Vice-Chair, Switzerland

  • 2021 DACH Geneva Elections: Here are our Nominees

    Notice of Meeting and Agenda
    Democrats Abroad Switzerland, Geneva Chapter
    Sunday, April 25, 2021
    13h30 - 16h

    The Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH) Geneva Chapter 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the election of the 2021-2023 Geneva Chapter Leadership will take place during the 2021 DACH Geneva Chapter AGM on Sunday, April 25, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices announced for election are:

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

    Two individuals submitted notice of interest and statements to the NEC and have proposed to stand for election as co-chairs of the Geneva chapter. We thank them for coming forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.

    We will accept nominations from the floor for Secretary and Treasurer. You can see descriptions of these jobs here.

    Proposed Agenda, Subject to Change

    • Welcome
    • Roll call - online check-in
    • Year in Review report
    • Short description of positions
    • Thanks to outgoing officers
    • Candidate statements
    • Elections
    • Welcome of new officers
    • Presentation and discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in DACH
    • Announcements
    • Adjournment

    Voting Method

    Meeting attendees who are DA members as of Friday, April 23, may vote.

    If you cannot attend the Zoom meeting, it is possible to vote by proxy. Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 23, and send the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

    Election Process

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Because the nominations for chair have presented themselves as a co-chair team, meeting participants will be asked to approve the candidacy of the two nominees for co-chair. The candidates will then be given five minutes to address the members.

    For offices with zero nominees (only), nominations for office may be made from the floor. All candidates will be given five minutes to address the members.

    List of Candidates

    Emily T. Blitz (Candidate for Co-Chair)

    I am originally from New Jersey, living abroad for nearly all of the last 23 years. I have called Switzerland home since 2004, when I joined DACH. Despite the distance, I have remained involved in U.S. issues throughout the years living overseas. I was DACH National Secretary from 2006-2009. During my tenure, we more than doubled our membership, expanded the website, successfully pioneered internet voting at the Global Primary, and established local chapters. I also served as National Treasurer from 2013-2015, during which time we increased DACH funds year-on-year by 20 per cent.

    Professionally, I am a conference specialist with rapidly growing experience in managing a wide variety of digital events. I live in Crassier (near Nyon) with my Dutch husband and our daughter.

    I see serving as the Geneva Chapter co-chair as an interesting and excellent opportunity to expand my role in DACH again. As member of the Geneva Chapter Board, I feel I could contribute ideas and help chart the course that the Chapter could take in the coming years.

    In addition to DACH, I previously served on the Board of The Condom Project, was the founding Board Secretary for GENDRO, and am currently the Independent Ethics & Integrity Counsel for Global Health 50/50. These previous experiences would prepare me for the roles and responsibilities involved.

    If I am elected to serve, I would hope to continue the good work of my predecessors: developing membership, curating a varied program of fundraising and educational events, facilitating open conversations between local chapters in Switzerland and abroad, and helping our Geneva members make the most of this dynamic, though sometimes daunting, time.

    Peter Butterfield (Candidate for Co-Chair)

    I would like to serve as a co-Chair of the Geneva Chapter. Sharing the chair responsibility suits me well: I welcome having a leader’s say in setting the direction of chapter activities through the 2022 mid-term elections, but prefer to share leadership tasks with another person, especially when activities accelerate in election season.

    I know how DA operates: I served as DA Switzerland Vice Chair 2013-2017. Since then I’ve stayed active to help DA advance its admirable mission, working in the national nominations/elections committee twice, serving as volunteer coordinator for the 2020 Geneva Global Presidential Primary, and continuing as a database admin and creator of email communications.

    In the 2020 Presidential election, Dems Abroad helped achieve fabulous voters-abroad turnout, both in Switzerland and globally. We made a difference in Democratic victories all over the map. On-the-ground chapter activities played a key role. The newly-elected Switzerland Executive Committee has set outreach as a chief goal, to let Americans all over Switzerland learn about and join Democrats Abroad. As Chapter co-chair I will work to advance that outreach in the Geneva/Vaud region, with online and in-person activities that attract new members and keep current members engaged, on both the political and social levels. Tens of thousands of Americans live in this country, and although DA Switzerland is as large now as it’s ever been, there is plenty of opportunity to get more American expats to vote from abroad and join our activities here.


