January 2019


Friday, January 18, 2019  

Maine Govt East Campus, 19 Elkins Lane Rm 110, Augusta, ME 04333
All business meetings are open to the public. The parking lot faces the Eastside Wellness Center and Harlow Building. Use Arsenal Street to enter the campus.

This link shows the location of the building on the campus.

Map for Driving Directions

Time Topic Leader
10:00 Public Comment Period Branham
10:15 Call to Order Branham
10:17 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions
2. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
     a. Day of Service retrospect
     b. Senator Collins congratulations on award
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission Responsibilities
10:20 A. Briefing on Commission Budget and Funding Sources
B. Other
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
11:10 A. Minutes
1. October meeting. Minutes posted for review.
11:15 B. Executive Committee
1. Respond to questions about meeting notes  
2. Confirm Executive Committee action on 2019 Support Grant budget (see November special meeting minutes)
3. Other
11:25 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Action on AmeriCorps Competitive Continuation proposals
2. Action on new Maine Rural AmeriCorps proposals
3. Action on new AmeriCorps Competitive proposal
4. Other
11:40 D. Excellence and Expertise
1. No report.
11:41 E. National Public Policy Committees of states
1. States for Service
2. America's Service Commissions
11:42 H. Public Information and Education/Public Policy
1. Meeting notes posted. Respond to questions, clarification requests.
11:50 I. Financial Oversight
1. Proposed mission for task force.
12:00 J. CNCS Update Hite
12:05 K. MCCS Staff
1. Commission staff vacancies
2. Maine Volunteer Foundation  
3. OIG audit report
4. MCCS role in state disaster response
5. Commissioner roles in events this quarter
6. Other
MCCS staff
Planning and Future Initiatives
12:15 A. Maine Service Fellows
1. Development to date and Commissioner feedback (see Service Fellows Task Force minutes for preparation)
Business Wrap Up
12:30 pm A. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
B. Next meeting (February 15, 2019 -- Rm 110, MCCS Offices) 
C. Adjourn to brown bag lunch presentation about Service Enterprise (what is it, MCCS history of involvement, role of Service Enterprise in current MCCS work, opportunities for Commissioners to promote it)
Reports & Drafts

Meeting Schedules

View Calendar Notices Here

To facilitate board communication and assure compliance with the requirements for public notice, all MCCS meetings and work sessions will be posted on this site's Calendar as well as the State of Maine Legislative Calendar.

Task Force chairs are asked to check the dates/times/locations for their groups and notify staff of any changes.

As MCCS adds new staff and commissioners, we hope this central posting will help us all avoid "double booking" and, at the same time, make communication with partners smoother.


1. Business meeting minutes:  October 2018

2. Executive Committee meeting: 
     November 2018November 2018 Special Meeting, December 2018, January 2019

3. Grant Selection and Performance: 
     November 2018, December 2018, January 2019 and funding summaries accompanying report:
     Continuations - Healthy AcadiaMaine Conservation CorpsUSM/Maine Campus Compact
     New AmeriCorps State Competitive - LearningWorks
     New Maine Rural AmeriCorps - MSAD #70,      Main Street Skowhegan,      Maine Youth Alliance,
                                                                Seeds of Hope

4. Public Information and Education:  November 2018, December 2018, January 2019 (to be posted)

5. Maine Service Fellows: November 2018, December 2018

6. Financial Oversight: December 2018, January 2019


MCCS Team Report:

Director: Current

Grant Programs Officer:  n/a position vacant

Program Development and Training Officer: Nov 2018; Dec 2018 Staff reports


These items are either background for some of the discussions and/or at the Commission meeting or information on national or regional issues that may impact the Commission.

Proposed budget for 2019: Summary with comparison plus 2018 and 2019 detail

Introduction to Commission Budget and Finances: presentation scheduled for Nov 2018

Video: Service Enterprise introduction - provides context for agenda item

Slide deck used to orient Grant Selection and Performance Task Force to grant process

Commish's Quiz

Commissioner Quiz

More than a contest, this is part of the "in-service education" for Commission board members.

Commission Members should: email their response before 5 pm Thursday, November 8, 2018!

Send your answers to Service.Commission@maine.gov. All correct answers will be well rewarded at the meeting.

This Month's Challenge

You can pick from 2 challenges or do both. The November quiz re-appears since that meeting was cancelled. Plus, there is a new challenge question for January 2019.


Question: President George HW Bush established a federal government entity to implement the 1990 National and Community Service Trust Act. Shirley Sagawa, now leader of Service Year, was vice chair of the entity's board from 1991-1993. What was the entity's name?

Hint: There is a one word difference between its name and the federal agency that now oversees national service programs.


The States for Service Coalition is the organization that is the advocacy arm of America's Service Commissions. It is membership based but speaks on behalf of all state service commissions. 

Q: What groups and individuals does the States for Service Coalition focus on when representing the interests of state service commissions?

Reference hint: The answer is part way down the home page of the coalition website,