Week of Oct. 8– Oct. 14, 2006, Vol. 1, No. 47

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OpeningsYou can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” - Paulo Coelho http://www.paulocoelho.com/engl/bio.shtml 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 Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op is running a workshop series until Dec. 12. The series, First Exposure, focuses on the basics of filmmaking and the development of filmmaking skills. For more information go to www.afcoop.ca or call (902) 420-4572.

·      Also, during the month of October, Credit Union Atlantic  (www.cua.com) branches will be holding a Food Drive in support of Feed Nova Scotia.  If you are in the Metro Halifax area and wish to participate, feel free to drop off a non-perishable food item to one of its six branch locations.  


Expanding Your Back Yard – Leading up to the Microcredit Summit in Halifax in mid-November, Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism by Jim Klobuchar and Susan Cornell Wilkes. It is the dramatic story of microcredit and the empowerment of hundreds of millions of people around the world, the vast majority of them women. It is the story of the poor who have pulled themselves out of poverty and built small enterprises with the help of tiny loans. Publisher: Kirk House Publishers, PO Box 390759Mpls., MN 55439www.kirkhouse.com Phone: 1-888-696-1828 • Fax: 952-825-2613 • E-mail: stephanie@kirkhouse.com


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, from the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a code of conduct and conflict of interest framework for employees and board members. www.woccu.org/best_practices/bp_files/1068673649code_conduct.pdf


What is Your Vision Statement?  – Co-operativesUK was created out of the merger in December 2001 between the Co-operative Union and ICOM (Industrial Common Ownership Movement) in the United Kingdom. The merger effectively brought together the consumer-owned sector of the co-operative movement with the employee-owned sector, for the first time in over a hundred years. Its vision “is to be recognized as:

The apex organisation for co-operatives, The guardian of co-operative values and principles, A strategic voice for co-operation, The centre of excellence for the provision of services to co-operatives. On this sound, shared, foundation we are developing our strategy for the future.” http://www.congress.coop/live/cme15.htm

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Co-op 101 Educational LinksBritain’s biggest co-operative society is merging with a Yorkshire neighbour. United Co-operatives is in merger talks with Sheffield Co-operative Society, which dates from Victorian times and employs more than 1,200 people in South Yorkshire. http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=56&ArticleID=1776869


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, East Idaho Credit Union http://eastidahocu.org/contactus.html which has branches throughout the state of Idaho. It celebrated National Credit Union Youth Week in April, opening 68 new youth accounts, while youth deposited almost $33,000.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·                  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: Ron Levesque, Moncton, NB.  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: The correct answer was 27 bananas. This week’s Contest: Which number does not have 6 as a factor?







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.

If you go to Co-op Atlantic’s Web site http://mycommunity.co-opsonline.com/RecipeBox/RecipeShow.aspx?recipe_hdr_id=778, you will find lots of tips and recipes to “eat smart, live smart, and cook smart.” Here is one of the recipes. Visit the site to find many others. It also appears in this week’s e-flyer available to co-op members online. To subscribe, go to: http://mycommunity.co-opsonline.com/RecipeBox/RecipeSubs.aspx

Pumpkin Muffins

1 cup wholewheat flour

½ cup brown sugar

¾ cup oatmeal

½ cup raisins

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp ginger

1 cup cooked pumpkin

1 egg

½ cup milk

½ cup orange juice

¼ vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix 10 first ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix five last ingredients on low speed in mixer. Mix dry ingredients into liquid ingredients. Pour into muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006