Week of Apr. 25– May 1, 2010, Vol. 5, No. 9

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This Week in Co-op Circles

·        The 2010 CWCF Annual Conference will be in Vancouver from October 28th to 30th. The theme will be Worker Co-operatives and Sustainable Development. In order to make this the best CWCF conference yet, CWCF is looking for feedback and suggestions. Please fill in this 5 minute survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CWCF_Conference_2010.

·        The Rexton branch of Advance Savings hosted internationally renowned speaker, student motivator and paramedic with over 23 years experience, Norbert Georget, at the Bonar Law Memorial High School on March 24, 2010. More than 350 students were on hand to take in Georget’s Smart Youth Power Assembly™, which is a powerful 60-75 minute presentation on teenage drinking and driving, substance abuse, and peer pressure. He has spoken to over a million students in more than 2000 high schools and colleges across Canada and the United States.https://www.advancesavings.ca/SharedContent/documents/WEBMarch%2024_10%20-%20Press%20Release%20-%20Advance%20Savings%20hosts%20Norbert%20Georget.pdf

·        Bayview Credit Union is hosting an “Old Time Rock and Roll Show Fundraiser”, Saturday, May 8, 2010, 7:00PM, Sussex Regional High School. Tickets are $20 advance, and $25 at the door. It is being held in support of the Sussex Volunteer Fire Department and their efforts to purchase a Firefighter Locator System, used to locate a missing or trapped firefighter in a burning structure. The show will feature tributes to Elvis and Roy Orbison (Milton Jerome and the Classics) and Neil Diamond (Earl McAllister). In addition there will be a 50/50 draw, prize giveaways and more. Tickets can be purchased at the Sussex branch of Bayview Credit Union.

·        Staff at Valley Credit Union’s branch in Cambridge, NS, is thrilled with their new building. The response from the credit union’s membership and the community to the opening of a new branch building was “Fantastic,” board director Martin Gillis said. “It really shows your support for what we do, and this building is a result of your dedication and loyalty to the credit union.” Mike Wark, president and chief executive officer, says the former branch and head office will now become a wealth management centre, with two counselors and an administrative position, as daily banking activities move to the new space next door. The wealth management staff currently works in Cambridge and Greenwood, with the administrator shuttling back and forth. “We’ve been talking about this for over two years - we knew we had to do something. The branch has grown tremendously - over 200 per cent in the last few years.” Valley Credit Union also hired a lending advisor in May and, with referrals from its 12,000-member customer base, needed the strengthened banking and counseling services. “The biggest thing we have going for us now is our staff: their reputation and the number of referrals that come because of the team and the support they give to our customer/ owners is high,” Wark said.

·        Sunset Funeral Co-operative Ltd. in Cape Breton’s Margaree area recently held its annual general meeting and open house during which new members were elected to the board and a new executive committee was formed to work with shareholders as the co-op continues its second year of operation.  The new board leadership includes chairperson Wayne Hart of Middle River; vice-chairperson Gerard MacPhee of Port Hood; secretary Tom Godreau of North East Margaree; and treasurer Albert LeBlanc of East Margaree. Sunset Funeral’s other board members include Simon Aucoin of Terre Noire; Jean Louis Cormier of Belle Cote; Mary Jander of Margaree Centre; Angus Lanceleve of Lake Ainslie; Leo Paul LeBlanc of Belle Cote; Claudia MacNeil of Belle Cote; Cecile Miller of North East Margaree; Judith Miller of Portree; and Carl Ross of Portree. The co-operative has grown to include over 600 members from more than 29 communities in Victoria and Inverness counties. Membership in the company is open to anyone from the surrounding region who is over the age of 12. New members pay a one-time fee of $25 for a single share in the co-operative. Members also have the option to purchase additional shares at $25 per share. Members can apply their co-op investments to the cost of their funerals. Additionally, Sunset Funeral arranges prepaid funerals and members have the option to transfer prepaid funeral plans from other funeral homes to Sunset Funeral. Further information is available by contacting the company at 65 Crowdis Cross Rd., Margaree Valley, N.S., B0E 2C0 or by phone at (902) 248-2991; fax (902) 248-2739; email sfuneralcoop@ns.aliantzinc.ca.

·        The Credit Unions of Moncton and the surrounding area are still Bringing Down Hunger, one foot at a time.  Credit Union representatives, Don Bourque, Manager Commercial Lending for Advance Savings Credit Union and Trisha Leaver, Senior Marketing Manager for OMISTA Credit Union recently presented a cheque to the Food DEPOT Alimentaire for $3,402.61 in support of their Buy A Shelf capital campaign. Area credit unions committed to purchasing a shelf in the Food Depot Alimentaire's Buy A Shelf campaign The campaign saw the public paying to bring C103's radio personality, Tim Cormier, who was lifted 80 feet in the air back down to the ground one foot at a time!  The campaign was a huge success.


