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Hawai’i District Council Minutes for Sept 6, 2011 – subject to approval

September 28, 2011



September 6, 2011




Present:  Cynthia Niyati Brown, Lorraine Hora, Muriel Nishimoto, Betty Ann Yoshimura, Arleen Yoshimura, Bettye Wakabayashi, Gayle Ito, Myrna Watanabe, Wayne Joseph, Avis Mortemore

            Absent:   Marlyn Akiona, Lois Shimizu, Y. Joe Tanaka, Stephen Ono, JoAnn Iwane, 

 Call to Order:  President Wayne Joseph called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.

 Secretary’s Minutes:  Myrna Watanabe moved to accept minutes of May 10, 2011 meeting as corrected.  Bettye Wakabayashi seconded and the motion carried.

 Treasurer’s Report:  Muriel Nishimoto reported for Lois Shimizu:

  •  The correct balance in the checking account is $1,675.64 and the savings account is $1197.76 as of 8:36 a.m. this morning.  Myrna Watanabe moved to accept the treasurer’s report with corrections and Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.  Motion carried.

 President’s Report:  Wayne Joseph reported that:

  • Hartford Life is no longer the Life and AD&D Insurance carrier for HSTA-R.  Pacific Guardian Life will be new carrier with Open enrollment in October or November, 2011.  This is the HSTA-R’s own insurance plan. 
  • Plans are in the works to incorporate HSTA-R-501c (4).  It will become non-profit with the ability to donate to politicians.  Adoption of plan to incorporate will be at a Special Delegate Assembly held on November 18, at Honolulu Convention Center.  All delegates from the April Delegate Assembly will be attending.
  • HSTA-R Legislative Priorities for 2011-2012 have some changes since last year’s priorities.  Check on the HSTA-R website.
  • HSTA-R has made a change to the District of the Year Program by combining the newsletter and the web site to become the”Communication Award.”
  • EUTF meetings held in Executive Session have been closed to public.  Frustrating as all important decisions are being made behind closed doors.  State has shown no numbers to prove that Medicare B reimbursements are saving the state money.  State has been asked to show the numbers.
  • Retirees need to stop being complacent and to stop taking retirement benefits for granted as a legislative amendment could change all of that. 
  • Big Island Alliance has been a good way to show support for retirees.  ILWU was a big help with providing materials for signs and more.  The picket inspired Kauai to do the same.  UPW, HGEA & SHOPO, however, did not support the informational picket as they must go through their “Mother” unit. 

Motion made by Bettye Wakabayashi and seconded by Cynthia Niyati Brown to write a thank you to the ILWU for the support.  Motion passed.

              Reminder of Oral History Workshop set for Saturday, October 1 at the Church of the Holy Cross Building of Faith from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Reminder of Caregiver’s Conference, Saturday, September 24, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Committee Reports:

Newsletter and Elections: Lorraine Hora reported:

  •  The newsletter deadline is September 13 for articles.  She will not be sending to each member but will be sending a link to state website. 

Community Services: Betty Ann Yoshimura reported:

  • Our chapter will be manning tables on Sunday, December 4th for Hospice’s “Light Up a Life” event.  We will begin from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening.  Shifts are two hours long.  Call Betty Ann for sign up.
  •  Blood Bank will be needing help in March.
  •  March 18th will be the Big Island Marathon and Wayne Joseph is asking for volunteers once again for the tee shirt booth from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Membership Committee:  Muriel Nishimoto reported:

  •  22 new members and two of them have been retired for a while but have just now joined.  That will bring membership up to about 628 . 

 COLA: No report as Y. Joe Tanaka was absent.

Pre Retirement Cadre:  Arleen Yoshimura reported:

  • Cadre Steering Committee  meeting was held on July 20 and a Full Cadre meeting was held on August 24
  • New members are Cynthia Niyati Brown- HI and Deborah Takahashi from Maui
  • There is a new Chair person for 2012- 2014 from Maui—Dorothea Aganos
  • Official school calendar is out and there will be no Teachers’ Institute Day so cadre will go back to scheduling their own workshops on each island.  Flyers will be sent out.
  • Handouts, script and powerpoint presentations were finalized, reproduced and distributed to neighbor island members so that they could bring back.   Files were copied to flash drives and provided to various districts. 
  • There will be an evaluation meeting on February 21, 2012.

Aloha Committee: Gayle Ito:

  •  Circulated the sign-up for refreshments and will provide secretary with a copy to be put into minutes to remind those providing the next meeting refreshments. 

 West Hawaii Community Club:  There was no report as Jo Ann Iwane was not present.  Wayne Joseph reported that West Hawaii would meet at Longs Drugs in Keauhou Shopping Center to car pool to Chocolate Factory on September 9, 2011 for their WHCC function. 

New Business:

  • Master List of members will be corrected and updated.  Gayle Ito volunteered to oversee Telephone Tree.
  • After discussion motion made by Myrna Watanabe to have an “HSTA-R Hawaii Council Meet and Greet” function on October 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wailoa State Park  to welcome and acquaint the new members with our organization.  Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.  Motion carried.  Muriel Nishimoto, Cynthia Niyati Brown, Myrna Watanabe and Avis Mortemore volunteered to organize event.
  • Lorraine Hora passed out folders with the responsibilities of each committee.  Need to remind all at each meeting to put things together for the binder in February. 
  • Evaluation of the Informational Picket was passed out.   Additional suggestions and comments were made:

-There should be picket captain at each site

-A handout should be made with the “sticking points” and history

-Good to have video it helped Kauai to be inspired

-Represented well


  • AARP Representative is Steve Godszek.  He is a volunteer so efforts are being made to inform and work with him.  Suggestion was made that if he doesn’t know something his answer should be “I don’t know but I will find out.”
  • Budget discussion.  Only change was made to Governance changing amount from $1200 to $1700 to accommodate special meetings such as “Meet and Greet” proposal.  $500 moved from Reserve Fund.  Cynthia Niyati Brown moved to accept proposed budget as amended and Betty Ann Yoshimura seconded.  Budget was accepted.
  • T-shirts will be reordered using money from the Reserve Fund.  90 shirts were ordered last year and they sold out.  Cynthia Niyati Brown moved to order 5 dozen shirts and Bettye Wakabayashi seconded.  Discussion followed. Motion passed. 

Meeting adjourned at 11:47 a.m. w/ motion by Myrna Watanabe and second by Betty Ann Yoshimura.  Motion carried.

 Respectfully submitted,

Avis Mortemore, Secretary

 11/29/11 Refreshments:  Muriel Nishimoto, Cynthia Niyati Brown, Y. Joe Tanaka

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