Board of Directors Minutes: October 2003

Board of Directors Minutes: October 2003

INTERNATIONAL BOTTLED WATER ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

McCormick Place Convention Center

Chicago, Illinois

Friday, October 31, 2003

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

MINUTES

 

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Michael Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water Co., Inc., who announced the presence of a quorum. Those present were:

 

Officers

Mike Verrochi, Chairman, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc.

Chris White, Secretary/Treasurer, Suntory Water Group

Doug Oberhamer, Past Chairman, Deep Rock Water Co.

 

Directors

William G. Bell, Tyler Mountain Water Co.

H.R. Hidell, III, Hidell-Eyster, International

David Holdner, Nicolet Forest Bottling Co., Inc.

Scott Hoover, Roaring Springs Botling

Marwan Nesicolaci, Severn Trent Services, Inc.

Steve Raupe, Eureka Water Co.

Mike Reardon, Culligan International Co.

Anthony Salamone, Sunroc Corporation

Chris Saxman, Shenandoah Valley Water Co.

Jeff Vinyard, Crystal Springs Bottled Water

Marcus Wren, III, Music Mountain Water Co.

 

IBWA Staff/Counsel

Joe Doss, IBWA President

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

 

II. Approval of the Minutes

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to approve the minutes of the June 20, 2003, Board of Directors Meeting. MOTION CARRIED.

 

III. Treasurer’s Report

Secretary/Treasurer Chris White reported that the financial status of IBWA remains strong.

The September 2003 financials prepared by IBWA’s accountant indicate that overall revenues are coming in as expected. The annual revenue budget is $3,338,000 and nine months into our fiscal year we have received $2,506,236. This year-to-date figure does not include revenue from the convention and trade show. That figure will appear on subsequent financial statements and will increase revenue by at least $500,000. At this time, it is projected that total revenue for the year will come in over budget, including estimated total dues revenue for the year being more than the amount budgeted.

Total expenses to date are $2,522,254 and the budgeted expense amount is $3,338,000. All costs associated with the convention and trade show will not be known until after the meetings, which will increase the total expense figure. There are not any unanticipated significant unbudgeted expenses.

The final revenue and expense figures for the current fiscal year (which runs from December 1 to November 30) will be prepared by the IBWA auditor in December and presented to the Board of Directors in January 2004.

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Secretary/Treasurers report. MOTION CARRIED.

 

IV. Committee Reports

Executive Committee

Chairman Verrochi reported that there is likely to be a budget surplus for 2003 because of an increase in dues revenue and good budget management.

2004 Budget

Chairman Verrochi discussed the 2004 IBWA budget and indicated that the final budget will be presented to the Executive Committee by the end of November. The budget is expected to contain an increase for retaining state legislative counsel and the Committee recommends removing the limit of $5,000 on IBWA’s contributions to retained counsel.

 

Auditor Policy Statement

Chairman Verrochi reported that the Committee recommends the adoption of the draft IBWA Auditor Policy Statement. The policy would provide that the audit company shall ensure and attest to IBWA that internal policies and procedures are in place to guarantee auditor independence and the absence of any conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety.

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to accept the Executive Committee report. MOTION CARRIED.

 

Technical Committee

Technical Committee Co-Chair Al Lear, Wissahickon Spring Water, Inc. presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Technical Committee meeting Tuesday, October 28, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

He reported that Vincent Ducusse, Great Brands of Europe, will become the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee. He also reported that the Bromate Task Force has been renamed ot the Dysinfection Byproducts Task Force. He requested on behalf of the Pilot Plant Task Force that seed money be set aside in the IBWA budget for new projects. He also stated that the NSF contract has been finalized. He then presented changes to the IBWA Model Code that have been recommended by the Technical and Government Relations Committees.

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to amend the IBWA Model Code to incorporate the following new monitoring testing for uranium: source water to be tested every four years, and finished product annually. MOTION CARRIED.

It was MOVED AND SECONDED to amend the IBWA Model Code be incorporate the following new monitoring testing for the four synthetic organic contaminants, which have had no detections during the last three years: source annually, and finished product once every three years. The annual testing for source is to reflect the current state requirements.

