Week of July 16 - July 22, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 35

Week of July 16 – July 22, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 35

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Openings“No race can prosper until it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.” -  Booker T. Washington http://www.nps.gov/bowa/home.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

·      NBTA (New Brunswick Teachers’ Association) Credit Union http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/ has, in addition to its Adopt-A-School Program, held a draw for a donation towards a Safe Grad activity.  Grand Manan Community School was the lucky winner. NBTA Credit Union’s Adopt-A-School Program is an ongoing program. Each and every month one school in the New Brunswick system is drawn to receive a cheque in the amount of $200 to be used in whatever means they see fit.

·      The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board has announced $11 million in funding initiatives designed to ensure farmers and rural communities have opportunities to participate in and benefit from increased Canadian biofuels production. The government is also supporting biofuels opportunities through a one-time $1 million dollar addition to the existing Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI). This funding will provide support to individuals, groups and communities wishing to develop co-operatives as a way to take advantage of opportunities associated with biofuels and other value-added activities.  The CDI is designed to help Canadians develop co ops, conduct research and test innovative ways of using the co-operative model to take advantage of opportunities and challenges facing their communities. The Government of Canada believes the co-operative model is a useful tool that can empower farmers to participate in value-added initiatives such as biofuels. Some biofuels projects in Canada are already being developed as co-operatives, while a majority number of U.S. biofuel facilities are farmer-owned co-operatives. This additional funding will allow the Co-operatives Secretariat within AAFC to partner with the co-operative sector to provide specialized and expert assistance to farmers, groups and communities that wish to explore using the co-operative model as a way to participate in value-added opportunities such as biofuels. For more information go to: www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf/.

·      The Canadian Community Investment Network Cooperative is looking for an executive director from mid-September, 2006 to early November, 2007 (maternity leave). The location is flexible and deadline is August 7th. The Canadian Community Investment Network is a national co-operative of community loan funds, social enterprise funds, co-op funds, micro-loan funds and financial institutions with community financing programs. The Canadian Community Investment Network Cooperative’s (CCINC) mission is to strengthen the capacity of our members to expand access to capital and support services for social economy enterprises and economically and socially excluded individuals and communities across Canada.  More information on the network is available at www.communityinvestment.ca


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy http://www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,,1704954,00.html


Governing For Tomorrow  – 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, Meetings, Meeting Climate Survey, Board Attendance and Motions  http://www.vcn.bc.ca/volbc/governance/m.html


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, the Public Service Credit Union in St. John’s, NL, is a co-operative financial institution, owned by its members, including spouses and dependents. Members are employees and former employees of the Provincial, Federal, Municipal Governments, and all institutions funded by government. http://www.pscu.ca/about.htm Its vision statement is “the Public Service Credit Union desires to be the preferred choice for all the financial needs of its members.” Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links - When I was growing up, I visited relatives in Colorado and when I was looking for information this week on Biodiesel fuels, I came across Blue Sun Biodiesel  www.gobluesun.com which has established a position of leadership in the industry. It’s a producers’ co-operative. Blue Sun’s approach to biodiesel production differs from that taken elsewhere in the United States to date. It was founded in 2001 to be leaders in the growing market for premium biodiesel.  The company is engaged in all phases of biodiesel production, from agricultural research and development, to fuel processing, distribution, and value-added customer service. For additional information, check the web site and the following links: http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=648 Blue Sun Biodiesel promotes an environmentally friendly strategy to replace petroleum-based fuels with biodiesel, a renewable vegetable oil-based fuel. It has opened diesel fueling stations in 14 Colorado cities and is building a Colorado plant capable of annually generating 3 million gallons of biodiesel fuel, an initial capacity that can be expanded.Blue Sun Producers, which currently has more than 40 member-producers from Colorado, will be offering memberships this year to farmers throughout the region as far north as Montana. Blue Sun has an affiliated co-op exclusive to Nebraska which is actively seeking more members from that state. This year, the co-op harvested its first big rapeseed crop; more than 3 million pounds.



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, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative http://www.caec.com/. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative is a not for profit, member-owned electric distribution utility serving more than 38,000 members in a 10-county area of central Alabama, just north of Montgomery. The cooperative is a $129 million company with 5,400 miles of line serviced by 120 employees.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        October 15-21 - Co-op Week

·        October 19, 2006 - Credit Union Day

·        Nov. 12 -15, Global Microcredit Summit, Halifax, NS http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

·        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: Mary Alice Brown from NB.  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 Last week’s answers: Each group of words has one four letter prefix that fits in front of them to form another word or phrase. Can you figure out which word it is for each group? 1.(Hang) Nail, man, out, ten 2.(Home) Sick, work, room, plate 3.(Make) Do, up, shift, believe 4.(Long) Range, shot, horn, bow 5.(Half) Back, baked, way, hour 6.(Head) Dress, band, ache, rest 7.(High) Chair, jump, light, rise 8.(Foot) Note, print, ball, step 9.(Fire) Arm, fly, works, sale

This week’s contest: How is it possible to cut a coin into twelve equal pieces with only four cuts, and without piling any of the pieces onto each other before making the cuts?


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. Cocoa-Berry Yogurt Tarts     (Makes 6 servings     Prep time: 10 minutes) Recipe courtesy of 3-A-Day of Dairy (www.3aday.org)

1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

1 1/2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

6 graham cracker tart shells

3/4 cup strawberries, sliced (raspberries or blueberries also can be used)

DIRECTIONS: Mix yogurt, ricotta, sugar and cocoa powder thoroughly with whisk until creamy. Spoon 1/6 mixture into each tart shell and top with sliced strawberries. If you have a recipe using vegetables picked fresh from your garden, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 26, 2006.