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 - Marjorie Taylor
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
Dinner/Meeting E-mails - Diane Schaefer
Dinner/Meeting Telephone - Connie Porter
Nominating Committee - TBA
Parliamentarian & Bylaws - Diane Hahler-Johnson, Sandra Brown, Connie Porter, Karen Walderzak, Darlene Walk
Picnic Committee - TBA
Political Action Committee - Adrienne James, Darcy Russell, Gina Woody
Scholarship Committee - Charlene Adams, Debbie Nickoloff,
Yvette Rankins, Traci Francis, Darcy Russell
Ways & Means Committee - Traci Francis, Diane Hahler-Johnson, Julie Farrar

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

2017 Scholarship Recipient

Britain Bennett - The Ohio State University

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