MAY 18, 2020 BOARD MEETING MINUTES
KCFA Board of Directors Meeting, Conference Call Meeting Because of Coronavirus
IN ATTENDANCE: Board Members: Barbara Anderson, Colehour Bondera, Bruce Corker, Chet Gardiner, John Koontz, Jim Monk, Sandra Scarr, Cea Smith, John Zulkowski. Past President: Suzanne Shriner. Absent: None
Call to Order: 2:35 pm
Minutes, 4/20/20 meeting: M/S/C for approval.
Committee Reports: accepted by the Board
Treasurer’s Report: After discussion of liability insurance coverage, reduced invoice submitted by political consultant because of Legislative recess, and status of exploration of KCFA insurance affiliate, M/S/C to accept the report.
2020 Shoots Selection Workshop: Education Committee Chair John Koontz reported on the virtual/video workshop on vertical selection presented by Bob Smith and Bob Nelson. This year because of the coronavirus the workshop was presented via a video posted on the website. Many thanks to Chet Gardiner who did the videotaping.
Finance Committee—discussion of FY2021 budget deliberations: Finance Committee Chair Jim Monk reviewed the deliberations of the Finance Committee meeting with Committee Chairs on May 11. There was discussion of various budget line items, and ways for increasing revenues or cutting expenses for the coming year. There will be a follow up meeting of the Committee and the Committee chairs in June, and presentation of a proposed budget for the Board at the June meeting.
Economic and Political Support for 10% Blend Law Reform: Legislative Committee Chair Bruce Corker asked for ideas from Board members. Among the ideas discussed were: establish targeted Facebook and Instagram presences; seek to partner with and support from Mana Up, an organization supporting Hawaii products; online petition similar to one used in 2007 (more than 1700 signatures in 3 weeks)--sent by members to their coffee customers; go fund me or similar donation system to which Kona coffee customers and supporters can donate funds to support legislative efforts; put a donate button for support of blend reform on the KCFA website; generate support from high end coffee roasters and sellers on the Mainland; develop effective system for encouraging KCFA members, other Kona coffee farmers, and coffee farmers in other regions to join in the 10% blend reform efforts; seek to create more media attention to the issue; informational picketing of blenders; Op-Ed articles in local and Mainland media; generate more vigorous support from advocacy groups like OriGIn, the American Origin Products Association, Slow Food, and others.
Alternatives to the Storage Unit: Jim Monk noted that our storage unit costs $1,900 a year and suggested that we consider alternatives. There was discussion of finding a member willing to donate a barn or other suitable space or, alternatively, buying a storage container to put on donated space.
HCA Meeting Minutes: In response to questions, Suzanne Shriner said that the reference in the HCA Board minutes to a methyl bromide grant was to possible funding of research on alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation of foreign coffee entering Hawaii; and that Darwin Inman of Kona Hills has been participating in HCA meetings as a new board member of SHAC.
Protection Committee: Committee Chair Barbara Anderson reported on initial steps taken to contact Kona Coffee Cultural Festival representatives to discuss returning the Kona Classic Division of the Festival’s annual cupping competition back into a judging of coffees producing the Kona heritage flavor profile from Kona Typica trees.
Meeting adjourned: 4:08 pm
Submitted by Bruce Corker, Secretary