KCFA Board Meeting – Minutes
March 18, 2009
Call to order 4 PM
Ten (10) Members Present: K. Wood, ML. Moss, C. Bondera, B. Corker, M. Lake, J. Rowe, D. Sims, N. Griffith, T. Beleastro, R. Barnes
Anne Lowe & Donna Straw from Kona Girls Marketing introduced themselves and spoke of business plan to farmers while passing our business cards.
Feb. minutes approved as reported
Treasurers report accepted and approved
Grants committee report deferred
Estates reported as 2 to be certified
Newsletter report: March newsletter written by Christine Sheppard with input from Cea and Chuck, and distributed by Cea. The editor welcomes, and positively encourages board, committee chairs, and members to contribute articles, columns. Or even just small reports.
PR committee report deferred.
EVENTS COMMITTEE REPORT
MARCH 18, 2009
Brewfest – Kathy
Fundraising opportunities have been drying up as you have probably read in my last e-mail to the members.
So, I’m planning to go to Alii Drive and education/promote coffee there.
- Still need green/parchment
- Still need volunteers
- Sell your own coffee
New committee working on a new brochure:
- Me, Cea, Bryce & Mary Ann Maigret
Inventory really low on logo merchandise
- Need volunteers to be on committee to design new t-shirts
Need budget to buy inventory
Burke Museum – June 27, 2009, Seattle, Wa
- Committee: Dexter, Motter, Cea, ML
Social committee proposed an event at the Vanilla Farm and asked for responses and sign up for interest.
ML. Moss suggested a list of phone #’s to call for volunteering help.
K. Wood reported on the KCFA participation at the Brewfest where 100% Kona coffee was served, calendars sold. May 8&9 KCFA has been asked to sell coffee at the Orchid event. Donations of coffee will continue to be needed.
ML. Moss made a motion to buy new logo merchandise availing up to $1000 for purchases. Motion 2nd and passed.
“Coffee, the World in your Cup” at the Natural History Museum in Seattle, WA, June 27th to be attended by Dexter Washburn. He will need brochures from farmers to showcase their coffee at the presentation. Deadline to send to KCFA is June 10th and they can be FEDEXed to Dexter. Send/give your brochures to ML. Moss.
Website committee: Answering Emails to KCFA Examples:—
- what fumigation is used? Explained
- Who will give us Tours of their farms? Sent Tour & Accommodation Link
- Where can I buy Kona Coffee? Gave link to Farmers List
- Couple in town want to buy a farm this week- posted in Classifieds
Gave out numerous passwords and usernames
Worked through E-bay and supplied verification for 100% Kona Seal so altered Seal with Lina’s Epicure Kona Coffee Listing was removed by E-bay (coffee sale now carries only KCC Seal)
Sent in web site column to Christine for newsletter
Sent out several General Member emails
Had KCFA added to Useful Links on Hawaii Dept. Of Ag. Site (Under coffee, it only had HCA and the Co-op)
Inversed order of farms. Thinking about making it totally random
Sending out request for Web site input to General Membership by March 20, 2009--- Website review Committee meeting scheduled March 30- 1:30 pm Higashihara Park. Submitted by Cea Smith our Webperson
KCFA Education Committee March, 2009
- Coffee Soil & Plant Science – Jonathan Deenik, UH (late April)
- Dry fermention (with Hula Daddy) (May 13?)
Possible future events
- • Drying (mechanical & hoshidana)
- “Suckering” & twig borer
- Small farm processing
- Organic production
- On-line marketing
- Moisture meter calibration
- pass sign-up sheet for other ideas/priorities and/or timing…
Issues related to employees and immigration (CTAHR) (May 9?)
Open Education strategy
Coffee education available to KCC members too!
(Gary Strawn KCC Education Co-Chair)
C of C/Price Info: N. Griffith w/Tom as co-chair. Reporting no info. being given. All hearsay. N. Griffith reports C of C having a Kuleana Award & Expo – Wed. May 6th @ Sheraton. And Us Small Business Adm. – community express loans – mtg 3/18.
Old Business: J. Rowe motioned to buy 250 more grain-pro bags, Motion 2nd & passed.
Re the ‘Coffee research Meeting” – Decaf & GMO discussed and article is in the newsletter by C. Moss.
Legislative Committee report: from B. Corker
1) HDOQ Coffee Labeling report-Almost two years after the Legislature’s request (and two months after the requested submission date), the Hawaii Department of Agriculture submitted in early March a report on its study of suggested reforms of State coffee labeling laws to the Legislature. The report is disappointingly superficial—only 6 substantive pages in length. To read the report, go to the HDOA website and click on the “meetings and Reports” tab. Take a close look at the HDOA’s “Thou Shalt Not Criticize the 10% Kona Blends” recommendation which reads: “The Industry should refrain from negative actions which harm any section of the coffee industry which is operating legally.”
2) GMO Preemption Bill, HB 1226—This bill would significantly increase risk of GMO contamination of coffee on the Big Island and the risk of loss of European and Japanese markets. The bill has passed the House, but with significant opposition—14 votes against. Many thanks to KCFA members who submitted testimony to the House Agriculture Committee. The Committee will probably be asking for additional testimony to be sent to the Senate Agriculture Committee soon.
Bruce then submitted a Resolution as follows:
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE VIDEO CONFERENCING IN ORDER TO END THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF OUTER ISLAND RESIDENTS FROM EFFECTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS PROCESS
WHEREAS, the current State Legislative system of short-notice hearings and testimony on proposed legislation essentially disenfranchises ordinary citizens from the Outer Islands;
WHEREAS, bills are in practice often scheduled for hearing with little or no notice and written testimony is required to be sent in one day in advance;
WHEREAS, even when written testimony can be timely submitted, it is well recognized that live testimony has a much greater impact on representatives and senators;
WHEREAS, short-notice travel to Honolulu for personal testimony by Outer Island residents is often not possible because there are not flights arriving early enough, or flights are full, or costs are prohibitively high;
WHEREAS, the current system too often leaves the floor at Legislative hearings to the lobbyists for special interests and effectively silences the voices of ordinary citizens from the Outer Islands;
WHEREAS, attached as Exhibit A to this Resolution, the March 2009 edition of “The Independent Voice”, the newsletter of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, provides examples and describes the barriers faced by ordinary Outer Island residents—including Kona coffee farmers—wishing to provide testimony under the current system.
WHEREAS, the current state of video conferencing can provide a simple and cost effective way for Outer Island citizens to be fairly heard and for their voices to be considered in the Legislative process;
WHEREAS, the video conferencing system the Hawaii County Council currently has in place amply demonstrates the feasibility and cost effectiveness of broadening citizen participation in the legislative process by allowing Kona residents to give personal testimony when Council meetings are held in Hilo, and vice versa when meetings are held in Kona,
IT IS RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE KONA COFFEE FARMERS ASSOCIATION that the Hawaii State Legislature is requested to implement without delay a video conferencing system for the taking of live testimony of citizens from the Outer Islands at all Legislative hearings at which testimony from the public is taken;
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association is requested to transmit copies of this resolution, and its attachment, to all members of the State Legislature and to the Mayors and County Councils of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui Counties.
Adopted at Captain Cook, Hawaii, March 18, 2009.
This resolution was 2nd and passed.
Motion to adjourn submitted at 5:55pm, 2nd & passed
Respectfully submitted by,
Mary Lake, Secretary