Sep 242013
 
Beyond Vanilla is just days away! The excitement is building, the toy bags are getting packed, and the boots are getting blacked. This is an event that many of us look forward to all year long. There are classes galore, amazing contests, old and new faces, and fun for all.
For many people in our community BV is their first encounter with NLA. This event is a a great time to highlight our strengths as a club and engage possible new members. This is a wonderful time for all of us to reach out to people interested in the Club, and what we do. It is also the time for all of us to go above and beyond to make non members feel welcomed.
At this event i feel we should go above and beyond to show an outpour of NLA Dallas hospitality. It is a time to introduce ourselves to new faces, as much as It is a time to encourage people we do not normally see at the meeting to stop by and check it out. For years BV has been NLA’s most visual outreach tool to the greater whole of the Dallas Kink Community, lets not waste this valuable opportunity!
Remember a heartfelt personal invitation is often times what gets people to make their first visit to, or their second chance visit to a group. Remember how it felt to be new and that the 1 – 3 minuets you spend talking to a stranger could make all the difference in the world to them. Our mission statement includes not just promoting education but a support network for all members of the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community.    
I challenge each member to make at least 3 personal invitations to 3 different people to come to an NLA meeting, and to BE an ambassadors for your club all weekend long!
Sep 242013
 

The DVP Team is putting the finishing touches on our training module for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Administers and supervisors from the Hotline will be meeting with the Team here in Dallas on Friday, 10-18-13 for a first run through of the Training that the Team has developed. Any changes or additions that may be suggested by the Hotline staff will be done in November and December with the first actual training of Hotline staff at their offices in Austin to be done in January of 2014.

The NLA Dallas DVP Team; Lex, Artemis, Beth, Jim R., Hardy, and Rob have worked very hard on this project for the past year and have developed an excellent training module! They have been outstanding ambassadors of good will from our community. I hope that each of you will take the time to thank them personally the next time that you see them at a meeting, event, or out and about in the community.

New educational, outreach, and advocacy materials have been printed and distributed at the Pride Parade and will be in the run packets at Beyond Vanilla.

Respectfully submitted,
Dennis C Hartzog, M.Ed., LPC
Chairperson, NLA Dallas DVP Team

Sep 202013
 

Where have you been? Need some new stories to tell? Then you need to get out and see what is going on in your world! Here is a bunch of things to go get involved!

1) Saturday Sept 21 is the Leather Knights “Leather Night” from 10-12 at the Eagle

2) Tuesday Sept 24 from 7-9 is the NLA-EC Meeting at the John Thomas Center

3) Wednesday Sept 25 from 7:30-10:30 is UCLSE Club Night @ back bar of the Hidden Door

4) Saturday Sept 28 is the TGRA cookout for IGRA @ Hidden Door.

5) Tuesday Oct 1 from 7-9 is the NLA General Meeting at the John Thomas Center

6) Wednesday Oct 2 from 7-10 is the T-Bears Club Night at the Hidden Door

7) Friday Oct 4 from 8-10 NTXCC celebrates Ft Worth Gay Pride Weekend @ Club Reflections this celebration and socialization is for all member clubs

8) Saturday Oct 5 is the Ft Worth Gay Pride Parade in downtown Ft. Worth starting at 12 noon with Pride Street Festival at the end on Houston & 9th Streets @ General Worth Square til 6pm.

9) Sunday Oct 6 is the Ft Worth Gay Pride Family Picnic on Trinity Park

**TGRA-Dallas Chapter Meeting at the Round Up from 1:30-3:30

10) Friday Oct 11 from 10-12 is Discipline Corps Bar Night at the Eagle.

11) Saturday Oct 12 from 8-10 is NLA-Dallas Bar Night at the Eagle. Come in Levis or Leather or just as your comfortable self but do get there for the camaraderie of your NLA brothers & sisters.

12) Sunday Oct 13 is the DC play party (see a member at Friday’s bar night for info)

Trinity River Bears Sunday in Ft Worth: Lunch at Shaw’s on Magnolia at 12:30, then at 2pm their club meeting @ Reflections & 4-7 a BBQ to raise funds for the club also @ Reflections

*UCLSE-EC Meeting from 1:30-3 at Youth First Texas followed by their General Membership meeting from 3-5

As always the NTXCC Community Calendar is up and ready to help you plan your fun.

http://www.ntxcc.org/cms/community-calendar#year=2013&month=5&day=1&view=month

Just click that link to see the calendar. If you want more info just click on the entry and get the details. If you have anything that should be added to the community calendar drop a line with the details to me at leo@nladallas.org and I will send them along to be listed.

