Wednesday, August 8, 2018


The members and officers of the Shelby Area Democratic Club welcome you to our website. And we welcome you to attend our monthly meetings. Our meetings usually begin with a speaker in an informal, conversational setting. We then have our monthly business meeting. All Democrats and people of goodwill are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Local Dems to celebrate Golden Anniversary...

The Girl Scout Little House is the site of the Shelby Area Democratic Club's Golden Anniversary celebration.

You’re Invited!
Bring your family and friends!
50th Anniversary Celebration!
Since 1968, the Shelby Area Democratic Club has worked "to promote, support, and elect Democratic candidates for public office."  Join the officers and members as we celebrate our group's Golden Anniversary with a gala potluck dinner.  Here are the details:

Place: Girl Scout Little House, corner of Parkwood & East Maxwell Drives (adjacent to Seltzer Pool)
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Gathering: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm

Silent Auction & the Most Faithful
Order of the Brass Donkey

Please bring your favorite potluck dishes.
The club will provide plates, cutlery, and beverages.

Please bring silent auction items.
(Bring your wallets and checkbooks, too!)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Shelby Area Dems honor Presidents Truman and Kennedy...

Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh keynoted the 2018 Truman-Kennedy Society Breakfast
SHELBY – Members of the Truman-Kennedy Society gathered on Saturday, May 19 for their eleventh annual meeting.  The group was organized in 2008 to perpetuate the memories of Presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, both of whom were born in the month of May.  Persons from across north-central Ohio attended this year’s gathering.
            Making his third visit to the Shelby area in the past year, Congressional candidate Ken Harbaugh delivered this year’s keynote address.  His name will appear on the November general election ballot in the sprawling Ohio 7th Congressional District.  It contains all or parts of 10 counties, including northern Richland County.
Mr. Harbaugh noted that both Presidents Truman and Kennedy had “a sense of humor that they brought to the job” as the nation’s leader.  He cited two examples:
·         Attributed to Pres. Truman is this quote: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”
·         When asked to explain how he had become a naval hero, Pres. Kennedy quipped laconically, "It was involuntary. They sank my boat."
On a more serious note, Mr. Harbaugh decried the constant assaults on immigrants and reminded the crowd that the United States has been “a nation at war – 17 years now.”
Ken Harbaugh grew up in a military family, the son and grandson of Air Force combat pilots.  He joined the U.S. Navy, became a pilot, and led reconnaissance missions in the Middle East and off the North Korean coast.  After his discharge, Ken became a leading advocate for military veterans, most recently serving as president of Team Rubicon Global, an aid organization that has trained more than 45,000 military veterans to deploy to natural disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
Mr. Harbaugh and his wife Annmarie live in Avon in northern Lorain County with their three young children.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Shelby Area Dems elect officers for 2018...

Richland Co. Democratic Party chairman Joe Mudra (right) installs the 2018 Shelby Area Democratic Club officers. They are president Garland Gates, secretary Rita Scheurer, and vice president Ted Clabaugh. Treasurer Vickie Eichof was absent and will be sworn in at a later date.

SHELBY – The Shelby Area Democratic Club recently met for the organization’s annual meeting, as required by the Ohio Revised Code and by the group’s constitution.  Members unanimously re-elected president Garland Gates of Shelby, vice president Ted Clabaugh of Shelby, secretary Rita Scheurer of Madison Township, and treasurer Vickie Eichof of Springfield Township.  All officers will serve a one-year term.  Richland Co. Democratic Party chairman Joe Mudra presided over their installation.

            “It is indeed an honor to be entrusted with responsibility for particular service,” Chairman Mudra advised the officers.  “The members of this club have indicated their trust in you to serve faithfully and fairly and with integrity as their leaders.”

            During the business meeting, members reviewed the club’s 2017 activities.  Highlights included:

·         State Rep. David Leland of Columbus delivered the keynote address at May’s Truman-Kennedy Society Breakfast.  Ticket sales in 2017 broke previous records for this annual event.

·         In July, members in cooperation with USW Local 3057 conducted a highly successful food drive at Cornell’s IGA to benefit the local FISH Food Pantry.

·         Many members attended a festive September reception and fundraiser on Grand Boulevard for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

·         For the fall General Election campaign, the club provided hundreds of dollars of direct and indirect support for local candidates.  Every candidate listed on the slate card mailed throughout northern and northwestern Richland County was elected or reelected.

Club president Gates challenged members to do extra in 2018.  “The ‘Blue Wave’ won’t happen unless we make it happen,” he noted.

            The next meeting of the Shelby Area Democratic Club is scheduled for Thursday, February 15.  It will take place at 7:00 pm in the Sutter Roush Room, 23 East Main Street.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Incoming Shelby Municipal Court Judge Sheree L. Studer was sworn into office by retiring Judge Jon P. Schaefer. Her husband holds the Bible for her. Her term began on January 1.

Third Ward Councilman Garland Gates began his sixth term on January 1. Holding the Bible for him are his wife Rev. Patti Welch and his sister Pat Saltzgaber.

Randy Broderick is the newest member of the Shelby City Board of Education. He was sworn in on January 8th.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The origin of the Shelby Area Democratic Club...

For nearly 50 years, the Shelby Area Democratic Club has played an active role in local politics. Here is an excerpt from the group's very first meeting minutes from July 11, 1968:

The first get together of the Shelby Democrats was held on July 11-1968. A picnic at Seltzer Park consisted of a covered dish furnished by each one attending.

Thirty people enjoyed a discussion on the possibility of forming a Democratic club in the Shelby area.

The first officers were elected in September of that year. They were president James Moorehead, first vice president L.D. Ball, second vice president Lonzie McKenzie, recording secretary Mary Stine, and treasurer Thomas Yetzer.

Thanks to those local Democratic pioneers who laid a firm foundation for our club! We owe them a debt of gratitude for a job well done.