Week of July 2 – July 8, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 33

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Openings -  Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. http://www.vonnegut.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

·      Central Credit Union in O’Leary, http://www.peicreditunions.com/oleary/  Prince Edward Island, recently named Keith Gorrill as Member of the Year, (member since 1970). Keith was born, and grew up in the community of Glenwood. He worked on the family farm until 1956 when he married and went into farming on his own. Keith started working for Co-op Insurance in 1973 and worked for them as an agent for over 28 years until his retirement. He is very involved in community and the co-operative sector, having served as President on the boards of both the O’Leary Co-op and Central Credit Union. Keith helped establish community pastures in both Cape Wolfe and Roxbury and served as their board secretary for 28 years.

·      Credit Union Central of New Brunswick www.creditunion.nb.ca  has announced the appointment of Paul Paruch to the position of Vice-President, Operations and Development. Paul joins CUCNB from Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia, where he has worked for the past ten years, most recently in the role of Consultant, Credit Union Services. Prior to joining CUCNS, Paul was employed with League Data, giving him a total of fourteen years in the Credit Union system. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University College of Cape Breton, and was a past participant in the World Youth Credit Union Program.  Paul will be commencing his duties on July 17.

·      The first ever Apple Blossom Idol was held at Kentville Memorial Park in Kentville, NS, on June 1st and even the threat of inclement weather didn't stop the crowd from coming. Valley Credit Union played a big part in getting the event off the ground. www.valleycreditunion.com Magic 94.9 hosted the show and Telus was on hand for people to text message or e-mail votes for his/her favourite singer. Laura Roy was named the winner of the Apple Blossom Idol and Teryn Fuge was announced as the People’s Choice Award winner. For photos from the event, go to the credit union’s Web site.


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, Bumper crop of local alternatives are growing food security and community http://www.vueweekly.com/articles/default.aspx?i=4042 Creating sustainable, local food options


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, Tune-Up Your Meetings Periodic analysis is necessary to ensure that cooperative
board meetings are efficient, effective and productive http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/pub/may03/meeting.html


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week’s Vision Statement comes from Heritage Credit Union with branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Milford, Sackville, Sheet Harbour and Upper Stewiacke. Our vision is to be socially responsible leaders in dealing with the needs of people and their communities while applying Co-operative principles.” http://www.heritagecu.com Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - Many co-ops have such diverse products and sidelines that it is an education to just read their Web sites.  Have a look at Grange Co-op http://www.grangecoop.com/index.html founded in 1934 with 99 members. Today Grange Co-op has approximately 3,500 members, comprised of agricultural producers from southern Oregon and northern California  You can find out about the patronage rebate for members and non-members, http://www.grangecoop.com/membership.html,   and about their new  Myrtle woodworking  business http://www.grangecoop.com/myrtlewoodgallery.html For more information, e-mail farm@grangecoop.com or contact 89 Alder Street, Central Point, OR 97502
541-664-1261, farm@grangecoop.com



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 Vermont, the Energy Co-op of Vermont: http://www.vcec.org/ It is a member-owned organization, founded in September 2000 by a group of Vermont residents concerned about rising energy costs. Its mission is to offer Vermonters attractive energy choices at fair prices, to be financially successful, to supply members with an optimal mix of fossil fuels, cleaner-burning fuels, renewables and energy efficiency services, and to build a reputation for dependable and respectful service. Currently, it delivers fuel oil and kerosene to over 2,100 members in Chittenden and Lamoille Counties, southern Grand Isle County and the Montpelier area of Vermont.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        July 7-8, 2006 – 30th Annual Festival of Community Economics Conference, Cape Breton University If you wish to attend, please contact Greg MacLeod at gregmacleod@ns.sympatico.ca or via phone at (902) 567-0000.

·        Oct. 15-21, 2006, Co-op Week: Own Your Future!

·        October 19, 2006 – Credit Union Day

·        Nov. 16-18, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Annual Meeting, Edmonton, AB, www.canadianworker.coop

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Contest of the week – Announcing last week’s winner: David Day from N.B.  All entries in July will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for July will be announced the first week in  August. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca The winner for the month of June was Joyce Humble, Capital Credit Union, Fredericton, NB. Last week’s answer:  Cooperation = Unscramble the words overcoat pie This week’s contest: Two cars are racing around a circular track. The black and white (police-like) car is larger and heavier but the driver is more experienced. It is a Ford Crown Victoria with a 427 police interceptor motor. He can ride once around the track in 6 minutes. The green and red (Co-op colors) car is driven by a spirited and innovative person.  The car is a Ford Mustang with a Saleen conversion package.   He can complete the track in 4 minutes. How many minutes will it take for The Co-op Car to lap the Black and White Car? (For our readers who are car fans: This week in Moncton http://www.atlanticnationals.com/  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.

In July we will feature the fresh veggies just coming in season here in Atlantic Canada.

Herbed New Potatoes with Fresh Peas

2 lbs. new potatoes
Boiling water
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. fresh green peas (precooked)
1/2 tsp. ground basil
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. butter
1/4 c. light cream
Fresh parsley for garnish

Scrape the potatoes and place in a saucepan with 1/2 inch boiling water and the salt. Cover and boil until done, about 25 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally. Five minutes before the potatoes are completely cooked, add the peas and basil. When the peas are heated through, remove from heat and drain if necessary. Add the pepper, butter and cream and heat a few seconds. Turn into a serving dish and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately! If you have a recipe that fits, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 12, 2006.