Friday, March 24, 2023 at 05:00 PM through March 26, 2023 at 12:00pm Time · 137 rsvpsKonferenzzentrum Ingelheim iCC in Ingelheim, Germany
2023 DA Germany Annual General Meeting
2023 will be an important year for Democrats Abroad Germany to come back together and reestablish our strong community of members. This will be our year to establish the foundation necessary to make sure we can hit the ground running in 2024. At Democrats Abroad Germany, our goal will always be to get each and every U.S. citizen in Germany to vote.
After almost three years of mainly meeting online, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Annual General Meeting in Ingelheim am Rhein. The official meeting will take place at the iCC Konferenzzentrum in Ingelheim from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26.
If you are unable to attend in person, you still have the option to join the meeting online. To attend online, just RSVP to this event and we will share the login information a few days prior to the meeting.
We will also elect our new Executive Committee (ExCom). These are the leaders of DA Germany and includes several officers, nine at-large coordinators, and 14 Voting Representatives. You can learn more about the election process, who's running, and how you can run yourself here.
Friday, March 24
- Starting at 17:00: A welcome cocktail reception to connect with each other over drinks.
Saturday, March 25
8:30 Registration at the iCC Konferenzzentrum 9:00-9:30 Welcome and Chair’s Report: Look back at 2022 9:30-10:00 Treasurer's Report 10:00-10:15 Presentation by the International Chair 10:15-10:30 Announcement of reports from the chapters, at-large coordinator, caucuses, and DPCA Voting Representatives 10:30-11:00 Break 11:00-11:30 Vice Chair's Report: Looking ahead & how to get involved 11:30-11:40 State Teams Report 11:40-12:15 Volunteer Recognition 12:15-13:00 Lunch 13:00-18:00 Elections 19:00 Dinner at the Winzerkeller 20:30 Guest Speakers: Andrea Chalupa & Jared Yates Sexton
Sunday, March 26
- Members of the newly elected Executive Committee will hold their first meeting to discuss the next steps and to get a chance to meet everyone.
- For those that are not from the region, we will visit the Museum bei der Kaiserpfalz for a guided tour. This includes the Ingelheim Imperial Palace, which served emperors and kings as a lodging and a ruling seat. Following the tour, everyone is welcome to have lunch together at a local restaurant.
For in-person attendance, we are asking for a donation of $35 for the main meeting on Saturday. The cost for meals are as follows:
- Friday cocktail reception: $15
- Saturday lunch: $10
- Saturday gala dinner (three-course meal): $65
Under the rules of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, a fee for attending the meeting is not allowed. However, we kindly ask for a donation to cover use of the iCC Konferenzzentrum, drinks (coffee, tea, water, and more), technical equipment, copies, and supplies. We ask that you donate this amount to help us avoid drawing down the DA Germany treasury, which is devoted to getting out the vote. Participants do have to pay for meals.
We will collect information regarding any food allergies prior to the meeting to ensure that everyone will have something to eat.
If you are participating online, we would ask you to still consider making a donation of $15. To attend online, just RSVP to this event and we will share the login information a few days prior to the meeting.
Prize Draw and Silent Auction
As an additional part of our fundraising efforts, DA Germany will be hosting an AGM prize draw and silent auction. There will be a wonderful variety of exciting items you can win!
For the prize draw, tickets are as follows: $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. You can get your tickets ahead of the event here or in-person at the AGM!
More information about the items available for the silent auction and the chance to place a bid are available here.
The Wiesbaden-Mainz Chapter has compiled a list of hotels and additional travel-related information for participants. Rooms for DA Germany have been reserved at IBB Hotel Ingelheim. Please call or email the hotel to ask for a room. More information on how to reserve a room can be found here.
We urge you to attend and vote in our upcoming election, as well as to consider running for one of the leadership positions. All details about the election can be found in the DA Germany Elections Rules and Procedures. To participate in the elections, you must RSVP to attend the AGM (via this event page) by 11:00 CET on Saturday, March 25.
