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DA Chile Annual Meeting and Election of Officers - May 25

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Democrats Abroad Chile will be held May 25, 2019 at the location and time noted just below.  The agenda of the meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of the accounts and the report of the Chairperson and the Treasurer for the preceding calendar year
  2. Election of Officers
  3. Approval of revisions to the DA Chile By-laws
  4. Other such business as may be properly brought before the Executive Committee

 

When: May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Where: 129, Av. Holanda

Please RSVP here

 

Election of Officers

Nominations Open: March 13, 2019

Nominations are now open for Democrats Abroad Chile Executive Committee Officers. If you are interested in serving or wish to nominate someone, please contact the Nominations Committee at david@colfaxcommunications.com, attention David Galvin, or see specific directions below.  Here are the positions and duties:

 

Article V: Officers

The Executive Committee of the organization shall be the following officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel to the Committee. An effort shall be made to promote diversity among the elected officials.

 

Article VI: Chairperson

The Chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, establishing the agenda of such meetings, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chairperson shall sit ex-officio on all committees and subcommittees of the organization including Standing Committees, with full voting privileges. The Chair may appoint and remove deputies, assistant officers, honorary Officers, committee leaders, having such duties as he/she shall designate, subject to ratification by the members of the Executive Committee at the next meeting of the Executive Committee.

 

Article VII: Vice-Chairperson

In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chairperson shall have such other duties as the Chairperson shall define.  NOTE: The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson shall be of a different sex.  This is mandatory.

 

Article VII: Secretary

The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members of the organization (containing the name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and U.S. voting district/State and such other information as the DPCA may from time to time require), minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization. The minutes books shall be open for inspection by members.

Article IX: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, maintain its financial reports to members and make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law (including without limitation the laws and regulations of the United States or the Chilean tax authorities, and the several States applicable to political parties and contributions to them). All such records shall be open for inspection by members. The Treasurer shall consult with the International Treasurer of Democrats Abroad from time to time on matters concerning the maintenance of financial records and financial reporting (notably to the United States Federal Election Commission).

 

Article X: Counsel

The Counsel shall be available for consultation by the Committee or its officers on legal and procedural questions relating to Democrats Abroad Chile and its activities. The Counsel shall consult with the International Counsel from time to time on emergent matters, including notably questions on voting issues and financial record keeping.

 

Nominations close: May 8, 2019

Notification of nominations: May 11, 2019

Any member not nominated by the Nominating Committee may declare or nominate another member as a candidate for any office in writing, including email if sent from the member’s email address, and with a second from one other member, until May 8, 2019.  A brief statement and qualifications must be included. As we are accepting voted ballots by email, nominations from the floor during the annual meeting will not be accepted.

 

Approval of By-laws

Members will be asked to approve the DA Chile By-laws.  The By-laws had not been updated since 2011 and in many cases did not include mandatory changes from DA International.  Notable changes include:

  • Dates were adjusted to coincide with the calendar approved by DA International
  • A requirement was added to state the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson must be of a different sex.
  • The requirement to have two elected Members at Large as members of the Executive Committee was eliminated
  • The process for establishing residency for voters or candidates was clarified
  • The definition of a quorum for meetings was changed from 5% of the membership to 10 members
  • The procedure for joining Democrats Abroad Chile was harmonized with DA International procedures

Copies of the April 2011 By-laws and the proposed revised 2019 By-laws are available to verified members on request by emailing a request to Christopher Meek, Vice-Chairperson, at okchile1@gmail.com

 

Ballots

Ballots will be sent to verified members: May 11, 2019

To be eligible to vote, you must have been a registered member of DA and residing in Chile either (a) no
less than 1 hour before the scheduled meeting time, or (b) for ballots submitted by mail or email, no less than 14 days prior to the election meeting.

Email ballots must be returned to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee, David Galvin, david@colfaxcommunications.com no later than 2pm, local time, May 25, 2019.  Ballots delivered after that time will not be counted.  The Chairman will hold all ballots unopened until the count, which will take place during the annual meeting.  The count of ballots will be certified by an independent, non-candidate appointed by the Board.

 

Ballots will be retained for 30 days following the election.

Democrats Abroad Executive Committee

April 16, 2019

 

 


DA Chile Writes Letters For Resistance Winter*!

*Note that in Chile, we're in the Southern Hemisphere Winter rather than the Northern Hemisphere Summer!

Democrats Abroad Chile has been proud to have sponsored two letter-writing events these last few months where some 20 people wrote 40 letters to American Elected officials. On two chilly nights in Santiago, members and supporters joined together in writing letters to senators, congresspeople, governors, and local elected officials about the issues that matter to Democrats, Americans, and indeed all human beings. Some of the topics of our letters included health care, climate change, LGBT rights, immigration, education, and non-resident taxation. We used our unique perspective as Americans living in Chile to illuminate the issues and make recommendations as to how to move forward with policies and laws that would help solve the problems of our world.  

With an American presidency in shambles, a Congressional leadership without a moral or rational compass, and millions of people living in fear of the rhetoric, goals, and cruelty of many of the Republicans in power in the US, we think it important to stay engaged and help with our goals of the #resistance until our party can take hold the reigns of government and right its course.

Enjoy pictures of our successful event here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xVTvyS7mXWWx4OBg2

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Report on DA Chile Annual General Meeting

Democrats Abroad Chile also held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, and it was clear that our members are fired up and ready to get to work to fight the Trump agenda and prepare for 2018! We listened to your suggestions - keep an eye out for our upcoming events. Meeting minutes are attached for those that couldn't make it. DA Chile is also happy to announce that the following members have been elected to our Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term: Brittany Brown (Chair), Josh Tan (Vice Chair and IT Lead), Mary Laverty (Treasurer), Alli Engle (Secretary), Erin Becker (DA Patagonia Lead), Giselle Gibbons (Fundraising Lead), and Penelope Knuth (Community Outreach Lead).

https://www.scribd.com/document/347310418/DA-Chile-AGM-Meeting-Minutes-04182017


Announcing Creation of Democrats Abroad Patagonia

Democrats Abroad Chile is excited to announce its first regional group, Democrats Abroad Patagonia.

 

Members will meet to discuss politics and policy, host voter registration drives, volunteer for Democratic candidates, engage with other progressive groups in the community, and––of course––have a good time with like-minded Americans!

 

Initial meetings will be held in the Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt area. The group hopes to expand to more areas in the South of Chile, and even cross the border to foster relationships with Democrats in Argentina.

 

In an area so rich with natural beauty, Democrats Abroad Patagonia also plans to be a strong voice for environmental issues within the global Democrats Abroad community.

 

Get involved! If you live or spend time in the south of Chile, please send an email to the DA Patagonia lead, Erin Becker: becker.erin.e@gmail.com.

 

Additionally, if you know someone who lives in the south of Chile and may be interested, please share the news about this group.


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address by March 8.
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address. 
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to PrimaryVoting@democratsabroad.org

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2


DA Chile Intro

Photo by Jon Mould

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Chile!

DACL is the official country committee for US Democrats living in the Chile. 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 Chile please contact us.

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