DAF-Marseille Chair

I have lived in France since 1987

I discovered Democrats Abroad in 2007 and I have been a member ever since !

In March 2019 I was elected as Chairperson for the Aix Marseille Chapter

This has been a very rewarding and challenging experience 

The more I do with Democrats Abroad the more I love them !


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    Fairness in Retirement Webinar

    Sponsored by the Global Senior Caucus in formation

    Come celebrate International Older Persons Day with Steven Regenstreif, Chair of the National Democratic Seniors Coordinating Council of the DNC, and Democrats Abroad.

    In these turbulent times, Democrats Abroad needs a special caucus representing those in our organization who are retired or aged 65+. Some Seniors living abroad experience particular problems which are unfair. Our in-formation Seniors Caucus will provide a forum to better understand the issues and concerns affecting Seniors. This webinar will look at fairness in retirement, with the aim of undertanding how some, if not many, Seniors living abroad experience partial and unjust treatment or behaviour with favouritism or discrimination. With this in mind, we look particularly at the need for Medicare Portability and the injustice of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), a provision in United States law that changes the way your U.S. Social Security benefits are calculated.

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  • Happy Hour with Lotería (Hispanic Heritage month edition)

    The Hispanic Caucus and DA Belgium join forces to host a fun happy hour to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Join us to learn about Hispanic Culture and to play Lotería (Mexican bingo) – one of the best ways of learning about a culture is through games!

    No prior knowledge of the game required, but if you are curious, here is a short tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKNSIDfyeBk

    We won’t be playing for money, but there might be prizes!

    Date & Time: Wednesday 29 September, 2:15 pm EST, 8:15 pm CET, 1:15 pm MX City

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  • published 4th of July in person home BBQ celebration in News 2021-07-04 04:51:13 -0400

  • published Meet the new Executive Committee Team ! in News 2021-05-04 09:22:45 -0400

    Meet the new Executive Committee Team !

    Meet the new Executive Committee Members representing Aix Marseille for the new term (2021/2022)

    thanks to Peter Gillepsie for the photographics!


  • published LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS MARCH 13TH 2021 at 2pm in News 2021-02-11 06:27:31 -0500

    LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS MARCH 13TH 2021 at 2pm

    • The Leadership Election for the Aix Marseille Chapter of Democrats Abroad France will take place on March 13th. This leadership group will serve all Aix Marseille DAF members living in AIx Marseille (PACA) . Please join us for this election and meeting! You will be able to virtually meet other DAF Aix Marseille members, hear about our organizing efforts in Marseille over the past year this historic election year, and what the year ahead will hold, and also hear speeches from the candidates running for office, and elect your new Chapter Leadership!
      RSVP here in order to receive the meeting information.. https://www.democratsabroad.org/.../daf_aix_marseille...

     

    • CHAPTER CHAIR

      The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all meetings of the Chapter Executive Committee, establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Chair and Chapter Vice Chair, with the advice of the other Officers, may allocate between themselves the duties of the Chapter Chair.

      The Chapter Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chapter Chair to do so, shall be entitled to sit on all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chapter Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Chair shall be an ex-officio member of the DAF Executive Committee and should attend meetings to the extent practical. The Chapter Chair shall report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee the current activities of the Democrats Abroad leadership on a national and international level.

    • CHAPTER VICE CHAIR

      The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chapter Chair in the execution of the Chapter Chair’s duties and shall, in the absence of the Chapter Chair, call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Vice Chair shall serve as the primary liaison with other chapters and be charged with coordinating activities, sharing information, and supporting the activities of the other chapters within France and around the world.

      If the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chapter Chair until the next duly scheduled election.

    • CHAPTER TREASURER

      The Chapter Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and prepare a budget and cash flow forecast as required by the Chapter Chair for approval by the Executive Committee, and interact and coordinate with the Country Treasurer to maintain proper financial reporting structures to ensure the chapter’s finances are in order. All such records shall be available for review by the Chapter Executive Committee.

      The Chapter Treasurer shall be available to consult with Country, Subchapter and Caucus Chairs regarding fundraising activities for projects and activities and access to potential donors.

      Ideally, candidates for this role have experience in accounting, finance, banking, or a related field.

    • CHAPTER SECRETARY

      The Chapter Secretary shall take and archive minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings and all Annual General and Special Meetings of the chapter members. The Chapter Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The minutes of all meetings shall be made available to all Chapter members without undue delay.

      The Chapter Secretary shall notify the members of the results of all Chapter elections. The Chapter Secretary shall be responsible for direct communication with members on matters that concern the entirety of the Chapter, in collaboration with the Chapter Communications Coordinator.

      Candidates for this roles should have experience in with office productivity tools (MS Office, Google Docs, WebEx, etc.) and technology such as the Nationbuilder membership database.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Paris/Ile de France region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

    The Elections Board for Aix Marseille Chapter Elections

    [email protected]


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  • published GPP Voting Center in Marseille was great ! in News 2020-03-11 04:56:56 -0400

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  • published 4th of July Potluck Party ! in News 2019-07-11 05:01:35 -0400

    4th of July Potluck Party !

    We had a fabulous afternoon with lots of new and familiar faces coming and going to our Potluck Party last Sunday July 7th.

    Thanks to Pamela King for hosting the event in her beautiful house and garden

    And thanks to all who came and brought such fabulous food to share the spirit of Democracy !


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  • published Meet our new 2019/2020 Leadership Team ! in News 2019-04-04 09:54:03 -0400

    Meet our new 2019/2020 Leadership Team !

    Congratulations to our DAF Aix Marseille Leadership Team 2019/2020 !

    Susan Fitoussi - Chair

    Joel Luboff - Vice Chair

    Pamela King - Secretary

    Karen Wildau - Treasurer

    Judy Godfrey - Member at Large

    Philip Breeden - Member at Large


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  • Chapter Elections and screening of "ANN" in Aix en Provence March 30th 2019

    Last Saturday march 30,2019 the Aix MARSEILLE DAF chapter held their Elections in Aix en Provence!

    The voting event was aligned with the screening of a Broadway play titled “ANN” at 5pm

    Thanks to our members Jim Lovell and Karen Wildau we were able to all watch the brilliant actress HOLLAND TAYLOR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holland_Taylor performing her incredible one woman show and tribute to the late and great ANN RICHARDS ex governor of Texas !

    With Jim’s lovely opening speech remembering when he worked for her campaign, we all felt very connected to this performance !

    All included we recolted 20 ballots online and 10 ballots in person !

    Some people came just to vote and we are very touched by this gesture of appreciation !

    PS Jim also sent a twitter tweet to Holland Taylor herself to tell her about our event ! 


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  • published Meet our 2019 Leadership Candidates! in News 2019-03-07 04:21:34 -0500

    Meet our 2019 Leadership Candidates!

    The period for DAF Marseille Chapter Executive Committee nominations has now closed.

    The DAF Marseille Elections Board is pleased to announce that the Marseille Chapter ExCom Candidates of 2019 are as follows:

    Marseille Chapter Chair

    Susan Fitoussi

    What I bring to the table –

    Organizational skills, punctuality, bilingual and enthusiasm

    About me!

    Born in Los Angeles California 1962

    I am the third child born of first-generation parents with European origins.

    I left the USA when I was 24 and have lived abroad since.

    I have been living in Marseille for 26 years.

    I work in a huge multi-mega international shipping company. The nice part of this is that I work in a multi-cultural environment.

    I am a single Mom with 2 children that are now independent and married.

    Why I am a Democrat –

    I believe in Universal Health Care – Equal Rights and Environmental Consciousness.

    The Democratic Party represents the values I believe in.

    Why I’m running for this position –

    I have been a member of our chapter since it was created.

    Meeting local Americans and helping them register to vote is certainly one of the most important roles I can play as an American living abroad today!

    We have a great team and I hope to continue working together to organize wonderful events that will bring our community together and most importantly ‘Get out the Vote”!

    What I hope to contribute?

    I would like to bring more members to the chapter and do what it takes to get them more involved.

     

    Marseille Chapter Vice-Chair

    Joel Luboff

    I’m Joel Luboff, and I wish to run Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad France – Marseille. I have been a member of Democrats Abroad for over 25 years and have served on the Executive Committee as a member at large for the past two years. I would like to increase my efforts to support local actions to maintain interest and enthusiasm for getting out the vote among expats in the Marseille and Aix area, and the Vice Chair position would provide an excellent opportunity for me to do so. I am particularly interested in supporting actions of Democrats Abroad in the areas of income and wealth concentration, immigration, and more equitable tax treatment for ex-pats.

     

    Marseille Chapter Secretary

    Pamela King

    More than ever, we need to support the Democratic Party today. It is our best defense against a disappointing and dangerous administration in Washington D.C. Democrats Abroad is particularly well-organized and on the frontlines of the party’s efforts to uphold the civic values of fairness, equality and democracy. Action is needed now, especially when it comes to Getting Out The Vote and getting more Democrats in office. I would therefore be honored to be able to continue serving on the Executive Committee of the Chapter that I co-founded in 2008.

     

    Marseille Chapter Treasurer

    Karen Wildau

    I offer myself as a candidate for treasurer of our chapter. I have served in that post for the past two years. Before that, I served on the Executive Committee for a number of years. I have lived in Aix for nine years but have never lost my interest in American politics and in doing what I can to push the Democratic policy agenda. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies and WE VOTE. Before I retired to France, I was a lawyer for over 37 years. Before that, I was a congressional assistant to Congressman Don Edwards, from California, a leader on the House Judiciary Committee. I have always been interested in politics and government and was active in those pursuits while I was a lawyer in Atlanta. I would like to see more people from our chapter get involved and will work to try to accomplish that goal.

     

    Marseille Chapter Member at Large

    Philip J. Breeden

    After serving my country as a U.S. diplomat for almost 30 years, I moved to Aix en Provence in 2014 where I teach and help administer an American school – The Institute for American Universities. This experience, and my previous post as Consul General in Marseille, has brought me into regular contact with many members of Democrats Abroad in the region. It would be a privilege and honor to join them in promoting one of the central pillars of any democracy – voting by as many citizens as possible. This is all the more important given the current troubled, chaotic and misguided leadership of the United States. It is vital we all contribute to making sure it ends in 2020, so that we can return the United States to a more responsible role in the world. It is in this spirit that I offer my candidacy as Member at Large. 

     

    Marseille Chapter Member at Large

    Judy Godfrey

    I offer myself as a candidate for member at large of our chapter. I have lived in Aix for 40 years but have never lost my interest in American politics. I believe it is important to let American politicians know that even though we live abroad, we care deeply about our country, its leadership and its policies.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles California -I have been living in Marseille since 1994