Week of Aug. 13 - Aug. 19, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 39


Week of Aug. 13 – Aug. 19, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 39

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Openings“…in Reserve Mines, had been studying housing under the direction of the Extension Department of St Francis Xavier University and when they reached the point where they were ready to crystallize their plans into action, the Department brought in a housing expert from New York to assist them. Miss Mary Arnold, onetime manager of a co-operative apartment house in New York, spent two years in Reserve and it was under her guidance that the first co-operative housing community in the Maritimes – Tompkinsville – was completed.” – From Homes for the People, by R.J. Cameron, part of the Life in These Maritimes, a series of broadcasts for radio by the Extension Department, March 15, 1946.  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

·  Fresh Air Foods Co-operative Limited is a certified organic processing facility located in Middleton, NS. It began small, initially only processing poultry. It has since expanded and now has a red meat butcher shop. The next step is to expand into a full scale red and white meat abattoir. The co-op also has a retail store on Marshal Street. The co-op’s specialty is locally-grown, certified organic and free-range chicken, pork and beef. They also provide custom processing, cutting, bagging and flash freezing to local individuals who want to raise their own food. You can visit the co-op’s Web site at www.freshairfoods.ca

·  Beverley Rose, project co-ordinator for co-op development with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives has accepted a position with Texas A & M University (TAMU). She is excited about her new job as Training & Development Specialist with TAMU’s Agricultural Program but has very fond memories of the more than 16 years she has worked with the NLFC and the co-operative movement.  All the best, Bev, in your new job! We know you will make a tremendous contribution just as you did here in the Atlantic region.

·  A name change from Island Pride Marketing Co-operative to Prime Appeal Marketing Co-operative will reflect the new direction of a four-member family owned Cape Breton co-operative. Member Eileen MacNeil says the co-op markets promotional products and services to businesses in Nova Scotia and beyond, as well as some marketing of souvenirs to gift shops. You can visit the co-op at www.islandpridemarketing.com

·  The 3rd annual Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op and NBACL “Concern for Community” golf tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 29th. This event is designed for co-op members and staff to get together for a fun golf event to assist the efforts of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living. The $45 costs covers a golf shirt, green fees, barbecue, snacks and salads and the chance to win great prizes from the Co-op and local businesses. For more information about the golf tournament and Fredericton Direct Charge Co-op, go to: www.frederictoncoop.nb.ca

·  Last year the Newfoundland Labrador Credit Union Charitable Foundation https://www.nlcu.com made a total contribution of donations and sponsorships in 2005 of $85,000. NLCU provides 2 scholarships each year to High School Students each valued at $3,000.  The Outstanding School and Community Involvement Scholarship and the Brian F. MacDonald Scholarship and the Johnson's Inc. Scholarship. Last year's winners were Lois Hynes of Baltimore School of Ferryland, NL and Sarah Loveys of Gonzaga High School in St. John’s.


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, An Interpretation of Life, by Frances Moore Lappe, the view from Emilia Romagna, Italy http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=1494


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, What's Going On In The Kitchen? By Jan Moore Originally published in Jan’s Jottings, February 1997 as "Policy Governance®: How Does it Work?" http://www.governancecoach.com/JJ_kitchen.htm


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, from the Ukrainian Credit Union in Ontario with branches in Toronto, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Windsor and London. It’s vision statement: “Ukrainian Credit Union Limited will be the financial institution of choice for the Ukrainian community in Ontario and those who share its co-operative and cultural aspirations; We will provide an exceptional level of member-driven financial and wealth management services based on sound stewardship, and the utmost integrity; We will be an employer of choice for those individuals seeking a rewarding career helping people achieve financial security; We shall achieve our goals through co-operation and continuous growth;  We will transform the prosperity of our member-owned co-operative into support for the cultural, educational, religious, charitable and recreational activities of the Ukrainian community, and the broader community of which we are a part.”  http://www.ukrainiancu.com/vision_statement.php

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Co-op 101 Educational Links I spent Sunday after noon at a wine fest in Baie Verte, NB and I was wondering about co-operative wineries. Here is an interesting fair trade story from Chilean winemaker Los Robles. It is a wine cooperative in Chile’s Curicó valley, http://www.losrobles.cl/web_ing/historia.htm a few hours south by bus from the capital Santiago. Owned by its 67 members - small and medium size wine growers - it employs between 80 and 90 people all year round and up to 250 during harvest time. The wine coop’s fair trade connection began in 1990 in association with Oxfam Belgium and Max Havelaar Netherlands. Today 15 to 20 per cent of Los Robles wine is Fairtrade certified, exported to Western Europe, and it is aiming for 100 per cent certification. This wine co-operative has an Ecological and Social Fund, established in 2000 with money from the “social premium” (extra payment) that Fair Trade importers pay for its product. This fund supports an impressive range of activities that benefit not only employees of the cooperative and of its Fairtrade-certified members but also small poor farmers and their households in the surrounding towns and countryside. Benefits for employees have included major pay rises for the lowest paid, help with home buying and repairs, supplementary health insurance and support during personal and family emergencies. Also,  in partnership with a non-governmental anti-poverty programme, Los Robles supports young graduate agronomists and social workers who live and work with local communities. To learn more about the impressive work this co-operative is doing with its Ecological and Social Fund, go to http://www.fairtrade.net/vinos_los_robies_chile.html



