Week of August 10 – August 16, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 35

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Openings  - “The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own.” - Eric Hoffer www.erichoffer.net 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

§      Representatives from Advance Savings, OMISTA, and PSE Credit Unions in Moncton gathered at the Assumption Fire Department to present the Typically Canadian team with a cheque for $750.  All proceeds go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society and, to date, the Typically Canadian team has raised over $63,000 for the cause. http://omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=61

§      The 12th Edition of the Défi Golf Acadie was held on July 18 at the Edmundston Fraser Golf Club. This event raised $60,000 that was donated to the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes, http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=188 Over 230 participants took part in this fundraising activity. The Défi Golf Acadie is a benefit tournament, which donates all of its profits to a provincial charitable organization. Since it was first started the total donated thus far is just over $174,000.

§      Two very young PEI farmers share their story about planting 1,000 acres of organic cereal grains and oil seeds in field patches across Prince Edward Island. Now they are waiting anxiously to see if their organic barley, oats and hull less oats, rye, buckwheat, flax and soybeans will succeed. Jeffrey, 23, and Beattie, 22, are new to organic farming, and they believe it’s the way of the future.      http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=160091&sc=586


Trends - Where can you find a school that teaches thespian training alongside woodworking, how to build a solar water heater, designing trails in wilderness areas, web development, how to vote with your food dollar, and much more, all in one weekend? Closer than you think, if you live in Maritime Canada. August 21-24 is when the Tatamagouche Summer Free School takes place east of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. Registration is limited to 100 participants (only because that’s how many people they can comfortably feed – that number has been reached, if you insist on going, contact the school and be prepared to bring your own food.) See freeschool.fairtrademedia.com for additional information, or better yet, plan on teaching at next year’s school. Free schools are called ‘free’ for two reasons: they are typically free to attend (donations often accepted) and they are typically free speech. There are a number of free schools around the world – see Wikipedia’s entry for ‘Free School’ to see a list of the better known ones.  – Ron Levesque

Circle of Life - African Children’s Choir – The choir’s vision is “to support relief and development projects directed at children and youth (including the building and staffing of schools) in Africa, as well as sponsorship of children and schools, in order to improve access to education and quality of education for the poorest of Africa’s children.  To bring joy and healing to communities of all cultures and faiths around the world through the music and performances of the Choir. This is the gift from Africa’s children to the world.” The choir is touring across the Maritimes currently.  Visit the website for a concert near you.  http://www.africanchildrenschoir.com/  - Bronwyn MacKinnon



Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree The Saskatchewan Co-operative Association is in its 29th year of awarding merit awards to outstanding co-operators. These awards will be presented in the fall and nomination forms are currently available for the Co-operative Youth Leadership Award at http://www.sask.coop/siteimages//Youth%20nomination%20form_pub_0001.pdf They are also currently looking for a new Executive Director. Learn more on their website: www.sask.coop   – 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. This week: “I was surprised that in the Philippines the kids have to go to school in uniforms and sometimes their parents can’t pay so they can’t go to school. I thought the motorbike with five people was cool but we can’t do that here.”Ryan, NS, Grade 6


Trading Fairly – Fair Trade could mean that small farmers in poor nations might survive, says George Monbiot http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/fairtrade/cocoa/5741.html


Co-op Ed 101 - In July, I visited Branson, Mo where I found a few co-ops. I will introduce them to readers over the next few weeks. White River Valley Electric Cooperative http://www.whiteriver.org/highband.html origins are traced back to 1935 when the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was created. This New Deal agency was created to bring rural Americans the same comforts, like electric lights to extend the day and electric motors to ease the daily workload, that modern life provided to city residents Revenue: $25M - $50M in sales Employees: 100 - 250 employees – Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Nov 13-15 – Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM and Conference, Winnipeg, MB

§      Nov 15, 2008 – CUSO’s Dance for the World event, Halifax, NS


Contest of the Week – Week 34 winner was Catherine Ann Fuller, NS. Our lucky winner for the month of July was Joanne Sheppard, NL. Good luck this week!!! Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end draw. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.  Week 34 contest: A catering company sells large containers of iced tea and large containers of fruit juice. Right now the company has six containers, each holding the following amounts:

Container A: 30 quarts
Container B: 32 quarts
Container C: 36 quarts
Container D: 38 quarts
Container E: 40 quarts
Container F: 62 quarts

Five of the containers hold iced tea, and one container holds fruit juice. Two customers come into the shop. The first customer buys two containers of iced tea. The second customer buys twice as much tea as the first customer. Which container is holding the fruit juice? Answer: Container E holds the fruit juice. The second customer can buy twice as much as the first customer if the first customer buys Containers A and C (for a total of 66 gallons) and the second customer buys Containers B, D, and F (for a total of 132 gallons). Therefore, the remaining container—E—must hold the fruit juice. STRATEGY: Make a list of possibilities. This week’s contest is a cute question: “What happened to the female cat that swallowed a ball of yarn?”


Co-op Cooking – It's the time of year when fresh vegetables are coming in from the garden in increasing numbers and varieties. And my preferred method of cooking continues to be the simple ways. Here's a recipe for green beans that features one of my favourite herbs (also growing right outside my door). Adding a few yellow beans to this dish adds a bit more colour.  
Fresh Green Beans & Basil
1/3 cup Sundried Tomato and Oregano dressing
1 lb. green beans, trimmed
1 red onion, sliced
3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
In a large skillet, heat the dressing. Add beans and onions; cover and cook until tender-crisp (about 5 minutes). Add basil; cover and cook 1 minute. Serve warm. - Glenna Weagle


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