September 2017


Friday, September 15, 2017 
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. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:20 A. Minutes
1. June meeting
10:25 B. Executive Committee
1. August minutes. Respond to request for clarifications. Accept report.
2. Sept 11 meeting report:
     a. Strategic plan process and appointments to planning team
     b. Submitting reappointments and new recommendations
     c. Changes in task force assignments
     d. Other
10:35 C. Excellence and Expertise
1. Volunteer Generation application results (see summary posted under Background Documents)
2. Completed Service Enterprise outreach tools
3. Respond to clarification requests related to Sept. report
  D. ASC update
1. Public policy update
2. Annual Assembly results
Crofton for Holmes
10:45 E. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy
1. Meeting notes for August and September are posted. Clarifications as requested.
  F. Grant Selection and Performance Task Force
1. September meeting notes posted. Clarifications as requested.
2. Recruitment of external peer reviewers. Request for outreach by Commissioners.
  G. CNCS Regional Office update Hite
10:50 G. MCCS Staff
1. Report from annual policy meeting with CNCS (9/12-9/14)
2. Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism (Oct 10) 
3. Staff changes and plans
4. Regional conference, Service Enterprise and CMV course dates

Planning and Future Initiatives
11:00 A. AmeriCorps Opening Day/Swearing In
B. 2017-2018 meeting schedule and event dates
C. Renew authorizaton for Exec Committee to act on behalf of board if needed between meetings
D. Maine Volunteer Foundation
Portela, et al
Focus on Mission/Responsibilities
11:10 A. Proposed schedule for Task Force briefings Jan-April 2016 Portela
Business Wrap Up
11:15 A. Adjourn to Task Force Work Sessions
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
2. Next business meeting is October 20, 2017- Conference Room 2, MaineGeneral Medical Center, I-95 exit 113, 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 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: June 2017

2. Executive Committee meetings: August 2017September 2017 

3. Grant Selection and Performance: September 2017

4. Excellence and Expertise: September 2017

5. Public Information and Education: August 2017September 2017 


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: none

Program Development and Training Officer: Current


Blaine House Conference agenda and registration (October 10 - registration action needed!)

Conference brochure to distribute by email to your community contacts

Volunteer Generation Fund: Overview of new 3-year project

Program Development augmentation: Overview of Maine work plan
Again this year, CNCS offered states small amounts of additional program development/outreach funds to work on developing AmeriCorps applications related to any of three federal priorities. Maine qualified for support under 2 and both are issues of concern for Maine so a request was submitted. The text in the link above constitutes the application. Because it is an amendment to the regular grant, the format is limited. 

Understanding Service Enterprise: Maine opinions (new video) and National explanation

Survey Results: AmeriCorps Host Site Capacity Change
Note the message on first slide regarding how best to view in Adobe Reader so side-by-side comparison works.

Strategic Planning background:  Introduction to consultant, Bob Wright at Panta Rei and Overview of process and timeline

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, Sept. 14, 2017!

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

This Month's Challenge

In the southeastern US, the state service commissions are key players in disaster response and recovery. 
QUESTION: What are the names of 2 of the 4 Commissions on the Gulf Coast that have become experts due to repeated natural disasters? Which one just had a change in leadership when Chester Spellman was appointed to be Director of AmeriCorps at the Corporation for National and Community Service?

REFERENCE: State Service Commission list; and ASC homepage with announcement. While on ASC page, be sure to add your name to the mailing list to get monthly updates. (link removed page no longer exists)