KCFA Board Meeting Minutes
October 21, 2009
4 pm – Call to Order
Members present: B. Corker, M. Lake, ML. Moss, C. Bondera, T. Belcastro, R. Anders, J. Rowe, D. Sims
Bruce recognized Dexter Washburn for identifying the opportunity at the museum in Seattle. Report was passed around. Bruce noted that these were the kind of things we need to look for promotion of 100% Kona coffee.
Richard Dinker was introduced and he proceeded to mention he was being laid off as of Dec 4 as a full time Ag inspector due to budget cuts. Concerns and complaints should go to Sandra Kunimoto @ 808-973-9550 or John Ryan, commodities inspector @808-832-0705.
Jennifer Withrow represented USDA and John Tamashiro the Farm Loan Officer. Loans up to $300,000 available at low rates for 1-7 yr. max. FFA youth loans up to $5,000 and 10-20 yr for qualified disaster loans.
Oct. minutes were approved by the Board.
Treasurer’s report also approved by the Board.
The Board also approved the 2009-2010 yr. Budget.
Tom Belcastro gave report on some mainland green fancy prices as $13.50+$1.00/lb shipping, extra fancy @ $15.00.
Mary Lou reports continuing to work on our biggest event of the year, our KCFA Banquet to be held at the King Kam hotel. Volunteers are still needed.
Colehour reports KCFA Education Committee worked to put on the Coffee Drying & Storage workshop which happened on September 30. Chuck Moss and Ken Sheppard presented to 35 attendees!
Education planning for the short-term includes consideration of a roasting and/or a marketing workshop possibly in early December. E-mail to Colehour Bondera (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in these topics! Also please share other Education needs and desires...
Cea Smith presented both the PR and Website reports as follows:
P/R Developed ad for West Hawaii Today’s “Kona Coffee Cultural Festival” section. Will be in the pull-out, done by WHT for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Based on USDA’s new promotion, “Know Your Farmer, Buy Local”. 3rd generation coffee farmer and veterinarian Gary Ota consented to be our authentic Kona Coffee Farmer. Many thanks to Dr. Ota. $98 cost.
Dinner Flier done and printed, will be handed out. Working on Dinner Program, etc. for Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction
Worked with Mary Lou on 2 new upcoming T-shirts.
KCFA printer is now at my house. More efficient. Want things printed, send Cea the file and give plenty of time.
Printed up KCFA Brochures for sale.
Website: Wrote all “Classified” posters and all “Help and Resources” posters to ask for any updating. Some removed, some changed and all up to date.
Silent and Live Donations for Auction posted on Website
Sent out General Membership notes as asked. (Working with Yahoo to allow our Bulk Emails to their email subscribers.)
Gave out Usernames and passwords as asked.
Posted 2 anonymous KCFA members’ contributions to our What Is Kona Worth? Page.
Questioned as to why we use Random order for farms? We believe it is the fairest way to handle all the Farms and we will stay with Random.
Reminder to all members the Newsletter is up. It is online and you can access it though the KCFA website @ www.konacoffeefarmers.org.
Bruce gave the legislative committee report as follows:
Chuck Moss and Bruce Corker met with Representative Denny Coffman on October 8 to discuss coffee issues and the upcoming legislative session. A follow up meeting with Denny is scheduled for next month.
In an October 5, 2009 email John Ryan, Administrator of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division, advised that, ”The HDOA Quality Assurance Division has no employees in the Kona area and no funds to support travel to Kona for package inspection purposes.” Coffee farmers themselves will need to do investigative work in Kona for the HDOA on labeling issues. If KCFA members find label law violations or deceptive labels on the shelves of Kona stores, please bring that to the attention of the Legislative Committee.
Joanie reported on membership as 218 farmers strong, 12 supporting members, and 49 business members with a total of 279 memberships. Also noted that if you join from Sept.-Dec. this yr. you will get your yr membership for 2010.
No estate info
Grainpro bags are picking up momentum and the burlap bags are going strong too.
Cindy Whitehawk is representing KCFA and meeting with Hawaii Homegrown Food Network.
Harvey Mudd College Engineering Clinic has Bob Krause with engineering systems for coffee drying at higher elevations. He and students will come in April to present their research.
Coffee donations to HOFA were noted from Colehour Bondera, Bruce Corker and Robert Barnes and Nancy Griffith.
Mary Lou reports she is headed to close on a contract with FedEx for 50% discount shipping rates for KCFA members.
Joanie Rowe has burlap coffee bags and it was decided to add them to the KCFA store as a souvenir item for sale.
Respectfully submitted by,