June 6, 2006  - 6:30 p.m.*

Billy’s Deli 

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



Board Members Present:

Board Members Absent:





Lisa Burke



Noble Smith

Margot Hoffman


Tania Amaral

Garth McWhorter


Matthew Mitchell

Jennifer Adam

Jeff Adam

Monty Ruth

Bob Heil

Michael Vaccaro

Fire Department Liaison:

Capt. Rick Martinez

Ricci Bichlemier

Lili Gonzalez



Marcelle McCullough



Dennis Cajilli















Meeting called to order by President Lisa Burke at 6:31 p.m. (10 board members present.)


List of Board members present compiled by Secretary, Margot Hoffman.


Introductions of our guests: Named as listed above.


The minutes for May 2nd, 2006 were recommended for approval by a first motion from Garth McWhorter and seconded by Marcelle McCullough.




Per Michael Vacarro, Redondo Beach Fire Service Day in May, 2006 was deemed to be a successful effort regarding community and alumni participation. The raffles were successful. Per Capt. Rick Martinez, many applications for CERT were distributed to potential participants. Per Capt. Martinez,

RBCERT was very visible at the Fire Department Service Day. As a result of donations from Cheer for Children, Alisa Zells and Burke’s Blood Bath for all of our raffle prizes, we collected a total of $457.00 for the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni Association. This was our most successful raffle yet. We will

send a Thank You note out to Cheer for Children for their generous donation.


Marcelle McCullough attended the National CERT Conference on  May, 16,  2006 at the Universal Sheraton and stated that it was well worth attending because it gave her insight as to the CERT program. She advised that the Governor’s wife, Maria was a speaker at the conference. Marcelle wanted the RBFD personnel to attend the conference in the future because there was good sharing of information.

Marcelle also stated that the vendors at the conference were excellent.


Class #32 Recruitments – Per Lisa Burke 19 people signed up for the class. Marcelle McCullough has made arrangements for the donation of dinner for the first night’s class from California Pizza Kitchen.

Lisa Burke agreed to send a letter of thanks to California Pizza Kitchen for their generous donation of food.


Lisa Burke wants to challenge the Class #32 graduates to bring in applications from potential students for future CERT classes. Capt. Martinez thought that this was an excellent idea to try and see how it works.

We agreed t otry it at Class #32 graduation day.


Per Capt. Rick Martinez, we need to pass out information sheets to gather current information from CERT grads. Diane Hom need to have current informational updates for alumni contact information. Tania Amural is getting e mails kicked back due to incorrect e mail addresses.


Per Lisa Burke future “Welcome Kits” will contain information sheets to include contact information.

Monty Ruth commented that CERT students should have a list of committees available to them to familiarize themselves with possible choices for future involvement with the alumni association.


Per Bob Heil, more HAM radio operators should be recruited.


Regarding the committee list, Alisa Zells is replacing Dennis Cajilli on the  Calendar  project.


Margot Hoffman requested that Marcelle McCullough take over the Chairperson position for the Food Committee. Marcelle McCullough  agreed to accept this responsibility.


Regarding protection of the Assets and Passwords, Lisa Burke is requesting suggestions on a solution.

That solution would be to have all keys, passwords and other pertinent information locked up in out CERT Filing cabinet as a secondary measure in the even of one’s death or departure of  RBCERTAA.


Bob Heil advised that he will conduct an archive compilation. Monty Ruth made a motion that the only person to have access to the CERT file cabinet at Station I will be the current CERT Treasurer or under

extreme circumstances the Executive Board could access the file cabinet. The motion was seconded by

Marcelle Mcullough. All ten board members unanimously  approved the motion.


Regarding Redondo Beach City Magazine Ad for CERT, Marcelle McCullough volunteered to coordinate with Diane Hom (and Valerie Heath, our former RBCERTAA coordinator), to get RBCERT listed in the magazine. Marcelle was deemed to be the Responsible Person make sure that RBCERT advertising makes it into the magazine before the publishing deadline.


