KCFA BOD Meeting Minutes
April 19, 2011
Call to Order at 4:05 PM
100% Kona Coffee furnished by Huahua Farm. Mahalo Clare Wilson
Introduction of Guests
Farmer \student Alex. Described by Heinz as the “Best Woofer”, ever.
Review of Minutes for Feb. and March 2011 and Special board Meeting of March 20. All were approved.
Treasurers Report- Treasurer Christy Carrico announced that there was over $3000 in the KCFA Japanese Tsunami Fund account and the KCFA checking account was positive. Motion to approve report by ML Moss and seconded by M.daSilva. Motion carried.
Quote by Pres. Bondera,” Get your house in order”, referring to Am. Origin Products and other countries who want to protect geographic origin products. We must do our homework in order to expect governmental and societal help. Of note: Napa Valley vintners worked to protect the Napa Valley name and not to increase market share.
Pest and Disease, B. Smith -
1. Report on seminar given by Stefan Jaronski, inventor of Micotrol and Botanigard. “Coffee farming has changed for Kona”. Because of his talk Suzanne Shriner has rewritten her IPM. The new version is posted on the KCFA website.
2. A CBB primary tip ad was placed in the West Hawaii Today paper which was paid for by the Educ. Comm.
3. Wed. Apr.20- the State Task Force meets via phone to discuss current CBB status.
Website- Cea Smith:
CBB page updated.
Suggests Farm Resource page does better with images and members should take advantage of the free advertising in the Classified section.
Newsletter: Everyone is pleased with the work Christine is doing and we were happy to send 5 lbs of Kona’s best to her in appreciation.
235 renewed members plus 31 business and 19 associate members. Still canvassing non-renewed members.
Reported that there will be no banquet in the Fall. The next banquet is scheduled for Spring 2012. Coffee sales will be continuing on Alii Drive for educational and funding purposes.
Legislature- B. Corker:
1. HB 1552- Restriction of the name Kona on 100% Kona coffee was removed from the bill. Rep. Coffman reneged on his commitment to kill this bill. KCFA still opposes this bill because it gives express authorization to the deceptive use of the name, ”Kona”, in the trademarks of blends.
2. HCR244- Trademark enforcement resolution.
Requests HDOA to enforce, “100% Kona Coffee”, trademark. This resolution was introduced at the request of KCFA. It has passed out of the House Agric. Comm. on April 1 but for unknown reasons seems to have been stalled.
3. Safeway Kona Blend Update - HDOA Chair Kokubun has written Safeway Headquarters requesting that Safeway change its labeling which uses the words, “Kona Blend”, with no indication that there is anything but Kona grown coffee in the package. No response yet.
PR- C. Wilson:
1. Restaurant Recognition Program - found 20 restaurants that most likely serve 100% Kona. Will follow up on these.
2. Japanese Tsunami Fund - Press release submitted to eight print and online newspapers and independent journalists. Found it printed in WHT and Hawaii247.
3. HB1552 Article - Lynn Nakagawa interviewed B. Corker and C. Wilson and published an article in CivilBeat.
Chamber of Commerce - M.daSilva:
The C of C will sponsor their annual, “Earth Day”, at the Keahou Beach Hotel. (date)?
Social - K. Woods:
The Social Comm. needs a idea of the number of interested parties for the Chili Cook-Off BBQ planned for Monday, May 31. There is going to be the first Air Show at the airport that may conflict with our plans.
Education - P. Uster : Coffee Talk - there was a good turnout for the April farm tax talk. Some even had to be turned away. The May talk will be on Fertilizing, Wed., May 4.
Grants - J. Stith: The Rural Development grant application has been moved to June 15th.start-up.
1.Tsunami Fundraising - P. Trygstad: Group to receive the fund money will likely be, “Pro-Earth”, a local nonprofit GPO. Fundraising to end 5/31/2011.
2. Aloha Theater - P. Trystad: Page will talk to the Theater about receiving unsolicited notices
from other groups seeking contributions.
AOP meeting May 5 & 6 in Fayetteville: KCFA was invited to send an attendee to this meeting which will discuss a start up on a nonprofit organization under an 501c3 or 6. Since B. Corker is on the mainland he volunteered to attend and to pay 50% of costs up to $700. ML Moss made a motion to appropriate $1500 to cover costs. Motion seconded by C. Carrico. An amendment to the motion was presented by J. Stith for KCFA to match these funds for a local in-house program, to be named later that will forward KCFA’s goals. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 6 PM
Minutes submitted by T. Butler, Sect’y