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VE DAY WEBINAR

DEMOCRATS ABROAD invites you to a ZOOM WEBINAR on VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY (Saturday 8 May 2021 at 3pm) to learn how our military veterans are being honored. You can RSVP for this virtual event here: [email protected]democratsabroad.org


COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Owing to the virus, the NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY will be closed for Memorial Day (31 May 2021) and likely also for D-DAY (6 June 2021). However, the DA Normandy Chapter will lay a COMMEMORATIVE WREATH on behalf of Democrats Abroad France. 


DEMOCRATS ABROAD ELECTIONS

Elections for DEMOCRATS ABROAD continue at the INTERNATIONAL LEVEL! In mid-May 2021, there will be elections for DA’s GLOBAL OFFICERS. You can get more info here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/dpca_elections_2021. Click here to read the candidate list and candidate statements

   


NEW NORMANDY CHAIR

JUDITH CREWS, who hails from Grangues in Calvados, has been elected the new Chair of the Normandy Chapter of Democrats Abroad France. We would like to give special thanks to our former chair MAITE PENNA for her devotion and extensive efforts to Get Out the Vote in Normandy!


DA FRANCE AGM

Democrats Abroad France will conduct its Annual General Meeting and National Leadership Election on April 17, 2021 (via Zoom). RSVP here. A proposed draft of changes to the DA France Bylaws is now available for review and public comment.


Call for Candidates Extended to March 15, 2021

2021-2023 NORMANDY CHAPTER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Call For Candidates/Nominations Period Extended to March 15, 2021

RUN FOR SOMETHING
Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky
[email protected]

2021 NORMANDY CHAPTER ELECTION & MEETING
March 20, 2021 @ 1PM
RSVP here

NORMANDY CHAPTER OFFICER DESCRIPTIONS
(* Position is required, per the DA France Bylaws)

The Chapter Chair* is the chief executive officer of the chapter, shall call and preside at all meetings of members, and shall lead the direction of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chair shall establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out and directing the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Normandy Chapter Executive Committee.

The Chapter Chair is ex-officio also a voting member of the DA France National Executive Committee, and is the primary Officer responsible for representing the Chapter at regular National Executive Committee meetings; and shall attend them or designate a proxy to the National Secretary to the extent practicable, including presenting a brief monthly report of Chapter or Caucus activities to the National ExCom. If the Chair is not present at a National ExCom meeting, and the Vice Chair is present, the Vice Chair automatically carries the vote and represents the Chapter (no proxy designation is required.) The Chair and Vice-Chair may, with the advice of the other Officers, allocate between themselves the duties of the Chair as they see fit.

The Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chair, is entitled to attend all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Executive Committee. 

The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chair in the matters related to execution of the Chair’s duties, and shall, in the absence of the Chair call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee. The Chapter Vice Chair is invited to attend National Executive Committee meetings to the extent practicable, and shall, in absence of the Chapter Chair, automatically carry the vote and representation of the Chapter to the National ExCom (no proxy need be designated). In addition to the shared responsibilities of the Chapter Chair allocated to the Chapter Vice-Chair, if the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice-Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chair. 

The Chapter Secretary* shall assist and support the Chair in matters related to keeping records and minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings; of Annual General and Special Meetings of Chapter members;  and in managing the database of its members. The Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The Chapter Secretary shall, along with the Chapter Chair, help ensure that timely notification of elections taking place within the Chapter, and their results, as well as any administrative matters related to the functioning of the Chapter, are duly communicated to the National Secretary.

(Duties include database management of members, sending email blasts, and making updates to the Normandy Chapter website. Free training on the software needed to perform these tasks is available and ongoing IT support is available.)

Members-At-Large shall assist and support the Chapter or Caucus Chair in duties and responsibilities that are not fixed but instead may vary according to the needs of the Chapter or Caucus. The Chapter or Caucus Member at Large will collaborate with other leaders, as well as counterparts at National and Global levels, accordingly.

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Normandy/Hauts de France Chapter Region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. To join Democrats Abroad, go here: www.democratsabroad.org/join

TO MAKE A NOMINATION

You may nominate yourself, be nominated by someone else, or you may nominate others for an executive officer position for the Normandy Chapter. To make a nomination, please email the Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected] with the name of the person and the position for which they are being nominated. (If you are nominating another person, please put that person on copy of your email.) A member of the Election Board will follow up. Nominees are asked to prepare a short statement of no more than 200 words regarding their candidacy. Final candidate statements should be submitted by March 15. Candidates should be prepared to attend the Leadership Elections on March 20th (via Zoom) at 6PM and to speak for their candidacy.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Election Officer Ann-Marie Pelosky at [email protected]

Thank you!

Normandy Chapter Election Board
Ann-Marie Pelosky, Election Officer
Marjorie Bernstein
Ada Shen




CALL FOR CANDIDATES

Join the LEADERSHIP BUREAU of the NORMANDY CHAPTER to help get out the Democratic vote in our broad region. Send your name to our Elections Officer at [email protected] by 15 February 2021.


BIDEN/HARRIS TO WORK WITH EXPATS

The new Biden/Harris Administration has pledged to work in partnership with American expatriates on issues including reviewing barriers to accessing banking and financial services, including taxation laws, and enhancing consular services.


JOIN DAF TO WATCH INAUGURATION

Join DEMOCRATS ABROAD to watch and celebrate the BIDEN-HARRIS inauguration starting at 5pm on 20 January 2021. RSVP to this post to join the ZOOM CALL: http://www.democratsabroad.org/adashen/celebrate_watch_the_biden_inauguration_with_democrats_abroad_france

 


NORMAN DEMS IN THE NEWS

FR3 went to Lynne Levesque’s house in Dieppe and filmed her watching the election returns! Read about it here: