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Monday, March 18, 2013

DA SWITZERLAND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013


On Saturday March 23rd we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elections for our national officers of Democrats Abroad Switzerland (DACH). These elections are held in odd numbered years so that there is an organized team in place when the mid-term election cycle begins in the United States. (2014 is around the corner!) Most of your current Executive Committee members have served since 2009 and are stepping down so that new leadership can take the reigns of our organization and bring with them fresh ideas and energy. DACH is made up of all volunteers working together to keep Americans like us living abroad informed and connected to the political process, and make it easy for us to vote from abroad. We hope you will come and support the members who have stepped up and also invite you to consider becoming part of the leadership team. (Four positions will be open for nominations from the floor during the meeting. They are: Secretary, Legal Counsel, 2 Members-at-Large.)
In order to make it easier for our members living across Switzerland, we will hold the AGM in Geneva and Winterthur and invite you to take part from either location.
WHAT:    DA Switzerland Annual General Meeting and
 Voting for National Officers 
WHERE
Geneva: Hotel d'Angleterre, Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Geneva. See directions below.
or
Winterthur: Home of Zurich Chapter Chair. Please RSVP and we will send you the address and directions.
WHEN:    March 23, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm
What takes place at this meeting?
Meet and mingle with members and the newly elected leadership.
Find out how you can get involved and volunteer opportunities.
Help shape our organization's goals and events for the next two years.
Never been to a Democrats Abroad meeting or event? Come meet friendly like-minded Americans! This is a perfect opportunity to find out more and stay connected with politics back home and get geared up for the 2014 mid-term elections!
What kind of activities do we organize outside of election years? Social gatherings, film and discussion nights, cultural art tours, softball games... Check out our Facebook page, blog and photo albums and scroll through the posts from the past few years to see more!
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DA Switzerland 2013 Annual General Meeting
DRAFT AGENDA:
2:00pm – 2:15pm
- Registration, mingle
2:15pm – 3:00pm
- Call to order
- Approval of 2012 AGM minutes
- Officer Reports
- Zurich Chapter Report
3:00pm – 3:30pm
- Executive Committee Elections
- Candidate speeches, and nominations from the floor for positions without candidates
- Voting, collection of ballots
3:30pm – 4:00pm
- Farewell to current Executive Committee
- Announcement of election results
- Welcome remarks from new Executive Committee
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Outreach to members:
How to create an active group of Democrats Abroad in your region or town?
How to volunteer your time and offer your skills to Democrats Abroad? 
What policy issues groups exist and how can you contribute or create one in DACH?
4:30pm – 5:00pm
Questions, open floor, discussion
5:00pm    Adjournment 
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We look forward to meeting new members and seeing old friends. Let us know you plan to attend in Geneva or Winterthur to help us with preparations at chair@democrats.ch.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday afternoon, March 23rd!
Maya Samara
Chair, Democrats Abroad Switzerland
Directions to the AGM in Geneva:
From Cornavin Railway Station:
Geneva's main station is a seven-minute walk to Hotel d'Angleterre (800m).
On foot: Walk along Rue des Alpes and turn left onto Quai du Mont-Blanc. Hotel D'Angleterre is number 17
By bus: When you exit the train station, take bus numbers 1 or 25, direction ''Jardin Botanique''. Get off at at ''Monthoux'' stop and continue along Rue de Monthoux toward the lake until you reach Hotel d'Angleterre at the end of the street
Parking: Several parking garages are located nearby the hotel.
PARKING DU GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI, Quai du Mont-Blanc 19 (Fr. 1.- per 0h20)
PARKING DES ALPES, Rue Thalberg 12 (Fr. 1.- per 0h20, then per 0h15)
PARKING DE CORNAVIN,Place de Cornavin (Fr. 1.- per 0h30, then per 0h15) 
For address and directions to the AGM in Winterthur, please email chair@democrats.ch.


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