Week of July 8– July 15, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 38

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Openings“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” - Richard Wagner www.rwagner.net/e-frame.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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·     NBTA Credit Union http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/   has a random draw each year to select the recipient of its annual Safe Grad donation.  Each school is put into the draw to give everyone a fair chance to win.  For 2007, NBTA gave the Safe Grad cheque to Miramichi Valley High School.  Mark Gorman presented  the 2007 NBTA Credit Union Safe Grad cheque to Amber Wormell and Laura Kenny, co-heads of MVHS Safe Grad 2007

·     Bayview Credit Union in Saint John, NB,   http://www.bayviewnb.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showpage&pageid=6873d608-ac5f-e6e2-0647-7bdb24826250   participated in the 2007 Rally of Hope on June 16 in support of the Saint John Regional Hospital. Bayview’’s team, “Financial Fusion”, won the day’s events and Bayview raised $5544.35 toward the total raised.

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Trends – This week I would like to introduce you to the concept of Open Source. Usually associated with “free” software, the Open Source Movement is much more than free software. It is called a movement because it is mostly composed of people working collaboratively to change a situation, much like co-operatives are sometimes called a movement. From Wikipedia (a good example of an open source project), we get this definition: “Open source is a set of principles and practices that promote access to the design and production of goods and knowledge...the open source model of operation can be extended to open source culture in decision making, which allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial enterprises.”  It is almost a co-operative Utopia. When a project is developed using Open Source concepts, it benefits from the goods and knowledge of experts from around the world who agree to contribute to the project usually for no more gratification than seeing the project come to fruition. Wikipedia, my first example, is an online encyclopaedia with currently upwards of 1.8 million articles in English, all contributed freely and for the most part democratically (a whole system of democracy exists to ensure the articles are as objective and factual as possible, there are sometimes instances of “buyer beware”. As the weeks progress, I will try to introduce you to some specific open source projects and some of the benefits and challenges they pose to today’s society.– Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Sustainable Patio Furniture:  As the weather warms and we begin to spend more time outdoors, we enjoy relaxing on our patios or in our yards.  The next time you think about purchasing a chair or table for your patio, check out some more environmentally friendly options.  There are a wide variety of sustainable outdoor furniture options available to choose from.  Follow these links to examples of a few companies selling these earth-friendly products.   http://www.teakboutique.ca/   http://www.clayoquotcrafts.com/ Or, if you are interested in minimizing your consumption, try giving your current outdoor furniture a facelift with a fresh coat of paint.  It can do wonders and save you some money! – Bronwyn MacKinnon

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What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Premier Cooperative, the oldest supply co-operative of its kind in the United States with a history dating back to 1893. “We will be the leader in our trade area by looking for opportunities to better serve our customer through adopting new technology, increased efficiencies, employee development, customer education, and timely investments. We will continue to meet the changing needs of our customers. We will be an asset to our communities and be good stewards of the air, land and water.” http://www.premiercooperative.com/index.cfm?show=10&mid=5 Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree with Erin Hancock - The young co-operators at the Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Winnipeg have explored a new menu choice: the 100 mile diet. This means that each day there is at least one meal available on their menu where all of the items that went into it have come from no more than 100 miles away. Although this can be challenging in the winter months, these co-operators are committed to providing great food options to their community (balanced, organic, vegetarian, vegan, local, etc.). By supporting local farmers, we can also cut down on our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions that are used to ship food around the world. Take a lesson from this co-op and explore the 100 mile diet http://www.100milediet.org/category/about/ . Also, visit them online at  http://mondragon.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, we visit Solidarity Clothing. www.solidarityclothing.org/Web%20Pages/Cooperatives.html It is a fair trade partnership with worker owned co-operatives in Bolivia including sewing co-ops located near the city of Cochabama, as well as K’anchay co-op producing T-shirts and polo shirts, Tata Esteban Co-op producing textile handcrafts and Warmis Co-op, producing hand-knitted and crocheted articles.

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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 –Last week we had correct answers from readers in Fredericton, Sydney, Bridgewater, Moncton and Manitoba. Well done!! 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: I was having trouble sleeping last night and I tossed and turned well into the night. Our local town hall has a clock which strikes on the hour and also strikes just once on the half hour. During one of my more awake moments I heard the clock strike once, but I could not tell what time it was. Half an hour later it struck once again, but I still could not tell what time it was. Finally, half an hour later it struck once again and I knew what the time was. What time was it? If you were awake before the clock struck, #1 would not apply and you would have heard the single strike for 12:30 AM, the single strike at 1:00 AM and the single strike at 1:30 AM. It would then be 1:30 AM This week’s contest:   As my birthday approaches I start to collect leaves. A little bizarre perhaps, but I enjoy it! On the first day of the month I collect one leaf, on the second day I collect two and so on. So by my birthday I will have collected 276 leaves altogether. On which day of the month is my birthday?

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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 Terry, Grade 8, PEI:I really liked your presentation. I thought it was touching and helpful. I think what you do is very nice and kind and some day I hope I can do what you do because I love helping people like who you help. It was really nice to hear what you guys do for a job.”

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Co-op Ed 101 - For three weeks in June I travelled with a Canadian Co-operative Association study tour which had representatives from five organizations and from four different countries. This week, I  will introduce one of their organizations to Circle readers. Tibamwenda Tom Wakhigoma is chairman of the Uganda Co-op Alliance                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.coopscanada.coop/coopdevelopment/internationaldev/coachingcorner/#credit1  The Uganda Cooperative Alliance Ltd. (UCA) is an autonomous and non-governmental organization.  It was established in 1961 as the umbrella organization to serve as the spokesman of the cooperative movement both nationally and internationally.  Since then it has taken on many more responsibilities in response to the changing times and needs of members. The mission of UCA is to provide high quality support services to cooperatives and their members on a sustainable basis.UCA concentrates on six key areas: Capacity building in primary societies and area cooperative enterprises, development of a strong Cooperative Financial system based on members’ own savings, technology transfer to raise productivity and income by small-scale producers, women empowerment in development, creation of self employment by the youth and environmental protection and improvement. UCA is working to establish a powerful cooperative system which will have the following key elements: Primary Societies Area Cooperative Enterprises (ACEs), Cooperative Service Centres (CSC), Cooperative Rural Finance Services (CRFS) and Cooperative Marketing Services (CMS).

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Co-op Cooking – Here is another summertime favourite.
Chicken Kabobs
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into pieces
whole mushrooms
green and red peppers, cut into chunks
canned pineapple chunks, drained
4 small onions, cut into quarters
Any other vegetable or fruit item you desire
Mix one of the following sauces:
1/2 cup Catalina dressing
2 to 3 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp ground ginger
or
1/2 cup whipped salad dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp thyme
or
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
1 clove garlic, crushed
If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 1/2 hour. Thread chicken pieces on skewers alternating with vegetable and/or fruit pieces. Wrap ends of skewers in foil to prevent burning. Barbecue or grill until chicken is cooked through, turning and brushing frequently with chosen sauce. To avoid meat and vegetables falling from ends of skewers, always pick them up in the middle. Serve with cooked rice and a tossed salad. Note - you can leave the chicken breasts whole and cook them to be served as a sandwich, or cut diagonally and served on a salad. Happy cooking everyone. -  Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, July 18, 2007