Geneva Donation Drive

November has two great holidays: one offers Americans an opportunity to honor our US servicemen and women and the other to give thanks for our good fortune. 

Just a few hours north of us is the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the US. On any given week there are around 100 active or recovering soldiers there. Some quickly return to their duty station, others can be there for a lot longer. 

The Wounded Warrior Project and fellow support organizations in Landstuhl work with the soldiers to make their unexpected stay in Germany as comfortable as they can. Simple pleasures like Crocs and cozy hoodies, or vitals like socks and boxers can make a difference. 

The Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad is running a donation drive from Veterans Day to right after Thanksgiving. We warmly invite our members to RDV with us from 10:00-13:00 at any of the following locations:

Saturday 13th Balexert, Geneva
Sunday 14th Gare Cornavin, Geneva
Saturday 20th La Combe, Nyon
Sunday 21st Lausanne Gare, Lausanne
Saturday 27th Aubonne Outlets
Sunday 28th Belair Centre, Yverdon-les-Bains

To get precise location on each day join the DACH-GVA Chapter WhatsApp group:

The A, B, C’s of the items needed:  
ALL NEW (for health reasons, used clothing cannot be accepted)
Boxers, L 
Briefs, all sizes
Crocs or sneakers, all sizes
Duffel bags (no logos)
Long sleeve t-shirts, unisex
Nothing 2XL or 3XL
Pajamas (lightweight, S, M)
Socks (black, all sizes)
Sweatpants, M
Sweatshirts (no logos, S, M)
T-shirts (no logos, not white)

Working together, we can make a huge difference in the lives and recuperation of our fellow Americans abroad!

Say Hello to the New Geneva Leaders!

The Geneva chapter held their AGM on April 25 and elected a new slate of leaders:

Office Name Email
Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Emily T. Blitz [email protected]
Geneva Chapter Co-Chair Peter Butterfield [email protected]
Geneva Chapter Member-at-Large Michael Williams [email protected]

2021 DACH Geneva Elections: Here are our Nominees

Notice of Meeting and Agenda
Democrats Abroad Switzerland, Geneva Chapter
Sunday, April 25, 2021
13h30 - 16h

The Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) Geneva Chapter 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the election of the 2021-2023 Geneva Chapter Leadership will take place during the 2021 DACH Geneva Chapter AGM on Sunday, April 25, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices announced for election are:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Two individuals submitted notice of interest and statements to the NEC and have proposed to stand for election as co-chairs of the Geneva chapter. We thank them for coming forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.

We will accept nominations from the floor for Secretary and Treasurer. You can see descriptions of these jobs here.

Proposed Agenda, Subject to Change

  • Welcome
  • Roll call - online check-in
  • Year in Review report
  • Short description of positions
  • Thanks to outgoing officers
  • Candidate statements
  • Elections
  • Welcome of new officers
  • Presentation and discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in DACH
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

Voting Method

Meeting attendees who are DA members as of Friday, April 23, may vote.

If you cannot attend the Zoom meeting, it is possible to vote by proxy. Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 23, and send the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

Election Process

At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Because the nominations for chair have presented themselves as a co-chair team, meeting participants will be asked to approve the candidacy of the two nominees for co-chair. The candidates will then be given five minutes to address the members.

For offices with zero nominees (only), nominations for office may be made from the floor. All candidates will be given five minutes to address the members.

List of Candidates

Emily T. Blitz (Candidate for Co-Chair)

I am originally from New Jersey, living abroad for nearly all of the last 23 years. I have called Switzerland home since 2004, when I joined DACH. Despite the distance, I have remained involved in U.S. issues throughout the years living overseas. I was DACH National Secretary from 2006-2009. During my tenure, we more than doubled our membership, expanded the website, successfully pioneered internet voting at the Global Primary, and established local chapters. I also served as National Treasurer from 2013-2015, during which time we increased DACH funds year-on-year by 20 per cent.

Professionally, I am a conference specialist with rapidly growing experience in managing a wide variety of digital events. I live in Crassier (near Nyon) with my Dutch husband and our daughter.

I see serving as the Geneva Chapter co-chair as an interesting and excellent opportunity to expand my role in DACH again. As member of the Geneva Chapter Board, I feel I could contribute ideas and help chart the course that the Chapter could take in the coming years.

In addition to DACH, I previously served on the Board of The Condom Project, was the founding Board Secretary for GENDRO, and am currently the Independent Ethics & Integrity Counsel for Global Health 50/50. These previous experiences would prepare me for the roles and responsibilities involved.

If I am elected to serve, I would hope to continue the good work of my predecessors: developing membership, curating a varied program of fundraising and educational events, facilitating open conversations between local chapters in Switzerland and abroad, and helping our Geneva members make the most of this dynamic, though sometimes daunting, time.

Peter Butterfield (Candidate for Co-Chair)

I would like to serve as a co-Chair of the Geneva Chapter. Sharing the chair responsibility suits me well: I welcome having a leader’s say in setting the direction of chapter activities through the 2022 mid-term elections, but prefer to share leadership tasks with another person, especially when activities accelerate in election season.

I know how DA operates: I served as DA Switzerland Vice Chair 2013-2017. Since then I’ve stayed active to help DA advance its admirable mission, working in the national nominations/elections committee twice, serving as volunteer coordinator for the 2020 Geneva Global Presidential Primary, and continuing as a database admin and creator of email communications.

