June 7, 2005 - 6:30 p.m.*

Billy’s Deli 

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



Board Members Present:

Board Members Absent:





Garth McWhorter


Dennis Cajilli

Margot Hoffman


Ron White

Alisa Zells


Jeff Adam

Michael Vaccaro (6:45 pm)

Julie Treher

Lisa Burke

Bob Heil

Gary Horn

Mike Grady

Fire Department Liaison:



Monty Ruth

Rosemary Kinsfather

Laurraine Caruna


Jennifer Adam

Peter DePortillo


















Meeting called to order by President Garth at 6:32 p.m. (10 board members present.)


Names of Board Members done by secretary, member absent: Michael Vaccaro arrived at 6:45 pm.


Motion to approve minutes and for June 7, 2005 was first motioned by Alisa Zells and seconded by

Lisa Burke, with changes regarding the qualifications of the By-Laws pertaining to elections of board members.  It should be changed to have potential board members attending two board meetings but not attending a Continuing Education training session. .


Introductions of our guests: Named as listed above.




Fire Department Corner: 


No Representative from the Redondo Beach Fire Department was present.


Next Continuing Education session on Saturday, June 25, 2005 in Inglewood, CA.


As of 6/7/05, thirty RBCERTAA attendees will participate in the Fire Suppression drill. The afternoon

Class from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm was voted the most popular by the attendees.  



Lisa Burke asked regarding inquiries made to RBCERTAA through the web site if we shouldn’t

have one key resource person to whom we should  field all questions?  Alisa Zells volunteered to be

the Resource person for the web site.


Lisa Burke stated that the current RBCERT class is very enthusiastic about the program.


Memorial Day Parade – May 30, 2005


Per Mike Grady, RBCERTAA received a plaque for participating in the Redondo Beach Memorial

Day Parade.


Per Lisa Burke, RBCERTAA obtained 8 students for the CERT class from the RB Fire Department

Open House in May, 2005.


Board of Directors Election Nominations at training on June 25, 2005 – Nominations will be taken for

Board of Directors at the Fire Suppression Drill as listed above. Synopsis will be sent to Margot Hoffman at hoffmantrr@aol.


Village Runner Marathon, July 4, 2005:  Per Pete Villasenor he says that he can get

money donated to RBCERTAA for the services of volunteers as barricade security personnel at 6:30 am at  the marathon. Mike Ward, Operations Coordinator for the Village Runner would be willing to pay

an uncommitted amount of money to the RBCERTAA for the services of the volunteers. Mike Grady

stated that he thought that doing barricade patrol would be a positive public relations event for the group.

Michael Vaccaro agreed with Mike Grady. Due to sufficient interest from the group, announcements

will be made to the general membership, per Mike Grady, requesting more volunteers for barricade

patrol via e mail.


Mike Grady made a motion to give free caps to all RBCERT graduates  Lisa Burke seconded the motion.

The motion was approved with ten yeas and one no.



 Old Business:


Treasurer’s Report:    

Mike Grady made a motion to pass the Treasurer’s report and Alisa Zells seconded the motion.

The following revenue was reported to RBCERTAA:

$200.00 from Raffles(Fire Service Day Open House 5/14/05

$  10.00 from Apparel Sale(Fire Service Day Open House 5/14/05

Ending Balance Reported at the General Meeting (June 7, 2005) is $3,899.37


Julie Treher provided a check for $25.00 for apparel sold.


Per Mike Grady, there is a pending bill for domain registration. Gary Horn made a motion to pay the bill and Jennifer seconded the motion. Permission was granted to allow payment to Mike Grady of $30.00 for a car wash for the Trailer.








The following checks were paid:

Margot Hoffman $84.00 for food at Class 29

Margot Hoffman  $ 4.00 for food

Garth McWhorter $

Lisa Burke $140.00 for raffle prizes at the Fire Department Open House on May 14, 2005.


Drills & Trainings:   

The next Continuing Education class will be Saturday, June 25, 2005 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at

City of Inglewood, Fire Training Center.


Website (Valerie and Loren):
Progress is on-going. Updated information will be provided monthly.   

Lisa Burke will ask if Loren Avedon is still working on the RBCERTAA web site.



Alisa Zells will provide directions to the Fire Suppression Drill on June 25, 2005 for the Calendar



Phone List and Addresses of Board Members:

Per Margot all addresses and phone numbers are current.


Funding & Equipment:

Per Gary Horn, communications with himself and John Moawad are stalled with Honda. However, Mike Grady advised that he has a contact with Honda who can move talks along


An update from Jason Schroeder regarding funding for backpacks is pending


Mike Grady wants RBCERTAA board members to come to the trailer on 6/14/05 at 6:30 pm to ascertain which supplies need to be replenished. Improvements for the trailer would include boards to list who

Has what supply and color-coded duct tape to better organize supplies.


Gary Horn needs to meet with Vince Dipane when their schedules can be coordinated to discuss equipment needs. .


Phone Tree:


Julie passed out phone tree lists to all board members to illustrate the complexity of the organization.

Julie advised that no one should make a call to the phone tree without e mailing Julie. Only the pink list of

numbers were given out to RBCERTAA board members. Julie will compile a list of people who attend drills on a regular basis and contact them about future RBCERTAA trainings and meetings. Julie suggested that we pick who they want to contact off of the phone tree. Bob Heil suggested that we

seek phone tree people who are disabled who would make a greatly needed and valuable contribution of time to the phone tree.








 Per Mike Grady, RBCERTAA BOD to meet at the trailer on 6/14/05 to clean, organize and make lists of needed supplies.


Gary Horn offered the following suggestions:

-         Use colored tape to denote different items

-         Use sleeve protectors and rings to organize paperwork


Mike Grady suggested that we utilize sign out boards for equipment and supplies.


Boutique CERT:


Julie wants to order the following size shirts:



Xtra large



Per Garth, we need to ascertain what supplies of shirts we need.


RE:  yellow jackets


Per Gary Horn, we are out of yellow/orange CERT jacket. Gary has tried repeatedly, to contact

Mike Martinet about another order of jackets. We are also out of stock of the 5 inch decals.


Michael Vaccaro made a motion to drop the price of hats to $7.00.  Jennifer seconded the motion. The Board unanimously approved the motion.  


CERT class/Graduation Day Drill Committee:

No further information at this time. Per Lisa Burke, Class 29 is very enthusiastic about the training and

class activities.


Tracking of Volunteer Hours for Volunteer Recognition Program (Garth/Alisa):

No further information at this time.


Randy Scholarship Fund (Margot):

No further information at this time.


Video/Photo Committee:

Progress is on-going.


Parks and Recreation Guide: Kudos to Valerie for getting RBCERT into the Parks and Recreation Guide.


Return of CERT logos program (Mike Grady and Lisa Burke):

No new information.






Lisa asked if a list could be made of items to give away at the CERT class for winners of the best student CERT bags?


Next board meeting is on July 5, 2005.


Having no further business the Board Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:15 pm, per motion

by Garth McWhorter and seconded by Gary Horn.





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Respectfully submitted,       





                                                                                          Margot Hoffman,

                                                                                          RBCERTAA Secretary




Minutes approved by Board on: _____________________________________