June 16, 2015

Join us for Fourth of July in Frognerparken – on the 4th!

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The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is once again arranging *the* annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America fans. And best of all, it’s free!

This year’s event – the 30th consecutive celebration of America’s independence – is slated for Saturday, July 4th between 12pm and 5pm. This marks the first time the celebration is being held ON the 4th of July!

Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of the ACCN and our tent is a mainstay of the event.

As always, the event will have all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Come join us in Frogner Park for a fun-packed afternoon featuring:

  • Family Entertainment – including Airbuzz, Lady Moscow and the Rock Band Dancers
  • Sports
  • Great food
  • Raffles
  • Win plane tickets to the U.S.!
  • Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Children’s games
  • A beautiful setting in which to celebrate
  • And last but not least, lots of good, old-fashioned American hospitality

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NORWAY WILL BE THERE

Want to get registered to vote in the upcoming midterm elections? Already registered to vote, but need help requesting your ballot?

Want to learn more about our upcoming slate of events as we approach midterm elections?

Or do you just want the opportunity to meet other Democrats — and the chance to become a member? Then the ACCN Independence Day Celebration is the place.

Democrats Abroad Norway will be manning a tent at the ACCN Independence Day Celebration at Frogner Park on Saturday from noon until 5pm. Come stop by for all your voting needs and to get your political fix!

FIND OUT MORE

Click on the link for the ACCN site for more information about events that help connect Americans in Norway to other Americans!And feel free to visit www.accn.no for more information.

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March 12, 2015

Nominations for DAN board 2015-17

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Dear DAN members,

Below are the self-nominations we have received for positions on the 2015-17 board. All of the candidate profiles were written by the candidates themselves. There is one nominee per open position. More information about casting ballots in this year’s board elections will be posted to this site shortly. UPDATE: Ballots have been sent to all DAN members by e-mail. If you have not received an electronic ballot, please contact DANelection2015@hotmail.com and request that a ballot be sent to you.

Nominated Candidate for Chair position: 

Lisa Cooper

I have been Chair for Democrats Abroad in Norway for ca. 4 years in non-consecutive terms. I have been privileged to lead the Norway team after the 2008 election of Barack Obama and the re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012. I come am from a family of staunch Democrats and passionate voting poll workers in New York.

I have a Marketing degree, an M.B.A and partially completed Masters of Management from B.I. I have over 25 years of top management experience in private and public sector in the States and Norway. I have served on several Boards in Norway in private, public and voluntary sectors.  I established my own company in 2008 that focuses on diversity. I am currently on the Affirmative Action Committee of Democrats Abroad and will assist in developing an Affirmative Action and inclusion plan and selecting delegates to the Convention in 2016.
I am motivated to bring in the votes for Democrats from Norway and find creative ways to increase our members, participation at our events and generate knowledge and excitement on the political process in the States. We also have some key issues that effect American abroad that we need to build awareness on and become active in lobbying.
We have an exciting 2-year period ahead and may be entering another historic first with the election of a female Democrat. I feel I can make a difference and am motivated and committed to continue and improve our efforts in the next 2 years.
Best Regards,
Lisa Cooper
Founder & Managing Director
LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION

 

Nominated Candidate for Vice-Chair position:

Brad Larson

Democrats Abroad has been a strong force for getting Americans in Norway involved in the Political process. Helping Americans to register to vote and encouraging each of us to actually make the effort to cast our ballots has been an important role for DAN.

I’d like to continue to support these efforts through another term as Vice Chair.

I’m originally from Maryland, but have lived and worked in Norway since 1983. Before that I worked in Communications/Government Relations in Washington, D.C. I’ve followed the legislative process and know the importance of grassroots lobbying campaigns and getting out the vote. During my years in Norway, I’ve worked to build bridges between cultures. That has included handling communications for a number of corporations and more recently teaching Internal Communications and Rhetoric at The Norwegian School of Business (BI). I head my own company in communications and management consulting.

