Week of Mar. 14– Mar. 20, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 4

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Openings  - Openings is a weekly feature of Co-op Circles. “Individual commitment to a group effort -  that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi Send your favourite quote about celebrating co-operatives, communities and a better world for all, to circles1@nbnet.nb.ca  

Editor’s Note: This week’s quote is dedicated to Don Morton who died last week at the age of 66. Don’s individual commitment to co-operatives (especially his years as president of Consumers Community Co-operative), credit unions, high school sports teams, his students, his golfing buddies, the community organizations he chose to get involved in, and particularly to his family, made the group effort successful. God speed, Don. Your commitment won’t be forgotten! – Brenda and Maureen


This Week in Co-op Circles

·        Donald Bruce Morton, 66, of Moncton, passed away peacefully after a year long battle with brain cancer, at the Moncton Hospital on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Don taught school for 31 years, 29 of which were at Harrison Trimble High School. During his teaching career, he was greatly involved in school activities, including the Annual Teachers Variety Show and coaching both the men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams. He was an active member of the NB Basketball Referees Association for over 20 years, with the highlight being officiating the Bronze Medal Game of the National Wheelchair Championship in 1996. Don was former President and Board Member of MCRI (Moncton Community Residences), Past President of the Board of Directors for Co-op Centre, President of the Board of Directors of CCC (Consumers Community Co-operative) former Chair of the Local Council of CCC–Co-op Centre. President of the Board of Directors of PSE Credit Union and a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Union Central of New Brunswick. Don was an avid golf enthusiast and was a member of Pine Needles Golf Club. Online condolences can be sent to www.fergusonknowlesfh.com

·        Farmers Co-operative Dairy Ltd will no longer make Beep. One time Beep was a staple in children’s lunch boxes but sales have been declining in recent years. It was introduced in NS in 1961. It comes in one-liter containers and single-serving bags. Nova Scotia is last province to still sell it. Farmers is doing a major overhaul of its packaging facilities and Beep’s low sales didn’t warrant it being included. http://www.farmersdairy.ca/lifeOnTheFarm.php#2010-03-02

·        Farmers Co-operative Dairy Ltd has corporately donated 3,600L of UHT milk to Haiti. In addition to this corporate donation, the employee social committee recently held a pancake breakfast to help raise funds and numerous employees have made their own individual contributions.

·        A filmmakers co-operative in St. John's, NL will be able to upgrade its equipment and expand its sound editing facilities as a result of  $76,500 in funding from the provincial government. Established in 1975, the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO) is an association of independent filmmakers who are dedicated to the development of media arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The co-op provides expertise, resources, equipment and space to entry-level, emerging, and established artists and technicians. “With this funding, NIFCO is now on the leading edge in Canada for film post-production,” said Jean Smith, the co-op’s executive director.  The funding was provided through the government's Regional/Sectoral Diversification Fund, administered by the provincial Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development.

·        The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is seeking 14 credit unions across Canada to host women credit union professionals from developing countries this June. The visitors will be in Canada as part of the tenth annual Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due women's mentorship program, which provides overseas staff of financial co-operatives with a professional development opportunity.  From June 9 to 19, 14 women from credit unions in the developing world will spend 10 days with Canadian credit unions receiving leadership training and learning the ins and outs of managing a loans program.  If your credit union is interested in acting as a host for this year's program, contact Kati Clark at 613-238-6711, ext. 208 or at katherine.clark@coopscanada.coop

·        Leocadio Juracan, Mayan Community Leader and coffee farmer with the CCDA (Campesino Committee of the Highland) will be in Nova Scotia over the next few days as a guest of JUDES. Dates: Friday, March 19, 2010: 12 noon, Al Whittle Theatre, Main Street, Wolfville; Friday, March 19, 2010: 7:30 pm, Just Us! Spring Garden Coffeehouse, 5896 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax; Sunday, March 21, 2010: 7:30 pm, Fables (Main St), Tatmagouche; Monday,  March 22, 2010: TBA (check local listings) He is sponsored by Just Us! (www.justuscoffee.com) and Breaking the Silence (www.breaking-the-silence.ca). Satya Ramen is Development Coordinator with JUDES. Email: satya@judesfairtrade.ca JUDES develops public awareness of fair trade and responsible purchasing.  By providing educational resources and facilitating partnerships, JUDES builds solidarity between consumers and small producers across the hemispheres with respect to social, environmental, and economic justice.

·        Heritage Credit Union staff participated in the annual LIVE RED event in mid-February to help raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. Funds raised help the Heart and Stroke Foundation ensure they can fulfill their vision “Towards generations free of heart disease and stroke.” https://www.heritagecu.com/SharedContent/documents/newsletter.pdf

·        The provincial government and the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council kicked-off a new partnership Feb. 24 that will connect unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today’s labour market needs. Premier Darrell Dexter and Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse launched the Target 100 employment program. Mountain Equipment Co-op, a member of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, hosted the event, which was broadcast live via a government webcast. http://www.nsco-opcouncil.ca/news_inthenews.php#target

·         The Nova Scotia Co-op Council has a Facebook group  you can join. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25323877954  It celebrates 60 years of Nova Scotia co-operatives through a collection of stories and photo memories of co-operatives strengthening communities. 


