We are the Johnson County Democratic Women, North and South

We are sister organizations, working together to engage women in politics and help get Democrats in Johnson County elected.

North and South Postcard Meeting

Thursday October 5th, 2023

Join us October 5 at 6:00pm to write postcards for candidates. 

Come to the Democratic Office at: 

8971 W 75th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204

We have a lot of important local races in Johnson County!  Come help get Democrats elected!

South Monthly Meeting

Thursday October 19, 2023

Come at 6:00pm to socialize or at 6:30pm for the meeting.

Join us at Black Bear Diner on Strang Line in Olathe.


Kristan Chamberlain is the Executive Director of KC Can Compost. Her vision for an environmental and social venture began in 2016 when she met Joe Colaizzi, then Executive Director of Kansas City Rescue Mission. Together, they sought to create a viable enterprise that would provide a significant benefit to the Kansas City community, while at the same time create living-wage jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness. Kristan’s entrepreneurial vision, coupled with her experience in strategic planning, business management, and marketing provided the foundation necessary to develop and grow KC Can Compost – a socially and environmentally conscious business that is committed to the transformation of lives and our local environment.

KC Can Compost has 2 missions: to preserve our planet through the collection and composting of organic waste, and to educate and prepare men and women transitioning out of difficult circumstances, like incarceration and homelessness, for employment in the green economy.

Welcome to our new JCDW North Board Members!

JCDW North has filled several offices: treasurer, secretary, fundraising, and membership!   Thank you and welcome to:


Sheryl Rice- treasurer

Trisch Domingue- secretary

Palita Robinson -fundraising

Bev Reeves-Dudley -membership

Dawn Olney – temporary president 


We still need a few people to step up and work together to make this organization support Democratic candidates!

We need President, Vice President, Programs, and Communications.

Check us out at jcdwks.org!

See if there is a position you would like to take!  There is a lot of support for you to learn the ropes!  Please consider what you can do to keep JCDW North up and running so we can continue to donate to candidates.


Answers to Some Common Membership Questions 

Thank you to all new and renewing members of Johnson County Democratic Women (JCDW). The North chapter had a great meeting in September at the Antioch Library. The speaker was awesome and very informative about how the past affects the present with regard to societal gender treatment and roles. Thanks to Cassie for the technical support so that members on Zoom could hear the speaker and business meeting better.

Here are some clarifications to some common membership


Why are there two Chapters (North and South) in Johnson County?

Because of the large geographical area in Johnson County, it is more convenient for those who reside nearer to the North or South groups to attend a meeting without driving as far. Generally, 435 is the dividing line between the two chapters although anyone can be a member of either group. All members may attend or participate via Zoom, when that format is available, for either or both meetings. Attending meetings is a great way to hear from candidates for county or local offices. The Chapters’ lecture speakers are excellent and informative as well.


Can members affiliated with North or South attend and vote in either or both groups?



How does the Kansas Federation of Democratic Women fit into the Johnson County Democratic Women’s Chapters?

The state organization is an umbrella organization for the various county chapter organizations and assists with administrative coordination for the county’s chapters such as processing credit card dues and keeping track of county member status. The KFDW publishes an online newsletter quarterly and does various educational functions for all of the counties’ chapters. They also may endorse candidates running for state-level



Are all of the meetings available on Zoom?

No. Please check each month’s newsletter to see which are available by Zoom and which are in person only.


May I join or renew my membership by credit card or check?

Yes. Our state umbrella organization, Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, is the vehicle through which credit card dues are processed and directly deposited into the selected Chapter’s account for county or local candidate donations. The KFDW or the county chapter may send out a renewal request when dues are nearing the expiration date, just under one year from whenever the member joins. For new members, a chapter must be selected for donations/dues from that chapter to benefit candidates selected and endorsed by that specific county chapter.


How do I pay dues via credit card?

Click or copy and paste the following link: https://www.kfdw.org

On the KFDW home page, click “chapters” for a drop-down menu of chapters’ names.

Choose Johnson County North or Johnson County South, then click to select.

Member sign-up and renewal page pops up. If renewing, then click on renewal and follow the steps. Please make sure that your email address is current and correct.

If new member, then choose the type of membership:

Regular- for those identifying as female and over 35 years of age

Associate-for those identifying as male

Student or Young Democrat-for those 35 or younger or students of any


At-large does not apply in most cases and dues may go to KFDW

instead of the selected county chapter.


If paying dues by check, to whom should new or renewing members make their checks payable?

Please make, either Johnson County Democratic Women North or South, the payee. Joyce Hughes (21707 W 62nd St, Shawnee, KS 66218) is the present Treasurer for the North group. She can receive and process membership payments for North. Carol Shimeall (17705 W 155th Ter., Olathe, KS 66062) is the treasurer for JCDW South.


What should I do if the state organization sends a billing request?

You may pay through the KFDW website with your credit card OR you can contact the treasurer of your chapter and pay dues to the Chapter. If the automated dues membership renewal notice is in error, please let the chapter treasurer or other officer know.


Let’s help elect Democrats!

Meet our new JCDW North Board Members!!


Dawn Olney, Interim-President

I have been a member of JCDW for around five years, serving as Programs Coordinator.  I enjoy learning new things and going into issues that affect real people every day. People think “Politics” is separate from real life, and that can’t be further from fact. I feel very strongly that women need health care and it is wrong to target a population of Americans, such as LGBTQ+ citizens, with discriminatory laws.  So it is important to elect Democrats to all levels of office. I started working elections in 2006, and have been a Precinct Captain in Prairie Village for 7 years.  I am President for the rest of 2023 so we can try to get all the positions filled and keep JCDW North running and donating.


Trisch Domingue, Secretary

About 10 years ago I was invited to a gathering of Democratic women, which encouraged my desire to be involved with my political party of belief and choice. Beverly Ring’s request that I help with an “orphan” precinct hooked me! Soon after I got involved with supporting Johnson County Dems.

While volunteering at the county office, Anne Pritchett shared information about Johnson County Democratic Women and the national organization, Federation of Democratic Women. I have been an active member in both North and South clubs, volunteering at community events and monthly membership meetings. Most recently, I have accepted the role as secretary of the JoCo Democratic Women-North. Membership has been as beneficial to me as I strive to be to the organization.


Palita Robinson, Fundraising

I have been a member of JCDW since 2013. I held the position of Membership Co-Chair for 3.5 years.  I now have the opportunity to be part of the fundraising committee.  Supporting getting Democrats elected is what it’s all about. I enjoy being part of an organization of like-minded people.


Sheryl Rice, Treasurer

I’ve been involved in Johnson County Democratic Women-North for the past few years. I’ve done everything I can do to help; from sitting in a Democrat booth at Old Settler’s Day to handing out candidate signs. 

Cassie Wiltanger-Woolworth made me aware that the North Chapter needed a Treasurer. I spoke to the interim-president, Anne Prichett, about the vacancy and offered my services. Before I was disabled, I was a bookkeeper, so I knew I could do the job. The rest, as they say, is history.


JCDW Calendar

Make sure to check out the JCDW calendar at the bottom of the home page for other JCDW related events!

Visit the home page HERE


About Us

Johnson County Democratic Women North and South are part of the  Kansas Federation of Democratic Women, which is part of the National Federation of Democratic Women


Our mission is to empower women to run for office and to support the election of like-minded Democrats to state and local office. We do this through education and training, but especially through donations to qualified candidates. Your financial donation to either of our organizations will go directly to Democratic candidates running in Johnson County. 

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JCDW South


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JCDW North


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Check out the Johnson County Democratic Party Event Calendar for more ways to get involved this month!