March 2017

Meeting Notice

DATE:  Friday, March 17, 2017
TIME:   10 am - 12 pm

Conference Room, Klahr Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Univ. of Maine Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330
All business meetings are open to the public. The closest parking is the lot in front of the Randall Student Center. This link goes to a map of the campus layout.

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10:00 Public Comment Period  Portela
10:10 Call to Order Portela
10:12 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions 
2. Announcements
3. Quiz Answer 
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
 10:15 A. State Service Commissions' views of federal budgets Crofton
Planning and Future Initiatives
10:25 A. Phase One: Commissioner discussion of re-branding issue raised at summer 2016 retreat Cook/Mojonnier
10:40 B. Commission Hosting of National Service Program Staff in April Portela/Crofton
10:45 C. New Report: profile of 5 years of AmeriCorps members "from away" who stayed after service term ended Cook/Crofton
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
 10:55  A. Minutes 
1. January
11:00 B. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Report on AmeriCorps National Direct ratings
2. Recommendations on immediate Maine Rural AmeriCrops grant competition
3. Other
11:10 B. Executive Committee
1.  February 2017 and March 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to any requests for clarifications.
2. Status of appointment recommendations
3. Other
11:15 C. ASC Update
1. Public policy coalition and Maine membership
2. Other
11:20 E. Excellence and Expertise 
1. Meeting report from March 15
11:30 F. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy 
1. Report from March 13 meeting
11:35 H. CNCS Regional Office update Hite
11:45 I. MCCS Staff 
1. AmeriCorps opiod and prescription drug abuse coalition update 
2. Governor's Service Awards and Roll of Honor event updates
3. Other
Business Wrap Up
11:55 A. Adjourn to Task Force Work Sessions
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms 
2. Next business meeting is April 21, 2017- Note location change!
 - Cross Office Building, Room 103, Augusta
Reports and 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 the Events page (internet 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: January 2017

2. Executive Committee: February 2017;   March 2017

3. Excellence & Expertise: February 2017; March meeting will be March 22


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: March 2017

Training and Program Development Officer: February 2017 ; January 2017


As if you were there: Photo gallery from March 1 National Service Day at the Capitol

2012-2016 Profile of Non-resident Maine AmeriCorps Members who stay

AmeriCorps Affiliate program: Description (the previously embedded link has been removed because it no longer exists), Deadlines for 2017

Strategy report from ASC, Service Year, and CNCS: Expanding Service Years in States

Commish's Quiz

For Commissioners!

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, March 16, 2017!

Send your answers to All correct answers will be well rewarded at the meeting.

This Month's Challenge

ASC (pronounced "ask") is appearing in conversation more and more often. So, this month's quizz challenges you three ways:

-- What does ASC stand for?

-- Which two board members are physically closest to Maine?

-- How many staff does ASC have?

Your reference for this month can be found at