May 2017

Meeting Notice

DATE:  Friday, May 19, 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
Planning and Future Initiatives
 10:20 A. America's Service Commissions - briefing by national staff.
Priority issues for commissions; opportunities for change; how states connect;  view from Washington; Q&A from Maine Commissioners
Kaira Esgate, ASC Exec. Director
  Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
10:40 A.AmeriCorps brand check: Begin PIE exercise  Crofton
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
 10:50  A. Minutes 
1. April
10:55 B. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Policy updates and recommendations
2. AmeriCorps Formula continuation recommendations
3. Other
11:15 B. Executive Committee
1.  May 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to any requests for clarifications.
2. Other
11:20 C. ASC Update
1. Public policy committee
2. Other
11:25 E. Excellence and Expertise 
1. May 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to any requests for clarifications.
11:30 F. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy 
1. May 2017 meeting notes posted. Respond to any requests for clarifications.
11:35 H. CNCS Regional Office update Hite
11:40 I. MCCS Staff 
1. Beyond the Rural AmeriCorps competition - outreach schedule for summer (Ashmore) 
2. Blaine House Conference planning status (Crofton)
3. Other
Business Wrap Up
11:50 A. Adjourn to New Commissioner Orientation
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms 
2. Next business meeting is June 16, 2017- Major business is grant decisions
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: April 2017

2. Executive Committee: May 2017

3. Excellence & Expertise: May 2017

4. Grant Selection and Performance: May 2017
      - Updates to Commission Grant Policies
      - AmeriCorps Host Site Policy update
      - Continuation background docs for Goodwill grant: Continuation Extract;   Continuation Assessment
      - Continuation background docs for RSU 14/SySTEM REAL: Continuation Extract;   Continuation Assessment

5. Public Information and Education: May 2017


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: Current

Training and Program Development Officer: Current


As if you were there: Photo galleries from  
Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

Maine site on Service Year: New AmeriCorps recruitment site

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, May 18, 2017!

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

This Month's Challenge

On May 12, the Corporation for National and Community Service published the data on Education Award payments made to Maine-based post-secondary institutions and financial agencies holding individual's educational loans. Looking at loans vs tuitions, what is the apparent preference of AmeriCorps Alum who use their education awards in Maine?

BONUS: How many other states are under $10 million in payments to in-state institutions and financial agencies?