KCFA Board of Directors Meeting, Yano Hall, 2/17/20
IN ATTENDANCE: Board Members: Barbara Anderson, Colehour Bondera, Bruce Corker, Bill Dwyer, Chet Gardiner, John Koontz, Tom Rayson, Sandra Scarr, Cea Smith, John Zulkowski. Past President: Suzanne Shriner. Attending Members: George Peavy; Sharon Wood.
Call to Order: 2:30 pm
Welcome and Introductions: President Colehour Bondera welcomed new Board Members Barbara Anderson, Bill Dwyer, John Koontz, Tom Rayson and John Zulkowski to the Board. Board Members and Attending Members introduced themselves.
Consent Agenda: The agenda, Minutes of the 1/26/20 Board Meeting, Committee Reports, and the Treasurer’s Report were approved.
Legislative Efforts: There was a review of the progress of KCFA’s legislative objectives (51% minimum for blends; labeling of Ready-To-Drink products; continuation of the CBB subsidy program; and a ban on entry of unroasted coffee). Suzanne, Colehour and Bruce reviewed their separate in-person testimonies at legislative hearings in Honolulu. Cautious optimism was expressed at the progress of the labeling bills to date. Sandra gave a report on further information being discovered as to apparent violations of the federal regulation banning the importation of unroasted coffee into Hawaii and Puerto Rico. FOIA requests are being pursued at the federal and state levels.
Organizational Review: There was a broad discussion of organization and activities for the new Board and new calendar year. The discussion included the following issues: whether KCFA should consider hiring an executive director; whether a strategic planning session or membership survey would be useful; length of Board meetings.
Committees: A draft of a restructured list of committees and chair appointments was distributed for discussion; committee chairs were encouraged to draft a statement of committee objectives for posting on the website; KCFA members are encouraged to join and participate in committee activities; there was an initial discussion of whether the Promotion Committee should explore attending the 2020 “Hawaii on the Hill” event in DC; the Education Committee was encouraged to increase the number of KCFA sponsored educational events.
Board Member Removal: Pursuant to Art. IV.4.2 of the By-Laws, a motion was made by Sandra and seconded by Cea to declare the position of Jeanne Kapela vacant for having missed more than 3 consecutive Board meetings. Motion carried.
Insurance: KCFA member George Peavy gave a presentation on his experience with the insurance offerings provided through California Veterinary Association to members. He encouraged KCFA to explore developing a similar program. Cea moved, and Tom seconded, to have Jim Monk chair an exploratory subcommittee to explore the possibility. Motion carried.
KCFA Coffee: Colehour suggested, for future consideration, offering a KCFA coffee product with coffee purchased from KCFA members.
Meeting adjourned: 4:01 pm