Week of Feb 14– Feb 20, 2010, Vol. 4, No. 52

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “The greatest distance in the world is the 14 inches from our minds to our hearts.” - Agnes Baker Pilgrim www.agnesbakerpilgrim.org  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  

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This Week in Co-op Circles

§      The Caisses populaires acadiennes are giving away $50,000 in scholarships http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1037 NB  students have a chance to win a scholarship from the Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes. The Fondation pays $50,000 in scholarships annually, divided into 50 scholarships of $1,000 each. Registration forms are available to students online, on the Caisses populaires acadiennes website, www.acadie.com. Paper format registration forms will no longer be available. To enter, students must meet the eligibility requirements described on the website. All registration forms must be completed before March 31, 2010. The scholarship draw will take place in April, and the winners will receive their scholarship during Co-op Week, in October 2010.

§      Jim MacConnell, retired president and CEO of Scotsburn Co-operative Services Limited, a major Nova Scotia-based dairy co-op, has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce. In his 36-year career with Scotsburn, MacConnell saw it grow from a small dairy with 20 employees to the leading dairy operation in Atlantic Canada when he retired in 2004. He became Scotsburn’s CEO in 1972. In retirement, he still sits on Scotsburn’s advisory board.

§      March 8 is International Women’s Day, and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is seeking donations for an online auction to celebrate the occasion. The auction will take place from March 8-18, and all proceeds will go to CDF’s Global Women’s Fund, which helps women in developing countries become leaders in their co-operatives. This will be CDF’s third online auction. To donate items or sponsor the auction, contact Sarah Richardson at sarah.richardson@coopscanada.coop.

§      A recent CBC radio show touted Fundy Funeral Home Co-op in Saint John, NB, as the most successful funeral home in Atlantic Canada and the figures reported at their Annual General Meeting in October certainly supported this claim. In 2008 - 2009, Fundy Funeral Home increased the number of families it serves by 22 per cent and saw another hike in prearranged funerals, bringing the total revenue from this product to $7 million. Six full time and six part time staff served 249 families last year, the largest number since it became established in 1992. Fundy Funeral Home Co-op’s healthy surplus made it an easy decision for members at their AGM to vote for the purchase of additional property to accommodate the growing need for parking space and a new reception area. http://www.cecnb.ca/pdf/NovemberE-News.pdf

§      Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op employees have risen to the challenge and made huge contributions to a number of Haiti fundraising efforts. http://www.justuscoffee.com/Resources/Docs/haiti.pdf Staff has contributed by bringing in donations of medical supplies, clothes and water, and organizing community donations of blankets. Coffeehouses have raised a total of $2273.60 primarily by donating their tips, but including contributions from customers. Its Spring Garden location alone raised $1226.67. All this money and the supplies were donated to the Salutary Angels in Halifax to help in Haiti.

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The New Trends –Many business practitioners are making a lot of predictions for 2010. One trend for marketers that keeps popping up on blogs, twitters and books: Value is the new black. Consumer spending, even on sale items, will continue to be replaced by reason-to-buy at all. This spells trouble for brands with no authentic meaning, whether high-end or low. What makes goods and services valuable will increasingly be what is wrapped up in the brand and what it stands for. The unique meaning of a brand will increase in importance as generic features continue to plague the brand landscape. Awareness as a meaningful market force has long been obsolete, and differentiation will be critical for success, translating into sales and profitability. Do you have a ‘True Value’? Do you ‘stand for something’ that has value? How are you so different or do you blend in with the rest? Make sure you are on the outside looking in when you try to answer these questions. Let us know at: circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  -  Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   

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Co-op Ed 101 Redeye is a 3-hour radio program broadcast live every Saturday morning on Vancouver Cooperative Radio, CFRO 102.7FM. It is produced by an independent media collective at the studios of Coop Radio in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

The show has been on the air for more than 30 years, providing high-quality public affairs and arts programming to listeners looking for a progressive take on current events.

Have a look at the program’s Website http://www.vcn.bc.ca/redeye/index.html - Maureen MacLean

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This Week’s Smile Everyone has a photographic memory.  Some just don’t have film.

