On June 11, 2017, Democrats Abroad (DA) members in China gathered to celebrate the first elected leadership team and pay tribute to the contributions of members saying farewell to China, including Ada Shen, Rich Welch, Erin Campeau, Christine Pernin, Radha Chaddah, and Avery Ince.
This celebration included DA members - new and old - and was held in Beijing. Some members even traveled in from other cities in China to participate in this inaugural event. Also in attendance from Hong Kong was Shaun Barnes, DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair.
The occasion was marked by farewell speeches from our friends Ada Shen and Rich Welch, both of whom have plans to leave China. They spoke to the gathered members about their hopes for the future of DA China and offered their continued support especially to the incoming leadership. DA Asia-Pacific Regional Vice-Chair Shaun Barnes and DA China Chair Aaron Kruse also shared remarks expressing their enthusiasm and optimism for the start of the new China country committee.
Both Ada and Rich helped usher the membership through the process of establishing a country committee for China within the global Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) structure. They laid the groundwork for the incoming leadership team -- communicating with the DPCA about requirements, proposing bylaws, notifying members, and so much more. They organized the election for DA China leadership on May 6, 2017 with gatherings in Beijing and Shanghai, and connected by WebEx to allow members in other locations to participate remotely. Finally, Ada and Rich, along with DA China leaders Aaron Kruse (Chair), Samantha Wong (Vice-Chair), and Randi Miller (Legal) traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Annual DPCA Global Meeting, witnessing the official vote to admit DA China on May 15, 2017.
Original Event: Celebrate with Democrats Abroad China, 6/11/2017
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Jun 14, 2017
Democrats Abroad China Elects an Executive Committee, Gets Confirmed as an Official Country Committee at 2017 AGM
China - Democrats Abroad China elected its first-ever Executive Committee at their Annual General Meeting on May 6. The following week, from May 12-15, five representatives of DA China attended the DA Global AGM in Washington DC, where DA China was unanimously accepted into Democrats Abroad as an official country committee.
The incoming DA China leadership is responsible for upholding and supporting the work of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad among American expatriates in China. DA China announces the following newly elected leaders:
Chair – Aaron Kruse
Vice Chair – Samantha Wong
Secretary – Elizabeth Jenkins
Treasurer – Jim Spear
Legal Counsel – Randi Miller
Communications/IT – Chris Zombik
Members-At-Large – Kira Leinonen, Phong Quan, James Flanagan, Faith Gary, Joshua Lally
The creation of an official country committee for China is notable as the result of more than 10 years of informal organizing by dedicated Democrats in China. An official presence for DA in China is more important than ever now that American politics has come to the forefront of global concern under the Trump administration. DA China aims to be the point of contact for Americans living in China to more actively connect with government and civic engagement back home.
“We are thrilled to finally have an official country committee for DA China,” says Aaron Kruse, DA China’s newly-elected Chair. “This milestone coincides with our reaching a critical new level of engagement and interest from Americans living in China. We are incredibly excited to grow this organization and help our members get involved politically with what is happening back in the U.S.”
The leadership elections were just the first step in an upcoming program of activities planned by DA China. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.democratsabroad.org/cn.
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About Democrats Abroad
Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United State. Democrats Abroad strives to provide citizens living abroad with a voice in government and elect democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad currently has 41 country committees throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These country committees keep Americans abroad informed of their rights and help them participate in the U.S. political process. Members live in more than 190 countries around the globe and vote in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. Democrats Abroad is recognized as a "state" Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and is represented on the DNC by eight voting members, as well as at the quadrennial Democratic National Convention.
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