Democratic Women of Erie County

Democratic Women of Erie County
P.O. Box 1044
Sandusky, OH 44871-1044


Officers, Committee Chairs & Committees - 2016-2018

President - Darlene L. Walk
Vice-President - Margaret M. Murray
Treasurer - Diane L. Schaefer
Recording/Corresponding Secretary - Lisa R. De Verna
Membership Secretary - Adrienne G. James

Chaplain - Pat Baum
Historian - Shannon Eskridge
Parlimentarian - Sandra Brown
Political Action Chair - Adrienne James
Public Relations Chair - Margaret Taylor
Scholarship Chair - Charlene Adams
Social Chair - Mary Lou Napka
Dinner/Meeting E-mails - Diane Schaefer
Dinner/Meeting Telephone - Charlene Adams
Ways and Means Chair - Diane Hahler-Johnson

Audit Committee - Barbara Kresser and Norma Scally
Nominating Committee - Diane-Hahler-Johnson, Sonia McCarty and Mary Zuk
Picnic Committee - Tracy Francis, Mary Lou Napka, and Connie Porter
Ways and Means Committee - Diane Hahler-Johnson,
Mary Lou Napka and Debbie Nickoloff

The purpose of our organization:

  1. To perpetuate the principles of American democracy;
  2. To promote citizen interest in governmental activities in order to influence the course of government - on the local, state, and federal levels;
  3. To advocate the ideals of the Democratic Party;
  4. To encourage the interest of women in governmental activities.




Our meetings are the third Monday of the month at The Lunch Box, 154 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky 44870.  Doors open at 5:00pm.  Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m., followed by our program (when scheduled) at 6:15 p.m. and the business meeting at 6:45 p.m.  Guest Speakers are scheduled for program meetings.  If no program is scheduled, the business meeting will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m.

We have special events throughout the year, also held on the third Monday at various locations.  Prior notification is provided via e-mail and/or U.S. Postal Service.

Please visit EVENTS - Democratic Women of Erie County for meetings and special events information.

Men are welcome as Associate Members.


Click here for Membership Form

2017 Memberships:
Regular - $15.00/year
Senior - $10.00/year - 62 years and older
Associate - $15.00/year 

If you have any questions, would like to join or have updates to your membership,
please contact:   
Adrienne James, Membership Secretary


Democratic Women of Erie County 2017 Scholarship

The Democratic Women of Erie County will be awarding a $500.00 scholarship to a local female resident who demonstrates the principles of the Democratic Party.  The purpose of the scholarship is to stimulate interest in and to create involvement in local, state and national government.


  • Erie County female resident
  • GPA minimum of 3.0
  • Scholarship is restricted to an accredited institution of higher learning
  • 250-500 word essay is required
  • Registered to vote if age permits
  • Available to attend and read the essay at the Democratic Women’s July monthly meeting and at the annual picnic to be held August 21, 2017


The percentage of women running for political office is exceptionally low in comparison to men.

In your opinion,

a. What do you believe accounts for this lack of political involvement by women?

b. What would your campaign strategy be to resolve the problem of recruiting women candidates for upcoming political positions?

The essay must be typed on white paper and double spaced.  The applicant’s first name should appear at the top right corner of each page.   Entries will be evaluated on the basis of clarity, organization, grammar and presentation. 

Applicants are to complete the cover page.  The cover page, essay and a school transcript are to be delivered or mailed to Charlene Adams at 1518 Pearl Street, Sandusky, OH 44870. 

The essay must be postmarked - Friday, March 17, 2017

Any questions, please contact Charlene Adams at or Yvette Rankins at

2017 Scholarship - Cover Page - PDF Format
2017 Scholarship - Requirements and Essay Topic - PDF Format

Danica Lombardi - Xavier University

The Democratic Women of Erie County awarded the 2016 $500.00 Scholarship to Danica Lombardi, attending Xavier University, who demonstrated the danica-lombardi-photo2principles of the Democratic Party.  The purpose of the scholarship is to stimulate interest in and to create involvement in local, state and national government.

Danica graduated from Edison High School in 2015 and is now a Sophomore at Xavier University majoring in Occupational Therapy.  Danica was President of the EHS Natonal Honor Society, competed in Speech and Debate on a local, state and national level, lettered in soccer and was in band four years in high school.  She was active her first year in college in helping to organize the opportunity for students to use remaining funds on their college ID food cards to purchase items at the college stores and have those items donated directly to the local homeless shelters.  In addition, Danica spent this past summer working as a camp counselor for behavioral and developmental disability youth and and young adults.  Danica returned to Xavier University as a Residential Advisor in her college dorm and looks forward to helping on campus and in the local community.  She has signed up to volunteer for the Go Hillary campaign.

Bakeless Bake Sale

Bake sales are being held every day,
But we're going to do it a different way.
No raiding the cookbook for something to bake,
No creampuffs, brownies, pies, cookies or cake.
No trip to the store to buy what you need,
No blending, no stirring, no oven heat.
No toppings, no icings...Just get off your feet!
Your nerves stay unruffled, your kitchen stays neat!
Find a cozy chair and comprehend
Time, money, resources and energy spent
On this undertaking, then add up the sum
And donate it to our Bakeless Bake Sale!
Bakeless Bake Sale - FLYER
If you would like to donate, please mail a check payable to:
Democratic Women of Erie County, ATTN:  Treasurer
P.O. Box 1044, Sandusky 44871-1044
bring your contribution to a monthly meeting
and give to Mary Lou Napka
Proceeds go to our General Fund to help elect Democrats to office.
Thank You for your support!

Diane Hahler-Johnson, Chair
Debbie McGuire
Mary Lou Napka


Paid for and authorized by the Democratic Women of Erie County
Diane L. Schaefer, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1044, Sandusky 44871-1044