August 15, 2012 The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County (DWCHC) has elected a new slate of officers for the 2012-2013 term.
Pam Heller, PresidentFront, L-R: MaryEllen Greene, Pam Heller, Dora Graham Back, L-R: Sally P. Howard, Sara Binkley MaryEllen Greene, 1st Vice President Dora Graham, 2nd Vice President Sara Binkley, Secretary Sally P. Howard, Treasurer
Pam Heller, President, originally from Ohio where she was active in Democratic politics, moved to the area in 2003. She has been a DWCHC member since 2008 and held the position of 1st Vice President for the previous two years. Actively involved in local politics, Heller was a Executive Committee member of the Horry County Democratic Party and worked as volunteer on several local campaigns. In addition to political activities she has served on the Myrtle Beach Cultural Arts Advisory Committee since coming to the Myrtle Beach Area and served as the Publicity Chairman for Carousel Horse promotion in 2003.
MaryEllen Greene served twelve years on the Horry County School Board. The SC General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution to "Honor and Recognize" her for her school board service. She served for three years as the Region 4 Director of the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA). She received a bachelor’s degree from St. John University and is a retired educator in early childhood development. She is active in numerous community organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma and the Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach. She served as chairperson of the Board of Visitors for the Edwards College for Humanities at Coastal Carolina University and on the board of directors for the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. Dora Graham is a long time member of the Horry County Democratic Party.
Sara Binkley is active in the Grand Strand Optimist Club and was VP of Democratic Womens Council of Horry County last year.
Sally Howard is chair emeritus of the Horry County Democratic Party, former president of the Beach Democrats and organizer of the Galivants Ferry Stump. Howard was elected as one of the 67 South Carolina delegates to the National Democratic Convention held in Charlotte on September 4, 2012. This will be her 8th National Convention, 4th as a delegate.
Howard became active in politics in NC in the 60's in the Young Democrats. She was elected Secretary of the NC Democratic Party and was an advisor to Gov. Jim Hunt on Women's Issues in the 70's. After moving to SC in the mid 80's she's served as Chair of the Horry Democratic Party, member of the SCDP Executive Committee and Council, Secretary of SC Democratic Women, President of the Horry County Democratic Women and an Inductee of the SCDWC Hall of Fame. Sally was honored as Chair Emeritus of the Horry County Democratic Party and has been a political consultant on numerous campaigns.
She now represents SC on the Southern Growth Policies Board and is a Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner. She was recognized as one of the 30 Most Powerful Women on the Grand Strand in 2005.
Sally designs "One of a Kind" jewelry from vintage beads and is a Grandmother of 4.
The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County is very active locally, promoting candidates and raising scholarship money. They achieve national media recognition when they demolished the Republican 2012 Primary Debate sand sculpture Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in Myrtle Beach, a feature from the Myrtle Beach, S.C. GOP debate.
The DWCHC conducts an annual scholarship essay contest for high school and college students from Horry County, as well as providing support for county events and Democratic candidates. The scholarship program has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships since its inception in 2007.