January 2nd, 2007 - 6:30 p.m.

Billy’s Deli 

5160 W. 190th St., Torrance, CA.


Attendees at this meeting:


RBCERTAA Board Members



Guests in Attendance:

Alisa Zells – President



Mike Grady

Lisa Burke – Vice Pres.



Rochelle Kelley (Ro)

Monty Ruth – Treasurer




Bob Heil – Secretary




Jeff Adam




Jennifer Adam




Tania Amaral




Lili Gonzalez




Marcelle McCullough




Noble Smith




Jared Van Sloten












Fire Department Liaison:




Capt. Rick Martinez










1)     Call to order (President - Alisa)

 - The January meeting of the RBCERTAA Board of Directors was called to order by the president at 6:31 PM.


2)     Introduction of guests (President)

 - Guests in attendance were Rochelle Kelley (Ro) from class 33 and Mike Grady from class 15.


3)     Call for approval of Minutes from last meeting (President/Secretary)

 - The minutes were approved as submitted.


4)     Presentation of Agenda Order and request for additions/deletions (President)

 - This document reflects the final agenda for the meeting.



A)                Fire Department Corner (Rick/Matt)

 - Captain Rick Martinez stated that, training for 2007 will build upon the success of 2006, with 5 scheduled training sessions as well as the USAR training. The first USAR (organizational) meeting will be Monday, January 8th at Station 1.

 - All CERTAA members are requested to keep their contact information up to date by providing any changes to Diane at station 1 on a timely basis. We would like to get this updated before the next callout. Mike Grady offered to help with this using his email at work.

 - Rick also suggested that we consider another joint CERT/RBFD picnic this year.


B)                2007 training drill Schedule (see Calendar Report below)



A)                Treasurer's Report (Treasurer - Monty)

a)                             Presentation and call for approval of Nov. 7th, 2006 Treasurer's Report.

 - The treasurer reported that he had observed a discrepancy of $23.10 between the bank statement and the expected balance. This is planned to be resolved by the next BOD meeting. The treasurer's report was approved as submitted.


b)                             Reimbursements and presentation of current bills for payment:

 - Outstanding invoices and revenue were submitted and will be included on next month's treasurer's report.

c)                              Update on filing of our tax statement and other corporate paperwork to maintain non-profit status:

 - Monty has determined that we do need to submit one form (RRF-1) to the state to comply with reporting requirements. This is to be resolved prior to the next BOD meeting.


B)                Committee and Assigned Task Reports

a)                             Calendar and Events Notice (Committee Chair - Alisa)

 - Alisa distributed an updated calendar for 2007 activities. A volunteer was requested to take over this committee and Lili agreed to do this.

b)                             Website Status (Alisa)

 - Valerie is no longer able to take on this responsibility.  We need a volunteer to assume this responsibility immediately. Lili reported that Marcelle may have identified someone who could help with this. Mike suggested that a request for help with this be sent to all members.

 - Photos are still requested for all past graduation and/or training events. Please email them to

 - Ro provided a copy of photos from class 33 to Alisa.

 - Noble reported that he had provided a disk with photos to Monty who will also provide them to Alisa.

c)                              LeBoutique (Jennifer/Alisa)

 - Apparel donations totaling $ 21.00 were collected in November from Class #34 alumni.

 - Ro has volunteered to take over the LeBoutique for CERT.

 - Mike Grady has offered to hold a collection of CERT apparel (2 of each) at his shop to facilitate ongoing CERT donations.

 - Monty and Alisa will be conducting inventory of all items stored in Alisa’s garage this Sat. Jan. 6th. Volunteers are needed to help with this. Contact Monty for more information.

d)                             Funding and Equipment (Mike G./Monty)

 - CERT Trailer shelving and restraining equipment update: No shelving has been purchased yet, since we may be able to obtain some donated shelves. Also the newly acquired USAR material will change the shelving requirements.

 - Ro reported that United Rentals has discussed donating used rental equipment and shelving to RBCERT. Ro provided contact information for a follow-up to Monty.

 - Mike suggested that CERT consider obtaining fire extinguishers. Rick Martinez suggested we obtain 6 extinguishers (10 lbs each) and that we also consider adding a garden hose and some buckets to the trailer.


e) USAR (Mike Grady)

 - The RBFD has agreed to equip and train an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team consisting of specially trained RBCERTAA members. USAR type 4 certification will be sought for the team. FEMA (DHS) is the accrediting agency.

 - Captain Rick Martinez and Firefighter Larry Skibiski joined Mike Grady at Home Depot to buy some of the required USAR material. They still are in need a trauma kit (for treating CERT USAR personnel).

 - Garth has the wood needed for the USAR cribbing material and will be cutting it to the required size. It will also be stenciled to identify whether it is for training or for the USAR Team use.



A)                The next RBCERTAA Board of Directors Meeting will be February 6, 2007 (Alisa)


B)                Next CERT Academy commences Thurs. Feb. 1st (Alisa)

 - Students are needed for the next academy. So far 11 students have enrolled for the next academy starting Feb 1st. This will be added to the next email.


C)                The RBCERTAA Annual Celebration/Holiday Party was cancelled do to a lack of sufficient reservations.


D)                Jared asked Mike to tell us that the radio system is expected to be operational by mid-February.


8)     OPEN FORUM (Open to floor, subject to Robert's Rules time constraints)


 - Mike Grady asked if the Fire Department has considered holding Saturday/Sunday CERT academy classes. Captain Martinez stated that this has been considered and is in use by some other communities, but was not currently planned for Redondo Beach for this year.


 - Mike suggested that perhaps RBCERT USAR members could assist with the CERT academy training. Captain Martinez indicated that he would be supportive of this, but that a firm commitment would be required if the Fire Department was to be able to depend upon this help.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 PM.





Respectively submitted,




Robert H. Heil

RBCERTAA Secretary