Minutes of Council Meeting 1/26/10
|HAWAII DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETING HSTA CONFERENCE ROOM January 26, 2010
Attendance– Myrna Watanabe, Joe Tanaka, Muriel Nishimoto, Lois Shimizu, Arleen Yoshimura, Lillian Takemura, Wayne Joseph, Stephen Ono, Avis Mortemore, Joyce Hirata
Absent – Bettye Wakabayashi, Sharon Yanazaki, Betty Ann Yoshimura
Call to order – The meeting was called to order by President Lorraine Hora at 9:08 am .
Minutes – The motion to accept minutes as corrected was made by Wayne ; seconded by Joe. Passed.
Treasurer’s Report – Accepted as circulated.
Other Reports –
President’s Report – Review for the Delegate’s Assembly
Paid visit to the Capitol and visited our Representatives and Senators offices. Talked with Reps Nakashima, Hanohano and Herkes.
HARA convention was attended by Lorraine and Steve. There were two resolutions of interest: AhQuin McElrath and one for revenue raising
VP Report – The website has started. Wayne is encouraging all to submit short articles to keep the site active
Membership – As of January 18th there are 612 members. Three new members have joined – Antoinette Wintercamp, Julie Jensen and Christine Wada.
Phone tree – Each caller should have about 5 members to call.
Retirement issues – LAT has recommended to the HSTA Board – early endorsement in the election of the vacant House of Representative seat; early endorsement in the gubernatorial race. The legislative package has changed:
- The committee is looking to continue VEBA.
- HSTA Board supports generating revenue enhancement.
Legislators want to meet on a weekend during the Legislative session.
HARA – There will be a meeting with Mayor Kenoi on senior concerns on March 17 at the UPW hall at 9a.m.
Pre-Retirement Cadre – Funds are available and plans are being made for the next Institute Day.
COLA – The bill is still there and the committee will be doing more educating on the topic.
WHCC – Joann will be handling the West Hawaii meeting.
BIARA – No one attended the Legislative reception that was held.
East Hawaii Annual Meeting – Feb.5 at Encore, buffet $15 for members $20 for guest. 50 members are anticipated. Favors will be purchased from Big Island Delight. Program will consist of guest speaker Mayor Kenoi, HSTA-R President Justin Wong and report from Joe on COLA. A collection for the Food Bank will be made – monetary or food donations will be accepted.
WHCC – Meeting will be held at the Daifukuji Temple Social Hall, Feb. 19, from 9am to 12 noon . The speaker will be from the Innovations Charter School .
Nominations for Council Officers
President – Wayne Joseph VP – Marlyn Akiona
Treasurer – Lois Shimizu Secretary – Avis Mortemore
5 members for Council at Large:
Bettye, Arleen, Myrna, Gayle Ito
Nominations for State Delegate Assembly
Bettye Wakabayashi, JoAnn Iwane, Virginia Halliday, Arleen Yoshimura,
Lois Shimizu, Muriel Nishimoto
Community service project – Arleen moved and Muriel seconded to take on the Big Island Marathon as a HSTA-R community service project. Motion passed.
The Big Island Marathon will be on March 21. There will be two shifts 6:30-9 and 9-12n.
Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 11am .
Note: Rae informed us on action being taken on the VEBA bill. HSTA is starting a campaign to have Rep. Rhodes hear HSTA’s case on the bill. Rep. Rhodes has said that he won’t hear the case in committee. HSTA wants to make VEBA permanent after June 30th.
Joyce Hirata, Secretary