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2010 AmeriCorps Member Conference a Success!

March 16th, 2010

The 2010 AmeriCorps Member conference took place Wednesday, March 10th at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts.  The purpose of the conference was to bring all AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps*VISTA members in Maine together for one day for networking and learning opportunities. 

At this year’s conference, 9 AmeriCorps programs (totaling 95 members) were represented.  Overall attendance was nearly 100, up 20% from 2009. Pam Zeutenhorst, Training and Disability Coordinator for the Maine Commission for Community Service and Conference Coordinator, says “it was very inspiring to have so many AmeriCorps members together in one place and to hear what they are doing in communities throughout Maine.  In addition to providing learning opportunities, the AmeriCorps Member Conference provides an opportunity for members to meet individuals from other AmeriCorps programs that are serving in the same community and, perhaps, discover opportunities to collaborate.”

This year’s Keynote was delivered by Emily Wright Timko, Associate Multi-faith Chaplain at Bates College.  Conference activities and presenters included: Leadership Workshop:  Anne Schink, ABS Consulting;  AmeriCorps Alum Panel: Joely Ross, Community Resource Corps; Meredith Eaton, Student & Consultant; Kate McCarty, VolunteerMaine VISTA Project; Alexa Plotkin, Community Resource Corps; and Emily Fitch, Community Resource Corps, who served as facilitator; Civic Reflections led by Marli Tielman, Campus Compact Project Director: Chip Curry, Community for Children & Youth Director; Joe Deegan & Heather Bennet, Campus Compact VISTA members;  Anne Schink, ABS Consulting;   Facilitation workshops led by  Jane Haskell, UMCE Waldo County;  Elizabeth Cole & Brad Hunter, VolunteerMaine VISTA members; Pam Zeutenhorst, Maine Commission for Community Service; and Peace Corps:  Stacey Ann Ferguson, Regional Recruiter.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers, raising awareness, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.