KCFA BOARD MEETING MINUTES
4 PM call to Order
Present: C. Bondera, M. Lake, T. Butler, ML.Moss
K. Wood, R. Anders, J. Stith and B. Corker.
Mahalo to Page Trygstad for Aloha coffee.
Briefing of October and November, 2010 minutes. Motion to OK both by K. Woods and seconded by ML. Moss. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report received. Motion to approve by K. Woods and seconded by J. Stith. Motion carried.
Two resolutions were presented for adoption by Pres. Corker. One concerning liability and insurance for board members and the other regarding CBB mitigation. Both resolutions were motioned to approve by M. Lake and seconded by J. Stith and carried.
Report by KCFA CBB Committee presented by B. Smith.
Quarantine is the primary concern of the HDOA CBB Task Force but there is no evidence of a quarantine yet initialized by the state.
Insect control does not seem to be on their agenda. The Univ. of Hawaii Tropical Agriculture meeting regarding beetle control did not seem practical to farmers. The Bac. Fungus was discussed but not satisfactorily to actually implementing a beetle control plan.
There was a meeting with Wayne Tanaka, Sen. Inouye’s representative that showed he was willing to work with KCFA and Kona farmers with PBARC in Hilo to combat the CBB. KCFA’s influence in being included in HDOA meeting did allow for the inclusion of double bagging as a method to transport Kona coffee rather then only fumigation. The use of ozone and not only methyl bromide was also considered.
A suggestion of Mr. Tanaka was for the KCFA website to be used as a CBB bulletin board. This will be initiated with Page Trygstad volunteering to work with concerned parties. Thank you Page!
1. Events - KCFA took first place in the 2010 Coffee Festival lantern parade and 2nd place in the Grand Parade. Kudos to Kathy Wood for her hard work.
Fed Ex issued KCFA a $68 rebate for using their services.
Suggestion by Marylou to change the date of KCFA support banquet from November to Springtime. More to come as she researches this.
Expo Jan. 28. Volunteers wanted.
2. Members and Estates - J. Rowe reports that membership has increased to 282. 221 farmers, 16 business members , 45 individuals and there is one estate request.
3. Social - Brew Pub Tour and Pizza Party planned for Valentines.
4. Education - Coffee Talk planned for Jan. 5 with CBB to be subject.
5. Web Site/PR - A Mahalo Nui Loa to KCFA supporters ad to be placed in the local newspaper on Dec. 27.
Melanie Bondera has an update to her CBB - B.bassiana fungus data on the site.
Request for $100 to hire a professional graphic designer for a PR 1” sticker highlighting Kona coffee Parmigiano-Reggiano award. Motion to approve made by K. Wood and seconded by ML Moss. Motion carried.
3. Legislative - The new HDOA chair, Russell Kokubun will be invited to speak at the Expo annual meeting.
Truth in labeling was mentioned by our newly elected representatives but only concerning macadamia nuts and not Kona coffee. Our candidates also will be “urged“” to serve 100% Kona coffee when applicable.
1. Sees Candy will continue to be “advised” to use Kona coffee in their products when they use the name,”Kona”. We will also continue to recommend the use of 100% Kona coffee to Alaska Airlines on their Hawaii flights.
2. Elections - 5 director positions are up for election. 3 current board members will run for reelection. New candidates so far are Paul Uster, Cristy Carrico and Mo Snell.
3. 100% Puerto Rico Coffee Board - The Puerto Rico Coffee industry receives funding for marketing by the PR DOA and maybe the USDA. The PR Coffee Board believes it to be conducive to include Hawaii coffee in their marketing plans, primarily to Japan. The PR Board is working on a proposal to this effect.
1 P. Trysgad announced that the new Grain Pro zip lock bags appear to be defective.
He also hopes KCFA will reenact a direct sale program with the Japanese and other foreign markets.
2. The Aloha Performing Arts Center, (APAC), has made a proposal to KCFA for the use of Kona coffee in their bi monthly performances. A motion was made by R. Anders and seconded by J. Stith to accept a proposal with stipulations. Motion carried.
3. Annual Dues - A motion to maintain annual dues as in past was made by ML. Moss and seconded by M. Lake. Motion carried.
4. Board members - a motion to keep the same number of members was made by ML. Moss and seconded by R. Anders. Motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 PM
Minutes submitted by Sect‘y. T. Butler