FLATHEAD LAKE CHERRY GROWERS, INC.
MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 – 7 p.m.
Directors present: Bruce Johnson, Ward Marshall, Rod McRae, John Nasgovitz (via open phone line), Brian Peterson, Mark St. Sauver
Absent: Mitch Jones, Mike Bonner
Meeting recorded by Barbara Hammons
Meeting held at Hammons’ residence
Rod called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Minutes for the meeting held September 15, 2021, were approved.
Checking account balance as of 10/20/21: $60,797.92. ($21,913.60 of this will be distributed to members as income from Tabletree for cull purchases.)
Actual amount belonging to FLCG: $38,884.32
WFCU balances: Regular account $6,565.61
TT security deposit $5,236.71
Updated budget Jan-Sept 2021 distributed.
Updated list of upcoming expenses (due and estimated) distributed to directors.
Rod – budget discussion. Still no word from Monson on cost of chiller rental. Cost of electrician (Troy Jensen) to finish the additional power installation adds approximately $20,000 to the list of upcoming expenses. This brings the list total to an estimated $49,124.
Annual surcharge based on gross pounds. After discussing circumstances affecting this year’s crop, a motion was duly made by Bruce Johnson, seconded by Ward Marshall, and unanimously approved by all directors present, setting the annual surcharge to members based on gross pounds at .02 per pound, to be deducted from final proceeds.
Culls discussion. Directors discussed the distribution of culls proceeds from sales to buyers other than Tabletree. Upon motion duly made by Mark St. Sauver, seconded by Ward Marshall, and unanimously approved by all directors present, directors agreed that the culls proceeds from Northwest Juicing and Red Lodge Ales will be passed on to the members based proportionately on each grower’s culls contribution.
Barry’s Hanson’s website – Rod and Bruce checked the website www.flatheadcherrypestmanage.org and agreed that it was well done and contained good information for the growers. The portion having to do with the PMA process is the old version and will need to be updated. Otherwise, they felt the website should be supported by FLCG. Ward will meet with Jack Stivers on the section referring to using Jack as the primary contact and his connection with MSU. Exactly how the website support will take place will be determined after a conversation with Barry Hanson.
Rod reported that the Bonneville Power Admin will be at the plant to inspect the upgrade and will calculate a rebate. They will pay for the curtains and some rebate on the electrical improvements.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.