Week of Sept. 28 – Oct. 4, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 41

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Openings  - “Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.” - James Thurber  www.thurberhouse.org/james/james.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

·           It is now possible to register on-line for the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation Conference, being held Nov 13 – 15, 2008 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  To register, please go to:  www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GJjvLBkjo7g9pjjWSvSang_3d_3d .  It would help in planning if those who attending could register as soon as possible — it should only take a few minutes. Information about the CWCF Conference, including the full program, is now available in one place at: www.coopzone.coop/en/CWCF_Conf08 . Both Air Canada & Westjet have a seat sale which is on until end of the day on Thursday, Oct. 2nd.   Lastly, there is an additional Workshop on Nov. 12th in Winnipeg -- at a different conference site: the Union Centre, and with a separate registration process.  It is being hosted by the Western Labour-Worker Co-op Council in which CWCF is a partner.  It is called “Enhancing Worker Empowerment: A Labour – Coop Leadership Workshop”.  People are invited to attend either the Labour-Coop Workshop or the CWCF Conference, or both; the two events are distinct.  They have been planned for the same city in the same week so that those wishing to attend both need to make only one trip.  For more information on this workshop, contact dwinter@clc-ctc.ca

·           Credit Union Atlantic recently amalgamated with Halifax Civic Credit Union, located at 6070 Lady Hammond Road in Halifax, NS.  Now having two retail branches in close proximity, it has been decided to turn the Young Street location into a business banking centre. Effective October 6, 2008, the Young Street branch will be closed for renovations. The branch will re-open early in the new year to exclusively serve CUA’s business customer-owners. https://www.cua.com/SharedContent/documents/AYoung_St_notice_Sept_2008.pdf

·           Advance Savings Credit Union (NB) recently presented a cheque for $250 to the House of Nazareth, Moncton, NB, to assist with their mission of helping homeless and vulnerable people reintegrate into society. http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_NazHouse.htm The House of Nazareth offers emergency shelter in a safe environment, and in 2007 they averaged 12 clients per day at their shelter. Last year they served 27,793 meals through bag lunches, meals for their residents and monthly open house full course dinners.

·           Citizens Credit Union (NB) with assets exceeding $18 million and branches in Fredericton Junction and Gagetown, NB, providing financial services to over 1900 owners is looking for a loans officer. http://www.ns-credit unions.com/default.asp?mn=

·           In celebration of Credit Union Day 2008, New Brunswick Credit Unions are giving customer owners the chance to win a laptop in their “It Belongs to Me” contest! http://creditunion.nb.ca/Contest%20Rules%20&%20Regs%20FINAL.pdf To enter, use a video, an essay or even a song telling about what your ideal Credit Union would look like, what products and services it would have and how you would market it, including information about what makes your credit union unique. Contest runs Sept. 11, 2008 - Oct. 16, 2008


Circle of Life- Fall Adventures, Prince Edward IslandFall Flavours, Sep 30 - Oct 5, features over 130 culinary and cultural events across the Island in many communities.  The event is hosted by Chef Michael Smith of the Food Network's new series, Chef Abroad.  Check out the many events under categories like Island Direct to the Source Product Experiences, Interactive Taste Workshops, Signature Events and Island Cuisine.   www.fallflavours.ca - Bronwyn MacKinnon


Trends - If you’re tuned in to the design scene (rest assured, most people aren’t) you’re probably familiar with biomimicry or biomimetics. From ‘bio’ (life) and ‘mimicry’ (mimic or copy) you’d think biomimicry was the process of copying life into conventional design processes...and you’d be correct. Biomimicry is a relatively new discipline that seeks to investigate, then incorporate, the natural world’s own design processes into our own products and processes. Scientists will point out that biomimicry brings with it 3.8 billion years of research and development (as opposed to our typical 1 to 20 years for a given product) and that there is much to be gained from this approach. One of the most famous examples of biomimicry is Velcro®, which purportedly came to inventor George de Mestral of Switzerland one day after walking his dog in the Alps and arriving covered with burdocks. Under a microscope, de Mestral found the tiny hooks on the burdocks and spent ten years trying to mass produce them and the corresponding hoops. Read more about biomimicry at Wikipedia, or watch a video of one of its biggest proponents at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/janine_benyus_shares_nature_s_designs.html   In a world thirsting for sustainable solutions, it’s my guess that designers and engineers will increasingly turn to the natural world for help solving our most pressing needs. - Ron Levesque


