Week of Mar. 15– Mar. 22, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 10

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Farmers Dairy CEO Ralph Ballam says the co-operative had revenues of $185 million in 2008, up 12 per cent from 2007. Founded in 1921, the co-operative has 128 farmer members, 119 of which are in Nova Scotia and nine are in Newfoundland and Labrador. The co-operative employs 620 people in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and produces milk products. The co-operative recently launched a “We are your Farmer” marketing campaign, designed to encourage consumers to buy locally. The co-operative’s headquarters are on Hammonds Plains Road in Halifax Regional Municipality.

·      The Nova Scotia Co-operative Youth Alliance is challenging youth around the province is take a picture of themselves, and maybe even other youth, showing how they support co-ops and credit unions. Youth from all over Nova Scotia are breaking out face paint, signs, and color coordinated cloths, to show their support. The youth of Nova Scotia also want to challenge the co-operatives and credit unions to take a picture of their staff in their co-op or credit union supporting youth. Take a photo and send it to Meghan Farrell, program co-ordinator, Nova Scotia Co-operative Youth Alliance. All photo submissions are to be in by March 23rd at 9pm and are to be emailed to meghanfarrell@msn.com.

·      The 2009 World Acadian Congress and its four major financial partners announced the issuing of a set of limited edition promotional pins, with all proceeds going to support literacy programs. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=370 Aliant, the caisses populaires acadiennes, the food co-ops of the Acadian Peninsula and Northumberland Dairy decided to join efforts to promote the 2009 World Acadian Congress by issuing a series of five pins. When joined together, these pins form the symbol of the “Stella Maris” star found on the Acadian flag. This collector’s series will be issued at the rate of one pin per month starting in March, until the month preceding the World Acadian Congress, scheduled from August 7 to 23.

·      George and Julia Bourque’s barn collapsed recently in Lincoln, NB. It is believed the walls had been damaged last April when the Saint John River flooded it banks. That, compounded by the amount of snow on the roof, caused the structure to collapse. Seventy milking Holsteins and a number of young heifers were inside when the barn collapsed just before noon Jan. 31. The Holsteins had to be rescued—six at a time—by tractors and hay wagons. The Bourque’s were able to rescue 20 head minutes after it happened but the rest of the herd was trapped. Fredericton firefighters and farmers from Millville, Keswick Ridge, Stanley, Davidson Lake and other parts of the province rushed to help. It took over five hours to complete the rescue but only three animals died. Read more about this co-operative effort at: http://www.atlanticfarmfocus.ca/index.cfm?sid=230661&sc=586

·      Many of Co-op Circles readers will know Don Morton from Moncton, NB. Don chaired the former Consumers Community Co-operative board through its amalgamation with Co-op Atlantic. He also served on the Moncton Co-op Food Market local council. Don is also very active with the Credit Union Central of New Brunswick and on the board of Public Service Employees Credit Union in Moncton.  He is a retired teacher and avid golfer. Don was taken ill suddenly last week and diagnosed with a brain tumor which has been removed. He will begin radiation and chemotherapy in a few days. He is in good spirits and will enjoy receiving cards or notes from well wishers. He can be reached at Don Morton, 40 Elmhurst Rd, Moncton, NB, E1C 9C4.

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Trends - Long-time readers of Co-op Circles will no doubt remember that I’m an unabashed Apple (the tech company) fan. Two products the company has launched in the past couple of years are gaining serious traction in: the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The latter has all the features of the iPhone (except GPS, camera and the monthly fees) and functions almost as a small personal internet-enabled computer. Both devices benefit from a strong and varied following of developers – people who write applications or programs that are either useful or not so useful. Apple promotes the gaming capabilities of the devices, but there are useful programs from grownups too. One of the latest applications is from a company called Process Away. It essentially converts an iPhone or an internet capable iPod into a mobile charge card terminal. That’s right, a credit card processing device that works anywhere there’s wireless internet or cell phone service. Think craft fairs, farmers’ markets, taxi drivers, field services (such as furnace oil deliveries, landscapers, etc) and you begin to see the potential of the devices. See www.processaway.net for more information. - Ron Levesque

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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 learned that not everyone gets to go to school because their parents don’t have the money .That in one day a farmer may only make one dollar and that girls get cans of sea shells to make necklaces to sell.” – Shamus, Grand Tracadie School, PEI

