Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 314: Community Service Commission

Date: 08/09/1991
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 668
Revoked and Superseded by: Executive Order 365

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WHEREAS, the increasing demands for services, and limited financial resources of the Commonwealth have contributed to the need to call upon the energy, compassion, inventiveness, and the entrepreneurial spirit of all citizens to help solve many of the problems facing their communities;

WHEREAS, the recent enactment of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 affords the Commonwealth a unique and timely opportunity to challenge the citizenry, particularly the young people of Massachusetts, to an unprecedented period of civic participation; and

WHEREAS, this new federal legislation gives the Commonwealth the opportunity to compete for federal funding to expand and replicate many initiatives in communities across the state and to generate new initiatives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM F. WELD, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

Section 1. A Community Service Commission is hereby established to formulate a coordinated state plan in response to the National and Community Service Act of 1990. The Commission shall establish guidelines, policy and procedures for the solicitation, review and selection of proposals for funding, advocate publicly for increased citizen service and for community service learning, and evaluate community service programs supported through the national legislation. The Department of Education shall serve as the lead governmental agency to coordinate the community service activities, as well as acting as the fiscal conduit for federal funding under the Act.

The Commission shall make such recommendations to the Governor as are concurred in by at least a majority of its members.

Section 2. The Commission shall consist of twenty (20) members. Sixteen (16) members shall be appointed by the Governor. The four (4) other members shall be the Secretary of Education or her designee, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs or her designee, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services or his designee, and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Youth Service Alliance or his designee. The co-chairs of the Commission shall be the Secretary of Education and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Youth Service Alliance.

The appointed membership of the Commission shall include the following: executive level representation from groups of service practitioners and youth service participants, community agencies that involve volunteers, the business community and foundations, and labor. The Commission shall be balanced and diverse in regard to ethnicity, age, geographic distribution, urban/rural, and gender, and all of its members shall have a demonstrated commitment to community service and community service learning. The sixteen appointed members of the Commission shall serve four year terms, with the other members serving during their tenure in office. The sixteen appointed members shall be appointed to staggered terms beginning on September first, 1991. The Commission shall consist of such other members as the Governor shall from time to time appoint.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 9th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-one.

William F. Weld, Governor

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Michael Joseph Connolly

Secretary of the Commonwealth

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