Week of May 3– May 9, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 16

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles.  “The world will be balanced when we are balanced.” - Tarthang Tulku en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarthang_Tulku  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca  

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·      Beverly Barker has just opened the newest Co-operators Agency in Nova Scotia. Located at 1082 Cole Harbour Road, the agency will service the Cole Harbour, Eastern Passage, Porter’s Lake and Lawrencetown areas. During the last 15 years, Beverly has assumed various positions within The Co-operators, including sales, underwriting and consulting roles. She is licensed and experienced in the sales and service of Home, Auto, Life, Investments, Group, Commercial, and Travel Insurance. Beverly carries a Chartered Insurance Professional designation and is 2 credits away from advancing that designation to a Fellowship. The new Co-operators Cole Harbour is open Monday to Friday, from 9am-5pm. The office phone is 469-0910 and the agency email is beverly_barker@cooperators.ca. The Co-operators is a wholly Canadian, multi-line, full service company. The Co-operators provides financial security to millions of Canadians and their families. Check out The Co-operators website at www.cooperators.ca.

·      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 Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island during the past month. The change will help position credit unions as a better choice for Atlantic Canadians, says Bernie O’Neil, chief executive officer of the Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. An Atlantic Central will support 71 independent credit unions, 1500 credit union employees in four provinces, and it will server 340,000 customer-owners and represent more than $3.2 billion in assets. http://www.ns-credit-unions.com/default.asp?mn=1.21.42.122&sfield=content.id&search=508

·      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: koop4iwk@gmail.com  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

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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

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Co-op Ed 101 – In the early 1940s after the Great Depression, the people in the Dawson Creek area of northern British Columbia were suffering financially along with the rest of Canada.  The chartered banks were running a tight ship, and credit was only available under impossible conditions. The economy was exhausted; the “banks were not lending money and homesteaders relied on moose meat and frozen potatoes” (from the obituary of Garda Orr (Mortenson)). As a result, a group of co-operatively minded individuals formed together, conducted research, formed study groups, and discussed the possibility of incorporating a credit union in the area. On July 28th, 1943 a group of future credit union members collaborated late in the evening at the Lake View schoolhouse. http://www.lakeviewcreditunion.com/  Lakeview Credit Union today has three branches; the head office branch in Dawson Creek, and branches in Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge.  It has more than 15,500 members and assets over $200 million. Check out their Kid Zone page http://www.lakeviewcreditunion.com/kidszone.html - Maureen MacLean

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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 leadership@acyl.coop right away. Learn more on the website at www.acyl.coop

 - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      April 30, 2009 Valley Credit Union Annual General Meeting, 7 pm, Waterville and District Fire Hall

§      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 leadership@acyl.coop .

§      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, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Guest Speaker Marie Claire Brisbois will discuss ongoing microfinance programs in Guatemala. Everyone welcome.

§      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 leadership@acyl.coop

§      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.

§      May 29-30, 2009 Co-op Atlantic Annual General Meeting, Ramada Crystal Palace. Notice and delegate credential forms at www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=561

§      June 3-5, 2009 Canadian CED Network Conference, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB - three days of learning, networking and celebration Go to www.ccednet-rcdec.ca for details on conference.

§      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

§      Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference, Moncton, NB

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Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: The first correct answer was from Falon Owen, Coastal Financial Credit Union, Yarmouth, NS Answer: What do the numbers 11, 69 and 88 have in common? They are the same written upside-down This week’s contest: Tim, Ron, and Bob are brothers, and each of their wives (Ute, Linda, Mildred) has a birthday coming up, one right after the other. However, the husbands don’t know what to get for their own wives, so the brothers decided to get a present for one of their sisters-in-law. The gifts were a bracelet, a rug, and tickets to a ballet. Find out which brother got a gift for whom, what they bought, and the order of the birthdays.

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 contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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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.  
Bug Spray
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. 
Moth Traps
 
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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Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads  – Each week, we will feature a book (some old, some new) from a writer living and working in Atlantic Canada and published by an Atlantic Canadian publishing house. This week’s pick is for all those readers who are eager to get their hands in the soil: East Coast Gardener by Marjorie Willison. Published by Nimbus www.nimbus.ns.ca it was originally called the Complete Gardeners Almanac. It gives useful, practical information for all phases of gardening from planning to harvesting. It also has lots of green thumb tips and preventative measures for a great garden. The author regularly helps gardeners on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon (www.cbcnovascotia.ca/marnoon). If you have a favourite book or publishing house (from the East Coast) that you would like to promote, let us know and we will include it. Send your suggestions to news1@nbnet.nb.ca

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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.” – DK, MB

·      “I really enjoyed Ron Levesque comments on Co-ops this week. You need to get a forum going for the Co-op Circle so that people can talk and add to these wonderful thoughts he and others have. Co-ops could be so powerful but they lack the one ingredient to become strong; that of leadership and the ability to work outside regular business practices that are turning them away from being Co-ops. It's so easy to be like everyone else. It is hard to take that path that will lead to a strong community and put people first!” – SM, NB

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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 6, 2009