Switzerland

Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland
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Democrats Abroad Switzerland is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in Switzerland.

We strive to help Americans connect with fellow citizens living across the 26 Cantons of the Swiss Federation and remain active in U.S. politics. Living in a unique nation of expats in which resident foreigners comprise 23% of the population, Democrats Abroad provides a vital social and political link for American citizens staying for a short period as well as those here for the long-term.

Our mission is to deliver critical votes for Democrats in U.S. Federal elections, as well as serving as unofficial U.S. ambassadors, communicating global perspectives to Washington D.C. and our hometowns and Swiss communities.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events – we have events planned throughout the year and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

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DA Switzerland Leadership:

| Chair of DA Switzerland
| Vice-chair, Switzerland
| Secretary, Switzerland
| Chair, Zurich Chapter
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    Basel Chapter 2017 Committee Elections

    The Chair of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is pleased to announce that the newly formed Basel Chapter will hold a happy hour and elections on Monday, May 22. During the meeting, the 2017-2019 Basel Chapter Committee will be elected. We hope that you will attend to meet and/or reconnect with local Dems Abroad, show your support for the nominees and vote for the candidates of your choice. We need to have a quorum for the elections to be official, so please do come, or vote by proxy if you can’t attend (more info on that below).

    When:          Monday, May 22, 2017, 7:30 PM
    Where:         The Schuler Foyer, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel (map)
    RSVP:           Please RSVP to basel-elections@democrats.ch by May 19

    Agenda

    7:30 – 8 PM — Registration, happy hour mingle
    8:15 – 8:30 PM — Election of Basel Chapter Committee
    8:30 – 9 PM — Short Samantha Bee video on the civil rights movement and discussion on Basel activism opportunities (led by new chapter committee and DACH Chair Kate Edson)

    DA Switzerland is made up of volunteers working together to keep Americans living abroad informed and connected with the political process and to make it easier to vote from abroad. We invite you to become involved in Basel Chapter activities and political activism. We are expecting a very exciting and busy next term, resisting the Republican administration in 2017 and voting in mid-term elections in 2018. Come help us elect Democrats!

    The four Basel Chapter offices to be filled are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

    We thank those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names below. Click on names to read candidates' full statements of intent.

    Voting Method

    Americans who are DA members as of Friday, May 19, may vote. Please register to attend by May 19 at basel-elections@democrats.ch. You may vote in one of the following ways:

    In-person voting: Printed ballots will be distributed at the meeting.

    Vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from basel-elections@democrats.ch. Send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by May 19, and give it to your chosen attending proxy member before the meeting. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies. Let us know if you need help finding someone to be your proxy.

    Election Process

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Nominations may be made from the floor as write-in candidates. This includes listed candidates who did not win their announced race. All candidates will be given two to three minutes to address the members. Up to three questions from the audience will be allowed (per candidate).  

    List of Candidates

    Office: Chair (1)

    Office:Vice-Chair (1)

    Office: Secretary

    Office: Treasurer (1)

     

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    Basel Office: Treasurer

    The Candidates (1)

    • Vivian L. Beetle

    I initially joined Democrats Abroad a few years ago when I accessed their Voter Registration guidance. Shortly after, I started volunteering at Expat Expos in Basel. Then in the spring of 2016, I became an active Voter Registration worker as Basel achieved record levels of registrants. Since the election, I have continued to work within the core coordinating group for DACH in Basel where I have assumed treasurer responsibilities to date.

    Given the evolving political climate, I am motivated to help lead the regional work of DACH as it informs, enrolls, engages, and mobilizes Democrats in the Basel area to do their part in restoring democratic values, principles and leadership in the USA. This offers one answer to the question of what can I do in these turbulent and troubling times despite being out of the country. Through the chapter’s work, I would aim to help others to find their answers as well.

    I am eager to work within a collaborative leadership group where we each have areas of primary responsibility but also work together to address opportunities and issues to improve society today and the world we pass on to future generations.

    Professional and Personal Background

    Eleven years ago I relocated from New Jersey to Switzerland for my work with Hoffmann-La Roche from which I retired in 2013. During a thirty-plus year career at Roche, I developed a broad expertise in corporate engagement with particular skills in community collaboration, business strategic alignment, employee volunteerism, program development and budget oversight. Before joining Roche, I worked with the YWCA in Paterson, New Jersey, where I was involved in every aspect of their urban-based program and administration with a focus on women’s leadership development.

    Throughout my adult life I have been involved in civic and non-profit organizations in advisory, governance and operational roles. My non-profit board experience has been varied, including such groups as Funders Concerned About AIDS, The Partnership for New Jersey, Diamond Terrace Condominium Association, and the Roche Employee and Action Trust. More recently I have continued volunteering as an English Conversation Group Leader for adult non-mother language speakers (Centrepoint, Basel), Project Leader of Swiss Exposure for Global Interns (World YWCA, Geneva) and project consultant to UNICEF Switzerland.

    I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

    Candidacy for Treasurer

    My personal and professional background will inform my service as Treasurer for the Basel Chapter. Recognizing the responsibility that comes with stewardship of collective funds, I respect the importance of fiscal management for an organization, regardless of scale and scope. I would readily coordinate with the Treasurer of the National Executive Committee to align relevant procedures, processes and practices. Further I will gladly serve as part of the chapter leadership team to help govern while working to engage and support volunteers and to maximize the Democratic vote.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 01:30 PM · 5 rsvps

    People's Climate March Geneva

    April 29 marks another opportunity to join others in Switzerland to express concerns with climate policy and action by gathering in Geneva for the People's Climate March. Throughout the United States and across the globe, concerned marchers will demonstrate their resolve to leave a better natural, rural and urban environment for future generations. Consider joining!

     

    For more information, visit the global site. For the Geneva march details, visit here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-geneva-2

    Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    DACH Zurich Spaghetti Dinner

    Zurich area members and volunteers are invited to a spaghetti dinner in Winterthur Seen. This is current DACH Zurich chair Renée Rousseau's way of saying "thank you" to the members of the region, and it's also an opportunity for members to get to know each other and network.

    When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 6 PM
    Where: Private residence in Winterthur Seen. Address and train/bus instructions will be provided once an RSVP has been received.
    RSVP: Please RSVP to renee-rousseau@bluewin.ch by Wednesday, May 3. Space is limited to the first 30 members who RSVP.
    Please bring: Bottle of wine or soft drinks. Water, spaghetti meal, garlic bread and dessert will be provided. 

    Any member located in the German-speaking region of Switzerland is welcome to attend. We will also be asking for donations to help finance our sister city Bern's June 17 member forum.