Kona Coffee Farmers Association Board of Directors meeting KCFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING—MONDAY, July 15, 2019 Higashihara Park-Honalo The Kona Coffee Farmers Association’s mission is to promote and protect Kona farmers’ economic interests in 100% Kona coffee, to protect the Kona coffee heritage, and to seek greater legal protection of the Kona coffee name. CALL TO ORDER— 2:43 pm Suzanne Shriner x, president Arturo Ballar Colehour Bondera x Bruce Corker x Kay Dixon Chet Gardiner x Jeanne Kapela Jim Monk Armando Rodriguez x Cecelia Smith x Sandra Scarr x Suzanne Shriner x Tari Sparks Karen Zulkowski KCFA Attending Member: Barbara Anderson GENERAL Consent Agenda – (5 min) Acceptance: Sandra moves and Chet seconds-All in Favor Approval of June Minutes-Tabled Until August Approval of Membership Applications- It was decided that previously (4/16/19) accepted new voting memberships for Bay View Farm Managers (B. Walker, L. Gouveia) should be converted to Associate Memberships – Suzanne will talk to them and then direct Chet to make necessary changes in their memberships. Chet suggested an extra year for each for the “confusion” – no objections noted. (RE: <A Voting Member must agree to>- I certify that the majority of my coffee-related income is from coffee grown on my Kona coffee farm Acceptance of Committee Reports Treasurer’s Report- email from Jim describing current status affirmed by all members present. Education- Sandra Scarr Wesley Cromwell has agreed to host a Processing Workshop on September 7 or 17- We need to choose a date that Sandra will confirm. New Business HCA Conference and KCFA Lengthy discussion Motion #1- B. Corker moves and C. Bondera seconds. Send letter to HCA offering to become members if 51% Blending law is accepted. Yes Votes: S. Scarr, B. Corker, and C. Bondera. Nay Votes: A. Rodriguez, C. Gardiner, C. Smith, K. Zulkowski (Proxy), T. Sparks (Proxy) and J. Monk (Proxy). Motion fails Motion #2- C. Smith moves and A. Rodriguez seconds. For KCFA to join the HCA Board as an organization. Yes Votes: C. Smith. A Rodriguez, T. Sparks (Proxy), K. Zulkowski (Proxy), J. Monk (Proxy). Nay Votes: C. Bondera, K. Dixon, S. Scarr and B. Corker. Motion carries Abstain: C. Gardiner USDA/APHIS Regulation Investigation S. Scarr reports – Have received nothing from Feds despite filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Estimate from HDOA for desired documents will cost $2295 with half of the amount required before the work will be done. Sandra will contact Plant Quarantine person Lance Sakaino for more information including asking whether a list the “subjects” or “abstracts” of documents is a possibility – at considerably lower expense. American Certified Brands Blockchain Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Lengthy discussion Primarily concerned with which of our farmer members would benefit, how is it an improvement and have we considered other vendors for the technology. Chet volunteered to do more general research and suggested that asking for an MOU “couldn’t hurt”. Motion made by C. Gardiner and seconded by C. Smith to request MOU for us to consider. Yes Votes: S. Scarr, B. Corker, A. Rodriguez, C. Smith, C. Gardiner. Nay Vote: C. Bondera Motion carries. 2020 Events – Tabled until Budget Meeting Green Coffee Grade Standards
- Corker asks that KCFA write another letter to HDOA (Phyllis?) to extend the current Standards for another 3 years in order to avoid reverting to previous, less beneficial standards soon and to give all interested parties time to review and revise the current Standards.
B. Corker asked S. Shriner about her commitment at the June meeting to send and pursue a request to the HDOA chair for a 3 year extension of the current grade standards—with copies to the KCFA board members. S. Shriner said she had not had time to do so, but would send the request and copies as soon as she could. Meeting adjourned 4:15 Respectfully Submitted; C. Smith- stand-in Secretary
- Gardiner – stand-in Asst. Secretary