The New Trends - When a business does not see change or does, and does not leap at it to be first, it will lose out in more ways than one. Seth Godin, in his Sunday blog, looks at bookstores and highlights The Montague Bookmill in Montague, Massachusetts.

“This is the bookstore of the future, because it’s not a business trying to maximize growth and ROI. No, it’s a place, an attitude, an approach to an afternoon. They don’t sell every book, they don’t even pretend to. Just as vinyl records persist, an object of joy for some listeners and a profitable cottage business for some sellers, bookstores are going to become like gift stores. The goal isn’t a commodity transaction with maximum selection at minimum price. The goal is an experience worth seeking out and paying for. We are going to see more and more of these newly archaic industries turn into lifestyle businesses, which is what they used to be before Wall Street showed up.” – excerpted from Seth Godin’s Blog. Co-op business should strive to be like a co-operative, a credit union rather than a bank, a Co-op grocery store rather than one of the big chains, doing so not in their own minds but in the minds of the marketplace. It should be a place, an attitude, an approach: to people. See photos of this wonderful bookstore:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/ShelfTalker_A_Children_s_Bookseller_s_Blog/28758-A_Photo_Tour_of_the_Montague_Bookmill.php - Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   


Co-op Ed 101 – Are you thinking about a cruise this year?  Here is a co-operative option. The Co-operative Travel Cruises http://www.co-operativecruises.co.uk/about-us/

is a specialist web division of The Co-operative Travel, part of Europe’s largest consumer co-operative. Based in Barrow In Furness, The Co-operative Travel Cruises is a subsidiary company of the award winning cruise specialist Cumbria Cruises  (Cumbria Cruises is a trading name of Co-operative Travel Group Limited). Read about their sustainability strategy  and  commitment to corporate responsibility  - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - For fun this week I thought I would Google “cool co-ops” to see what I found. It turns out there is an education Christian co-op in Florida called just that, Home’s Cool Co-op. They exist to offer high quality, low cost classes to children (K-8) with consideration of prayer and Christian values. Read more at  http://homescoolcoop.tripod.com/index.html The co-op movement has long had ties with religious movements, so this is an example of how co-ops, youth and religious themes can work together when addressing a need.  - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Bob Gregory, PEI  Answer: What row of numbers comes next? This is a tough one! 1 -11-21-1211-111221-312211-13112221.The next row is 1113213211 Starting with the second line, every line describes the line before it. In writing, it is: One One Two Ones One Two One One This week’s contest:  This week, a bit of word fun  A Tom Swifty is a sentence ending in an adverb that both tells how or when Tom said something and applies to the meaning of his statement. Here’s an example:

“Don’t sit in the back of the boat,” said Tom sternly. Sternly describes Tom’s tone of voice. In addition, stern is another word for “back of the boat.” Make a Tom Swifty out of each of the following sentences. The first letter of each adverb appears as a hint.

  1. “Does anyone have a hammer?” asked Tom s_________.
  2. “I hope you like the gift I brought,” said Tom p__________.
  3. “This poison ivy is making me itch!” exclaimed Tom r__________.
  4. “I got first prize,” reported Tom w__________.
  5. “I wish I had written down the things I need at the store,” said Tom l________.

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 Congratulations!


Today’s Smile - Happy St Paddy’s Day to all our Irish readers. Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?” The man said, “I do, Father.” The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”  Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?” “Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply. “Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest. Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?” O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”  The priest said, “I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?’ O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”


Co-op Cooking - Hot chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper all enhance the flavor of this lively citrus marinade for pork. Steam zucchini and yellow summer squash strips to serve with the succulent grilled chops.

Adobo Pork Chops

6 boneless pork loin chops, cut ¾ inch thick

3 tbsp packed brown sugar

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp red wine or cider vinegar

2 tsp hot chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano, crushed

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground red pepper (optional)

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

2 cloves garlic, minced

Trim fat from chops. Place chops in a plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine brown sugar, oil, orange juice, cilantro, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, red pepper (if desired), cinnamon, and garlic. Pour over chops; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

Drain chops, discarding marinade. Grill chops for 12 to 15 minutes or until chops are done, turning once halfway through grilling. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      April 15-18, 2010 – Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Canoe Cove, Prince Edward Island. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      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 13-16, 2010 - Atlantic Co-operative Youth Leadership Camp Wildwood, Buctouche, NB. Go to http://www.acyl.coop/english/newsletter.htm to apply.

§      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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