DGR Executive Board Meeting

This event is the Executive Board meetings of the Democrats of Greater Riverside. These meetings are open to all paid members. These meetings are for planning the General Meetings of the DGR and to organize support for local Democratic candidates and policies. 

E-Board meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Hacienda Room of La Casa Ortega and will follow parliamentary procedure.

If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please email DGR 24 hours before the meeting. 


7:00 pm Call to Order and Welcome by Presiding Officer
7:05 pm Roll Call / Determination of a Quorum
7:10 pm Approval of Agenda
7:12 pm Reading and acceptance of minutes from the prior April meeting

Officer Reports (please keep Officer reports to around three to five minutes and save any motions for new business):

7:15 pm President’s Report – Greg McKinley-Powell:
7:17 pm Vice President’s report – Charlene McKinley-Powell
7:21 pm Secretary’s report – OPEN
7:24 pm Treasurer’s Report – Deb Bennett

Committee Reports:

7:30 pm: Membership Development – Steve Ivanovich
7:33 pm: Finance – Ryan Borunda
7:36 pm: Communications – Christine Roberts
7:39 pm: Elections – Brenda Bell
7:42 pm: Policy and Research – Robert Melsh
7:45 pm: Rules – Bonnie McFarland
7:48 pm: Audit – Mark Hannessee
7:51 pm: Other Standing or Special Committees: Senior Issues Special Committee – Phyllis Purcell

New Business:

8:00 pm: Discuss program for the next General Meeting
8:10 pm: 
8:20 pm: 
8:30 pm: 

8:45: Announcements –

8:45 pm: Adjournment – Next E-Board Meeting will be on the first Tuesday of the following month; Next General Meeting is on the third Thursday of this month.

Nov 15

Meet the Officers

                                                                                    Executive  Officers
President:   Charlene McKinley-Powell   has been a member since moving to Riverside in 2013. She has served DGR as Communications Co-Chair, Secretary and Vice-President and actively participated in voter registration and election campaigns for local candidates for state and federal offices.
Vice-President: Brenda Bell has been a member of DGR for over three years and most recently served as DGR Secretary. In October, she was honored  at the Democratic Party’s  Bosworth Luncheon as the club’s  Volunteer of the Year. She was the lead organizer for the Inland Empire People’s Climate March and is a former member of CDP Executive Board and 3rd Vice Chair for San Bernardino Central Committee. Currently she is a Trustee for Southern California for California Democratic Council.  She direcctedWisconsin State’s  Mail Program for Obama in 2012.
Secretary: Heidi Laird
Treasurer: Greg McKinley-Powell is currently DGR president and has also served as Secretary and Communications Chair.
                                                                                               Committee Chairs
Communication: Christine  Roberts  has been a member for just over a year and has served as Communications Chair since 2016.  Phone banked for the Clinton campaign, participated in Women’s March in D.C., frequent  “gadfly correspondent” to the DNC and  members of Congress.
Elections: Sheila Kay Riley has long been active in a variety of Democratic and social justice groups and committees. She has served as Recording Secretary to the Riverside County Democratic Party and is an Associate Member to the RCDP, representing the Corona-Norco Democratic Club.  DGR has benefited from her service in a variety of  roles.
Finance: Ryan Borunda is currently a student at UCR and  involved with UC Riverside’s Young Democrats. He served as DGR’s finance chair in 2017.
Membership Development: Michele Campbell has been with DGR since 2012 and served as president and  treasurer. She worked on the Obama campaigns and served on the committees for Riverside’s Women’s, Tax, and Climate marches.
Policy and Research: Robert Melsh has been involved with DGR on and off for 20 years, serving as President, Vice-President, and Policy and Research Committee Chair.  He has also chaired Riverside County’s Central Committee of the Democratic Party, been a StateCommittee Member, and Regional Director.
Rules: Bonnie Bell has served as Rules Chair for some years and is responsible for  monitoring parliamentary procedures at Executive Board meetings and making sure DGR complies with rules governing our charter by the Riverside County Democratic Party. She was very active in the campaign for Hilary Clinton.
Senior Issues, Special Committee: Phyllis Purcell is a long-time advocate for the rights and needs of senior citizens and the homeless

Pizza Party Membership Drive!

A new year is almost here, but you don’t have to wait to renew your DGR membership!

If you renew before Nov. 18th you’ll get an invitation to a Pizza Party in honor of members like you who help make DGR possible! This party features free pizza and soda, a chance to mingle with local liberals, and you’ll be supporting local Democrats. So don’t wait, sign up today at http://riversidedemocrats.org/join/.

Annual Meeting and Officer Elections

Join the Democrats of Greater Riverside this November for our Annual Meeting, featuring an annual report by club President Greg McKinley-Powell which will cover club activities over the last year including our triumphs and successes, and where we can go from here. 

At this meeting we’ll also be electing officers for our club positions, going over our 2018 budget, and electing delegates to the  Democratic pre-endorsement conference.

And just a reminder, DGR won’t be meeting in December, so stop by one last time before the year is over.

Current Officer nominations are:

• President: Charlene McKinley-Powell

• Vice-president: Brenda Bell

• Secretary: Heidi Laird

• Treasurer: Greg McKinley-Powell

• Communications Chair: Christine Roberts

• Membership Chair: Michele Campbell

• Finance Chair: Ryan Borunda

• Elections Chair: Sheila Riley

• Policy and Research Chair: Bob Melsh

• Rules Chair: Bonnie McFarland

• Senior Issues: Phyllis Purcell

• Audit Chair: Michele Campbell

Copies of our proposed budget will be available at the meeting and at our Executive Board meeting on Nov. 7th.

And our three proposed pre-endorsement delegates are:

• Greg McKinley-Powell

• Charlene McKinley-Powell

• Sheila Riley


6:00 p.m. Doors open for dinner and social hour

7:00 p.m. Meeting starts

8:00 p.m. Officers, Budget, and Delegate elections

8:30 p.m. Meeting ends

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities at this event. Please contact DGR at (951) 394-1357 at least 48 hours in advance to make a request for accommodation or for more information.