I’ve been active in Democrats Abroad for the past seven years, having first served in a communications role and then as Chair from 2010-2011. I then stepped back to Vice Chair to give more focus to communications, PR and events running up to the 2012 elections – and want to spend more time in this role as we move toward 2016.

We also need to be active in addressing issues that affect Americans abroad, such as the complexity of handling tax matters and the unnecessary demands of reporting foreign bank holdings.

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Nominated Candidate for Treasurer position:

Barbara Ødegaard

Education:  Degree in Business Administration

United Nations: Peacekeeping Diploma. In addition to my work in Economic and Social Affairs in UN Hqts.  I was assigned to UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon) for five years. This posting covered South Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt.

Upon retiring from United Nations after 25 years of service and moving to Norway, I became interested in volunteerism.

Once settled in Oslo with my husband I soon got involved with Democrats Abroad. Through my years of service in DAN I have cultivated great relationships with American Expats living in Norway. Some of whom have a long history of being involved in the political process, and others whom I encouraged to become active and exercise their RIGHT TO VOTE.

In 2007 I had the opportunity to represent DAN in Brussels (at my own expense) and caucused for a seat on the floor at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.  I also worked in Denver at the convention and was the only volunteer from Norway who worked for the Presidential Inaugural Committee during the Inauguration in 2008.

I was appointed Acting Chair of DAN by the former Chair from October 2008 to January 2009.  Subsequently I was also appointed as Events Chair by both the former and current DAN Chairs. In this position I have organized and executed many DAN events which have been well received by the American Community, especialy the people’s Buffet which was held for Americans Abroad on 10 Dec. to celebrate President Obama being awarded the Nobel Prize.

During the summer of 2012 I was again a volunteer at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina for two weeks.

DAN’s participation on Election Night Nov. 6th was outstanding. This event attracted 1000 people. Finally in December 2012 I was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Comm. As a volunteer for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. It was truly an amazing experience and I am so honored and humbled to have been a part of it.

As DAN’s Treasurer I have managed the finances of the organization and kept records of all receipts and disbursements, deposit and disburse DAN funds, as well as make an annual financial report to DAN. I have also insured that any necessary reports to the DNC or tax authorities are filed as may be required by law.

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Nominated Candidate for Secretary position:

David Golden 

THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP AS WELL AS KEEPING MINUTES. I HAVE BEEN THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN WORKING WITH THE SECRETARY FOR THE PAST YEAR.  AFTER THE SECRETARY POSITION BECAME VACANT DUE TO HIS MOVING FROM NORWAY, I HAVE BEEN DOING THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP JOB. I NOW HAVE THE MECHANICS DOWN ON ENROLLING MEMBERS AND WOULD LIKE TO STEP UP TO FULL BOARD POSTION AS SECRETARY.

I WILL CONTINUE SUPERVISING MEMBERSHIP DUTIES, AND MAKE IT A GOAL TO GET ALL VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATIONS TO MEMBERS FOR THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE IN 2016.

I HAVE WORKED AT THE FOURTH OF JULY DEMOCRATS ABROAD TABLE AT FROGNER AND ALSO HELPED WITH VOTER REGISTRATION BEFORE 2014 ELECTIONS.

I AM A RETIRED PHYSICIAN SPEAKING AT A PANEL DISCUSSION ON  THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR DEMOCRATS ABROAD PRIOR TO LAST YEAR’S ELECTION. LOOKING FORWARD TO  AN ACTIVE YEAR MOVING INTO THE NEXT ELECTION!

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Nominated Candidate for Legal Counsel position:

Christina Skovsgaard

My enthusiasm for the Democrats Abroad (DA) started at the first global meeting I attended in 2005.  Since then, the energy that I receive from our membership and the organization as a whole has kept my motivation high. I enjoy being a volunteer for DA and I hope to continue on the team at this exciting time leading up to 2016. I have served as Counsel for two terms.

