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Montreal 2021 AGM update

DA Montreal Election results:

All members of the board were uncontested for their positions and so will be returning for the 2021-23 term.

Chair – Randi Weitzner

Vice Chair – Gib Primeau

Secretary – Deb Lazar

Treasurer – Brent Jamsa

We had good attendance at our AGM. Beyond a recap of last year’s activities plus the elections, we also presented the concept of project managers – small, often time limited positions that volunteers might want to consider.  We have already received interest in a few spots, but we can use more people.  Please take a look below and reach out to us at [email protected] if you are interested.

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2021 Montreal Board Candidate Statements

The Nominations and Elections Committee received the following candidate statements from Randi Weitzner for Chair and Debra Lazar for Secretary. These two names will appear on the ballot when distributed on March 15. There were no nominations submitted for Vice Chair and Treasurer. If you are interested in being considered for these spots, the NEC will be receiving names by floor nomination at the AGM on March 30.

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Notice of Montreal Chapter AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Montreal will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 7PM.  Respecting Covid protocols, the meeting will take place online.  Links to the meeting will be provided for all members who RSVP.


Montreal 2021 Board Elections

An important next step for the Montreal Chapter is to elect our Board for the 2021-2023 term.

You may serve a leadership role from anywhere in the chapter, whether you live in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke or Beaconsfield. As the Nominations and Elections Committee, we invite you to learn about the Board positions and to consider a nomination.

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VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN QUEBEC CITY

Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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VOTER ALERT: DROPPING OFF YOUR BALLOT AT THE U.S. CONSULATE IN MONTREAL

Submitting your sealed ballot to the U.S. Consulate:  We'd be happy to accept your sealed voting ballot! Once it is received, we will send it to election officials via diplomatic pouch. Please note that it may be faster for you to mail your ballot directly to election officials using the appropriate postage and the fastest method of mailing available. 

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MONTREAL CHAPTER PHONEBANKING CAMPAIGN STARTS THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE

We are inviting members to join us in our effort to call all of our DA Montreal members to remind them to REGISTER in their home state, REQUEST their absentee ballot and RETURN their ballot before Nov 3.  The three R's if you will.

To sign up for phonebanking, please click the TAKE ACTION button on the top bar and then scroll to phonebanking and follow the instructions.

We have planned two phonebanking training sessions so far.  SUNDAY, MAY 31 AT 7 PM and TUESDAY, JUNE 2 AT 7:30 PM.  Please email the chapter chair at randiwdamontreal.gmail.com and tell us which date you prefer.  You will be sent Zoom details after you RSVP.


DEMS, DRINKS & DEBATES


ANOTHER DEBATE WATCH!!

COME JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 19 AT 8PM AT HURLEY'S TO WATCH THE DEBATE.  SEE EVENTS SECTION TO RSVP.

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THANKSGIVING THEMED DEBATE WATCH ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2019

I am including the text of a recent email to members below in an effort to drum up enthusiasm among "the troops" to get more involved and more active in DA Montreal's efforts to get out the vote in 2020.  We have slowly been building interest in our efforts over the last few months, but look for that to ramp up in 2020.  We have the DA Presidential Global Primary in March, a DA event in Toronto in May, and of course the actual election in November.

In order for our chapter to be successful (and that means Democratic wins in 2020) there is no doubt in my mind that  I need more of you, ALL of you, to help me.  Help in any way you can - volunteer your professional talents - graphics, marketing, entertainment, etc.  Volunteer your time at DA events (this is important for our Global Primary event).  Come to our events and talk with us about our plans for the future of our chapter.  

                                                     DA MONTREAL WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF OUR MEMBERS PARTICIPATE!

Thank you in advance,

Randi Weitzner


Members,

I really want to meet more of you and get our chapter moving in the right direction. It’s all about building relationships and building momentum as we head into 2020. I know it’s cold and getting downtown can be a pain, but I have been learning that face to face contact with members is a very important way to motivate members. So, please come and join us on Wednesday.

I can imagine most of you have been watching the impeachment hearings either in full or in bits and pieces. And yet, when I talk to people who might have a more “studied” view of these proceedings (an MSNBC contributor and a professor of political science) I hear them say things like “don’t be surprised if Trump is able to get re-elected in 2020”. Really?? Personally, I am shocked to hear this, but it also hardens my resolve to make sure we reach out to each and every American Democrat living in Montreal and ensure that they vote from abroad. That may be all we can do to effect a change and so as DA members we all have to work together to make sure we do the most effective outreach we can.

All that said, please come to Hurley’s on Wednesday. We are having some “US Thanksgiving” treats. If you have any Thanksgiving decorations, bring them along. I so enjoy talking to members and have gotten some great ideas and help from so many of you after to talking with you at past events.

Randi Weitzner

[email protected]

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ANOTHER DEMS AND DRINKS

TAKE A LOOK AT THE UPCOMING EVENTS SECTION BELOW TO SEE THE DETAILS ON OUR NEXT DEMS AND DRINKS.

Our last Dems and Drinks was a lot of fun. We had a combination of new and “old” members in attendance and everyone seemed to have a good time getting to know each other and talking politics. The DA Montreal executive talked about doing another debate watch, but we decided that it might be more effective to have another DEMS AND DRINKS event which will give us the opportunity to talk WITH each other about the debate issues instead of straining to see and hear what is happening on a distant TV screen. We can also discuss the Climate Change town hall recently broadcast on CNN. So many issues to talk about.

The details of the next Dems and Drinks are below in the EVENTS section. I would encourage all members to try and clear their schedules to join us for what I know will be an interesting evening. We can talk AND drink – doesn’t get much better than that!

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