Week of May 3– May 9, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 16
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This Week in Co-op Circles
Beverly Barker has just opened the newest Co-operators Agency
Credit unions from across Atlantic Canada will form a single
centralized business unit by the middle of 2010. Delegates from credit unions
throughout Atlantic Canada voted in favour of the
move at annual general meetings of Credit Union Centrals in
· All items are finalized for Pictou County Co-op Food Market Members IWK Auction. Please note changes to previous posting. Place is Linacy Fire Hall - starts at 10:00AM on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Items include autographed collectibles from Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Montreal Canadians and Chicago Blackhawks and a limited edition 2009 Stanley Cup hockey sweater. Items range from $5.00 certificate for candy to $ 895.00 full page full cover advertisement in 2009 Life Stages Retirement Guide, including antiques, fine dining, overnight stays in New Glasgow and Halifax Hotels. Things for her, him, kids and pets, sports gear, car stuff, even a tattoo. For complete list and information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Art Jenkins (902) 755-3530
· The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is set to launch the Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame Vote now on who will be the Greatest Canadian Co-operator! Voting ends this Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 5 pm Eastern time. Over 5,200 co-operators and supporters have already cast their vote. Remember that two Atlantic Canadians are in the running: Rev Moses Coady and Rev Dr J D Nelson MacDonald, both of whom saw co-operatives and credit unions as a vehicles to a better future. To vote go to http://www.coopscanada.coop/100th/fame.cfm
Trends - “Necessity is the mother of invention,” wrote Plato nearly 2500 years ago and the saying remains true today. The worldwide financial crunch is proving that when the going gets tough, people sell stuff. A recent trend dubbed “sellsuming” (consumers selling things to gain extra money) is tapping human creativity in various ways. eBay was obviously one of the first to recognize, if not launch, the trend, but today, similar sites or platforms are sprouting everywhere, almost exclusively via the internet. Who hasn’t heard of Kijiji? The App Store? Google AdWords? Those are the well-known ones. But did you know there’s good business selling parking spots (www.parkatmyhouse.com)? Renting out extra space (www.spareground.com)? Selling surplus power (www.ecotricity.co.uk)? Offering to courier parcels (www.colis-voiturage.eu)? Even providing telephone advice with free toll-free telephone numbers is possible today (www.ether.com). These are only a few of the vehicles that are available if you have products, services or expertise to sell. Just google your request, and jump on the sellsuming wagon. – Ron Levesque
Co-op Ed 101 – In the early 1940s after
the Great Depression, the people in the
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership program still has spots available for their May 21st -24th weekend seminar in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador. If you know of a young person (aged 15-18) who might be interested in a leadership seminar that will introduce them to other amazing youth, concepts of co-operation and lots more, have them contact Trevor at email@example.com right away. Learn more on the website at www.acyl.coop
- Erin Hancock
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April 30, 2009 Valley Credit Union Annual General Meeting, 7 pm,
§ 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org .
§ May 9, 2009 Pictou County Co-op Food Market Members IWK Auction, Linacy Fire Hall, beginning at 10 am. For a complete list of items and information e-mail: koop4iwk@gmail or call Art Jenkins (902) 755-3530
May 14, 2009 Oikocredit Atlantic Co-operative
Annual General Meeting, 7:00 pm Helen Creighton Room, Alderney
Gate Public Library,
§ 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. Apply today at email@example.com
May 29, 2009 Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative
§ May 29-30, 2009 Co-op Atlantic
Annual General Meeting,
June 3-5, 2009 Canadian CED Network Conference,
June 16-19, 2009 CCA’s 100th anniversary
§ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or contact Larry Haiven (902) 420-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference,
Contest of the Week – Last week’s
contest: The first correct answer was from Falon
Owen, Coastal Financial Credit Union,
1. The order of the birthdays was: Mildred, the person Tim bought something for, and the one who got the tickets.
2. Tim loves his wife Ute, but didn’t realize their daughter was going to be in a ballet.
3. Bob’s wife, Linda, hates Ute, so Bob didn’t buy anything for her.
4. Mildred helped Tim pick out the bracelet he bought after her birthday party.
5. No husband actually purchased a gift for his own wife.
April’s prize is a day/date portfolio so keep your submissions coming in. 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 email@example.com.
Co-op Cooking – In my house not all
recipes are cooked up for meals. Here are a couple
that come out each spring. The first is a natural bug spray that works well (on
humans or pets) to keep mosquitoes and black flies at bay. The
second, if you have fruit trees, is a natural trap for moths that produce apple
maggot and leaf roller. they won't get rid of all the
bugs out there, but they sure help. And as we try to avoid pesticides in our
home garden, we're always looking for natural cures.
2 slices lemon
1 litre boiling water
1 tsp rosemary
2 tsp mineral oil
1 tsp eucalyptus oil
Place lemon slices in glass bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand overnight. In morning, add rosemary, mineral oil and eucalyptus oil. Place in spray bottle and refrigerate until needed.
1 tbsp molasses
1/2 litre tepid water
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp yeast
Mix all ingredients together. Divide between a number of old jars so that there is 1 to 2 inches of mixture in bottom of each. Using strings, hang open jars in fruit trees. (I use 1 in a small tree, 3 or 4 in a large one). If jars become full of moths, replace. Remove and discard jars in fall.- Glenna Weagle
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“I liked the article about the "bonus" - it seems if we do
not develop our employees to become our managers, the externally developed
managers too often bring into our co-ops attitudes that are not in harmony with
our principles.” –
“I really enjoyed Ron Levesque comments on Co-ops this week. You need
to get a forum going for the
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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 6, 2009