Week of Sept. 24 – Sept. 30, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 45

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OpeningsAutumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus  nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1957/camus-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

·      The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council will host its Annual Wine & Cheese Reception on October 25, 2006 at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax, so that member co-ops can meet with the provincial government caucus. Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th to nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca (www.nsco-opcouncil.ca)

·      Recent cuts in federal government spending sees the money to deliver social economy programs, slashed from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s budget. ACOA was the regional development agency that was supposed to deliver programs and provide support to groups and community development organizations (including co-operatives and credit unions) working within the social economy.


Expanding Your Back Yard – This week, leading up to the Microcredit Summit in Halifax in mid-November, another article on microfinance: Towards A Shareholder Rights Approach to Rural Livelihoods in Bangladesh. Brett Matthews (September 2003). http://www.alternative-finance.org.uk/cgi-bin/summary.pl?id=350&language=E Poor women have over US$1 billion productively invested in rural Bangladesh, and informal collaborative enterprises are increasingly common. But the risks of resource pooling are extremely high. An approach to reducing those risks through protection of shareholder rights is described.


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, articles from the first issue of Governance Matters, in Autumn, 2002. It is a publication of the Canadian Co-operative Association. http://www.coopscanada.coop/NewsLetter/Governance/ Articles include: Building on a Co-operative Legacy, Governance and CSR – They Go Hand-In-Hand, Grassroots Engagement and A Tradition of Change.


What is Your Vision Statement?  – This week, we feature the vision statement of GreenStar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, New York. http://www.greenstar.coop/mission.shtml  Its vision statement: “We envision a world that reveres the earth and the web of life it supports, where our choices are guided by stewardship, sustainability, and social justice.  We envision a world community of people living in mutual respect and peace, celebrated in our individuality and affirmed in our connectedness. We envision cooperatives flourishing everywhere, empowering individuals and communities to create and run their own democratic institutions, with GreenStar as a leader”. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksThis week, the Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario (CHASEO) is a co-operation of co-ops. Its members are housing co-ops in the Eastern Ontario region, co-op staff associations and sector-related organizations. http://www.chaseo.org/main-eng.html Through their association, members have a collective voice in Eastern Ontario to represent their interests with government, agencies and other groups.  CHASEO also provides ongoing support to housing co-ops and is a local source of resources, expertise and training. A wide range of services are available to members and non-members alike. Members also have access to a selection of continuously expanding cost-saving programs.


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, Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Georgia. The Federation is striving toward the development of self-supporting communities with programs that increase income and enhance other opportunities; it assists in land retention and development, especially for African Americans, but essentially for all family farmers.   http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/mission.htm


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. 17 – Dollars and Sense…..Ethical Fashions for the Socially Conscious – a fundraiser for the Co-operative Development Foundation, Charlottetown, PEI

·                  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: Jeannette Holmden, PSE Credit Union, 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
Last 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 the job which each man holds? Answer:  Brown is the Policeman,   Jones is the Fireman,   Smith is the Teacher.
This week’s Contest: You are the bus driver and 3 people come into the bus and sit down. After the first stop 1 person leaves the bus while 10 more people come on aboard. Two stops later 5 people leave the bus. And then on the next stop 50 more people come in and sit down. After 8 stops 3 more come in while 1 leaves. How many people are there on the bus?


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. Here’s a healthy, simple tomato soup for lunch on an autumn day.

 Zesty tomato soup (serves 2)

1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed low-sodium, low-fat tomato soup

1 can (10.5 ounces) filled with fat-free milk

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or cilantro

2 tablespoons croutons

1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a saucepan, add the soup and milk. Whisk together until smooth. Warm over medium heat about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the tomatoes and herbs. Cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle even amounts into individual bowls and garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon croutons and 1 ˝ teaspoons Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. From The Mayo Clinic Healthy Recipe Centre:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/RE99999




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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006