September 2018


Thursday, September 20, 2018 
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

10:00 Pre-meeting events  
  Swearing in new Commissioners Portela
  Public Comment Period Portela
10:15 Call to Order Portela
10:17 Welcome, Announcements, Agenda Adjustments
1. Introductions
2. Quiz Answer
3. Announcements and Appreciations
4. Additions or Deletions to Agenda
Focus on Mission Responsibilities

A. Election of Commission Officers
B. Transition of Leadership

Planning and Future Initiatives
10:40 A. Annual Organizational Tasks
1. Adoption of meeting calendar
Business Reports
(Reports submitted are posted.)
10:45 A. Minutes
1. June meeting

B. Executive Committee
1. Respond to questions about September meeting notes  
2. Call for volunteers to serve on ad hoc anniversary committee
3. Other

10:55 C. Grant Selection and Performance 
1. Report from meeting
-- Proposed grant competitions for 2018-2019
-- Peer Reviewer recruitment
-- Other
11:05 D. Excellence and Expertise
1. No report.
11:06 E. America's Service Commissions (ASC) Public Policy Committee update Crofton
11:11 H. Public Information and Education/ Public Policy
1. No report. 
11:12 I. CNCS Update Hite
11:20 J. MCCS Staff
1. Partnership opportunity: Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging
2. Maine Volunteer Foundation update  
2. Conference rebranding, overview and attendance 
2. Summary of policy updates announced over summer
3. Other
MCCS staff
Business Wrap Up
11:35 pm A. Adjourn to orientation and retreat
1. Reminder: Complete meeting evaluation forms
2. Next meeting (October 19) at Room 110, Elkins Lane, 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 2018

2. Executive Committee meeting: Sept. 2018


MCCS Team Report:

Grant Programs Officer: June;  Current

Program Development and Training Officer: Current


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.

2018 Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism -- MCCS major educational activity

Certificate in Management of Volunteers -- MCCS online course schedule for 2018-2019 (please share)

Maine Commission for Community Service Identity Statement

Corporation for National and Community Service: Reform Plan also known as "Transformation and Sustainability Plan"

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 Wednesday, September 19, 2018!

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

This Month's Challenge 

The Commission and Maine Volunteer Foundation organize a major statewide professional development conference for managers of volunteers and other interested parties. Called the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism, it is planned by a committee of practitioners.

The agenda this year offers 2 sessions related to opiod and drug use issues faced in communities. 

QUESTION: What are the titles of the 2 sessions and which one is led a new MCCS AmeriCorps grantee?

Reference hint: Conference site