2020 Scholarships Awarded to Eichler and Davis

The Ohio Council 8 Executive Board is pleased to announce that Reese Eichler has been awarded the Betty Thomas Scholarship and Damian Davis II has been awarded the George Tucker Scholarship as part of the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Family Scholarship program.

Reese Eichler

Reese is the daughter of Janet Eichler who is a member of AFSCME Local 2026, which represents nurses at Steward Health/ Trumbull Memorial Hospital in the Youngstown Region. A graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, Reese was as a motivated student who achieved an outstanding academic record and was respected by her classmates and teachers.

She is attending a 6 year program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.


Damian Davis II

The 2018 men’s scholarship winner, Damian Davis II, is the son of AFSCME Local 1632 member Damian Davis. An active member of the union representing City of Columbus employees, he is a 23-year union member and works for the city water department.

His son Damian graduated from Bexley High School with a strong academic record and was an outstanding athlete. Damian will be attending Bluffton University where he will major in sports management and business.

The 2020 AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarships are named in honor of Toledo unionist George Tucker and Cincinnati unionist and Ohio Retiree coordinator Betty Thomas. Betty Thomas, a mother of five, began her career in education as a school and library volunteer. In 1972 she took a part-time job as an Instructional Assistant for the Cincinnati Board of Education.

Her skill and dedication were quickly recognized and in 1974, Thomas was hired full-time and  soon joined AFSCME Local 1938, the union for unclassified employees. She continued to work for the board of education and served the union for the next 19 years. In 1995, Thomas joined the International Union staff as the Retiree Coordinator for AFSCME Ohio Retirees Chapter 1184. Thomas is retired and lives in Cincinnati and is still active in AFSCME Retiree Chapter 1184.

George Tucker is a Toledo native, who after graduating from high school in 1961, joined the United States Navy. Five year later Tucker signed on with the Toledo city workforce and immediately joined AFSCME Local 7, which has represented the city’s workers since 1937.

Working in the city’s Division of Inspection and the sign shop, Tucker held numerous union positions as a member of Local 7 and in 1972 was elected president of, at that time, the 1,100-member union and also served on the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 executive board.

In 1984, Tucker joined Ohio Council 8 Toledo regional staff, a post he held until 1987, when he was appointed Toledo Regional Director. Tucker retired in 2004 and in 2012, he agreed to come out of retirement and served as director for an additional year.

Tucker also served on the Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO steering committee and executive board and as President. In addition, Tucker gave of his time and talents to the United Labor Committee, the Northwest Ohio Center for Labor and Management Cooperation, the Labor Management Citizens Committee, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, was President of the Toledo Library Board of Trustees and served on the Toledo Port Authority. Tucker passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Marcia Knox, chairperson of the executive board committee that reviews the scholarship applications, wished Reeese and Damian the best of luck pursuing their higher education goals.


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