Week of August 24 – August 30, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 36

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Two technical co-operants are needed for the Ukraine Credit Union Strengthening Project which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and managed by Canadian Co-operative Association in partnership with Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada. The co-operants need expertise in Credit Union Risk Management and Credit Union Liquidity and Asset-Liability Management. Application deadline is Aug. 31. Send resumes to Bohdan Kozy, Manager - Ukraine Credit Union Strengthening Project, Canadian Co-operative Association Email: Bohdan.Kozy@CoopsCanada.coop

§      As the title sponsor for Credit Union Golf for Wishes for the past nine years, Credit Unions have raised in excess of $200,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation - PEI Chapter. For close to twenty-five years, the Prince Edward Island Chapter has been granting the most heartfelt wishes to Island children. Their goal is to provide a once in a lifetime experience for children between the ages of three and eighteen who are diagnosed with a high risk, life threatening illness. The Foundation relies solely on the generosity of Islanders, who through donations and fundraisers, enable the Chapter to continue its work of granting wishes to Island childrenhttp://www.peicreditunions.com/news/article.php?ID=648 For more information on how you can play in this wonderful tournament, please contact the Children's Wish Foundation at 566-5526 or pei@childrenswish.ca

§      Credit Union Atlantic opened its eighth branch, located at St. Margaret’s Square in Upper Tantallon, NS http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=1.21.42.117&sfield=content.id&search=421 This branch represents many “firsts”. The Tantallon branch is the first credit union in the area. It is the first branch for Credit Union Atlantic to be built with environmental impact in mind and the building features many green elements. It is also the first time the credit union has teamed up with a local business, The Java Factory, to offer the community a destination spot. The fair trade and organic coffee house is a respected establishment in Upper Tantallon and customer-owners will have the chance to sample the offerings of the coffee house before or after conducting their credit union business.

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Trends - This week’s item covers two interests of mine – stories and storytelling along with databases and information. Combining the two is a tour de force few people can master well. Regular readers of this space may recall a couple of items I did awhile back on Hans Rosling (see the Co-op Circles archives at http://www.coady.stfx.ca/library/coop_circles/v2/44.htm to read about it) who used his Gapminder software to present world trends over decades in a way that easily gets the message across. Today, the focus will be on Jonathan Harris, whom you read about a couple of weeks ago as one of the creators of the “We Feel Fine” website. One of Harris’ other projects is at www.thewhalehunt.org . What he presents there is a series of photos taken over seven days, none of which are more than five minutes apart. From his website: “I documented the entire experience with a plodding sequence of 3,214 photographs, beginning with the taxi ride to Newark airport, and ending with the butchering of the second whale, seven days later. The photographs were taken at five-minute intervals, even while sleeping (using a chronometer), establishing a constant “photographic heartbeat”. In moments of high adrenaline, this photographic heartbeat would quicken (to a maximum rate of 37 pictures in five minutes while the first whale was being cut up), mimicking the changing pace of my own heartbeat.” Each photo is then tagged with other variables such as ‘cast of characters’, ‘location’, ‘adrenaline level’, etc. You can then ‘watch’ the story unfold chronologically, or by cast of characters, or by location, or even by adrenaline level, or a combination of variables to ‘see’ that characteristic of the story. Even the different timeline presentations are innovative and interesting, if that’s at all possible. While I’m not a big fan of whale hunts, my guess is that the methods used on the website will find homes elsewhere – though I haven’t figured out how. – Ron Levesque

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Circle of Life - Potlucks: We love partaking in them, but we hate figuring out what to make for them.  They are where we meet our friends, family and community.  They are a conversation starter with a stranger over a recipe, a friendly competition with your sister over who makes the best dip, a way to experience a new food or culture, and so much more.  Here are some tips for planning a potluck, classic potluck recipes and some new recipes. http://www.functionjunction.ca/gtpscpot.htm

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/family/specialfeature/potluck-recipes-sf/

What do potlucks mean to you?  Share your favorite potluck recipe with our readers, so they can be the star of their next potluck!  Send your recipes to: news1@nbnet.nb.ca    - Bronwyn MacKinnon

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree If you’re studying in a new town or planning to move, consider co-operative housing. There are lots of interesting co-op housing units across Canada. Take the Guelph Campus Co-op accessible housing project where their latest renovation included making a house totally wheelchair accessible http://www.guelphcampus.coop/page.php?id=51 or the Grand House green housing project in Cambridge, ON http://www.wacsa.org/grandhouse/Frameset.htm which is still in progress (they are still seeking donations and volunteers). A quick ‘Google’ search might help you find a housing co-op in the area you plan to live. – 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. This week: “I liked the contrast between Asia and Africa. I didn’t know about credit unions working there. It was nice of her to give us a coin.”-  Jason, Miramichi Rural School

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Trading Fairly – The purchase of New Hope Coffee, fair trade and organic, helps provide youth training and employment opportunities through the restoration and operation of historic American diners. In 1872 Walter Scott first offered coffee from his lunch wagon to customers on the streets of Providence, Rhode Island. He unknowingly inspired the creation of an industry that would later become an American icon, the diner. In the entrepreneurial spirit of Walter Scott, the American Diner Museum, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Training School, Bryant University and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse has been working with a disadvantaged youth population through the restoration of historic American Diners. This collaboration, the New Hope Diner Project, provides educational, vocational and employment opportunities to the youth in the care of the Department of Children, Youth & Families, Division of Juvenile Correctional Services. All proceeds from coffee sales go to the New Hope Diner Project, a self-sustaining program. http://www.americandinermuseum.org/site/index.php

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Co-op Ed 101 - While in Missouri in July I looked for co-op products in the various grocery stores. Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (DFA) is a milk marketing co-operative with more than 18,000 members representing more than 10,000 dairy farms in 48 states. DFA’s mission is to deliver value to its members through its core business of marketing members’ milk, paying a competitive price and providing leadership in the industry. In addition, DFA is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients. The co-operative also is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. http://www.dfamilk.com/  The co-op produces 34 per cent of the US milk supply with an annual pool of more than 61 billion pounds of milk. Along with fresh and shelf-stable fluid milk, the co-op also produces cheese, butter, whey, dried milk powder, and other dairy products for industrial, wholesale, and retail customers worldwide. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, DFA is divided into seven geographical areas to better represent its members at a grassroots level. Each area elects members to serve on DFA’s Board of Directors, which governs the cooperative. – Maureen MacLean

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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

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Contest of the Week – Week 35 winner was Joyce Humble, Capital CU,  Fredericton, NB. 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 Last week’s contest: What happened to the female cat that swallowed a ball of yarn?” Answer: She had mittens. This week’s contest: If March = 43 and May = 39, then by the same logic, what does July equal?

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Co-op Cooking – Here's another of those recipes which use the fresh produce available in our gardens or at the market just down the street. Hope you enjoy it.  
Just for the Halibut
1 tsp olive oil
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cups diced tomato
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 halibut steaks (6 oz each)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add zucchini, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring for 5-6 minutes (until zucchini is tender). Remove from heat and stir in tomato, basil, salt and pepper. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly oil a baking pan or spray with cooking spray. Place halibut steaks in pan and spoon 1/4 of the tomato mixture over each. Top with feta cheese. Bake at 450F for 12 to 15 minutes (until fish flakes) - Glenna Weagle

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