April 1, 2011
(Originally posted April 11, 2011)
In Attendance: Mary-Anne LaMarre, Drew Matlins, Pam Zeutenhorst, Eileen Smart, Andrew McLean, Gary Dorman, Maryalice Crofton
Excellence and Expertise:
Drew reported on the start up of conference planning. The request is in for facility but confirmation can’t be made until Spring Semester is over. Securing a major sponsor is the biggest priority. Drew has a contact in a sponsor target that he’s trying to get a meeting with.
Public Information and Education:
Andrew has been sending out the updates from ASC Public Policy Committee that relate to federal budget and continuing resolution activities. The rest of the task force activities are focused on Governor’s Service Awards ceremonies. Andrew is compiling the profiles of winners that will be included in the speaker scripts.
There were no applicants for VGF Part 2 which was targeted at Kennebec/Somerset and Androscoggin/Oxford counties (2 grants offered). This means the task force will turn its attention to the AmeriCorps Formula continuation process.
Report by LaMarre and Zeutenhorst on meeting of State Commissions in Washington, DC.
The 3-day meeting concluded yesterday. While Pam attended a special meeting of states with Volunteer Generation funds on Thursday morning, Mary-Anne met with staff from each of the Maine Senators’ offices. The staff person in Senator Collins’ office was very up to speed and expressed interest in following up when he is back in the district in May.
Of note was a joint presentation by Patrick Corvington, CEO for CNCS, and Brian Gallagher, CEO for United Way Worldwide (UWW). During the presentation, UWW’s new campaign to engage 1 million volunteers in mentoring and tutoring was announced. In a less formal discussion, UWW did say that its role is to encourage affiliates to build capacity in the broader volunteer sector rather than just the organizations funded. There is no specific leverage or incentive for affiliates to get on board, however.
During exchanges with other state commissions, it became evident that most have some close connection with either their governor or the first family. It is also clear that efforts to reach through to the governor in Maine are not getting directly to him. (Corvington met Governor LePage at the recent NGA gathering.)
Mary-Anne shared the process MCCS uses for orientation of new Commission member. Several Commissions asked to have copies so they can use it as a guide for their own versions.