Our October Team meeting was held at the Cypress Community Center and did we have a great turnout – WOW!
More than 40 Team members brought a large assortment of store bought and home made food items: salads, chicken, pizza, macaroni casserole and enough desserts to feed an army of locust. Nicely done Team!
After Loree Erpelding (Cypress) welcomed us to the Cypress Community Center, we had time to catch up and share stories with CERT members both new and more seasoned. The “business” part of the meeting kicked off with recognition of those members with 10 or more years of service with our Team. Willie Ortega, who is a member of the La Palma Trailer Team was recognized for his 11 years of service to our communities.
The members of the CMAP class we held this past weekend received their CMAP patch and most of them will be moving from B Level up to A Level which means they can be activated for emergencies county-wide when they are available. (Unlike the military, if an activation does not fit your schedule, you are not obligated to go, being a Level A member just makes you eligible to be deployed).
Before Ed Fleming (La Palma) started the night’s training, the Team members that helped out at National Night Out back in August received letters of thanks from the Cypress Police Department.
Our skills refresher was on triage and how to rapidly determine how critical an injured person is and how to initially classify them for treatment and care. Each of the more than 200 paper dolls had a condition listed on the back and team members were asked to make a determination of which classification best applied to the person. There was a lot of discussion and when all the “cases” were classified, Ed did a spot review of them. The hands on following the review of START and RPM was well received and was found helpful by the members.
Julia Clasby (Seal Beach) then reviewed our upcoming events and opportunities to serve. Highlight events are the Seal Beach Christmas Parade on Friday December 7th and our December Team Meeting on Wednesday December 12th at the Seal Beach Police Department.
To close the meeting, there is a fundraiser by the Woman’s Club of Cypress. They are creating a cookbook, with 50% of the profits from sales will be donated to
the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation. The other 50% goes to college scholarships and other charitable donations. This fundraiser helps to cover cookbook production costs, so more profit can go to the foundation, scholarships, and charities.
The fundraiser is Tuesday October 23rd at Hoff Hut in Los Alamitos. If you’d like to support the fundraiser, please print the flyer here and show it to your server on 10/23 and 15% of your bill will go to the Club’s cookbook project. And please share this information with your friends.