Saturday, June 7, 2014

Meeting announcement for June and May minutes, to be approved

Greetings Members

   The next meeting will be on June 10, at the Kamana Senior Center, in Hilo.  Board meeting at 5:00 pm, pot luck at 6:00 pm, meeting at 6:30 pm.

   Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, so you can put them on your calendar, and not have to rely on my irregular reminders.

   We will be discussing the Honey Challenge and other pertinent business, then Danielle Downey and chemist Russell Molyneux will present findings on the invasive fireweed effects on bees and honey.


       See you all there!

Elaine Partlow
Secretary

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 Minutes -  BIBA Meeting    May 13, 2014


Meeting was called to order at 6:30 by President Rod Vanderhoef.  Fifteen members were present, eight required for a quorum.

Treasurer Eric Belcher reported we have $122 in checking and $722 in savings.  Will have to pay bills when the final grant check arrives.
Chuck made a motion, and Pat seconded, to accept the treasurer's report.  Passed.

Secretary Elaine Partlow read the minutes of the April meeting.  Larry made a motion, and Pat seconded, to accept the minutes.  Passed

Old Business
The final grant check has arrived in the state office, we are waiting for it to work its way through the system, which should happen by the end of the week.

Honey Challenge:  needs grants to do a proper event.  Since we are not a non-profit, we could perhaps partner with a group like 4H, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts.  That entity would be the fiscal sponsor, the grant would be under their name, they would take a percentage.  More discussion was held on 501(c)3 status and paperwork.
June made a motion, and Pat seconded, that BIBA become a 501(c)3.  Passed.  Chuck will contact  Jane Simons, to see if she has the needed paperwork.

Komohana hives:  Eric put out Andro with peanut butter, which has reduced the fire ant population.

New Business
Rod suggested a fund raiser:  To have an occasional silent auction or sale of members' unwanted items during an association meeting.  Proceeds could be donated entirely, or split between seller and association.  There was no further discussion.

There was some conversation about two state-sponsored programs, "First to Work", and "SEES", that pay or reimburse wages for workers who work for and are trained by non-profits or other businesses.

Eric motioned to adjourn, Ruby seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.

A very interesting talk and slide show was presented by a representative of the Tropical Fruit Growers Association.

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