Democratic Women of Erie County

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


Officers, Committee Chairs & Committees - 2018

*President (2018-2019) - Margaret M. Murray
*Vice-President (2018-2019) - Debra L. Nickoloff
*Secretary (2017-2018) - Lisa R. DeVerna
*Treasurer (2017-2018) - Diane L. Schaefer
*Membership Secretary (2018-2019) - Connie J. Porter

Bylaws - Sandra Brown
Chaplain - Charlene Adams
Historian - Mary Norris 
*Parliamentarian - Diane Hahler-Johnson
*Political Action Chair - Darcy Russell
*Publicity - Amanda Fackler
Scholarship Chair - Charlene Adams
*Social Chair - Mary Lou Napka
Voter Registration and Membership Drive - Debbie Nickoloff
*Ways & Means Chair - Traci Francis
* = Member of the Executive Committee

Auditing Committee - Nettie Cox, Barbara Kresser, Norma Scally
Christmas Dinner Committee - Diane Hahler-Johnson, Mary Lou Napka, Connie Porter
Dinner/Meeting E-mails - Diane Schaefer
Dinner/Meeting Telephone - Connie Porter
Nominating Committee - Barb Kessler, Peggy Murray, Norma Scally
Parliamentarian & Bylaws - Diane Hahler-Johnson, Sandra Brown, Connie Porter,
Karen Walderzak, Darlene Walk
Picnic Committee - Traci Francis, Diane Hahler-Johnson
Political Action Committee - Darcy Russell
Scholarship Committee - Charlene Adams, Debbie Nickoloff,
Yvette Rankins, Traci Francis, Darcy Russell
Ways & Means Committee - Traci Francis, Diane Hahler-Johnson, Julie Farrar

The Constitution and Bylaws of the Democratic Women of Erie County:
Visit here.

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

2018 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:   
Connie Porter, Membership Secretary


Democratic Women of Erie County 2018 Scholarship

The Democratic Women of Erie County will be awarding at least one (1) $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
    • Registered at 17 years old, if applicant will be 18 years old on the day of the November Election
  • Available to Attend the Democratic Women of Erie County Meeting and Annual Picnic
    • Meeting: June 18, 2018: Introduction of Scholarship recipient(s) and reading of the essay(s)
    • Annual Picnic: August 20, 2018: Attend (or) have Representative present to receive DWEC Scholarship certificate and check


  • In the State of Ohio, a resident registers to vote in the county of which they reside. Upon a change of address, or of legal name, the voter must update their registration by the established deadline dates per election.  If they have not voted recently enough, the Secretary of State can purge their voter registration.
  • Some states have already changed to automatic voter registration, and many other states have introduced new bills which propose that voter registration automatically takes place when a citizen of that state interacts with numerous state agencies. An example is the BMV, where citizens would apply for, renew or replace a driver’s license, permit or identification card, and then their relevant information would be shared electronically with the state election agency. That registration application would be verified for eligibility, (citizenship, age and residency), compared to the information with what’s already in the statewide voter registration database, and, if there is no existing registration, the person is added to the voter rolls.  The voter’s registration would remain active/updated for as long as the resident resides within the state, regardless of moving within the state, and how often he/she votes. 
  • Do you believe in automatic voter registration? Yes or No?  Please provide specific reasons/examples for your answer.

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 no later than Friday, March 9, 2018.  We allow ten (10) days for delivery.

Any questions, please contact:

Scholarship - Cover Page - 2018 - PDF Format
Scholarship - Essay - Requirements - Contacts - 2018 - PDF Format

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Megan Myers - The Ohio State University

Graduated from Perkins High School with a 4.0 GPA, Megan is currently a student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Business Administration/Marketing and Finance.

She is in the OSU Honors Program and was selected to receive the Outstanding First Year Student Award.  MMyers - PhotoMegan was one of four nominated and selected out of 7,000 first year students, based on recognition of demonstrated leadership skills at the college level. 

Megan worked as an intern for the National Association of Women Business Owners, where she developed and executed effective social media, email and event marketing campaigns to promote donating to the non-profit, and composed the grant proposal that was selected to award the NAWBO Institute with $30,000.00. 

She is also one of eight women selected for the OSU Pathways for Women in Supply Chain Management Scholars Program, gaining exposure to logistics field within Fortune 500 companies.

Megan interned at the Erie County Community Foundation in 2017, where she recruited and managed a group of 30 volunteers, and assisted in informing the public about the various benefits of the organization. 

Megan has been involved with the OSU BuckeyeThon fundraisers for the past two years, serving as the Social Media Coordinator and as a team captain for Lawrence Tower.  She is a graduate of the Fisher College of Business Citizenship Program.  She serves as an OSU Fisher Peer Mentor, providing mentorship to first-year students transitioning into Fisher College of Business.  Megan is also a STEP/Second-Year Transformational Experience Program participant, producing a STEP Signature Project focused on Study Abroad.

Abby Singler - The Ohio State University   

Senior at Perkins High School, planning to attend The Ohio State University and major in Biomedical Engineering, Abby is an Honor Roll officer with a 4.0 GPA.  She has been Class Treasurer and a member of the Perkins High Student Council for four years.  She has also been a member of the National Math Honors ASingler - PhotoSociety for her Junior and Senior years.

Throughout her four years in high school, Abby has been a member of the Environmental Club, organizing events to help promote recycling and a greener lifestyle.  In addition, she has served on Aim for Excellence, which is a group of students that volunteer and donate to local organizations.  She currently sits as the Vice President of Aim for Excellence.

Abby has served and volunteered for numerous organizations over the past years.  Some included are; Big Brother Big Sisters/mentoring a 5th grader, Rotary Clothes for Kids/helped a young boy pick out winter clothing, Commons of Providence Memory Unit/help to organize recreational activities, Ability Works Halloween Happenings Event/fun activities for disabled trick or treaters, Mock Crisis Training/acted as a civilian for local law enforcement training, and Red Cross Blood Drive/check-in donors and provide refreshments.  

Abby received the Coaches Award as a freshman for Golf.  She has since received the MVP for the following three years and the Captains Award during her Junior and Senior years.  Named for 1st and 2nd Team All-District Golf for the past two years, she received her Varsity Letter Golf all four years.

Madeline Stiles - University of North Carolina

Edison High School Senior planning to attend the University of North Carolina to study Economics/Pre-Law and as a member of the National Honors Society, Madeline carries a 4.0 GPA.  She is also a member of the French National Honors Society, based on the score of her National French exam.MStiles - Photo

She is the President of the Edison High School Student Council, and currently launching the EHS coffee bar in order to raise funds for the Leukemia Society.  In addition, she serves as Vice President and Journalist for the Interact Club, which completes school, local and global charity projects.  Madeline helps pack food bags every Friday morning, for students that are in need to take home for the weekend.

In addition to volunteering as an Erie County 4-H Counselor for the past three summers, she also created an Early Readers Club which partners high school students with third graders on a weekly basis in order to assist with reading comprehension.

She has competed in Speech and Debate/Public Forum Debate and Program of Oral Interpretation for three years, and is recognized as the first student at EHS to letter in Speech and then in Debate during the same year.  She received her Double Ruby for accruing over 500 National Forensics League points. 

Madeline also served as the Plaintiff attorney for two consecutive years for Mock Trial competitions.  She was awarded Outstanding Attorney at District competition for both years.

Madeline has received Varsity Letters for both cross country and track.

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