The Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual General Meeting on April 7, 2019 at Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich. A separate email from the Elections and Nominations Committee will present the nominated candidates and voting procedure. Your presence is greatly desired as we need a quorum for the meeting. This is an important event to determine the future of DACH as we enter this extremely vital election season.
You will hear our annual reports, show support for the nominees, and vote for the candidates of your choice. A speaker or brainstorming session regarding important goals for the next year is planned.
>BRUNCH: An optional brunch with limited seating is scheduled from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM before the meeting. Details and tickets can be found here.
>WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
>WHERE: Strassburgstrasse 11, 8004 Zurich
12:45 - 1:15 Check in and mingle
1:15 - 2:45 Guest speaker presentation with brainstorming session for goals and priorities for 2020. WE NEED YOUR IDEAS!
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:40 Business meeting and officer reports
3:40 - 4:50 Election of new Executive Committee
4:50 - 5:00 Welcome remarks from new Executive Committee
We are looking for volunteers to help us with signing in, tabulation of votes, discussion guides, and AV set-up. Please indicate your willingness to help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The registration form has indicators to check if you'd like to be in touch with others traveling from your area for ride sharing or companionship on the trains. We will do our best to link you up.
Democrats Abroad Switzerland is an active grassroots organization made up of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to helping elect Democrats in 2020. We strive to provide friendship and support to Americans abroad through activities that bring us together in political activism and fellowship. We are expecting a very exciting and busy term. Come help us elect Democrats!
DA's monthly meetup in The Hague! Join us every first Sunday of the month, at Bar-Resturant Pavlov (across from The Hague City Hall) for lunch and/or drinks with DA's Secretary -and an occasional guest or speaker-.
Bring a friend...or two!
Register to vote, learn how to register voters, learn the recent news of DA...talk, drink and eat!
“Becoming”, 07 April, 15:30
March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate and reflect on the vital role of women in (American) history, we will host a book club on Sunday, 07 April. The chosen book is “Becoming,” a memoir from the former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama. “Becoming” sold more than 2 million copies in North America in the first two weeks after its release; claimed international success as a best-seller, ranked at no. 1, in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Greece; and has been translated into 31 languages since its November 2018 release.
You can secure a copy in print from local book shops in Wiesbaden and Mainz, or find downloadable audiobook and e-book formats from websites like Amazon.de. In addition to the book discussion, we will watch the short film, “Legalize Equality,” directed by Kamala Lopez. “Legalize Equality” outlines what the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is and the necessity for it to be ratified. Come ready to discuss & share!
“I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why.” — MICHELLE OBAMA
Book: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Book Club Date: Sunday, 07 April 2019, 15:30pm
Book Club Location: Evie Wall’s Home (Address will be shared closer to the date); accessible via train and car
Bring: Your book and a small snack to share
Tax Seminar w/ U.S. Tax expert Pierre Taponier (from Paris) PLUS our bi-annual Chapter Elections
FATCA, FBAR, Trump tax changes=Nightmare
Help is at hand!
Please join us for a presentation by Paris-based tax specialist Pierre Taponier, who wowed us all last spring with his excellent presentation.
Pierre's firm, located in Place de la Concorde in Paris, serves the American expat community in France. They provide the entire range of tax and legal services.
Read more about his practice here: http://taponier-avocat.com/?lang=en
Pierre was born in Paris to an American mother and a French father. He is a dual French-American citizen and completely bilingual. He graduated from Sorbonne University with a Masters in law and received an L.L.M. (Masters degree) from Georgetown Law in Washington D.C.
He is a New York attorney as well as a French avocat, admitted to the bar in New York and Paris.
Donation: 15€ payable in cash at the door to DAF members; 25€ to non-members.
RSVP essential as places are limited.
Following Pierre's presentation and Q&A session at 5:30pm, we'll break for refreshments and come back for the Chapter Elections at 5:45, planning to finish by about 6:15pm.
If you wish to attend the Chapter elections but NOT the tax talk, plan to arrive at 5:30.
There is NO CHARGE for the Chapter Election segment of the day.
If driving, be aware that parking on the street is often difficult. There is a nearby underground Indigo carpark on rue Varsovie.
Nearest METRO: Saint-Cyprien-République
As usual, you can meet and catch up with fellow Democrats Abroad in Singapore over beer, wine, and/or margaritas at our 2nd Monday of the month Progressive Drinking event. Happy hour is from 5-7:00, so arrive on time to enjoy their deals!
THE STATE OF THE UNION - EUROPE
Join us for a discussion with PASCAL LAMY on Donald Trump’s impact on international and transatlantic relations.
GREGORY VISCUSI, Bloomberg News, Paris bureau covering a full range of topics, including company news, macro-economics, banking, European immigration issue and euro crisis.
PASCAL LAMY, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) (2005-2013). Head of the President of the European Commission’s Cabinet, Jacques DELORS, and its "sherpa" at the G-7 (1985-1994). Chair of the steering group of the Paris Peace Forum (2018). President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).President Emeritus of the Jacques DELORS Institute.
Mr. Lamy also lectures to the benefit of INSTITUT JACQUES DELORS among other engagements on issues related to globalization, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.
PAY ON LINE You can register online (there is a service charge of 2 euros), but be sure to also RSVP below.
TO PAY BY CHECK Or you can send a check for 38€ made out to Democrats Abroad France to Brooke BURNS, 79 Boulevard Jean Jaures 92100 Boulogne Billancourt, and clearly indicate the names of the attendees. But be sure to also RSVP below.
