Week of Oct. 1 – Oct. 7, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 46

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OpeningsThe things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.” – Mahatma Mohandas K Gandhi quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quotes_by/mahatma+mohandas+k.+gandhi

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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Dear Friends and Co-operators who are part of our Co-op Circle. Twelve months ago, Co-op Week, 2005, Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd launched Co-op Circles. As compilers and distributors, we have had a great year. Circles allows us to reach out and meet many, many people here in Atlantic Canada and beyond. Producing Circles each week is challenging sometimes, but always rewarding. Readers write to us, enter our contests, send us news and recipes. People come up to us at meetings with ideas. We want to thank you all for being part of our Co-op Circle. We add, on average, five new subscribers each week and we know that many of you forward Circles to colleagues and friends. Although we don’t have a business plan and a budget, we have talked about how we should be more strategic in our circulation growth. So we ask you to help us celebrate our first year by bringing just one more person to our Circle. We are asking your help to make our Co-op Circle grow. Forward this e-mail to just one person that you know and add your personal invitation to join. We will keep you posted as new folks join. Thanks for your support! Brenda and Maureen

·      The Sunrise Trail Community Development Co-operative is busy hosting the first annual Tatamagouche Film Festival from Oct. 4 – 6. It will bring together documentary films and filmmakers from across Atlantic Canada. To learn more about the co-operative and the film festival go to www.tatafilmfest.ca

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Expanding Your Back Yard – Leading up to the Microcredit Summit in Halifax in mid-November, an article on a program which was launched in 2005 by VanCity Credit Union in British Columbia. It helps immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs build their credit ratings, access loans and gain Canadian experience https://www.vancity.com/MyMoney/AboutUs/MediaCentre/MediaReleases2005/Oct20MOSAICprogram/

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Governing For Tomorrow Good 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, Suma Foods,http://www.cooperatives-uk.coop/live/images/cme_resources/Users/G&P%20Files/Case%20Studies/Suma%20Wholefoods.pdf is a worker co-operative which has developed a number of innovative participatory approaches to governance, including an organizational structure, which enables decisions to be shared and owned by the workers.

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What is Your Vision Statement?  – Federated Telephone Cooperative in Indiana has as its vision statement the following: Federated Telephone Cooperative will be the progressive communications leader of west central Minnesota, partnering with community, driven by customer satisfaction and innovative technology.

http://www.fedtel.net/ Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
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Co-op 101 Educational LinksRadical Routes in the United Kingdom, is a network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. The network is made up mainly of housing co-ops of various sizes (but none have more than 15 members), a few workers co-ops and a couple of social centres. Four times a year, the member co-ops get together at “gatherings”. These weekend events have a social function, but are also the places at which all important decisions are taken. They are open meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. http://www.radicalroutes.org.uk/start.html

 

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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, Clear Creek Co-op is a natural foods store and deli located on the campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. The Co-op is owned and operated by people who care about what they eat and what kind of organizations they support. Anyone can join the Clear Creek Co-op and become a member, but non-members are always welcome to shop at the Co-op. http://www.clearcreekcoop.org/

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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. 3 –5, 2006 Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative will be celebrating 10 years of business. There will be different events at its Cafes. The Schedule will be its Web site www.justuscoffee.com

·                  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: Julie Siaud, Capital Credit Union in Fredericton. All entries in October 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: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? The answer is 60 and you probably guessed 59 because you didn’t count yourself - THE BUS DRIVER! So all together there 60 people on the bus!

This week’s Contest: There was a shipwreck at sea and Buck, Lance, and Jack were washed ashore on a small island. Upon reaching shore they promptly fell asleep from exhaustion. A short time later, Buck awoke and saw that a box of bananas had been washed ashore. Buck ate one third of the bananas and went back to sleep. Lance soon awoke and upon seeing the bananas, ate one third of what was left and then fell asleep. Jack woke up next and assumed that the other two hadn't eaten any bananas, so he ate one third of what remained. When Jack finished, there were eight bananas left over. How many bananas were in the box originally? 

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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. Apples are so versatile and so delicious. Use them in salads, soups, sweets, and jellies.

Apple Coffee Cake

Moist apples and raisins provide the flavor in this low-cholesterol and low-sodium coffee cake.

1/4 C. vegetable oil
5 C. tart apples, cored, peeled, chopped
1 C. sugar
1 C. dark raisins
1/2 C. pecans, chopped
2 t. vanilla
1 egg, beaten
2 1/2 C. sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly oil 13x9x2-inch pan.
  3. In large bowl, combine apples, sugar, raisins, pecans; mix well. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in oil, vanilla and egg.
  5. Sift together flour, soda and cinnamon; stir into apple mixture about 1/3 at a time, just enough to moisten dry ingredients.
  6. Turn batter into pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cake slightly before serving.

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Co-op Circles is part of Rising Tide Co-operative’s commitment to the Co-op Principles of Co-op Education and Concern for Community. This electronic newsletter is published every week. It is available free of charge to anyone with an e-mail address and an interest in co-operative and community development in Atlantic Canada and around the world.

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006