It's time for a new beginning: the Berlin chapter elections for 2021-2023 officers will take place this Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 7pm. ►RSVP and scroll down for more details on candidates.
This is the last email newsletter from the Berlin chapter's current leadership team. We're looking forward to electing our successors on Wednesday. Here are a few words of farewell from each of us.
Diego Rivas, Chair
Resilient, opinionated, and progressive, the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad has grown so much these past four years. Not only has our membership doubled, but we have taken important and sustainable steps forward by implementing an elected chapter board and developing our kiez captain network. This was only possible thanks to all of the volunteers and their passion for change. We did our part in getting ‘45’ out of the White House and winning the House and Senate. I will fondly remember the laughs, lessons, discussions (yes, sometimes heated), but most importantly the community spirit of people from all walks of life uniting for a greater cause. It has been a pleasure. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing the chapter continue to grow and to keep in touch with everyone - see you at the next possible pub night.
Emily Lines, Vice Chair
This has been a wild 4 years and I can’t believe that my time as Vice Chair is coming to an end. I enjoyed working with everyone here in Berlin and I am impressed and proud of all the work and time all of our volunteers contributed. I hope that everyone continues to remain engaged and I look forward to continuing to work with the Berlin chapter in the years to come!
Amy Herr, GOTV Coordinator
It has been a wonderful four years volunteering as Events and GOTV Coordinator for our Berlin chapter. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know all of you, maintaining an active network, and helping many of you send in your ballots! I am excited to see what our chapter will do in the coming years, and look forward to the time that we can all meet again.
Theresa Gasinski, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator
I am continually impressed by all of the dedicated and passionate volunteers we have here in Berlin. There is always someone willing to wake up early on a blustery Saturday morning to help set up for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, learn the complicated voter registration rules to prepare for the Global Presidential Primary, or open up their home to other Democrats Abroad members for Kiez meetings. I'd like to thank you all for committing your time to help our chapter grow and create a sustainable network of politically-minded Americans doing their part to build an equitable and just future.
Powen Shiah, Communications & Press Officer
When I showed up at my first Democrats Abroad event, I never imagined I would end up volunteering myself for the next several years. It's been my small way of making sure I could look back on these strange and difficult times, knowing that I did my part to keeping a progressive light burning and to stand up for an inclusive and more just vision of the world. I'm looking forward to seeing how our community and movement grow in future. It's been so rewarding to be part of Democrats Abroad Berlin!
Berlin Chapter Elections
Upcoming EventsJoin us for the launch of the German Hispanic Caucus in partnership with the Global Hispanic Caucus! In observance of Hispanic Heritage month celebrations, we will be talking about what being Hispanic\Latinx can mean to each individual. We will have members of Democrats Abroad join to talk about what their Hispanic\Latinx identity means to them and how they celebrate it.During the last 15 minutes, we will have a segment of Chisme Check In to hang back and interact with the group.Looking forward to seeing you there!
If beer isn’t really your thing, but you still want to participate in Oktoberfest festivities, Democrats Abroad Germany has just the thing for you: an online wine tasting!
In celebration of Oktoberfest, DA Germany will gather online on Saturday, September 25 from 7-9pm CEST for a lovely wine tasting night hosted by DA Berlin’s Aimee M. Male. To attend the event, we are requesting a €10 donation.
In order to participate in the tasting, you will need to bring your own bottle of wine. Any wine will do - so grab your favorite or try something new with some of Aimee’s suggestions:
- German Riesling (either labeled Trocken, or Kabinett Trocken; or Feinherb)
- German Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
- German Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc)
- California Cabernet Sauvignon
- California Zinfandel
- California Chardonnay
An Oktoberfest Prize Draw will also take place throughout the two Oktoberfest events. Click here for more information.
About Our Wine Expert
Originally from San Francisco, Aimee has worked in the wine world for more than 20 years — from selling wines for U.S. retail stores, to making wine in the south of France and scouting new winemaking talents in Europe to bring to consumers in the United States. Currently a marketing manager and buyer for a major U.S. wine importer and a diploma candidate with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust based in London, she has made it her personal and professional goal to help wine drinkers navigate the often unnecessarily complicated world of wine, through better understanding the mechanics of taste. By learning more about how and why we taste what we do in a glass of wine, Aimee believes anyone can be a wine “expert.” She has lived in Berlin with her partner since 2006.
The tasting will be held on Zoom and we will send participants the meeting log-in information 48 hours before the event.
In case you’re interested: we’re also hosting an online beer tasting on October 30th from 7-9pm CEST! For more information about the online beer tasting, click here.
**Please remember that Democrats Abroad may only accept donations from U.S. citizens.**
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