Week of Sept. 10 - Sept. 16, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 43


Week of Sept. 10 – Sept. 16, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 43

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OpeningsAny intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” -  Albert Einstein www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1921/einstein-bio.html  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

·   When Eric and Pauline Meek of Canning, NS, decided to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and relatives, they saw it as an opportunity to support co-operative efforts in the developing world, a mission dear to their hearts. Eric has served as a director on many co-operative boards and with his wife and family, runs a thriving poultry business. When the celebrating was over, the Meeks had raised more than $11,350 for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, including a $10,000 donation from Eric and Pauline. Congratulations to Pauline and Eric and thanks to their many friends and relatives who welcomed the opportunity to support CDF! www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/coopdevfoundation

·   Earlier this year the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership www.acyl.coop  program director Carole Findlay received a call from Kent Co-op in New Minas, NS.  The co-op has a monthly 50/50 draw for special interest groups and August was designated ACYL month.  They were able to raise $370.00.There will be two young people sharing the monies raised from the New Minas area to attend the upcoming ACYL seminar in Florenceville. If your co-op or credit union is interested in raising funds to help young people develop co-operative leadership skills, contact Carole at leadership@acyl.coop

·   Applications are now being accepted for Concentra Financial’s 2006 Dennis Lyster Leadership Bursary. The bursary, valued at $5,000, will be awarded this fall to a student whose work/study background and leadership potential is helping (or will help) develop the co-operative system. The bursary was established in 2004 in recognition of Lyster’s outstanding contributions to the development of co-ops and credit unions across Canada and internationally. He was part of the credit union system for 36 years, the last 15 as Vice President of Co-operative Trust Company of Canada (now Concentra Financial). Deadline for applications is October 21, the last day of Co-op Week. For more information or to apply, please go to www.concentrafinancial.ca/forms/701-025.pdf.

·   The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation www.canadianworker.coop is seeking nominations for the worker co-op Merit Award. Deadline for nominations is September 15. The award goes to a person who has made outstanding contributions to worker co-operation, usually from the region in which the annual conference is held. This year’s annual meeting is being held in Edmonton, Alberta. Current CWCF Board members and staff are not eligible. If you want to nominate someone, please submit the nominee’s name to Executive Director Hazel Corcoran, who will provide the other required information.

·   Two full-time students at each Nova Scotia Community College campus and at the College de l'Acadie will each receive $500 to support their pursuit of higher learning. All applications for the 2006/07 academic year will be accepted up until September 22, 2006 at the Student Success Centres (at any campus).  Valley Credit Union in New Minas, NS, reminds students to email their application to awards@nscc.ca http://www.valleycreditunion.com/web?service=album/2132

·   Advance Savings Credit Union is the newest credit union in New Brunswick as a result of an amalgamation. After several months of discussions and planning and two special membership meetings in New Brunswick, the new credit union was formed from the amalgamation of Trico Credit Union in Moncton, NB, and Royal Credit Union in Petitcodiac, NB. Officially renamed on July 1, Advance Savings has six branches, located in Moncton (2), Riverview, Port Elgin, Salisbury and Petitcodiac. www.creditunion.nb.ca/cu_advance_credit_union.htm

·   York Credit Union did not miss the boat this year. They were on board The Money Boat for the September 10th 2nd annual Dragon Boat Festival, held at the Fredericton Aquatic Club. http://www.creditunion.nb.ca/cu_york_credit_union.htm All proceeds from the Dragon Boat Race will benefit the development and growth of Amateur Sport in New Brunswick through the KidSportt program and the Canadian Sport Center Atlantic. Dennis Williams, the General Manager of York Credit Union, put out a challenge to the local credit unions. For a donation of $35.00 or more, York mailed out its 2006 AGM Report, donations of $50.00 or more, the package included a coveted York Credit Union pen, and if the donation reached $100.00, it included the much sought after York Credit Union Hat. 

·   East Coast Credit Union gives back to the community and they especially find ways to introduce young people to the credit union model. One example just recently is the support they provided for the Atlantic Cooperative Youth Leadership www.acyl.coop   camp held in Cape Breton. Carole Findlay of ACYL says, “The support we received by the people of East Coast Credit Union was amazing.”  As well this credit union offers a High School Financial Planning Program in six high schools in their geographic area. In 2005, approximately 600 grade 10 students were beneficiaries of this initiative. To find out more about how East Coast Credit Union gives back visit: www.eastcoastcreditu.ca  It has branches in Baddeck, Havre Boucher, Inverness, L’Ardoise, Louisdale, Mabou, Margaree, Mulgrave, North East Margaree, North Isle Madame, Port Hawkesbury, Port Hood and St Peter’s, NS.


Expanding Your Back Yard  – This week, The Mix, a bimonthly publication of Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops, an association of 10 co-ops located in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Find articles on eco-labelling, vegetarian teens and protecting organic farms from pipelines.


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, will Policy Governance survive as the modus operandi of a board when board membership changes? http://www.governancecoach.com/JJ_keeping.htm


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, we feature the vision statement of The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Program.  Its vision is “to provide a creative and exciting learning environment that will encourage youth to become active leaders in your community and co-operative organizations. Every co-op and credit union in Atlantic Canada is encouraged to access our resources to assist with their mandate to involve youth in their organization.” For more information, please drop in for a visit www.acyl.coop Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksTwin Cities Natural Food Co-ops look at Co-op 101 including what is a consumer co-op and the statement on co-operative identity. http://twincitiesfood.coop/coop101/


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 Delaware, the Chestnut Run Federal Credit Union which was chartered in 1959 by the employees of the DuPont Company Chestnut Run facility. Today, its field of membership includes over 17 other select employee groups, including Christiana Care Health System. http://www.chestnutrunfcu.org/About_Us/about_us.html  


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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

·        October 28, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conferences in Zones 1, 4, 6, 9 and 10

·        Nov. 4, 2006 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conferences in Zones 2, 3, 7 and 8

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

·        Nov. 16-18, Taking Global to Local — The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation Annual Meeting and Conference, Edmonton, AB. Javier Salaberria from the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain will be a keynote speaker. Full details and registration information will be available at www.canadianworker.coop

·        Nov. 18 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conference in Zone 5

·        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 -We had no correct answers. 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 contest: It 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 remover from the record. When looked at from above, the fly appears to be traveling clockwise. If it carries on in this way, Seth says will it eventually arrive at the edge of the record. Michelle says it will arrive at the centre? What do you say? Answer: It will arrive at the outer edge. This week’s contest:

If 70 percent of the population has defective eyesight, 75 percent are hard of hearing, 80 percent have sinus trouble and 85 percent suffer from allergies, what percentage (at a minimum) suffers from all four ailments?


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.

Fresh broccoli forms the base for a wonderful soup to be served on a cool autumn day. It is from the Dietitians of Canada Web site at www.dietitians.ca

Babsi’s Broccoli Soup

2 cups chopped broccoli 500 mL (stems and florets)

2 cups chicken broth 500 mL

1 cup buttermilk 250 mL

1⁄2 tsp dried basil 2 mL

1⁄2 tsp dried tarragon 2 mL

Salt and black pepper to taste

Small broccoli florets, lower-fat plain yogurt, chives, shredded

Cheddar cheese

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, cook broccoli in chicken broth for 10 minutes or until tender. Refrigerate in broth until chilled. In a food processor or blender, purée chilled mixture, buttermilk and seasonings until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings. Reheat just to serving temperature, or chill and serve as cold soup. Serve garnished with broccoli, yogurt, chives and Cheddar cheese.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, September 20, 2006.