Member At Large

  • published DANL 2019 Election Candidate Statements in News 2019-03-17 04:22:05 -0400

    DANL 2019 Election Candidate Statements

    Chair:

    Kendra Borgen-

    I’m very eager to serve once again as the Chair for Democrats Abroad Netherlands. Since joining the Executive Committee 4 years ago I've worked tirelessly to bring the American community together to get out the vote and encourage people to be involved. As we move towards the 2020 elections it's important to increase voter turnout and help restore order to the White House. In a time when elections are literally being decided by one vote (looking at you Virginia) the fact the only around 15% of the 6 million voting Americans abroad vote in elections is saddening. We can do better. I hope to inspire people to get involved and get out the vote! 

    I stand proudly on my current achievements as Chair. DANL has executed great fundraisers in the last 2 years to help DA globally get votes. We've also raised funds for new posters and banner sets, hoping to use these sets to develop smaller chapters outside Amsterdam and the Randstad. 

    If re-elected as Chair I intend to continue in with these developments and am looking forward help grow our membership. Thank you for your consideration.

    Legal Counsel:

    Ethan Nasr-

    Prior to moving to Amsterdam with my family in April 2018, I’ve been a government attorney in different roles over the past 15 years. I started as a municipal attorney for the City of Oakland, California, then worked for the judiciary as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before transitioning into the Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services where I worked on refugee and asylum law. 

    In these various positions, I’ve spent considerable time analyzing and revising regulations, guidelines, and other policy documents which I believe to be directly relevant experience for the role of legal counsel for Democrats Abroad. I also had the opportunity to speak with outgoing counsel, Jeff Rupp, about the position at the January 27th, 2019 meeting to make sure I could meet the demands of the role.

     I’ve been active in democratic politics for the past 25 years since first joining my college democrats student group. Over the years, I’ve volunteered my time to various local and federal candidates for phone banking, door-knocking, and get out the vote campaigns. I think we’re all newly energized by the ever-unfolding disaster that is the Trump administration and his Republican enablers and how we can direct that energy toward increasing our representation as American voters here in the Netherlands. 

    Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy for the role of legal counsel.

    Treasurer:

    Stephan Paine-

    Originally from San Diego, California, I have been a Dutch resident for the last eight years and am currently a Lecturer at the Breda University of Applied Sciences within the Creative Business degree program. I have been quite involved with Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL) over the past year, working together with a small group of DA volunteers in organizing meet-ups in North Brabant and organizing a voter registration/information booth at the expat fair in Eindhoven. While a resident of San Diego, I went door-to-door for the John Kerry presidential campaign, soliciting donations and discussing campaign issues with potential voters. My support of the Democratic Party goes back a long way.

    My goal for the role of Treasurer is simple, to get Democrats elected in 2020 by supporting the efforts of DANL and the DA get-out-the-vote initiative. If elected, I will use my knowledge and skills towards this purpose. My commitment is strong and I’m motivated by a desire to see America become a place of equality and respect.

    I feel that I am an excellent candidate for the role of Treasurer because of my integrity and attention to detail. I am also an MBA graduate from the State University of New York, Buffalo. I have the required time to invest in this endeavor and promise to make this very important 2020 election a personal priority.

    I hope you will support my candidacy for Treasurer and I look forward to meeting you at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

    Member-at-large:

    Ingrid Lanz-

    I have always felt that participation in the democratic process is an essential part of living in the U.S. Now that I'm no longer living in the U.S., I feel this even more - I want to maintain my ties to my home country and help nurture our democracy in whatever way is possible from afar.

    When I lived in the US, I was very active as a phone banker during voting season, door-knocker on Capitol Hill and with my local representatives - and even a door-to-door neighborhood campaigner for candidates from Gore to Obama.

    I also worked in the Democratic convention office for two months preparing for Obama's election in 2008. For the past 3 years, I've watched my country from abroad - and when I don't feel like weeping about what's happening to the democratic process, I'm angry - but now I want to take action. I'd like to see what a few of us determined expats can do and maybe surprise those who think we don't care. I'd be honored if you elected me to be a member at-large.


