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retired-Excellence and Expertise Task Force

November 2, 2016


Commissioners Present: Carol Rancourt, Barbara Wentworth, Joe Young

Other members:

Absent: Nicole Pellenz, Robert Liscord, Elizabeth Hite, Janice Daku, Meaghan Arzberger, Lisa Laflin

Staff: Michael Ashmore




BW requested that item three on the posted agenda be moved to be discussed first.

  • Follow up from Commission retreat

Using the webinar platform, MA shared the draft notes from the retreat facilitator, focusing initially on the portion specific to E & E’s accomplishments.  Most of the movement has been in the area of Service Enterprise, both in developing trainers and the creation of sub-hubs, the pilot of the municipal model with United Way of Tri Valley and the implementation of regular sessions of the CMV course.

BW noted that at the recent Maine Community Foundation Summit Steve Rowe shared the five goals of the organization and noted that Volunteer Management is critical to the health of nonprofits throughout the state and that funding for Volunteer Coordinator positions is lacking.  She suggested staff and Commissioners reach out to county advisors to start a discussion of how MCF and the Commission can build on shared goals.

Group noted that MCF could partner with MCCS in a variety of areas, including funding for CMV course development and/or participation, expansion of support to rural areas and reenergizing Professional Development fund.

MA noted that the CMV course is currently the Novice level and that his work plan included development of the next level of the course.  Group asked to define the role of the Task Force in this process.  What materials exist? What needs to be accomplished, is their funding to support development

The group moved on to discuss what actions had moved strategic plan items forward.  The group discussed the use of the Program Manager Competencies and asked for copies to be shared with Task Force members. 

Group also noted the recognition at the retreat that E & E is responsible in the Strategic Plan for Blaine House Conference, but has allowed the BHCSV planning committee to manage and develop the conference.  Members felt that E & E should still have a role, but that it does not need to “manage’ the conference – that delegation of the task is fine.  Members felt that a formal Liaison position should be in place or that the chair of the planning committee sit on E & E during the planning period. It was moved that this be an item for discussion at the November meeting covering A] whether this makes sense to the Commission as a whole and B] what mechanism is most suited.

Group also felt that it needed to revisit the progress on the development of the Municipal Service Enterprise model, noting the mill staff reductions in Jay and the note of LL being unable to attend the meeting due to UWTV action in supporting workers losing their positions.  This was requested to be an item on the December agenda.

It was also noted that there were several notes from the retreat concerning the intersection of E & E activities with outreach efforts and the PIE Task Force.  It was requested that an invitation be made to PIE members for a brief meeting after the upcoming Commission meeting to discuss them.

It was also noted that during the previous meeting it was noted that CNCS has shared that VGF funding would again be available in the upcoming year.  Members asked for a copy of the last VGF application (unfunded) and any feedback be shared with Task Force Members

  • Authorizing organizations as SE hubs - when, how and how much?
  • Building the business model for SE - developing the Commission stance

These items were tabled until the next meeting