    We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our local chapter events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

    The online meeting will start at 13:30 PM and will last a maximum of 2.5 hours.

    RSVP here or to [email protected] for the meeting details and instructions on how to join the meeting.


  • published Diversity and Inclusion Survey in News 2021-03-28 15:02:59 -0400

    Diversity and Inclusion Survey

    Following the election of our national leaders at March 14's Annual General Meeting and heading into the chapter AGMs in April, we want to hear from you, our members, to see how you feel about DA Switzerland, what we're doing well, and what we can improve on.

    It is clear that diversity and inclusion provide multiple benefits to organizations. We at DACH want to understand where we stand. The linked D&I surveys help gain  insight into whether DACH is making people from all backgrounds feel accepted and welcomed, and whether our members are receiving fair opportunities without any discrimination.

    There are two forms of the survey; please feel free to complete either option:

    or


  • is hosting Climate Change and Sustainability 2021-03-26 05:48:04 -0400

    Climate Change and Sustainability

    In honor of Earth Day, join us to hear about experiences from the front lines of the local Climate Movement in Basel and learn about ways to get engaged and counteract climate change.

    Date and time TBD. RSVP now to preregister and receive updates on this event.

    WHEN
    April 01, 2021 at 12am
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Bern, BE
    Switzerland
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  • 2021 DACH Basel Elections: Here are our Nominees

    Announcement: Annual General Meeting and Election of Chapter Officers

    The Basel Chapter of DA Switzerland (DACH) Officers and the 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee are pleased to inform you that our 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will occur on Sunday April 18, 2021  from 14:00 - 16:30. All members of the Basel Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland are invited to attend the AGM. Due to COVID restrictions on public gatherings, we will meet online via Zoom. The primary purpose of the meeting is to elect our 2021-2023 Chapter Officers. We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates.

    The offices to be elected are:

    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer

    We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. The candidates and their statements are presented below.

    Proposed Agenda, subject to change:

    • Welcome
    • Roll call - online check-in
    • Approval of minutes from 2020 AGM
    • Year in Review report
    • Short description of positions
    • Thanks to outgoing officers
    • Candidate statements
    • Elections
    • Welcome of new officers
    • Announcements/Upcoming events
    • Adjourn

    All interested members are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration via our website is encouraged to help us simplify the elections process. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration.

    Election Process

    Meeting attendees who are members of the DACH Basel chapter as of Friday April 16th may vote. Online ballots will be made available to all eligible attendees.

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. Since there is a candidate for each of the offices, per our bylaws nominations for office may not be made from the floor. Each candidate will be given two minutes to address the members.

    If you cannot participate in person, it is possible to vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 16th, and give the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

    Candidates

    Chair - Ben Stewart

    My name is Ben Stewart and I am running for the position of Chair for Democrats Abroad-Basel. I am a native Hoosier and I vote in New York where I last lived before moving to the UK, Basel, Dubai, and now back to Basel. Based on my exposure to the DA-Basel community, I am absolutely convinced that we are well-positioned to continue delivering meaningful opportunities for active citizenship for our fellow Americans in the Basel region. More - add link

    Vice Chair - Kristen Jafflin

    It has been great working with the engaged, active team we have here in Basel over the last 4+ years that I've been active in the chapter. I am hoping to continue that work as Vice Chair for the 2021-2022 period. The last year has been challenging, as the global COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from engaging in many of the activities we hold dear. I'm sure many join me in looking forward to being able to start in-person activities again sometime soon. More - add link

    Secretary - Vivian Beetle

    Living abroad may create physical distance but it need not diminish our connection and involvement. This is what drives my commitment to Democrats Abroad. Working in concert with like-minded folks to address issues and determine leadership in the USA provides a concrete means to contribute from afar. More - add link

    Treasurer - Jon Frost

    I am running as Treasurer for Democrats Abroad Basel. 