In the 2020 Presidential election, Dems Abroad helped achieve fabulous voters-abroad turnout, both in Switzerland and globally. We made a difference in Democratic victories all over the map. On-the-ground chapter activities played a key role. The newly-elected Switzerland Executive Committee has set outreach as a chief goal, to let Americans all over Switzerland learn about and join Democrats Abroad. As Chapter co-chair I will work to advance that outreach in the Geneva/Vaud region, with online and in-person activities that attract new members and keep current members engaged, on both the political and social levels. Tens of thousands of Americans live in this country, and although DA Switzerland is as large now as it’s ever been, there is plenty of opportunity to get more American expats to vote from abroad and join our activities here.

We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our local chapter events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

The online meeting will start at 13:30 PM and will last a maximum of 2.5 hours.

RSVP here or to [email protected] for the meeting details and instructions on how to join the meeting.

Geneva Chapter Call for Candidates 2021


In Summer 2020, Geneva Chapter members answered the call to get out the vote, and look what happened…now our work begins in earnest, and we ask for your participation once more to lead the Geneva chapter ahead for the all-important 2022 midterms! Become a part of the Geneva Chapter committee!


Every two years, the Democrats Abroad Geneva Chapter elects a new committee consisting of four positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Democrats Abroad is an organization which supports the Democratic Party agenda by registering U.S. citizens overseas to vote in elections, disseminating information about Democratic candidates and policies, and encourages political activism by assisting voters with their ballot submission, as well as involvement with political causes, such as those promoting social justice awareness, for example. 

Nominations Timeline and Eligibility

All active members of the DA Geneva Chapter are eligible and encouraged to run for a position. To submit your name for a position, please send an email to [email protected] by March 21st. 

On March 31st, candidates’ statements, bios, and voting procedures will be distributed via email, along with the notice of the general meeting. 

At the Annual General Meeting on April 25th, voting will take place electronically. 

If you are unsure of your active status, please email [email protected].

Position Descriptions: 
☆ Chair 

  • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to country and global committees as required
  • Engage in membership recruitment, retention, and outreach in the Geneva/Vaud/Suisse Romande region
  • Ensure that core work is being done and appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group
  • Represent DACH Geneva as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom) and report to the DACH ExCom on chapter activities
  • Work with the other DACH chapters, volunteers, and the DACH ExCom
  • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in the Geneva/Vaud/Suisse Romande region, and keep members informed about activities and events
  • Contribute to DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom

☆ Vice Chair 

  • Assist the Chair in all Geneva Chapter activities
  • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Substitute for the Chair when needed
  • Organize and conduct any scheduled Chapter meetings in the absence of the Chair
  • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
  • Represent DACH Geneva together with other Chapter members in media relations activities

☆ Secretary 

  • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee as necessary
  • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
  • Manage and maintain the Geneva Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
  • Ensure event advertising, internet, and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members

☆ Treasurer 

  • Manage the finances of DACH Geneva in agreement with the Geneva Chair and the DACH ExCom Treasurer
  • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
  • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
  • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
  • Educate the Geneva Chapter members on latest updates on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad

Nominations and Election Committee:

Laura Messenger, [email protected] 
Anne Grosset


New Geneva Emails!

Democrats Abroad Switzerland is very excited to announce our new email addresses. You can find the contact information for the Geneva committee on this page and the national committees here.

Office Name Email
Geneva Chair Laura Messenger [email protected]
Geneva Book Club Sam Carmalt & Anne Grosset-Pilloud [email protected]

Voter Registration Events in Geneva

DACH Geneva chapter is planning a number of voter registration events to be held during August and September. Here’s when we will be available to assist you: 

Saturdays from 4-6 pm in the Parc des Bastions (between the restaurant and children’s playground)
August 22, September 5, 12, 19, and 26

And on Sunday, August 30 at the Parc Mon-Repos (between the main entrance and the lake) during the Pizza in the Park event.

Be sure to check and the Facebook page for updates and additional venues.

How would you like to help the Geneva chapter register voters for this upcoming critical election? Let us know! If you have a specific date in mind, we can add you to the team! Newbies need not worry - we will train you beforehand and make sure you’re matched with an experienced registrar your first time out. To sign up or to ask questions, please contact Laura Messenger at [email protected]

Meet Your DACH Geneva Leaders! #DemsAbroadDay

Hello! Happy Saturday and Democrats Abroad Day!

This is the second annual DA Day, which celebrates all our members and what we do to excite and motivate voters around the world.

In honor of our day, we would like to introduce you to some of our leaders for the 2019-21 term!

You can learn more about all of our Geneva leaders here and check out our nationalBasel, and Zurich leaders as well!

DA Suisse Romande Intro


Welcome to Democrats Abroad Suisse Romande!

DA Suisse Romande is a chapter of DA Switzerland, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Switzerland. 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.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Suisse Romande, please contact us.

New! Join our DACH Suisse Romande WhatsApp group! You can contact the Suisse Romande leaders to be added to the group. Note that by joining this WhatsApp group, all members of the group will have access to your phone number.

Emily T. Blitz and Peter Butterfield, Chapter Co-Chairs
Democrats Abroad - Suisse Romande
[email protected] and [email protected]

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