KCFA BOD Meeting Minutes for February 15, 2011
Call to Order by Pres. Bondera at 4:04 PM
Aloha Coffee furnished by Kanalani Ohana Farm. Mahalo Colehour and Melanie
Introduction of Guests
Two worker\students from Japan, Youske and Dai were introduced by Page Trygstad.
Review Minutes of Jan.2011- Motion to approve by B. Corker and seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurers Report- Verbal report by C. Carrico, “ account in good health”. Motion to approve by J. Stith, seconded by K. Wood. Motion carried.
General Announcements by Pres. Bondera:
1.Meeting to be held at Yano Hall on Feb.16 regarding the possibilities of forming a coffee
2. The Board of Agriculture will meet on Feb.22 at the Imin Center at 10 AM. Topic to be CBB and the commercial agreement to purchase the Bb fungus pesticide.
Pres. Bondera reminded us the KCFA mission statement calls us to protect kona coffee, its heritage and its name.
Introduction of Board Members for 2011:
New officers are: Colehour Bondera, President; Marylou Moss, Vice President; Christy Carrico, Treasurer (Thomas Butler remains as Secretary). Outgoing officers are Bruce Corker, President and Deb Sims, Treasurer, both of whom were signers for KCFA’ s checking account at the Hawaii Community Federal CU. The new signers will be Colehour Bondera and Christy Carrico.
Authentication - Chuck Moss Branding - Bruce Corker and Cea Smith
Chamber of Commerce - Maria da Silva Education - Paul Uster, chair, and Jason Stith
Estate - Nancy Sachs Grants - J. Stith, chair, P. Uster and P. Trygstad
Library/Historian - Bryce Decker Membership - Marylou Moss, Kathy Wood
Newsletter - Christine Shephard Web Site - C. Smith
Public Relations - Clare Wilson Social - Lisa Corker, K.Wood
Events and Promotion - to be named
Legislature - B. Corker, chair, P.Uster and P. Trygstad
Pest and Disease - Bob Smith, chair, Suzanne Shriner and P. Trygstad
Pest and Disease, B. Smith - Met with state Task Force for CBB. The following was discussed:
1. Fumigation. Mostly had to do with millers except for the fact that small shippers were priced out of the market. Freezing was presented as an alternative to fumigation but there was a disagreement on certification.
2. HDOA meeting on Feb. 22 as previously mentioned above
3. Trapping. There is to be a workshop on Saturday, Feb.19
4. Cenicafe.org - a Colombian organization that is well versed on CBB control. S. Shriner suggested that it would behoove Kona farmers to host a representative from them.
Membership, ML Moss - Membership forms have been processed. At the moment we have 187 paid up members.
Social, L. Corker - Because of numerous requests there is to be two Pizza tour and dinners at the Brew Pub. The first will be Feb.26 and the second on March 5. Both are filled.
Web Site, C. Smith - Hawaii 24/7 has published a paper regarding the CBB infestation which speaks basically of fumigation and makes it seem like the KCFA is actively involved in it. There was a motion by B. Corker that they remove our name from the article, that a comment be added to it that KCFA does not endorse fumigation and that the KCFA publish its position on fumigation on our web site. The motion was seconded by M. da Silva. Motion carried.
The Chamber of Commerce’s annual magazine, “The Source“, includes a KCFA listing stating our position on blending and labeling.
Education, P. Uster - Coffee Talk on Mar.2 at 3:30 at Yano Hall will be about farm tax reports.
KCFA will co sponsor a Trapping workshop on Saturday, March 19th at 10 AM at CHTAR. S. Shriner will be one of the presenters.
Newsletter - The Independent Voice goes out to all members plus 400
Grants, J. Stith - Interest in a value added grant and a USDA funded Co-op start-up.
Legislature, B. Corker - Safeway Select Kona Blend. Russell Kokubun, DOA chair has been alerted as to this misrepresentation of the Kona name. The Legislative committee has contacted the head of the purchasing Dept. for Safeway, “Blenda” Wong who told us she has referred the issue to their legal department.
After much discussion with Kona State Rep. Denny Coffman regarding KCFA’s position on labeling and branding, Rep. Coffman introduced HB 1552 which KCFA opposes because of the continuing use of and actually defining by law the legitimacy of use of the origin word Kona in a trademark name that misrepresents Kona coffee. Rep. Coffman also introduced HB 1553 which KCFA also opposes because it fractures any CBB state funding that KCFA specifically desired be designated to CTHAR. Rep. Coffman had promised to get back to KCFA on the funding bill and never did. It was stated at the committee vote that Rep. Coffman supports both of these bills and they passed out of the State Ag. Committee to go before the Senate (or another committee first).
A letter was drafted stating our displeasure with Rep. Coffman. A motion was made by P. Uster and seconded by C. Carrico that we send said letter to the West Hawaii Today newspaper editor signed by the KCFA BOD’s or the president as its representative, and that the text of the letter be incorporated into a paid WHT ad if the letter is not published. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 6 PM
Minutes submitted by T. Butler, Sect’y