Week of Oct. 15– Oct. 21, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 1
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This Week in Co-op Circles
· Capital Credit Union (www.capitalcu.nb.ca) in Fredericton, NB, has won the Bill McWhinney Award of Excellence in International Development. The award was established in memory of Bill McWhinney, Senior Vice-President (1980–1988) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the first Executive Director of the Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO). The award is given by CIDA to recognize excellence in a volunteer project or program that helps a community in a developing country build its sustainability and help improve its future prospects. Presentation of the Bill McWhinney Award of Excellence in International Development will be made at a dinner held in the Congress Hall in Ottawa on Monday, October 30, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. Joyce Humble, David Preston and Duncan Matheson will represent Capital at the awards dinner. It was Capital’s involvement in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Co-op Connections program which initiated their ongoing commitment to the people of Lamac in the Philippines. Capital Credit Union has just over 5,000 members and we manage member assets of about $65 million.
· The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada ( CDF) and the Voluntary Resource Centre ( VRC) in Charlottetown, PEI, present their first partnership fundraiser “Dollars and Sense…Sounds and Fashions for the Socially Conscious” on November 17 at 7 pm at Murphy’s Recreation Centre, Richmond St, in Charlottetown .Tickets are available at Metro Credit Union, Voluntary Resource Centre and Froggies or by contacting Hannah McKinnon [firstname.lastname@example.org] The evening will feature an ethical fashion show with “pre loved” clothes, musical performances, door prizes and an international food bazaar. For information call (902) 621-0719.
· Two Nova Scotia credit unions are hosting women managers from Malawi and Nepal this week as part of the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Women Mentoring program http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/internationaldev/womensmentoring/ Giving Credit Where Credit is Due. Heritage Credit Union (www.heritagecu.com) in Dartmouth is hosting Bimala Sene from Nepal and iNova (www.nspostalcreditunion.com) in Halifax is hosting Pirilani Charlie from Malawi.
Expanding Your Back Yard – Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and the Grameen Bank have been jointly awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Yunus, an economist, founded the bank, which is one of the pioneers of micro-credit lending schemes for the poor, especially women, in Bangladesh. Yunus, 66, said he would use the 10m Swedish kronor ($1.35m, £730,000) prize money to "find more innovative ways" to help the poor launch businesses. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6047020.stm and http://www.grameen-info.org/
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, A Cooperative Solution, by Riccardo Lotti, Peter Mensing and Davide Valenti – a look at the co-operative described as a self-governing corporate structure which protects communities and prospers in a globalizing world.http://www.strategy-business.com/press/16635507/06209
What is Your Vision Statement? – The vision statement of the Greater Iowa Credit Union – it promises to provide a full range of world class, competitive financial services to its member-owners in an environment of respect and courtesy where safety and privacy are maintained. Member-owners and business associates of the Credit Union will be treated with dignity and trust by personable and caring employees. Employees of the Credit Union will perform their service to member-owners in a work environment of mutual respect and genuine caring. The Greater Iowa Credit Union will be fiscally responsible, ethical in all its actions, innovative in the implementation of technology, a positive force in the communities it serves, and committed to excellence with a passion to succeed in all it undertakes. http://www.gicu.coop/infodesk/vision.jsp
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
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 NB –All entries in October will be added to the Contest Can and the lucky submission for October will be announced the first week in November. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon. Send your answer to email@example.com
Last week’s Contest
Which number does not have 6 as a factor?
Answer: Two of the numbers don’t have 6 as a factor - 18548 and 38888.
This week’s contest: Word Challenge
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.
So many varieties of apples are available this month at your local co-op store. This recipe calls for Granny Smiths but I have used different varieties with equal success.
Mom's Harvest Apple Pie
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
The peel of 1 orange, cut into very thin strips ( zested )
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped ( optional be careful of those with allergies)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pie crust dough, enough for top and bottom (from your own favourite recipe)
1/4 cup half-and-half ( 1/8 cup whole milk and 1/8 cup cream)
Sugar, for sprinkling
the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, orange
zest, cranberries, raisins, walnuts, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg
and mix well. Roll out the bottom dough and place it into a 9-inch pan, leaving 1-inch of pie
dough hanging over. Pour the pie filling into the crust. Roll out the top dough
and cut it 15 strips. Gently twist the strips 2 or 3 times, beginning with the longest
ones, place them on top of the pie, working outward and in various angles.
Gently fold the bottom crust up over the edge of the pie and flute the edges
with your fingertips. With a pastry brush, gently brush the half-and-half (milk
/cream) over the entire top crust and edges
and then sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake until apples are cooked, about 45 to 50 minutes. (You can check the apples with a fork to make sure they are tender). Remove to a rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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