    I am a Washington state voter, born and raised in the Seattle area. My wife Elisa, our two kids (9 and 6) and I have lived in Basel since 2017. Before that we lived in Amsterdam for 8 years, and were part of Democrats Abroad in The Netherlands. More - add link

    Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

    Faithfully submitted,
    The Basel Chapter Nominations and Elections Committee
    Jamie Donahoe and Carolyn Groff


  • 2021 DACH Zurich Elections: Here are our Nominees

     

    New Chapter Leadership to be Elected at Zurich Annual General Meeting April 14

    The Democrats Abroad Zurich Chapter 2021 Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that the election of the 2021-2023 Zurich Chapter Leadership will take place during the 2021 Zurich Annual General Meeting, on Wednesday April 14th, online. (See separate AGM announcement for details). We hope you will attend to hear our annual report, to show support for the nominees, and, most importantly, to vote for the candidates of your choice. The offices to be elected are:

    1. Chair
    2. Vice Chair
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer

    We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates. See their names and statements below.

    Voting Method

    Meeting attendees who are DA members as of Monday April 12th may vote.

    If you cannot participate in person, it is possible to vote by proxy: Request a proxy form from [email protected], identify a member you know who will attend, send a copy of your completed and signed proxy form to us by April 12th, and give the form to the attending member before the AGM. Any voter at the meeting may hold at most two proxies.

    Voting by advance ballot will not be available.

    Election Process

    At the meeting, the four offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. For offices with zero nominees (only), nominations for office may be made from the floor, as write-in candidates. All candidates will be given five minutes to address the members.

    List of Candidates 

    Office: Chair (1)

    Zachary Bailey
    My name is Zachary Bailey and I am nominating myself to be the chair of the Zürich chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland. I wish to help further our goals as a party and fight for the many issues that face both our country and the world. The recent election and the global pandemic have laid bare the fragility of our political, public health and social welfare institutions to this time of great upheaval. As chair of the Democrats Abroad in Zürich, I can help organize around those issues that are both close to me, and the issues that are close to other members of our chapter.

    Office: Vice Chair (1)

    Karen Herzog
    I am interested in the Vice Chair role. I have been in Switzerland for 25 years. My husband is Swiss and we live outside of Winterthur. I have two teenagers. I have worked for many years in the Pharma industry for large multi-national companies and smaller ones in the compliance area ( financial and anti-bribery). I have lived in many places in the US, but am registered in Wisconsin as this is where I grew up. I am as well a Swiss citizen and speak fluent German at a C1-2 level. I have been in contact with the Dems Abroad last year because I was facing some issues with obtaining my absentee ballot. The group was extremely helpful and I did assist with some last minute mailings. I would like to be involved as I see now that this dedicated group can make a difference. I am also very impressed that Dems Abroad also has a voting bloc represented in the electoral process.

    Office: Secretary (1)

    Jenifer Kechulius
    My name is Jenifer Kechulius and I am interested in the open secretary position with Democrats Abroad Zurich. While in college and grad school I held the positions of secretary, president, and treasurer of various student groups (this gave me my first experiences taking minutes for meetings). More recently I have held positions  as the program director of a private music school, the executive director of a chamber orchestra (ran monthly board meetings), and I am currently the administrative assistant for a music festival in Austria. I have a lot of experience with organizational and secretarial tasks from these positions.

    Office: Treasurer (1)

    Chi Tran Brändli
    I’m a Vietnamese American, who was born in Vietnam but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area since I was 8 years old. I graduated UC Berkeley with a major in immunology. I got a Masters in Economics from the University of St. Gallen after moving here with my Swiss husband. I’m a portfolio manager/equity analyst at a private bank. I’ve been living in Zurich since 26 years and have two teenage daughters.


    We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our local chapter events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

    The online meeting will start at 18:30 PM and will last a maximum of 2.5 hours.

    RSVP on this page for the meeting details.

    Not a member yet but want to participate in the elections? Join here.

    Want to cast a ballot but not able to attend? Complete a proxy form and email it to [email protected].


  • published Say Hello to our New Executive Committee! in News 2021-03-20 10:45:50 -0400

    Say Hello to our New Executive Committee!

    Last Sunday, Democrats Abroad Switzerland held our 2021 Annual General Meeting, including elections for our 2021-23 leaders!

    Say "Hello!" to our new ExCom!