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 learned a lot from Maureen MacLean. They have really small schools in the countryside and not many supplies. They have to share seats and desks. Sometimes there are three people in a desk.  They share textbooks and whenever they learn something they have to write it down in their scribbler.  When you are in higher grades you have to wear uniforms. If you don’t have enough money for the uniforms then you can’t go to school or your mother has to borrow the money.”  - Timothy,  Yarmouth, NS


Out of the Ordinary For political junkies, for those gathering more information before voting, and for those trying to make sense of it all, check out a Canadian election blog by visiting: http://www.wordpress.com/tag/canadian-election/


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Oct 15 – The Big Co-op 50/50 Charity Give Away, Moncton Co-op stores – inquire at Mapleton Road and Record Street stores

§      Nov. 7-9 - The North American Students of Co-operation annual institute (learning gathering) is being held from in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Grassroots Run Deep” is conference title. Visit www.nasco.coop/institute/

§      Nov 13-15 – Canadian Worker Co-op Federation AGM and Conference, Winnipeg, MB www.coopzone.coop/CWCF_Conf08  

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

§      Feb 2 – 5, 2009 Institute for Co-operative Studies, Banff, AB. Presented by the Canadian Co-operative Association, the Institute of Co-operative Studies is the only national co-operative event that contributes to the development of leadership across organizations and sectors within a co-operative and credit union context. Details, as they become available, will be posted to www.CoopsCanada.coop/meetings/instituteofcoopstudies.


Contest of the Week – This week’s winner is Glenna Weagle (see below). Everyone who enters has their name placed in the contest can for the month end drawing. The contest entry deadline each week is Tuesday, 12 noon.  Send your answer to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca. Last week, we had lots of correct answers. People had fun with it and that is our goal.   Good luck!!!  Last week’s contest: You are driving a car. On your right is a steep cliff. Right in front of you there is a horse and right behind an elephant, both of which travel at your own speed. On your left there is a fire truck blocking you. How do you stop your car? Answer(s): With your car brakes. -  SW  My guess for the riddle is that you are already stopped because you are on a ferry and you are moving at the same pace as all the things around you because none of you are independently moving but rather at the pace the boat is going. My secondary guess would be you are in a parade and moving extremely slowly so you can stop easily. - EH Step on the brake, as the horse and elephant are travelling at my speed, they will also stop. – DK  Push on the brakes. - JS  You had better get off the Merry-go-Round. Perhaps you had better sober up a bit so that you can recognize where you are as well. Have a great week. - GW  This week’s contest: I have provided you with some simple sentences that contain words with the letter ‘K’ in them. Your job is to figure out what the missing word is. 

1. Some employees have a K --- K for K -------- to their bosses.

2. It's not good business sense to sell a - K --- of wool for a --- K -- .

3. The snowmobile crossed the K ----- K - at ---- K --- K speed.

4. The student was expelled for carrying a K ---- in his --- K --- K.


Co-op Cooking –Here's a new twist for those of us who love Bread Pudding. It's where you might say, we can have our pudding and eat our pie too. My guys like this especially well if it's made with raisin bread. 
Apple Pudding Pie
1 unbaked pastry shell (or pastry to make 1 crust)
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 slices day-old bread, cut or torn into pieces (about 3 cups)
2 medium cooking apples
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
Line unbaked pastry shell with a double thickness of foil. Bake at 450F for 8 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 4 minutes more. Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350F. Peel, core and slice apples. Stir together eggs, applesauce, yogurt, 1/2 cup sugar, oats and cinnamon. Stir in bread and apples. Set aside. In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar and flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into prepared crust, sprinkle with toping and cover edge of crust with foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 30 minutes longer (until top is golden and apples are tender). - Glenna Weagle


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