Toulouse

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Welcome to the Toulouse Chapter of Democrats Abroad France!

We’re a friendly group and we welcome new members—either new arrivals to the region or longstanding Americans residents who wish to remain active and informed voters.

DA Toulouse has a book club that meets roughly every quarter. We run various events from tax seminars to guest speakers and film screenings. When events call for it, we organize demonstrations or marches. In the past that included a Women’s March, Earth Day event, Science March, Gun Control demonstration—and we honor important events—such as Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech and World War military commemorations.

We are open to new ideas and invite you to join us!

We have an active Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Please take a look and make contact with us! 

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DA Toulouse Leadership:

Scott Stroud
| DAF-Toulouse Chair
Gina Granelli
| DAF-Toulouse Vice Chair
Rebecca White Bordonado
| DAF-Toulouse Treasurer
Alejandra Roman
| National Secretary, DA France; Secretary, Toulouse
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    Tax Seminar for Americans and Chapter AGM

    TAX SEMINAR AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

     

    SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH AT 5PM CET VIA ZOOM.

    The results of the Leadership Elections will be announced, and the newly-elected members of the Executive Committee will introduce themselves.  The election is underway NOW (March 1 – 6) online.  You should have received an email instructing you how to cast your ballot.

    Along with our Annual General Meeting, we will have a Tax Seminar.

    We have THREE speakers scheduled:

    Rebecca Lammers is the chair of the Democrats Abroad UK Tax Committee and a member of the DA International Taxation Task Force. She is currently working on the first qualitative report for DA on Americans Abroad feelings and perceptions of tax issues abroad. She has participated in three  DA tax "door knocks" on Capitol Hill, bringing our issues and concerns to the ears of members of Congress. 

    Two tax advisors--partners--who work specifically with Americans will also be with us:  

    Aron Epstein (CPA) studied accounting at Cleveland State University and subsequently held positions in public and non-public accounting. In 2009 Aron moved to Israel and has been working full-time in public accounting, international tax and tax planning. Aron has clients all over the world and is expert in international tax challenges, requirements as well as tax treaty issues. Aron has successfully represented clients to the IRS saving them many thousands of dollars in taxes.

    Benjamin Pik (CPA) is a dual French and American certified Public Accountant admitted to practice public accounting both in France and in the US.

    He holds a degree from University Paris Dauphine (France) and from Concordia University (Canada). Prior to opening his own practice, Benjamin worked for eight years in international accounting firms across North America, Middle East, and Europe where he coordinated French and foreign reporting audits, provided advisory services for governance and risk monitoring.  Benjamin is involved with the American ex-pat community in France.

    Benjamin PIK
    US Certified Public Accountant

    Expert-Comptable & Commissaire aux comptes

    7 Rue Theodule Ribot - 75017 Paris
    Mob : 06.27.94.60.17

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    Their presentations will be followed by a Question and Answer session.

    We request a modest donation from members for the tax seminar. Please  contribute at least 10€ to our Toulouse Chapter.

    Thank you!

    WHEN
    March 07, 2021 at 5pm - 7pm Paris Time
    WHERE
    ZOOM
    Toulouse 31000
    France
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    Meet the 2021 Toulouse Leadership Candidates

    The nominations period for the Toulouse Chapter Leadership Elections has now closed. The candidates for Toulouse Chapter Leadership are listed below.

    All members of Democrats Abroad France Toulouse Chapter may vote in the Toulouse Chapter Leadership elections. Due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus, all voting will take place on line March 1-6. Toulouse chapter members will be sent a link to their ballots by subsequent email.

    Election results will be announced at the DA Toulouse Chapter Annual General Meeting on March 7th at 5 p.m., which will be held via Zoom.

    New members are welcome; to join Democrats Abroad, go to https://www.democratsabroad.org/join You must be a U.S. citizen living overseas and at least 18 years old at the time of the next federal election.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, February 04, 2023 at 06:00 PM Time · $8.00 USD · 8 rsvps
    Saveurs Bio Restaurant in Toulouse, France

    Chocolate Tasting

    Just in time for Valentine's Day! 

    Pianist and chocolatier with a big heart Tom Neuhaus will treat Democrats Abroad Toulouse to a 30-minute concert of Bach and Chopin préludes, followed by an update on the good work of Project Hope and Fairness, the association Tom created to accompany the development of two villages in Ivory Coast through their production of chocolate. 

    The event will include a blind taste test of different chocolate varieties and  a sampling of the products of the Ivorian chocolatiers. You can help support their work by taking home some chocolates to share with your valentines.

    We are asking for a minimum donation of $8 to cover the cost of the venue for the event and to help support Democrats Abroad Toulouse. Your rsvp to the chocolate tasting will be confirmed upon payment. 

    After the event you will have the option to stay for dinner (not included, guests will settle their bills with the restaurant directly at the end of the meal). Saveurs Bio offers an organic vegetarian buffet as well as a full menu of vegetarian dishes, meat, and fish at reasonable prices.

    Monday, February 06, 2023 at 07:00 PM Paris Time
    Zoom

    Youth Caucus Elections Information Session

    Come join us on zoom on February 6th to learn more about the upcoming DA France Youth Caucus elections. Find out what positions you can run for, how to declare candidacy, and get answers to your burning questions. 

    Eight positions of the DA France Youth Caucus Steering Committee are up for election for the 2023-2024 US election cycle.

    👉 Submit a candidate statement by email to [email protected] by February 13  2023. 

    ✅ Eligibility: Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, U.S. citizens 18 years or older and be able to serve a full term of two years. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary.

    🍻 We will be holding an informational meeting on February 6, and a meet and greet for candidates during our Politics & Pints event on February 16.

    Co-chairs (2)

    • Ensure the caucus is carrying out its mission of registering voters and engaging young Americans living abroad in the political process
    • Organize and lead Youth Caucus steering committee meetings 
    • Provide support and direction to Youth Caucus working groups 
    • Collaborate with other DA France caucuses and local chapters on joint activities and events 
    • Prepare monthly report on Youth Caucus activities, trouble spots, and upcoming events
    • Represent the Youth Caucus on the DA France Executive Committee

    Events Officers (2)

    • Ideate new events to draw in members outside our current network
    • Support national DA France events, including fundraisers, social events, and protests
    • Organize monthly and ad-hoc events for the youth caucus (Politics & Pints, debate watch parties, book clubs, trivia night, protests, invited speakers)

    GOTV Officers (2)

    • Build and maintain contacts with American organisations in France (universities, US businesses, volunteer organizations, interest groups) to organize voter tabling during election season
    • Motivate & organize volunteers for voter registration events
    • Partner with DA France to help staff voter registration efforts and phonebanking events
    • Flyer for ‘get-out-the-vote’ (GOTV) events and volunteer opportunities with DA France Youth Caucus 

    Communications Officers (2)

    • Amplify the voices of young Americans in DA France, create content informing young Americans in France of their right to vote in US elections
    • Maintain and build social channels (Facebook page, DA website, group chats, etc.) and help shape national digital strategy, from messaging to ad placement 
    • Create visuals and text for upcoming events 
    • Build relationships with students, schools, organizations throughout France to promote the work of the DAF Youth Caucus 

    To run for election: You may nominate yourself by declaring your candidacy, or you may be nominated by someone else. You may also nominate another person for a position. To declare your candidacy or make a nomination, please email the Elections Board at [email protected]. Candidates must submit a candidate’s statement (no more than 200 words). If you are nominating another person, please put that person on copy of your email.