Week of June 11 – June 17, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 30

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt www.foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/erosevlt.htm  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

·      Beaubear Credit Union www.beaubear.ca , along with Northumberland Dairies and Beaubear Co-op are sponsoring the first annual Bill Vickers Charity Golf Classic this summer. It will be held July 14th at the Miramichi Golf and Country Club. All proceeds raised will be donated to Roots of Empathy, an anti-bullying program in Miramichi area schools. Vickers was a long-time manager of Northumberland (Co-op) Dairies www.northumberlanddairy.ca   and was very passionate about the co-operative model and how it should work in Atlantic Canada.

·      Financial institution employees across Atlantic Canada were generous with donations, but not donations of money - donations of blood.  During the 2nd Annual “Investing in Life” Financial Institution Blood Donor Challenge more than 640 donations were made at Canadian Blood Services clinics throughout the Atlantic Provinces.  These giving employees, their families and friends, helped to save or enhance the lives of over 1,920 hospital patients, in their own communities and right across the country.  “We originally had a target of 300 donations from this challenge,” says Peter MacDonald, Regional Director, Canadian Blood Services Atlantic.  “We never guessed that the final tally would double what we had hoped for!  What’s really exciting is that 96 of the donations, or almost 15 per cent of those donating were new donors.  This shows that when people are informed of the constant need for blood, they are willing to share their vitality.  This challenge has shown the heart all these employees, their families and friends have and that they are willing to share; a huge thank you to all of them.”  The overall winner of the challenge was TD Canada Trust which had 12.53 per cent of its employee base register for the challenge.  The national average of eligible Canadians donating is less than 4 per cent.  The other institutions were close behind with CIBC coming second with 10%, followed by Credit Unions from across the region third with 8.9 per cent, BMO at 8 per cent, Scotiabank at 6.61 per cent and RBC with 2.53 per cent. The total number of donations was 643. The total number of donors was up from 223 in the 2005 campaign, where credit unions came out on top, with 6.2 per cent of the employee base donating in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The challenge ran from March 20th to May 20th involved Canadian Blood Services permanent and mobile blood donor clinics throughout the four Atlantic Provinces. www.bloodservices.ca


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, from The Washington Post, Wal-Mart takes a run at fair trade -   http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/11/AR2006061100813.html


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s vision statement comes from Assiniboine Credit Union in Manitoba. Assiniboine Credit Union's vision is to be recognized as a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , delivering exceptional financial performance and stakeholder satisfaction. http://www.assiniboine.mb.ca Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, New Hampshire, operates the Co-op Food Stores, Co-op Community Food Market, and Co-op Service Center. These businesses are operated for the benefit of their members and community. During more than 60 years of operation, the products and services offered by the Co-op have changed in response to the changing needs of its members  http://www.coopfoodstore.com/news/Archives/arch_5_and_6_06/board_page.html

Take some time to look at heir informative web site: http://www.coopfoodstore.com/issues.html

 For more info: Hanover Co-op Food Store, 45 South Park Street, Hanover, NH 03755
(603) 643-2667



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 state of Maine, Belfast Co-op, celebrating 30 years of serving 1,800 members throughout mid-coast  Maine. http://www.belfast.coop/index.htm#


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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

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Contest of the week - Announcing last week’s winner  Susan Kink  from Nova Scotia .  All entries in June will be  added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for June  will be announced  the first week in  July  .. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca

Last weeks answer was

 I am a word of 11 letters.
My 4, 9, 5 is worn on the head.
My 10, 9, 1, 11 is a narrow road.
My 11, 2, 3, 4, 5 is a number.
My 8, 6, 7 is a spirit.
My whole is an excellent songster.
What am I? Answer: Hat Lane Eight  Gin  - Nightingale

This week’s contest: How is it possible to make 8 eights total up to one thousand?

Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca


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.

Here is a new and tasty idea to try when strawberries are just arriving in the Co-op stores or at your Farmers’ Market.

Strawberry Sauce  for Pancakes
16 ounces strawberries, fresh or frozen (unsweetened, thawed)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Puree strawberries to a chunky puree. Heat them in a small saucepan over a low flame, until they are just warm. Stir in lemon juice and maple syrup. During June, we will feature recipes with strawberries or salmon, both pleasures of the palate at this time of the year.  If you have a recipe for either, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 21, 2006.