Week of Nov. 1– Nov. 7, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 39

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The owners of Advance Savings Credit Union and PSE Credit Union will vote at their special ownership and annual meetings to determine if the two credit unions will amalgamate into one larger credit union serving Moncton, Petitcodiac, Port Elgin, Rexton, Riverview and Salisbury in New Brunswick. The goal of amalgamation is to improve efficiency while providing enhanced services to owners and the communities in which they live. With these objectives in mind, the new credit union would maintain all existing branches and staff, as well as expanded services offered to small business. The Boards of both credit unions have unanimously endorsed the proposed amalgamation, and are recommending approval of the merger to their respective owners. Should both credit unions give their approval, the amalgamation would be effective January 1st under the name Advance Savings Credit Union. Advance Savings Credit Union’s special ownership meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th at the Holiday Inn Express, 2515 Mountain Road, Moncton. “The aim of amalgamation is to create a stronger, more viable credit union presence in southeast New Brunswick which will focus more resources on owner service, relationship building and business development,” says Advance Savings Credit Union President and CEO, Don Roper. “As the credit union business grows, so too will the opportunities for staff to develop their careers within a larger organization.” http://www.advancesavings.ca/news_pages/community_ascu_AmmalgAnnouncementPSE_ASCU.htm PSE members will vote Monday, Nov. 16.

§      The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation has announced its new, bilingual Web site: www.canadianworker.coop  The new site is user-friendly and useful; and there are still a few more improvements to come.  If you have any suggestions for improvement, comments, etc., please do not hesitate to share them with hazel@canadianworker.coop .  Also, please register as soon as possible if you will be attending the CWCF Conference. To register, please go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0Z13IJrcQQwiUyIbnzIlTw_3d_3d.  This year’s AGM/Conference will take place Nov. 19-21 in Memramcook, NB.  The theme is:  From Crisis to Recovery!:  How Worker Co-ops are a Critical Response to Times of Economic and Environmental Crisis.  The program will include a live video feed from the CICOPA Conference taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.   

§      Retail co-ops, credit unions and their members in Moncton, Sussex, Fredericton and Florenceville, NB, gave more than 4,600 pounds of food to the Farm Credit Canada food drive last week. This sixth food donation drive toured the Moncton area, and then headed for the northwestern communities of the province. http://www.coopatlantic.ca/htm.aspx?id=617

§      Area credit unions, Advance Savings, OMISTA, and PSE, in Moncton, NB have been busy in their communities. They sponsored the Atlantic Hockey Tournament for youth. Every player on the winning team received a Credit Union toque http://omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=79 They also supported Mobile One Community Service, which operates Moncton’s mobile soup kitchen bus and five mobile food pantries serving people as far away as Harcourt and Bass River. Representatives from Advance Savings Credit Union, OMISTA Credit Union, and PSE Credit Union gathered with Mobile One to present a cheque for $1500. http://omista.com/news_detail.aspx?news_id=77


Trends - I’ve been outside the Co-op movement (I still prefer to call it a movement and not a system) for about four weeks now. During that time, readers will know, Co-op Week has come and gone. For me, looking in from the outside for the first time in almost 15 years, it simply seemed like Co-op Week didn’t come at all. I certainly didn’t hear about Co-op Week from my new coworkers, and I didn’t read about it in my local newspaper or even in my Co-op grocery flyer (because, apparently, I live too far away to receive a Co-op flyer anymore). My Credit Union has been silent about Credit Union day, preferring instead to inform me about yet another amalgamation meeting. On one hand, we have co-operators arguing that big food chains are bad; on the other hand, credit unions are trying to get bigger. Something is obviously lost in the balance. Think it’s just me? If CCA’s Co-op Week Blog (http://www.coopscanada.coop/blog/?p=18) can only garner three comments from across Canada, you know something is wrong.–Ron Levesque


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Culture C.O-O.P in Davis, California exists to promote diversity and cultural awareness for both adults and youth. They provide books, posters, educational seminars and a variety of other resources that promotes strength through diversity. If you would like to learn more or order products, visit http://www.cultureco-op.com/  - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - I have been thinking lately, as I help get the property ready for winter, how to get people involved in sharing bigger items we only use once or twice a year. A bit or research turned up this informative page http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/2004-04-01/Share-Tools.aspx Anyone out there in Atlantic Canada want to share their story or experience on tool sharing?  Write to us at circles1@nbnet.nb.ca

An excerpt from the article in Mother Earth News: “Some neighborhoods and communities across the country have discovered a better way—tool sharing. It's an idea that's alive and well, from small housing cooperatives in rural areas to lending programs in large cities. And many people are finding that, in addition to making economic sense, tool sharing offers a way to simplify life and create community, pulling together neighbors to exchange ideas, skills and a helping hand.” –– Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      Nov 25, 2009 Heritage Credit Union invites people for a Lunch-n-Learn session focusing on the benefits of group retirement solutions. 12 Noon, Heritage Credit Union’s Corporate Office, Suite 102-238A Brownlow Ave, Dartmouth, NS. RSVP is required by Nov. 13 to Susan Peterson (464-7106) or e-mail susan.peterson@heritagecu.com  

§      Nov 25, 2009 NBTA Credit Union Annual General Meeting / Call for Board of Directors takes place at 650 Montgomery Street, Fredericton. Details at  http://www.nbtacu.nb.ca/

§      Apr 15-17, 2010 – Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting

§      May 28-29, 2010 – Co-op Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: There were no responses. Answer: Which confectionary items are suggested by these: 1 wobbly infants 2 arias 3 seen at a race track 4 wee willy winky  Answers: Jelly Babies, Tunes, Tic Tacs, After Eight This week’s contest: The Co-op visitors went to the zoo. The day was rainy but still an interesting day to spend at the zoo. The Co-op Board had a great time and the monkeys were voted the favorites. The zoo had four monkeys - two males and two females. It was lunchtime for the monkeys and as the board watched, each one ate a different fruit in its favorite resting place. Can you determine the name of each monkey, what kind of fruit each monkey ate, and where its favorite resting place was? 1. Gerry, who doesn’t like bananas, likes sitting on the grass. 2. The monkey who sat on the rock ate the apple. The monkey who ate the pear didn’t sit on the tree branch. 3. Kathy sat by the stream but she didn't eat the pear. 4. Carole didn’t sit on the tree branch. David doesn’t like oranges. 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 – These days we hear that Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in our country and I have a number of friends who must now be watchful of their diets. Here’s a Recipe for Diabetics from a University of Illinois Extension program that may become a family favourite. It’s given in amounts for 2 servings but is easily doubled or tripled.     
Diabetic exchanges - 4 medium fat meals, 1 starch, 1 carbohydrate. 413 calories per serving.
Italian Beef Stir-Fry
3/4 cup pasta
1 1/2 tsp virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. beef sliced in thin diagonal slices
1-2 cloves garlic
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 tomato or cherry tomatoes to equal amount
2 tbsp Italian dressing
2 tsp Parmesan cheese
2 tsp parsley, chopped
Cook pasta according to package directions, but do not add salt to cooking water. Drain cooked pasta and keep warm. Cut garlic cloves into thin slices or put through garlic press. Cut cherry tomatoes in half or slice tomato in thin wedges. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place half of beef strips in skillet and stir-fry 1 minute or until outside surface is no longer pink. Do not overcook. Remove to warm platter. Stir-fry remaining beef with the garlic. Remove to warm platter. Sprinkle with black pepper. Cover to keep warm. In same skillet, add mushrooms and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beef and Italian dressing. Heat through. Spoon beef mixture over hot pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley. - Glenna Weagle


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