My activities have increased my knowledge and goals of DA greatly. I have attended and represented DAN, at my own expense, in the annual Global and Regional meetings since 2007.  I am the only member from Norway that has participated in the DC. Door-Knocks  (2009, 2011 and 2014). Together with other members, we lobby on matters pertaining to voting, citizenship rights, FATCA, and always try to increase membership in the non-partisan American Abroad Caucus: https://americansabroad.org/issues/. I participate in the monthly regional & Town Hall conference calls for DA planning.

Here in Norway, I have assisted in all aspects of DAN activities, voter registration, events planning, fundraising, phone-banking etc. I was the organizer for the successful International Bus Tour to Oslo in 2012 and the Obama Acceptance Speech event. I lead the phone banking efforts for the 2014 mid-terms.

DAN bylaws need some revision to be better aligned with international procedures and changes. This will be one on my goals.

Due to these experiences, I have a good foundation for not only understanding the rules, regulations and procedures that are to be followed, but also an understanding of the spirit of the organization.

At home, in Oslo, I am a wife, mother & happy grandmother.

Vision: The right to vote is the power we have. Recently in Selma, we were reminded that we need to increase voter participation.  Increasing votes is the main goal of DAN. We should enable Americans to use their voice, maintain interest and encourage participation in the political process. Senate and Congress races have been won due to our votes, opening eyes in DC.

I am motivated to continue to work to advance the principles of our Party and encourage Americans abroad to vote for our candidates. I thank all members for their participation and look forward to continue to work with and for you in 2015+.

Education: BFA, MFA Speech Pathology and Communications                                                                                                                                                                       Certification: Professional Ski Instructor of America and the Norwegian Ski School

(It is not a requirement to be an attorney to serve as Counsel for DAN)

Questions: contact chris@skovco.com

 

March 11, 2015

Join us at Democrats Abroad Norway’s annual meeting this March 24th

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We invite all DAN members to join us this March 24th for our annual meeting!

Place: Horgans, Hegdehaugsveien 24,Oslo

Time: 17:00-19:00

 The Annual meeting will be open for DAN members only and the agenda is as follows:

 

a.       Review of the last 2 years activities of Democrats Abroad Norway

b.       Count of ballots for Executive Committee

d.      Announcement of new Board

 

 

 

Horgans is the first American Bar & Restaurant in Norway, still kicking after 19 years, they provide new guests and our regulars Offering great service, excellent food and premium beverages!

Horgans is the first American Bar & Restaurant in Norway, still kicking after 19 years, they provide new guests and our regulars Offering great service, excellent food and premium beverages!

 

February 24, 2015

Elections to 2015-2017 DAN Board

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It’s election time for DAN and we want you to help us form the new Board! You can contribute by either casting your vote or nominating yourself for a position.

The current Board was elected by you in March 2013 for a two year term making March 2015 the start of the term for the new Board.

The Board of DAN is comprised of five positions on the Executive Committee and six Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee consists of: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Legal Counsel. Self nominations are required to run for these positions by using a form linked to the post below this one.

Once elected, the Chair appoints Committee Chairs in operational positions to assist in running DAN activities. The Committee Chairs established in 2011 were: Webmaster, Membership, Events, and Promotion. Please contact DANelection2015@hotmail.com if you are interested any of the Committee Chair positions.

HOW will the elections be held?

Elections will be held electronically using SurveyMonkey. Information about how to vote will be distributed electronically to all DAN members.

1) Electronically

2) Delivered in person at the Annual meeting on March 24th in Oslo (place to be announced at later date).

 

WHAT are the deadlines for the election process?

  • February 24th – Members alerted of nomination process
  • March 12th – Deadline for nominations to be received
  • March 24th – Annual meeting (location to be announced) at which ballots are counted and announced

HOW will nominations take place?

The voting is based on self-nominations. If you are interested in running for office, please complete the nomination form linked to the post below the one you are reading. . You are required to submit your name, position running for, and a maximum of 500 words on why you are the best candidate for the position. This information will be posted on our website for all members to view.

