Week of Nov. 19– Nov. 25, 2006, Vol. 2, No. 6

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Openings“If a person is called to be a street sweeper, they should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. They should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did their job well.” -  Martin Luther King, Jr. www.martinlutherking.org  Thanks to Garth Lawson, Rexton Credit Union www.rextoncreditunion.ca  for sharing his favourite quote. 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

·      The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program (ACYL) www.acyl.coop  is moving to a larger space in Co-op Atlantic’s McEwen Centre. Carole Findlay, program manager, says, “The ACYL Program is more than an experience that teaches participants about co-operatives and co-operation. It’s the best marketing tool today reaching youth at their level. ACYL is still being described as a life-changing experience after 10 years by many former participants. When the program was reviewed last year, 47 letters of support were received from campers, staff, parents and co-operative organizations in a 24 hour period; a phenomenal response!”  As part of the outcome from the review process, the group of five owners has formed a Governance Committee for ACYL and moving to a larger space is one of the recommendations. New contact info: 123 Halifax Street,  P.O. Box 750, Moncton, NB  E1C 8N5 Tel: (506) 862-0737 Cell: (506) 381-COOP (2667) Email: leadership@acyl.coop

·      Mel MacConnell, president and CEO, Scotsburn Dairy www.scotsburn.com, was recognized recently as the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce’s business person of the year for 2006.

·      The vendors of the Marché Moncton Market and the Farmers Market Co-op will be reuniting under one roof at 120 Westmorland Street in downtown Moncton. The decision was made to amalgamate after both parties met numerous times to discuss options. Both markets are excited about enhancing their services for customers of the now two Moncton establishments. http://www.moncton.org/search/english/CITYHALL/inthenews/2006/m20061107.pdf  The City of Moncton also fully supports this new development, and is looking forward to increasing the market’s presence in the downtown core.  “The restructuring will no doubt fill Moncton’s downtown Market and Festival Hall as we approach the busy holiday season,” commented Shane Porter, Moncton’s Community Development Officer for Festivals and Events.


Expanding Your Back Yard –The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $6.7 million to World Council of Credit Unions and $2 million to World Council's Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions to implement a Credit Union Growth Program in Africa and Latin America. The new microfinance program will test product development tools for rapid credit union growth and provide outreach to the poor.



Governing For Tomorrow Ever wonder how your co-op or credit union would respond in a crisis? Some help with communicating in difficult situations:  http://www.mbrservices.com/commtools/crisis.cfm


What is Your Vision Statement?    TruWest Credit Union with branches and ATMs in Arizona and Texas has as its vision statement: “People so trust and value our financial solutions and level of service that they select TruWest Credit Union as their primary financial institution.”  http://www.truwest.org/ Send your co-operative or credit union vision statement to News1@nbnet.nb.ca

Co-op 101 Educational Links – Leading up to Christmas, we will feature co-operatives products that can be given as a Christmas gift. They are unique because they are a gift that keeps on giving. This week, Fair Trade Coffee   COOCAFE is the only certified Fair Trade Coffee Co-operative in all of Costa Ricawww.coocafe.com/  They represent more than 3,500 small coffee producers, in nine independent co-operatives throughout the country.    COOCAFE, the Consortium of Coffee Cooperatives of Guanacaste & Montes de Oro, was created in 1988 when six remote co-ops in Costa Rica banded together to tackle their shared struggles as small-scale coffee farmers. http://www.equalexchange.com/profile-of-coocafe-in-costa-rica In 1991, Equal Exchange http://www.equalexchange.com/ met with COOCAFE and helped them explore the possibilities of Fair Trade.


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, the Potomac Association of Housing Cooperatives in Maryland.  The Association was founded in 1976 by representatives from 13 housing cooperatives and 1 condominium association. The primary objective of the association was, and still is, continuing education for Board of Directors and members of co-operative communities. http://www.potomacassoc.com/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

·      Nov 20 – Dec. 4 – Consumers Community Co-operative Member Association Meetings in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

·      Nov. 20 – 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.

·      2007 – May 28-June 1 -three organizations will come together for the first time in a joint conference. The International Co-operative Alliance Committee on Co-operative Research (ICA), the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC), and the Assocation for Cooperative Educators (ACE) will together host one unified conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This event will combine the approaches and audiences of the respective organizations and will be held in conjunction with the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Scienceshttp://usaskstudies.coop/socialeconomy/Congress2007

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Contest of the week   - Announcing last week’s winner: Dennis Williams, York Credit Union, Fredericton, NB. Thanks to everyone for sending in your 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 noonSpecial prize announcement: We will make one draw on Dec. 22 from all the names we have collected 
for 2006 and send them off a special grand prize. Be sure to get lots of entries in before then. Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca 
Last week’s contest and answer: If March = 43 and May = 39, then by the same logic, what does July equal? 
ANSWER: July = 68. Each letter is replaced by the number of its position in the English alphabet. Then the numbers are added together. 
This week’s contest:  A bookworm eats from the first page of an encyclopedia to the last page.
 The bookworm eats in a straight line. The encyclopedia consists of ten 1000-page volumes and is sitting 
on a bookshelf in the usual order. Not counting covers, title pages, etc., how many pages does the bookworm eat through?


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. Including this week, we have only five issues of Co-op Circles left before Christmas dinner. This year my husband, my Mother and I have been invited to my daughter’s new home for Christmas dinner, her first big meal entertaining her family. I was telling her that with a bit of preplanning Christmas dinner is easy to cook. So each week I will share a simple but easy recipe for the great day. – Maureen


Christmas dinner –The Vegetable Dish

Baked Carrots with Cumin, Thyme, Butter and Wine

1 pound of baby carrots, scrubbed and left whole
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
1/4 cup fresh or dried thyme leaves
4 T butter or margarine

Salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 ounces white wine

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Assemble 2 pieces of kitchen foil, 2 to 3 feet in length, so you have double thickness. Place everything but the wine and seasoning in the middle of the foil. Bring up the sides and pour in the white wine. Season well. Fold or scrunch the foil together to seal. Cook in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Next week: Coleslaw and Dressing


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006