Week of Dec. 16 – Dec. 22, 2007, Vol. 3, No. 7

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Openings “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!” - A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens Want to test your skill to see how much you really know about Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Go to: http://www.perryweb.com/Dickens/puzzle_carol.shtml  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

·     Again this year OMISTA Credit Union supported the local Metro Moncton community by donating turkeys for Sue Stultz’s annual and increasingly popular turkey drive. In a joint effort OMISTA along with Advance Savings and PSE Credit Unions donated 25 turkeys to the worthy cause. All turkeys donated go to feed families in need in our local community over the holiday season. http://www.omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=53


Trends – I am not a big fan of big corporate anything, including coffee shops like Starbucks, but consider this: by the year 2010, coffee drinkers around the world will be consuming 7 million tons of coffee (UN FAO) each year. That means quite a bit of used coffee grounds heading to landfills annually. Starbucks is taking a greener approach by giving away their spent grounds to consumers with gardens on a first-come, first served basis. The cynic in me thinks ‘well, that is simply big corporation taking advantage the greening-of-business-operations’ trend in an effort to ‘look good’. Not quite. It turns out, Starbucks has had their ‘Grounds For Your Garden’ program since 1995 (see http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/compost.asp). No, they are not exploiting consumers with a ready-to-wear environmental program just in time for the ecological trend – they seem to be serious, though I haven’t tried to get some of the coffee grounds. It is still not enough of a social responsibility move to make me buy their coffee. If you think Grounds For Your Garden makes Starbucks a ‘good’ company, consider that until the issue came to light in the past year (thanks mostly to efforts by Oxfam), Starbucks did not want to pay the Ethiopian government millions of dollars annually in coffee trademark licensing fees. See http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatwedo/campaigns/coffee/starbucks/ for more info. – Merry Christmas! Ron Levesque


Circle of Life - Remember this holiday season to take time to enjoy the things that mean the most to you, whether it’s your family, your dog, ice skating or a favorite carol.  Relax!  If it gets to be too much, go lend a helping hand to those who need it.  Find a soup kitchen, church, or elderly couple you can help out.  Enjoy the season in your own way.  Wishing each and every one of you, the best of the season.  Happy Holidays! – Bronwyn MacKinnon


Co-op Ed 101 - This week, I was thinking about the beginnings of the co-operative retail system in Rochdale, England at Christmas time in 1844.  You might be interested in a bit of news from that era http://selenecoop.org/InterestingArticles/The%20Night%20the%20light%20was%20lit.doc  - Maureen MacLean 


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Inter Co-operative Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan is celebrating 75 years of student housing co-operation. This year, the Founders of Michigan Socialist House (the oldest student co-operative house in the organization, established in 1932) were inducted into the NASCO (North American Student of Co-operation) Hall of Fame. Learn more by visiting http://www.icc.coop/ . Note that they are also currently hiring for 3 positions. (http://www.icc.coop/join/employment/  – Erin Hancock


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·     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


Contest of the Week - Last week, there were no correct answers. Everyone must be out doing their last minute shopping. 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. Answers to last week’s contest:

What did the reindeer say before launching into his comedy routine?

This will sleigh you.

What do lions sing at Christmas?
Jungle bells!

When is a boat like a pile of snow?
When it’s adrift.

What do you call the fear of getting stuck in a chimney?


How do snowmen get around?

On their icicles.

What does Santa call reindeer that don’t work?

This week’s contest:  No contest this week because we won’t be back until January 9th.  So here’s a smile for your busy next few days. It was just before Christmas and the magistrate was in a happy mood. He asked the prisoner, “What are you charged with?” The prisoner replied, “Doing my Christmas shopping too early.”  “That's no crime”, said the magistrate. “Just how early were you doing this shopping?” “Before the shop opened,” answered the prisoner.


Co-op Cooking – When you need a new way to deal with some of the leftover turkey, perhaps this recipe might help.
Broccoli and Turkey Casserole
2 10-oz packages frozen broccoli
2 cups cooked, chopped turkey
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup grated cheese
Cook broccoli slightly and arrange in 2-quart casserole dish. Cover with cooked turkey. Combine soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry powder; pour over ingredients in dish. Toss bread crumbs in butter and sprinkle over casserole. Sprinkle grated cheese over all. Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes. Note - leftover chicken may be used in place of turkey. - Glenna Weagle


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At this special time of year, we, the contributors and editors of Co-op Circles, send Seasons Greetings around the world to our more than 500 subscribers. We are glad to be part of your Circles and count our blessings that you are part of ours. Merry Christmas Everyone! Peace, Hope and Love to all.


Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, January 9, 2008