Week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2007, Vol. 2, No. 50

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Openings –“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” - Martin Luther King Jr. nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.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


This Week in Co-op Circles

·     York Credit Union, www.yorkcu.nb.ca Fredericton,  NB, once again takes the prize for top fundraiser for the second year in a row in the third annual Dragon Boat festival held on September 9th at the Fredericton Aquatic Club. Through bake sales, BBQs, dress down day funds and the help of  Dennis Williams the General Manager, putting out a challenge to all credit unions province wide, York raised an outstanding total of $5017.00.

·     Mark your calendars! The PEI Co-op Council has confirmed the scheduling of its Annual General Meeting for November 16, from 3 to 5pm. The meeting will take place at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. Those looking for more information are asked to please email at peicoopcouncil@gmail.com or phone David Daughton anytime, at (902) 626-7399. See you at the meeting!

·     Roger Greaves, long-time manager of the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market www.govpe.ca/infopei/index.php3?number=4872 , will be taking a leave of absence over the autumn months. Taking his place will be well known comedic actor/organic enthusiast/passionate community supporter, Graham Putnam. Call the Market office at (902) 626-3373 if you require any info from Graham during his time as manager. The Market has, of course, now resumed its regular season hours as well, and is open just once a week from 9 am-2 pm every Saturday. Attracting more business than ever before, the folks at the market urge you to come and experience all the bounty they have to offer from the harvest, and, as always, they urge you to “think global, and buy local”.


Trends – A month ago I wrote about how management of ACE Hardware (a dealer-owned hardware and building supply cooperative) www.acehardware.com was preparing a proposal to convert from a co-operative to a corporate entity to present to its members. I wondered at the time if this was a disturbing trend or even if it was a trend. Well, turns out the proposal is off the table due to a another trend of sorts, something ACE management is calling ‘an accounting error’. The error, which seems to date from 2002, was revealed September 5th and is pegged at $154 million in the negative. Quoting the Associated Press: “The chief executive said an internal review of the company’s financial documents found that its inventory total is $154 million less than its general ledger balance.” It appears internal finance staff and external auditors did not catch the mistake as it built over the years and only came to light as preparation for the conversion proposal got under way. At least something good came out of the process, though I wonder if the error came to light because everyone was looking at the books from a different perspective. Only time will tell.   – Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Giving Thanks: As the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, people are getting ready to eat a big turkey dinner, but we need to remember the reason this holiday exists, a reminder to be thankful; to be thankful all year long, not just this one day.  It is also an opportunity to remember the communities we live in and find a way to thank each person for their contribution, however small. Thanksgiving Tree – Make a long tree trunk out of construction paper and put it in a prominent place in your house or community centre. Then cut out several dozen little brown, gold and green leaves and leave them in a container with a stack of pens. Whenever anyone visits the house or centre, they have to write something they are thankful for on a leaf and glue it to the tree.
Happy Thanksgiving! – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 - This week in Co-op Ed 101 a reminder of who we are and what we are about -“Co-ops”. Each one of us in some way, large or small, should be planning a celebration for October 14- 20, Co-op Week.   This year’s theme is OWN YOUR FUTURE® Our planet, our country and our communities are experiencing the results of climate change. It is time to re-think how we live our lives and how we do business. Across Canada, co-operatives and credit unions are among the organizations taking the lead in securing our future. Co-op week is the opportunity for Canadian co-operative and credit union members to celebrate the fact that they have collectively helped to build this country and to recognize their continuing contributions at home and abroad. Here are a few Web sites to help you plan