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  • is hosting DANL Annual General Meeting 2019 2019-02-18 15:05:32 -0500

    DANL Annual General Meeting 2019

    Our annual general meeting is where we get together to evaluate what we've done and plan for the year ahead. This year, we'll also hold elections for our Executive Committee. And we'll welcome back Andy Tanenbaum (the 'Votemaster' of Electoral-Vote.com) to hear his take on the 2020 presidential candidates!

    Welcome: 3:30pm
    Meeting: 4:00-5:30pm

    We'll be communicating more details in our membership mailings as the meeting approaches. For info about running for a board position, please contact info@democratsabroad.org.
    WHEN
    April 13, 2019 at 3:30pm
    WHERE
    TBD
    Amsterdam, NH
    Netherlands
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • Voting By Proxy for the 2017 Annual General Meeting

    We strongly encourage all members to attend the AGM as a quorum is necessary to validate the election results. All members who joined DANL before 11 March are eligible to vote by proxy (you can find the form here). New members can vote in person on 25 March, provided they have joined any time up to an hour before the meeting, or by 14.00. Proxies can be downloaded, signed and handed to a designee attending the AGM. One designee can have no more than two proxies for voting.

    Additionally, the minutes to the 2016 AGM can be found here.


  • published 2017 Annual General Meeting Proxy Form in News 2017-03-05 14:51:00 -0500

    2017 Annual General Meeting Proxy Form

    Important Notice Regarding the 2017 DANL AGM -

    The 2017 AGM Proxy Form can be found here.

     


  • 2019 Executive Committee Position Descriptions

    Chair

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands’ bylaws state: The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of DANL; shall call and preside at all meetings of the membership and of the Executive Committee; and shall have overall responsibility for all activities approved and conducted by DANL. The Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, with full voting privileges thereon.

    Purpose: To provide overall direction for the activities of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL).

    Accountabilities: Overall responsibility to help formulate DANL’s goals and strategic direction and ensure it achieves these. The Chair is expected (but not required) to attend Democrats Abroad International’s annual regional and global meetings and reports to the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional Chair and the International Chair.

    Dimensions: Represent DANL, communicate its goals, and maintain and foster good relations with the DANL membership, Democrats Abroad International, the American expat community at large, the local and international media, the Dutch political and social community. Promote and expand local activities.

    Estimated time required: 
    In general: about 5 hours per week 
    Presidential election year: 10-20 hours per week

    Financial commitment: All travel and many incidental expenses are out of pocket.

    Recommended experience and qualifications: Experience with organizational leadership, good representation and communications skills, management ability and the ability to create synergy within diverse groups and interests.

    Key competences: Articulate, public speaking, visionary, leadership, inclusive, positive, flexible, team player, good social skills


    Vice Chair

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands’ bylaws state: In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall call and preside at general membership meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee; and may attend and vote at meetings of committees in the Chair’s absence. The Vice-Chair shall further have such other duties as the Chair shall define and delegate. Additional requirement: The Vice-Chair must be the opposite sex of the Chairperson.

    Purpose: To assist the Chair in identifying, promoting and supporting the goals of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL).

    Accountabilities: To stand in for the Chair as and when needed. To organize and attend DANL and third party events.

    Dimensions: Represent DANL, communicate its goals, and maintain and foster good relations with the DANL membership, Democrats Abroad International, the American expat community at large, the local and international media, the Dutch political and social community. Promote and expand local activities.

    Estimated time required: 
    In general: 5-10 hours per week 
    Presidential election year: 10-15 hours per week

    Financial commitment: All travel and many incidental expenses are out of pocket.

    Special challenges: The vice-chair is also expected (but not required) to attend Democrats Abroad International’s annual regional and/or global meetings, at personal expense.

    Recommended experience and qualifications: Past and/or current membership in voluntary and/or community organizations. Ability to take initiative as well as follow the Chair’s lead.

    Key competences: Articulate, public speaking, visionary, leadership, inclusive, positive, flexible, team player, good social skills

    Recommendation: A willingness to speak to the media, the ability to lead and inspire others.