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Co-op Ed 101 – As I drove along the Sunrise Trail in Nova Scotia I saw the sign for the Northumberland Fish Co-op and I wanted to learn more http://www.riverjohn.com/index.phpoption=com_sobi2&sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=9&sobi2Id=39&Itemid=99999999  In May 1999, the Northumberland Co-op was formed at Toney River with Doug Floren being appointed as director.  Thirty-seven fishermen from Skinner’s Cove, Cape John, Toney River and Pictou Ferry wharf are now joint shareholders of Northumberland Fish Co-operative Ltd, and sell their catch jointly to a plant in Shediac, New Brunswick. There is an interesting link on this site http://www.parl.ns.ca/ebooks/susan-b.htm ( a story of lobster fishing  produced by the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library ).Also when researching it I found this great site   http://www.parl.ns.ca/lobster/coop.htm that gives a good perspective on lobster fishing .

 - Maureen MacLean

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Mar 20-21, 2009 Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

§      Mar 25, 2009 44th Annual General Meeting of Horizon Credit Union, Capital Hotel, Kenmount Rd, St. John’s, NL – 7:30 pm

§      March 27, 2009 Social Accounting for the Value Added of Volunteers and Members in Non-Profits and Co-operatives with Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter, University of Toronto, and Eric Plato, Frontier College – cost is $100 + GST TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022

§      April 17-18, 2009 Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

§      April 22 -23, 2009 Blueprints of the Brand Forum, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS – designed specifically for Credit Union CEOs and General Managers, this forum offers the tools to further enhance the brand for Credit Unions.

§      April 24, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 24-25, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 30 - May 3, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting it first youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island.  Apply today.

§      May 21 - May 24, 2009 Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program will be hosting its second youth leadership seminar of 2009 at Killdevil Camp in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador.

§      May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, 9:00 – 12:00 at the Ramada Inn in Moncton, NB.

§      June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary Congress, Ottawa, ON. See www.coopscanada.coop/100th/congress.cfm

§      June 19-21, 2009 Symposium organized by the Masters in Management of Co-operatives and Credit Unions Program at St Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. Theme is “Legislative and Public Policy Issues”. Abstracts of papers must be received by Mar 31. Final paper and presentation slides by June 1, if applicable. More information and a style guide are available from Tom Webb, jtwebb@auracom.com or tom.webb@smu.ca or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or larryhaiven@smu.ca

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: Last week was a great week we had 17 people sent in the correct answer and we heard from some readers that we had not hear from in months.  Ron Levesque was the first submission. Congrats!!! This month’s prize is a nice handmade wooden ballpoint pen so keep your submissions coming in. Answer: An apple a day keeps the “doctor” away. Send your answer to this week’s contest to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca by Tuesday, at noon. All entries go into the monthly draw for a special prize. This week’s contest: For each of the pairs of words below, insert a word in the blank space between them to form two separate words such that the inserted word finishes the first word and begins the second. For example, given “MAN ____ ON”, you would insert the word “GO” to form “MANGO” and “GOON”. 1DON ____ HOLE 2 STAR ____ ROOM  3PAD ____ YARD     4THOU ____ PAPER 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 entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program (ACYL) needs some volunteers to help prepare for the upcoming weekend seminars. The task is simple---they need “warm fuzzies”, also known as pom-poms on strings. These are used in an activity where the participants meet with each one of their new friends and tells them what is special about them---all part of the leadership journey. Please contact Trevor MacDougall, the Program Coordinator if you are able to help (from the comfort of your own home) at leadership@acyl.coop or (506) 862-0737. Instructions on how to make these can be found on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3otzH-lN3s&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4r30AjgP0I&feature=related. Also, learn more about the ACYL program at http://www.acyl.coop/ - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Cooking – Here’s another one-dish meal. Just add a tossed salad or some tomato and green pepper slices for colour and you're ready to serve.  
Hot Chicken Salad
3 cups cubed, cooked chicken
2 diced, hard-cooked eggs
1 1/2 cups diced celery
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp grated lemon rind
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups grated cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed potato chips
Combine all ingredients except cheese and potato chips. Mix together and put into oven-proof casserole dish. Sprinkle top with cheese and potato chips. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes. Note: For a lower fat version, omit the eggs and use low-calorie mayonnaise or a mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt. - Glenna Weagle

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