Week of Mar. 1– Mar. 7, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 8

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.”  - Buzz Aldrin   www.buzzaldrin.com  Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to News1@nbnet.nb.ca  


This Week in Co-op Circles

·      In 2008, Eastern Edge Credit Union in Newfoundland Labrador sponsored two Paradise youth soccer teams; co-sponsored NL Folk Festival with ten other credit unions; donated a food hamper to Community Food Sharing Association; management and staff cleaned up Airport Heights Park; and board of directors and staff volunteered at the Janeway telethon. https://www.easternedgecu.com/Home/InOurCommunity/

·      The L’Anse au Loup branch of Eagle River Credit Union presented Community Youth Network Coordinator, Lisa Davis, with a donation of $2,000 to continue the Network’s work in the community. https://www.eaglerivercu.com/Home/YourCreditUnion/AboutUs/MediaCentre/


Trends - This week’s Trends will be a little different. I’m going to defer (or refer) to a blog entry by Stephen Downes, a researcher with the National Research Council of Canada who specializes in online learning and who is based in Moncton, NB. This week he spent an afternoon thinking about the financial crash, and wrote about it in one of his blogs. While I encourage you to read the whole thing (reference at the end of this Trends entry), the gist of it is this: Most humans have about 150 people in their sphere of acquaintances whom they know, understand and can relate to. The failure of society (Downes explains it better in the blog entry) is not that we cannot know and understand more than 150 people, rather “it’s how we characterize the remaining 99.99 percent of humanity: as though they were automatons.” He goes on to says that this is the culture that allows us to say ‘it’s not personal, it’s business’ as we evict someone from their home...the “ethos that allows us in the western world to build a society based on consumption and ownership of more and more even as starvation and disease wrack the remainder of the world.” I’d like to think that the co-operative form of business is the antithesis to this modern culture, though sometimes I’m not sure. Read Stephen’s blog entry here: http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2009/03/monkeysphere-ideology.html  - Ron Levesque


Today I Learned Something New: International Development Through the Eyes of Students - During the year, as part of my work with the Canadian Co-operative Association, I visit schools and talk about co-operatives and communities in developing countries. I always appreciate the insights of the students, shared through comment sheets. This week: “It was fun to have Ms MacLean visit our school in Tatamagouche. We all got to touch the things she brought from far away. When I graduate I’d like to help teach school far away.” – Bobby, Grade 6  


Co-op Ed 101 – Sometimes, just for fun, I look up things on the Internet. You can search your name, your city or your company to see if there are others like you.  This week when I was looking  for “Co-op Circles”, this interesting co-op recycling site came up with a reference to their newsletter, Full Circles. The Northeast Resource Recovery Association http://www.nrra.net/   is a pro-active, non-profit, working to make recycling programs strong, efficient, and financially successful by: providing cooperative marketing/purchasing and educational/networking opportunities; developing innovative recycling programs; creating sustainable alternatives to reduce the volume and toxicity of waste, and; educating and informing local officials about recycling and solid waste issues. Since 1981, membership in the NRRA has grown to include over 300 municipalities, individuals, and businesses in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Southern Maine. The NRRA is a member driven organization whose programs are designed and overseen by the members they serve. It publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, Full Circle. Full Circle provides the NRRA with the opportunity to notify its membership of the latest happenings in the world of recycling, new NRRA programs and a listing of upcoming solid waste and recycling related workshops, meetings or events. To read back issues, go to http://www.nrra.net/newsletter.html  - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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§      Mar 20-21, 2009 Credit Union Central of Prince Edward Island Annual Meeting, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, PEI

§      Mar 25, 2009 44th Annual General Meeting of Horizon Credit Union, Capital Hotel, Kenmount Rd, St. John’s, NL – 7:30 pm

§      March 27, 2009 Social Accounting for the Value Added of Volunteers and Members in Non-Profits and Co-operatives with Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter, University of Toronto, and Eric Plato, Frontier College – cost is $100 + GST TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca , 416-978-0022

§      April 17-18, 2009 Credit Union Central of New Brunswick Annual Meeting, Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB

§      April 22 -23, 2009 Blueprints of the Brand Forum, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS – designed specifically for Credit Union CEOs and General Managers, this forum offers the tools to further enhance the brand for Credit Unions.

§      April 24, 2009 League Savings and Mortgage Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      April 24-25, 2009 Credit Union Central of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Westin Hotel, Halifax, NS

§      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.  

§      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


Contest of the WeekLast week’s contest: There were no correct answers. We loved Ron Levesque’s answer:“What time is it? Time to get a new watch!!”Answer: I recently gave a new watch to my friend for his birthday. However, as usual with my presents, it is quite useless as it gains 6 minutes every hour. I set it using my own accurate clock at midnight and the watch now shows 8:26 am. I know that it stopped 30 minutes ago, so what is the correct time now? 7:10 am

Real time    Watch time

1:00 am  =  1:06 am

2:00 am  =  2:12 am

3:00 am  =  3:18 am

4:00 am  =  4:24 am

5:00 am  =  5:30 am

6:00 am  =  6:36 am

7:00 am  =  7:42 am

7:10 am  =  7:53 am

7:20 am  =  8:04 am

7:30 am  =  8:15 am

7:40 am  =  8:26 am

Minus 30 minutes = 7:10 am

Send your answer to this week’s contest to contest1@nbnet.nb.ca by Tuesday, at noon. All entries go into the monthly draw for a special prize. This week’s contest: For being good at the garden fete, four children were each given two sweets. Jack had an orange sweet. The child who had a red one also had a blue one. No child had two sweets of the same colour. The child who had a green sweet also had a red one. Jim didn't have a red sweet and Joe had a green one. James didn't have an orange one and Jack had no blue sweets. Knowing that there were two sweets of each colour, can you tell the colours of the sweets each child had?


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) offers scholarships each year to support students who are committed to furthering the research and study of co-operation. The deadlines are approaching (April 15th) and since a comprehensive application is required (describing the purpose of study, references, and so forth), it’s time to get started. Learn more at http://www.usaskstudies.coop/teaching/scholarships/CASC.php and find the application at http://www.coopscanada.coop/cooplinks/education/awards/scholarships_form.pdf

- Erin Hancock


Co-op Cooking – Need a quick dessert and don't have anything in the house. Try this. The kids may love it as each of them gets their own mug cake. Want to make it a little fancier. Serve it on a plate with a scoop of your favourite ice-cream or drizzled with a chocolate sauce, perhaps with a couple of strawberries on the side. The possibilities always seem endless when you have chocolate.

5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

4 T flour

4 T sugar

2 T cocoa

1 egg

3 T milk

3 T oil

3 T chocolate chips (optional)

A small splash of vanilla extract

1 large coffee mug (microwave safe)

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed. Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. One cake can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous. And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?  Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night! - Glenna Weagle


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Next Co-op Circles: Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009.