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Minutes from Hawaii District Council Meeting

September 21, 2010
No meeting is complete without FOOD!


HSTA Conference Room

September 7, 2010


Present:  Gayle Ito, Lois Shimizu, Lorraine Hora, Bettye Wakabayashi, Jo Ann Iwane, Betty Ann Yoshimura, Joe Tanaka, Muriel Nishimoto, Sharon Yanazaki, Stephen Ono, Niyati Brown, Myrna Watanabe, Wayne Joseph, Avis Mortemore

Absent: Marlyn Akiona, Arleen Yoshimura, Lillian Takemura, Joyce Hirata

Call to Order:  President Wayne Joseph called the meeting to order at 9:19 a.m.

Secretary’s minutes:  Correction on the Calendar of Events- November 23 Council Meeting is Tuesday and not Wednesday as printed.   Bettye Wakabayashi moved to accept the minutes.  Gayle Ito seconded. Minutes were approved

Treasurer’s Report:  Joe Tanaka moved to accept report subject to audit.  Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.  Treasurer’s report accepted.

President’s Report

–          “Friend to Friend” Campaign cards for Neil Abercrombie and Gary Hooser were circulated for members to take, fill out and send.  Do not send out after Primary.

–          VEBA will sunset in December and there appear to be numerous problems with EUTF taking on all the active teachers and those retired teachers in VEBA. 

–          Community Club/District Council Training booklet was updated by Justin Wong with corrections and suggestions from the field.  Not up on the website yet.

–          There are 4 areas that HSTA-R will be getting involved in and after state approval they will be made public and up on website.


Budget:   Allocation check from State HSTA-R for $2584 reflects a 3 member loss of dues totaling $9.  The members were Ellen Kamau, Esther Sunakoda, and Margaret Chang.   Changes were incorporated to the proposed budget. 

Discussion conducted on the question of amount in the proposed budget allocated for reserve fund. Noting that West Hawaii has Community Club funds this year and will not need $500 for its annual meeting, Jo Ann Iwane moved that the West Hawaii Annual Meeting fund allocation be changed from $500 to $300.  Joe Tanaka seconded the motion and President Wayne Joseph called for discussion.  After some discussion Jo Ann Iwane moved to amend the main motion and only change the West Hawaii Annual Meeting fund allocation from $500 to $400.  Seconded by Joe Tanaka motion passed.  

Myrna Watanabe moved that the Administrative Expenses be reduced from $800 to $700.  Betty Ann Yoshimura seconded and the motion passed.

Lorraine Hora moved to put the $200 into the Reserve Fund.  Joe Tanaka seconded and motion carried. 

Corrections made to the Proposed Budget “Balance Brought Forward” should read $1574.77 as the most current balance.  The dues collected from 628 members instead of the 631 members, brings the dues from state to $1883 instead of $1894.  Discussion followed with corrections made to proposed budget and Lorraine Hora moved to accept corrected proposed budget and Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.   Motion passed.

Confirmation of council dates, meeting space and Hospice event date:  Present HSTA office may not be available for our use in the near future and May 10 date will definitely not be available.  President chose to defer choosing a site for the meeting until later in the year.  It may be used for an end of the year luncheon. 

Jo Ann Iwane added September 23 and January 13, 2011 for the West Hawaii Council Officers meeting dates. 

Betty Ann confirmed Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in front of Macy’s Men’s Department store for Hospice Light up a Life community service event.  Lorraine Hora moved to accept this date as a community service project and Joe Tanaka seconded.  Motion carried.  More details in the committee reports


Grant Ideas: Steve Ono suggested the concept of identifying HSTA-R as having its own identity by using grant money to create a ti-shirt with the idea of HSTA-Retireds are “still truckin’” in  a cartoon on the front.  This ti-shirt would be worn whenever retireds would be working with the HSTA-Actives.  Lorraine Hora moved to write a grant for 50 shirts at $8 a shirt equaling $400.  Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.  Motion carried.

Committee Reports:

Newletter:  Lorraine reported that publishing deadline was today 9/7/2010.  She also announced that the GR Networking team has been formed with various people tapped to help move communication among the membership.  Niyati invited all to a “meet and greet” free lunch for Gary Hooser on Saturday, September 11 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  JoAnne Iwane reported that West Hawaii has been sign waving and Hilo will be sign waving on Kamehameha Avenue every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm. All welcome to join. 

NEA-R National Convention: Lorraine shared a handout from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicate entitled “The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform:  Gunning for Social Security?”  An 18 member commission has been formed by President Obama call the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and it is looking at possibility of slashing benefits.  Lorraine urges members to contact our Congressional members and ask them to leave Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone.  It would behoove us to urge our fellow members to do the same.

Annual Membership Meeting:  No report as Marlyn was not present.

Community Services: Betty Ann reiterated that Hospice Light Up a Life event will be on Dec. 1, 2010 in front of Macy’s Men’s Department form 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  She needs two people per each two hour shift.   See her for sign-up. 

Membership Committee:  Muriel Nishimoto reported that we have 628 members down from the previously reported 631.  New retirees names will be added in September and President Wayne has contacted the new ones by e-mail inviting them to join HSTA-R. 

COLA:  The COLA task is ongoing.  A power point presentation is being created with  an addition of two members on the committee.  A meeting is scheduled with the new administrator of ERS, Wesley Machida on September 23.  There are some concerns and need for more information about the “No enhancement” law that will sunset in January 2011. 

Retirement Issues:  Steve Ono reported that on the issue of VEBA sunset HSTA has filed a class action suit on the grounds that EUTF is not able to take on the teachers. The HSTA will be financing the legal aspect and will include the retirees on the suit.   HSTA-R doesn’t have the means to finance on their own.   He also announced that on Tuesday, November 9, at 9:00 a.m. the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans will be meeting with Mayor Kenoi regarding the Seniors programs on the County level.  Only 25 people are allowed.  Please help with sign waving if you are able.

Pre-Retirement Cadre:  President Wayne Joseph read report as Arleen was unable to attend meeting.  Chair of the cadre is Glenn Fernandez and Arleen is the Vice Chair.  There will be no Institute Day this year so there will be various means of presenting the workshop to pre-retirement teachers.

Aloha Committee:  Gayle Ito circulated the sign up for refreshments for the meetings. There will be a reminder in the minutes to remind each group.

West Hawaii Community Club:  Jo Anne Iwane reported that the meeting at the Innovations Public Charter School went very well for the Club.  Entrance to the school is by lottery and the group was very impressed with the way that the school operates. 


–          Gary Hooser’s free lunch meet and greet at the NHREC on Saturday, September     11, 2010 

–          Sign waving at 3:30 – 5:00 pm on Kamehameha Avenue

–          Sympathy card acknowledgements were received from the families of Margaret Chang, Ellen Kamau and Sachiko Tanimoto (Arleen Yoshimura’s mother).

–          Refreshment reminders for NOVEMBER 23 meeting:  Sharon Yanazaki, Helen & Joe Tanaka, Jo Ann Iwane.  

Adjournment:   Gayle Ito moved and Steve Ono seconded that the meeting be adjourned.   Meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

 Respectfully submitted,   Avis Mortemore

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sally Waitt permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:59 am

    Mahalo, Wayne, for sending out this report. I am always interested. My closest connection is political and am always interested in knowing what I can do to help along those lines.

    Did go to Oahu to lobby against furloughs—lol for all the good that did, but I did try. I will also be going over to help with Colleen’s campaign–and am working on Neil and Brian’s….as well as Denny Coffman’s.

    Thanks again and have a great day!!

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