Week of Aug. 20 - Aug. 26, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 40


Week of Aug. 20 – Aug. 26, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 40

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Openings“The Associated Study Clubs meeting…should be a planned community meeting; it will be successful if those who come learn something, help somebody else, renew their faith in their ability to realize their dreams of a better community, and have a little fun before they go.” – from Learning Through Study Clubs, published by St. Francis Xavier Extension Department, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, circa 1937. 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

·      Julie  Breuer, who became the manager of the Co-op Development Foundation (CDF) http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/coopdevfoundation/ earlier this year, visited representatives of  Co-op Atlantic, The Atlantic  Co-operator, Consumers Community Co-operative , Public Service Employees Credit Union, Nova Scotia Co-op Council and Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia  last week. Breuer said she felt it was important to meet and talk with Canadian Co-operative Association’s members and their membership and to share the success that CDF has been able to achieve with the financial donations from so many organizations here in the Atlantic. CDF is the fundraising arm of the Canadian Co-operative Association. “We hope to be able to encourage co-op and credit union organizations to help further our work in Indonesia by having a small fundraising activity during Co-op Week at the local level through our development education programming here in the Atlantic.” For more about reconstruction efforts since the South Asia tsunami, see http://www.coopscanada.coop/pdf/tsunami/AsiaReconstructionBulletinWinter05.pdf If you would like to participate, please email marcon@nbnet.nb.ca for details.

·      The Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University welcomed a $25,000 donation http://www.coady.stfx.ca/news.cfm  from Credit Union Atlantic http://www.cua.com , Nova Scotia's largest credit union. The funds will support the construction of a new home for the Institute. “The co-operative movement has strong roots in our province, dating back to the founding of the Antigonish Movement. Reverend Dr. Moses Coady was instrumental in the proliferation of the cooperative model, of people coming together to learn and apply business principles to their own advancement, and that of their local community. These are the same principals upon which credit unions operate today, which is why we are both compelled and honored to participate in this project to expand the Coady International Institute. The Coady represents an important part of our history and our future,” said Jamie Baillie, President and CEO of Credit Union Atlantic.


Expanding Your Back Yard  – This week, Small Change, Big Dreams By Murray MacAdam http://www.sustainabletimes.ca/articles/microcredit.htm For the world’s poor, getting a business loan can be next to impossible - they simply don't have the collateral the banks demand. But a growing “micro-credit” movement is giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out, and the chance to make it on their own.


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, Getting to Good Governance: Overcoming the Hurdles by Tim Plumptre  (Canadian Fundraiser eNews, August 2002) what stands in the way of improving governance, and what strategies for improvement are most likely to succeed?



What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, from the French Broad Food Co-op in Asheville, North Carolina, the co-op’s vision is to be a transformative force in their community and world and to serve as a model of a sustainable business alternative that nurtures social and economic well-being in an environmentally sensitive manner. http://www.fbfc.com/index.cgi?id=1002&database=Home Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week in Co-op Ed 101, read about the families that make up PastureLand,  http://www.pastureland.coop, a small marketing co-operative of family operated, organic grass-based dairy farms located in Southeastern Minnesota which focuses on building the soil, bio-diversity and pasture ecosystems that nourish the animals. No hormones or antibiotics are used in PastureLand’s milking herds. The cows are not confined to barns or feedlots, and they are strong, healthy animals with life spans that are often twice as long as those in conventional dairy operations. Each of PastureLand’s farms is inspected and certified by Midwest Organic Services Association (www.mosaorganic.org) and Food Alliance, (www.foodalliance.org) a third-party certification program that evaluates farms on a comprehensive range of environmental indicators.



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 California, we take a glimpse at the North Coast Co-op.  It has been a member-owned consumer food cooperative in Northern California operating two full-service grocery stores in Arcata and Eureka. North Coast Co-op has a production bakery and deli serving good food without artificial ingredients and using organic or natural ingredients whenever possible. http://www.northcoastco-op.com/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      September 7-10 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp in Cape George, Cape Breton, NS. East Coast Credit Union is helping with this seminar. 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 15-16 – Newfoundland 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 in Florenceville, NB. For further information, contact Carole Findlay at (506) 862-0737 or e-mail: leadership@acyl.coop

·      Oct. 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

·      2007 - National CED Conference Call for session proposals -The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, and is being organized by the Canadian CED Network in partnership with local host Futures In Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth.

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Contest of the week Announcing last week’s winner:  David Kerr from MB. 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 answers: 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? There are at least two ways this could happen: 1. The game was being played by women. 2. The team with 7 points had two field goals and a single and the team with two points had two singles or a rouge. This week’s contest: The following words have one thing in common. Can you figure out what it is? 1. Bola 2. Chute 3. Graph 4. Mount 5. Pet 6. Site 7. Sol


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, a recipe for those gardeners with an abundance of tomatoes and zucchini.

Zucchini Stuffed Tomatoes

4 large ripe tomatoes
Pinch salt and sugar
1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
3 shallots, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
1/2 pound grated Mozzarella

Preheat the broiler. Cut the tomatoes in half, crosswise. Scoop out the centres leaving the outer thick flesh intact. Sprinkle the interior shells of the tomatoes with a couple of pinches of salt and sugar, and invert them on a paper towel lined plate to drain until ready to stuff. With a food processor or on the large-holed side of a grater, grate the zucchini, and place it in a strainer. Toss the zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt and place the strainer over a bowl to catch the juices. Allow to drain for 5 to 10 minutes. In a large heavy skillet, sauté the shallots in 2 tablespoons olive oil, until they begin to caramelize. Meanwhile squeeze the zucchini to release as much water as possible. Turn the heat up on the shallots; add the dry zucchini to the pan, and sauté the zucchini with the shallots for 5 minutes. Add chopped parsley and thyme, and then toss the zucchini with the cheese, reserving 1/4 cup of the cheese for topping. Stuff each tomato with one quarter of the filling, mounding it slightly, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place tomato halves in ovenproof baking dish and broil them until the tops are golden. Serve hot.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, August 30, 2006.