February 26, 2023

2023 Suisse Romande Annual General Meeting || Meet the Candidates

The 2023 Annual Chapter Meeting of DA Switzerland’s Suisse Romande Chapter will take place in person on Wednesday, March 22nd.

We will hear reports on Chapter activity during the past year, conduct any necessary business, and elect our leaders for the upcoming two-year term. The new committee will guide the chapter through our social, political and voter-outreach events through the 2024 Elections and into 2025.

We will meet in Nyon, a quick train ride from Geneva, and we welcome our Chapter members living in Geneva and throughout Suisse Romande. 

BY TRAIN: To Nyon. Four trains/hour from both Geneva and Lausanne.
BY CAR: Plenty of free parking at the Perdtemps lot.

To attend please RSVP here.

AGENDA (subject to change)

  • Welcome and Introductions 
  • Approval of Minutes from 2022 ACM 
  • 'Year in Review' Report by co-chairs
  • Outlook report on 2023 and 2024
  • Leadership Elections: 
    • Short Descriptions of Positions 
    • Candidate Elections 
  • Other New Business 
  • Welcome to the New Officers 
  • Adjourn 

New Leadership to be Elected at the Annual Chapter Meeting

The Suisse Romande Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce that Election of the 2023-2025 Chapter officers will take place during the Annual Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd, in Nyon. All members in attendance may vote. If you cannot participate in person, it is possible to vote by proxy: Write Nominations/Elections Committee for details.

 The offices to be elected are:

  1. Chair 
  2. Vice Chair 
  3. Secretary 

We thank all those who came forward to present themselves as candidates in advance. See their names and statements below, as well as offices still seeking candidates. For positions with no advance nominees, the meeting will accept nominations from the floor. Any unfilled positions may be filled later by appointment by the Chair.

Election Process

At the meeting, the offices will be elected one by one, in the order shown above. For offices with zero nominees, nominations for office may be made from the floor. All candidates will be given two minutes to address the members.

Nominated Candidates

Candidates are listed here within each office in alphabetic order by last name.

Office: Chair
Self-Nomination: Emily T. Blitz
Candidate Statement: 

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. 

I see serving as the Swiss Romande Chapter Chair as an interesting and excellent opportunity to expand my role in DACH again. As leader of the Swiss Romande Chapter, I feel I could contribute ideas and energy to chart the course that the Chapter could take in the coming years. 

If I am elected , 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 members make the most of this dynamic time. 

Office: Vice Chair (no nomination submitted)

Office: Secretary (no nomination submitted)

March 22, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm Bern Time 

Private residence 7-10-minute walk from train station, address details supplied upon RSVP
Nyon, VD 1260
Google map and directions 

Questions? Write to Nominations/Elections Committee.