The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) will be hosting online information sessions where potential candidates can ask about the election positions, election rules, DA Germany Executive Committee or other related DA Germany questions. The dates and times for these sessions will be announced soon.
These DAG Executive Committee positions will be elected for two-year terms at the AGM:
- Vice Chair
- Academic Outreach Coordinator
- Advertising Coordinator
- Caucus Coordinator
- Chapter Development Coordinator
- Communications Coordinator
- Events & Fundraising Coordinator
- Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Coordinator
- Membership & IT Coordinator
- Press Coordinator
- 14 DPCA Voting Representatives
Please review this document that includes detailed job descriptions for all positions.
To run in the election, a candidate must have been a member of DA for at least 30 days and reside in Germany on the day of the AGM (March 25).
The deadline for early nominations and candidate statements was Monday, February 27 at noon. Nominations may also be made from the floor on the day of the election.
A list of candidates can be found on the DAG Election page. Letters of endorsement will be posted by March 13.
More detailed information on how to run in the election and how to participate in the election is available on the DAG Elections page.
Stipends for Attending
DA Germany understands the accompanying financial cost of attending the AGM, which is why we are offering five stipends to enable more members to attend. The deadline to apply for a stipend has passed.
Changes to DA Germany Bylaws
While we discussed and voted on amendments to DA Germany’s Bylaws at last year's AGM, and we typically strive to do this only every other year due to time constraints, you still have the right to submit proposed amendments to the Bylaws Committee. Members were welcome to propose an amendment by February 20, 2023. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].
You can find a copy of the current DAG bylaws here to help you formulate proposed changes. The bylaws were last amended in March 2022.
Once you RSVP to attend, you will be taken to the ticket page to purchase the meals and to donate to attend the meeting.
Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 06:00 PM Berlin Time · 6 rsvps
DA Germany AGM Prize Draw
As an additional part of our fundraising efforts, we will be hosting a prize draw and silent auction as part of our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, March 25th (make sure to RSVP). Prizes include a Betsy Ross flag, hand-knitted sweater, homemade Christmas cookies, Korean cooking class, and more!
For those attending the Annual General Meeting in person, you will receive physical tickets for the prize draw. For those online, tickets with your name will be included in the physical draw taking place. Participants will be entered to win any one of the available prizes.
Ticket donations for the prize draw must be received, or you must provide proof of a donation transfer, by March 25 at 20:00 CET.
Once the prize draw closes, winners will be chosen at random for each of the available prizes. Prize winners who are not attending the AGM in person will be contacted the following day and shipping of the prize(s) will be arranged.
Read more about the prizes and enter the silent auction here.
Monday, March 27, 2023 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 47 rsvpsZoom - online, Washington DC
Tackling Wealth Inequality from Cradle to Rocking Chair
How can we tackle wealth inequality effectively in the United States? Providing opportunity and security from cradle to rocking chair is our progressive answer. Join our guest speakers to learn more about proposed legislation for Baby Bonds and Social Security Expansion. Take action to make them reality.
- AYANNA PRESSLEY, U.S. Rep. Massachusetts CD-7
- ALEX LAWSON, Social Security Works Executive Director
Here are resources to prepare for the event:
- American Opportunity Accounts Act (Baby Bonds) https://pressley.house.gov/2023/02/15/pressley-booker-re-introduce-bicameral-baby-bonds-legislation-to-tackle-wealth-inequality/
Social Security Expansion Act: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/wp-content/uploads/Social-Security-Expansion-Act-one-pager-Final.pdf
All are welcome to attend! Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Thanks to our co-sponsors: Global Seniors Caucus, proDA Austria, proDA Germany, Global Youth Caucus
RSVP below for the Zoom link!
While there is no donation required to attend, the suggested donation for this event is $10. Click here to donate. Help Democrats Abroad volunteers mobilize voters around the world. Help us fight for progressive policy changes in the new Congress!
