Week of July 19– July 25, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 26

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      Seventy years ago, something very special was happening in Eastern Nova Scotia.  People were coming together to learn, to build, to share  ...  to become Masters of Their Own Destiny.  To honour the Antigonish Movement of yesterday and today, and to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of Moses Coady’s landmark book Masters of Their Own Destiny, a special program, Antigonish Reads, will be launched tonight, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Mare Michael Library of the Coady International Institute.   Additional launch events will be held at the Coady & Tompkins Memorial Library in Margaree Forks on July 22, at 7:00 p.m.  and at the Canso Library in Canso on July 23 at 2 p.m. Many people in the region have powerful memories of the dynamic adult education and economic cooperation activities that helped shape their lives in the 1930’s and onward.   Some community groups in the region can trace the roots of their work to the leadership and the lessons of the Antigonish Movement.  Antigonish Reads will give people a chance to read the book that tells this inspiring tale, and to share their memories and stories of those exciting times. Antigonish Reads is a joint initiative of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, Eastern Counties Regional Library, Marie Michael Library of the Coady International Institute, and the Angus L Macdonald Library of St Francis Xavier University.

§      In 2009, Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia is turning 75, the Canadian Co-operative Association turns 100 and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council turns 60. In addition, the sector is growing, strong and stable, despite the uncertain economic times. Despite the sector’s 100 + year history, many still do not know about its economic impact and significance. To help change that, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council is partnering with PROGRESS ~ Atlantic Canada’s Premiere Business Magazine, for a Special Edition (32 Pages) focused exclusively on the size, scope, economic impact, ownership, goals, of the co-operative and credit union sector. It will also feature a full interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson who was keynote speaker at the Co-op Council’s 60th annual meeting celebrations. Co-ops and credit unions will be hearing from Progress magazine’s sales representatives over the next month or so about opportunities to be part of this special edition. For further information, contact Dianne Kelderman, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council; (902) 893-8966; e-mail andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca .


§      If you have not already signed up for the 2009 Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run, please go to www.lungrun.ca! Runners/walkers will be collecting pledges that help The Lung Association of Nova Scotia deliver important programs and services for people who struggle to breathe. Here are some of the incentives fundraising participant of the Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run can work toward: Team Captain Fundraising Incentive – Recruit a team of 6 or more participants and raise enough funds ($650) to send a child to NS Lung Association’s week long Asthma Camp and you will receive a free pair of Asics Running Shoes courtesy of Aerobics First! Top Fundraising Team: An exquisite evening of wine tasting and canapés for the entire team at the incomparable da Maurizio’s. Individual Fundraising Incentives:
Raise over $150 –Free Race Entry + Lung Run “Premier” Water Bottle (LRWB)
Raise over $325 – Free Race Entry +$25 Gift Certificate for Aerobics First
Raise over $650 – Free Race Entry + $50 Gift Certificate for da Maurizio’s
Raise over $1,300 – Free Race Entry + $100 Gift Certificate for da Maurizio’s
Raise over $1,950 -  $100 Gift Certificate for da Maurizio’s + Asics Shoes courtesy of Aerobics First! Top individual Fundraiser - 2500 Air Miles courtesy of Pharmasave! Top Teen Fundraiser (17 and under)– Movie Night for 10 friends! Top Youth Fundraiser (12 and Under) – Movie Night for 10 friends! There are also prizes for competitive runners in the 5K distance event. Two new and exciting for the 2009 Credit Union Atlantic Lung Run include a Nordic Walk Division and Lung Health Interactive Learning Centre for Youth.   For further information, contact Louis Brill and Nick McBride (Race co-Chairs); lungrun@ns.lung.ca, 443-8141 or go to www.lungrun.ca  

§      Valley Credit Union has launched its first annual Photo Contest.  Details at http://www.valleycreditunion.com/web?service=page/HomeContest The contest commenced on Monday, June 15, 2009, and all photo submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 5:00pm AST. Late submissions or submissions not conforming to the Contest Theme, Photo Format, or other eligibility requirements will not be accepted.

§      Malpeque Bay Credit Union in Prince Edward Island has officially launched its new Website, www.malpequebaycreditu.com. The Website will replace its old site currently attached to the provincial Webpage and offer owners more features and details specific to Malpeque Bay Credit Union. In addition to a greater depth of information regarding the latest products and services, Owners will be able to access Member Direct, the online banking arm of credit unions, from within the page itself.

§      The Canadian Co-operative Hall of Fame is now a (virtual) reality! http://www.coopscanada.coop/public_html.hof Launched at the Canadian Co-operative Association’s 2009 National Congress as part of CCA’s 100th anniversary celebrations, the Hall of Fame honours the legacies and achievements of outstanding Canadian co-operators, past and present .Inductees into the Hall of Fame include all winners of CCA’s Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and Global Co-operator Award, as well as 14 pioneers of the Canadian co-op movement, as nominated by co-operators and supporters across Canada. Visit the Hall of Fame to learn about Canada’s greatest co-operators including Alphonse Desjardins, named history’s Greatest Canadian Co-operator in an on-line vote; Glen Tully, winner of the 2009 Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and Olha Zawerucha Swyntuch, winner of the 2009 Global Co-operator Award.

