The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is arranging the annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America-fans! And Democrats Abroad Norway will be there.
Each year the ACCN produces the ACCN Independence Day Celebration in Oslo on the weekend closest to the actual date. This year that means the event will take place on Sunday, June 30th. Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of ACCN and the event.
CELEBRATING IN OSLO
This signature event — “The 28th Annual American Celebration”– will take place from noon to 1700 at Frogner Park in Oslo. The 2013 Celebration is as usual FREE ADMISSION. Bring your family and friends.
As always there will be all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration:
- Family Entertainment – including Duo Scandinavia & Airbuzz!
- Great food
- Raffle book sales
- Win airline tickets to the U.S.!
- Win a weekend for 2 – at the Rica Victoria Hotel
- Instant Win Games
- 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
Do you want to meet other Americans and discuss the American experience in Scandinavia? Are there any specific questions you have about being an American in Norway? 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 1200 to 1700. Join us there and exchange views!
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!
Go to www.accn.no for more information
MEET JUDY COLLINS!
THE LEGENDARY FOLK SINGER JOINS DEMOCRATS ABROAD
IN NORWAY ON MAY 29 at Café Sowal Grønland 18, T-bane stop “Grønland”!
The legendary folk signer Judy Collins will be joining Democrats Abroad Norway for a reception at the Café Sowal in Oslo on Wednesday, May 29 at 1900.
(No registration required and donations will be accepted at the door, address is Grønland 18, T-bane stop “Grønland”)
She is using the opportunity to meet with like-minded Americans and friends in advance of her lead billing engagement the next evening at the Working Class Hero Concert in Drammen at Union Scene.
With her history of social engagement, she will be using the opportunity to touch on important issues and may even be encouraged to sing a cappella one or two of her best loved songs of the 60s and 70s.
Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years.
Judy Collins’ social history has always been linked with her musical history. Judy is drawn to social activism and is a representative for UNICEF and campaigns on behalf of the abolition of landmines, amongst many other causes.
She performed at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in 1993, singing “Amazing Grace” and “Chelsea Morning”. The Clintons named their daughter, Chelsea, after Collins’ recording of the song.
In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Her version of Leonard Cohen´s “Suzanne” is a classic of the late 60´s.
Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Winning “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards was Judy’s version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.”
Hope to see you there !
Dear Democrats Abroad members, here you can find the nominated candidates for 2013-2015 board.
Nominated Candidate for Chair position:
“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 have been Chair for Democrats Abroad in Norway for ca. 3 years. 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 feel I am a good candidate as I have a track record and the needed management experience in leading the organisation. I also have a passion for politics and enjoy following the political situation in US and being a spokesperson for the group. I see opportunities to improve the organisation in the coming term and hope the I am elected to bring about the positive change in membership numbers, reach and scope of activities and general organisation. ”
Nominated Candidate for Vice-Chair position:
“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. But we can do even more.
That’s why I’m putting in my application as a candidate for Vice Chair. My name is Brad Larson.
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 five years and have served as Chair for 15 months before stepping back to Vice Chair to give full focus to the PR and communications functions running up to the 2012 elections. With that background, I’d like to help continue the work that is already underway to increase membership and get Americans registered to vote. In addition, I’d work to:
- Increase the number of DAN events, assuring a social as well as political focus
- Increase the coverage of current political issues on the DAN site
- Have DAN be an even more active participant in the Norwegian political debate (an effective way to raise the awareness of current members and potential members — and encourage participation across the entire DAN organization)
Increased activity in grassroots contact with our legislators – and increased Democratic power in the 2014 Congressional elections — can help move our country in the right direction. For DAN, this means that we need to activate an increased number of our fellow citizens in the process – as well as find ways to include those outside the general Oslo area where we have been most active so far. And the running of DAN needs to be even more transparent, so that our members experience that they have direct input in and can affect initiatives.
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.
2013 AND BEYOND
I see a world two years from now, where President Obama has made major progress in his second term and Democrats hold the Senate and make major gains in the House. I also see a situation in Norway where Democrats Abroad has become an even more influential voice in the political debate – increasing understanding for the American political process and also building bridges to Norwegian approaches on a range of issues.
I see a DAN that is even more transparent and inclusive, where we help keep our members informed on issues that affect them and encourage them to join the dialog. I also see an even stronger social network that becomes a source of satisfaction for a broad range of American families, Norwegian-American families and their friends. I´d like to continue these efforts.”
Nominated Candidate for Treasurer position:
“Education: Degree in Business Administration
United Nations: Peacekeeping Diploma. In addition to my work in Economic and Social Affairs in the UN I was also assigned to UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon) for five years. This posting covered South Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Israel.
Upon retiring from United Nations Headquarters and moving to Norway I became interested inVolunteerism. As I have been a Democrat all of my life I became involved with Democrats Abroad once I settled in Oslo with my husband. Through my 10 years of service in DAN I have cultivated great relationships with American Expats living here 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. My goal in being active in DAN is to remain connected to American politics despite being many miles away from home.