Tri Annual Bicepp Competition – Per Lisa Burke we need 10 team members and 2 alternates to potentially qualify to compete at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 10th, 2006 from 6:00  am to 6:00 pm. 


The team consists of the following team members thus far:


Chris Leist

Bob Heil

David Valenzuala

Lili Gonzalez

Sergio (nephew of Lili Gonzalez)

Jennifer Adams

Jeff Adams

Monty Ruth

 Mike Grady (alternate)

Michael Vaccaro (alternate)

Marcelle McCullough (alternate)

Nobel Smith (photographer)

Lisa Rodriguez

Doug Rodriguez


Newsletter – Per Marcelle and Monty, the first newsletter was excellent and represented the group in a very positive manner.


August 15th, 2006 is the deadline for the next newsletter.


Discussion ensued regarding how to make the distribution of the newsletter more economical. Bob Heil suggested to copy the interior pages of the newsletter but  copy the first page in color ink.


Lili Gonzales offered to ask a sponsor to help pay for the cost of  printing the newsletter.


Capt. Martinez will ask the RB city print shop for a cost analysis of printing fees.


CERT Picnic/Olympic Games – Saturday, June 17, 2006 –The picnic costs will be $7.00 per person to include food and beverages. Volunteers are needed for set up at 10:00 am, and for tear down. Volunteers include: Lisa Burke, Kimberly Burke, Alisa Zells, Michelle Sayer, Marcelle, Michael Vacarro, Rick Martinez and the RBFD. Rest room space will be limited. Voting for RBCERTAA board members, if needed, will be done at 12:30 pm. The call out for the picnic, as listed above, will be utilizing an updated listing of RBCERTAA members.


Fire Department Corner:


ICS 100 & IC 700 Training will be conducted.


CERT Right in the Rain Books are waterproof and should be made available to the CERT members.

Marcelle suggested that orders for the books be taken during the classes and sold at the graduation ceremony.


Margot Hoffman and Garth McWhorter explained that they would leaving the RBCERTAA Board of Directors at the end of the term, to allow other alumni members to have an opportunity to be on the board. Michael Vaccaro and Dennis Cajilli will not seek another term as board members. It should be noted that

Michael Vaccaro did not have the required current CPR and First Aid cards to remain as a board member in good standing per RBCERTAA By-Laws.


By taking the above actions, it was agreed by all that the following nominees were voted in by acclamation for the new RBCERTAA Board of Directors and would be sworn in at the July 18th , 2006 board meeting:


Tania Amaral

Alisa Zells

Lisa Burke

Monty Ruth

Bob Heil

Jennifer Adam

Jeff Adam

Marcelle McCullough

Lilia Gonzalez

Noble Smith


Old Business:


Treasurer’s Report:


Tania Amural submitted a receipt for $33.70 for AOL

Michael Vaccaro submitted a receipt for $3.96 for table clothes for the open house

Margot Hoffman submitted a receipt for $16.09 for water for the June 1st, 2006 CERT class

Lisa Burke submitted a receipt for $35.82 for voice mail service and raffle tickets


Lisa Burke submitted entrance fees for the picnic in the amount of $28.00.



WEB Site (Marcelle McCullough)

Progress is ongoing. Marcelle is working on the password and billing issues.


First Aid Supply – Marcelle received donations in the amount of $100.00 from Spectrum Catering for CERT.


Calendar & Monthly  Info. Notice – Per Dennis, he will make corrections of the copy and submit it to

Tania for distribution.


LeBoutique  CERT – Research on the mannequin is still pending.


Communications Committee – Bob Heil is still seeking HAM radio operators.


Container Committee – The container has rain damage. If Jeff Adam has time, he will repair the container.



Next board meeting is on July 18, 2006.

The CERT Picnic/Olympic Games will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2006.

Free FEMA training is available on the internet.

Noble Smith was sworn in as an RBCERTAA Board Member


Having no further business the Board Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:16 pm, per motion

by Jennifer Adam and seconded by Marcelle McCullough.



                                                                                          Respectfully submitted,





                                                                                          Margot Hoffman,

                                                                                          RBCERTAA Secretary




Minutes approved by Board on:  7/18/ 06