Kona Coffee Farmers Association
Board of Directors meeting
MONDAY, March 13, 2017
CTAHR Conference Room, Kainaliu
CALL TO ORDER— 3:00 pm
Suzanne Shriner, president
Melanie Bondera, Chris Coleman x,Kay Dixon x,Allan Frank x,Chet Gardiner x, Bob Kraus 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 Minutes of December and February Meeting
Approval of Membership Applications
Acceptance of Committee Reports- *Change in minutes to read Motion to have Karen Zulkowski (secretary), Jim Monk (Treasurer) and Sandra Scarr (vice president) be on bank signature card by Jim second Karen
Motion to accept Sandra and second Jim Passed
Treasurer’s Report – Jim (5 min)
Quckbooks online for accounting
Motion to accept Karen, Second Sandra Passed
ICE Enforcement on Workers—Sandra (15 minutes)
Form a committee to look at issue. Police will help if person is a criminal but not anyone else. However, ICE has been going on people’s property uninvited. ACLU is interested on helping work with people.
Consider having a workshop at expo (Suzanne will try to line it up)
Legislative Update – Bruce (5 min)
HB186 extension of HDOA subsidy passed house and senate ag committee. Headed to ways and means. Will need written testimony for greater funding.
HB 256 coffee labeling -2 provision 51 percent for Hawaii and other country of origin label; Through ag committee Scheduled to commerce committee Did not get hearing and it has died until next year.
Kona Brew Lawsuit – Suzanne (5 min)
Lawsuit against Kona Brew that beer is not brewed in Kona. Results will impact coffee labeling.
Grant Funding for Expo/Slow Food – Suzanne/Kay/Karen (10 minutes)
Deferred to after slow foods. Suzanne, Kay and Karen had initial discussions about grant proposal. Colehour would like to be paid to write a grant $500 or 10% of total grant. Chet volunteered to help to write. Proposal done by next board meeting
Bank signature card
Motion by Karen to remove Celia B Smith, Louise Hanna, and Kurt Schweickhard from banking signature card Second Jim- Passed
Expo – Karen (15 minutes)
Sign up sheet sent around Roasting workshop on Saturday
Slow Food Nations Proposals – Kay (10 min)
Booth cost approved and budget allocated. Booth paid for. Possible application for grant to pay to county of Hawaii. Will help get name out there. Slow foods expect over 10,000 people. Discussion of pro and con.
Suzanne suggests we come up with a plan on how we want to do it. Chris makes motion and Kay second to make it a targeted KCFA program. Motion passes
Banquet – Sandra (5 minutes)
Terri Sparks had been working on banquet and auction before she resigned. Terri had talked to Sheraton. Sandra talked to Sheraton and could still be done in June but may not be able to do an auction but if she does auction she would need help. Cost depends on menu. Chris will cost country club.
Thank you to Mike McMullen for coffee
Moving website to new host for better service at the end of this week & we can expect some disruption. Per Chet email to Members will indicate an upgrade is taking place.
Sent email to Members regarding:
1) EXPO Vendors Wanted, 2) March-The Independent Voice, 3) Notices of DOA Hearing in Kona, 4) Immigration Enforcement and 5)Your Testimony Needed for HB186.
Karen Z. asked the HCFCU be put as a Supporting Biz Member for their co-sponsoring of EXPO, according to the KCFA's Sponsor Letter. EXPO poster put on Facebook, KCFA's Event Calendar and on web's front page "slider".
Handled various emails sent to [email protected]
Membership Chair - Report to Board
Date: 3/20/16 - 1:00pm
Active Voting Members 231 Associate Members 33 and Supporting Business Members 18
Total Membership: 282
Tim Reh - Reh Family Farm , Melanie Bondera - Kanalani Ohana Farm ,Carmen Gray - Auntie Carmen's Organic Farm
Robert Reed, Campbell ONeill, Dean Busching, Cheryl & Randy Merrick, Peter Van
Dyke, Charles Brown, Dale Kabei, Gretchen Watson-Kabei, Alice Caddow
Bryce Decker, Avery Kramer, Jolani Shrinski
2/23/17 - Tom & Consuelo Kammerer are moving off island and requested that their membership record be removed.
Automatic update of next due date on RENEWALS instead of my having to go on the website and mash the confirm button...but I still would want a copy of the email with the links to order and data records...
The New member signups should operate as they do now...
On website, upon clicking on "Join KCFA" link at top is there a way we can lose the huge banner at the top of the page that requires one to scroll down before finding where to renew/sign up? I kept mashing "Join KCFA" and thought that the host was hosing us because nothing changed on the screen...
Membership Chair - Report to Board
Short discussion of multi-person one-vote memberships...