Week of Sept. 3 - Sept. 9, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 42


Week of Sept. 3 – Sept. 9, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 42

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Openings – Reflecting on an early decision by Nova Scotia’s Heritage Credit Union to perform a social audit, director Leslie Brown commented on its usefulness: “It raises the social side of credit union to a level that brings it more in line with financial side. It provides a vocabulary, measures accountability. Every decision now can be ‘tested’ in terms of its effects on the financial and social commitments of the organization.” Excerpted from An Atlantic Canada Perspective on Social Audit: Why do Cooperatives Embrace the Theory but not the Practice? By Maureen MacLean and Brenda MacKinnon, Journal of Rural Cooperation, 28(2), 2000:137-148 ISSN0377-7480 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

·    Long time co-operator Vance Bridges who lives in Summerside, PEI, is getting ready for another series of autumn motor coach tours; a Cape Breton Fall Foliage tour and an Amish Experience in Pennsylvania which includes a side trip to Hershey and New York City. For those who want to try something different there is an exciting one day visit to Churchill Falls by plane to experience firsthand the inside of the hydroelectric project located there. When Vance is not volunteering with co-operatives and other community organizations like Rotary, he is a friendly tour guide, with countless excursions under his belt. He invites co-operators far and wide to inquire about these tours, which he and his wife Sheila have hosted for years. Ready to get away on a fall excursion? Get in touch with Vance at 1-800-503-8883

·   OMISTA, PSE, Rexton, and Trico Credit Unions in southeastern New Brunswick were able to raise $1415.00 for the Food Depot Alimentaire through ticket sales on a pair of tournament passes for the Memorial Cup event in Moncton this past spring. This is the distribution centre for food banks and kitchens serving the southeastern portion of New Brunswick. To date, they have donated almost $8000 during the past year.

·    The 1st Annual Bill Vickers Charity Golf Classic held July 14th at the Miramichi Golf and Country Club, was a success.  Beaubear Credit Union http://www.beaubear.ca/   along with The Co-operators, Northumberland Dairies and Beaubear Co-op were the sponsors. As well, many other co-operative organizations and local business donated prizes. Fifty golfers took part and raised more than $7,000. All proceeds raised were donated to Roots of Empathy http://www.rootsofempathy.org/Home.html, an anti-bulling program presented through local area schools. Credit union manager George Greenwood says the golf tournament will be repeated in 2007 and another community charity will be chosen as the recipient. Bill Vickers was the manager of Northumberland Dairies for many years and he also served in a volunteer capacity on many co-op and community boards in the Microfiche area.



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, a checklist around key indicators for your board, covering areas such as operations, internal climate, planning and marketing, evaluation, change management and external climate http://www.boarddevelopment.org/display_document.cfm?document_id=137  


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, we feature Cole Road Co-operative Community. It consists of 82 Units, a Community Center and a playground in the city of Guelph, ON  http://www.coleroadco-op.ca/about.html Its vision statement: “We offer a safe, affordable and attractive co-operative housing environment to our members and their children. We take pride in being founded on co-operative values. We respect and value the diversity of our backgrounds, cultures, skills and personal needs. We recognize a shared responsibility to be involved in the effective operation of the co-op and the ongoing development of our community. We work together to improve the lives of all, taking account of our needs as individuals, families, friends and neighbours. We support each other through teamwork, creativity and communication. We actively promote a model of democracy, equality, compassion and personal security.”  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, we look at a group that has been around since 1997 in southern Ontario. Niagara Presents   http://www.niagarapresents.net/ is a community based network that provides co-operative product development, marketing and distribution support to independent Niagara-based growers and processors of specialty foods. In 1999 Niagara Presents' commercial kitchen and retail showroom were constructed in the grower-owned Jordan Frozen Foods building in Jordan Station. Processors now have access to a government-inspected facility in which they can formulate, prepare, bottle, and label their cherished products. They recently move and are located at 4516 Mountainview Rd., Beamsville, Ontario L0R 1B3 Canada For more information telephone (905) 563-1777 Fax: (905) 563-7637 Toll Free: 1-888-584-2387



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 Connecticut, The Gallery on the Green. It was established in 1960, and is one of the longest running artists' cooperatives in Connecticut. Housed in a circa 1790 schoolhouse in Hartford, it has three spacious galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden. http://www.galleryongreen.org/


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

·        September 16, 10:30 AM, at Mount Saint Vincent University –The Social Economy and Sustainability Project has organized a session on health care as part of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association conference Sept 15-17. This session is open to the public. The session takes place on Saturday, but please contact Leslie Brown or seproject@msvu.ca for that detail later in the week. Here are the details about the session so far: Panel 4: Sculpting Health Care Policy: The Social Economy and Mutual Self-Help  Chair:  Leslie Brown, email: Leslie.brown@msvu.ca Mount Saint Vincent University Panelists: David Zitner, Dalhousie University “Health Care and Unregulated Monopoly”, Dianne Kelderman, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council “Connecting People for Health”, Discussant: Luc Theriault, University of New Brunswick

·        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 winners – David Daughton, PEI, and Ron Levesque, NB, the first two of 12 correct entries. Their replies arrived 
Wednesday morning within minutes of each other. Phebe R.Quattrucci from the Co-operative Fund of New England (Maine) was also drawn from all the August 
entries as the lucky winner for the month of August. Congratulations!! A small gift is on the way.  All entries in September will be added to the Contest Can and the 
lucky submission for September will be announced the first week in October. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. 
Send your answer to  contest1@nbnet.nb.ca 
Last week’s answer: 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? Each price is 5/8 of the previous price so the next price $156.25. 
This week’s contestIt is a hot day in July in the antique shop. The door has been left open to welcome tourists. Seth and Michelle are arguing over a fly. The fly 
is walking around the groove of an old 33 rpm. record. The record is lying flat on the record player which has just been turned off. The needle has been removed 
from the record player. When looked at from above, the fly appears to be traveling clockwise. If it carries on in this way, Seth says it will eventually arrive at the 
edge of the record.  Michelle says it will arrive at the centre? What do you say?


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.

Many people living alone don’t want to make a big batch of cucumber pickles but still miss the fun and flavour of home made pickles. This recipe makes just 2 small bottles. Of course, you can double or quadruple the batch if you want more.

Small Batch Pickles

1 English cucumber or

1 large regular cucumber cut lengthwise with the seeds removed 
1/2 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cut cucumber crosswise into very thin slices (preferably using a manual slicer). In a bowl whisk together remaining ingredients until sugar is dissolved and add cucumber, tossing to coat. Marinate cucumbers, covered and chilled, stirring occasionally, to be sure all the sugar remains dissolved   Bottle and do not use for at least 4 days. Always keep refrigerated as they are not processed or sealed. Use within 3 weeks.


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