Week of Nov. 5– Nov. 11, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 4

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“He drew a circle that shut me out -
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout;
But Love and I had the with to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

There is a destiny that makes us brothers,
No one goes his way alone;
All that we send into the lives of others,
Comes back into our own.”
- Edwin Markham http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/m_r/markham/markham.htm 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

·      York Credit Union (www.yorkcu.nb.ca ) in Fredericton, NB, held an “Open House” at both branches with beautiful cakes, beverages and snack trays, all purchased at Fredericton Co-op. The credit union had the official presentation of its $10,000 cheque to the York Sunbury Search and Rescue organization, with the logo'd trailer parked out front of the Fredericton office all day (see it at www.yorkcu.nb.ca) . There were prize draws all day for owners, but “the real fun was at our ATMs. We substituted a number of $20s with $50 bills and one $100 bill, at all 3 of out ATMs (2 branches and the Fredericton Co-op). Needless to say, this was very popular. We made it a fun day and week,” says general manager Dennis Williams.

·     Bayview Credit Union (www.bayviewnb.com) in Saint John, NB, is helping its members stay healthy this winter. They are hosting member flu shot clinics in partnership with the Victorian Order of Nurses. On December 4, there will be a free seniors clinic at the East Saint John branch. On Dec 5 and 6, there will member clinics at the West Saint John and East Saint John branches respectively. Charge is $10 per member. Registration deadline is Nov. 27. Contact Bayview to register.

·     Elizabeth Chisholm, vice-president of Bayview Credit Union’s board of directors, presented six $1,000 Bayview scholarships to the 2006 recipients: Shawn Cripps, Thomas Duchesne, Matthew Florczynski, Kathleen Griffin, Gillian Hayes and Thomas Shannon. This is the 5th year that Bayview has awarded these scholarships in its commitment to continuing its support of local youth and education. The Fredericton area credit unions, co-ops, The Co-operators and caisse populaire got together and developed a great 4 page spread in The Daily Gleaner that was 60% ads and 40% co-operative stories.

·      Robert Penney, CA, chairperson, has announced that the New Brunswick Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (NBCUDIC) launched its new Web site. Easier to locate than the previous one, NBCUDIC's site is now listed under the Agencies portion of the government web site. The address is: http://www.assurancenb.ca/index-e.asp  

·      In 2006, Prince Edward Island credit unions presented 38 scholarships to students across Prince Edward Island. They have invested over $300,000 in the form of scholarships to Island youth over the past 10 years. http://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=480

·      For the second year in a row, an independent survey has found that credit unions rank higher than any other financial institution, including the Big 5 banks, in several customer service measures. http://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=476

·      Laurent Brideau, manager of La Coopérative Cartier Ltée, received the prestigious “Jean-Claude Richard Commemorative Manager of the Year” award given by Kent Enterprise Development Commission during the “Gala Entreneurial” that was held recently in Richibouctou.

·      EduNova Co-operative Ltd., in Halifax, has received $200,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to help it with its marketing activities. EduNova is a member driven co-operative association that focuses on international student recruitment and international education and training projects, in fields such as education management, professional development and education consulting. Current membership includes all 11 universities, the 13-campus Nova Scotia Community College, the seven English school boards through the Nova Scotia International Student Program, two private schools and several private-sector training organizations. EduNova members have connections with more than 140 countries around the globe. For more information, visit www.edunova.ca


Expanding Your Back Yard –Cooperative restaurants have popped up in recent years in tucked-away corners of California, Ohio and Virginia. Now some New York City restaurant workers have found a measure of success as collective owners in an experiment modeled after the successful cooperative movement in Italy. But does the European co-op phenomenon have a long-term future in the frenetic restaurant market of Manhattan? More importantly, can split-second business decisions be made when a business is ruled by committee?


Governing For TomorrowKnowledge of parliamentary procedure helps members of co-operatives accomplish what they want to achieve at their meetings and run them more efficiently. Here’s some help - Making the right motions, their purpose and enacting them –from Robert’s Rules of Order http://www.managementhelp.org/boards/roberts.htm


What is Your Vision Statement?  – Grease Works is a biodiesel fuel co-op in Corvallis, Oregon. What is the vision of its members? “We are a group of environmentally conscious biologists, students, working human beings, lawyers, farmers, professors and small business owners, who are committed to supporting renewable, domestically produced, vegetable-based alternative fuels. We adhere to the philosophy of leading by example, and thus use biodiesel and SVO in our personal vehicles. If change is to come, we, as individuals, must change. We have a vision of a world where the most important facet of any decision is the health of the Earth and the health of its inhabitants--both human and non-human alike. It is our belief that renewable energy and appropriate technology will, in the years to come, be the modus operandi of our western culture--not so much out of desire as necessity. The unifying thread of our Co-op is sustainability, and to those ends we stare boldly into the future and offer a viable alternative to petroleum.” www.greaseworks.org Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – This week, I have had the pleasure of travelling with four Ukrainian credit union leaders who are here in Canada as part of a Canadian Co-operative Association sponsored delegation to the Global Microcredit Summit in Halifax. As well as learning a few Ukrainian words and having lots of laughs and taking lots of pictures as they visited Moncton and Halifax, I heard about the development of their credit union system over the past 15 years. I also learned about Buduchnist Credit Union in Toronto. It was the result of the vision, effort, courage and perseverance of a group of enthusiasts who, 50 years ago, were inspired by the co-operative spirit. Today, Buduchnist is the largest Ukrainian credit union in Canada. http://www.buduchnist.com/membership/about-bcu.html