The New Trends - Who will set a new trend? I was never shown how to save – money, that is. Like most people I have learned the hows and whys through experience. It does not come naturally. Many people go through life not really understanding how to work with their money. They don’t understand what it can do for you and how it will hurt you when you don’t treat it with the utmost care.  Many find themselves in debt and I don’t mean a few dollars, but thousands. The generation that came before us would not buy unless they had the money first. Today, many spend first, then play catch up with paying the bills, leaving nothing to set aside, let alone invest. When the Chinese develop a strategy they look into the future and then start to build. The results are set for the long term. When they arrive the results are strong. Jamie Oliver is doing this with food and cooking in the UK with his two programs, ‘Ministry of Food’ and ‘School Dinners’ programs. What we need is a financial revolution. Who will take the lead? Who will start? ( see http://www.jamieoliver.com ) - Steve MacDowall, Publisher of The Thursday File Subscribe. It’s FREE http://www.thursdayfile.ca   


Co-op Ed 101 – Northumberland Co-operative Ltd. http://www.northumberlanddairy.ca/e/1000/1001e.cfm is   located in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Since its beginnings in 1942, Northumberland has grown into a well known, leading brand in New Brunswick. Northumberland is primarily a processor of fluid milk, broker/distributor as well a co-op supply center, and food service supplier that caters to restaurants, take-outs and health care accounts. Northumberland Co-operative Dairy supports agriculture and is working with local New Brunswick growers to add value to cranberries and other native fruit. - Maureen MacLean


Young Co-operators: The Buds on the Co-op Tree - Some students from College Houses (http://www.collegehouses.coop/), a co-operative student housing system in Austin, Texas, recently started an eco business. The students wanted to offer an alternative to traditional lawn care with more of a focus on growing local plants that require less maintenance as well as items such as organic pesticides. Read more at http://hcecoscaping.com  - Erin Hancock


Contest of the Week – Last week’s winner: Joyce Humble, NB Congratulations! Answer: What do these 3 have in common? Superman, Moses, the Cabbage Patch Kids They were all adopted. This week’s contest: You are on an island in the middle of a lake. The lake is in a remote part of the country and there has never been a bridge connecting the island to the mainland. Every day a tractor and wagon gives hay rides around the island. Puzzled as to how the tractor had gotten onto the island, you ask around and find out that the tractor was not transported to the island by boat or by air. Nor was it built on the island. Explain how the tractor got there? 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


Today’s Smile - Anything labeled “New” and/or “Improved” is not: the label means the price went up. The label “All new” or “Completely new” means the price went way up.


Co-op Cooking - This Asian-influenced pork tenderloin gets its extraordinary flavor from a zesty ginger brush-on and a tangy mustard sour cream sauce.

Sesame Pork Roast with Mustard Cream

1/4 cup bottled chili sauce

2 tbsp teriyaki sauce

2 tsp grated fresh ginger or ¼ tsp ground ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 (12 to 16-oz) tenderloins

2 tsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup dairy sour cream

1 green onion, finely chopped

1 tsp Dijon mustard

dash salt

sliced green onion tops (optional)

3 cups fresh baby spinach

For basting sauce, in a small bowl, stir together chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, ginger, and garlic. Place pork tenderloins on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush some of the basting sauce over tenderloins. Roast at 425F for 15 minutes. Brush tenderloins with additional basting sauce. (Discard any remaining sauce). Sprinkle tenderloins with sesame seeds. Roast for 10 to 20 minutes more or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each tenderloin registers 160F.

Meanwhile, for mustard sauce, in a small bowl, stir together sour cream, the finely chopped green onion, mustard, and salt. If desired, sprinkle with green onion tops.

To serve, place spinach on a serving platter. Slice 1 of the tenderloins (cover and chill remaining tenderloin for another meal); arrange sliced tenderloin on top of the spinach. Serve with all of the mustard sauce. Make-Ahead Hint: Basting sauce and mustard sauce can be prepared and chilled up to 24 hours. – Glenna Weagle


Co-op Community Bulletin Board

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

§      May 15  -  Oikocredit Atlantic Cooperative, 9th Annual General Meeting, 2:00 pm, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 39 Mountain Road, New Glasgow, NS.

§      May 28, 2010 Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB’s AGM, Moncton, NB

§      May 28-29, 2010 – Co-op Atlantic’s Annual General Meeting

§      May 30 – June 1, 2010 – The Canadian Co-operative Association is one of the sponsors for the 2010 National Summit for a People-Centred Economy that takes place in Ottawa, May 30th to June 1st. Speakers include Raj Patel (author of “The Value of Nothing”), Nancy Neamtam (President of Le Chantier de l'économie sociale), and Ian MacPherson (Co-op “guru”).

§      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 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)


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