    Office Name Email
    Chair Eric Burns [email protected]
    Vice Chair Liz Voss [email protected]
    Secretary Kristen Sharp [email protected]
    Treasurer Meli Hughes [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Joe Amato [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Pete Kaiser [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Jennifer Shore [email protected]
    Member-at-Large Cedric Sumo [email protected]
    Immediate Past Chair, 2020-21 Vance White [email protected]
    DPCA Voting Representative Leedonal Moore [email protected]
    DPCA Voting Representative Vivian Beetle [email protected]
    DPCA Voting Representative Zachary Bailey [email protected]

    We are already working on plans for engaging with you, our members, as well as ways to reach out to other US citizens living in Switzerland. We want to hear from you and what you care about, so please get in touch!


  • 2021 Annual General Meeting: Join us this Sunday!

    The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is this Sunday!

    We will be electing our leaders for 2021 - 2023; they will guide us through our social, educational, and political events leading up to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This will be a crucial period of creating and executing policy during the first half of President Biden's first term in office and we want your input!

    Are you interested in attending? Please RSVP on the event page here.

    Learn about the candidates here.

    Not a member yet but want to participate in the elections? Join here.

    Want to cast a ballot but not able to attend? Complete a proxy form and email it to [email protected].

    Read more

  • published Geneva Chapter Call for Candidates 2021 in News 2021-02-25 08:06:03 -0500

    Geneva Chapter Call for Candidates 2021

    WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED! NOW WE ASK AGAIN…

    In Summer 2020, Geneva Chapter members answered the call to get out the vote, and look what happened…now our work begins in earnest, and we ask for your participation once more to lead the Geneva chapter ahead for the all-important 2022 midterms! Become a part of the Geneva Chapter committee!

    2021 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR DEMOCRATS ABROAD - GENEVA CHAPTER COMMITTEE

    Every two years, the Democrats Abroad Geneva Chapter elects a new committee consisting of four positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Democrats Abroad is an organization which supports the Democratic Party agenda by registering U.S. citizens overseas to vote in elections, disseminating information about Democratic candidates and policies, and encourages political activism by assisting voters with their ballot submission, as well as involvement with political causes, such as those promoting social justice awareness, for example. 

    Nominations Timeline and Eligibility

    All active members of the DA Geneva Chapter are eligible and encouraged to run for a position. To submit your name for a position, please send an email to [email protected] by March 21st. 

    On March 31st, candidates’ statements, bios, and voting procedures will be distributed via email, along with the notice of the general meeting. 

    At the Annual General Meeting on April 25th, voting will take place electronically. 

    If you are unsure of your active status, please email [email protected].

    Position Descriptions: 
    ☆ Chair 

    • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to country and global committees as required
    • Engage in membership recruitment, retention, and outreach in the Geneva/Vaud/Suisse Romande region
    • Ensure that core work is being done and appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group
    • Represent DACH Geneva as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom) and report to the DACH ExCom on chapter activities
    • Work with the other DACH chapters, volunteers, and the DACH ExCom
    • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in the Geneva/Vaud/Suisse Romande region, and keep members informed about activities and events
    • Contribute to DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom

    ☆ Vice Chair 

    • Assist the Chair in all Geneva Chapter activities
    • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Substitute for the Chair when needed
    • Organize and conduct any scheduled Chapter meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Represent DACH Geneva together with other Chapter members in media relations activities

    ☆ Secretary 

    • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee as necessary
    • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
    • Manage and maintain the Geneva Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
    • Ensure event advertising, internet, and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members

    ☆ Treasurer 

    • Manage the finances of DACH Geneva in agreement with the Geneva Chair and the DACH ExCom Treasurer
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
    • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
    • Educate the Geneva Chapter members on latest updates on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad

    Nominations and Election Committee:

    Laura Messenger, [email protected] 
    Anne Grosset

     


  • rsvped for DACH Basel Chapter Annual General Meeting 2021 2021-02-18 05:29:55 -0500

    DACH Basel Chapter Annual General Meeting 2021

    Save the date for our chapter AGM!

    We will celebrate the past two years, hear from our leaders and members, and vote in the new leadership team.

    RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

    PROPOSED AGENDA, SUBJECT TO CHANGE:

    • Welcome
    • Roll call - online check-in
    • Approval of minutes from 2020 AGM
    • Year in Review report
    • Short description of positions
    • Thanks to outgoing officers
    • Candidate statements
    • Elections
    • Welcome of new officers
    • Announcements/Upcoming events
    • Adjourn

    All interested members are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration via our website is encouraged to help us simplify the elections process.