HOW can I nominate myself for a Committee Chair position?

The selection of Committee Chairs is based also on self-nominations. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact DANelection2015@hotmail.com with a short overview of what position you are interested in and why. The process for appointing Committee Chairs will be announced in April 2015.

WHAT are the job descriptions for the Board or Executive Committee ?

Job descriptions can be found in the by-laws on our website – www.democratsabroad.no on §4.3-4.7.

 WHY is your vote important?

As stated in our by-laws, we have to reach quorum for our election to be valid and this will require votes from at least ten percent of the verified DAN membership.

WHEN do we announce the new Board?

We will count the votes at our annual meeting on March 24th and announce the new Board. Results will be posted on our website following the meeting.

WHAT will happen at the Annual meeting on March 24th?

The Annual meeting will be open for DAN members only and the agenda is as follows:

a. Review of the last 2 years activities

b. Inputs from Board road ahead

c. Count of ballots for Executive Committee

d. Announcement of new Board

Your participation in this election is important, so please remember to cast your vote and let us know if you are interested in serving on the new Board!

Best regards,

February 24, 2015

Nomination form for elections to DAN board

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Dear DAN member,

Elections are nearing and time is in for nominations!

The voting is based on self-nominations. If you are interested in running for office, please complete the nomination form (click nomination-form-2015 to download) and send to DANelection2015@hotmail.com  

You are required to submit your name, position running for, and a maximum of 500 words on why you are the best candidate for the position. This information will be posted on our website for all members to view on March 12th.

Remember: the deadline for self-nominations is March 12th!

December 23, 2014

Happy holidays from us at DAN

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President Obama is spending the holidays in Hawaii with his family after a whirlwind month that we know has left many Democrats smiling and re-energized.

From all of us at DAN, thanks for your support in 2014 and best wishes for a god jul and a safe and happy holiday season.

Watch this page for news about what we have planned for 2015 sometime in late January!

 

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October 7, 2014

The midterm elections are right around the corner – and DAN is organizing Oslo’s premier pre-election event!

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‘THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2014, WHAT IS AT STAKE AND A LOOK TO 2016

WHERE: Co-working space “657”, Fredenborgsveien 24 D, 0177 Oslo

WHEN: Thursday, October 23 from 6pm to 8:30

Join us for dinner, a drink, a raffle and an evening of first-rate political analysis and discussion!

1. WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS? – How gerrymandering has created a

difficult situation for Democrats in the Midterm election and which states can help shift the momentum. What are the

possibilities of a Republicans take-over in the Senate and what is the effect of the Tea Party on the GOP’s hold

on the House.

Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist – NRK correspondent in Washington DC, responsible for covering

North and South America from 2006-2010, focused particularly on the international economy. She

started as a correspondent in Washington DC in 2010 and she now works in Norway. Author of

“Change and Fear: Barack Obama United States” (2011)

2. THE KEY ISSUES IN THE MID-TERMS – Is defunding Health Care still the key priority for the GOP

and where are both parties with regards to comprehensive immigration reform? Are foreign issues entering

the political arena for the Mid-Terms, and what impact will the conflict in Israel and Palestine have on the

races? What about relations with Russia and Syria? A bi-partisan panel will look at the issues from a range of

perspectives in order to get the most realistic view of what to expect.

Hilde Restad, PhD in International Relations and American Foreign Policy from Thomas Jefferson’s

own university – the University of Virginia. Hilde is currently an associate professor of Peace and

Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College.

Lisa Cooper, Chair, Democrats Abroad

Eric Manderville, Chair, Republicans Abroad

3. AN EARLY LOOK AT 2016 – In addition to doing our own straw poll we will invite 4 guests to give us

their prediction for the Republican and Democratic ballots in 2016!

