Week of Dec. 7 – Dec. 13, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 50

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” - Jean Houston http://www.jeanhouston.org/   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

·      Beaubear Credit Union has joined forces with five credit unions in the province of New Brunswick in a Food for Fuel fundraising campaign for the local food banks in their community. http://miramichileader.canadaeast.com/community/article/504588 The credit unions have all recognized the needs and challenges that their local food banks will be facing in these tough economic times. In Miramichi, June Somers, coordinator of the Miramichi Food Bank, says they help over 300 families a month and people that use the food bank are sometimes faced with tough decisions such as whether to pay the power bill or buy groceries.

·      Members of the State Street branch of Nova Scotia’s Heritage Credit Union will soon enjoy a state-of-the-art facility. Construction is now in progress and will be completed in 2009. http://www.heritagecu.org/news/11-19-08a.shtml

·      New Brunswick students can now apply for the Credit Union Harry M. Daley Memorial Bursary http://www.advancesavings.ca/Site_documents/2009HMDaleyMemBursApp.pdf You can click on the link above to download details needed to apply. Eight bursaries valued at $750 each will be awarded.  Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 p.m. on April 2, 2009.Completed applications can be
faxed to 506.857.9431, scanned and e-mailed to hmd@cucnb.nb.ca
or mailed to 663 Pinewood Road, Riverview, NB E1B 5R6

·      Advance Savings Credit Union http://www.advancesavings.ca/youth_students_bursaries.htm recognizes that promoting education, through the provision of financial assistance to qualified students, is important.  Each year the credit union gives up to 10 bursaries valued at $500. This bursary is available to ASCU owners, or family members of an owner, who live within the service area of ASCU and have been accepted into a full-time program at a university or community college.http://www.advancesavings.ca/youth_students_bursaries.htm   The deadline for applications is May 15th of the year of application.



Trends - I haven’t decided what to make of this week’s subject yet. Co-op Circles readers are no doubt familiar with Fair Trade goods and the Fair Trade movement. I came across this site recently (www.craftnetwork.com) that purports to bring together a worldwide group of consumers through the internet with artisans in developing countries to promote Fair and Ethical Trade, while increasing employment, capacity building and technical assistance in the artisan communities. From the Craftnetwork website: “CraftNetwork provides export facilitation and enterprise development services to its member producers to increase sales, strengthen ethical trading practices, build organizational capacity, generate employment, and improve the standard of living of the artisans the network’s member producers work with.” It all sounds good and proper, but I get the feeling that this is simply another way to get cheap, though perhaps authentic, goods into the hands of consumers who may care more about the price than the benefit of the purchase. That does open up a debate: does supporting Fair Trade require that the supporter understand the ramifications of his or her actions? Hmmmm. - 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: “Ms MacLean does work that I might like to try some day after I complete college. I like working with young people and think I have something to offer in the developing countries. I will look at how I might apply.” - Jennifer, Moncton, NB



Co-op Ed 101 – In looking for a co-operative way to do a bit of Christmas shopping, I came across this craft co-op Website .Located on Granville Island in the Net Loft, Circle Craft Co-Operative  http://www.circlecraft.net/page128.htm  features the work of 200 craftspeople from across British Columbia. As Canada’s most successful craft co-operative, Circle Craft has been a major force in promoting the work of craftspeople in British Columbia since 1972. On line shopping is available at http://www.circlecraft.net/main.jsp?p2=shopping/catalog.jsp - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Jan 7, 2009, 9 am – NOON:  MARKETING FOR SOCIAL ECONOMY ORGANIZATIONS with BRENDA GAINER, Associate Professor, Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University This session will cover basic marketing strategies and tactics, including segmentation, targeting and positioning, as they apply to non-profit and other social-purpose organizations.  By the end of the workshop participants will understand how to bring the course learning together to create a practical marketing plan for their organization or issue. COST: $100 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022 LOCATION:  Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

§      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 WeekLast week’s winner was Theresa McDonnell, St Georges, NL. Well done! 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. Good luck! Last week’s answer: Five words that contain AK as a letter-pair have had all of their other letters removed and placed into a pool. Put those letters back in their proper places. What are the words?***AK,**AK**,***AK*,****AK,****AK* Pool: C, C, C, E, E, E, E, E, I, L, N, N, O, P, R, S, T, T, U, W  Answer: CLOAK, WEAKEN, INTAKE, STREAK, CUPCAKE  This week’s contest: Find the names of ten fish by adding one of the given letters to each word and rearranging the letters. Each letter will be used only once. A A E H L N N P T T
1. Nut + ? =
2. Tour + ? =
3. Prickle + ? =
4. Floured + ? =
5. Mason + ? =
6. Ringer + ? =
7. Papers + ? =
8. Gyro + ? =
9. Apron + ? =
10. Pompon + ? =


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - In the Journal of Economic Education, University of New Brunswick (Saint John) professor Roderick Hill highlights the absence of co-operatives in undergraduate economic textbooks. Business students often hear about co-operatives only in passing, rather than learning about them, their structure and their unique ability to serve community and service needs. Read the full article at http://www.indiana.edu/~econed/pdffiles/summer00/Hill.pdf . - Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking – This is the time of year when pot-lucks and other parties seem to be endless. Here is an easy carry-along appetizer.  
Deviled Eggs with Spicy Crab
8 hard-cooked eggs

1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tbsp finely chopped green onion
1 to 2 tsp flavoured mustard (Dijon, horseradish or honey)
1/4 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
1 to 2 tsp mango chutney
3 tbsp mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup cooked crabmeat (about 2 3/4-ozs)
Halve the hard cooked eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Set whites aside. In a quart-size plastic bag, place egg yolks, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, green onion, mustard, 1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Seal bag. Gently squeeze the bag to combine ingredients. Snip one corner of the bag and pipe mixture into egg white halves.
Cut up any large pieces of chutney. Combine chutney, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, curry powder, remaining salt and cayenne pepper. Gently fold in crabmeat. Top each deviled egg with a spoonful of the crab mixture. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours. - Glenna Weagle


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§      “Particularly liked Ron's contribution.  The biggest single business error made by co-operatives is the failure to differentiate - to create a co-operative difference.  I have yet to find an example of a co-operative business, including credit unions, that failed because it based its operations on co-operative purpose, values and principles.  In fact there are lots of examples of co-ops that were in trouble recovering by returning to their purpose, values and principles.  However co-operative history is littered with failed or demutualized co-operatives who lost their identity.  If we are not different from non-co-operative business we simply are not needed.  Perhaps Ron’s story should be on every co-operative CEO’s wall with a note to create the co-operative difference in every aspect of the business. I have sent his piece off to Georgina Whyatt who teaches our marketing course.  Thanks for this and thanks to Ron.” T W, NS


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008