Week of Feb. 10 – Feb. 16, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 13

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Openings – “Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.” - Jean Luc Picard www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TNG/character/1112469.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

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Port Hood RV Co-Operative Ltd. has launched a second share offering to raise more capital to continue its community projects. Company spokesman Joe Morris said that if the co-operative can raise another $400,000, it will be able to start the second phase of its capital program to develop 15 fully serviced campsites at its new RV park and install a heated saltwater swimming pool. The co-operative raised $465,000 in 2007, which went toward the construction of 55 fully serviced sites in the new park. www.thechronicleherald.ca/Business/1036552.html

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TrendsLast year’s “One Laptop Per Child” project (Trends, Nov. 14, 2007) was to me a great example of how rich countries could work together to enable the citizens of developing countries to help themselves out of poverty. Recently, I came across another similar type project. A company composed of self-described ‘eco-urbanists’ is building a community of 35 LEED certified homes (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a ‘green’ building system and certification program) in Sacramento. Titled the ‘Good Community’, what sets this project apart is that for every home that is sold, LJ Urban will train a West African mason to build homes for families in Burkina Faso. Sixty such masons have already been trained and the company is skipping its potentially expensive marketing campaign to train even more African masons. So, for every 100,000 people who visit LJ Urban's new, dedicated website by July 1st, the company will fund the complete training of another local Burkina Faso mason – up to 20 in all – through this viral approach. The line that reads “These impoverished people need empowerment (not welfare)...” is especially compelling. Visit them today at www.dosomegoodnow.com. - Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Young Cooperatives:  This is an organization in the UK that educates youth on running fair trade cooperative businesses.  The youth learn business skills, the principle of cooperation and about the fair trade movement.  For more information on this unique program, visit: http://www.youngcooperatives.org.uk/index.php  Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Co-op Ed 101 – I have been watching with interest the political events in Kenya. I thought I would share with readers that Kenya has an active co-operative sector. Members have participated in the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) Women’s Mentoring and Youth Experience International Programs You can read more about Co-operatives in Kenya on the web site of the Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing http://www.cooperative.go.ke/index.html  Since the Ministry was re-established, the co-operative sector has made tremendous achievements toward wealth and employment creation. Currently, there are more than 12,000 registered co-operative societies with a membership of more than 7 million. About 63 per cent of the Kenyan population directly and indirectly depends on co-operative related activities for their livelihood. The sector has mobilized over Ksh.150 billion in savings which is about 31per cent of the national savings. - Maureen MacLean 

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Grand House Student Co-operative is an incorporated, non-profit, housing co-op, with the goal of demonstrating sensitive aesthetic and environmental design, promoting innovative living and exploring both traditional and alternative construction methods.” A group of very motivated students have been working hard to design this innovative eco-friendly structure. They have been fundraising and they were able to begin building in early January. Visit their website and see pictures of how the project is coming along at www.grandhouse.wacsa.org Keep in mind that they are still working hard to fundraise, so you can support them by purchasing a bail of hay at http://www.wacsa.org/grandhouse/Frameset.htm which constitutes the wall structure of the building or if you have materials you can donate, contact them at ghcoop@gmail.com

 Erin Hancock

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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 Katelyn, NS: “One thing I learned from looking at the different pictures and articles was that they make practically every thing they need and even the kids help. Some times the kids drop out of school to help.”

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Processing Milk in Ireland - Lakeland Dairies, Ireland's second largest dairy processing co-operative, operates within a fifteen county catchment area in the northern half of the island of Ireland. The Group processes about one billion litres of quality milk annually into a range of value added dairy foodservice products and functional food ingredients. http://www.lakeland.ie/

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·     Feb 26-28 – Advanced Co-op Developer training, Moncton, NB -  A detailed outline is posted at http://www.coopzone.coop/en/node/2070

·     April 26 – Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting

·     June 23-28, 2008 - What’s Working in Community Development conference, Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia The pre-conference announcement can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/PreConfLo.pdf  If you are submitting an abstract or presentation outline, it must be received by December 31st, 2007.  The call for abstracts/presentations can be downloaded from: http://www.horizonscda.ca/PDF%20Files/AbstractsLo.pdf

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Contest of the Week – This week we had several entries. Entries from Cathy Darland, Advance Savings CU in Moncton and Kerniel Aasland, CEDTAS, Winnipeg, both arrived within 5 minutes of each other. Congratulations!  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. Also, thanks to one of our regular readers who reminded me I had forgotten to announce the monthly “Contest Can” winners. Congratulations to Ron Levesque for November, Ruth Sampson for December and Shauna Fuller for January. A compilation CD of International music is on its way to you. Thank you all for submitting your weekly entries. Last week’s contest: Show the digits that, multiplied by seven, will give a result of all ones.(1s) Answer:  15,873 x 7 = 111,111 This week’s contest:  A dealer ordered a picture 12 inches by 18 inches to be framed so that it would cover just twice its former wall space, the frame to be of uniform width. How wide should the frame be?

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Co-op Cooking – This is one of my favourite recipes. Easy to make, great looking and tasty, and easily taken out for a pot-luck or other gathering. I usually get about 40 portions from one recipe. The only mistakes you can make are to remove it from the heat before adding the flour or to beat or spread it with something other than a wooden utensil. And when it says bake for 1 hour, that’s exactly what you do. You can go shopping, clean a closet or lay in the sun while it bakes. Come back at the end of the hour and take it from the oven.
French Pastry
2 cups flour, divided
1 cup butter or margarine, divided
1 cup water
3 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 pkg cream cheese
icing sugar
candied fruit, cherries, shaved chocolate or decoration of your choice
Work 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup butter together like pastry, using 1 to 2 tbsp water if necessary. With hands, press into 2 strips on cookie sheets (about 3 x 12 inches). In saucepan, bring water and remaining better to a boil. Add 1 cup flour all at once and stir until completely moistened. Remove from heat. Add eggs and almond extract. Using wooden spoon, beat until mixture is the texture of mashed potatoes. Pile onto pastry strips, spreading to edges with wooden spoon. Do not smooth. Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Cool completely. Mix cream cheese with enough icing sugar to make a soft icing. Spread over strips. Top with fruit, chocolate or desired decorations. To serve, cut in diagonal strips and place on tray. If you are serving a large crowd, cut the diagonals in half. It’s so rich nobody will notice the smaller pieces. - Glenna Weagle

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, February 20, 2008