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Agenda - April 20, 2015

Location and Time

422 S 5th St, 1st Floor
Springfield, IL

Dial: 888-494-4032; Access Code: 4037150212#

9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Call to Order

Nettles called the meeting to order at 9:06am

Approval of the February 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Rosales motioned to approve. Guinn seconded. Minutes approved via voice vote.

Executive Director Report

  • Budget
    McFarland discussed issues involving match, staffing. and DHS money being lost to DPH. Extensive talk of advocacy on getting a line item for SIC.
  • Staffing
    McFarland continues to work to increase staffing.
  • Travel Reimbursements
    Travel reimbursement discussion including timeliness
  • Operation AmeriCorps
    Three applications were submitted by Illinois.

Corporation for National and Community Service Report

Hosteny gave the report. Discussed Mayors Day, Senior Corps, and the national service involvement in the Rochelle and Fairdale tornado.

Commission Chair Report

Nettles spoke about making the Lt. Governor an honorary chair. Nettles motioned to ask the Lt. Governor. Schuman seconded. Dixon motioned to amend to ask First Lady Rauner. Schuman seconded. After a discussion, the amended motion was approved via voice vote. Nettles will make the request of the First Lady.

  • Executive Committee
    No report.
  • Volunteer Recognition Committee
    Tubekis gave a rundown of the Governor Volunteer Service Awards.
  • Outreach Committee
    Errera spoke about the progress of the PSA saying it is moving forwards. He then fielded questions on the matter.
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    No report.
  • Resource Development Committee
    Marton spoke about the resources and development committee especially foundation work. She requested commissioner’s financial support to start a foundation.
  • Regional Commissioners
    No report.

Staff Reports

  • AmeriCoprs
    • 2014-2015 Monitoring
      McFarland updated commissioners on the status of monitoring visits.
    • Request for Applications 2015-2018
      McFarland and Zellers gave an update.
    • Disaster Corps
      • Fairdale and Rochelle Response
        McFarland spoke about the future of Disaster Corps, Rochelle tornadoes and IEMA partnership. Thanks AmeriCorps St. Louis for their assistance with Volunteer Reception in Fairdale.
    • Volunteer Connector Development
      Baden gave the update. Asking AmeriCorps Members to take a more active roll.
  • Volunteerism
    • Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
      McFarland reviewed the timeline of the Governors Awards for the commissioners.
    • Volunteerism Conferences
      McFarland reviewed the conference schedule.
    • Year of the Volunteer
      Angelis talked about the Year of the Volunteer and its accomplishments. Angelis urged everyone to get involved and gave a handout about YOTV.
  • Website
    McFarland wrapped up with remarks on progress, website, and Chicago Cares' upcoming Serve-a-Thon.

Old Business

  • Serve Illinois Foundation
    Discussion tabled.

New Business

  • Elected Officials Communication
    Discussion tabled.


Nettles adjourned the meeting at 12:15pm