Week of Mar. 4 – Mar. 10, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 19

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OpeningsMost of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.” – Cecil B De Mille  www.cecilbdemille.com/  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

·     Many of our readers will have met Neil Tilley, member owner of a worker co-op, Extension Community Co-op, in St John’s, NL. You may have heard that Neil had a kidney, as well as part of the second kidney, removed a year ago due to cancer.  He continues to battle daily with his illness. His co-worker and friend, Pat Hann, says Neil’s spirits are good and he is feeling strong, even with all the resulting health complications. We are inviting people to e-mail him with news and good wishes. He can be reached at chejnt@web.net. Please feel free to forward his contact information to friends.

·     Credit Unions of Prince Edward Island started selling PEI Energy Savings Bonds http://www.peienergysavings.pe.ca/peienergy.php?page=faq  For self-directed RSPs, bonds must be purchased from an investment dealer. PEI Energy Savings Bonds are on sale from December 11, 2006 to December 11, 2011. The PEI Renewable Energy Corporation reserves the right to discontinue sales when cumulative sales exceed $20 million. To learn more about these bonds http://www.peienergysavings.pe.ca/peienergy.php?page=green

·     The staff of the Blacks Harbour Branch of the Charlotte County Credit Union participated in the annual Curl for Cancer on January 19th and 20th.  The branch raised $440 for the Canadian Cancer Foundation.  The team consisted of Debbie Alcorn, Cindy Stuart, Tobi Taylor and Katie MacDonald. http://www.charlottecountycu.com/web?service=direct/1/WhatsNewList/$DirectLink&sp=S1130

·     The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is currently engaged in a project directed local co-operatives, farmers, citizens, and communities being able to participate in direct ownership of local renewable energy facilities. The project is currently in the discussion stage with government officials. It would also be very beneficial if co-operatives and their individual members that support this concept make their views known to government. For complete details on this project, check out our renewable energy section on the web at www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/energy. If you support this concept, the Co-operative Council has made it easy for you to express your views to government officials. On its website, an example of a letter is posted and a list of government officials as recipients. You can also contact Andrea Jackson at (902) 893-8966, and she will help you through the process.

·     Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union (NLCU) www.nlcu.com  will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at the Capital Hotel, Kenmount Road, St. John’s, NL. The order of business will include a review of 2006 performance, election of Directors and a proposed by-law change. Refreshments will be served. All owners are encouraged to participate in the democracy of their Credit Union, by exercising their right to vote.

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Expanding Your Back Yard A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Business leaders honed in on climate, carbon, and concrete at Davos

http://www.grist.org/biz/fd/2007/02/09/davos/

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Governing For Tomorrow Creating Boards That Lead, by Ann Hoyt http://www.uwcc.wisc.edu/staff/hoyt/boardlead.html

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What is Your Vision Statement?  The Big Carrot is a natural food market and Canadian worker owned co-op since 1983.  The members of The Big Carrot share a vision that combines a commitment to both natural foods and the building of a democratic workplace. It offers an alternative to commercial supermarkets. As worker owners, the members seek to maintain personal control over the quality of food they sell.  www.thebigcarrot.ca Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca
                                                           
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Co-op 101 Educational LinksThis week, I went to see the new motorcycle movie “Wild Hogs”. It was good entertainment and when I was looking for a topic for Co-op Ed and wondered if there was a “bike co-op” somewhere. Adrenalin Motorcycle Co-op in British Columbia http://www.adrenalinmotorcycle.com/  came about when four riders got together and believed there was an opportunity for a more service oriented motorcycle shop in Victoria. Unlike any other before it, Adrenalin was designed with the rider in mind by offering memberships to give riders excellent value and service. There is a case study at http://www.bcca.coop/pdfs/03Case.pdf page 10-12 For more information 6-721 Pembroke Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8T 1H  Motor Dealer #30316

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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, with nearly 100,000 member-owners, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in New Mexico. One of its basic principles is that it provides education and training on matters affecting its members. New Mexico Educators is committed to educating its members about money matters. It provides its members with free evening seminars, an educational newsletter six times a year, and a comprehensive resource library on its Web site. It helps its members increase their confidence in financial planning, buying a car or home, and making other informed buying decisions. https://www.nmefcu.org/index2.html

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·       March 21, Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Annual General Meeting, Capital Hotel, Ken mount Road, St. John’s, NL

·      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 Glenna Weagle, NS.   This being the first Wednesday in March we are happy to announce that January’s winner is Ron Levesque. A small gift is on the way. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca 

Last week’s contest and answer: 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 Answer:  Brian Blessed, Paul Peterson, Simon Stevens, David Dickens, Larry Limperton,  John Jacks, Terry Tipton, Harry Hill, Michael Miller, Kenny Kirkpatrick This week’s contest:  If two hours ago it was as long after one o’clock in the afternoon as it was before one o’clock in the morning, what time would it be now?

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It’s Easy to Cook In March we will feature cole crops http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/vegetables/colecrop.html All cole crops are cultivated varieties of the species Brassica oleracea. They are cool-season vegetables that prefer 60–70° F temperatures for optimal growth and can withstand light frosts without injury.

Carrots & Turnips With Parsley

600g turnip, halved
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chopped parsley
50g butter
1 tbsp honey
50ml water


1kg bunched carrots, trimmed & cut lengthways
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chopped parsley
50g butter
1 tbsp honey
50ml water

Cook turnip and carrots separately. Carrots: Put all of the ingredients except parsley and vinegar in a pan. Heat over a high heat until mixture is simmering away. Turn down heat. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, frequently checking and stirring the carrots to make sure they don’t stick and burn. When almost cooked, uncover, increase heat slightly and add balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine. Turn off heat and add parsley. Cook turnip in the same way. When carrots and turnips are cooked, mix together.

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2007