SHELBY – A full house of Democrats from across the region travelled to Shelby on the evening of Thursday, August 15th. They came to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Shelby Area Democratic Club. The event took place at the historic Girl Scout Little House.
The club’s minutes book records that first event: “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.” Since that time, the club has been active in politics at all levels, especially at the local level.
The highlight of the evening was a gala potluck-picnic dinner. The serving tables seemed to groan under the collective weight of casseroles, crockpots, vegetable dishes, salads, and desserts. Laughter and pleasant conversations between and among attendees filled the space. Officeholders and candidates circulated throughout the room.
After the meal, club officers and members inducted Joe Mudra into the “Most Faithful Order of the Brass Donkey.” The Lucas area resident serves as the longtime chairperson of the Richland County Democratic Party. He is a highly competent leader and a true friend of the Shelby Area Democratic Club. His service to the public at large as a member of the Richland County Board of Elections is exemplary.
The evening concluded with a highly successful silent auction.