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 Tucson, Arizona, the Food Conspiracy Co-op. It is a not-for-profit natural foods market, owned by its members and open to the public. Since 1971 it has been committed to providing the highest quality natural and organic foods and products to the Tucson community. Its produce department is entirely organic, and it doesn’t carry any products known to contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It is committed to offering certified organic products whenever it has a choice. In alignment with its commitment to environmentalism, social justice, and education, the co-op is constantly expanding our line of local, fair trade, and independently produced items. http://www.foodconspiracy.org/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      September 7-10 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp in Cape George, Cape Breton, NS. This seminar is hosted by the East Coast Credit Union. ACYL is for youth between the ages of 16-18. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and people are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.  For more information, contact Carole Findlay at (506) 862-0737 or leadership@acyl.coop or drop in for a visit at www.acyl.coop

·      September 15-16Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives AGM, Baie Verte, NL

·      October 1-3 - National Lending Conference - This event will include keynote speakers, informative workshops and networking opportunities. Once again, the Canadian Credit Union Central will be developing the conference program through the National Lenders Policy Committee to ensure that the content is relevant to credit union leaders. Registration packages were distributed to credit unions in mid-June. For more information please contact Edith Wilkinson at Canadian Central, (416) 232-3421,wilkinsone@cucentral.c

·      October 5-8 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminar hosted by Carleton Co-op in Florenceville, NB. For further information, contact Carole Findlay at (506) 862-0737 or e-mail: leadership@acyl.coopOct. 13-15 2nd annual National (US) worker co-op conference, New York City http://www.usworker.coop/events/conferences

·      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: Karen Harding, PEI.   All entries in August will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for August will be announced the first week in September. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca Last week’s contest:  From the following facts, determine which person will be 50 years old today. Frank’s mother, Mary, owns a computer. Martha, Bob’s mother, has blue eyes. Frank is Bob’s son. Bob was born in the forties. Answer:  Martha is Frank’s grandmother - too old to be turning 50 (not that grandmas can't be 50). Bob is Frank’s father - born in the 40's means he would be between 57-66 years old so it can’t be him. Frank is the son, and unless he was born when his father was between 7 years old and16 years old, which is unlikely, it can't be him. Therefore, it must be Mary. This week’s contest: It was an exciting football game. It was also an unusual one. The score was seven to two. At the same time, not one man had managed to cross the goal line. But the game was played according to the rules. How is this possible?


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. This week, our recipe is sent in by Glenna Weagle of Bridgewater, N.S. “These days you can tell the people who have no friends with gardens. They are the ones in the stores buying zucchini.”  - Author Unknown. Glenna tells us that “for the second Michelin Senior Expo where the Town & Country board set up a booth to market our store we gave away green Co-op mugs to the gents and a homemade cookbook titled "Cooking for Two the Co-op Way" to the ladies. I would bet that there are still copies of this cookbook in some of the homes in Lunenburg County because cookbooks are forever. The following recipe was included in the booklet.”

 Crab Stuffed Zucchini (serves 2)

 2 small zucchini, sliced lengthwise

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon Co-op canola oil margarine

1 tablespoon Co-op all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon curry powder

1/2 cup light cream

1 can (7 oz.) crabmeat

salt and pepper to taste

buttered breadcrumbs

 Boil zucchini in salted water until just tender (about 10 minutes). Drain and scoop out seeds. Cook onion in margarine until golden (about 5 minutes), stirring to prevent burning. Blend in flour and curry powder. Slowly stir in cream. Add crabmeat, salt and pepper.  Place zucchini halves on a Co-op tinfoil-lined baking sheet, fill with crabmeat and top with buttered breadcrumbs. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. If you have a recipe using vegetables picked fresh from your garden, please send it to: cooking1@nbnet.nb.ca


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·      *I continue to enjoy Co-op Circles. The articles on governance and Co-op 101 Educational Links are interesting and useful as reference material. Thanks for being there. – D.K., Manitoba

·      *First, allow me to thank you for your highly informative and enjoyable ezine!  I share recipes with fellow cooperators in central Virginia—especially the rhubarb conserve which helped immensely with a buyers group that was covered with rhubarb in the early spring and was clueless as to how to prepare anything but stewed rhubarb! Several of the members have asked me for a source for ORGANIC sharp cheddar.  Are you aware of producers that can ship to the U.S.? Thanks again and keep up the good work! – J.S., Virginia


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, August 23, 2006.