    Secretary

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands' bylaws state: The Secretary shall maintain a current list of the members of Democrats Abroad Netherlands which shall include a member's name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone number(s), U.S. voting district/State and other such information as the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) requires. The Secretary shall take minutes of all membership and Executive Committee meetings and maintain all files and administrative records of DANL.

    Purpose: To maintain a current, valid and complete list of DANL members. To maintain the records of DANL, including minutes of all meetings, files and administrative records.

    Accountabilities: Responsible for processing membership requests and verifying the accuracy of DANL membership records; maintenance of all other official records of DANL

    Dimensions: Receive, respond to, and/or distribute queries from DANL applicants and members by email/phone/post. The DANL Secretary is also expected to attend DANL events and to represent DANL at third party events such as voter registration drives, fairs, receptions and other means of promoting the organization and its goals.

    Time requirement: In general: 1-5 hours per week; 5-10 hours per week during election years.

    Recommended experience and qualifications: Working knowledge of (or willingness to learn) web-based databases and CRM (customer relation management) software.

    Key competencies: Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented, computer-literate, team player, flexible.


    Treasurer

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands’ bylaws state: The Treasurer shall manage the finances of DANL; prepare periodic financial reports to the membership; and prepare and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law, including without limitation any laws and regulations of the United States and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them.

    Purpose: To maintain the financial records of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL), and ensure that all appropriate donation records are kept in accordance with the campaign finance rules that pertain to DANL.

    Accountabilities: Maintain bank and other accounts, ensure that all finance records on file are kept in such a manner that they are easily retrievable and reviewable. Prepare reports for each Executive Committee meeting (for examination by the Executive Committee) and at the Annual General Meetings (for examination by the membership), in which all information on income and expenses must be reported.

    Dimensions: The Treasurer is expected to attend DANL events and to represent DANL at third party events such as voter registration drives, fairs, receptions and other means of promoting the organization and its goals. Promote and expand local activities.

    Estimated time required: 
    In general: 1 – 8 hours per week 
    Presidential election year (and when receivables/payables traffic is higher): more than 8 hours per week

    Financial commitment: All travel and many incidental expenses are out of pocket.

    Recommended experience and qualifications: Knowledge of the Dutch banking system and online payment systems (such as PayPal), knowledge of campaign finance regulations

    Key competences: Organizational and financial skills, team player, good social skills


    Counsel

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands’ bylaws state: The Counsel shall advise the Executive Committee and its individual officers on legal and procedural questions relating to Democrats Abroad Netherlands and its activities. The Counsel shall consult with the International Counsel from time to time on emergent matters, when needed or requested by the Chair or the Executive Committee

    Purpose: Advise on legal issues, e.g. compliance with U.S. Federal Election Law, campaign finance law, etc.

    Accountabilities: Any and all legal correspondence, claims, or charges. Legal advice to protect and support the goals of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL)

    Dimensions: Primary interaction is within the Executive Committee and with any official institution focused on legal issues or tasks. The Counsel is also expected to attend DANL events and to represent DANL at third party events such as voter registration drives, fairs, receptions and other means of promoting the organization and its goals. Promote and expand local activities.

    Time Requirements: 
    In general: 1-5 hours per week 
    Presidential election year: 5-10 hours per week

    Special challenges: Some of the most challenging legal questions arise because the chapter operates outside the United States, and election law places strict limits on dealings with non-U.S. citizens and corporations, particularly with respect to accepting donations.

    Financial commitment: All travel and incidental expenses are out of pocket

    Recommended experience and qualifications: Legal expertise or training

    Key competences: Thorough, responsible, team player


    Members-at-Large

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands’ bylaws state: Two Members-at-Large [will be] elected from among the eligible members of the organization. 

    Purpose: To act as a sounding board and give input at executive committee (excom) meetings. Support the goals of Democrats Abroad Netherlands (DANL)

    Accountabilities: Any tasks mutually agreed upon within the Executive Committee (excom).

    Dimensions: Interact with the other board members within the excom as well as foster and maintain good relations within the DANL and American expat community. Promote and expand local activities.

    Time Requirements: 
    In general: 1 or more hours per week 
    Presidential election year: 5-15 hours per week

    Financial commitment: All travel and many incidental expenses are out of pocket.

