Week of Nov. 12– Nov. 18, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 5

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OpeningsTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” --Mark Twain  www.twainquotes.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


This Week in Co-op Circles

·      ACA Co-operative Ltd. was named Outstanding Large Business at the Eastern Kings Chamber of Commerce annual business awards held recently at the Old Orchard Inn in Greenwich, NS.

·      October 6, 2006 was National Denim Day in support of Breast Cancer Research.  http://www.denimday.com/ Funds raised from National Denim Days exceed $1.7 million nation-wide. Eagle River Credit Union in NL earlier this year held a fund raising day. To show their support to this important cause, Eagle River staff put on their jeans and raised $335.34. http://www.eaglerivercu.com/Media.asp?ID=4

·      On Nov. 6, more than 60 people attended the ceremony for a new 31,000 square foot full service co-op being constructed in Dieppe, NB. http://www.dieppe.coop/e/news103006.htm Co-op president Paul LeBreton, the chair of the membership committee, Marc Lanteigne, and the Mayor of Dieppe, Achille Maillet, all participated in the ceremony. The target date for completion is mid-summer, 2007. There will also be a pharmacy and gas bar.  For more information go to www.dieppe.coop  or call (506) 382-2667 (coop) or e-mail: info@dieppe.coop


Expanding Your Back Yard – The privatization of water is making life very precarious for people in poorer nations. The people of El Salvador have decided to do something about it. From Upside Down World an article titled: Not For Sale: El Salvador’s Movement Against Water Privatization http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/445/1/


Governing For Tomorrow How engaged are your co-op’s members in the governance and direction-setting of your co-operative? How healthy is engagement for the individual? For the co-op? Read Democracy and Member Engagement: Co-ops Not Immune to Democratic Deficit. http://www.coopscanada.coop/newsletter/CSR/index.html#DemocraticDeficit


What is Your Vision Statement?  – Glen Valley Organic Farm is a co-operatively owned farm located in the Fraser Valley near Abbotsford, BC. Its vision is "to feed and educate present and future generations by co-operatively holding, stewarding and Sustainably farming our land.” http://www.gvofc.org/  Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links –As I continued travelling through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with four Ukrainian visitors last week, on behalf of the Canadian Co-operative Association, my interest grew about this former Soviet Country and the role co-operatives are taking in its development. The Post-Soviet states, also commonly known as former Soviet republics, are the independent nations that split off from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in its breakup in 1991.Co-operatives are a relatively new concept in Ukraine and there is a need for them in small villages that have very small economies and limited job potential







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 Minnesota, Forward Minnesota http://www.mncooperate.org/ is a federation of worker cooperatives, volunteer collectives, and democratically run non-profits in Minnesota.


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      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

·      Nov. 24 – 25 – La recherche sur les cooperatives a l’Universite de Moncton Contact: André Leclerc, 165, boulevard Hébert Edmundston, Nouveau-Brunswick,E3V 2S8 Téléphone : (506) 737-5193, Télécopie : (506) 737-5373, Courriel : andre@umce.ca

·      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.

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


Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winner Cathy Darland, CCC Record Street, Moncton, NB. 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 their 
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 Contest and answer: 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. Diane 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? 

Brenda         Yellow T-shirt      Blue Paint

James            Green T-shirt       Yellow Paint

Dianne         Blue T-shirt          Green Paint

Simon           Red T-shirt           Red Paint

This week’s Contest: If March = 43 and May = 39, then by the same logic, what does July equal?


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.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

This is a new twist on trifle and a popular fall recipe and it is best to make it a day ahead. It is lovely served in clear glass dishes.

1 pan of gingerbread made from your favourite recipe or a mix. Bake and cool.
1 package cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon  cinnamon
1 (12-ounce) container co-op  frozen whipped topping
6 gingersnap cookies (optional

Bake the gingerbread and cool completely.

Prepare the pudding and set aside to cool.

Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cinnamon into the pudding.  Break up half of gingerbread into the bottom of a large glass bowl. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread. Then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping. Sprinkle the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight.


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006