Director's-At-Large Meeting Minutes August 9, 2021 - NCIFT

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NCIFT MEETING MINUTES


Director’s-At-Large Meeting Minutes August 9, 2021

Director’s-At-Large Committee 2021-2022:

  • Jeff Sheasley-Dir. At Large
  • Xi Feng-Dir. At Large
  • WanChim Lim- Dir. At Large
  • John Frelka- Dir. At Large
  • Victor Hong- Dir. At Large
  • Mathew Poon- Dir. At Large
  • Christopher Ham- Dir. At Large

Attendees: 8/9/2021

  • Parastoo Yaghmaee – President
  • Ellice Ogle – President Elect
  • Craig Rothe-Past President
  • Bruce Ferree-Symposium Chair
  • Terri Amerio-Bell-Treasurer
  • Gabriela Swamy – Secretary
  • Xi Feng-Dir. At Large
  • WanChim Lim- Dir. At Large
  • John Frelka- Dir. At Large
  • Victor Hong- Dir. At Large
  • Mathew Poon- Dir. At Large

4:30 PM Called to Order, Meeting called to end 5:31PM (PST)

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom. Meeting was recorded by Parastoo.

Minutes:

1.    Goals: increase membership and value (e.g. networking, seminars, thank you’s, etc?)

Parastoo explained the role of Director’s at Large. Ellice discussed on increasing membership and providing value. Ideas on short survey distributions to NCIFT members, gift cards for completing survey were discussed. Ellice is working on creating the questionnaire for the survey. Gabriella to share a recent questionnaire template with Ellice.

2.    Proposed 21-22 NCIFT calendar

Month Year

Holiday

Event

August 2021

Planning – 4 events per each of the 4 main areas

September 2021

Monday 9/6 Labor Day

Board meeting and North Bay and Reno event

October 2021

Sunday 10/31 Halloween

East Bay event – October 14th SJIFT Golf Tournament in Madera

November 2021

Thursday 11/25 Thanksgiving

North Bay and South Bay and Reno event

December 2021

Fridays 12/24 Christmas Eve and 12/31 NYE

Holiday party in East Bay incl Board meeting

January 2022

Monday 1/17 MLK Day

South Bay and Reno event

February 2022

Monday 2/14 Valentine’s Day

February 15-16th Food Processing Expo in Sacramento incl luncheon and executive Board meeting

March 2022

East Bay and Reno and South Bay

April 2022

Sunday 4/17 Easter

UC Davis Food Science Showcase?

May 2022

Monday 5/30 Memorial Day

East Bay May 9th 2022 golf and May 10th 2022 Supplier’s Night and Board meeting and a South Bay event

June 2022

July 2022

Annual IFT Meeting

August 2022

End term

The NCIFT calendar and the events scheduled for the year were discussed. The dates are yet to be finalized but the goal is to hold all proposed events across the year. 

Based on COVID conditions, events would be virtual or in-person. For instance. if the event is a seminar, a virtual mode might be easier to put together and more inclusive but if networking, then in-person (outdoor) is preferred. The latest CDC guidelines and the location will be checked before the event is scheduled. It was also decided that the Members-at-large will monitor the county guidelines for COVID and plan area events appropriately

3.    Speaker for NCIFT holiday party (IFT president)

IFT President will be invited for the NCIFT party to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the section. 

Suggestion for speakers: Yan Can Cook, Alton Brown, Harold McGee

4.    Speaker/ topics for Processing Expo February 15-16th in Sacramento

Mattew Poon had a potential speaker in mind. He will confirm if the speaker is available and let Ellice know by September 1/2021.

The idea of having themes for speakers and event throughout the year was discussed. Group were in favor of having themes. The idea will be finalized in the September meeting.

The following themes were suggested during the meeting

  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Dessert
  • Vertical Farming
  • Cultivated meat
  • Hemp and Cannabis 
  • Alcohol – Wine
  • Meal Kits
  • Farms – Mushroom
  • Nuts
  • Cricket protein

5. Nomination committee

The following members volunteered to be in the nomination committee – WanChin Lim, John Frelka, Matthew Poon

It was suggested to reach out to other NCIFT members to join nomination committee. The guidelines for member selection will be reviewed once again and the committee members will be finalized.

6. Volunteers for Supplier’s Night

The following members volunteered to help Bruce with the Supplier’s Night event – Xi Feng, John Frelka, Victor Hong, WanChin Lim

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PRESIDENT
Ms. Ellice Ogle
Tandem Foods

PRESIDENT-ELECT / Program Chair
Dr. Zhongli Pan
UC Davis

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Dr. Parastoo Yaghmaee
Ziel

SECRETARY
Dr. Gabriella John Swammy
SJSU

TREASURER
Dr. Nishtha Lukhmana
Premier Nutrition Company

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Ms. Erin Evers
SPI Group

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

Dr. Xi (Alex) Feng
SJSU

Mr. Jeff Sheasley
SCiFi Foods

Mr. Christopher Ham
CJ CheilJedang BIO

Mr. John Frelka
Del Monte Foods Inc

Ms. WanChin Lim
MycoWorks

Dr. Victor Hong
Innovative Products and Services

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
 
PROGRAM CHAIR
Ms. Ellice Ogle
Tandem Foods

NOMINATING & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mr. John Frelka
Innovative Products and Services

SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT EXPO CHAIR
Mr. Bruce Ferree
Insight Food Safety Consulting

GRANTS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Charlwit Kulchaiyawat
Foster Farms

NEW PROFESSIONALS GROUP CHAIR
Ms. Erin Evers
SPI Group

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ms. Clara Lang, Kinders

SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS CHAIR
Ms. Rachael Hung
Impossible Foods