KCFA Board Meeting – Minutes
June 17, 2009
4pm – Call to Order
May Board Mtg minutes approved
Treas report deferred.
KCFA Education Report May 21-June 17, 2009
Submitted by Colehour Bondera
On May 28, Dr. Jonathan Deenik of UH Manoa discussed Coffee Tree & Crop Health. CTAHR was a co-sponsor. The session was at the CTAHR office from 9-12. Followed by Dr. Deenik, Raven Bolas (Kona Mountain Coffee Manager), Bob Perry (Perry Agricultural Lab) and Virginia Easton-Smith (CTAHR) at Kona Mountain Coffee in Kainaliu from 1-3. The field session allowed hands-on questions and answers from those involved.
There is a Selecting, Suckering & Maintaining your Kona Coffee workshop scheduled on June 23 at Kona RainForest Coffee Farm. Will begin at 9:30am with Bob Smith as main presenter and he will be followed by Virginia Easton-Smith discussing insect and disease issues to be aware of for tree health!
We are in initial planning and review stages for possible workshops on the topics of Coffee Theft and another on Shipping.
Per Ray Anders of Grants committee: The value added grant is put on hold per Lori of USDA.
Reported by Kathy Wood on Events: KCFA represented @ Seed Exchange to support community.
Social committee reported by K. Wood a successful well participated Vanilla Tour. More ideas mentioned – mini golf tournament, bowling tournament, Body Glove, progressive dinner, BBQ, etc.
Legislative Committee Report—Bruce Corker
GMO PRE-EMPTION BILL: County Council Member Pete Hoffmann has requested KCFA’s assistance in developing pro-active plans and strategies for opposition to the GMO Pre-emption Bill (HB 1226) and other measures which the GMO industry may sponsor in the 2010 Legislative Session. We will be working with Hoffmann and others who supported passage earlier this year of County Council Resolution No. 81-09 which urged defeat of HB 1226.
TRUTH-IN-LABELING: The Legislative Committee is working with Rep. Denny Coffman and other legislators to develop strategies for pursuing reform of the state’s “10% coffee blend labeling law” in the upcoming Legislative Session.
Website report by Cea Smith: Deb Sims reported Sales via Buy Direct Listing. KCFA mentioned in a coffee group and the person went into our listings and selected Deb. Last 30 days, 2,500 people have clicked on the BUY Direct Listings and 558 actually clicked on actual farms. 341 People read the Kona Coffee Facts so we’re educating people as well.
Spent time making the WhatIsKonaWorth page format. FYI this morning our website got an email inquiry (not a member) who asked: HI, IS THERE A WEB SITE THAT SHOWS WHO IS BUYING CHERRY AND AT WHAT PRICE?
THANKS, ******** the need for information is there. As soon as we get more information, we plan to send a request for information to all members. Please send info to make this page strong. Need to log-in as Member to access the page. Forgot your username & password? Just send email to [email protected] with request.
Classifieds- Person sold Brush cutter via our Classifieds. All people who list things for sale in the Classifieds are requested to let me know when things have sold. Going to send email to all listors, asking for an update and clean it up.
PR- Received new printer and I have calculated it will cost us less than $.05 per 2 sided full color brochures-of impressive quality. Selling brochures to Members for 5 cents each, minimum order 100- to pay for ink cost.
MaryLou, Dexter Washburn and Motter Snell will be at the Burke Museum on June 27th with KCFA brochures, coffee and good cheer. Sent out lots of PR about us going to the Burke.
Bruce received an invoice for renewal of dues of KCFA membership to the Chamber of Commerce. Board approved pmt.
Membership reported by Colehour for J. Rowe @ 256
Harold Hoogosian picked up coffee, bumper stickers, calendars, business cards, in prop of his attending the Internation OriGIn conference in Teruel, Spain on June 25&26.
Bruce Corker will attend the Ag Summit on June 29- July 1 at the U of Arkansas and to search ideas in tandem with Beth Barham of the University of Missouri for a US counterpart to OriGIn.