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Volunteer Spotlight: George Butts

The president of Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Association keeps busy with the organization, ancillary groups, work, family and friends. Did you know he helps produce a weekly show? To find out more about this remarkable man, read on.

People in the know know George Butts.

But if you're not connected to city staff, City Council or out and about with community organizations, you might not.

For my first 15 years in Manhattan Beach, I didn't. 

At the end of 2011, Manhattan Beach Patch asked readers to nominate a volunteer of the year. Two names were given: George Butts and Jeanne Jackson.

At the Tuesday night City Council, the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Association will be recognized by council, city staff and the community for its nonstop efforts to be be a deployable resource to assist the city in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Let's learn a little about MBCERTA and Butts.

Manhattan Beach Patch: How long have you been a member of MBCERTA?

George Butts: Prior to our organization, I took the CERT class in 2006.

MB Patch: When was MBCERTA formed?

Butts: In February of 2008, eight of us met in my backyard with [MB fire department] Battalion Chief Frank Chiella.             

MB Patch: How long have you been its president?

Butts: Since the beginning.    

MB Patch: When and why did you move to MB?

Butts: In 1992, my wife got transferred here to the South Bay.

MB Patch: What do you do for work when you're not volunteering for MBCERTA?  

Butts: I have worked for Taxi Equipment Co. since moving here -- one of the top three equipment distributors and manufacturers in the U.S.

MB Patch: It seems as though you're always busy, but, when you're not, what do you do to relax and what do you like to do in your spare time?

Butts: Spend time with the family: we’ve two grandchildren, one going into her second year at UCLA, and one that’s 16 going to Mira Costa.

MB Patch: What do you like best about being involved with MBCERTA?       

Butts: Knowing that I’m doing something to help the community and those that live here.

Kathleen August 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
George Butts is the heart and soul behind MBCERTA and an invaluable member of the MB community. I'm happy to see he is finally getting the recognition he deserves for helping MB residents learn how to help themselves and others in the event of a crisis, no matter how large or small. Bravo George - you deserve it!!
Robert Espinosa August 07, 2012 at 08:43 PM
George is a great partner in community-wide disaster preparedness. He is so tenacious and committed to the cause. His selfless giving is something we should all admire and aspire. Fire Chief Robert Espinosa
Liz Spear August 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Thanks for your comments, Kathleen and MBFD Chief Espinosa. I've had the pleasure of meeting George a few times and the man is a walking CERT. He lives & breathes the work that is going to help residents and others in a crisis and never stops. His blog talk radio show features different disaster preparedness experts and is an invaluable resource to all.
South Bay by Jackie August 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
My co-host Joe Terry and I interviewed George back in March for our internet radio program, 'The South Bay Show', on Blog Talk Radio. George was such a font of information that we asked if he would be interested in producing and co-hosting a weekly show dedicated to disaster and emergency preparedness. He jumped on board, never looked back and has done the most amazing job of bringing us the best and brightest of the disaster preparedness community. You can listen to George every Friday morning at 7 AM on 'The South Bay Show' on Blog Talk Radio. His shows are achived here: http://southbaybyjackie.com/blog-talk-radio.php

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