    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    April 18, 2021 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Basel, BS
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
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  • DACH Geneva Chapter Annual General Meeting 2021

    Save the date for our chapter AGM!

    We will celebrate the past two years, hear from our leaders and members, and vote in the new leadership team.

    RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

    Proposed Agenda, Subject to Change

    • Welcome
    • Roll call - online check-in
    • Year in Review report
    • Short description of positions
    • Thanks to outgoing officers
    • Candidate statements
    • Elections
    • Welcome of new officers
    • Presentation and discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in DACH
    • Announcements
    • Adjournment

    Add to your Google Calendar.

    WHEN
    April 25, 2021 at 1:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Geneva, GE
    Switzerland
    Google map and directions
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  • DACH Zurich Chapter Annual General Meeting 2021

    Save the date for our chapter AGM!

    We will celebrate the past two years, hear from our leaders and members, and vote in the new leadership team.

    RSVP to receive the Zoom information.

    Tentative Agenda

    TOPIC TIME (Tentative)* RESPONSIBILITY
    1. Call to Order, Welcome, and Rules 18:30 - 18:40 Co-Chair, Stacy Streuli
    2. Welcome poem read by Jazzmin Dian Moore   Jazzmin Dian Moore, DPCA Voting Rep.
    3. Annual Highlights Slideshow, Zurich 18:45 - 19:00 Co-Chair, Darcy Alexandra
    4. Membership Achievements & Milestones 19:05 - 19:10 Co-Chair, Britta Kürzi
    5. Treasurer's Report 19:15 - 19:20 Treasurer, Elianna Meyerson
    6. Member Presentation 19:25 - 19:40 TBD
    7. Chapter Elections, with Candidate Statements and Questions 19:45 - 20:20*

    Chair
    Vice Chair
    Secretary
    Treasurer
    Nominations and Elections Committee, Joe Amato and Vicky Spiegel
    8. Closing Remarks and Call to Adjourn 20:25 Newly Elected Chair

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    WHEN
    April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm
    WHERE
    Zoom Meeting
    Zürich, ZH
    Switzerland
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  • published Basel Chapter Call for Candidates 2021 in News 2021-02-14 15:00:57 -0500

    Basel Chapter Call for Candidates 2021

    2021 Call for Nominations for Democrats Abroad-Basel Chapter Committee

    Every two years, the Democrats Abroad Basel Chapter elects a new committee consisting of four positions: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Democrats Abroad is an organization which supports the Democratic Party agenda by registering U.S. citizens overseas to vote in elections, disseminating information about Democratic candidates and policies, and encourages political activism by assisting voters with their ballot submission, as well as involvement with political causes, such as those promoting social justice awareness, for example.

    Nominations Timeline and Eligibility

    All active members of the DA Basel Chapter are eligible and encouraged to run for a position. To submit your name for a position, please send an email to [email protected] by March 14th.

    On March 24th, candidates’ statements, bios, and voting procedures will be distributed via email, along with the notice of the general meeting.

    At the Annual General Meeting on April 18th, voting will take place electronically.

    If you are unsure of your active status, please email [email protected].

    Position Descriptions:
     

    Chair

    • Lead and mobilize members to join the Basel team and welcome new members
    • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter and report to national and international as required
    • Ensure that Secretary and Treasurer core work is being done and appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the group
    • Represent DACH Basel as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom) and report to the DACH ExCom on city chapter activities
    • Work with the other city chapters, volunteers, and the DACH ExCom
    • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in this region of Switzerland, and keep members informed about activities and events
    • Contribute to DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws as established by the ExCom
    • Coordinate and share responsibility with the DACH ExCom and Zurich Chapter for voter and member outreach in the Swiss German region where no chapters are yet established

    Vice Chair

    • Assist the Chair in all Basel Chapter activities
    • Partner with the Chair to take on some of their responsibilities
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Substitute for the Chair when needed
    • Organize and conduct the regularly scheduled Chapter meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Represent DACH Basel together with other Chapter members in media relations activities

    Secretary

    • Distribute meeting agendas to the Chapter Committee
    • Take and distribute minutes of all meetings and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain files and administrative records of the Chapter (Google Drive)
    • Manage and maintain the Basel Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
    • Ensure event advertising, internet, and social media presence in collaboration with event organizers and committee members

