New DA SMA Bylaws! Please Vote!

On February 10, 2020, the Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad San Miguel de Allende approved a motion to adopt a set of significant reforms to its bylaws. This was done in order to conform to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (“DPCA”) and the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Mexico (“DAMX”), and to innovate in a manner that will make us a more effective and efficient organization in furthering Democratic goals and getting Democrats elected. Consequently, the Bylaws are now submitted to the general membership of San Miguel de Allende for final approval at the Annual General Meeting to be held on March 13, 2020.

You can see the proposed set of new Bylaws HERE.

We invite you to study the Bylaws and let us know if you have any questions, and either vote at our annual meeting on March 13th or vote electronically (due by March 12,2020) by completing and submitting the ballot linked HERE.

What’s new? What’s different?

There are some boring technical minutiae, but there are also some large structural and operational changes. Notable changes include:

  1. Article 3 goes into great detail on the protection of membership data that had not been previously addressed.

  2. Greater articulation of the duties and responsibilities of the Officers and Members-at-Large, and articulation of the duties of the Standing Committees.

  3. Articulation of Chapter responsibilities.

  4. Extensive language on the nominations and elections of officers from procedures established by the DPCA.

Please also find for your consideration, the candidates proposed to fill the respective vacancies left in the Executive Committee for the term 2019 - 2020.

Candidates:

Gary Belkin, Treasurer, replacing Barbara Erickson, who resigned the position.

Barbara Erickson, Member-at-Large, Barbara Erickson assumed the position of Chair of the Get Out the Vote (“GOTV”) committee upon resignation of Nancy Young.

Rebecca Langrall, Member-at-Large, assumed the position upon the resignation of Mike Lambert.

At our Annual General Meeting on March 13th we will hold a vote to ratify the Bylaws and the Executive Committee appointments below. All candidates’ nominations have been approved by the Executive Committee, and the nominees are currently serving in an acting capacity on the board. If approved, the candidates will assume their new charges immediately and the Bylaws will take effect immediately also.

You may find details for attending our Annual Meeting HERE, and help us spread the word among other interested attendees. However, only US citizens who are registered at democratsabroad.org/join can vote.

We look forward to seeing you!

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