The Stonewall Democrats of South Central Indiana (SD-SCI) is a grassroots political organization working to improve the lives of LGBTQI+ people at the local and state levels. We are aligned with the Democratic Party, but are formally independent of it. This arrangement means we can both have a seat at the table and hold candidates feet to the fire as Jeanne Smith, our President, likes to say. We are active in: Bartholomew, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Monroe, Lawrence, and Brown Counties. We welcome everyone who agrees with our basic goals to get involved and make positive change happen locally!

As stipulated in our bylaws, the purpose of this organization is, at the local and state levels, to: recruit and support LGBTQI+ persons in order to increase the number of LGBTQI+ persons in elected and appointed positions; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; increase the participation of LGBTQI+ persons in the political process; The organization shall conduct activities necessary or desirable to achieve these objectives.



SD-SCI is lead collaboratively by a Steering Committee (elected) and Standing Committees (chairs appointed). We want our leadership to broadly reflect the diversity of our constituents, going so far as to enshrine this principle in our bylaws. But we cannot do so without active engagement in SD-SCI by many people with diverse backgrounds.

Steering Committee:
President: Jeanne Smith
Vice President: Wayne Shepherd
Treasurer: Novella Rose S
At-large Members: Joe Bergin, Jean Capler, Beth Williams Clawson, Melanie Davis, and Dominick Thompson

Standing Committee Chairs:
Candidate Recruitment & Political Engagement: Dominic Thompson
Organizing & Outreach: Jeanne Smith
Fundraising: Novella Rose Shuck


SD-SCI operates in accords with its bylaws and the policies—called resolutions—adopted by the Steering Committee. These bylaws and resolutions are meant to promote an effective organization that treats everyone fairly. If you see ways for us to improve, let a Steering Committee member know or run for a leadership position yourself!

SD-SCI cannot accomplish much without active, engaged members. We believe that together we can make a positive difference in our communities and in Indiana more broadly. Find the right level of involvement for you!

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Attend a Meeting
SD-SCI regularly holds meetings for its members and the general public. Check out our events section or our Facebook page for the next meeting.
Join a Committee
SD-SCI has three committees and joining one will let you help shape the organization’s work. Join the one that most interests you by emailing that committee’s chair!

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General Inquiries:sdofsci@sdofsci.org


Vice President:vp@sdofsci.org



Candidate Recruitment & Political Engagement: crpechair@sdofsci.org

Organizing & Advocacy: outreach@sdofsci.org