Week of May 10– May 16, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 18

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” - Denis Waitely  www.waitley.com 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

·      Each year a panel of judges for Atlantic Business Magazine picks the top 50 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) in Atlantic Canada, using a selection process available at www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.com/tfc_selection.php . This year, four CEOs from the co-op and credit union sector made the top 50 list: Jamie Baillie, president and CEO, Credit Union Atlantic; Allison Chaytor-Loveys, CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union; John Harvie, CEO, Co-op Atlantic;  and Camille Theriault, president and CEO, Federation des Caisses Populaires Acadiennes.

·      Over the past five years, through the Canadian Co-operative Association Coaching program, Canadian credit union professionals have shared practical experience with credit unions in the developing world. OMISTA sent two of its management team, Tammy Christopher, CFO and Paul Innes, Administration Manager on the Feb/March Uganda/Malawi Coaching Program. Tammy and Paul were joined by Jeannette Holmden, General Manager of PSE Credit Union. Tammy Christopher says “After visiting Uganda, I understand the power of ownership even more. I feel like I lived a bit of the grassroots history of credit unions in Canada. The SACCOs (savings and credit co-operatives) in Africa are incredibly important to the lives and development of their people”.Tammy, Paul, and Jeannette offered advice and assistance on various aspects of primary credit union management.  They will return to Africa for the 2nd half of their CCA commitment in 2010. Paul Innes recalls “This was an amazing opportunity of knowledge sharing between myself and some of the most honest, warm-hearted, and caring people I have ever met and I truly look forward to returning to Malawi in 2010”. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXqKwDcjWzA to view the WOCCU & CCA Uganda Coaching Program.

·      OMISTA is participating in the Canadian Co-operative Association’s women’s mentoring program this year. They will be hosting Harriet Muhebwa, Manager, Kyamuhunga People’s Co-operative Savings and Credit Society Ltd, Uganda. Harriet will be working with OMISTA employees from May 28th to June 6th.

·      In support of P.R.O. KIDS (Positive Recreation Opportunities For Kids), the staff of the Advance Savings Credit Union http://www.advancesavings.ca, Riverview branch, presented a cheque for $500 to the Town of Riverview Recreation and Community Coordinator, Karen Thompson. http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_ProKids.htm Each year, hundreds of Riverview children are unable to participate in registered sport, art, culture and recreational activities because their families cannot afford the costs.  P.R.O. Kids helps provide assistance to as many children as possible who, due to lack of funds, would not otherwise be able to participate.

·      Eagle River Credit Union in Newfoundland and Labrador has announced year end rebates http://www.eaglerivercu.com  For 2008, more than 6,000 customer-owners will receive a total of $417,500 in rebates and dividends, for a cumulative total of $3,314,000 since 1984. The payment of patronage is based on the net profits of the credit union at year end. ERCU has been issuing Patronage Rebates and paying Dividends for 25 years. https://www.eaglerivercu.com/SharedContent/documents/CommunicatorSpring.pdf

·      On Sunday, June 14th, Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union employees from Corporate Office and all 12 locations will walk in the Credit Union’s 6th annual walk-a-thon in their respective areas throughout the province. Each walk will be approximately 4 km. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador Branch) Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 14th at the designated locations except *Labrador City: https://www.nlcu.com/Home/InOurCommunity/CommunityPrograms/NLCUCharitableFoundation/index.jsp

·      OMISTA Credit Union sponsored the April 17th Random Acts of Stimulus with C103. The Random Acts of Stimulus promotion encouraged area businesses to offer economic relief to Monctonians in the form of incentives and giveaways. On April 17th OMISTA was on location with C103 outside of City Hall. The first 20 people to arrive at the event received OMISTA swag and a pill bottle with a prescription for debt relief (seek wise financial guidance from an OMISTA expert and take advantage of their limited time only rate specials). One of the pill bottles also contained $50 cash. The Random Acts of Stimulus took place during the C103 Angus Young look-a-like contest in which the lucky winner would receive 2 AC DC tickets. Not a Credit Union to miss out on an opportunity, OMISTA held a 2nd cash giveaway, this time for $100. The lucky winner came into the Mountain Road branch to collect her winnings the next week. She was also given a Credit Union kit folder filled with information.

·      Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union https://www.nlcu.com recognizes the contribution of the graduating high school students to their community. The Outstanding School and Community Involvement Scholarship and the Owen Grimes Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually.  Each scholarship is valued at $3,000.  Each high school in the province is invited to nominate one student per 100 graduating students or part thereof for each application. https://www.nlcu.com/Home/ProductsAndServices/YourMoney/Students/Scholarships/index.jsp Outstanding School and Community Involvement Scholarship recognizes leadership in community and school activities. Owen Grimes Memorial Scholarship recognizes athletics, community and school involvement and academic achievement in the pursuit of a career in the trades.

·      Shirley Worth, officially retired from OMISTA Credit Union April 30th with 31+ years of service in the Credit Union system. Shirley joined OMISTA’s Accounting Department in 1977 and later specialized in Payroll and RRSPs. As a retiring Financial Service Representative, Shirley has contributed to OMISTA’s growth from one branch to three fully connected branches with over $169 million in assets under management. Above all, Shirley has enjoyed empowering owners to succeed in their financial future.

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Trends -  I have to admit I don’t ‘get’ the whole Starbucks appeal. Notwithstanding the fact that $4 cups of coffee are only a dollar less than what I pay for a full meal at our cafeteria, I don’t understand what motivates others to regularly indulge (what else would you do with a $4 cup of coffee?) in the ubiquitous beverage. When I wrote a couple of weeks ago that capitalist corporations were co-opting some of the Co-operative Movement’s marketing messages, and indeed some of the operational strategies, I was more or less unaware of Starbucks’ marketing position. Turns out they just launched a new marketing campaign to pre-empt McDonalds’ soon-to-be announced McCafé format. A series of ads for Starbucks lays out what separates them from the competition – such as its practice of buying Fair Trade coffee beans and providing health care for employees who work more than 20 hours a week. Here’s a sample of some of the more ‘co-op-like’ ad copy: “Beware of a cheaper cup of coffee. It comes with a price.”; or better still: “It’s not what you’re buying, it’s what you are buying into.” Last year, Starbucks announced their intent to purchase 40 million pounds of Fair Trade coffee beans – the largest in the world. So, is Fair Trade the reason Starbucks sells so much coffee? Ron Levesque

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Co-op Ed 101 – This week I am in Toronto. The season here is ahead of Atlantic Canada by a few weeks. Crab apples are in bloom, window boxes are full of new bedding plants, leaves are fully out. Looking around on the Web, I found this interesting site:

Ontario Flower Growers Co-operative Ltd.  The Ontario Flower Growers Co-operative was established in October, 1972 and today comprises a community of more than 100 greenhouses and field flower growers situated throughout the province of Ontario. Its main distribution channel is through its daily wholesale flowers auction operating from its Mississauga location. These auctions operate on a “Dutch” model or declining price format using a clock with a counter clockwise moving clock hand. Today, many still refer to Ontario Flower Growers as simply "the clock". See the co-op’s video: http://www.ontarioflowergrowers.ca/Portal_OFG/Page.aspx?ID=95  - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Ontario Co-operative Association offers week long youth leadership programs throughout the summer (June to August) for youth from ages 14 up to 18 (3 different age groups: 14-15, 16-17, 17-18). Visit there website at http://www.ontario.coop/pages/index.php?main_id=127 to learn more about attending as a youth or a facilitator or to sponsor the program. Also find a short video about the program and contact information if you have questions.  - Erin Hancock

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      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 3, 2009  Canadian CED Network’s Food Policy Working Group is hosting a One-Day Forum on Local Food (9:00am - 4:00pm, Riddell Hall – University of Winnipeg). For more information, contact Matthew Thompson by email at mthompson@ccednet-rcdec.ca or by phone at 416-760-2577.

§      June 15, 2009 60th Annual Gala, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council with guest speaker Rev Jesse Jackson at World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, NS. Tickets can be obtained by contacting andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966

§      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 winner was Carolyn MacPherson, Bayview Credit Union, Saint John, NB. We had 7 correct answers. Well done, readers! Answer: P

PE

PET

STEP

PELTS

PESTLE

TEMPLES

This week’s contest: Inside each set of the following words, there is a pair of smaller words. By putting & between them, lo & behold, you will make a familiar phrase. For example, “Thighbone/Swallowtail” conceals “High & Low”.
1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman
2. Thermometer/Apoplexy
3.
Delaware/Bordering
4.
Surprised/Trashiness
5.
Throughout/Stumblebum

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. May’s prize is a CD of International Music.  Send your entry to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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Co-op Cooking – Here’s an elegant jellied salad which is a perfect side dish to serve with ham based meals. It is easily prepared and fits well into holiday or family meals. 
Egg Souffle 
1 3-oz lemon jelly powder
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped fine
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 tbsp finely diced green pepper
1 tbsp finely diced pimento
1 tbsp finely minced onion
Dissolve jelly powder in boiling water. Add cold water, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper, whisking or beating together. Chill until quite syrupy. Beat until fluffy. Fold in remaining ingredients. Pour into lightly oiled mold. Chill until firm. Remove from mold and put on serving plate. Decorate plate with a little holly or other greenery if desired. - 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. Running the Goat Books & Broadsides describes itself as a micro press specializing in letterpress-printed and limited-edition chapbooks, broadsides and poemphlets by Newfoundlanders and Newfoundland-based writers. The press’s name comes from a traditional set dance, originally danced in Harbour Deep on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula; Harbour Deep has been resettled, but the dance remains a distinct testament to the spirit and the culture of Newfoundland. www.runningthegoat.com Here you will find new works by Andy Jones including The Queen of Paradise’s Garden. It is Jones’ adaptation of a traditional Newfoundland tale. 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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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, May 20, 2009