During 2007 I had the opportunity to represent DAN in Brussels and caucused for a seat among the eight DA Delegates that were seated on the floor at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. I also worked as a volunteer 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, Olee Olsen 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, especially the People’s Buffet which was held for Americans Abroad on 10 December 2009 to celebrate President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2012 I was again a volunteer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina for two weeks which was a great experience and a lot of fun.
On November 6, 2012 DAN’s participation in the Election Night was outstanding . This event attracted 1000 people. It was a very long night but in the end the results were well worth it. We all worked together to secure another four years for President Obama. Finally in December I was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee as a volunteer for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. It truly was an amazing experience and I am so honored and humbled to have been a part of it. I should add that I have participated in all of these wonderful opportunities in Brussels, Charlotte, Denver and Washington, DC at my own expense. I do this work because I love it. It’s fulfilling and I enjoy connecting with people.
I was initially elected DAN Treasurer in 2011 and have kept a close eye on DAN expenditures and made sure that DAN’s coffers were not depleted.
I am committed to strengthening the organization and ensuring that all financial transactions are transparent and continuing the Democratic process that we do our very best to encourage ALL Americans to exercise their right to VOTE.”
Nominated Candidate for Secretary position:
Nominated Candidate for Legal Counsel position:
Dear Democrats Abroad Norway member,
It’s time to elect the DAN Board for 2013-2015 and we need your vote!
WHICH positions are up for election?
The Board of Democrats Abroad Norway consists of five elected members of the Executive Committee and six Committee Chairs appointed by the Board. The elected positions of Executive Committee include Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Legal Counsel. The appointed Committee Chairs include Webmaster, Promotion, Membership, Events, Communication, and International.
HOW do we cast ballots?
This election is held electronically, and ballots may be returned by one of the following methods:
1. Via electronic survey – respond directly via link here (recommended)
2. Download the ballot electronically here and deliver by one of the following alternatives:
- SCAN and send the ballot to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 2nd.
- PRINT and send by post to Carolyn Haneberg, DAN Elections Committee Chair, Øygardveien 23C, 1357 Bekkestua, postmarked by April 2nd.
- Deliver in person at the Annual meeting on April 8 at Horgan’s (Hegdehaugsveien 24, 0352 Oslo, www.horgans.no)
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 per cent of the verified DAN membership.
WHEN do we announce the new Board?
We will count the votes at our annual meeting on April 8th and announce the new Board. Results will be posted on our web-site following the meeting.
WHAT will happen at the Annual meeting on April 8th?
The Annual meeting will be open for DAN members only and the agenda is as follows:
● Review of the last 2 years activities
● Inputs from Board for the road ahead
● Count of ballots for Executive Committee
● Announcement of new Board
Your participation in this election is important, so please remember to cast your vote!
Best regards, Carolyn Haneberg
Election Committee Chair, Democrats Abroad Norway
Elections are nearing and time is in for nominations!
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 web-site for all members to view on March 1st.
Deadline for self-nominations is March 8st !
Dear DAN member,
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 January 2011 for a two year term making January 2013 the start of the term for the current 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 to be posted on www.democratsabroad.no on February 20th.
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 Secretary@democratsabroad.no if you are interested any of the Committee Chair positions.
HOW will the elections be held?
Elections will be held electronically. On February 26h you will receive a ballot in the mail which can be returned:
1) Electronically (scanned)
2) By post
3) Delivered in person at the Annual meeting on March 20th in Oslo (place to be announced at later date).
WHAT are the deadlines for the election process?
• February 12th – Members alerted of nomination process
· February 20th – nominations ballots on the web-site
• March 8th – Deadline for nominations
• March 20th – Voting begins ballots and sent to membership
· April 2nd – last day to receive electronic or ballots delivered by post.
• April 8th – Annual meeting where 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 to be sent out on February 20th. 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 web-site 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 Secretary@democratsabroad.no with a short overview of what position you are interested in and why. The process for appointing Committee Chairs will be announced in April 2013.
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 20th and announce the new Board. Results will be posted on our web-site following the meeting.
WHAT will happen at the Annual meeting on March 20th?
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!
Chair, Democrats Abroad Norway
2012 US Election Night in Oslo
Tuesday, November 6th – open only to invited guests and members of Democrats Abroad in Norway!
Democrats Abroad Norway members and their guests are cordially invited to a celebration of the US Presidential Election. This popular event, complete with food, entertainment, televised election information and live expert updates, is the place to be as US election results come into focus!
Kindly register your interest in attending HERE. An email reply will be sent to you. Upon registration approval, payment of the 550,- admission fee will secure attendance. This fee includes a 75,- donation to Democrats Abroad Norway. Tickets go fast, so please register and pay as soon as you can! You are NOT registered until payment is received.
Please note that space is limited – event registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-transferable and non-refundable. Photo identification will be required upon event entry.
