Chapter Elections Set for Sunday, March 26th, 2017
The bylaws of Democrats Abroad Spain, require that each chapter hold officer elections every two years. In compliance with this rule, DA-Madrid Chapter will hold our elections on Sunday, March 26th before our soon to be announced event Women's Healthcare and Reproductive Rights.
The positions of Chapter President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be elected for a two-year term, effective when the results are announced. At this time, some of the incumbents are seeking another term, but in any case, nominations for all positions are open until Thursday, March 9th. Nominations will not be taken at the time of the election, since a ballot will be sent out for voting for all positions by e-mail. The Madrid chapter adheres to the Equal Opportunity rule of the Democratic Party that the Chair and Vice Chair must be of the opposite gender.
You are welcome to nominate yourself. You can also nominate someone else; the nomination needs a second by another member, either in the same email or a follow-up email from the seconding member. The Nominations and Elections Committee will confirm that the member wishes to run. Nominations can be made by email to DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com and must be submitted by Thursday, March 9th. The Nominations and Elections Committee may also seek out and nominate candidates.
The main duties of each officer are as follows:
President – The candidate should be a team player who works with the Executive Committee, preside over monthly meetings, and represent the Madrid Chapter on the DA Spain Ex Com. Events in the next term, include: monthly meetings, special events; and activities related to 2018 Midterm elections, including the coordination of the Get Out The Vote effort.
Vice President – An activist who can support the president and the Executive Committee in the organization of chapter meetings and events; preside over monthly meetings; and attend DA Spain Ex Com meetings in the president's absence.
Secretary – A highly organized individual with good writing and computer skills, who can maintain an up-to-date list of chapter members, take minutes at monthly meetings, post them on the website, and send out notices of meetings and special events.
Treasurer – Responsible management of the Chapter's finances, keeping accounts of chapter monies collected and spent; storing reserve funds; assisting in fundraising and presenting a monthly report at chapter meetings.
Contact the Nominations & Election Committee at: DAMadridVotes2017@gmail.com
Sarah Graves current president will not be running and has agreed to chair the nominating committee. Carolyn Baurle will help coordinate the election. More information to follow when the nominating process is complete.
Andrea and I are coming to the end of our time here in Madrid, and we want to express our appreciation for all of the enthusiasm and support you have all shown us over the past ten weeks.
I think I speak for both of us when I say that this internship took our Madrid experience from good to great. We were welcomed into a diverse community of friendly, funny, interesting Americans living in this beautiful city. We shared laughs, exchanged stories, and enjoyed food and drinks together — from Variopintos and the Kahlo Center to Retiro Park and Jim's apartment on the 4th of July. These were some of the highlights of our time here in Madrid, and they are memories that we'll never forget.
We'd like to give an extra-special thank you to Jim, who took us under his wing during the second half of our internship. Jim has been more than a supervisor to us — he's been a mentor and a friend. For that, we are truly grateful.
We'll never forget how warm and welcoming this wonderful group of people has been to us. Madrid Democrats, cheers to you!
Stephen & Andrea,
Madrid Chapter Interns
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