April 6, 2004 - 6:30 p.m.

Billy’s Deli 

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



Board Members Present:

Board Members Absent:


Jared Van Sloten

John Moawad

Lisa Burke

Randy Stacy

Alisa Zells

Lauraine Caruana

Valerie Heath


Stuart Rubens

Garth McWhorter

Fire Department Liaison:

Dick Schaffer

Mike Grady

Division Chief Bob Engler

Michael Swanson

Bob Heil


Michael Vaccaro

Margot Hoffman (in @ 6:47pm)


Herman Villoria

Michelle Sayre



Paul Weavers (in @ 6:35pm)









Meeting called to order by President Jared Van Sloten at 6:30 p.m. (7 board members present.)


Role call done by secretary, member absent:  Margot Hoffman, John Moawad, Paul Weavers and Alisa Zells.


Motion to approve minutes and financials for March 2nd, 2004 was made by Mike second by Michelle 2nd. Passed by 6 board members present, 2 abstain (Bob H. & Paul since they were absent March 2nd meeting). 


Introductions of our guests:  Dick Schaffer and Stuart Rubens.


Additions to the agenda: Fire Open House (Valerie & Fire Department), Financial issues (Mike) and Relay for Life (Mike).


 Old Business:


Treasurer’s Report:   Garth gave copies of our financials: Balance as of April 6th, $3,675.19. Monies deposited: $55. From apparel sale at graduation drill. Monies to be paid at this meeting:  $173. 74 to Lisa Burke ($161.00 for statue, $12.74 for class 25 snacks) and to Mike Grady $179.40 for web site hosting on Yahoo.   


Mike explained what a wonderful job Lisa has done with her Moulage at all of our drills and events that her kit has expanded considerably and as we all know Moulage can be quite pricy! Making the victims injuries look as realistic as possible makes a great impact at graduation drill. Her web site says it all:


Motion made by Mike to reimburse Lisa Burke $500 for all the Moulage supplies she has purchased to date. She will be reimbursed up to $100 for any future graduation drills or events with receipts.  Second my Michelle. Voted and passed by 9 board members present.  


Garth received a letter than Prime Pay was no longer representing us (might be e-script??), he will look further into the matter, according to the IRS you need to get $25,000 to qualify.


Memorial Day Parade: Paul Weavers mentioned to show off our wears at the parade.  Last year Mike Grady was in the paper along with Margot, they also did some recruiting. The Fire Department was part of the parade.  This year it will start at Riviera Village and end at Veterans Park. They have increased it by 60%.  All CERT members should wear their badge and helmet.  Some will be carrying a banner and walk in front of the fire truck, others will be able to ride in convertibles.  Jared spoke to some members of the Harbor Model A Club, they want to participate with us in the parade.  Paul will submit our application; he mentioned that other committees in the parade are looking for volunteers such as in communication and crowd control.  The parade will start at 10am; participants must be there at 8am to register etc...


Paul made motion to send an email to the CERT alumni to get the best participation this week as well as a second email a couple of weeks prior to the event, second by Mike


Herman Villoria from South Bay Model Club joined our meeting. He mentioned that he could advertise the parade in his club newsletter, will need some information by April 10th; he will also mention it in their next meeting (last Friday of the month).  Paul will coordinate with Herman about how many cars we need, the staging area, time frame cars will be needed and if some would be used for dignitaries.


How to increase participation?  Jared handed out a form before the last day of class 25 and gathered names of people who wished to be called for drills and events. Jared asked if the Fire Department was all right if we had our own phone list separate from the phone-tree list to contact people, Chief Engler did not see any problems with it. Mike added that he has a phone list of 300 past members that have already signed and agreed to be called.  The list will be given to Lisa Burke, this will benefit all of us, increase participation and keep list current.  Lisa added that some of the people who were victims at the graduation drill and none CERT member were very interested in taking the class.



Drills & Trainings:   Valerie distributed the 2004 Event Planning Calendar.  We have a training this month, April 16th, 6:30pm at Know Hill Recreation Center, Paul Grochowski will talk about WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction). Email has been sent out to the CERT alumni, Margot will be in charge of food and beverages, she will send out an email to all the alumni and coordinate a potluck dinner.  Room will be available to set-up at 5:30pm



Communications:  Bob Heil still has not had much success, he ran an ad in Newsletter. The city of Long Beach and Huntington Beach arrange time and training with the Fire Department. Members learn about radio communication, procedures, and available channels.  Chief Engler stated that this is “Grant Season” and to let him know what would benefit CERT.


Funding & Equipment: John Moawad still working with Honda, has placed a recent request with Chevron.  We have received anonymously a box of bandages that we could use at drills and first aid classes. Mike Grady stated that they have cut all the donated wood from Mike Martinet for cribbing material, he would like to set aside 5 backpacks to carry out the wood in an event of a disaster; it will be much easier to transport to scene.


Jared & Randy both received a thank you letter from OES for helping putting together the e-box.


Thank you Frank O’Leary for donating two 200ft ropes for our rescue trailer.


Phone Tree:  Mike wants someone to take over the phone after next election. He also brought up that we need to purchase the e-tree RBCERTAA@AOL so the bill goes directly to the association.


Boutique CERT:  Monies received from sale at board meeting, classes and drills $251. Hot items sold were the lanyards and T-shirts.


New Business:


June 26th is Relay for Life: Captain Rick Martinez, Bernadine Wood, Elizabeth Schnell and Debra Huett are in charge of the event. Pete Villasenor will be there as well for the 24 hour event.  Chief Engler believes that Fire Department will provide pancake breakfast and Ruby’s will provide hamburgers.  We are looking to form a volleyball team as well. 


Torrance will have their Relay for Life event on May 1st.  They ran our First Aid booth last year, so we are running theirs this year to return the favor.


Jared has filed an application to be a CERT representative at the Citizen Corps Council with Mayor Hill.


Jared asked to the board:  What is our responsibility to the membership?  Board is running the show, we have some 700 people who have taken the class, what kind of responsibility do we have to them?

Get people to show up at drills?

Get people to get their CERT gear together?

Retraining – keep your CPR/1st Aid current

Main purpose can be found in our By-Laws, Article III


Newsletter:  Can we afford to print it out and mail it out?  Our newsletter have been pretty long lately, may be if we made the articles shorter, Jared thought we might be eligible for a bulk rate stamp.


BICEPP:  Mike and Lisa attended the drill on Sunday, Lisa did moulage.  Mike was somewhat disappointed; the main thing he got out of it was communications skills. LA City Fire had a bus loaded with victims, a command post, disaster was set-up as a perfect world, radios, search & rescue material, and all was available.


Leadership is something we never practiced. Leaders in group gave order, people answered, they communicated to Team leader, who was inside, what they were doing and what they needed.  We lack leadership, markings, matching uniforms, communication roles.

Fire Department’s Corner:  Chief Engler announced a few events that CERT alumni might want to participate in:


1)         City of Carson needs volunteers to play victims for a Bio-Terrorism Clinic, mocking a small pox spread, and want to run a mass vaccination drill.

Location:  Carson Center

Address:  801 E. Carson St.

City:  Carson

Date:  Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Time:  8:00AM



2)         Earth Day

            Director of Public Works is having Citizens Corps Council at this event. 3000 visitors expected.

            Location:  Sea Lab

            Address:  1021 N Harbor Drive

            Date: Saturday April 17th

            Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

            For more information call (310) 318-7458


Having no further business the Board Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:45pm.





                                                                                          Respectfully submitted,





                                                                                          Valerie Heath,

                                                                                          RBCERTAA Secretary




Minutes approved by Board on: _____________________________________