    Special challenge: As this position is not defined, members-at-large should be self-motivating and flexible, and be able to recognize, create and execute supportive tasks and roles within DANL.

    Key competences: Team-player, open-minded, responsible, good personality 


  • published Executive Committee Elections 2019 in News 2017-02-04 14:37:02 -0500

    Executive Committee Elections 2019

    All members are welcome!

    Every two years, all positions on the DANL Executive Committee (Excom) come up for election. On behalf of the DANL Nominations and Election Committee, I’d like to inform you that candidates will present themselves and voting will take place at:

    The DANL Annual General Meeting and Elections Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Time: 3:30 ­ 5:30 PM    Location: TBD

    All ExCom positions are up for election.

    Want to find out more about the different Excom positions? Click here for more details.

    -Chair­ -Vice Chair­ -Secretary­ -Treasurer­ -Counsel­ -2 Members-­at-­Large

     

     

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  • published PRESS RELEASE in News 2016-09-14 02:47:18 -0400

    PRESS RELEASE

     

    For immediate release
    September 13, 2016
    Newsdesks


    U.S. Democrats in the Netherlands to cast deciding votes to elect Clinton and a Democratic Congress?

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands mobilizing U.S. citizen voters ahead of deadlines to request overseas absentee ballots


    Democrats Abroad is currently helping Americans in the Netherlands request their ballots for the U.S. general election this November. U.S. citizens can get help at in-person events and through our online tool, votefromabroad.org. In the next month, members of Democrats Abroad in cities across the Netherlands will be registering voters at weekly events, phone banking members, and will be on hand to answer voter questions at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair at the Beurs van Berlage October 2.  This mirrors the efforts of Democrats Abroad around the world, whose chapters are hard at work supporting the 6.7 million U.S. citizens living abroad who are eligible to vote this year.  These efforts include social media outreach and phone banking to members of Democrats Abroad, which for the first time is being conducted and co-ordinated online. At a global level, the DemocratsAbroad.org Help Desk is also providing 24/7 voter assistance to anyone who has questions about how to register and where to send their ballot.

    Jeff Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands said:
    "Democrats living in the Netherlands are working hard to make sure every American knows how to request a ballot and that they get their ballot returned in time for it to count. We want to ensure Americans also understand the stakes in this election and that Hillary is the choice for everyone who wants to make sure Trump doesn’t undo all the gains President Obama fought so hard for with health care, marriage equality, and a recovering economy after the worst recession in any of our lifetimes. Because of these efforts, we expect more votes to be cast from U.S. citizens in the Netherlands than in 2008 or 2012."


    Katie Solon, International Chair of Democrats Abroad said:
    "Democrats Abroad makes it easy for Americans to vote around the world through our online voter registration site votefromabroad.org, our global outreach and our voter help desk. We are seeing a huge increase in voter registration this year and anticipate a record turnout in November.”  

    For more information and interview requests, contact Megan Janicke +31 0611417369

     


  • published Memorial Day 2016 in News 2016-05-31 15:47:23 -0400

    Memorial Day 2016

    On behalf of Democrats Abroad Netherlands, DANL Chair Jeff Rupp laid a wreath at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Limburg.

    8,301 American soldiers who died in World War II are buried there, and 1,722 soldiers missing in action are honored at this vast cemetery of 65 acres.

    It was a moving ceremony, where wreaths were laid by representatives of NATO member-States and many civil organizations. We can be proud of the ultimate sacrifice that so many of our compatriots made for our freedom.

     


  • Americans in the Netherlands help select Democratic Presidential candidate

    • U.S. Democrats living in the Netherlands can vote in person for their favorite candidate on March 6 and 7at a Global Presidential Primary voting site
    • Americans living in the Netherlands can also vote now by postal ballot, email or fax
    • The Netherlands is one of more than 40 around the world hosting in-person voting

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands, the official arm of the Democratic Party outside the United States, has launched its campaign to help Americans citizens living abroad to nominate the U.S. Democratic Party's Presidential nominee. (1) 

    Any Democrat living abroad (2) can take part in the Global Presidential Primary by joining Democrats Abroad via its webpage or the dedicated voter registration/ballot request tool, VoteFromAbroad.org. Membership is free.

