Week of Aug. 8 – Aug. 14, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 20

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The Cheticamp Hooked Rugs Coopérative Artisanale was incorporated in 1963 in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, by a group of co-operative-minded individuals wishing to assure the survival of the rug hooking industry by buying and selling these artistic handmade rug creations.  About 1000 ft from l’Église Saint-Pierre, and next to the Cheticamp Co-op, you will find the Cheticamp Hooked Rugs Coopérative Artisanale, a gift shop/museum/restaurant.  This particular co-op specializes in the wholesale and retail of handmade hooked area rugs, handmade hooked wall-hangings, doilies and coasters. The art of rug hooking has its own style and designs. Most of the handmade rugs incorporate pastel colours and shaded flowers, bordered with green leaves. Check it out at http://www.cheticamphookedrugs.com/

·        Happy August 15 to all our Circles readers in Atlantic Canada who celebrate Acadian Day. The National Acadian Day is observed each year on August 15, celebrating the Assumption of Mary. It was during the first National Convention of the Acadians held at Memramcook in 1881 that the Acadian leaders received the mandate to set the date of this celebration.

·        Caisses populaires acadiennes will soon be represented at the Village Historique Acadien in NB. The first wall of what will represent the original Caisse populaire acadienne, has been erected at the Village Historique Acadien (VHA). The construction will reflect the building opened in Petit-Rocher in 1936, as it was in 1944. The heritage of the Caisses populaires acadiennes stems from that first milestone, which today represents close to $3 billion in assets belonging to its 200,000 members, and it is certainly very rewarding to share this success story and our pride in being Acadian. http://www.acadie.com/en/communique_affiche.cfm?id=1530

·        Lahave Credit Union in the Bridgewater, NS, area is offering several prizes for youth and students. Open your first savings account and enter to win a $50 gift card to Empire Theatres and a $100 Registered Education Savings Plan. Open your first chequing account and enter to win a Sony 8GB Digital Walkman and a $100 Registered Education Savings Plan. Open your student chequing account and enter to win a $300.00 Bursary. http://www.lahaverivercreditunion.ca/web?service=direct/1/WhatsNewView/SidebarBlocks/dlinkWNMore&sp=S1960

·        Although we all know this information, please share it with your family and friends. Take care of your personal credit union account information. In late July several credit union customer-owners on Nova Scotia’s south shore have received phone calls advising that their debit card had been compromised and to call a specific number and verify account details.  This is a new twist on phishing fraud.  Rather than request that you click on an internet link, the phone call requests you to call a specific phone number.  If you have received such a message or called the telephone number and provided account/personal details, contact your credit union immediately.

·        The 2010 T. M. MacIntyre and John Bower Bursary winners have been announced by Community Credit Union with offices in Truro, Amherst and Bass RiverNS. Details are at http://www.communitycreditunion.ns.ca/web;jsessionid=FF675E06915485329AB2361C8ABEC195?service=direct/1/Home/SidebarBlocks/dlinkWNMore&sp=S1952


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - The North American Students of Co-operation has just opened registration for their November 5-7 Co-operative Education and Training Institute. Their theme this year is Cooperative Cartography: Where People, Places, and Movements Intersect. Co-operators of all ages are invited, but there's a strong presence from student housing co-ops. The Institute is held in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. The workshops, caucuses and skill shares tackle a wide variety of co-op issues including new member orientation, power dynamics in co-ops, organizing affordable housing and more. There are co-op tours to Detroit and special learning tracks offering anti-oppression training, co-op development and a course track for staff and managers. The cost is $290 for registration if you register before October. Housing can be arranged for free at local housing co-ops. NASCO expects 400+ co-operators from the US, Canada and elsewhere. View the workshop list at http://nasco.coop/institute/node/68965 and registration at http://nasco.coop/institute/node/82767 - Erin Hancock


Co-op Ed 101 - Want to sit back on a summer day and learn more about co-operatives in Italy? CCCBE Distinguished Guest Lecturer: Professor Stefano Zamagni presentation now available on podcast. Stefano Zamagni, considered the ‘prophet’ of the Emilia-Romagna Cooperatives, was a distinguished guest lecturer for the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy at the University of Victoria on June 16th. His recently published book, co-authored with Vera Zamagni,  ‘Co-operative Enterprise: Facing the Challenge of Globalization’ http://www.bcics.org/content/cccbe-distinguished-lecture-professor-stefano-zamagni-june-16th-bob-wright-centre-rooma104-1 - Maureen MacLean


Co-op Cooking - This recipe is fresh, fresh, fresh! A leafy green similar to kale, coarsely chopped Swiss chard blends beautifully with diced lean bacon, fresh orange juice and orange zest. This recipe provides the perfect, light complement to the richness of sweet potatoes. 

Swiss Chard with Orange and Bacon

2 lbs Swiss or red chard, tough stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped

4 slices lean bacon, diced
Zest of 1 orange, finely grated
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp unsalted butter

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the chard about 3 minutes, until bright green and tender. Drain, squeezing out any excess water from the leaves. In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp (about 5 minutes). Transfer bacon to a plate. Pour the orange juice into the same skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Turn off heat. Stir in butter or margarine, orange zest and chard. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish, top with diced bacon and serve. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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·        Sept. 10-12, 2010, 750+ people will be in Boston for the largest Fair Trade conference in North American history. http://fairtradeconference.ning.com/ *Learn how to bring more Fair Trade into your Life, Town, and Business*Meet face-to-face with the Fair Trade Artisans and Farmers behind cool Products*Build Relationships with the larger Fair Trade Community*Pick up practical advice that's tailored to your needs as an Activist, Entrepreneur, Student, etc*Be a part of history! Futures Conferences only happen every five years - don't wait to be a part of this growing movement for change!

·        Oct 17-23, 2010 – Co-op Week

·        Oct 21 – International Credit Union Day


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