Week of Aug. 27 – Sept. 2, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 41
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Openings – “As a parish priest, Father Jimmy had plenty of chances to test his theories. He started a study club in bleak Canso parish, organized a co-op lobster cannery. Later, in the coal-mining parish of Reserve, he set up a people’s library, directed a co-op housing development named for him Tompkinsville. His co-op leadership knew no religious barriers. ‘There is,’ he said, ‘no Methodist or Catholic way to cut coal or catch fish.’” – Time, Jan. 17, 1949 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
· Three credit unions in Nova Scotia will be taking part in microcredit projects this fall – Bergengren Credit Union www.bergengrencu.com/ in Antigonish, iNova www.nspostalcreditunion.com in Halifax and Community Credit Union http://www.communitycreditunion.ns.ca/ in Amherst. To learn more about microcredit and peer lending, see Expanding Your Backyard.
· Once again this year, PEI Credit Unions http://www.peicreditunions.com/ will be the title sponsor for the Credit Union Golf for Wishes tournament held at Mill River Resort on Aug. 30-31. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada Prince Edward Island Chapter relies solely on the generosity of people, who through donations and fundraisers, enable the Foundation to continue their work of granting the wishes of Island children between the ages of three and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a high risk, life threatening illness. The Credit Unions of Prince Edward Island have sponsored the Credit Union Golf for Wishes tournament and have helped with raising over $100,000 for the Foundation
Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, an article about VanCity Credit Union’s peer lending program. http://www.microfinance.ca/en/stories/a1-1_peer.cfm
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, Take the Healthcheck at The Governance Hub http://www.govhc.org.uk/questions.php This quick 'health check' will help you determine whether your board is at the top of its game or whether there is room for improvement.
What is Your Vision Statement? – This week, from the Brook Street Credit Union in Corner Brook, NL, its vision statement: “The Brook Street Credit Union is dedicated to provide you with the most effective financial services and wise financial guidance to empower you to make the best decisions for your financial well being.” www.brookstreetcreditunion.com
Educational Links – This week we look at a sheep
co-operative in the
The Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Coop http://www.sheepmilk.biz/about.html
is a premier maker of sheep milk cheese and the single largest source of high
quality sheep milk for cheese plants in the
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
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
September 7-10 – Atlantic
Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp in
September 15-16 –
- 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,October 1-3 - National Lending Conference
October 5-8 –
Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership seminar in
National (US) worker co-op conference,
· 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,
2007 - National CED Conference Call
for session proposals -The 2007 National Community Economic Development
Conference will be held in
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Contest of the week – Announcing last week’s winner - Krista Donovan, Capital Credit Union, NB. 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 email@example.com Last week’s answers: The following words have one thing in common. Can you figure out what it is? Bola Chute Graph Mount Pet Site Sol. Adding “para” to the beginning of each word creates a new word with a totally different meaning.
This week’s contest: Two years ago, a man was offered a motorcycle for $1,024, but he declined to buy it. A year later, he was offered the same motorcycle for $640, but again decided not to buy it. A little while after that, he was again offered the motorcycle, this time at $400. Again, he refused to buy it. Last week, he turned the motorcycle down even though the price had now fallen to $250. If the owner offers it for sale yet again, and he makes a consistent reduction, how much will it be for sale for the next time?
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.
With fresh corn on the cob everywhere, I thought I would try a couple of new butter recipes.
Basil Garlic Butter
1/4 cup basil leaves
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 ears corn
Place basil and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add lemon juice, sugar, and salt and process until thoroughly incorporated. Add butter and blend until smooth
Lemon Chive Butter
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of cayenne
In a large bowl mix the butter and the other ingredients with a rubber spatula until evenly combined. Lay about a foot long section of plastic wrap on a work surface. Put the herb butter on the bottom centre of the plastic wrap, and form into a mound about 8 inches long. Fold the bottom edge of the plastic wrap over the butter and roll the enclosed butter forward until completely wrapped, to form a tube of butter about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Twist the ends together like a party favour. Refrigerate until firm or freeze for up to 1 month. Sliced as needed for corn on the cob.
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