April 11, 2014

Save the date: Tuesday, May 20th!

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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – WILL IT MAKE OR BREAK THE 2014 MIDTERMS?

 

Join Democrats Abroad at the American Lutheran Church in Oslo (Tuesday, May 20 at 1800-2030) for an event that aims to give 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.

 

We have experts from the US Medical field, from BI and also the political insights of the former US Ambassador to Norway, Barry White (Skype).  We’ll look at how the ACA compares to healthcare in Norway.  And even more importantly — how attitudes to the ACA can affect the tightly contested Senate and House races this fall.

 

 

A GLUT OF SPENDING

Since the beginning of the year there has been a glut of outside spending, particularly against Democratic incumbents. The nonprofit, conservative group Americans for Prosperity has dumped tens of millions into Senate and House races, simply reminding voters in emotion-packed ad after ad that these Democratic incumbents supported the ACA.

 

Understanding how to combat these tactics becomes increasingly important in a 2014 Senate landscape where Republicans have the possibility of taking back the chamber after eight years of Democratic control.

 

So save the date – Tuesday, May 20 in Oslo. Join us a we move into the 2014 Midterm Elections campaign!

January 10, 2014

First social event of 2014

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The first social gathering for Democrats Abroad in Norway in 2014!

Join us for a social event on January 23rd from 18-22 at Kirkeveien 11, 0260 Oslo.

We will have snacks and beer and wine for sale and short talk and videos of where we are on key issues and a look ahead to 2014 and mid-term elections.

To register please sign up by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGK5HXX

Hope to see you in soon !

Best Regards,

The Board of Democrats Abroad in Norway

December 19, 2013

Holiday greetings from us at DAN

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From all of us in the Board to you

and your family we wish you a

wonderful holiday season !

Looking forward to 2014!!!

happyholidays

December 13, 2013

TOWARD 2014: NEW BLOOD, EVENTS AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS

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At our recent Board Meeting, we welcomed two new members to the Board and finalized initial plans for an active build up to the mid-term elections in November next year.

 

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Our new Board Members are Dr. David Golden (Oslo), who will be handling Membership and serving on health care issue support, and Seth Chancy (Sandnes) who, in addition to his role as Secretary to the Board, will also be focusing on the Website and supporting Social Media efforts. In addition, Jeff Lugowe, our Social Media expert, officially joins the Board.

 

Seth Chancy has lived in Norway for 17 years, and originally comes from Oklahoma (where everyone is a Republican from birth. He saw the light later in life.). He currently serves with the Norwegian Mission Society with responsibility for Campgrounds for Youth. He studied to be an actor and then, as he likes to say: “Once an actor, always a waiter!” Thus, his transition through the restaurant and hospitality industry, to his work at the Mission Society. His physical office is in Stavanger but he travels the entire country. He also has computer background that can support our Website and Social Media efforts.

 

David Golden, MD, has recently moved to Norway after retirement with his Norwegian wife to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. He worked for 30 years as a doctor and eventually medical director of Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua, New Hampshire Division, and helped to set up an HMO there. He also worked in Oslo in 1986 on elder care and published comparison of Norwegian and US Medicine. He then served for eight years with the VA Medical Center in Manchester. He’s been politically active, serving on many of the local town boards, eventually becoming Chair of the Board Of Selectman in Hollis NH. David is well positioned to help with our membership drive and to strengthen our health care issue focus.

 

NEXT YEAR’S ISSUES & POLITICAL EVENTS

 

For 2014 the Board has planned four major events: Two events with an issues focus (in early spring and early summer), and an event in early fall with a political focus – in advance of the Mid-Term Elections.

 

The topic for the first Issues Event will be Health Care, with a focus on the prospects for “Obama Care” implementation and a comparison of the Norwegian and US Health Care systems. We’ll also be looking at what might be some of the reasons for resistance to this major initiative.

 

The focus of the second Issue Event will be determined as we get closer to the Mid-Terms. With the budget, national debt, immigration, and a raft of other issues, there will be much to choose from.

 

And in addition to these, we’ll celebrate together at the Annual 4th of July Event in Frogner Park (held the closest Sunday to the actual date.) One of our major efforts in the park will be to register voters and add new members.

 

Of course, during the course of the year we’ll again be having numerous mini-events to help register voters and increase membership.

 

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

 

Save the date! The first official social gathering for DAN in 2014 will take place on Thursday, January 23rd from 18-22 at Kirkeveien 11, 0260 Oslo.

 

We will have snacks and beer and wine for sale and short talk and videos of where we are on key issues and a look ahead to 2014 and mid-term elections.

 

To register please sign up by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGK5HXX

 

We look forward to an exciting year together in 2014. See you in January!

June 18, 2013

Join us for the 4th of July celebration in Frogner Park!

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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!
  • Sports
  • 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
  • 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

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

May 19, 2013

Special event !

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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 !

Lisa Cooper

 

 

 

March 21, 2013

DAN Board – Candidates

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Dear Democrats Abroad members, here you can find the nominated candidates for 2013-2015 board.

 

Nominated Candidate for Chair position:

Lisa Cooper

“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:

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. 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:

Barbara Ødegaard

“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:

Seth Chancy

“My name is Seth Chancy, and I reside in Sandnes.
I have enjoyed seeing all of the DAN activities in Oslo, but wish we could have more activities in Stavanger. I thereby submit my name for consideration for the board position of Secretary.
I have experience from Hospitality industry and event planning and have a great deal of knowledge, experience and large contact network that would be useful in organising events for Democrats Abroad. My experience includes service on the boards of local, regional, and national organisations as both member and leader.
I travel throughout the country as well, and am often in Oslo, and therefore it would not be a problem for me to be involved in planning and execution of events other places in Norway.”

 

Nominated Candidate for Legal Counsel position:

Christina Skovsgaard

“I was born a Democrat. My enthusiasm for the Democrats Abroad (DA) started at the first global meeting I attended.  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. My activities have increased my knowledge and goals of DA greatly. I participated & represented DAN, at my own expense, as acting Vice Chair, in Brussels and Vancouver (07/08). Since 09, as DAN International Representative, I attended meetings in Istanbul, Berlin, Florence, Seoul, Strasburg and Puerto Vallarta, at my own expense. Further, I have attended meetings and Door-knocks in DC (09 and 11) where, together with other members, we lobbied on matters pertaining to voting and citizenship rights.  In 2011, we met with the Treasury Department & State Department. In Ohio, my voting state, I knocked on doors, with fireman and nurses, to maintain the right to collective bargaining.       At home, in Oslo, I am a wife, mother & happy grandmother.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 in my home. I participate in the monthly conference calls for DA planning.  As I have served as Counsel since 2011, I took particular interest in the revision of the International Bylaws.  DAN bylaws need some revision to be better aligned with international procedures. 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. As counsel, I have advised on the procedures that are to be followed for this election and future elections.Vision: Member input is vital. DAN should enable Americans to use their voice and maintain interest and encourage participation in the political process. Senate and Congress races have been won due to our votes, opening eyes in DC. Some of the resolutions the DA has passed are now part of the DNC platform. Members should be encouraged to participate and be made aware of DA and DAN activities.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 2013+.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)”
March 21, 2013

DAN Board Elections

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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)

 

OR

 

2. Download the ballot electronically here and deliver by one of the following alternatives:

  • SCAN and send the ballot to carolyn.haneberg.dan@gmail.com  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

 

February 15, 2013

Nomination Form

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Dear 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 here to download) and send to carolyn.haneberg.dan(at)gmail.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 web-site for all members to view on March 1st.

 

Deadline for self-nominations is March 8st !

February 15, 2013

Elections 2013

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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!

 

Best regards,

 

Lisa Cooper

Chair, Democrats Abroad Norway