Week of Jan. 7– Jan. 13, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 11

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OpeningsGo confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” - Henry David Thoreau http://www.walden.org  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

·             OMISTA (www.omista.com) in Moncton, NB, reports that the recent Baggin’ It for the Food Banks Fundraiser event was a great success accumulating more than $3,400 in donations. An auction raised $875.00, more than $1,100 was raised in cash, more than $300 was raised in UPC donations and $1050 in food value donations. All in all, it puts OMISTA’s grand total for donations to $11,404 since last fall.

·             The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council (NSCC) has unveiled its new and improved website at www.nsco-opcouncil.ca. The site has many new features, such as announcements and events, publications, and photo gallery, plus much more. There is also a membership contact page where NSCC members can list their contact information.

·              Donelda MacDonald and a team of volunteers had a successful Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) fundraising activity held at Shean Co-op in Inverness, NS in mid-December. MacDonald is vice-president of the co-op’s board of directors.  CDF is sincerely grateful to all the co ops and credit unions across Atlantic Canada that contributed to its fundraising events in  2006

Expanding Your Back Yard –From The Globe and Mail - When an occasional car will do the trick: Ownership costs, green concerns accelerate business of vehicle sharing - by Richard Blackwell



Governing For Tomorrow Practical tips for strengthening your board’s governance - http://www.iog.ca/boardgovernance/html/pra_gov.html


What is Your Vision Statement?   This week, Designers Ink is structured as a co-operative and the client is a fundamental part of that structure. Its vision statement includes the principles that guide and inform its operations and all those involved with Designers Ink. http://www.designers-ink.co.uk/pages/vision.htm. Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links –In 2000, Brenda MacKinnon and I had the opportunity to attend a National Cooperative Business Association sponsored event in Washington, DC. .During that week we met a representative from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/overview.htmin  Each year I have been interested in visiting the Federation’s Web site and learning more. During its 35-year history, it has successfully provided self-help economic opportunities and hope for many low-income communities across the South.  It is the only organization in the Southeast United States that has as its primary objectives the retention of black owned land and the use of cooperatives for land-based economic development. http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/index.html

To learn more about African-American Land Ownership: http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/aalandown04.htm


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative or collective formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. Kit Carson Electric has been serving northern rural New Mexico since 1934. Its service area includes the counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba. "Owned by those we serve", it is committed to providing quality products and services to our member-owners. Kit Carson Electric continues to progress as it moves further into the new century. It offers northern New Mexico an opportunity to choose pollution free, renewable wind generated electricity. Wind power is available from the co-op in 100 kilowatt "blocks" through its Green Power program. http://www.kitcarson.com/dialup/index.html


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Jan 18, 7 PM, 4th Fl, Sobey Building, St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS - An engaged workforce improves productivity, raises morale and stimulates innovation.  It can also raise tension.  How do you do it right? – a workshop with researcher and consultant Ryszard Stocki

·      Feb 4-10 - International Development Week

·      March 30-31, CUCNB Annual General Meeting, Hilton Hotel, Saint John, NB

·      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.

·      April 26, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Consumers Community Co-operative

·      April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic

·      2007 – May 28-June 1 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

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Contest of the week - Week 9 - there was no correct entry. The lucky submission for December was Cathy Darland, Moncton, NB.  A small gift is on the way. The special yearly prize draw winner was Glenna Weagle. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Week 9 Contest and Answer - Saint Nicholas was on holiday last year on Holiday Island. He arrived on Dec 26 for two weeks. He had Mrs. Nicholas with him and several small adult children of short stature. Holiday Island is a really peculiar shape for an island. It is rectangular, 20 miles long and only 15 feet wide, and totally covered in trees! It has two tiny villages on it - Merry and Christmas. Unfortunately, a fire started at Merry and was travelling toward Christmas at around 1 mile per hour. There was also a wind, which was blowing toward Christmas at around 2 miles per hour. Now, St Nicholas and all the family, who are at Christmas, had no way of getting off the island. They cannot pass through the fire.  They could not put the fire out as coming from a home in the far north they have no experience fighting forest fires or working with water as they are mostly accustomed to ice ponds and frozen rivers. There is no one to help them because he wanted a rest. Saint Nicholas booked a retreat holiday on a secluded part of the Island near Christmas. They all got together and discussed several plans. Mrs. Nicholas had an idea. How did she save everyone? Answer:  The simplest method is to go back toward Merry and out 1 mile. Then light a new fire about 1 mile from Christmas. This fire will burn toward Christmas (because of the wind) and when it reaches Christmas, it will go out.  Mrs. Nicholas and the group can then go to Christmas, knowing that the main fire cannot reach everyone as her smaller fire has already burned all of the trees down. This week’s contest: My grandson, aged 6, belongs to a chess club at his school. I am amazed at how much he has learned since September.  So, Brenden, and all you folks out there, at the local games evening, four lads were competing in the Scrabble and chess competitions. Liam beat Mark in chess, James came third and the 16 year old won. Liam came second in Scrabble, the 15 year old won, James beat the 18 year old and the 19 year old came third. Kevin is 3 years younger than Mark. The person who came last in chess, came third in Scrabble and only one lad got the same position in both games. Can you determine the ages of the lads and the positions in the two games?


It’s Easy to Cook - With Christmas over and the return to a more regular eating schedule here is something that is easy and “green”. Salads seem to be a bit tasteless this time of year; perhaps because the greens have been transported such a long distance.  I just had a craving for something easy, inexpensive, low cal and attractive to serve.

Oven Roasted Green Beans

1 1/2 pounds green beans
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Trim the ends of the green beans and place in a bowl.  Then toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper and spread out evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until lightly caramelized and crisp tender, 12 to 15 minutes. I served these with a small piece of oven baked fish with lemon and rosemary and a side of wild rice.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007