§      The Canadian Co-operative Association requires a Sri Lanka Field Manager for 18 months beginning October 1 until April 2010. To apply, send CV and cover letter to apply@coopscanada.ca. For more information go to www.coopscanada.coop. Application deadline is July 31.

§      The Advance Savings Credit Union Community Champion Award was designed to honour organizations, or individuals within its community, who make the world a better place and inspire everyone.  Sometimes it is the single action of a person which makes them stand out from the crowd, and sometimes it’s someone’s whole life. Go to: http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_news_cchampion2009.htm The second annual Advance Savings Credit Union Community Champion was presented to John Leadbetter at the Advance Savings Annual General Meeting earlier this year.




Trends - I visited New York City last week. Saw Central Park, the 5th Avenue Apple Store (of course), the Museum of Natural History, the top of the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rockefeller Centre, the Dakota apartments where John Lennon was shot, the set of the Late Show with David Letterman, and much, much more – who knew the Hard Rock Café’s fries were made by McCains? Who has ever heard of ‘the Burger Joint’ in Le Parker Meridien hotel? Unfortunately, I was not actually there. A friend of mine took a number of us on the trip with almost hourly reports on Facebook – describing to us what he and his wife were visiting – including photos, narratives and videos. All thanks to the instantaneous communications offered by Web 2.0 (Facebook) and email. The posting part is rather easy, though it requires some discipline – but the neat part about this particular experience was that my friend was reading questions and providing answers almost instantaneously after his postings. Almost like you were there, in the next seat, watching the Broadway show. My thanks to Paul and Amanda. –Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Young Co-operatives, a program based in the UK, aims to provide youth the opportunity to understand co-operatives and fair trade through engaging in co-operative business development within their school. Learn more through a BBC radio interview with coordinators of the program at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/learningcurve_20050308.shtml . Also, you may browse their website at http://www.youngco-operatives.coop/folders/about_us/   - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - This week, Prospect Co-op http://www.prospectpreschool.org/aboutus.htm, New Jersey, is a unique preschool for children between the ages of two and five. Designed for families who wish to share in the early education of their young children, Prospect offers parents the opportunity to become an integral part of their child’s crucial early learning experience. Here, parents assist in designing and implementing curriculum, share in administrative decision-making, and, above all, are an intrinsic part of the day-to-day classroom experience. The school, which is licensed by the State of New Jersey and the Township of Maplewood, provides a safe, warm, nurturing environment for children and parents. There is a parent in every class, every day. Parents are asked to help out in their child’s class between 5-7 times a year for the younger classes and 6-9 times for the older classes, depending on the class and the number of children enrolled. In addition, you will be asked to serve on a committee and to help with the upkeep of the classrooms and the playground


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: The winners were Randi Alexander and Glenna Weagle, NS, and Marty Frost, BC.  Answer: Cross, cress, crass; grape, grope, gripe; fair, lair, hair; solo, sole, sold This week’s contest: Fill in the sentence below so that the first two words combine to make the third word. For example, given “The _____ of the group was extremely _____, not just physically, for he was also particularly _____”, you would fill in HEAD, STRONG, and HEADSTRONG. Susan did _____ in being compassionate as it was common to find she had _____ her own things to others to help them out, making her quite an _____ person all round. Please keep those entries coming! 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.


Co-op Cooking – Although breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it is often neglected when thinking of recipes for Co-op Circles. Here’s an eye-tempting dish to begin your day.

Fruit Filled Puff Pancakes for Two

1 egg

2 tbsp flour

2 tbsp milk

2 tsp cooking oil

dash salt

1 tbsp orange marmalade

1 tbsp orange juice or water

1 small banana, sliced

½ cup sliced fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries or mixture of both

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat two 4-1/4-inch pie plates, 4-1/2-inch foil tart pans, or 10-ounce custard cups with nonstick spray. Set aside. In a medium bowl use a rotary beater or whisk to beat egg, flour, milk, oil, and salt until smooth. Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until brown and puffy. Turn off oven; let pancakes stand in oven 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in small bowl stir together marmalade and orange juice or water. Add banana and strawberries or blueberries; stir gently to coat. To serve, immediately after removing pancakes from oven, transfer to dinner plates. Spoon some of the fruit into center of each pancake. - Glenna Weagle


Atlantic Canada Writes, Publishes and Reads –This week, we feature The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green by Jason Noble, illustrated by Matthew Noble and narrated on CD by Gordon Pinsent. It is published by Boulder Publications Ltd, an independent book publishing company, based in Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s, NL. Gregory Green loves the animals and plants that live in the forest. What happens when three beastly trolls take over and start polluting his forest playground. Gregory has to do something and fast!  The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green will be launched, Saturday, August 1, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at Chapters, St. John’s, NL www.boulderpublications.ca 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, July 29, 2009


Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Ron Levesque, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle