the relationship with their workers and the interdependence between workers, consumers and primary producers. Key questions that will also be examined: How do co-operative values shape how co-operatives relate to their workers? If unions and co-operatives have many shared values why do they not always have harmonious relationships? Papers will be presented by participants from co-operative businesses, labour unions and academics.
June 30 – July 2,
2006 - 60th Annual Congress and General Assembly of the Conseil Canadien
de la Coopération (CCC), in
July 7-8, 2006 – Annual Festival of
Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
Contest of the
week - Announcing last week’s winner – Krista Donovan, Capital Credit Union,
Last week’s answers:
She shed a tear over the tear in her expensive evening gown.
A minute is a minute portion of the entire year.
He wound a rope around his leg to stop the wound from bleeding.
It was easy to conduct class because student conduct was excellent.
The farmer was able to produce better produce than anyone else.
contest: What is so peculiar about this sentence?
I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting; nevertheless, extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality, counterbalancing indecipherability, transcendentalizes intercommunications' incomprehensibleness.
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. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook. By mid-May fresh rhubarb is available in gardens and farmers’ markets. Try this easy recipe for a different dessert that friends and family will like.
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup milk
1 pound rhubarb stems, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 cup whipped cream (Or Co-op whipped topping)
In a small saucepan, combine the egg yolk, 1 tablespoon honey, vanilla extract, and cornstarch, and whisk together until well-mixed. Add the milk and whisk again to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and then lower to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer gently, whisking occasionally to keep the egg yolk from cooking on the bottom of the pan, until it has the consistency of dense, homogenous cream, almost as thick as ice cream, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place the rhubarb slices in a large heavy-bottomed pot and cover with the remaining honey. Cook gently over low-medium heat until the rhubarb is tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool. Fold the rhubarb into the milk mixture and gently fold in the whipped cream. Divide the rhubarb cream evenly among 4 glass serving bowls or glasses and serve immediately. May is Spring vegetables month - asparagus, rhubarb, fiddleheads. Do you have a good recipe for spring vegetables? If so, please send your recipe to: email@example.com
Our Readers Write - Tell us what you think. Send news, events and information for the Co-op Community Bulletin Board. Suggest features you think might be beneficial to people reading Co-op Circles. We want this electronic newsletter to serve you (be sure to include your e-mail and phone number). Send your item(s), comments and suggestions to News1@nbnet.nb.ca This week, three replies to our Words and Expressions of Yesteryear section.
Come day, go day and God sent Sunday was an
expression my own mother used. It was meant to say that someone was care-free in
their actions. When mom saw others around her going places when she was
not and at home doing her housework and looking after her 7 kids, she would say
that those other people on the move were like "come day, go day, God sent
Sunday". I am not sure she used that phrase in the right context as
our mother was pretty much an all work and no play kind of person and when
others around her were having fun and she wasn't, she would repeat this
· Come day go day, God send Sunday - answer: Need a day of rest – L.H.S.
· Does it mean I can’t wait till the weekend? - MML
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