Episcopal Church Women

Mission: Centered in congregations, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) empowers women to do Christ's ministry in the world.

Vision: Our vision for all women of the Episcopal Church is to become a vibrant blend of all ages, coming together as a peacemaking, healing part of the Church. We aspire to be a Godspark—shining and sharing the love of Christ.

Purpose: The ECW in the Diocese of Ohio is the fellowship of all the women of the church and is organized to enable the women to serve our Lord through worship, stewardship and fellowship. The ECW is organized to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ's work of reconciliation in the world and take their place as leaders in the life, governance and worship of the church.


140th Annual ECW Meeting
The 2017 Diocese of Ohio Annual ECW Meeting will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Mansfield, on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  This year we will commemorate the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio Bicentennial. The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Wilbert, Archivist for our Diocese and Rector of Christ Church, Oberlin, will be the keynote speaker. We will also hear a presentation about the Grace Church Food Pantry, which has grown into the largest food pantry in Richland County. In 2017, the Pantry anticipates providing over 175,000 meals.

Please see the Schedule and Registration Form below. If you have questions, please contact Barbara Jones at (330) 793-0540 or shadowoak2199@zoominternet.net.

2017 ECW Annual Meeting Schedule
2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form


The ECW Province V Conference and Annual Meeting
The ECW Province V Conference and Annual Meeting will take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Lansing, Michigan, April 28-30. The keynote speaker and leader for the weekend is Lelanda Lee. Her presentation, “Exploring the Meaning of Being My Sister’s Keeper,” will utilize prayer, storytelling, reflection, and practical exercises. Registration is available at http://www.edwm.org/episcopal_church_women.html


Human Trafficking Resource

Happens Here, Too...Human Trafficking Event on July 9, 2016 - Case Western Reserve University

Human Trafficking: Ohio's Tragic Reality

Fact Sheet for Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking Observing and Reporting Protocol

Screening Tool for Victims of Human Trafficking

Identifying and Interacting with Victims of Human Trafficking

Messages for Communicating with Victims of Human Trafficking

NEW! ECW Directory Downloads

For the first time, The Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Ohio, Yearbook and Directory is now available online.

Much of the information is available for download using the links below. The documents are all in PDF format. Clicking on a document will open it in Adobe PDF reader. If you do not have Adobe PDF Reader, get it here for free.

ECW General Information
Calendar of Events
Standing Rules
Invested Funds

Annual Meeting Information

Meeting History
Annual Meeting and Committee Reports

You must have a password in order to view the entire directory, which includes contact information for ECW committee members and officers. If you do not have a password and think you should, please contact Susan Quill  at 216-321-4311 or planetquill@roadrunner.com.

Download entire ECW 2012-2013 Yearbook & Directory (password protected)

Diocesan ECW Officers


Barbara Jones
(330) 793-0540

Vice President
Susan Little
(330) 494-0529

Rose Ann Brennan

Susan Quill
(216) 321-4311

UTO Coordinator
Linda Smith

Worship Chair
Elaine Willis
(440) 930-5291


Carlotta East Scholarship

The Carlotta East Scholarship Fund was established to provide aid to Episcopal women who need scholarship assistance to complete their education, to upgrade their skills before returning to the workforce, or to take religious training.

The fund, established in 1945 with a bequest of $7,874.88, is invested with the Trustees of the Diocese of Ohio.  In June, 1988, the invested amount was increased by $5,000 when the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Board voted to transfer this amount from the Carlotta East liquid assets to the principal of the Carlotta East Scholarship Fund.  The dividends and interest from this investment are used to grant scholarship aid to Episcopal women.  The usual grant for scholarship aid is approximately $500 per applicant.  Exceptions in amounts granted may be made by the Carlotta East Scholarship Committee.

If additional donations are received for Carlotta East Scholarships, that amount is added to the amount available for distribution to candidates.  

The Carlotta East Scholarship Committee reviews grant applications and submits recommendations to the Diocese of Ohio ECW Board Meeting, which is held prior to the Diocese of Ohio ECW Annual Meeting, held in April or May.  The Diocese of Ohio ECW Board reviews the submitted grant applications and usually approves the recommendations from the Carlotta East Scholarship Committee.

Carlotta East Information & Guidelines
Carlotta East Scholarship Application (Word Format)

Book of Remembrance

Eliza Jennings Backus, who was the president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Diocese of Ohio from 1919 to 1929, realized that the Board's Expense Fund was insufficient for its work. Nominees for office were limited to those who were able to afford the necessary expenses. She inaugurated the idea of the Eliza Jennings Backus Endowment by means of a Book of Remembrance.

Mrs. Backus presented the first volume of The Book of Remembrance, a beautifully hand-tooled purple leather book. The Schmid Family of Canton generously presented the second volume in 1949. It is also hand-tooled and is bound in red leather. A third volume was started in 1973, and a fourth volume is now in use. All of the books will be on display at Annual Meetings.

If you wish to memorialize or to honor someone who has been in any way connected with women's work in the Church, either by giving or in service, you may have her name inscribed in The Book of Remembrance.

For each name inscribed, a minimum donation of $5.00 to the Eliza Backus Endowment Fund is required. Interest paid on the investment is sent to the Diocesan Board for travel expenses.

Download the Book of Remembrance Form