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HSTA-R Hawaii District Council Minutes from May 10, 2011

July 12, 2011
HSTA-R Hawaii Island Council



Tuesday, May 10, 2011


            Present:  Marlyn Akiona, Lois Shimizu, Arleen Yoshimura, Y. Joe Tanaka, Gayle Ito, Betty Ann Yoshimura, Muriel Nishimoto, Stephen Ono, Lorraine Hora, Jo Ann Iwane, Cynthia Niyati Brown, Wayne Joseph, Avis Mortemore

  Absent:  Bettye Wakabayashi, Myrna Watanabe, Sharon Yanazaki, Lillian Takemura

Call to Order:  President Wayne Joseph called the meeting to order at 9:17 a.m. Adoption of agenda with flexibility was called for and passed. 

Rae Yamanaka, HSTA Uniserv Representative asked HSTA-R to man ballot boxes and count ballots should negotiations end and a contract is decided upon. Hilo High School, Keaau Middle Cafeteria and Kau High will be sites for East Hawaii.   She gave an update of negotiations.  Team has been meeting weekly for negotiations but no news.  There is hope to end discussions and come to agreement by the time teachers leave for summer.  Legislative session has ended but money was budgeted.   If the negotiations results prove unacceptable there will have to be a special session to increase the budget. 

Secretary’s Minutes:  Cynthia Niyati Brown moved to accept minutes to the March 29, 2010 meeting.  Betty Ann Yoshimura seconded.  Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report:  Muriel Nishimoto moved to accept report and Gayle Ito seconded it.  Motion passed.

President’s Report:  President Wayne Joseph reported that on May 15, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. on Coconut Island will be a Scholarship run.  Anyone wanting to help can come down to help register people.

2012 calendar needs to be planned out today.

HSTA-R Hawaii District website has been seeing about 55 hits a day.  New members’ bios will be posted when they are received. 

At the next State Board Meeting hopefully Hawaii Council can submit a request to add “Websites” as a category for the yearly awards.  Kauai District won this year’s award for their binder. 

Committee Reports:

Newsletter and Elections: Lorraine Hora reported that articles for May/June Newsletter must be ready by May 23 as George Ito, the publisher, will be off island until May 22nd.

After the Legislative session ended there may be community meetings by the Hawaii legislative group.  Watch for announcements.

Community Services:  No report

Membership Committee:  Muriel Nishimoto reported that there are two new retirees—Tanya Lee and Mary Patricia Leahy.   Wayne Joseph will follow up with phone calls to them. 

COLA:  Y. Joe Tanaka reported that the Legislative session is done and next year bill 248 which is the study on PRA fiscal efficacy missed the deadline for moving to Senate.  Bill will be pursued further.  It can and most likely will be reintroduced next session.  It is a good tactic having an outside body checking out the efficacy.   CFC will be holding an important information session with two reps from Governor’s staff at the next meeting on May 12th.   Improving PRA for all retirees will be a real feather in the cap of HSTA-R as a retiree organization doing good for all public retirees. 

Pre Retirement Cadre:  Arleen Yoshimura reported that NEA-R State Project Grant Progress report prepared by Chairman Glenn D. Fernandez is being reviewed and must be submitted by June. 1st.

A total of 14 presentations were made: 3 on Hawaii, 2 on Kauai, 3 on Maui, 1 on Molokai and 5 on Oahu.  Teachers’ Institute Week has been posted on the DOE calendar so the cadre is hoping to do presentations on designated Teacher Institute Day.   (October 10-14)

Evaluation Conclusions: 

  •  Attendance  – 369 participants
  • 35%  have 26+ years of service
  • 64%  plan to retire in the next 5 years
  • 93%  rated the General Content and the Delivery of Information as good or excellent

Active teachers are urged to become an NEA-R lifetime member when retiring for $200 or else it will be $25 a year.  It is a great bargain. HSTA-R doesn’t have lifetime membership.

Aloha Committee:   Refreshments for the first meeting will be provided by the officers.

West Hawaii Community Club:  Jo Ann Iwane reported that the last meeting of the WHCC was held on Tuesday, May 3rd at the NELH Gateway Center.  The Friends of the NELH group did a presentation to the 20 West Hawaii retirees who attended the meeting on the innovative projects at the NELH.  Costco pizza lunch was provided by the WH-CC.  The WH-CC council will meet on Thursday, July 28 at 9:00 a. m. to plan activities for next year. President Wayne Joseph will be present.

Retirement Issues:  Stephen Ono announced that HSTA GR Susan Bitler, liaison reported that Senator Ige was pressured to reconsider the Medicare reimbursement proposal but refused to do so.  Steve encouraged e-mails to “” to thank him for doing so.  The HSTA, per Wil Okabe, has said that Senator Jill Tokuda’s bill caused a commotion in Senate chambers as “nasty e-mails” were sent to her.  The tremendous response by e-mail appears to have made an impact on Senator Calvin Say as he has spoken to Wil Okabe regarding the 1400 responses. 

Old Business:  The topic of the website category being added to the District competition at the Annual meeting will be approached by Cynthia Niyati Brown.  She will compose a

letter and submit it to the secretary to be written in hard copy and e-mail form and submitted to President Justin Wong before the next State Board Meeting on May 19, 2011. 

New Business:  President Joseph commented on the 2011 Delegate Assembly.   The Hawaii Delegation looked “great” on their table with 13 delegates wearing their new HSTA-R shirts.  The membership is larger and the venue has become too small for the number.  There may be a change in the number of the representatives that will be allowed to attend.  Joan Husted has returned to the Board. Cynthia Niyati Brown will write up a letter on impressions of her first Assembly for the website.

 The HARA Legislative Social on June 6, 2010 9-11 a.m. to be held at the UPW Hall.  Senator Gil Kahele will be there.  The major units in HARA will be voting for leadership in two years.  Steve Ono is our representative until 2014.  HARA deals with concerns for all seniors. 

The 2011-2012 Calendar was worked on. Dates are as follows:

             August 26, 2011, Friday                WHCC

  • September 6, 2011, Tuesday         Hawaii District Council Mtg.

September 9, 2011, Friday WHCC @ Chocolate Factory

  • November 29, 2011, Tuesday       Hawaii District Council Mtg.

December 9, 2011, Friday             WHCC –Lei making

  • January 24, 2012, Tuesday            Hawaii District Council Mtg.
  • February 3, 2012,  Friday              East Hawaii Annual Mtg.

February 10, 2012, Friday             WHCC Annual Mtg.

  • February 28, 2012, Tuesday          Hawaii District Council Mtg. & Work session
  • May 8, 2012, Tuesday                   Hawaii District Council Mtg.

Announcements:  Lorraine Hora announced Saturday, May 14 Food Drive at the Main Post Office 2:00 – 5 p.m. Cynthia Niyati Brown announced Open House in West Hawaii HSTA Office on May 11, 2011,   4:30-6:00 p.m. at 73-4257 Hulikoa Drive #B, Kona Business Area

 Meeting adjourned at 11:20 a.m

 Respectfully submitted,    Avis Mortemore, Secretary

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