You CAN Do That the ‘Co-op’ Way - Each week, we feature a co-operative formed to meet a particular need in communities around the world. This week from Lexington, Kentucky, the Lexington Farmers’ Market. It is a co-operative run by a board of directors elected by the membership. It was established in 1975 as the Farm and Garden Market Cooperative Association. It is not part of nor is it supported by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government or any other entity. It pays all its own expenses including, insurance, advertising and portable toilets. The market is held on leased land two days per week and on a downtown street on Saturday. It has developed into a four day per week market during the season. The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government has enacted ordinances that have allowed the market to operate and sell the products it sells. It has 65+ paid members at this time. Many of these farmers come to the market only during the season for their specialty, such as sweet corn or tomatoes and others come year round with value added or an expanded product line. Its normal season is mid-April until late November. http://www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com/pages/about.html


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      November 10 - In a collaboration between the Social Economy Research Network and the Co-operative Sector, there will be a Fall Workshop on the theme of “Citizen Power” at the Hillsborough Community Centre on Friday 10th November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will help to demystify the “Social Economy” and will address ways that individuals, organizations and enterprises can help to build inclusive communities on sustainable and ethical foundations. For more information, contact David Daughton: 902-626-7399 or info@mydas-mjasc.coop

·      Nov. 11 – We Remember http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/remembranceday/

·      Nov.12 -15, Global Microcredit Summit, Halifax, NS http://www.microcreditsummit.org/

·      Nov. 16-18, Taking Global to Local — The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation Annual Meeting and Conference, Edmonton, AB. Javier Salaberria from the Mondragon co-operative system in Spain will be a keynote speaker. Full details and registration information will be available at www.canadianworker.coop

·      Nov. 17 – Dollars and Sense…..Ethical Fashions for the Socially Conscious – a fundraiser for the Co-operative Development Foundation, Charlottetown, PEI

·      Nov. 18 – Co-op Atlantic Fall Zone conference in Zone 5

·      2007 - The 2007 National Community Economic Development Conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 18-21, 2007, 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.

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Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winner Susan King, Sydney, NS. We had eight correct answers this week. Thanks to everyone for sending in 
your entries. It’s nice to check our mail and find notes and letters along with the contest entries. Don’t forget. Everyone gets his/her name placed in the contest can 
and the lucky submission for November will be announced the first week in December. Contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon. 
Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca  

Last week’s answer: Bob is a keen dog admirer and over the years has had a number of dogs. He has had an Alsatian, a Dalmatian, a Poodle and a Great Dane, but not necessarily in that order. Bob had Jamie first. The Dalmatian was an adored pet before the Great Dane. Sammy, the Alsatian, was the second dog Bob loved. Whitney was housed before the Poodle and Jimmy was not a Great Dane. Can you tell each of the dogs' name and the order in which Bob had them? Answer: Bob had Jamie the Dalmatian first, then Sammy the Alsatian, Whitney the Great Dane and finally, Jimmy the Poodle This week’s contest: During Co-op Week and on Credit Union Day  four friends decided to play paint ball. The paint came in blue, yellow, green, and red. Coincidentally, the four friends had T-shirts in those same colours. Brenda used blue paint balls. They had a lot of fun and decided to be co-operative and let everyone win. .The person in the green T-shirt used yellow paint balls. They decided next year to get 7 players and do the rainbow flag colors. James was not wearing a red T-shirt which matched his red hair. Dianne used green paint balls and wore a blue T-shirt. Simon was the only person who used paint which was the same colour as his T-shirt which everyone wore when their picture was taken for their local newspaper. Can you tell which colour paint they each used and the colour of their respective T-shirts?


It’s Easy to Cook -We would like to include your recipes made with Co-op brand products like Co-op Gold, Market Town and Harmonie. Tell us a bit about why your recipe is a favourite. Those who contribute recipes will be eligible to win a cookbook.

French Toast with Apples

Days are shorter and colder now that November has arrived. Here in Moncton we had our first snow flurries this week. On the weekend you may want to spend a bit of time preparing a fun brunch. Prepare this recipe in advance by layering all the ingredients in one pan. When you're ready to cook, pop the pan into the oven. The French toast will come out moist and adorned with a fragrant smell of apple. Serve it just as is without any additional fruit, butter or syrup.

4 tart apples, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup (firmly packed) light brown sugar
1 tablespoons maple syrup
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 5 slices French or Italian bread (cut about 1-inch thick)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel, core, and cut each apple into 3/4 inch thick wedges. Place the apple wedges in a large mixing bowl, and toss gently with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the fruit and toss well to combine.  Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and sauté until tender, about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook until the sugar is dissolved, 30 seconds longer, remove from heat. Pour the contents into a lightly buttered 9- inch round baking dish. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs, and then stir in the milk and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture just to moisten (both sides), then place them over the fruit in a single layer in the pan, making sure to cover the fruit entirely. Pour any leftover egg mixture over the bread. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. (This can be prepared up to this point in advance, covered and refrigerated overnight) Bake the French toast, uncovered until the top is golden, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Place a serving tray over the pan, and carefully turn them over to unmold the French toast. Spoon any syrup or fruit left in the pan over the bread, and serve at once.


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