http://www.coopscanada.coop/aboutcoop/coopweek/2007coopweek/ Please let us know at news1@nbnet.nb.ca what you or your organization did . We have more than 400 subscribers and we want to share each story, so please drop us a note and a phone number.  Let us share with everyone the success of Co-op Week in Atlantic Canada and beyond. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Beverly Somers, from the OMISTA Credit Union www.omista.com in Moncton has offered a follow-up on receiving the National Young Leaders Award recognition from Canada’s Credit Union system. With this award, Beverly received a $10, 000 scholarship to engage in courses or professional development at a recognized university in Canada. Although she has yet to make a firm decision, she is considering the HR Leadership course at Queens University. When Beverly began working for her credit union and as she gained an understanding for its unique values, she realized it was an excellent fir for her.  She stated: “I am very proud of our organization, which makes it easy to come to work and to recommend our services to others.”   Beverly participated in the World Credit Union Conference in Calgary earlier this year as a delegate and as a presenter. She states that this experience as nominee and now as a award recipient has truly been a unique honour and accomplishment; unlike anything else in her life.  She is grateful for the initial nomination from her CEO, the experience as a nominee and the opportunity to meet extraordinary people involved with credit unions. – Erin Hancock


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, 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.”


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·     October 10 – Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, AgriTech Park, Truro, NS. For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.  

·     October 12 - Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, Wagmatcook Cultural Centre. For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.  

·     October 23 - Building Better Co-operatives workshop and retirement reception for Fred Pierce, Old Orchard Inn.  For more details contact nscoopcouncil@eastlink.ca  or (902)893-8966.  

·     November 3 – Special Membership Meetings for Co-op Atlantic and Consumers Community Co-operative, Moncton, NB

·      November 22-24 CWCF’s AGM/Conference “Community Sustainaibility & Worker Co-ops”, Ancaster, Ontario. The basic info on the conference is available at:

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Contest of the week – Last week we had several correct answers. Leslie Burrows, NS, was first, followed in just minutes by Marsha Damon, NB  and Judy Milne, NS. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  All entries will be placed in the “Contest Can” for the month end draw. Last week’s contest : At the annual dancer’s ball a number of very experienced dancers performed their favourite dance with their favourite partners. Alan danced the tango, whilst Becky watched the waltz. James and Charlotte were fantastic together. Keith was magnificent during his foxtrot and Simon excelled at the rumba. Jessica danced with Alan, but Laura did not dance with Simon. Can you determine who danced with whom and which dance they each enjoyed?


Name   Partner    Style
Alan   Jessica    tango
Keith  Laura      foxtrot
James  Charlotte  waltz
Simon  Becky      rumba

This week’s contest was sent in by a reader from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Just 12 riders riding by, only 12 apples in a tree hanging high, each took one apple

but still 11 remained in the tree, how could this be?


Co-op Cooking – This time of year we all treasure the wonderful, warm days as we look forward to the end of the Autumn season. Here’s one more for the barbecue before some of us at least, pack it away for the return of  Winter.
Grilled Cordon Bleu Chicken
 2 oz Swiss, Cheddar or Brie cheese
4 small thin slices ham or prosciutto
4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tbsp finely chopped jalapeno peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp each garlic powder, dried sage leaves and salt
1 zucchini
1 red or yellow pepper
Oil grill and heat barbecue to medium. Slice cheese into four 2-inch pieces. Wrap a slice of ham around each piece of cheese. Working with 1 chicken breast at a time, form a pocket by making a horizontal slit about 2 1/2-inches long and 1 1/2-inches deep into the thickest side of the breast. Gently open and sprinkle with jalapeno pepper. Tuck in ham-wrapped cheese. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. In small bowl, stir together oil and seasonings. Cut zucchini into thick rounds; slice pepper into quarters. Place veggies in a bowl and drizzle with half of oil mixture. Toss to coat. Brush chicken with remaining oil. Sprinkle with paprika. Place chicken, zucchini and pepper on grill. Barbecue with lid closed, until chicken is golden and cooked through (8 to 12-minutes per side. Turn veggies often until lightly charred (4 to 6 minutes). Remove to a platter as each is done.
May be served with boiled baby potatoes if desired. -  Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, October 10, 2007