Meeting Minutes August 28, 2020 - NCIFT

Executive Committee

NCIFT MEETING MINUTES


Meeting Minutes August 28, 2020

Executive Committee 2019-2020:

  • Craig Rothe-President
  • Jaspreet Walia-President Elect
  • Nikoo Arasteh-Past President
  • Abigail Selya-Secretary
  • Erin Evers-Membership
  • Bruce Ferree-Symposium Chair
  • Mike McCarthy-IFT

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Time:  Start- 4:04PM  Adjourn: 4:58 PM

Attendees: Abigail Selya, Bruce Ferree, Jeff Sheasley, Nikoo Arasteh, Anjali Ganpule, Erin Evers, Elaine Chow,  Myhan Nguyen (UCD IFT Representative), Craig Rothe, Terri Amerio-Bell, Mike McCarthay, Jaspreet Walia, Parastoo Yaghmaee 

Agenda

  • State of the Section Report
    • 782 members YTD down from 815 at the start of Fiscal Year, 30 members have transferred out. 79.16% Continuing Members 20.84% New Members
  • Financial Report-Terri
    • Expo & Golf Financial-Bruce-
      • $47,500 in income, $10,875 dollars sent as refunds still working to refund or defer money to the other companies. Preference is to have a deferral. Reaching out to Key Contact and will be looking for alternative contacts if we are not able to reach out to them. 
      • $15,753 spent refunds have allowed us to salvage 13,388 for a future 2021 event. All in we are out $2,365.60.
    • All bills are paid so far
    • Suppliers night deferrals will have a record so that the money will be kept for the next Suppliers Night event.
  • Director at Large – Craig is requesting the board adopt a newly-created position of Dir. At Large for Western NV to establish a point of contact there.  Also requesting sole candidate Jeff Sheasley of Elite Spice be nominated and approved.
    • Jeff will be put into the Director at Large vacancy once confirmed by appointment from our President (Craig), and will continue on for the following year. 

Create a Director at Large Position in Nevada, Board – (6 yes, 0 No)

  • Elections discussion- We will have an election in Late June/Early July to have people in place before Sept 1 Fiscal year start date. Post open positions and timeline for when positions will be nominated and appointed. 
  • Event planning
    • Networking events-looking for suggestions (not hard dates) for themes, and locations; both venues and to cover our geography (Sacramento, Santa Rosa, etc.) Have a National Food Lab potential virtual event
    • July National Meeting-idea to broadcast this at a local venue if open
    • We committed to doing 4 events in Reno per year
    • Educational events-Ideas for events at various venues, Mattson quarterly events will still be happening once it is safe to socially gather, as well as virtual events/webcasts
    • Approval requested for educational budget
    • New Professionals schedule-Erin
    • Survey launched soon via Ashwini, probing perceived needs and interests
    • Lecture Series Jas will pass on topics from Certified Labs that could be shared with NCIFT.
  • Ambassador Program-Could we implement this year?  We don’t have a plan yet to implement but is a priority to organize
  • IFT Connect & Section Leader Resources – will send out position descriptions again and bi-laws to review and refresh on
  • Member of the Year Award nominees needed- Marty and Erin Nominated for 2019 and 2020 recipients.
  • IFT-related dates and deadlines
    • August 15-Section Roster
    • August 31-Annual Report Due
    • Date TBD-Virtual Volunteer Leadership Summit
    • October 31-Financial Report

-Section leader webcast Thursday 4/31 available for virtual training and webinar -link to be sent post call

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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