DAUK January 2013 Newsletter

Highlights: Time to celebrate at the Inaugural Ball

CONTENTS

Letter from the Chair
January 2013 DAUK Events

  • Jan. 16: DAUK LGBT Pre-Election Celebration
  • Jan. 16: Young Professionals Network Night
  • Jan. 18: DAUK Yorkshire-Humber Event in Leeds
  • Jan. 21: Democrats Abroad Inaugural Ball in London

Volunteers needed for the Inaugural Ball!
Don't forget to fill out our voter survey

Letter from the Chair: Time to celebrate!

Dear Fellow Democrat,

Because of your vote and your hard work – phone banking, canvassing, organizing, donating, fundraising – President Barack Obama has another four years to keep America moving forward. Now Democrats both at home and abroad are eagerly looking forward to the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Democrats Abroad UK is organizing what may be the largest Inaugural celebration outside the US. I fondly remember our last Inaugural Ball in London in 2009. It was a great evening, filled with wonderful music, dancing, laughter, good food, and great friends. A fun, patriotic time was had by all.

Thanks to the talent and hard work of many volunteers, we will once again be celebrating together in Central London with gala event. I hope you will join us for this black-tie optional party on Monday, January 21, 2013. If you'd like to volunteer to help make the Inaugural Ball a night to remember, there are still plenty of ways to get involved (read further in the newsletter for details).

DAUK has a wide variety of activities coming up in 2013. Please watch the monthly newsletters and emails, and mark your calendars and join us – your participation makes all the difference.

All the best during this holiday season,

Rob Carolina
Chair, Democrats Abroad UK

JANUARY 2013 DAUK EVENTS

Wednesday, January 16, from 6:30 p.m.
DAUK LGBT Group Pre-Inauguration Celebration
Place: Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA
(Upstairs in the Champagne Bar, which we have for our exclusive use)
Guest speaker: Todd Foreman, Councillor for Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea


Todd Foreman has had a very interesting journey from being an LGBT American expat in London to becoming a British citizen and being elected as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. His talk is entitled, "Over the Rainbow: A gay Kansas-born Democrat finds his home in British Politics". Todd will be comparing US and UK approaches to LGBT issues. 

Free admission, but please RSVP to: lgbt@democratsabroad.org.uk

Friday, January 18
DAUK Yorkshire-Humber Pre-Inauguration Event
Mark your calendar for a special DAUK Yorkshire-Humber event in Leeds. Local members will receive an email with full details.

Contact: yorkshirehumber@democratsabroad.org.uk

Monday, January 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Democrats Abroad London Inaugural Ball 2013
Celebrate the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden with a stellar night featuring a reception, a three-course seated dinner, a screening of the Inauguration, live music, full cash bar, and dancing until late. Black tie optional.

Place: Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Terrace,
Bayswater, London W2 2TY
(Across from Hyde Park)

General admission: £125
Concession*: £62.50
Host Committee (admits two): £500
Host Committee Table (admits ten): £1125
*Seniors, Active-duty Military, Students with ID. Concession tickets are limited in number.

To buy your tickets and for full purchasing details, please go to
http://dauk-2013-london-inaugural.eventbrite.co.uk

All tickets must be paid for in advance. No purchases at the door. Non-US citizen guests are most welcome, but tickets can be purchased ONLY by US citizens and qualified permanent resident aliens.
Full details at: http://dauk-2013-london-inaugural.eventbrite.co.uk

Democrats Abroad UK is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. Any financial surplus from this event will be used by DAUK to advance our mission of voter outreach, registration, and education, as we continue to help Americans participate in the US political process.

RECURRING DAUK EVENTS

Wednesday, January 16
Young Professionals Network Night
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Union Pub, 88-90 George Street, W1U 8PA
(between Baker Street and Gloucester Place)
Details: youngdems@democratsabroad.org.uk

***Speakeasies in London, Oxford and Cambridge will be on hiatus in January, but will resume in February.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE DEMOCRATS ABROAD INAUGURAL BALL IN LONDON

Once again, Democrats Abroad UK is coming together to celebrate the success of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with an exciting Inaugural Ball on January 21. There are lots of ways for you to get involved and help make this Inaugural Ball the best party in town. Interested? Contact events@democratsabroad.org.uk or phone 020 3514 1410 x 901.

VOTER SURVEY

Do you know if your vote from abroad was counted? Answer our voter survey today. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete a brief survey of your 2012 voting experience. The survey results will be presented to legislators and others so as to improve the overseas voting experience.

Democrats Abroad want to hear from you, whether you are sure that your ballot was counted, were unable to cast a ballot, or fall somewhere in between. If the survey link here does not work, copy and paste the following into your web browser:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VoterSurvey_2012

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