AUGUSTA, Maine – The members of the Maine Commission for Community Service held their annual meeting June 15 and elected new leadership. The Commission is a 25-member board of governor-appointed citizens who represent nearly every facet of Maine’s volunteer and community service sector. The Commission builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities.
Andrew (Drew) Matlins, manager for the Airman & Family Readiness Program of the Maine Air National Guard, was elected to a two-year term as Commission chair. Drew was appointed to the Commission in 2007 to represent managers of volunteers whose programs engage people over 55 years old in service. Matlins career experience and volunteer service have included work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Senior Sense VISTA Project, Anah Temple Shrine Clowns, Bangor Kiwanis, Operation Military Kids, and three years as chair of the state conference for volunteer managers and service-learning educators. Matlins and his family live in Bangor.
Ronald Holmes of New Sharon was chosen as chair-elect of the Commission. Holmes was first appointed to the Commission in 2006. He works as engineering manager for URS Washington Group and holds the seat reserved for a representative of the general volunteer community in Maine. Holmes joined the Commission while serving on the board of the Maine Volunteer Connection. His personal service includes being a Girl Scout leader for his daughter’s troop, nearly 20 years as an organizer of the Governor’s Service Awards, and work with the Salvation Army.
Elected as vice-chair of the Commission was John Portela of Brunswick. Portela is a sandblaster at Bath Iron Works and was appointed to the seat designated for a labor representative in 2009. As a board member, Portela has volunteered for over 20 years in United Way leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He also has served under four gubernatorial administrations as a citizen member of advisory boards for health and worker compensation.
During the meeting, Commissioners took the opportunity to thank outgoing chair, Mary-Anne LaMarre of Oakland. Ron Holmes made the presentation and remarked on Ms LaMarre’s consistent optimism during a time of significant challenges in communities. LaMarre will now serve in the position of immediate past-chair.
The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning educators, raising awareness of volunteer sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy for addressing community issues.
Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director
Maine Commission for Community Service