|Kona Coffee Farmers Association
Board of Directors meeting
MONDAY,June 17, 2017
CTAHR Conference Room, Kainaliu
|CALL TO ORDER— 3:00pm
Suzanne Shriner, president
Melanie Bondera x
Chris Coleman x
Kay Dixon x
Allan Frank X
Chet Gardiner X
Mike McMullen x
Jim Monk X
Cecelia Smith x
Greg Knowles x
Sandra Scarr X
Suzanne Shriner x
Karen Zulkowski X
|Consent Agenda – (5 min)
Approval of May Minutes
Approval of Membership Applications
Acceptance of Committee Reports
Agenda consent approval.
Jim motion and Karen second.
|Treasurer’s Report – Jim (5 min)
|Report sent to board. Motion to accept treasures report Karen and second Mike
|FY 2017-18 Budget—Jim and Discussion (30 minutes)
|Mike moves to use $6000 of restricted funds to science committee. Karen seconds Motion passed.
Discussion of increasing income so is not a deficit.
Motion to accept budget as presented Karen and Chris
|Blends / KCFA Member—Cea (10 minutes)
|Question about Amazon coffee link. Cea would like to send a letter saying this is a violation of our policy. She will discuss with Bruce.|
|Slow Food Nations – Kay (10 min)
|Will have to get coffee ready to sell.|
|Banquet – Sandra/Chris (10 minutes)
|Motion to have dinner and will charge $40.00
Pre harvest dinner get together. Sept 9
|Ideas for Boosting Membership – Chet/Discussion (10 minutes)
|Chet recommends renting Aloha theater for musical program twice a year
Chris volunteer to do Christmas party
|Thank you for the meeting coffee||Kanalani Ohana Farm
Next month Kay
-Sent letter to Gov Ige and Mayor Kim, congratulating them on joining Paris Accord
-Sent Testimony to US EPA requesting deregulation of Beauveria Bassiana for farm use.
-Sent support letter to Homeland Security in regards to Andres Magana immigration status.
-Met with Sen. Hirono staffer to discuss labor, counterfeiting, Farm Bill and other issues impacting Kona Farmers.
Meeting June 5: Present – Sandra, Bob, Melanie, Suzanne, and Mike.
Chair thanked Bob for article in Newsletter on chemistry of roasted coffee. The committee members committed to providing one article a month to Newsletter on science topic of interest to members.
Climate change – Committee agreed to send letter on behalf of KCFA to Governor Ige thanking him for his recent actions in joining United States Climate Alliance and signing law committing the state to meet Paris Accord targets.
Committee also authorized Chair to investigate “ally” status with 350Hawaii.
Coffee standards. Committee discussed current HDOA green coffee standards and comparison to Jamaica Blue Mountain and SCAA standards. There was a general consensus to remove size as a determinate and concentrate on defects. There was movement to go to SCAA defect standards but rename them to Hawaii legacy class names: Extra Fancy = SCAA Specialty, 5 full defects/300g; Fancy = SCAA Premium, 8 full defects/300g; Select = SCAA Exchange, 23 full defects/300g, Prime = SCAA below grade, 86 full defects/300g. These four grades would all carry the Kona designation. Off grade = SCAA off grade, >84 full defects/300g. Off grade cannot be called Kona. Going to this system would remove size from standards and reduce total number of grades from 7 to 5. Discussion of standards and related issues will continue next month.
Budget: Suzanne indicated that $6400 would be returning to KCFA from HDOA grant. Draft budget developed and sent to treasurer as outlined in separate email to all board members.
Tech Committee Report for April 17, 2017 KCFA Board Meeting
Chet Gardiner and I met to work on the 2017/2018 FY Budget. Decided on 4000$. Broken down as follows
1) Fixed web maintenance expenses-$1000
2) Office Supplies-$400
3) Web design as needed $2000- (programmer charges at $65/Hour)
4) Membership needs to be determined
We plan to refresh and update the entire website with Committee member Chet offering to do a lot of the intricate work. Thanks Chet.
1) Sent reminder notices to expired Members with a small positive result. I believe our Membership has dropped because we do not have the Bb program anymore. People have said our program was much easier than the current HDOA program.
2) Sent B.bassiana application and workshop notices (3).
3) Sent June-“The Independent Voice”.
Posted all on Face Book too. Other Tech work done as needed.
OT- The Buy Direct from Farmer link works because I have personally gotten 2 orders this month referring to finding us on the KCFA site.
Active Voting Members 212 - Up from 205
Associate Members 31 - Unchanged
Supporting Business Members 19 - Unchanged
Total Membership: 255
John Klassen, Esta Fedora Marshall, Deniz Tek, Thomas Gouveia, BethAnne Webb, David Coy (2 year specials), Steve & Jamsie Herbert, Gary Williams, Wilfred Yamasawa, Gail Pressnall, Jean Trueman Mandel, Scott Bedingfield, Mika Ono, Justin Udovch
Lawrence Ford, Brenda Ford
Reported as Expired:
Cara Larsen, George Hedemann, Justin Udovch, Kathy Wood, David Wiseman, Shanti Devi, Nancy Sachs