Week of June 3 – June 9, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 32

Edited and Compiled for you, by Rising Tide Co-operative Ltd.

To subscribe: circles1@nbnet.nb.ca

To unsubscribe: circles2@nbnet.nb.ca

Openings“What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are.” - C.S. Lewis www.cslewis.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

·     East Coast Credit Union in Cape Breton, has been awarded the annual Mel Hebb Hourglass Action Award for 2007 in the Exceptional Service category. The Exceptional Service Award recognizes a Nova Scotia organization, or a member of such an organization, that has gone beyond their mandate in service to persons with disabilities. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=  


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Sydney Credit Union in Sydney, NS.  “We will be a community minded, member owned, cooperative financial institution that is totally committed to Getting You There.” Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - Lisa Richard, an International Development Studies student at Saint Mary’s University is working with a women’s cooperative in Ecuador (Manduriacos Solidario) to try to “establish alternatives to current economic development initiatives which can be ecologically destructive.”  Lisa is currently fundraising for the co-operative and she will return to Ecuador in the fall to take the funds to the women for their “community solidarity fund, which provides a nurse’s salary, a community centre, and micro-credit loans to local farmers.” Her fundraising efforts involve selling loofah products that are collected by the women in Ecuador. “The loofah products made by the Manduriacos Solidario are organic and made from sustainable resources found in the Valle de los Manduriacos located in the western Andean region of Ecuador.”  They have various products, including loofah slippers ($10), standard loofah ‘sponges’ ($5) and animal-shaped loofahs (such as whales, octopi, fish for $5). If you are interested in supporting these women and Lisa’s project by purchasing these co-operative products, please contact Lisa Richard at lisacarolrichard@hotmail.com Lisa is located in Fredericton, but shipping is available for orders of more than 10 items.


Co-op Ed 101:  Lately, we have been hearing a lot about biodiesel co-operatives. The following sites will help inform you about this sector.  The San Francisco Biofuels Cooperative http://sfbiofuels.org/about-the-san-francisco-biofuels-cooperative/   was formed in June, 2004, with the assistance of  their biodiesel friends in Berkeley. The Co-op began offering biodiesel to its members in January, 2005. It incorporated as a California Consumers Cooperative in March, 2005. San Francisco Biofuels is a community-oriented cooperative organized to advance the use of biofuels in San Francisco. By August 2006, the co-op’s membership had surpassed 200.  The  Fifth Annual Biodiesel Conference & Expo will be held February 3-6, 2008 in Orlando, Florida and reports from the 2007 conference are available at http://www.biodieselconference.org/2007/


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 the Regional Food South Australia Co-operative. Members of the Regional Food South Australia Co-op are small to medium food producers from across the state. All products featured are either grown, produced or processed in South Australia. http://regionalfoodsa.com/index.php


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      June 7: The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel in Truro, Nova Scotia, beginning at 4:00 PM. Guest speaker: Justin Trudeau

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

·      June 26 – 29: Co-operative Development: Harness the Hidden Potential, National Congress and Canadian Co-operative Association and Newfoundland-Labrador Federation of Co-operatives AGMs, St. John’s, NL. Through a range of interactive and participative keynote presentations, plenary discussions and workshops, the Congress sessions will explore what co-operative development means and how the system can look to build a lasting legacy for the communities it serves. As part of the broader discussions over the three days, sessions will include dialogue and learning exchanges focusing on leadership and movement-building strategies from a global, national and local perspective. For more information, go to www.CoopsCanada.coop/Congress2007.

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

Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Contest of the week – Last week, our first correct entry was from Marty Frost, BC. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be place in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest and answer: By changing the third letter of each of the words below, can you make another valid word. You have to change each word such that the third letters will reveal a ten letter word when read downwards. Therefore, what now reads KRZSAPROKD will be a real word.


base, cute, mare, peat, newt, robe, poet, ford, pore, and soya, to come up with "strawberry". This week’s contest:  Below are some proverbs with their vowels removed: can you tell us the proverbs?



Today I Learned Something New: International Development Through the Eyes of Students - During the year, as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association, I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through comment sheets.  From Vanessa, Fredericton, NB: “I thought this presentation would be like on TV but it wasn’t. You weren’t trying to force things on us to help these people. I realized that life in the Philippines or anywhere is just like ours. They have families. They work for money, grow food. Seeing this presentation makes me want to go somewhere like this and maybe change these peoples lives but keep it simple and help the little things.  I liked this presentation a lot. Thanks for coming.”


It’s Easy to Cook – I have been invited to join the team at Co-op Circles and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have agreed to take on the “Easy to Cook” segment, but I am looking for lots of help. First order of business is a new name for this piece. All suggestions will be gratefully received. Second order of business it to convince you to part with your best recipes; the ones passed down by mothers and grandmothers, or the ones you invented or found yesterday. You can reach me at: co-opcooking@hotmail.com To start off, here’s something I served at dinner last week:
 Stir-fried Shrimp
 4 Tbsp. Catalina or California salad dressing            

2 Tbsp. soya sauce
dash hot pepper flakes                                        

1/2 lb. shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 Tbsp. cooking oil                                             

2 cups snow peas                                                   
1/2 each sweet red and green peppers, sliced          

2 cups small spinach leaves 
 Mix dressing, soya sauce and hot pepper flakes. Add 2 Tbsp. of the sauce to the shrimp; stir and let sit 5 minutes. Heat wok or frying pan until very hot; add oil and stir-fry shrimp with peas, peppers and remaining sauce for 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until leaves are wilted. Serve with cooked rice. You can easily turn this into a "co-op" recipe by using Co-op brand salad dressing, soya sauce and cooking oil. After all, your best bargain is usually found under a ‘co-op’ label. And if you want variety, try adding some stir-fry veggies, (mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, onion, water chestnuts, etc). Every recipe is just a beginning. Helpful hint: Have you just burned your favourite pot? Sprinkle salt, soda or coffee grounds over bottom of pot; cover with vinegar and let stand 1 hour. Add a little water to pot, bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Wash as usual.
 Have a great week everyone. - Glenna Weagle


Our Readers Write - Tell us what you think. Send news, events and information for the Co-op Community Bulletin Board. Suggest features you think might be beneficial to people reading Co-op Circles. We want this electronic newsletter to serve you (be sure to include your e-mail and phone number). Send your item(s), comments and suggestions to News1@nbnet.nb.ca 


Co-op Circles is part of Rising Tide Co-operative’s commitment to the Co-op Principles of Co-op Education and Concern for Community. This electronic newsletter is published every week. It is available free of charge to anyone with an e-mail address and an interest in co-operative and community development in Atlantic Canada and around the worldWe will be happy to put you on our Co-op Circles mailing list. We are proud that co-operators from Canada, the U.S, England, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand are part of our Circle. To subscribe: circles1@nbnet.nb.ca or to unsubscribe: circles2@nbnet.nb.ca  Tell your friends about it. Please e-mail us with your questions, suggestions and memories at News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Thanks to the Marie Michael Library, Coady International Institute, for archiving Co-op Circles. http://www.coady.stfx.ca/library/coop_circles/index.htm 


Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, June 13, 2007