Week of June 13 – June 19, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 14

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.” - A.J. Cronin www.bookrags.com/A._J._Cronin    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 Fondation des caisses populaires acadiennes invests in youth and recently held its 2010 scholarship draw. This year, 50 students were eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. These scholarships were distributed in the five regions served by the Caisses populaires acadiennes and associated co-operatives. The draw for these 50 scholarships took place May 17, 2010, at the Édifice Martin-J.-Légère, the Fondation headquarters. The scholarships will be given to the recipients during the Semaine de la coopération, next October. To see the winners, go to http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1529

·        The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) is reaching out to co-operatives and credit unions across Canada for financial support to aid member families affected by Hurricane Agatha, a recent tropical storm that has thrashed the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Co-operative members of at least three of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA)’s agricultural partners in the region are among those affected.  Cuatro Piños in Guatemala, and the Sociedad Cooperativa Productores de Marañón and Acodasjar in El Salvador report mudslides and damaged homes.  El Porvenir Plantain Producer’s Co-operative, a co-operative located in northern Honduras, has lost 80 acres of cultivated land.  CDF President Wayne McLeod and the CDF Board ask Canadians to support those who have lost so much.  “The people of these regions already have challenging lives; it is hard to imagine how this devastation will affect their way of life.” Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have all declared a state of emergency.  CCA will be responding immediately by sending funds to rebuild partner co-operatives and members' homes.  Donations to the CDF Hurricane Agatha Relief Fund may be made at www.cdfcanada.coop , or by mail to the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, 275 Bank Street, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2L6.  Please indicate that your donation is designated for the Hurricane Agatha Relief Fund.  For more information, please email CDF Fundraising Officer sarah.richardson@coopscanada.coop  or phone (613) 238-6711 ext.217.

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Co-op Ed 101 – The Nova Scotia Co-operative Council http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/aboutus.php is the provincial development arm of the co-operative and credit union system. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of representatives from co-operatives and credit unions from across the province. It will hold its 61st Annual meeting next week in Halifax .Read about its new projects and innovative programs http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/news_pressrelease.php - Maureen MacLean

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - If you are a Francophone youth and would like a great summer job in Alberta, consider the Alberta Economic Council. They are hiring a Co-operative Development Coordinator for a 3 month contract beginning in late June. To obtain a copy of the job description, inquire soon by calling 1.888.414.6123. Learn more about them at http://www.lecdea.ca/index.php  - Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: David Kerr, MB Answer: Flip me upside down or read me backwards, and you have the same thing. Remove one of me, and you have what a famous Henry was. If you instead remove the other of me, and turn me on my side, you could try to count to me, but would never arrive. What number am I? 88 Congratulations! This week’s contest: There are four people representing their co-operatives and all of them are sitting at a SQUARE table playing a game. Their names are Carl, the Co-op Store Manager, Wanda, the Worker Co-op Owner, Cathy, the Credit Union CFO, and Isabel, the Co-op Insurance Agent. Read the clues and figure out who sits where at the table. Isabel, the Co-op Insurance Agent, is at the left of Carl, the Co-op Store Manager. Carl, the Co-op Store Manager, sits on the right side of the table. Wanda, the Worker Co-op Owner, is on the right of Carl, the Co-op Store Manager.
So where does Cathy, the Credit Union CFO sit? 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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Today’s Smile - Could crop circles be the work of a cereal killer?

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Co-op Cooking - If you are looking for a dessert that is a crowning touch to any meal, you can not go wrong with any recipe made with phyllo pastry. Add to that the fact that apples and almonds seem to be made for each other and these tarts are bound to become a family favourite. If you want to make them a little easier on the waistline you can switch the butter for a soft margarine and/or use a brown sugar substitute which is made for baking or a half-and-half mixture of brown sugar and sucralose.

Apple Almond Phyllo Crisps

2 sheets phyllo pastry
2 tsp butter, melted
2 tbsp chopped almonds, toasted
1 1/2 tsp icing sugar
 Lay single sheet of phyllo on counter; brush with half of the butter. Using scissors, cut crosswise into three 5-inch wide strips; fold each into thirds to form square shape. Using scissors, round off corners and gently mold into muffin cups. Repeat with remaining phyllo to make 6 shells. Bake in 400F oven for 5 minutes or until golden.
 Apple Filling:

 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups sliced peeled apples
 In heavy skillet, combine sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon; cook over medium heat until bubbly. Add apples and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until tender; let cool slightly. Spoon into prepared shells. Sprinkle with almonds; sift icing sugar over top. Serve warm or at room temperature. – Glenna Weagle

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Co-op Community Bulletin Board

Remember to send news items and bulletin board items to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca.

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

§      June 15, 2010 – Annual Meeting, Advance Savings Credit Union, 7 pm, Moncton, NB, Futures Inn (off Mapleton Road)

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Annual General Meeting, Halifax, NS Healthcare Workshop ~ 1 – 2:30 PM, Annual Meeting ~ 3 - 5:00 PM, Radisson Suite Hotel, Halifax. Space is limited, so please RSVP to andrea@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966, indicating which events you plan to attend (see attached for further info on the workshop)

§      June 23, 2010 – Nova Scotia Co-op Council Annual Meeting Banquet and Harbour Cruise on Halifax Harbour aboard the Harbour Queen I, featuring entertainment from performers,Abbey Road

, 6 – 9 PM. Tickets are $50 for members, $60 for non-members. RSVP to info@nsco-opcouncil.ca or (902) 893-8966. Space is limited, so register early.

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