Kona Coffee Farmers Association
May Board of Directors Meeting, 4:00 PM May 17, 2006
Location: CTAHR Conference Room, Kainaliu
Directors Present: Rick Funk, Nancy Griffith, Sandra Scarr, Fred Housel, Mary Lou Moss, Suzanne Shriner
Directors Absent: Joanie Rowe
Meeting Minutes of 4/26/2006 were reviewed and approved.
Treasury Report: Balance as of May 14 was $1896.46. Income for April was $1433.75 from new memberships and seals sales. Expenses for April were $159.81 for newsletter expenses and small items. Current checking and savings balance is $1996.46. Treasurer's report accepted
Education Committee: Colehour and Ken will schedule meeting with Virginia Easton-Smith to coordinate shared training resources.
Estate Committee: Suzanne requested consideration of an exception to the KCFA Estate requirements to allow her two separate farms to be treated as a single estate.
Suzanne agreed to wait until Joanie’s return to continue the discussion. The Board gave approval to three farms as Estates: Pomaika’I Farm, Scarr Family Farm, and Kiele O Kona Coffee Co.
Grants Committee: Sandra has contacted the Farm Bureau in Honolulu to inquire about grant funds available. KCFA has been approved to use the Hawaii Seal of Quality. Sandra to look into grants available from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Legislative Committee: Bruce reported preparation is being made to prepare legislation for the 2007 session based on the three KCFA Position Statements.
Bruce will also seek funding from the HDoA to conduct a study to evaluate the disease risks to Hawaiian grown coffee from the importation of foreign coffee into Hawaii.
A suggestion was made to ask the HDoA to conduct a poll of coffee farmers regarding their position on mandatory green coffee certification. A committee was selected to develop the polling and the results. Committee members are Rick, Fred, Suzanne, Bruce, Colehour and Mark. The purpose is to develop a list of farmers, KCFA members and non-members, who question the value of mandatory green certification.
Marketing Committee: Joachim reported that Dennis Paine had asked him if KCFA would be interested in participating in the HOGATech trade show in Dusseldorf in September. Sandra will arrange followup meeting to get more details for next meeting. Marcy mentioned a Kona Coffee Center is planned to be set up on Painted Church Road. Joachim reported the cards for the display at the DKC booth at the Kailua Kona pier are on order and expected to be received in the next week. The Board approved the expense of $700 for 5000 cards. KCFA received print coverage in the April Fresh Cup trade magazine.
Membership Committee: The Membership Drive Committee met on May 16 to develop the drive plan and schedule. The goal is to increase the KCFA membership to 125 members by Sept. Fred presented a proposal to offer KCFA seals in an exchange for new members. The Board approved a modified plan in which new members would be offered 100 free seals as an incentive to join KCFA.
Promotions/Fundraising Committee: No fund-raising activities are planned for Jun and July. The Board voted to not attend the Made In Hawaii Show this year due to high costs. Mary Lou is planning a cupping event in August to raise funds.
Mary Lou is preparing a list of potential fund-raising projects/activities.
Website: Mark reported Cookware has completed the website changes and has submitted billing for their servces.
Mandatory Green Certification: The Board held a discussion regarding whether KCFA should participate in the May 25 meeting Howard Conant has scheduled with Jim Wayman to discuss the reasons for mandatory green certification. The Board voted to participate only if KCFA Directors were able to meet with Jeri Kahana before the meeting. Rick called Jeri and confirmed she will meet with KCFA before the Conant/Wayman meeting so KCFA will participate in the later meeting on 5/25. Christine and Mary Lou will plan the logistics for the meeting with Jeri on May 25.
Meeting adjourned 7 PM. Fred Housel KCFA Secretary