    Treasurer

    • Manage the finances of DACH Basel in agreement with the Basel Chair and the DACH ExCom Treasurer
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team and with the volunteer corps
    • Maintain clear and accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
    • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the Federal Election Commission and campaign finance laws of the United States
    • Educate the Basel Chapter members on latest updates on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad

    Nominating Committee:

    Jamie Donahoe: [email protected]
    Carolyn Groff: [email protected]

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  • published Zurich Chapter Call for Candidates 2021 in News 2021-02-14 13:01:44 -0500

    Zurich Chapter Call for Candidates 2021

     
    The Zurich Chapter of DA Switzerland (DACH) will hold its Annual Chapter Meeting online on Wednesday, 14th April 2021, when we’ll elect our new Chapter Committee. We seek candidates to stand for the four committee positions of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
     
    DACH and the Zurich Chapter have a long history of helping many Americans vote from abroad, working to build a broad member base, and hosting different events to increase community and socio-political knowledge among Americans in the Zurich region.
     
    Let’s continue this journey together as an active chapter. There will be plenty of opportunities for any member to get involved. If you are motivated to take a leadership role in getting out the American vote in Switzerland, helping affect change in US legislation, and increase awareness of social causes, please consider running for a Chapter office!
     
    The four committee positions are described below. Each officer is elected for a two-year term. To nominate yourself or someone else, please write the Zurich Chapter Nominations Committee at [email protected]. Include the name, address, telephone number and email address of the candidate, plus the position desired and a brief statement of intent. Nominations should arrive by end of day, Wednesday, March 10th 2021.
     
    If you are interested in volunteering now but not in seeking a position, please don’t hesitate to complete our volunteer sign-up form or contact Liz Voss, DACH Vice Chair, at [email protected].
     
    Please note: During the term of 2019-2021, three people chose to evenly divide the responsibilities of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary among themselves. This type of collaborative leadership may not work for all people. However, the responsibilities do not change regardless of how the work is divided, and are thus listed below in the traditional roles:
     

    Zurich Chapter Committee Roles & Responsibilities:

    ☆ Chair 

    • Lead, mobilize, and encourage current and new Zurich chapter members
    • Oversee and coordinate the business functions of the chapter
    • Report as necessary to the national committee
    • Ensure that the core work of the Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer is accomplished
    • Create & appoint other positions as necessary for effective functioning of the chapter
    • Represent DACH Zurich as a member of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), and report to the ExCom on chapter activities
    • Hold regular meetings, direct the activities of DACH in this region of Switzerland, and keep members informed about activities and events
    • Contribute to DACH fundraising and ensure all activities are conducted in compliance with FEC and campaign finance laws, as established by the ExCom
    • Coordinate with other leaders and volunteers to assist the event managing and fundraising activities of the chapter
    • Coordinate with DACH GOTV for membership and voter outreach in the Swiss regions where no chapter is yet established

    ☆ Vice Chair 

    • Assist the Chair in all Zurich chapter activities
    • Partner with the Chair to take on some of his/her responsibilities
    • Work with the Chair, leadership team, and volunteers to assist the event managing and fundraising activities of the Chapter
    • Substitute for the Chair when needed
    • Attend DACH ExCom meetings in the absence of the Chair
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the Leadership Team

    ☆ Secretary 

    • Distribute meeting agendas, take minutes of all meetings, and distribute to the Chapter Committee and DACH ExCom
    • Maintain files and administrative records of the chapter (Google Drive)
    • Manage and maintain the Zurich Chapter membership and volunteer lists in coordination with the DACH Secretary. This may require training on the DA database
    • In collaboration with event organizers and any respective committee members, ensure event publicity (social media, DACH website, print, etc)
    • Work to boost DACH Zurich’s social media presence in collaboration with appropriate committee members or event organizers
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the leadership team
    • Assist the leadership team and chapter volunteers in event managing and fundraising activities 

    ☆ Treasurer 

    • Manage the cash needs DACH Zurich in agreement with the Zurich Chair and the DACH Ex-Com Treasurer
    • Maintain accurate financial records and make financial reports as required
    • Ensure all financial matters conform to local rules and regulations as well as to those of the FEC and campaign finance laws of the United States
    • Educate the DACH Zurich chapter members on financial compliance guidance for Democrats Abroad
    • Participate in key discussions and decisions as part of the leadership team
    • Assist the leadership team and chapter volunteers in event managing and fundraising activities
    To nominate, or for further information, write [email protected].

