Week of Feb 28– Mar 6, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 2

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “It’s a mistake to think it is the small things we control and not the large; it’s the other way around.  We cannot stop the small accident, the tiny detail that conspires into fate: the extra moment you run back for something forgotten, a moment that saves you from an accident - or causes one.  But we can assert the largest order, the large human values daily, the only order large enough to see.” – Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces www.theglobeandmail.com/...ask-anne-michaels.../article793672/  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

·        Tomorrow, Thursday, March 4, Atlantic Co-operative Publishers is inviting co-operators to The Atlantic Co-operator Magazine launch party. Join staff members Rayanne Brennan, Leandre Landry and Cecile Wheaton as they launch the new magazine format of this publication. Celebrations begin at 2:30 p.m., McEwen Cafeteria, Co-op Atlantic, 123 Halifax Street, Moncton, NB. Cake, refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcomed to celebrate.

·        Each year Advance Savings Credit Union in New Brunswick recognizes the achievements of one Community Champion at its Annual General Meeting in April. From all nominations  received,  one deserving person (people who go above and beyond to make their community a better place, community champions exhibit their spirit by channeling their commitment, desire and zeal into whatever they do)  will be chosen to receive the Advance Savings Community Champion award plus a $500 donation to the charity of their choice. Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Community Champion until March 12, 2010. http://www.advancesavings.ca/community_community_champion.htm

·        When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti on January 12th, La Caisse Populaire Acadienne in Chéticamp immediately started accepting donations for the Red Cross, which were matched by the Canadian government up to the 12th of February. The co-op movement started the ball rolling with a donation of $2,750. Confident in its members’ generosity, La Caisse set up a target of $10,000.00, and installed a big thermometer to inform the membership as the amount steadily climbed. Needless to say, the target was met and exceeded.  Last week, with the government matching, the sum of $19, 587.50 has been collected, and the donations are still trickling in.  La Caisse Populaire Acadienne says THANK YOU to all its members. – Laurette Deveau

·        Co-operatives and credit unions are being urged to sponsor a youth (aged 14 to 18 years) to participate at the next Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership (ACYL) youth leadership seminar at Canoe Cove, PE on April 15-18, 2010. It is a co-operative learning experience for youth living in Atlantic Canada.  A sponsorship of $300 will enable a youth to learn and live the co-operative values at a regional, provincial, national and international level.  In return, ACYL encourages sponsored youth to become engaged in their sponsoring co-operative by securing summer or part time employment, joining a youth committee or becoming a non-voting member of its board of directors.  For more information about the ACYL program contact Trevor MacDougall, Program Coordinator at leadership@acyl.coop or (506) 862-0737.

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The New Trends – Today, as never before, we are flooded with and bombarded by an ever-increasing amount of data and information. This trend is not going away. If anything, it will get worse. It is impossible to read everything that is published in print or online, so just how do we keep up with what is new and important? What do we read and what do we let go? How do we sort it all out? Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes, had a wonderful way for us to look at this dilemma.  Holmes tells Watson in the book ‘Study in Scarlet’, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose . . . Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” It does take a great deal of discipline to focus on only what we need, since we are a society of “wanters”. I find it very hard to do this. I want to know more and more about everything I come across. This makes it hard to get things done. At times I find myself all over the place. I have to remind myself, to focus and let go of those things I really do not need. How do you control the data and information that comes at you? -  Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   

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Co-op Ed 101 – Just back from a Florida vacation. It is hard to face the price of oranges after buying them at great prices direct from the producers and at the farmers markets. For anyone who hasn’t seen them being picked and shipped have a look at this Web site http://www.floridasnatural.com/co-op/history . Florida’s Natural Growers was the first co-operative ever of its kind, organized in 1933 by growers who had a personal interest in bringing the best possible citrus products to the market. Today, it is one of the largest Florida citrus co-operatives of growers, with a membership base of 12 grower associations. The entire co-operative is made up of more than 1,000 grower-members who own more than 50,000 acres of citrus groves in the heart of central Florida. Next year I plan to visit the facility. - Maureen MacLean

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This Week’s Smile Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive. - Stephen Leacock

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Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The Canadian Co-operative Association’s National Youth Caucus is meeting for the first time this week, comprised of 12 young co-operators from across Canada. They come from various co-op associations, youth programs, co-ops and credit unions. Learn more about the beginnings of the caucus at http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/info_resources/Young-Co-operators

-  Erin Hancock

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Contest of the Week – Winner: Garth Lawson, NB Answer: There are six “F’s” in FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC STUDY COMBINED WITH THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS. This week’s contest:  The following words all have something in common. What is unusual about the following words? Assess, banana, dresser, grammar, potato, revive, uneven, voodoo 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 The monthly winners for the past four months are: February - Kathy Day, NS, January - Deidre Amirault, NS,  December - Larraine Perry, NB, November - Glenna Weagle,  NS. A small gift is on the way to each of you. Congratulations!

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Co-op Cooking - Here is a quick and easy chicken dish which can be featured with a salad for lunch or added to a plate of cooked veggies for dinner. Skinless, boneless chicken breast can be substituted for the tenderloins.

Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet

1 lb chicken breast tenderloins

1 tbsp cooking oil

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1 14-oz can diced tomatoes, drained

¼ cup snipped fresh basil

1 package pre-washed spinach

2 tbsp finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Cut any large chicken tenderloins in half lengthwise. Over medium-high heat, add oil to 12-inch skillet. Cook and stir chicken in hot skillet about 5 minutes or until done. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and basil; heat through. Remove from heat. Add spinach; toss until wilted. Divide among 4 plates. Sprinkle with cheese. – 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

§      Mar 24-25, 2010 - Social Enterprise in Rural and Urban Development: A Learning Event Waterfront Campus – Nova Scotia Community College
Dartmouth, NS If you are involved in community development in Atlantic Canada or if your work involves non profit organizations or co-ops that serve marginalized communities, then these workshops and presentations will be informative and useful. Registration fee- $145 (includes ticket to Thursday evening’s gala event). Please note:  Financial assistance for travel and accommodations may be available to community groups who wish to send members.  Please apply soon as funds are limited. Write to patricia.beaton@cbdc.ca for more information.  Find out more information about the event at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=343773985927&ref=mf

§      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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