MOTION CARRIED.

 

Government Relations

Government Relations Committee Co-Chair, Leann Underhill, Absopure Water Company, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Government Relations Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 29, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

The Committee recommended the adoption of a Bottled Water Labeling Policy. It was MOVED and SECONDED to approve the following policy:

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) supports a uniform comprehensive system of labeling standards for bottled water at the national level that fully protects the public health and allows consumers easy access to clear and accurate information regarding bottled water. A patchwork of state and local requirements impedes interstate commerce and results in consumer confusion.

MOTION CARRIED

Co-Chair Underhill reported that Committee is moving forward in developing an IBWA Political Action Committee. It will be discussed further at the Committee meeting in January 2004.

 

Communications Committee

Communications Committee Co-Chair Chris Dunn, Suntory Water Group, presented this report. A copy of the minutes of the Communications Committee meeting, Tuesday, October 28, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

Co-Chair Dunn reported on the Committee discussions regarding the use of the IBWA logo. The Committee recommends the continued prohibition on the use of the IBWA logo on packaging, and the establishment of a single logo. It was MOVED and SECONDED to approve the following logo policy:

IBWA use the Splash logo on daily communications, ancillary materials, and other association articles and products, and the circle logo continues to be protected as a trademark.

 

MOTION CARRIED

Supplier Committee

Henry R. Hidell, III, Hidell-Eyster, International, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Supplier Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 29, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes. He announced a meeting of the Supplier Committee for October 31, 2003, to discuss the World Wide Food Expo.

He reported on efforts to discuss a partnership with the Water Quality Association. He indicated that the efforts will be ongoing and expects o be able to provide an update at the next Board meeting in January 2004.

 

Convention, Education and Awards Committee

CEA Committee Co-Chair Phil Susterick, Culligan Bottled Water Co., presented the Convention report. He reported that there were 28,000 attendees at WWFE with 3,620 indicating bottled water, 1,300 exhibitors of which 167 were in the 44,000 square feet of bottled water exhibition space.

Co-Chair Glenn Davis, Absopure Water Co., presented the reaminder of the Committee report. A copy of the minutes of the CEA Committee meeting, Tuesday, October 28, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

The awards program will be reviewed to look for ways to reinvigorate member involvement.

 

Membership Committee

Membership Committee Chair Brian Gideon, Western Square Industries, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Membership Committee meeting held Tuesday, October 28, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

State Association Presidents Committee

State Association Presidents Committee Chair, Scott Hoover, Pennsylvania Bottled Water Association, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the State Association Presidents Committee meeting, Wednesday, October 29, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

IBWA Chairman Mike Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc., thanked the Committee Chair for the work and support in 2003.

 

Drinking Water Research Foundation

Chairman Jack West, Puro Filter Company, presented the report. A copy of the minutes of the Drinking Water Research Foundation meeting held Wednesday, October 29, 2003, is attached to and incorporated as a part of these minutes.

 

Special Guests

International Council of Bottled Water Associations

Jeff Vinyard (International Bottled Water Association), chairman of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations, updated the Board on the association’s recent activities. He reported that the ICBWA adopted a Model Code and an auditing agency approval process. He also indicated that ICBWA will be donating $10,000 to DWRF. The next meeting is in Paris, France, in February 2004.

 

UNESEN-GISENEC

Torben Friis Chairman of the UNESEN-GISENEC, was invited to address the Board of Directors. He reported on the progress of the European Federation of Bottled Water, which is moving slower than last reported.

IBWA Chairman Mike Verrochi, Blue Hills Spring Water, Inc., thanked Anthony Salamone, Sunroc Corporation, and William G. Bell, Tyler Mountain Water Co., for their service to the industry as a member of the IBWA Board of Directors.

 

V. Old Business

There was no old business before the Board.

 

VI. New Business

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held January 16, 2004, at the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

VII. Adjournment

There being no further business to come before the Board of Directors, it was MOVED AND SECONDED to adjourn the meeting at 9:05 AM. MOTION CARRIED.

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