Week of Aug. 2– Aug. 8, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 27
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This Week in Co-op Circles
§ Co-op Week 2009 (Oct. 11-17) is just around the corner. If you haven’t ordered your Co-op Week promotional materials yet, it’s time to order. The deadline is August 21. CLICK HERE to find out more about this year’s Co-op Week promotional items and download the order form. Credit Unions and Credit Union Centrals should order their materials directly from Credit Union Central of Canada, www.cucentral.ca. This year’s Co-op Week posters focus on the advantages of co-ops in times of economic uncertainty. Each set of posters includes one with each theme: Putting People First, Creating Sustainable Jobs and Investing in Communities. For more information about Co-op Week 2009, contact Donna Balkan at firstname.lastname@example.org
§ The annual photo contest that Valley Credit Union is running (mentioned in a previous issue) is actually an Atlantic Canadian photo contest that is being organized by the Central Printing Department at Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia. The winners will receive $100 each as well as have their photos featured in the first ever Atlantic Canadian Credit Union calendar. From original photography, to financial tips and credit union trivia, this branded calendar showcases the credit union difference. In keeping with celebrating credit unions, this 13-month calendar will be available for distribution at participating credit unions on Credit Union Day, October 15, 2009. The original photography, featuring scenes from across Atlantic Canada, will be selected through a photo contest open to credit union employees and owners. For more information, contact Blaine Johnson at CPS@cucns.ca. Calendars will be printed on FSC certified recycled content paper. A portion of profits will be donated to the Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) program. Fourteen (14) winning photos will be selected from an independent panel of judges. Contest runs from June 15th to September 1st. Pictures submitted by Credit Union employees and owners and at least one photo will be chosen from each province depicting our various seasons.
As of July 1st, 2009, two credit unions on the west coast of
Advance Savings Credit Union http://www.advancesavings.ca
recently donated $1000 to the
Trends - I have written before in these
pages that I think solar power is the way to go for our future needs.
Atlantic Canadians may not agree, if only for the lack of sunshine we have
received in the past month. Solar is used to a small extent
to power homes, experimental vehicles, etc. Some solar ‘orchards’ exist,
following the sun daily and converting its energy into electricity that is used
by cities. On some highways in
Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree
- The Emerging Leaders in the Social Economy Program provides grants of
up to $3000 for social economy research for persons under 30 years old who are
working in the social economy. This program is offered through the Canadian
Social Economy Hub and thus projects must align with policy and research
priorities of the CSE Hub. The deadline for proposals is September 15th.
For more information, or to submit a proposal, please email email@example.com, or
visit the website: www.socialeconomyhub.ca.
Proposals can also be faxed to (250) 853-3930 or mailed to CSEHub,
Co-op Ed 101 - This time of the year I
just love sitting out on the deck admiring my flowers - hanging baskets,
geranium planters and two big ceramic pot gardens with wheels under them to
make them easier to move. I did a quick search and found this new co-op
greenhouse in Cape Breton http://www.harbourgreenhouse.com Harbour
Greenhouse Co-op, 2767 Hwy 223 MacKinnon’s Harbour,
NS, B2C 1H3
It’s Web site is almost like a reference book Have a look, identify your plants and enjoy!
Co-op Community Bulletin Board
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Nov 19-21, 2009 Canadian Worker Co-op AGM and Conference,
Contest of the Week – Last week’s contest: The winners were Glenna Weagle, NS, and Marty Frost, BC. Glad to have some readers with a few minutes to do contests in the summer! Answer: EXCEL, LENT, EXCELLENT This week’s contest: I am a number between 100 and 500. I am odd. If you double me you will get a number between 200 and 249. My last digit is not 1 and my middle digit is 2.What number am I? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-op Cooking –.This is a delicious vegetarian option to se in place of beef burgers since grilled portabellas have a meat-like texture and flavour. Enjoy one at your next barbecue.
4 large fresh portabella mushroom caps
1/2 cup red dry wine or balsamic vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup honey
4 whole wheat or multigrain hamburger or Kaiser buns
2 medium roasted red sweet peppers, halved
4 small lettuce leaves
Place mushrooms in re-sealable plastic bag. In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix wine, garlic, oil, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Pour over mushrooms and seal the bag. Marinate at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours, turning occasionally. Remove from marinade and broil or cook on hot barbecue for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until warmed through and softened. Halve the buns and toast or warm on grill; spread cut side of buns with mustard; place lettuce on bottom half of buns, top with grilled mushrooms, roasted red pepper halves and top half of bun. Notes: Roasted red peppers are available in jars or in some deli sections of supermarket or you can grill, peel and freeze them when peppers are in abundance. For a different taste, top each cooked mushroom cap with 1 tbsp chevre (soft goat cheese) and return to grill to warm cheese before placing it on the bun. - Glenna Weagle
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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
Rising Tide Collective* - Erin Hancock, Ron Levesque, Brenda MacKinnon, Maureen MacLean, Glenna Weagle