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Call to 2017 DPCA Global Meeting -- 45 Day Announcement
 
Dear Leaders,
Democrats Abroad will hold our 2017 DPCA Global Meeting on May 12-15,  2017 at the Association of US Army Convention & Event Center (AUSA) at 2425 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA.
There will be pre-meetings on proposed Charter amendments and resolutions, and trainings on Friday May 12.  The DPCA Global Meeting will be called to order on Saturday morning May 13 and will end midafternoon on Monday May 15  International officer elections will take place on Sunday May 14.
Regional Meetings will be held May 12, 13 and 15.  The Door Knock will be on May 16-17.
 
A draft agenda for May 12-17 events is attached.  This agenda is tentative, subject to change, especially as we finalize time slots for guest speakers.  Attendance via WebEx will be possible for all daytime sessions.
 
Attachments:
1)   Draft agenda -- 2017 Global Meeting and Door Knock (as of March 27)
2)   Bid form to host the 2018 Global Meeting
3)   Proposed amendments to the DA Charter
 
These documents can also be found at the DA Wiki here:
 Regional Meetings  will held at these times:
Americas – Friday May124:00-6:00 p.m. EDT 
Asia/Pacific –Saturday May 13,  7:00-8:00 a.m. EDT
EMEA – Monday May 15, noon-1:30 p.m. EDT   
Regional Vice Chairs will be elected at these meetings.
 
Door Knock 
On May 16 and 17,  DA leaders and members will split into teams of 5-6 to visit staff and elected members of Congress, as well as relevant staff at State Department American Citizen Services, FVAP, the National Taxpayer Advocate, and possibly Treasury and the IRS.   Background and leave-behind materials will be provided in advance and on Monday afternoon May 15, we’ll hold a briefing/training session for door knock-ers.
Please look for an email soon from Door Knock Coordinator Jeffrey Cheng asking for your feedback on Door Knock topics and if you plan to participate.
 
Evening social events are planned for FridaySaturday and Sunday evenings and informal events on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Door Knock.
Resolutions
The deadline for submitting resolutions to be considered at the Global Meeting is 30 days out, or April 13.  Please be aware that two years ago, we introduced an online process to enable DPCA Members to submit, review, debate and vote on resolutions via email and WebEx.  So if time does not permit adequate debate and a decisive vote, these can be taken up post-meeting via online correspondence and meetings.
 
If you have questions or would like to submit a resolution, please write to Resolutions Committee Chair Susan Vaillant or Resolutions Secretary Will Bakker at resolutions@democratsabroad.org.
No meeting fee, however please donate to help with meeting costs
Democrats Abroad meetings are open to any member of Democrats Abroad.  We don’t charge a meeting fee, however these meetings incur significant costs to our nearly all-volunteer organization and we urge all participants, whether attending in-person or by WebEx, to donate to help pay the costs.  If you are motivated to donate extra, please consider giving to our Travel Fund to help others attend.
 
The registration page for the meeting will be available soon.

Conference hotel
The conference hotel for this meeting is the Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza, at 2401 Wilson Blvd.  
Go to this page for information on booking a room at the Hyatt Place:
Group rate code: G-DPCA
Group rate dates: May 12 – 15

Travel Fund
Applications are due by March 31.  For more information please see the Travel Fund page on the DA wiki: https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/TravelFund/Travel+Fund+Home or contact Travel Fund Committee Chair Kat Allikian. You can donate to the Fund by going to the DA donation page https://democratsabroad.nationbuilder.com/donate and selecting "DPCA Travel Fund" as the contribution purpose, or when you sign up on the coming-soon Global Meeting registration page.
 
More information coming
Updates on the Global Meeting and related events will be posted over the next weeks.  Please watch this space for the 30 Day Announcement on April 12, and the 15 Day Announcement on April 27.  Also please make sure that this information reaches new country committee officers and interested members.
 
Thank you!  And thank you to all who are working to organize these events! 
Very much look forward to seeing and working with you in Arlington/Washington or online!
 
Best regards,
Katie
International Chair
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