Because of limited seating, please pay on line or by check in order to secure your rsvp. Thank you for your understanding.
The 2019 Democrats Abroad Romanian Annual General Meeting, which will include elections to the Executive Committee, will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM.
The meeting with be held at the offices of Vernon David, 12A Dr. Burghelea Str., District 2, Bucharest.
- Call to Order
- Report from the Chair
- Treasurer’s Report
- Election of new Executive Committee members for the period 2019 – 2021
- Consideration of other matters as may properly come before the meeting
Elections for the DA Romania Board:
All positions (detailed below) are up for election at this meeting. The positions are as follows:
- Counsel (Legal)
- Member-at-Large 1
- Member-at-Large 2
Note: Democrats Abroad rules require that the Chair and Vice-Chair be of opposite sex.
Paul Baran has been appointed as chair of the DA Romania Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) for our 2019 elections. Nominations for an office shall be made in writing sent to the NEC. A member may nominate themselves. The NEC may also make nominations directly. Nominations should be sent to the NEC by notifying the Committee via email at email@example.com no later than March 25, 2019. Because there will also be electronic/absentee voting, candidates cannot declare themselves at the meeting, except if there is no declared candidate for an office to be filled.
We strongly encourage any and all members who wish to participate and run for a position on the board to submit a nomination.
A statement supporting the nomination may also be included. It should be no longer than one page. The NEC will issue the nomination report and official ballot no later than March 28, 2019. The nominating report will include nominations, nominee statements (if any), and full absentee/electronic voting and proxy voting guidelines. Please note that only DA Romania members signed up and fully registered by April 10, 2019, will be able to vote.
We encourage anyone interested in running for a position to read the position descriptions for each office set out below. Please let us know if you have any questions about the positions and what the work and the time commitment entails.
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As you know, these are important times for Democrats Abroad. Now more than ever it is important for all of us to vote in every possible election. The hard work of our DA Romania members to get out the vote over the past year has helped bring about the great results for Democrats in the 2018 Midterms. Now we need your help to keep that momentum going — we need a powerful leadership team to maintain that energy and carry us forward to a Democratic White House in 2020.
If you've been looking for a way to be more involved in the political process, here's your chance!
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Description of the DA Romania offices
Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad Romania, US citizens 18 years or older, should be living in Romania from the time of their nomination, and should be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction, and ideas is encouraged to run.
DA Romania Chair and Vice-Chair
The Chair and Vice-Chair are the link between DA at the international/regional level and the Chapters working at their local level. The two officers must be of different sex. It is helpful for these officers to be located in or near the major cities. The Chair and Vice-Chair are voting members at the international level and represent DA Romania at regular regional and international meetings (in person or online). They ensure that Romania meets all its country committee compliance requirements. They are responsible for regular communication to DA Romania members and manage the smooth running of the chapters. The Chair is the official spokesperson for DA Romania, unless press relations have been delegated to someone else.
DA Romania Secretary
The Secretary is the very heart of DA Romania – making sure our members are kept informed (via emails, the website, etc.), managing membership records, and organizing countrywide meetings and conference calls. The Secretary takes notes at DA meetings and keeps a file of official documents. Some of these tasks may be delegated to a database and/or social media officer, but ideally the Country Secretary should be familiar with database and communication tools.
DA Romania Counsel
The Counsel must be available for consultation by the Romania Board on legal and procedural questions relating to the country committee or its activities, and will consult with the International Counsel as necessary.
DA Romania Treasurer
The Treasurer keeps the country committee accounts (if relevant) and is responsible for any financial reporting. The Treasurer ensures that funds are raised and expended properly and coordinates with the chapter treasurers.
There are two Members-at-Large. They act as a sounding board and give input at executive committee meetings. Their duties are to perform any tasks mutually agreed upon within the Executive Committee, foster and maintain good relations within DA Romania and the American expat community as well as promote and expand local activities.
Our annual general meeting is where we get together to evaluate what we've done and plan for the year ahead. This year, we'll also hold elections for our Executive Committee. And we'll welcome back Andy Tanenbaum (the 'Votemaster' of Electoral-Vote.com) to hear his take on the 2020 presidential candidates!
We'll be communicating more details in our membership mailings as the meeting approaches. For info about running for a board position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the Democrats Abroad Toronto Women's Caucus in the first of our potlucks before the 2020 election.Over a shared meal we will chat and play games. We will be looking for ideas to engage more US voters here in Canada and how women will continue to make the difference in these new political days.As with all Women's Caucus events, all are welcome.Where? Inspirit Foundation@ Artscape Youngplace180 Shaw Street, Suite 314Toronto, ON M6J 2W5How to get there: The building is fully accessible with on street parking or take streetcars on either Queen to our south or Dundas to the north and get off at Shaw Street.When? Sunday, April 14 from Noon - 3 pm.What to bring? A brunch/lunch dish to share. We will cover the beverages and have reusable dishes.How can we make a difference this year? Involvement! Let's join together for lunch, chat and brainstorm!
Come along, grab something to eat and a craft beer and learn all about our least favourite F-words. Speakers include David Tzimenakis and Tony Eaton from US Global Tax. David and Tony are expatriate tax specialists and know all there is to know about what FATCA and FBAR mean to you! Check out their bios and services at https://usglobaltax.com/
Following their presentation DANZ will hold an efficient, exciting and entertaining AGM where we will elect the 2019-2021 officers. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Kick off at 5.30 pm to buy your dinner and drinks.
Presentation begins at 6.30. AGM to immediately follow.
Please note: the AGM is for members only but the presentation is open to the public.