  • published DACH Needs YOU! in News 2021-01-22 14:39:48 -0500

    DACH Needs YOU!

    DACH Needs YOU!!!

    Joe and Kamala have been inaugurated! And members like you help make it happen. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    image1.pngNow, work continues for 2022 and 2024. Locally here in Switzerland, DACH members will soon elect officers for two year terms. Becoming involved on the Executive Committee is rewarding and helps guide the future of our organization. The tremendous growth of membership in the last four years (as Democrats unified in the mission to defeat Mr. Trump) has allowed us to have highly motivated volunteers and a great basis to keep up the momentum with new ideas. We would love to see many new members running for offices. In addition to the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, we will elect “Members-at-Large” to the Executive Committee where you can volunteer your expertise in a given field (Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Chair, Fundraising Chair, etc.) or participate as required based on upcoming activities.

    NOMINATIONS

    This year, Democrats Abroad Switzerland will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Elections on Sunday, March 14th. We have established a Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) with Peter Buterfield as the NEC Chair. This Committee is available to help you determine which position you would like to run for and to answer any questions about how to promote your candidacy. You can contact the Nominations Committee via email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can call Peter at +41 79 598 53 74 or Vance White (Outgoing DACH Chair) at +41 79 746 60 26 to ask about roles and responsibilities.

    Running for officer positions is quite rewarding. And the next two years are a really good way to make your mark on our organization because during non-presidential election years you have time to really focus with the global team to make positive change happen.

    You can help set the Democratic Party Platform, encourage new members and get to know other Democrats Abroad from around the world! And when COVID-19 restrictions ease, you can help us run local in-person events once again!

    Can we count on you? Do you have questions or want to learn more? Are you interested in any of our roles, or know somebody else who might be a good fit? If so, please reach out to [email protected]. We will be more than happy to hear from you. 

    In addition to officers at the DACH country level, we will also have elections this Spring for officers in the Basel, Geneva, and Zürich chapters during their AGMs, so you can also run for local chapter positions.

    IMPORTANT DATES
    March 14, 2021 AGM and Elections
    By Feb. 7, 2021 Members who wish to run for office shall inform the Chair of the NEC in writing (email)
    Feb. 17, 2021 The NEC will distribute to all current members of DACH a notice regarding the election meeting. The notice will include the names of all candidates and a brief summary of their qualifications

    To learn about officer and member-at-large duties, follow this link to see excerpts from the DACH Bylaws.


  • published Sedition in Washington, DC in Press Releases 2021-01-07 02:15:28 -0500

    Sedition in Washington, DC

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 7 January 2021

    Contact: Liz Voss, Vice Chair, [email protected]

    The attack on the Capitol yesterday afternoon may be the most dangerous moment in US history since the Civil War. 

    This attempted coup is the culmination of years of Donald Trump and his Republican cronies building a flourishing white supremacist base, feeding them with lies and falsehoods, and preparing them for violence. 

    While Democrats Abroad supports the right of pro-Trump demonstrators to express their views, we demand prosecution to the fullest extent of the law of those who would use force to overthrow our elected government. Terrorists should be treated as such. The color of their skin should not allow them to walk away without ramifications. We believe the racial injustice on evidence here is deafening.

    We are grateful to our Congressional Representatives and Senators who are, as Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) has said, committed to reconvening and finishing the job that they started today. Anarchy will not prevail. Democracy will.

    More information about Democrats Abroad Switzerland is available at our website, https://www.democratsabroad.org/ch. We can also be found on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) at @swissdemocrats.

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  • Crunch Time for the Georgia Senate Runoff Elections!

    Track your ballot and make sure it has been accepted. You have until January 8 to fix any issues. Please contact your Local Election Office (LEO) and if you have any questions, reach out to our Voter Help Desk!

