Co-Chair, Geneva Chapter

I’m a lifetime Democratic voter living in Aubonne, Switzerland since 2004. Voting in California. My wish: I want to see the US return to the Roosevelt/Kennedy/Johnson Democratic principles that made it so great.

When I learned of Democrats Abroad about 2010, I started attending events, and soon got active to help DA advance its admirable mission. I believe I’ve helped do that in the years since, filling different roles and enriching my own life in the process.

In the 2020 Presidential election, Dems Abroad helped achieve record 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. This year the Switzerland Executive Committee has set engagement and outreach as chief goals, to get members active in Democrats Abroad, and to let Americans all over Switzerland learn about us. As Chapter co-chair I will work to advance those goals in the Geneva/Vaud region, with political and social activities. 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.

If YOU are an American Democrat in Suisse Romande and just learning about DA, why not jump in? Check out our upcoming national and chapter events!

You can email me at [email protected] or both Geneva co-chairs at [email protected].


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  • published Geneva Chapter calls for Chair candidates in News 2017-05-03 17:38:14 -0400

    Geneva Chapter calls for Chair candidates

    The new Geneva Chapter of Democrats Abroad Switzerland is getting organized! Two new chapters – Basel and Geneva - join Zurich (2009) in May. The Geneva organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 6 to 8 PM.

    We are looking for a person, or people, who wish to run for Chapter Chair for the May 2017 – May 2019 term. This position will be elected on May 24. Chairperson will be the only chapter elected office.

    This will also be the chapter organizational meeting, when we get the chapter up and running and talk about other positions on the new committee, to be appointed by the Chair. The positions of Vice-chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Events/Volunteer Coordinator have been proposed.

    WHAT DOES THE CHAPTER CHAIR DO?

    The role of the future Chair will be to see that the Geneva Chapter engages its members in the U.S. political process with events and political action. The goals are to build community among area Democrats, and to help Democrats win U.S. races at state and federal levels, by getting out the vote in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections. There is plenty of opportunity and demand for activism to promote the Democratic message and to counter the policies being put in place by the new Republican administration. The Chair also appoints others to join the Chapter committee, and has a seat on the country executive committee. See fuller description below.

    Consider running! Any member of Democrats Abroad active in the Geneva region is eligible, and encouraged, to run for Chair, and to vote.

    CANDIDATE STATEMENT, NOMINATING PROCESS

    To run for Chair, please submit your name, address, telephone number and email address to the Nominating Committee, along with optional Statement of Intent (up to 200 words). A statement could present what you think qualifies you for the position of chair, and the priorities that you will focus your time and energy on over the next two years.

    Please submit your nomination and statement by Wednesday, May 10. The list of candidates and their statements, along with election details and voting procedures, will be posted on the website and emailed to members soon after.

    The Chapter organizational meeting and election will take place: 6-8pm, Wednesday May 24, at a member’s home near old-town Geneva. For details see our event post here.

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE

    For further information about elections or the officer roles, please contact the Nominating Committee, or either member:

     

    JOB DESCRIPTION & DUTIES OF CHAIR

    As Chief Executive Officer of the Geneva chapter and Member ex officio of the DACH Executive Committee (ExCom), the Chair is expected to

    • be a dedicated team player who will work with Geneva volunteers, the DACH ExCom, and other chapters;
    • appoint other chapter officers as needed to sit on the chapter committee, and define their responsibilities;
    • organize and conduct regularly scheduled meetings and other events of the Geneva chapter as needed;
    • establish and support all committees necessary for the proper functioning of the chapter;
    • coordinate and share responsibility with the DACH ExCom for voter and member outreach in the Swiss Romande region where no chapters are yet established.

     


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