Honorable Barry White – Former US Ambassador to Norway & the Obama campaign

organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (via Skype)

• Hilde Restad, PhD

• Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist

• DAN and RAN

 

2016 IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

The Mid-terms are really a dress rehearsal for the upcoming presidential elections. Will Hillary finally announce

she is running? Who will challenge her on the Democratic side? Will Mitt Romney give it a third try and who

will the Koch brothers support in the bid for the GOP candidate?

Join us in October for a lively discussion and a look to 2016 to find out!

 

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August 10, 2014

Request your ballot or register to vote at Cafe Fedora on September 2nd!

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Need help requesting a ballot to vote in the 2014 midterm elections? Unsure how to reach election officials in your home state? Or are you registering to vote for the first time?

Join members of the board of Democrats Abroad Norway from 6 to 8pm at Oslo’s very own American-run Cafe Fedora in Frogner. We’ll be armed with computers to help get you registered or to make sure your ballot gets to you in time for you to cast that all-important vote for your Democratic candidate for the House and/or Senate.

We have no formal program for the evening, so please feel free to drop by or stick around for a cup of coffee, a meal, or something sweet.

Cafe Fedora is located at Frognerveien 22, a short walk near the Lille Frogner Alle stop on the #12 tram line.

Hope to see you there!

 

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June 9, 2014

Join us in Frogner Park on June 29th to celebrate the Fourth!

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The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is once again arranging *the* annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America fans. And best of all, it’s free!

This year’s event – the 29th consecutive celebration of America’s independence – is slated for Sunday, June 29th between 12 and 5pm. Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of the ACCN and our tent is a mainstay of the event.

As always, the event will have all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Come join us in Frogner Park for a fun-packed afternoon featuring:

  • Family Entertainment – including Airbuzz, Lady Moscow and the Rock Band Dancers
  • Sports
  • Great food
  • Raffles
  • Win plane tickets to the U.S.!
  • Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Children’s games
  • A beautiful setting in which to celebrate
  • And last but not least, lots of good, old-fashioned American hospitality

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NORWAY WILL BE THERE

Want to get registered to vote in the upcoming midterm elections? Already registered to vote, but need help requesting your ballot?

Want to learn more about our upcoming slate of events as we approach midterm elections?

Or do you just want the opportunity to meet other Democrats — and the chance to become a member? Then the ACCN Independence Day Celebration is the place.

Democrats Abroad Norway will be manning a tent at the ACCN Independence Day Celebration at Frogner Park on Sunday from noon until 5pm. Come stop by for all your voting needs and to get your political fix!

FIND OUT MORE

Click on the link for the ACCN site for more information about events that help connect Americans in Norway to other Americans!And feel free to visit www.accn.no for more information.

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April 29, 2014

DAN is organizing an event on the Affordable Care Act on May 20th and we want to see you there!

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THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

Will it make or break the 2014 Midterm Elections?

  • Democratic candidates across the board are being attacked for supporting it!
  • Republicans are calling it un-American.
  • And Europeans are trying to figure out why!

Join Democrats Abroad Norway on Tuesday, May 20 to get a better understanding of one of the most debated issues in the period running up to the 2014 mid-term elections – The Affordable Care Act.

WHEN : Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (1800-2030)

WHERE : The American Lutheran Church, Oslo

CONTRIBUTION: NOK 150

REFRESHMENTS : Coffee, Tea, Cakes for sale

  • Welcome – Lisa Cooper, Chair, DAN (1800-1810)
  • Introduction to the Event – Brad Larson, Vice Chair, DAN (1810-1820)
  • The ACA – How we got there and what it does David Golden, MD New England political observer & participant (1820-1840)
  • Comparing the ACA and the Norwegian System Egil Marstein, PhD BI, Public Health Policy & Government & Health maintenance/Strategy (1840-1900)
  • Break (1900-1930)
  • The ACA and the Midterms Hon. Barry White, Former US Ambassador to Norway & Obama Campaign organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (1930-2000 – Skype)
  • Round up and social gathering until 2030

Register by May 15th by completing following link : CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hope to see you in May!

Democrats Abroad in Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Egil Marstein

Egil Marstein