KCFA BOD Meeting
July 15, 2014
CTAHR Office, Kainaliu
Call to Order at 3:00 PM
Present: C.Smith, T.Butler, K. Schweickhard, C. Bondera, K. Goschke, C. Coleman, S.Shriner, B. Corker, A.Kelleher and ML Moss
100% Kona coffee provided by S. Shriner.Thank you Suzanne.
July coffee to be provided by K. Schweickhard.
A motion was made by C. Bondera and seconded by ML Moss to accept the
June, 2014 minutes. Motion passed.
A motion was made by A. Kelleher and seconded by ML Moss to accept
the Treasurers's Report. Motion passed.
Candidate Forum Volunteers – B. Corker
Candidates for House Representatives for districts 5 and 6 will be at Konawaena Elementary School for a forum on July 23 from 6-8 PM.
KCFA is co- sponsoring and Members Sandra Scarr, B. Corker, K.Goschke and K. Sweickhard will assist.
Chamber of Commerce – A. Kelleher
The BOD unanimously decided not to renew our annual membership with the C of C.
CBB Intergrated Pest Management- Changes to the,”Maintain Traps” section-
A motion was made by S.Shriner and seconded by ML Moss that any item for change on the IMP paper be referred to the Pest and Disease committee for discussion and not voted upon by the BOD. Motion passed with nine ayes and one naye by B. Corker.
HDOA Grant- C. Bondera
A motion was made by T. Butler and seconded by A. Kelleher that KCFA not committ any money for this grant until we receive payment from HDOA. The motion passed with 6
ayes, 2 nayes by C. Bondera and S. Shriner, one abstain by C. Smith and one absent, (A. Kelleher).
A further motion was made by S. Shriner and seconded by ML Moss that the CBB Grant workshop on July 16 to held as scheduled. Motion passed.
Membership K. Goschke
Total Members as of 07/09/14. 390
292 Active, 41 Supporting, 57 Business
New Voting Members since last board meeting:
Annette Honda, Vicki Swift, Trish & Mike Mikus,Gary Sizar, Chris Eicher, Lee Sugai & Kay Dixson
-Pest & Disease- B. Smith
-PR- A. Kelleher
-Education/Coffee Talk– C.Bondera and S.Shriner
Bb Grant workshop- July 16 from 1:30-3:15 pm
-Fundraising- M. Moss
-Finance- K. Schweickhard-complete financial report circulated to BOD
-Social Events – M.Moss and C. Coleman
-Geographic Identities- C.Bondera
(-HFUU Liaison-to be included in
Legislative Committee Report)
-CBB Task Force Report- K.Schweickhard
Sent out July Newslater (web person not available til later) and Thank you Editor Clare Wilson,Board Members and others for your contributions!
1--CANDIDATE FORUM ON AGRICULTURAL ISSUES: On Wednesday, July 23,
6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria in Kealakekua
there will be a forum on agricultural issues for the candidates for State House of Representatives, Districts 5 and 6.
The forum is jointly sponsored by Kona Coffee Farmers Association, the Kona County Farm Bureau and the Kona Chapter of the Farmers Union. Please make every effort to attend. We need to impress on the candidates that farmers are voting members of the community--and that agricultural issues will be important in our voting decisions.
2—MEETING WITH KONA REPRESENTATIVES: On June 27 members of the
Legislative Committee and Board members met with Kona’s Representatives to the State House of Representatives—Nicole Lowen (District 6) and Richard Creagan (District 5)--for a discussion of coffee-related issues ranging from 10% coffee blends to CBB
mitigation programs to video conferencing for legislative hearing testimony.
3--DISCLOSURE OF THE 90% IN 10% COFFEE BLENDS: One of the top priorities of the KCFA Legislative Committee for the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session arises from the following fact--nowhere on labels of 10% Hawaii coffee blends is there disclosure to consumers that 90% of the contents is foreign-grown coffee. At the request of the KCFA, bills were introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session to require that disclosure--SB2354
(introduced by Sen. Ruderman, with 6 co-sponsors) and HB1515 (introduced by Rep.
Lowen). Although neither bill was adopted, we will seek reintroduction and passage in the 2015 session. This measure is a very small (but an important) step toward fair labeling of
Hawaii-grown coffee. At least consumers who carefully read the small print on labels will know that 90% of the coffee in Kona Blends is imported foreign-grown coffee. In this election season, the Legislative Committee encourages KCFA members ask legislative
candidates to pledge to introduce and work for passage of this measure. Each of us has repeatedly encountered consumers who have purchased Kona blends with the belief that they had purchased Kona coffee. We need to get that information to the candidates.
Meeting adjourned at 4:40 PM.
Minutes recorded by Sec. T. Butler