Week of Feb. 18 – Feb. 24, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 17

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Openings – “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” - Albert Einstein www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1921/einstein-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 Canadian Co-operative Association www.coopsCanada.coop  is seeking 10 credit union professionals for a group technical assistance assignment in Uganda and Malawi.  The group will travel to Africa together and be briefed together.  Then they will be divided into teams of two to provide on-site coaching and assistance to primary credit unions.  Please send applications (attached) to Monique Charron or John Julian by email: monique.charron@coopscanada.coop, john.julian@coopscanada.coop, by mail (address on application form) or fax: (613) 567-0658.

·     An exploratory meeting and workshop to determine whether a co-operative development council should be put in place for New Brunswick will be held on March 16 at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton, beginning at 10:30 am. For further information, contact Dan Meades at danmeades@hotmail.com or 709-579-8986. A similar meeting will be held in Prince Edward Island. The initiative involves a partnership among Co-op Atlantic, the Canadian Co-operative Association, MYDAS Worker Co-op and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.


Expanding Your Back Yard – First, it was spinach. Now, it is cantaloupe. Are you concerned about the food you are eating? According to Health Canada, approximately 10,000 cases of food poisoning are reported every year. But those cases represent only a fraction of the real number. http://www.cbc.ca/consumers/market/files/food/supermarket/illnesses.html



Governing For Tomorrow- Cleaning Up Your Bylaws by Jan Moore – “Sometimes it helps us to get on with life if we "clean up" a task that we have been putting off. Cleaning up bylaws is one of those tasks about which many boards are prone to procrastination. Yet, it is often unwieldy bylaws that give rise to board practices that are incompatible with effective governance.” http://www.governancecoach.com/JJ_bylaws.htm.


What is Your Vision Statement?   This week, our vision statement comes from the Tidal Creek Cooperative Market Natural Foods and Deli in Wilmington, North Carolina. Its vision is to foster and nourish health of the individual, community and planet by offering: high quality natural and organic foods and other environmentally sound products , a comfortable, affordable place to shop and share knowledge, and education and training to help people make informed choices towards well being  www.tidalcreek.coop/ Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational LinksThis week, Royal Star Foods Limited, Tignish, PEI  http://www.royalstarfoods.com/ which is a subsidiary of Tignish Fisheries Co-operative Association Ltd. It has a long history dating back to 1922. The company was formed by a group of concerned fishermen who wanted a better way of life for themselves, their families and their community. It was then called Tignish Fishermen’s Union. The Co-op boasts a strong membership of 215 and an employee work force of 350 to 400. For more information, e-mail: sales@royalstarfoods.com


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. This week, we visit Jamestown, North Dakota and First Community Credit Union. It was organized in 1939 and its field of membership is community based, covering approximately a third of the state. https://www.firstcommunitycu.com/welcome.asp


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Feb 21-22 - Bio-Fuels and Value-Added Co-ops – What are they all about? Through a series of plenaries, case studies and break-out sessions lead by a variety of experts from all over North America, we will explore a variety of topics, including: Government policy, Establishing governance models and board policies, Membership and equity drives, Funding for co-ops, By-laws, policies and operations, Financing and taxation implications for co-ops in planning equity, Success stories, Research on new generation co-ops in Manitoba, Working together as a province. This conference is taking place in Portage la Prairie, MB If anyone in the Atlantic region is interested in following up on this conference, please contact info@manitoba.coop

·      Mar 2-3 - Members of the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network are invited to take part in Bridging, Bonding and Building Policy Research, Future Inns, Moncton, NB For registration information, contact: Erin Hancock by Friday, February 23, 2007, m8b5c@unb.ca, 1-506-472-6003 (tel), 1-506-447-3224 (fax)

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

·      April 18-21 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland 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, Crowne Plaza and Moncton Coliseum

·      May 28-June 1, 2007 -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 Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for presentations at the Co-operative Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy conference in Saskatoon in May 2007 is rapidly approaching. The deadline is February 1st. http://www.usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

·      June 22, 23 and 24 - 61e Congrès annuel du Conseil Canadien de la Coopération à Québec, Québec City, Québec

·      July 20-22 – Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy: Building Cooperation East and South, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC

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Contest of the week – We did not have any correct entries for Week 
16. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your 
answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  
Last weeks Contest and answer: Below are thirteen 5 lettered, everyday words, each
of which has had two of its letters removed. In total these 26 letters are A-Z. The remaining letters 
in each word are in the correct order. There are no words which are spelled differently based upon 
location (favour/favor, etc) and there are no plurals. Can you determine the original words? 


Answer: Apple, brake, boxed, manic, froze, dwarf, gravy, bunch, cobra, jumbo, squat, loyal, guess

This week’s contest –Bill, John, and Fred are going to marry Betty, Joan, and Sally. Tell which girl is going to marry which man if the following facts are true: Bill is a lawyer. Betty is not engaged to the engineer. The doctor’s future wife is not Joan. John is engaged to Sally. Fred is the engineer



It’s Easy to Cook In February, we will feature apples, readily available from apple growers in Atlantic Canada at this time of year. Apple varieties include Cortland, Empire, Gravenstein, Idared, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Russet, Spartan.  When stored correctly, apples will stay crisp and crunchy at home. Some tips to help keep 'em crunchy:

  • Handle with care to prevent bruising.
  • Don't wash apples until you are ready to use them.
  • Store plastic bags of apples in the refrigerator. This prevents decay, slows down ripening and helps maintain juiciness. Apples soften 10 times faster at room temperature.
  • Store baskets of apples in a cool, dark, well-ventilated room (0-4 C or 32-40 F). Cover with perforated plastic to prevent shriveling.
  • As apples mature, they produce ethylene gas. You can use an apple to help ripen pears, bananas, peaches and plums - simply put an apple in a paper bag with these fruits.
  • Because ethylene gas can damage them, don't store apples with cucumbers, cole crops (i.e., broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower) or leafy greens (such as lettuce and spinach).
  • Don't store bruised or damaged apples with other apples. They may cause the other apples to break down.
  • If apples begin to get soft - MAKE APPLESAUCE!

Basic Applesauce (makes about 3 cups)

• 8 medium-sized Nova Scotia apples
• 2 mL cinnamon =1/2 tsp
• 125 mL water =1/2 cup
• 5 mL salt =1 tsp
• 15 mL reconstituted lemon juice =1 tbsp
• 125 mL brown sugar or more= 1/2 cup

Core and dice apples; place in saucepan, add water and salt, simmer until soft. Press through sieve or food mill; add cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and add sugar to taste; stir until dissolved. Serve hot or cold.



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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007