    Are you a Georgia voter? Have you sent your ballot back yet? If so, great! Make sure you track it to ensure that it is received and counted by your LEO. If you haven't sent your ballot back, you still have a bit of time! You can request and mail your ballot back, but be sure to return it via a courier service to ensure it reaches your LEO in Georgia in time! If you have questions, you can attend a 1-on-1 live voter help session with voting from abroad specialists or find out more at votefromabroad.org/georgia.

    Are you not a Georgia voter but want to get involved to make sure that Democrats #FlipTheSenate? Phone- or textbank with us or many other organizations doing this work! (Yes, you can do it from abroad!) Find more info at democratsabroad.org/phonebanking.

    All resources for the Georgia Runoff Elections can be found here and an overview of the candidates can be found here.


  • published Accept the Votes & Stop the Seditionists in News 2021-01-04 16:48:43 -0500

    Accept the Votes & Stop the Seditionists

    On Wednesday, Jan 6th, the 117th Congress will hold a joint session to accept the results of the Electoral College and certify Joe Biden & Kamala Harris as President and Vice-president elect. Currently, 140 GOP House & 12 Senate members have stated they will not accept, or will challenge the votes from some states. 

    Democrats Abroad is outraged by this seditious behavior. With the release of the Trump Tape it is clearer than ever that Trump is trying to get people to do literally anything they can to steal the election for him. Even if this sedition will fail, it happening at all is damaging to our democracy. Let's do everything WE can to help Congress stand up to him, end the reign of this would-be autocrat, and help us turn the page on this awful chapter in our history. 

    The Action:
    Call your Senators & Representative and ask that they support the Constitution and state elections, and accept the results of the Electoral College vote. 

    A) If your Senators or Representative have stated they will challenge the Electoral College results, call them to demand they stop. They are participating in an attempt to steal the election, disenfranchise and invalidate the votes of American citizens, and support Trump's baseless accusations of fraud. 

    List of Senators in the #SeditionCaucus*
    Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
    Mike Braun, Indiana
    Roger Marshall, Kansas
    John Neely Kennedy, Louisiana
    Josh Hawley, Missouri
    Steve Daines, Montana
    James Lankford, Oklahoma
    Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
    Bill Hagerty, Tennessee
    Ted Cruz, Texas
    Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
    Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming

    (A full list of Congressional members is not available, but 2/3 of Republican Representatives have stated they will challenge the results.)

    B) If your Senators or Representative have not spoken up, or have said that they do not support this sedition, call them to let them know you support their decision to defend the Constitution and support the will of the people. 

    Look up your Representative here.
    Look up your Senators here.

    * Note: this is a developing story and this list is changing in real time. 

    Sample script for seditionists: 

    Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I'm calling about Wednesday's joint session to certify Joe Biden as President elect. I strongly support {insert person's name} accepting the results of the Electoral College vote, and believe that it is sedition to not do so.  

    Sample script for others: 

    Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I'm calling about Wednesday's joint session to certify Joe Biden as President elect. I appreciate {insert person's name} accepting the results of the Electoral Collect vote.

    via Aaron Fishbone at DemocratsAbroad.org/Tiny_Actions


  • published New Zurich Emails! in News 2020-12-07 16:12:46 -0500

    New Zurich Emails!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is very excited to announce our new email addresses. You can find the contact information for the Zurich committee on this page and the national committees here.

    Office Name Email
    Zurich Co-Chairs Britta, Darcy, and Stacy [email protected]
      Britta Kürzi [email protected]
      Darcy Alexandra [email protected]
      Stacy Streuli [email protected]
    Zurich Treasurer Elianna Meyerson [email protected]

     


  • published New Geneva Emails! in News 2020-12-07 16:08:09 -0500

    New Geneva Emails!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is very excited to announce our new email addresses. You can find the contact information for the Geneva committee on this page and the national committees here.

    Office Name Email
    Geneva Chair Laura Messenger [email protected]
    Geneva Book Club Sam Carmalt & Anne Grosset-Pilloud [email protected]

  • published New Basel Emails! in News 2020-12-07 16:03:05 -0500

    New Basel Emails!

    Democrats Abroad Switzerland is very excited to announce our new email addresses. You can find the contact information for the Basel committee on this page and the national committees here.

    Office Name Email
    Basel Chair Kristen Jafflin [email protected]
    Basel Treasurer Vivian Beetle [email protected]
    Basel Nominations Jamie Donahoe [email protected]

     


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