Vancouver, CA 9:00 - 10:30 am Washington DC 12.00 - 1:30 pm London, UK 5:00 - 6:30 pm Vienna, AT 6:00 - 7:30 pm Nairobi, Kenya 7:00 - 8:30 pm Mumbai, India 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday, March 27, 2023 at 07:30 PM Berlin Time · 3 rsvpsDeutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg e.V. (Amerikahaus) in Nürnberg, Germany
MONTHLY MEET UP IN NUREMBERG
You are cordially invited to join the North and Central Bavaria Chapter of Democrats Abroad at the Amerikahaus (DAI) on Monday, March 27, at 7:30pm for socializing and some conversation about politics back home.
This month DAG-NCB GOTV coordinator, Dawn Erhardt, will give a summary of the DAG Annual General Meeting, which she is attending Mar 24-26.
If you are interested in attending the AGM either in person or online you can click here for more information.
We highly encourage you to RSVP for the AGM even if you attend online so you have an opportunity to vote in the DAG 2023 elections, which will take place on Saturday, Mar 25.
Hope to see you there!WHENMarch 27, 2023 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm Berlin TimeWHEREDeutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Nürnberg e.V. (Amerikahaus)
Google map and directionsCONTACTWayne Lempke · [email protected]
Saturday, April 01, 2023 at 01:00 PM Berlin Time · 1 rsvp
DÜSS-RUHR CHAPTER BOOK CLUB: The Light We Carry, by Michelle ObamaThis month, we will be reading 'The Light We Carry' by Michelle Obama.'The Light We Carry, the former first lady’s second book, is intended to be a practical guide to help us all be a bit more like her father (and like Obama herself) and learn to cope with adversity, be it prejudice, a pandemic or the chilling thought of Donald Trump re-entering the White House. In Obama’s words, the aim is to give readers a “glimpse inside my personal toolkit” – the strategies she uses to be “more comfortable, less paralysed, inside of uncertainty”.' The GuardianAll readers are welcome. RSVP to receive the meeting information - depending on the current COVID situation, we will either meet on Zoom or in person on Saturday.
Sunday, April 02, 2023 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 21 rsvpsZoom
Books Abroad April Discusses Lessons in Chemistry
Books Abroad, The Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group, has an original, unexpected, funny, sad, tragic book to propose for its April 2nd meeting: Lessons in Chemistry.
This runaway international publishing, reader, and critical success cleverly tells the story of Zott, a woman chemist, thwarted at every step of her life by sexism. The book is both thought-provoking and touching. (I cried at the end!)
Here is the story of a female scientist in 1961, prevented even from getting her Ph.D., prevented from using her intelligence for science, for the common good, by the system, constantly and willfully misunderstood.
“Zott is a catalyst,” says Bonnie Garmus, the author. “She’s actively breaking and creating new bonds. And that is chemistry at its most basic.”
There is a lot to talk about: feminism, history, science, religion, the author’s style, an attempt at magic realism, and many other ideas and points.
The book exists in paperback and can be ordered from Amazon or your preferred bookseller. A few used copies, in good condition, can perhaps be found on Momox.
Join us on Zoom on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at 10 am ET, 4 pm CET. RSVP to Receive the Zoom link.
Location Event Start Time Vancouver, Canada 07:00 PDT San Jose, Costa Rica 08:00 CST Washington DC, USA 10:00 EDT London, United Kingdom 15:00 BST Frankfurt, Germany 16:00 CEST Dubai, United Arab Emirates 18:00 GST New Delhi, India 19:30 IST Bangkok, Thailand 21:00 ICT Beijing, China 22:00 CST
Saturday, April 08, 2023 at 03:00 PM Berlin Time · 1 rsvpHoly Craft Süd in Essen, Germany
Political Pub Afternoon in Essen
Join us for an Easter weekend meetup at Holy Craft Süd. We'll be sharing some fantastic beers and setting up plans for our future Ruhrgebiet organizing and events!
All new and returning members are welcome - look for the Democrats Abroad sign on the table to find us. Please RSVP to be notified of any venue or COVID-related changes, and so we know how big a table to grab!