The Election Night celebration is an amazing event arranged every four years through the joint efforts of Democrats Abroad Norway, American Chamber of Commerce Norway, Republicans Abroad Norway, and the Embassy of the United States in Oslo with support from generous sponsors that include CNN, Google, Pfizer, Gambit Hill + Knowlton Strategies, Amway, Coca-Cola, Clear Channel, and the Washington Seminar.
More than 1,000 American and Norwegian residents, politicians, and local celebrities, gather together at the Grand Hotel to follow the US Election Night developments while socializing.
Please join us!
JOIN DEMOCRATS ABROAD FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES
Two DAN events follow the debates are coming up!
Wednesday, October 17 (1900-2100+) – Listen to segments of the first two Presidential Debates, as well as the Vice Presidential Debate.
Thursday, October 25 (1730-2000+) – Hear an American political expert following the third and final Presidential Debate. TOPIC: Every Four Years: Strategies for electing a President, if not to govern a country — see below. ( Presentation begins at 1800 sharp, followed by Q&A.)
- Horgan’s – Hegdehaugsveien 24, Oslo
- FREE—but donations to DAN are welcome!
The FIRST event (on October 17th) is a chance for you to get together with other Democrats to hear President Barack Obama debate the Republican’s Mitt Romney in debates number 1 & 2, as well as the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican Paul Ryan. It’s also an opportunity to get energized for the final stretch.
Our facilitator at the first event will be Hilde Eliassen Restad, Associate Professor of Freds- og konfliktstudier Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes Høyskole (Bjorknes University College). Hilde, who is a widely profiled US expert, will assist us in analyzing the debates and leading the discussion.
At the SECOND event (on October 25th), we’ll be joined by an American political communications expert Alan Stoga who will discuss the debates and the trends leading up to the election. He will also give some predictions on what’s likely to happen following November 6 – once the President is re-elected!
Every Four Years: Strategies for electing a President, if not to govern a country
US election campaigns have become increasingly expensive, long, and polarizing. They reinforce the political paralysis which is eroding America’s ability to cope with its own deep problems, or to provide the kind of leadership that the world demands. The historic election of Barack Obama four years ago proved the point — global expectations of profound changes in the Unites States under an Obama presidency have also been frustrated by the gridlock in Washington. On the eve of this year’s election on November 6, US communication strategist Alan Stoga will look at the forces shaping the American political landscape, at the communications strategies underlying what the candidates are saying and doing — and at the odds that this year’s outcome will be different.
Alan Stoga is president and founder of Zemi Communications, L.L.C., a New York based firm that provides communication counsel as well as political and economic risk assessments to corporate and governmental clients, and digital media solutions to clients in publishing and other industries.
Mr. Stoga is also a frequent lecturer and writer on international politics and economics.
In addition to getting informed and socializing – this is a reminder to use your vote – and to remind your family and friends to do so too.
View President Obama’s acceptance speech taped late the evening before Oslo time.
(You have to RSVP if you plant to attend. See below.)
On September 6, President Obama will accept the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This is a chance for you to get together with other Democrats to hear the President’s speech and get energized for the final stretch. In addition to getting informed and socializing, you can also register to vote. (IMPORTANT! Everyone must now re-register each time they vote.)
DATE & TIME: Sept 7 at 19:00pm.
PLACE: Kirkeveien 11 Oslo, 0260 (Directions: located directly across from the front gates of Frogner Park, the yellow lofted home, first floor. Ring Democrats Abroad/Skovsgaard. Tram line 12 and the 20 bus stops at this location.)
REFRESHMENTS: BYOB; snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.
COST: FREE—but donations to DAN are welcome!
RSVP: Secretary@democratsabroad.no. We need to know if you are planning on attending.
Friday, June 29, 2012
A Campaign Bus sponsored by Democrats Abroad will reach Oslo on Sunday, July 1st just in time for the Independence Day Celebration Event in Frogner Park.
The DART (Democrats Abroad Road Trip) Bus is registering US citizens to vote across Europe, providing information to voters and increasing motivation heading into the crucial 2012 election on November 6.
DART, which kicked off its road trip in Munich on June 8, will be stopping in 27 cities and 13 countries across Europe before ending in London on July 14th. It is criss-crossing the continent, reaching an estimated 1.6 million US citizens living in Europe.
Press and social media will multiply DART’s effects on a global scale as it spreads its message to the more than six million US citizens living abroad, (http://www.democratsabroadroadtrip.org/ )
Members of Democrats Abroad from across Europe have been invited to join the bus. They ride for a while, register voters, and then hop off as new Members join to continue the trip.
The DART voter registration drive – and others like it – are especially critical because US citizens abroad must now re-request their absentee ballot every election cycle!
Voting from abroad can make the difference.
For example, Votes from Abroad tipped the balance toward a Democratic majority in Senator Jim Webb’s (D-VA) race in 2006, and President Obama’s 2008 win in North Carolina was largely attributed to Americans voting absentee from abroad.
For more information contact Brad Larson, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Norway
Cell phone: 91198647 Mail: email@example.com.