Week of Feb. 25 – Mar. 3, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 18

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OpeningsTo live more simply is to unburden our lives -- to live more lightly, cleanly, aerodynamically. It is to establish a more direct, unpretentious and unencumbered relationship with all aspects of our lives: the things that we consume, the work that we do, our relationships with others, our connections with nature and the cosmos, and more.” - Duane Elgin http://www.wie.org/bios/duane-elgin.asp 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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     Nova Scotia credit unions are an important contributor to the success of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Credit Unions Charitable Foundation provides financial support for one of JA’s four programs, Our Business World (OBW). OBW teaches grade six students the basics of the business world, from organization and management, to production and marketing. This is the first year of a two-year commitment of $5,000 annually. East Coast Credit Union also contributed $3,000 to this program. Bergengren Credit Union contributed $1,500 to Company Program. Company Program is offered to high school students across the province, providing them with hands-on business experience. The students establish and run their own company, make a product and sell it in their community. Credit Union Atlantic’s Fall Classic golf tournament raised $29,000 for Junior Achievement in October 2006. Terry Moore, who is the Director of Marketing Communications with Credit Union Atlantic, is the Chair of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. Other Credit Union Atlantic volunteers this year are Tasha Neal, Loans/Mortgage Officer and Charmaine Willis, Manager/Lending Services. Last year, Melissa Forrest, Marketing Assistant for Credit Union Atlantic had her first JA experience by teaching the OBW program.  “I can’t wait to volunteer again! The children were great and really got involved with the program,” says Forrest. “They understood everything so well, which just proves how smart kids are. JA is a great experience, not only for children, but for volunteers as well.” For more information on Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia visit www.janovscotia.org http://www.nscreditunions.ca/default.asp?mn=1.21.42.103&sfield=content.id&search=215

·     The Sydney Credit Union Outstanding School and Community Involvement Scholarship program recognizes the contribution of the community builders of tomorrow. The growth of Sydney Credit Union exemplifies the achievements of people working together in their own communities. The credit union hopes to encourage those qualities of good citizenship and co-operation through this scholarship program. The scholarship award is valued at $9,900 per year and the application deadline is end of April. https://www.sydneycreditunion.com/Home/InOurCommunity/CommunityPrograms/Scholarships/

·     Marian Lucas-Jefferies recently visited the Soweto Home Care Co-op in Africa and she shares her visit with parishioners and others on the Anglican parish of Upper Kennebecasis Web site. Go to www.ukparish.com. Click on In Spite of All Odds. Marian visited Soweto as a technical co-operant with the Canadian Co-operative Association. www.coopsCanada.coop

·     Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt said Nova Scotians have invested more than $5.2 million in Community Economic Development Investment Funds. Since the government of Nova Scotia introduced CEDIFs in 2000, about 3,000 Nova Scotians have invested more than $20 million. The investments are helping to fund diverse community businesses, ranging from locally owned wind power to fair trade organic coffee co-ops to a funeral home http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20070216008

·     Wickwire Cooperative Ltd. was formed in 2003 as a non-profit organization serving the needs of seniors in King’s County, Nova Scotia. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors whose mission is to enhance the independence, well-being, security and dignity of mature adults by developing appropriate housing and supportive services within a sustainable community. http://www.wickwire.ca/ Wickwire Cooperative’s fundraising goal is $200,000 to cover upfront preconstruction costs - marketing, design and project management fees - activities crucial to the success of the project. Surplus funds may be used to develop supportive services and to start a fund to purchase equity in units - increasing the opportunities for affordability.  Wickwire is registered as a Community Economic Development Investment Fund for 2006/2007. If you are over the age of 19 and resident in Nova Scotia, you are eligible for a tax credit equal to 30% of your investment, applied to the Nova Scotia portion of your income taxes up to a maximum of $15,000 per annum.*As a shareholder you will be a member of Wickwire Cooperative and can participate in the planning and development of Maple Ridge Village, a sustainable community for seniors.

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Expanding Your Back Yard – Is Whole Foods Wholesome? The dark secrets of the organic food movement- http://www.slate.com/id/2138176

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Governing For Tomorrow- For a co-operative, there a specific performance indicators based on co-operative values and principles http://www.australia.coop/docs/governance/

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What is Your Vision Statement?   This week, our vision statement comes from the Bergengren Credit Union in Antigonish, NS. It is dedicated to provide you with the most effective financial services and wise financial guidance to empower you to make the best decisions for your financial well being. https://www.bergengrencu.com Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
                                                           