    There are two opportunities for Americans in the Netherlands to vote in the Global Presidential Primary:

    • On March 6 and 7, Democrats can vote in person at dedicated Global Presidential Primary voting sites in Amsterdam and the Hague. Site details and polling hours are below.
    • From now until March 8, Democrats who are unable to attend a voting site can vote remotely via postal ballot, email attachment or fax. Details at democratsabroad.org. (3)

    After March 8, the votes of Democrats living in over 190 countries worldwide will be counted. Any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast will be awarded delegates in proportion to their support in the Global Presidential Primary.

    Democrats Abroad will have 17 delegate votes at the Democratic Convention, held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016. (4)

    From the Netherlands, Democratic National Committee member Bob Bragar will be attending the convention in Philadelphia as a delegate. He said, "This year's Republican candidates are more extreme and dangerous than ever before. While Democrats offer hope, Republicans give us fear. For the safety of the planet, we urgently need to elect Democrats this year. Every Democrat needs to get out and vote."

    "We are at the start of the U.S. state primary season. The Democratic and Republican Parties will be making their choices for their Presidential candidates" said Jeff D. Rupp, Chair of Democrats Abroad Netherlands. "The DA Global Primary will give our members a chance to cast an in-person ballot from abroad for their candidate. Any qualified American can participate by joining Democrats Abroad."

    For more information: contact Robbie Checkoway, Media Contact, Democrats Abroad Netherlands, at robbie@mokum.org or +31 6 13 06 78 56

     

    Global Primary - Amsterdam

    Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:00 - 6:00pm

    ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11

    Amsterdam 1012 XK 

    Global Primary - The Hague

    Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00pm

    ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23

    The Hague 2511 CM 

     

    Notes

    1. Democrats Abroad is unique: unlike the Republicans, Democrats Abroad's leadership is elected by the organization's members, and only Democrats Abroad holds a dedicated primary, which allows the members living in more than 190 countries around the world the opportunity to record their presidential preference and directly affect the Democratic Party's choice of its nominee.
    2. To be eligible, voters must be US citizens and 18 as of November 8. Democrats living overseas can vote for a Presidential candidate in either the Global Presidential Primary or their home state's equivalent via absentee ballots. They cannot vote in both.
    3. Democrats Abroad holds a combination of regional and worldwide caucus meetings from April 12-May 13, 2016, to choose who will be the delegates to the Democratic National Convention. These meetings will culminate in Democrats Abroad's Global Convention in Berlin on May 14-15, 2016
    4. Democrats Abroad will send a total of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. The thirteen elected delegates will be pledged to a candidate. Eight more will be Democrats Abroad's members on the Democratic National Committee. These eight delegates each have half a vote, therefore giving Democrats Abroad a total of 17 delegate votes at the convention. A detailed summary of the process of selecting delegates as well as our Diversity Program for those who wish to run to be a delegate can be found at our new website, democratsabroad.org.

  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad Netherlands! in News 2016-01-18 16:05:07 -0500

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Netherlands!



    Democrats Abroad Netherlands
     is one of 70 country groups around the world, organizing local events and activities to encourage participation in the U.S. political process. 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

    Voter outreach
    Our volunteers are trained to help all Americans exercise their right to vote from overseas. We assist at events, and have also been part of the driving force behind the creation of the online voter registration tool,www.VoteFromAbroad.org - an easy-to-use program that respects your privacy (no information is collected or stored). If you would like to volunteer to help, contact us by email

    Guest speakers
    Our past guests have included former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, best-selling author William Rivers Pitt award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast, Professor Andy Tanenbaum of electoral-vote.com and LGBT activist Dan Choi

    Community
    Join our Facebook group - or sign up for the International Democrats Abroad Facebook page to interact with members around the world!

    Want to know more?
    Contact us for more information on who we are, what we are doing in the Netherlands and how you can get involved.

    Kendra Borgen, Chair

    Democrats Abroad Netherlands

     

    Image credit: Geert Heuvels (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)