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,
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: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email@example.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.
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.”
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 Links
– This 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
· 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 email@example.com
· 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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
· April 27-28, 2007 – Annual General Meeting, Co-op Atlantic,
Crowne Plaza and Moncton
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 Sciences. http://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 email@example.com
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
with care to prevent bruising.
wash apples until you are ready to use them.
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.
baskets of apples in a cool, dark, well-ventilated room (0-4 C or 32-40
F). Cover with perforated plastic to prevent shriveling.
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.
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).
store bruised or damaged apples with other apples. They may cause the
other apples to break down.
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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