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Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, after attending an event at The Capital Theatre in Moncton, I started wondering what different kinds of co-op theatre are available. Here are just a few interesting ones. In New Hampshire, Kids Coop Theatre, Inc. of Londonderry is one of Southern New Hampshire’s oldest and best youth theatre companies.http://www.kids-coop-theatre.org/index.cfm?task=home

 The Actors Co-op Knoxville, TN now produces 5 Main Stage productions, 2 Whippersnapper (children’s theatre) productions and 2 Special Works each season, a theatre-training program known as the Actors Co-op Training Studio and several arts outreach programs. The Actors Co-op, Inc, PO Box 10192 Knoxville, TN 37939 http://www.actorscoop.net/ and, of course, from Nova Scotia, Mulgrave Road Theatre. With roots in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, this theatre extends back to 1977. Mulgrave Road Theatre is committed to the creation, development, and presentation of original professional works of theatre.

http://www.mulgraveroad.ca/

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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, chartered in 1955, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union provides a full line of financial services to the greater education community. With almost 31,000 members and assets in excess of $225 million, many of the Credit Union’s members either work for or are related to someone who works for the Board of Education in central or southern Maryland. Educational Systems FCU also serves Prince George’s and Charles County public school students and their family members. http://www.esfcu.org/about.shtml

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 – The first correct entry to arrive this week was from Beverley Rose, Texas Congratulations, Bev, and nice to hear from you!! This week’s contest was popular and we received more than 10 entries.  Also, apologies to Ron Levesque as he had a winning entry sent in last week which I somehow overlooked.  Sorry, Ron, and keep sending us entries (Maureen).  Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  Last week’s contest and answer - 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 Answer:   The couples are: Fred and Joan, John and Sally, Bill and Betty. This week’s contest – is similar to last week’s but harder. Give it a try. The annual co-op golf tournament has just taken place. Using the following spectator’s notes, can you determine who finished in what order?  Terry Tipton finished after Larry Limperton and Brian Blessed, but before Michael Miller. Paul Peterson finished before David Dickens and Larry Limperton. Simon Stevens finished after Paul Peterson and before John Jacks and Harry Hill. Kenny Kirkpatrick finished after Paul Peterson, Michael Miller and Terry Tipton. Larry Limperton finished after Brian Blessed and David Dickens, but before John Jacks and Michael Miller. Michael Miller finished after Simon Stevens and Brian Blessed. Brian Blessed finished before John Jacks, Michael Miller and Paul Peterson. David Dickens finished before Kenny Kirkpatrick and Terry Tipton, but after Simon Stevens. John Jacks finished before Kenny Kirkpatrick, Terry Tipton and Michael Miller, but after Paul Peterson and David Dickens. Harry Hill finished before Michael Miller but after Larry Limperton, John Jacks and Terry Tipton.

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It’s Easy to Cook This is the last week of February and our last apple recipe from a Nova Scotia Web site featuring Berwick NS. The town of Berwick is known as Nova Scotia's Apple Capital. This recipe is from The Encyclopedia of Practical Horticulture published in 1914 These simple recipes offer an intriguing glimpse into the kitchen of 100 years ago http://www.applejournal.com/ofr.htm And, of course, we want to remind readers that a fresh  apple eaten daily  contains almost zero fat and cholesterol. They are a delicious snack and dessert food that’s good for you. A number of components in apples, most notably fiber and phytonutrients have been found in studies to lower blood cholesterol and improve bowel function, and may be associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma. http://www.bestapples.com/healthy/index.html

Ginger Apples
Pare and core some good apples. Fill the cavity in the center of each apple with a spoonful of chopped preserved ginger. Stand them in your baking dish (not tin) and pour over them a syrup made either of sugar and water flavored with lemon and with a piece of dried ginger cooked in it, or if there is enough ginger syrup this may be used with the addition of a little water. Bake until soft and transparent but not broken, basting occasionally with the syrup. Serve hot or cold with a little whipped cream garnished with some pieces of ginger.

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·     Hi, Our secretary has been using some of the resources from this site, especially on minute taking - http://www.elimina.com/ It may be helpful to others. Good job on the newsletter. – CG, NB

·     As always - abundant thanks for this. Last night I had to delete all sorts of things from my in-box (I don't know how to archive to disk from the Thunderbird program that I use). This and that cause me ask you to consider putting all the past issues of Co-op Circles on a simple web-site somewhere - it would form a great resource (of games, recipes, past news, contacts etc). I do hope that you could consider doing this (in co-operation with others, perhaps?) Love to you both/all. In co-operation – JC, ON Here is the link to archived Co-op Circles files. We thank staff at the Marie Michael Library, Coady International Institute, for initiating this and offering a repository. http://www.coady.stfx.ca/library/coop_circles/index.htm Some of the very early Co-op Circles are not included but will be in the future.

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2007