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

Britain Bennett - The Ohio State University
2017 Scholarship Recipient

By demonstrating the principles of the Democratic Party, the Democratic Women of Erie County awarded the 2017 $500.00 Scholarship to Britain Bennett. The purpose of the scholarship is to Britain Bennett and Hillary Clintonstimulate interest in and to create involvement in local, state and national government. Britain, a 2017 graduate from Perkins High School, will be attending The Ohio State University, majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in Political Science. Britain has been accepted into the John Glenn Civic Leadership Community, at The Ohio State University. The John Glenn Civic Leadership Community is committed to developing informed, inclusive leaders through learning and service. This learning community seeks to cultivate the essentials of our democracy (citizens, leaders, and ideas) via its four central pillars:

  • Policy
  • Academics
  • Leadership
  • Service

Britain's accomplishments include:

  • PHS/National Honors Society
  • Member of Chorale and Chamber Choir 4 yrs
  • Football and Basketball Cheerleading Captain 3 yrs
  • Aim for Excellence Program 4 yrs
  • Teen Pep Program (Elected position, providing guidance and mentoring for younger students 11th and 12th grades
  • Pirates for Peers (Responsible for engaging students in community service) 12th grade
  • Social Media Chair (Marketing school events on social media) 11th and 12th grades
  • Student Council 3 yrs
  • Graduated as "Student of Distinction" with over 100 hours of volunteer service in local community
  • Wrote/Received a grant from the Dorn Foundation to publish over 2000 anti-bullying brochures that she shares with elementary and middle school children, through her developed platform of B.R.A.V.E. (Building Respect and Values for Everyone)
  • In 2016, met with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sharing her ideas on anti-bullying and the need to empower young people so that they understand their value as individuals and their potential as members of their communities. Later Hillary Clinton opened her campaign speech talking about Britain’s platform.
  • In 2016, invited to the Ohio Democratic Party Legacy Dinner and was a VIP guest at the CNN Democratic Forum
  • The Erie County Commissioners presented Britain with a Proclamation proclaiming October 6th as "Be a S.M.A.R.T. PARENT DAY".
  • This summer, she will work as a national ambassador for Paul Mitchell's new hair products, Neon.  The product line promotes an anti-bullying theme.  She will be busy promoting Neon on social media (EX: Local STEM class) and promoting her own anti-bullying campaign, "TBH" (for young people “To Be Honest” with themselves). 
  • Working diligently to make "Be a S.M.A.R.T. Parent Day" (“Social Media Awareness Respect and Timing”) a statewide day
  • At the end of July, she will travel to Atlanta to model for Jovani Fashions.

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