November 7th, 2006 - 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



Rochelle Kelley (Ro)

Lisa Burke – Vice Pres.



Mike Grady

Monty Ruth – Treasurer



Lauraine Caruana

Bob Heil – Secretary



Christopher Meyers

Jeff Adam




Jennifer Adam




Tania Amaral




Lili Gonzalez




Marcelle McCullough




Noble Smith




Jared Van Sloten












Fire Department Liaison:




Capt. Rick Martinez




Chief Dan Madrigal






1) Call to order (President)

The meeting was called to order by the president at 6:30 PM.


2) Introduction of guests (President)

Rochelle Kelley (Ro) from class 33 and Mike Grady attended as guests.


3) Call for approval of minutes from last meeting (President)

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) NIMS Update (Alisa)

Contact Alisa for details if you have not yet completed this training.


B) Fire Department Corner (Rick/Matt)



a) City-wide Drill Recap

Several members of the RBCERTAA participated in this important event. Chief Madrigal extended his thanks to all members for their participation. He explained the essential role that such drills play in both training and also in helping the city to obtain additional funding for emergency response. Press Coverage of the drill and RBCERTAA was provided by the Beach Reporter. Captain Martinez reported that this drill went well, and provided a good learning experience. Mike Grady reported that the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) sends out a monthly email newsletter which could be used to acquaint the MRC members with CERT.


b) Station #2 Container Roof Repairs Update/Status

Captain Martinez reports that the leak in the roof of the container has been repaired.


c) RBFD to schedule 2007 training drills

Topics for 2007 have not yet been chosen, but will include some of the standard training offered each year, as well as the possibility of some new topics. Suggestions for new training topics included AED, generator training, CERT trailer training, evacuation coordination training and USAR training. A return to the fire academy was requested. It was also suggested that some training classes be offered on weekday nights.



a) Treasurer's Report (Treasurer)

Presentation and call for approval of Oct. 3rd, 2006 Treasurer's Report. There was a request for greater detail in the amounts shown on future reports for record keeping purposes. In support of this members are requested to provide sufficient detail with any receipts submitted for payment. The report was approved as submitted.


a) Reimbursements and presentation of current bills for payment

Marcelle submitted an invoice for $34.50 for food expense for class 33. Revenue of $80.00 from apparel donations was also reported.


c) Monty reported that Jared has now provided him with a copy of the articles of incorporation and other important records. Monty also reported that he is researching to see when we are required to file our tax statement and what our obligation is in regards to this. Mike Grady reported that he believed that Garth had previously filed this for us. Both Alisa and visitor Ro mentioned that they knew of a CPA who would help us with any required filing.


B) Committee and Assigned Task Reports


a) Graduation Committee (Lisa)

The Class #33 Graduation Drill was held on Oct. 28th. The drill went well with a class of 27 students. Victims were recruited from El Camino College. Press coverage was provided by the Beach Reporter. It was noted that CPK ASAP again donated food for the graduation exercise. Mike Grady reported that the BICEPP team was willing to participate in future CERT training classes.


b) Calendar and Events Notice (Alisa)

Volunteer are solicited to take over this Committee responsibility. If interested, please contact Alisa. [Lili voiced an interest in helping with this.]


c) Website Status (Alisa)

Valerie has been doing a great job of maintaining and updating the website. Photos and training were recently updated as well as By-laws and Election Procedures. Mike suggested that BICEPP team contact information be provided to recruit future members.


Photos are requested for City-wide Drill and Graduation #33.  Email these to Valerie at:


d) LeBoutique (Jennifer/Alisa/Marcelle)

It was reported that donations at the recent graduation totaled $80.00. Additional volunteers to assist with Class & Graduation Sales are solicited. Monty and Alisa are planning on taking an inventory of the existing LeBoutique stock. [Visitor Ro indicated an interest in helping with this.]


e) Trailer Committee (Monty)

Monty reported that an inventory of CERT supplies in the Trailer and the Container has been completed.


f) Funding and Equipment (Mike G./Monty/Marcelle)

Mike Grady reported that $2434.00 has been planned for CERT funding from the Rotary Club. He also reported that he looked into the Make Amends fund and learned from Mike Web that the funds provided from that fund could be used for any necessary CERT emergency equipment and supplies, provided that an accounting of the expenses was provided to him (Mike Web).


Mike also reminded the Board that the RBFD had approved the idea of holding a Fundraising Raffle for the purpose of obtaining future funds.


There was considerable discussion of the possibility of obtaining additional donations to fund shelving for the trailer as well as additional supplies. This was identified as a trailer committee responsibility.


Marcelle made a motion which was passed to empower the Trailer Committee to obtain shelves and restraining equipment as necessary for storing our rescue supplies in the CERTAA trailer. Funding not to exceed $500 was requested for this purpose.




A) Next Board Meeting is January 2, 2007 (Alisa)


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


C) RBCERTAA Annual Celebration/Holiday Party (Alisa/Monty)

A Committee is being formed (Monty, Lisa, Lili) to organize this event. The proposed location is Monty’s house with the date planned for either Sat. January 6th or 13th?


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


Mike announced that the BICEPP team is planning to meet at Chris' house this Friday (the 10th). This will be a pot luck event. Please contact Mike Grady if you are interested in participating.


Chris Meyers asked if any CERTAA members were interested in attending the Veterans Day Tribute to be held this Saturday, the 11th at Veterans Park. Chris is on the organizing committee for this event. Anyone interested should contact him directly.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:50PM.









Respectively submitted,





Robert H. Heil

RBCERTAA Secretary