Week of May 14 –May 20, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 26

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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 the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Annual Banquet, June 14th, 2006 at the Glengarry Hotel in Truro.  The AGM begins at 3:00 pm, cocktail reception at 5:30 pm, and banquet at 6:30 pm. Please feel free to share with others in your organization who may be interested in attending. You may register via email to nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca or via phone to (902) 893-8966.

·      If you are planning on attending Nova Scotia Co-operative Council’s Annual General Meeting in Truro, on June 14th, arrive early and attend a workshop led by Doug Logan of the Impact Performance Group. Building the High Performance Co-operative will appeal to any member of a co-operative or credit union who is interested in their co-operative’s performance. This is an interactive workshop that will both assess the current performance of your co-operative while providing the keys to greatly improve that performance. Included in the workshop are a co-operative performance assessment tool and the knowledge of how to continually assess and improve the performance of your co-operative. It begins at 10 am at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, cost is $25 per person (includes lunch). To register, please call (902) 893-8966 or email nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca. Space is limited, so please register early.

·      Meghan Farrell of Baddeck, NS, has been an active participant in the Atlantic Cooperative Youth Leadership seminars and now she is getting ready to attend the Building Youth Initiatives International Conference in Manchester, England from May 24-27. During her visit she will be speaking on behalf of Canadian co-ops and the ACYL program. She is actively seeking funds to help pay for the trip. More than 120 people will be attending from all around the world. She will be the only participant from Atlantic Canada. Meghan is hoping to raise $2500 to help with her participation and has e-mailed more than 50 co-operatives, hoping that they will contribute $25 each. If you can help, contact Carole Findlay, Co-ordinator, Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership programs, at leadership@acyl.coop

·      Patricia Duffield, President of the Board of OMISTA Credit Union in Moncton, NB, has announced the upcoming retirement of Paul Dugas from the position of Chief Executive Officer of OMISTA Credit Union, effective June 30, 2006. Dugas is retiring after 34 years with the credit union. http://www.omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=7 Effective June 30, 2006, Richard Vaillancourt will become CEO of OMISTA Credit Union. Vaillancourt has been Chief Operating Officer of OMISTA since July, 2004. Prior to that, he was with Credit Union Atlantic in Halifax, NS

·      Victoria Farmers Co-op in Baddeck, NS, is looking for pictures from days gone by to help celebrate its 70th anniversary. “We are looking for pictures of past staff, past directors, as well as pictures of the creamery and the cereal mill,” says manager Linda MacIver. Any memorabilia can be brought to the store on Twining Street in Baddeck, so that it can be included in the celebrations from June 12-17. The co-op which has about 1,500 members started in 1934 and was incorporated in 1936. You can reach Linda at (902) 295-2384 or by e-mail at vicfarm-mgr@co-opsonline.com

·      Guitarfest Cape Breton Co-operative has received a major contribution from Enterprise Cape Breton to help with marketing of the upcoming Guitar Festival, scheduled for mid November in Sydney, Cape Breton. This "first of"  festival plans to bring together between 700 - 800 guitarists from around the world  for a weekend of guitar performances, learning and sharing workshops, product demonstrations and sales,  an  antique instrument roadshow as well as networking. For further information on G-1, contact festival organizer, John Aylward, at nsccjca@netscape.net or at 902-537-2622.

·      Store locations within Consumers Community Co-operative (CCC) were very successful in their recent fundraising efforts for the Huntington’s Society of Canada. Total raised was $18,100. The three locations raising the most money were: Ken Val with $3,631, Carol Wabush with $1,900 and Corridor in Milford Station, NS, with $1, 612. Congratulations to the staff members and managers in these stores for their efforts. They received recognition at the 5th annual meeting of the CCC held in Moncton on May 4th. For information about Huntington’s go to www.hsc-ca.org

·      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 to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - National Capital FreeNet - An Internet provider co-operative in the Ottawa region. http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/

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 Carleton University. A complete story is available in the Canadian Co-operative Association ‘s Intersector publication on line at  http://www.coopscanada.coop/NewsLetter/InterSector/Spring2004/ ) page 5) Read about its services or contact them for more information http://www.ncf.carleton.ca/ncf/current/about/welcome_faq.html National Capital FreeNet
Room 402 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, OttawaOntario  K1S 5B6, (613) 520-9001.



Words and 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: L.A.’s Mom has the right idea. It was often used to refer to a lazy person, but perhaps the person just realized that life needs balance! It shouldn’t be all work and no play. This week“Don’t cut tails.” Good luck! Send your guess to: News1@nbnet.nb.ca  


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 province of New Brunswick, the Really Local Harvest Co-operative and its Dieppe Farmers’ Market. Visit it this summer. For more information contact Donald Daigle, president, Really Local Harvest Cooperative, 506-775-6764. Visit the Market’s Web site at http://www.marchedieppemarket.com/home.cfm


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      May 24, 2006 – Shean Investment Co-op Annual General Meeting, Inverness, NS

·      May 31, 2006 – Shean Co-op Annual Meeting, Inverness, NS

·        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 – Vermont Employee Ownership Conference, Burlington, Vermont. For more information, go to www.veoc.org

·        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, London, Ontario

·        June 12-17 – 70th Anniversary Celebrations – Victoria Farmers Co-operative, Baddeck, NS

·        June 14, 2006 – Building the High Performance Co-operative Workshop, 10 am – 12 Noon, Truro, NS. To register contact (902) 893-8966 or e-mail: nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca

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

·        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 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

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, Fredericton. All entries have been added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for May will be announced the first week in June. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answers to:  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca

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.

This week’s 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. 

Creamy Rhubarb Pudding Dessert

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: news1@nbnet.nb.ca


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 phrase. – L.A.

·      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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