Go, support, and be a part of your community! Hope to see you!

Boy Leo

Sep 092013
 

NLA Pride Parade

Come join us or just cheer us on at the Pride Parade this Sunday! Full information is below. If you have NOT yet, and want to march, please contact Jack@NLADallas.org no later than 5pm Wednesday.

THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE  ALAN ROSS TEXAS FREEDOM PARADE! PLACE/TIMESunday, September 15, 2013, 2:00 PM.  

10:00 AM Staging streets are closed to traffic. Official parade entries are allowed to enter.
12:00 PM All parade entries must be in their staging location — approximately the intersection of Wycliff & Maple, in front of Sal’s Pizza.  We are entry #59.  Any entries that are not in place will not be allowed to participate in the parade.
1:00 PM Pre-parade begins and will be allowed to perform for each of the announcer and judges. Pre-parade entries must be past Oak Lawn Ave. by 2:00 PM, NO exceptions.
2:00 PM The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade kicks off and proceeds down the parade route.
3:00 PM NLA-D group will likely begin their march

PARKING
Parking is a huge issue. The earlier you get to the area, the closer you can get to the route… but the more time you have to kill before the parade actually begins for the NLA-Dallas contingent. You may wish to seriously consider having a friend drop you off somewhere near the Wycliff/Maple intersection, then calling them after the parade to pick you up at some spot several blocks away from Lee Park after the end of the parade.  Another option is to car pool!

DRESS
You can pick up your official NLA-D Pride Parade T-shirt — and beads —from the back of the giant white pickup at our starting point; those are first-come, first-serve, though we should have enough for all. We’d like ALL NLA-D entrants to wear the T-shirt so we look like we’re together, literally as well as in spirit!

This year marchers & riders cannot show any part of breasts or butts — and that includes see-thru tops, thongs and crotchless chaps. The pride parade committee will enforce this by kicking out any group — FOREVER — who don’t follow this rule.
Be smart and wear/bring sun block and perhaps a hat to shield yourself from old Sol!!!  Remember, shorts will be cooler, but then DO use sunscreen on your beautiful gams too!

BEADS
We have a TON of beads, but they go fast! Each marcher will be given many packets of beads to throw, but pace yourselves!!! Do NOT begin throwing beads until we’re on Cedar Springs. Throwing a couple of necklaces every 15 paces or so will help stretch our supply!

OUR FORMATION
The motorcycles will lead our group, 3-across. The four flags; Leather, Gay, U.S. and Texas will be held by back-seat riders on the outside bikes, front two rows.

The bikes will be followed by Sir Lacey & Maarqus hefting and marching with our 8’wide, 6′ tall giant NLA-D banner, and then the marchers follow them — with the water/cooler pickup in the rear. In order to fit in our allotted 50’ group length limit, the truck may be in the middle, surrounded by marchers.

OUR WATER/COOLER TRUCK
The white pickup is serving as our T-shirts, beads, flags/poles/brackets, giant banner & support poles, trash bags and a fire extinguisher vehicle. It will also carry several giant coolers with water, Gatorade and 175 pounds of donated ice. Big thanks to Billy Mac for use of the truck AND the ice!!!! Please drink lots and watch one another for signs of heat stress!!!

POST-PARADE FESTIVAL
The Festival in Lee Park will have significant changes this year. Lee Park will be fenced and a $5.00 general admission will be charged to all who enter. There will also be a dedicated “kids” space in Lee Park. Our parade entry space received five (5) general admissions to the Festival in Lee Park and NLA-D Treasurer Fred has those.

Thanks a TON for participating! Yup, at a projected 96º it will be hot, but it will be fun as hell and a great way to get to know other NLA-D members better!

Sep 012013
 

Greetings to you all,

As you all know NTXCC and Fall Frollick are looking for some contestants for the Mr and Miss Fall Frollick contest and I think it would be way hawt for NLA to have some entries this year. Please take the opportunity to review the enclosed packet and see if it is something you would like to be involved in. Mr and Miss Fall Frolic packet

Helping our community come together in support of our various clubs, organizations and charities is just one of the goals of NTXCC. If this seems to be a match with yours goals and interests then sign up to represent NLA-Dallas and NTXCC to bring the good people of North Texas together to have fun and support worthy causes.

Thank you,

Boy Leo