March 2019


Friday, March 15, 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. Commission video 
b. Save the dates - regional National Service Conference; anniversary celebration
c. Appointment to head research and data work of strategic plan; new Public Information and Education chair
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission Responsibilities
10:30 A. Developing candidates to recommend for appointment
1. Review of seats needing candidates 
2. Recommendation process at Commission level 
B. Report from Commissioner - annual convening of state service commissions
C. Other

Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:40 A. Minutes
1. January meeting. Minutes posted for review.
10:45 B. Executive Committee
1. Respond to questions about notes from Feb and March meetings
2. Managing time at meetings 
3. Other
10:55 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Respond to questions about meeting notes posted
2. Other
11:00 D. Excellence and Expertise
1. No report.
11:05 E. National Public Policy issues
1. States for Service
2. America's Service Commissions
a. National Service Choice Act
11:20 H. Public Information and Education/Public Policy
1. Meeting notes posted. Respond to questions, clarification requests.
11:25 I. Financial Oversight
1. Proposed mission for task force.
2. Brief discussion of information/education for Commissioners
11:35 J. Maine Service Fellows
1. Review of program description edit; requested changes to timeline; program oversight proposal 
2. Request in state budget for general funds 
Hite and Crofton
11:50 K. MCCS Staff
1. 25th anniversary celebration plan - overview and requests
2. Roles for Commissioners at AmeriCorps Member Conference 
3. Advancing work on refreshing Commission branding
4. Other
MCCS staff
12:05 L. CNCS Update Hite
Planning and Future Initiatives
12:15 A. April National Service Staff recognition 
B. CNCS Transition Plan Update and implications for state commissions
Business Wrap Up
12:30 pm A. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
B. Next meeting (April 19, 2019 -- Rm 110, MCCS Offices) 
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:  January 2019

2. Executive Committee meeting: FebruaryMarch

3. Grant Selection and Performance:   March  

4. Public Information and Education:  JanuaryFebruaryMarch

5. Maine Service Fellows:  February

6. Financial Oversight: February


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer:  not this month

Program Development and Training Officer: JanuaryFebruary


New video to introduce Commission at Service Enterprise orientations

National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service: January 2019 interim report

New Commission radio public service announcements:
AmeriCorps;      Encore Career;      Roll of Honor Nominations;    Senior Corps 

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, March 14, 2019!

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

This Month's Challenge

The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service said that AmeriCorps is America's best kept secret. 

This month's challenge:
1. In its discussion of barriers, what did they identify as the most significant barrier to AmeriCorps service?
2. In the discussion of options to expand pathways to service, name 2 of the potential actions they cite.

Want a bonus? What is the first name of the AmeriCorps Alum profiled under barriers and what uniform is she wearing?

Research reference: