Week of June 25 – July 1, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 32
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–“It is wonderful to feel the
This Week in Co-op Circles
The credit unions across
The team project "The Social
Economy and Sustainability: Innovations in Bridging, Bonding, and
· Mountain Equipment Co-op is once again providing research grants to support wilderness conservation and sustainable recreational land use. The grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line at www.mec.ca The project must be initiated by or undertaken in collaboration with an environmental and/or recreation community organization. The project must have grassroots support. Project goals must be attainable within a one-year grant term. The group must have a strong plan in place to disseminate results, use the research to support the work of other ENGOs and influence land-use decisions and outcomes.
The 2006 annual general meeting and
conference of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation will be held Thursday,
November 16th to Saturday, November 18th, 2006 in
York Credit Union’s (www.yorkcu.nb.ca) (in Fredericton, NB)
General Manager, Dennis Williams, received an intriguing letter recently,
advising that on May 16th another York Credit Union (www.ycu.org.uk) launched services to the
people of York, England. Credit unions are becoming quite a “phenomenon”
Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, I will if you will – Towards Sustainable Consumption http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=367 People are willing to make changes but they need leadership from government to do it.
Governing For Tomorrow – ***NEW FEATURE***Good board governance and leadership are key elements when planning for, and maintaining, success in our co-op sector. Each week, we will feature a link to articles focusing on these areas. This week, Rolling with Change: Directors of agricultural co-ops learn on the job. http://www.mbrservices.com/cooppartners/viewArticle.cfm?ID=1558
What is Your Vision
– This week’s vision
statement comes from Beaver Creek Housing Co-op http://www.beavercreekcoop.on.ca “We are a
diverse and affordable housing community that promotes a safe and
healthy environment. We depend on each other to contribute to the organization
and the life at the co-op. We balance the needs of our community with the needs
of each individual. We maintain our strong community and a responsible
relationship with the larger community by using co-operative principles and by
effectively resolving conflicts.” Send your co-operative or credit
union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
Educational Links - More and more workers are looking
at the worker co-op model to gain some control over their wages and working
conditions. Cooperative Care http://www.co-opcare.com/aboutus.htm
is a worker-owned cooperative of direct care workers who deliver home care and
personal care services to people who are elderly or disabled in rural
Wisconsin . The cooperative has a mission that is two fold: to give high quality
care that helps people stay in their homes; to provide good jobs that pay
fairly, offer benefits, and provide support to home care and personal care
workers. The cooperative was incorporated with the State of
Or Contact: Cooperative Care, Home and Personal Care Services, Box 620 402 East Main St, Wautoma, WI 54982 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
· 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 – 30th Annual Festival of Community Economics Conference, Cape Breton University If you wish to attend, please contact Greg MacLeod at email@example.com or via phone at (902) 567-0000.
Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
Contest of the week – Last week’s winner: Ron Levesque, NB. Answer: --Next letters in the series: A and W - they stand for ‘And Why’... And complete the series of letters that are the first letter in each word of the question. This week’s contest: Rearrange the letters in these 2 words to make one important word: “overcoat pie”. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Want to try a low cal dessert with the season’s fresh berries?
Fresh Strawberry Pie
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, reduced-calorie
2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 packages Sweet 'n Low sweetener, or Equal
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
Melt butter over low heat. Add graham cracker crumbs. Mix well. Press mixture on bottom and sides of 9-inch pie pan that has been sprayed with vegetable spray. Wash and slice strawberries. Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup pineapple juice. Cook over low heat until thickened and clear, stirring constantly. Add remaining pineapple juice and stir until thick. Remove from heat and add Equal. Stir in fruit. Spoon into graham cracker crust. Chill. Serve with low-calorie whipped topping, if desired. In July, we will feature light, easy summer food. If you have a recipe that fits, please send it to: email@example.com
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To the good folks at “Co-op Circles”
and the Rising Tide Cooperative, I’ve just learned of your newsletter and
wanted to share with your readers something that may have never been done with a
cooperative, let alone a worker cooperative like ourselves. Specifically
we have, in conjunction with a local, socially responsible bank, launched a
unique Certificate of Deposit where the funds raised are dedicated for our use.
This could be an exciting new tool to:
enable individuals to invest in the co-op economy, raise capital for the co-op sector, even
while protecting the independence of co-ops, raise the capital necessary
financing Fair Trade imports, which currently maybe one of the weaker links in
the Fair Trade supply chain. At
least within the
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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 5, 2006.