Democrats Abroad Elects New Officers and Announces Future Plans
By Bruce Rossley
San Miguel de Allende Democrats Abroad held its annual meeting and election of new officers for the 2015/2016 term on January 26 at La Biblioteca’s Sala Quetzal. Democrats Abroad national and local chapters exist in over 67 countries throughout the world. The San Miguel de Allende chapter is the largest in Latin American and one of the largest chapters in the world. The organization exists to help elect Democratic candidates in the United States to provide a voice in US public policy for Americans living abroad and to provide educational and social programs for members of the American expat community.
The newly elected chairperson is Marc Berube. Marc is also the current national Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Mexico and served as treasurer of the local chapter from 2012 to 2014. The new Vice Chairperson is Ellie Yepez, who is a member of the National Executive Committee of Democrats Abroad and the Get-Out-The-Vote Chair of the local chapter. Also elected were Paul Materazzo, Parliamentarian; Hannerle Moore, Treasurer; and Helen Hatton, Secretary. Elected Executive Committee Members-at-large are Terry Daugherty, Lee Asheroff, David Hartman, Linda Sorin, and David Burton. Outgoing Chair and Founding Member, Bruce Rossley, was nominated as Chair Emeritus to recognize his significant contributions to the organization.
In his acceptance remarks, Berube outlined Democrats Abroad SMA’s planned activities for the next two years. The focus will be on increasing member involvement and engagement through communication, social media, and information sharing. Another key focus will be the 2016 elections, especially the Democrats Abroad Global Primary, in which members’ votes contribute to the pledged delegate votes for presidential contenders at the Democratic National Convention. Berube reviewed the organization’s Strategic Plan and accomplishments, highlighting completed items, items still in play, and new initiatives to be addressed in the coming two years.
Each member of the Executive Committee will actively participate in one of five focus areas, including Membership/Volunteers, Communication/Social Media, Get Out the Vote/GOTV, Community Outreach/Partnering, and Development/Events.
Berube noted that all Democrats Abroad activities ultimately support voting from abroad and will lead to the 2016 elections in the United States. Democrats Abroad will again provide voter registration and absentee ballot assistance on a nonpartisan basis as it has done for the last 10 years.
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