Zurich - Wasserkirche by night by Lukas Schlagenhauf, on Flickr
Zurich - Wasserkirche by night by Lukas Schlagenhauf, on Flickr

The Zurich Chapter of DA Switzerland will hold its Annual Chapter Meeting on Saturday June 22, 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.

DA Switzerland 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 over the course of this year and the 2020 Presidential Election year. If you are motivated to take a leadership role in getting out the American vote in Swiss Germany, please consider running for a Chapter office! Details about the Annual Chapter Meeting with elections will be announced ASAP.

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 zurich-elections@democrats.ch. 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 Saturday, June 1st and will be publicized the first week of June; later nominations will be less publicized to voters.

If you are interested in volunteering now but not in seeking a position, please don’t hesitate, contact Liz Voss, DA Switzerland Secretary at secretary@democrats.ch.

 

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 & volunteers to assist the event managing & 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 & 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 & fundraising activities.

TREASURER

  • Manage the cash needs DA 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 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 & fundraising activities.

To nominate, or for further information, write zurich-elections@democrats.ch.