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - In keeping with a commitment to education and to foster the next generation of co-operators, there are currently three Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation scholarships being administered through the Canadian Co-operative Association. These scholarships are intended to support students who are pursuing co-op studies and research. Read more about the Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship ( for graduate student), the Amy and Tim Dauphinee Scholarship (for graduate students) and the Lemaire Co-operative Studies Award (undergraduate or graduate students) at http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/orphan/CASC-Scholarships . All recipients of the above financial awards are provided free membership to the Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operation along with free admission to their annual conference (http://www.coopresearch.coop/). The deadline is March 31st, so apply soon! -  Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week - Winner: Kathy Day, NS, was the winner again! Answers:1.Moose (Mousse) 2. Lion (Lyin') 3. Whale (Wail) 4. Deer (Dear) 5. Toad (Towed) This week’s contest: A man is trapped in a room. The room has only two possible exits: two doors. Through the first door there is a room constructed from magnifying glass. The blazing hot sun instantly fries anything or anyone that enters. Through the second door there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape? 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

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Co-op Cooking - A friend passed these around at Aquacize class a few days ago, promising that if you ate them before you got into the pool there was no affect from the calories consumed. Good excuse. If you are a chocoholic you are bound to love these and they are so simple to make that your children or grandchildren can easily help. Please make sure if you are serving these that everyone is aware that they contain peanuts as peanut allergies can be life threatening to those affected by them.

Chocolate Bites

2 cups chocolate chips

2 cups butterscotch chips

2 cups peanut butter chips

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups finely-chopped peanuts

2 cups finely-crushed potato chips (one large bag)

Place chocolate, butterscotch and peanut butter chips into a large, microwavable, mixing bowl. Heat for 2 minutes, stir and then heat for 1 minute periods, stirring between minutes, until mixture is melted and smooth. Add vanilla, mixing well. Add potato chips and peanuts, stirring until well combined. Place mini-muffin cups on two baking sheets with sides (approximately 30 to 35 to a sheet). Fill with teaspoonfuls of the chocolate mixture. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in tightly covered containers in the refrigerator. Note: You can change the mixture by using a different nut, Skor pieces, etc but the mixture should never exceed 4 cups total (including the potato chips). Peanut butter chips can be replaced by additional chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips where peanut allergies are an issue. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      Apr 23-24, 2010 - Credit Union Central of New Brunswick holds its 2010 Tradeshow, being held in conjunction with it Annual General Meeting on April 23/24 in Saint John, NB

§      May 28, 2010 Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB’s AGM, Moncton, NB

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

§      June 9 – 12 – Co-op Housing Federation Annual General Meeting, London, ON

§      June 14-16, 2010 – Canadian Co-operative Association Congress 2010: Co-operation and sustainability: the way forward, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS

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§      Re the Trends article on newspapers and magazines, I subscribe to one free magazine (religious themed publication with absolutely no advertisements).  I purchase monthly 1 magazine over the counter but I may as well subscribe because I buy it every month (an artistic themed publication with lots of advertisements), and on occasion I buy a professional cooking magazine (zero advertisements).  At the newsstand I often look at Popular Mechanics or Popular Science. The featured article usually ends up being 2 pages with lots of advertisements. I have this notion that the cover story should be the major article and the meat and potatoes of the content. I think I last purchased a Popular Mechanics issue over a year ago. I’m always disappointed at the feature article size. Over 3 years ago I took all my hiking and fitness magazines and tore out only the articles I would read again or use as reference. I went from a 3 foot tall pile of magazines down to a 5-7 inch stack of articles. Then I went through the pile again and discovered what I didn’t want was mostly advertisements with a few articles on vacations to places I would never visit. (surviving in a cave in the Amazon jungle while being attacked by pygmy headhunters during a hurricane.) Just my experience – NM, NB

§      Finally, another contest that is not too clever for me. Keep up the good work, the weekly co-op fix keeps me informed and feeling connected. DK, Out to pasture in Manitoba

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