OFFICIAL MINUTES FOR:

RBCERTAA   BOARD MEETING

March 1, 2005 - 6:30 p.m.

Billy’s Deli 

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

 

 

Board Members Present:

Board Members Absent:

Guests:

 

 

 

Garth McWhorter

Lisa Burke

Dennis Cajili #14

Margot Hoffman(6:35 PM)

 

Jessica McCray

Alisa Zells

 

Jeff Adam

Mike Grady  

Fire Department Liaison:

Valerie Heath

Julie Treher

Division Chief Rick Martinez

Steven Diels

Bob Heil

 

 

Gary Horn(6:40 PM)

 

 

Michael Vaccaro

 

 

Jennifer Adam

Peter DePortillo  

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting called to order by President Garth McWhorter at 6:33 p.m. ( 8 board members present.)

 

Names of board members and guests written down  by Alisa Zells.  member absent: Lisa Burke.

 

The changes to the minutes included the followings information:

 

Per Mike Grady, page 3 paragraph 2, the dollar amount allowed for the CERT bags for students suffering from financial hardship would be $30.00.

 

Per Michael Vaccaro, the first sentence under Old Business, Treasurer’s Report “Currently there are 1000 CERT hats accounted for with 977 hats in inventory and 23 hats which were found at Independent Honda Repair, Redondo Beach.” should be removed from the minutes.

 

Motion to approve minutes and financials was done by Mike Grady and seconded by Michael Vaccaro.  Alisa Zells and Gary Horn abstained from voting.

 

Introductions of our guests:  Guests as listed above were introduced by President Garth McWhorter

.

 Old Business:

 

Treasurer’s Report:   

It was noted that RBCERTAA paid Jim Chen, Independent Honda Repair $100.00 for 20 hats.

Previously, Jim Chen was paid for 9 hats.

 

Drills & Trainings:   

The next CERT class begins 6/2/05. The next Continuing Education Drill will be on 3/12/05 which will cover triage/START review.

 

Committee and Assigned Task Reports:

 

WEB Site (Valerie Heath and Loren Avedon):

Valerie advised that her Hard Drive had ceased to function. She requires new software, however she was able to fix the problem temporarily. Valerie further explained that she needed pictures to replace what was lost. The board members praised Valerie for her hard work on the RBCERT web site.

 

At this point, the agenda was re-ordered to allow Steve Diels to give a presentation:
City Council candidate Steve Diels, President, AACOM offered suggestions as to what his company can do to assist the call out process of RBCERT alumni members in the event of a drill or a disaster. Diels stated that his Reverse 911 equipment can fire off 50 phone tree calls within seconds. Diels discussed possible solutions to our phone tree problems. 
 
However, per Division Chief Rick Martinez, RBFD advised that humans do a better job for evacuation
procedures and other services.   

 

CALENDAR:

Alisa had no changes or additions regarding the calendar updates.  The annual Open House date was confirmed for May 7th, 2005.

 

PHONE LIST AND ADDRESSES OF BOARD MEMBERS:

Margot will make appropriate changes and distribute the information to board members. However, no other changes to list were required.

 

FUNDING  & EQUIPMENT:

Generator funding – Per Gary Horn – no change

Back Pack Funding – Per Jason Schroeder – no change

CERT Trailer Program – Per Mike Grady – no change

Equipment – (Michael, Gary, Peter) – no change

 

PHONE  TREE:

Per Julie Treher, the current phone tree protocol needs to be overhauled because it is unworkable in the current state. Julie prefers to use a mail back letter to obtain information, however Mike Grady disagreed with the procedure. Mike Grady agreed to think about taking over the Phone Tree and would get back to Julie within one week.  Jennifer Adam will call all of the alumni members on the current list so their interest level and phone numbers can be determined.  Future discussions regarding the Phone Tree to take place at the April 2005 Board meeting.

Michael Vaccaro asked why the board members are not Team Leaders.

 

BOUTIQUE  CERT: 

Julie Treher stated that she sold $178.00 worth of apparel at the previous class. She advised that she needs

More 5’ color CERT stickers which will be priced at $10.00. Mike Grady will look into it.

 

GRADUATION  DRILL  COMMITTEE: 

President Garth McWhorter requested that Lisa Burke tailor moulage to $50.00 for the current graduation class due to the unusually small class size (±13 students vs. ±20-25 typical). Discussion took place about having only ten walking wounded.  Alisa Zells stated that moulage expenses for this and future classes would be tailored to accommodate the class size and that $50.00 would be appropriate based on the current graduation class size.

 

TRACKING OF VOLUNTEER HOURS (for Presidential Awards Volunteer Recognition Program):

 

For group award each person has to have 25 hours.  Alisa Zells to continue to work on distributing information regarding the program.

 

RANDY SCHOLARSHIP:

Tabled for Discussion at a future meeting after further research.

 

PATRIOTS DAY EVENT DOCUMENTATION:

No Change

 

OPEN HOUSE COMMITTEE:

Date confirmed for May 7th, 2005.  Julie Treher is Chairperson, with Michael Vaccaro leading Station #1 and Alisa Zells leading Station #2.  Jennifer Adam to help at Station #2 and JulieTreher to help at Station #1. 

 

VIDEO PHOTO COMMITTEE:

No change.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION GUIDE:

Valerie Heath to remain on committee.

 

RETURN OF CERT LOGO PROGRAM:

Mike Grady and Lisa Burke will be developing a program to retrieve CERT apparel and bags

when alumni members wish to discard them.

 

CERT PICNIC:

No Change

 

New Business:

 

Fire Department’s Corner: 

Continuing Education schedule for 2005.

Reverse 911 callout program (tabled).

 

By-laws  proposals:

Tabled until future meeting.

 

Announcements:

Valerie Heath will have map of RBCERT alumni members in Redondo Beach.

 

Adjournment:

Having no further business the Board Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:07 PM.

 

 

 

                                                                                      

                                                                                          Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

                                                                                          Margot Hoffman,

                                                                                          RBCERTAA Secretary

 

 

 

Minutes approved by Board on: 4/5/05