Week of July 22– July 28, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 40

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Openings“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” - Lucy Larcom  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/l/a/larcom_l.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

·     Heritage Credit Union has successfully completed the requirements for the initial closing of their first Class A Share offering. Sales have topped $2 million http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn= The shares, a special class of equity in the capital of the credit union, went on sale March 1st, 2007. The initial offering is now complete and set to close on July 15th. A second phase to raise an additional $3 million will begin soon.

·     East Coast Credit Union 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. Each of the 13 branches that make up East Coast Credit Union has a display area for the L'Arche woodwork, paintings, crafts, newsletters, pamphlets, and posters. As well, East Coast Credit Union has helped people with disabilities become more visible in their communities by promoting and attending L'Arche events. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=

·     COMMUNITY Credit Union will roll out a digital signage net­work to select branches in Cumberland and Colchester counties. Marketing manager Barry Veno said it will use technology pro­vided by Halifax sign designer DIME to replace in-branch commu­nications like glossy posters and handouts. He said while not complete­ly eliminating paper usage, a single digital sign has the potential to re­place a substantial amount of paper products in the course of a year. The rollout of the network is set to begin in early August. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=


Trends – In keeping with my own recent trend of presenting online collaborative projects, this week I want to talk about Wikis. Wikis, from the Hawaiian word for ‘fast’ or ‘quick’, are websites that can be edited directly by anyone who has access to them. You may already know some of the more famous wikis: Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.org, an online encyclopaedia that anyone can edit; and Wiktionary,  www.wiktionary.org , an online dictionary that can also be edited by anyone with access. These particular Wikis have distinct advantages in that they benefit from the knowledge of millions of users to grow, though there have been well publicized instances of vandalism – where some articles are edited by users with particular biases or simply to cause damage. To help combat the vandalism and to ensure objectivity, a whole democratic system exists on Wikipedia for correcting mistakes, alerting users to discrepancies, even to protect some entries that come under attack for various reasons. For a quick view of many well known information wikis, check out www.wikimedia.org  – it links to such wikis as wikiquote, wikinews, wikiversity, wikibooks, and many others. Sort of like a desktop companion, but on the Internet. The technology behind Wikis is used in corporate environments for internal publication, and also available (often freely) for members of the public to start their own wikispeanutbutterwiki is one such site, www.pbwiki.com  where you can start a wiki yourself for all the world to see and change (if you allow them to). Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Travelling this summer?  Why not go green?  Ways to Practice Eco or Green Tourism:

1) Try travelling closer to home, lessening the amount of fossil fuels expended through transportation.

2) Sustainable Transportation – When visiting a new city or area, choose sustainable methods of transportation to get around.

4) Choose green accommodations.

5) Eat and drink locally and organically – If you can source local food products they will have travelled less (possibly lessening greenhouse gas emissions and also tasting fresher) and you will be supporting local farmers and agriculture in the area.

6) Shop green – Look for less packaging, as well as environmentally friendly products that may be unique to the area you are visiting.

7) Indulge in green activities – Try to find activities that leave a small footprint on the earth.

You can do all of this in your own backyard, too!! For more tips and information about eco-tourism, visit this link:

http://www.ecotourism.org/webmodules/webarticlesnet/templates/eco_template.aspx?articleid=41&zoneid=22Bronwyn MacKinnon


What is Your Vision Statement?  –This week, a vision statement from Co-op Atlantic, a member-owned co-operative with head offices in Moncton, NB: “Our vision is of people working together to achieve our potential and improve our socio-economic well-being.” www.coopatlantic.ca  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Justin Read is the latest addition to the New Brunswick Co-operative Council team. Although the council is in its infancy, Justin is the sole employee within the council, carrying out a plethora of tasks. The founding Board of Directors is happy to report that Justin is doing an excellent job, helping with the set-up of the council and the creation of many promotional materials. Although Justin has a history of community involvement, he is fairly new to the co-op movement. As a World Literature and Cultural Studies student at the University of New Brunswick, Justin has quickly found a passion for co-operatives and is quite satisfied with his summer employment (and part-time fall employment). Welcome to the co-op family, Justin! If you would like to contact Justin, he can be reached at newbrunswickcooperativecouncil@canada.comErin Hancock


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, from Tillamook, Oregon, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA). Its mission initially was to serve as a quality control organization for the many local cheese manufacturers in the area. TCCA later expanded, built a centrally located plant that is still part of its facility, and incorporated all of the small operating cheese plants in the county. Today, the co-operative is owned and operated by approximately 130 family dairy farms. They are the people who work the soil, milk the cows, and set the policies and direction. Profits from the co-operative go back to the farmer-owner to help keep their dairies economically sustainable. http://tillamookcheese.com/OurStory/FarmerOwned/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     September 27-30 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership camp,  Camp Gencheff, PEI http://www.acyl.coop/english/index.htm

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Contest of the week –Last week our first correct answer 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: In Farmer Brown’s hay loft there are a number of animals, in particular crows, mice and cockroaches. Being bored one day, I decided to count the animals and found there were exactly 150 feet and 50 heads in total, and there were twice as many cockroaches as mice. How many of each animal were there? ANSWER: There are 35 crows, 5 mice and 10 cockroaches This week’s contest: Can you find three consecutive odd numbers that total 1287 when multiplied together?


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 Jeff, Fredericton, NB: “I liked the presentation because it really helped me understand what goes on in different countries and cultures. I liked seeing the clothing. It was cool to get the coin at the end of class from the Philippines. Thank you.”


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 am introducing to you another guest, Raymond Avatim, Project Officer with Social Enterprise Development Foundation in northern Ghana.

The Social Enterprise Development Foundation of West Africa (SEND Foundation) is a West African based non-governmental organization with its head office in Accra, Ghana. SEND Foundation operates in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana“The mission of SEND Foundation is to promote livelihood security and equality of men and women through participatory development and public policy advocacy in West Africa.” SEND Foundation aims at enabling sustainable development of emerging businesses by providing holistic education and training in the areas of organizational capacity and social awareness.


Co-op Cooking – Here's another hot weather food. Make the potato salad and coleslaw ahead of time. Cook the ribs and you are ready to eat.
Beer Barbecued Ribs
4 cans low-alcohol beer
1 large onion, quartered
2 bay leaves
1 rack back ribs, cut in half
BBQ sauce (your favourite)
 In large saucepan, combine beer, onion, and bay leaves; bring to boil. Add ribs and reduce heat. Simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Remove ribs to plate and discard cooking liquid. Coat ribs with BBQ sauce. Preheat barbecue to medium-low. Place ribs on greased grill; close lid and cook 15-20 minutes, turning and basting with BBQ sauce every 5 minutes. Transfer to cutting board. Cut between ribs. Serve with potato salad and coleslaw. Consider “Lemon Angel” for dessert. Buy an Angel Food cake or bake your own. Split it into three layers and fill between the layers with prepared lemon pie filling. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or dessert topping, or just sprinkle the top lightly with icing sugar. Light, tasty and easily prepared. -  Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, August 1, 2007