Week of Sept. 17 - Sept. 23, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 44


Week of Sept. 17 – Sept. 23, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 44

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·   Delegates attending the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives www.nlfc.coop  annual general meeting in Baie Verte, NL, last weekend, had an opportunity to tour the Northeast Coast Sealers Co-operative as well as a sealing museum in Fleur de Lys and the co-op store in Baie Verte. At the store they had a presentation from a youth committee that is very active in the community and has been supported fully by co-op store manager Larry Higdon. Many of the youth committee members had just returned from an Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership www.acyl.coop  camp in Cape Breton. Gail Pike from Labrador City is president of the Federation’s board. Next year’s AGM will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting and Congress of the Canadian Co-operative Association in St. John’s, NL, June 27-30.

·   Rising Tide member and co-editor of Co-op Circles, Maureen MacLean will be leaving shortly for three weeks in Asia. She will be attending the Dragon Boat races in Singapore   http://www.canadians.org.sg/images/community-events/breast-cancer-dragon-boat-press-release.doc as part of the South East New Brunswick (Moncton area ) team’s accompanying supporters  (Team Web site  http://www.titbateau.ca/) Cheer our Canadian teams on !! She will also visit China, Thailand and Hong Kong and hopes to bring back interesting stories for Co-op Circles’ readers.


Expanding Your Back Yard  This week,  leading up to the Microcredit Summit in Halifax in mid-November, an article on microfinance: Is Microfinance Too Rigid?

Karlan, D. & Mullainathan, S. - Three practical ways in which to create flexible loan products http://www.microfinancegateway.org/content/article/detail/34700?PHPSESSID=3d7ddd1ef141c2c888ce1ee1c4d7d6df


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, Credit Union Governance with Kimberly Johnston, Marketing & Communications Manager, WOCCU – this article looks at best practices in credit union governance.

What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, we feature the vision statement of The Big Carrot, a worker-owned food co-operative in Toronto.  Its vision:” The members of The Big Carrot share a vision that combines a commitment to both natural foods and the building of a democratic workplace. We offer an alternative to commercial supermarkets. As worker owners, we seek to maintain personal control over the quality of food we sell.” For more information, please drop in for a visit http://www.thebigcarrot.ca/missionstatement.htm 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 Canadian co-op whose product is a staple on many breakfast tables - Bee Maid Honey http://www.beemaid.com/BeeMaid/Company/Press_Dec2005.htm is the marketing organization owned by the Alberta Honey Producers Cooperative Ltd. and the Manitoba Cooperative Honey Producers Ltd. Both member-owned co-operatives have lead the beekeeping industry in their support for beekeeping research. Bee Maid Honey (co-op) the early 1950’s a few Western Canadian beekeepers had a dream; a vision to form an organization, owned by Canadian beekeepers, that would have the capability to sell their quality Canadian honey http://www.beemaid.com/BeeMaid/About_GFY_BeesEnvironment.htm

 The co-op has a large, educational on-line store http://www.beemaidbeestore.com/index.php


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 Florida, Florida’s Natural® Growers. It is a cooperative of Florida growers with their own citrus groves in the heart of central Florida. It is one of the largest organizations of growers and producers, with a membership base of 13 grower associations. The entire cooperative is made up of over 1,100 grower members who own more than 60,000 acres of fine citrus groves.http://www.floridasnatural.com/main/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid1  


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·        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 - 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 - Bring It Home: Building Communities from a Rock Foundation. Conference organizers are inviting proposals specifically for four conference streams, as well as other topics of interest. The four streams are: Technology and CED, Youth and CED, Aboriginal CED, and Building Bridges.  The Canadian Co-operative Association is attempting to coordinate submissions on co-op topics and would appreciate knowing what is being submitted to the conference organizers. Please contact Lynne Markell, lynne.markell@coopsCanada.coop  if you are planning on submitting a co-op topic.

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Contest of the week - Announcing last week’s winner: Gary Richard, Moncton, NB –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 

Answer to last 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? Answer: 10%

This week’s contest:  Brown, Jones, and Smith are employed by the City of Saint John as fireman, policeman, and teacher, though not necessarily respectively. Saint John is a very neighbourly little town, and someone once reported that:
Brown and the teacher are neighbours.
Jones and the teacher are neighbours.
Both Brown and Smith are neighbours of the fireman.
Both the policeman and the fireman are neighbours of Jones.
The men are all neighbours.
However the truth of the matter is that only two of these statements are true.
Can you determine which job each man holds?


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 time of year many people have an abundance of beets and carrots. Here is an interesting combination.

Beets and Carrots with West Indian Spices

1 pound beets (about 4 medium)

1 pound carrots, sliced

2 tablespoons grated fresh gingerroot

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup cider vinegar

Grated zest of 1 orange

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 1/2 teaspoon mace

Wash the beets well and cut off the leaves, leaving an inch or so of stem. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil and simmer, covered until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and cover with cool or lukewarm water. When cool enough to handle, slip off the skins. Cut the beets into slices or chunks. Peel and cut the carrots into slices or chunks, resembling the beets in size and style. Steam or boil in lightly salted water about 5 minutes or until tender but not soft. Drain. Combine the ginger, sugar, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest and spices in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until thickened. Simmer the cooked beets and carrots in this sauce for about 5 minutes.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, September 27, 2006.