Board of Directors Minutes: June 2000

Board of Directors Minutes: June 2000

INTERNATIONAL BOTTLED WATER ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel

Washington, DC

Thursday, June 8, 2000

MINUTES

 

 

    1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Vice Chairman, Bill Bell, Tyler Mountain Water Company, who announced the presence of a quorum. Those present were:

 

Officers

William G. Bell, Vice Chairman

Tyler Mountain Water Co.

Doug Oberhamer, Secretary/Treasurer

Deep Rock Water Co.

Peter Baker, Past Chairman

Crystal Rock Water Co.

 

Directors

 

Stewart Allen, Sparkling Spring Water Group

Timothy Fallon, Vermont Pure Springs, Inc.

David Krishock, Suntory Water Group, Inc.

John LaPides, Snow Valley, Inc.

Marwan Nesicolaci, Universal Aqua Technologies, Inc.

Charles Norris, McKesson Water Products Company

Doug Oberhamer, Deep Rock Water Co.

Anthony Salamone, Sunroc Corporation

Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.

Phil Susterick, Culligan Bottled Water Co.

Mike Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc.

Marcus Wren, III, Music Mountain Water Co.

 

IBWA Staff/Counsel

Joe Doss, IBWA President

Robert P. Brady, Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.

 

    1. Approval of the Minutes

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the minutes of the January 21, 2000, Board of Directors Meeting. MOTION CARRIED.

 

    1. Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Doug Oberhamer reported that the financial status of IBWA remains very strong. The April 2000 financials prepared by IBWA’s accountant indicate that overall revenues are slightly under budget. [Annual Budget: $4,599,758] However, that will correct itself as we begin to receive money from the convention and trade show.

The largest source of revenue is membership dues, which are coming in slightly ahead of budget. Notices for second-half dues payments will be sent to members and IBWA should therefore receive the remaining dues payments within the next few months.

Expenses to date are slightly less than budgeted. Again, that should correct itself as we begin to incur costs associated with the convention an trade show. At this time, we do not anticipate any significant unbudgeted expenses. It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Secretary/Treasurers report. MOTION CARRIED.

 

    1. Committee Reports
      1. Executive Committee

The Executive Committee met on Tuesday, June 6, 2000 and took the following actions:

    1. The Executive Committee approved the IBWA Strategic Action Plan. A copy of the most recent draft Strategic Action Plan was sent to the Board on June 2. It is the result of a March 20-22 meeting of the Strategic Action Planning Committee and input from small, medium and large members. A few minor changes to the Plan were made to the Plan:
    1. The Plan will be amended to include language calling for an annual report to the Board by Committees and staff concerning the tactics, staff allocation and financial resources for implementing the Plan.
    1. The International section of the Plan (Paragraph E) will be amended to include language that states that IBWA will provide, when appropriate, support and information to regional and country groups (e.g., chapters) throughout the world.

 

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the Strategic Action Plan as amended. MOTION CARRIED.

      1. The Executive Committee discussed the bromate situation. The Committee urges members to continue to consider ways to reduce the bromate levels in their products. This could be a potentially bad public relations situation for the industry. IBWA and its members are looking for ways to reduce or eliminate bromate from bottled water. This issue was a topic of discussion at the various committee meetings.

 

      1. The Executive Committee reviewed the current international situation. The position paper that was sent to the Board on June 2 was discussed and significant revisions were made. The Committee made several recommendations:

 

    1. IBWA should join the International Council of Bottled Water Associations (ICBWA).
    1. Those IBWA chapters who wish to continue as IBWA chapters will be permitted to do so. However, the IBWA Board of Directors will determine the exact structure, services and costs.
    1. Companies can join IBWA directly. They will follow the Model Code and be inspected annually.

 

      1. The Committee approved a resolution that makes revisions to the IBWA pension plan suggested by our plan administrator. It makes employees eligible to participate in the pension plan on the seventh month of their employment. It also provides that any forfeitures will be used to reduce the employer’s contribution to the plan. Currently these funds go to the employees. It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve pension plan revisions. MOTION CARRIED.

 

    1. Technical Committee

      Technical Committee Co-Chairman Tom Condon presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Technical Committee meeting Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Awards Committee

Awards Committee Chairman Phyllis Rokus, Reid Plastics, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Awards Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Government Relations

Government Relations Committee Chairman Tim Fallon, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Government Relation Committee meeting, Wednesday, June 7, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

There was discussion regarding dedicated lines and equipment. There was a Government Relations Committee motion to move Subparts (f) and (g) of the Model Code regarding the use of multi-food equipment and cleaning-in-place procedures for multi-food equipment to the Appendix of the Model Code. The motion further stipulates that IBWA consider eliminating the multi-food option altogether when the Committee reconvenes in October. It was MOVED AND SECONDED to adopt the Committee recommendation. MOTION CARRIED.

    1. Communications

Communications Committee Chairman Michael Neuwirth, Great Brands of Europe, Inc., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Communications Committee meeting, Thursday, June 8, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. International Council

International Council Chairman Stewart Allen presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the International Council teleconference Wednesday, June 7, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Supplier Committee

Supplier Committee Chairman Wayne Childress, W.F. Mickey Body Co., Inc., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Supplier Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Membership

Membership Committee Chairman Phil Susterick presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Membership Committee meeting held Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Education

Education Committee Chairman Mike Verrochi presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Education Committee meeting held Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. State Association Presidents

State Association Presidents Committee Chairman, Dan Geiger, Alpine Spring Water Co., Inc., presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the State Association Presidents Committee meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Drinking Water Research Foundation

Drinking Water Research Foundation Chairman presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Drinking Water Research Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, Tuesday, June 6, 2000, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

    1. Old Business

There was no old business before the Board.

 

    1. New Business

There was no new business before the Board.

 

    1. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors, it was MOVED AND SECONDED to adjourn the meeting. MOTION CARRIED.

 

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