Jun 272014
 

NLA Dallas members,

Next month is our annual elections. If you have ever thought about running for a position now is the time.

We have the following positions open:

Male Co – Chair – we have one nominee- Neko

Treasurer

Social Chair

Programs – we have one nominee – koneko

Marketing- we have one nominee – Sharon

5 member At Large positions – we have three nominees – McLanahan, TC and Griff

Please send your nominations and introduction letters to myself and Neko. Below are the job descriptions.

Respects in Leather,
Debi and Neko

8. Roles and Responsibilities of the EC Members

8.1. Members-at-Large [MaL]:

8.1.1.  There will be one elected Member-at-Large position on the EC for each full count of 25 Chapter members. The number of Members-at-Large to be elected for the incoming EC is determined by the number of general members at the time of nominations each June prior to the election in July.
8.1.2.  The Members-at-Large are spokespersons for the general membership and assist with special projects on the EC and usually are assigned to also assist specific EC members such as the Membership Chair, Program Chair, NewsLeather Editor, Treasurer, and/or Social Chair.
8.1.3.  Each Member-at-Large shall have the responsibility to attend all Executive Committee and General Membership meetings for NLA-Dallas. Members-at-Large will assist those positions as designated by the Executive Committee. Members-at-Large will participate in special projects or tasks as determined by the Executive Committee or recommended by the general membership and approved by the Executive Committee.
8.2 Co Chair:8.2.1.  The Co-Chairs shall have the responsibility to attend all Executive Committee and General Membership meetings for NLA-Dallas.

8.2.2.  The Co-Chairs shall be the Chief Executives of the Chapter, and as such, are the official spokespersons for the Chapter.

8.2.3.  Subject to such delegations of authority and responsibility as the Co-Chairs may choose to make, and to such limitations or modifications as may be imposed by the membership or these Policies, the Co- Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee and of the General Membership and shall be in charge of the general management of the affairs of the Chapter; including the implementation and enforcement of all orders, resolutions, and other legislation enacted by the membership.

8.2.4.  One and/or both Co-Chairs shall serve as ex-officio members of all committees of the Chapter.

8.2.5.  The Co-Chairs shall perform all the duties incident to the office and such other duties as may, from time-to-time, be designated by the Executive Committee or the membership.
8.3. Treasurer:
8.3.1.  The Treasurer shall have the responsibility to attend all Executive Committee and General Membership meetings for NLA-Dallas.
8.3.2.  Subject to requirements of law and such assignments, and instructions and limitations imposed by the membership, the Treasurer shall have care and custody of all funds and securities of the Club in such bank or other institution as the Executive Committee may direct.
8.3.3.  The Treasurer shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements, issue bills for all monies owed to the Chapter, render regular or special reports on the financial state and affairs of the Chapter as the Executive Committee, or the membership may direct, and coordinate the financial affairs of the Chapter as required by law and imposed by the Executive Committee and the membership.
8.3.4.  Checks, drafts, notes and orders for payment of monies subject to such delegations, limitations, conditions, and requirements upon the power to so sign, authorized, or imposed by the Executive Committee or the membership, shall only be signed by one of the two co-chairs and the treasurer.

8.6 Program Chair:

8.6.1.  The Program Chair shall have the responsibility to attend all Executive Committee and General Membership meetings for NLA-Dallas.

8.6.2.  Subject to such limitations or modifications as may be imposed by the membership or these Policies, the Program Chair or designee(s) shall have the responsibility for planning, staffing, and supervision of regularly scheduled monthly meetings and advanced workshops,

8.6.3.  shall organize instruction in SM safety;
8.6.4.  shall, either personally or through delegation, be responsible for the planning and the execution of special educational events. .

8.7 Social Chair:

8.7.1.  The Social Chair shall have the responsibility to attend all Executive Committee and General Membership meetings for NLA-Dallas.

8.7.2.  Subject to such limitations or modifications as may be imposed by the membership or these bylaws, the Social Chair or designee(s) shall have the responsibility for planning, staffing, and supervision of regularly scheduled social events; such as dinner after monthly meetings, summer socials, Halloween Howl, and the December Holiday Party,
8.7.3.  shall prepare event schedules for approval by the Executive Committee and membership;
8.7.4.  shall, either personally or through delegation, be responsible for the planning and the execution of special events, and shall be responsible for media relations.

8.10. Marketing Director

8.10.1.  Is an Officer and member of the EC, and shall attend all EC and general membership meetings

8.10.2.  Recruits and manages any required number of assistants are recommended, e.g. for, Technical and Artistic, as well as for general work. Assistants should include MAL’s and general members who volunteer.

8.10.3. Creates a marketing plan and budget for NLA-D, including event and club messaging, for outreach to the community and other clubs, and for marketing of activities to the membership and the community as appropriate

8.10.4. Creates marketing materials. I.e., ads, cards, flyers, posters, pins, patches, t-shirts, etc. to support the marketing plan.

8.10.5. Handles buying and selling of ad space. I.e., placing ads in run books, publications and websites, and selling the ad space for the Newsleather, as called for in the marketing plan

8.10.6.  Distributes marketing materials. I.e., cards, flyers, posters, etc. per the marketing plan

8.10.7.  For the annual Pride Parade, primary responsibility for the float decoration and marketing pieces (beads and marketing pieces), works with Social Director to do event registration and recruits volunteers.8.10.8. Supports Co-chairs for media relations.
Jun 202014
 

Hello to one and all!

The July meeting of Bound Rose is Wednesday July 2 at The Sanctuary. To get back into the swing of things I will be giving the demo on cupping. I have taught this class several times many moons ago and hope to provide you with entertainment as well as useful information and ideas. All the various methods of cupping from fire to suction will be shown.

If you would like to practice fire cupping bring several small Voltaire candle holders. Please make sure the rims do not have any nick or rough spots. You will also need a lighter and a few coins. I will supply the cotton and alcohol. (not the drinking kind) LOL

The concept of Bound Rose is to provide time and space where people can practice or improve new skills. After the demo the dungeon will be open for your use. Please remember this is for education and practice and will not follow the ‘standard’ dungeon rules. There will be no music and talking, questions and sharing are encouraged. So, if you are ‘playing’ be aware that people might interrupt with questions and help.

The time does NOT have to be spent on the nights demo, but any skill that you would like to practice in a non threating environment without people judging. If there is something you would like to learn more about please let me know and I will find someone with that knowledge and skill to come demo at future meetings.

I will need a volunteer for the demo bottom, experience is not an issue. Since I am flying solo these days, I hope to find someone else that would be willing to be ‘in service’ to me during the evening. I need an extra pair of hands during the demo and to run errands and such during the evening. Please make sure you have your partners permission to serve me. If you can help in either one of these positions please contact me privately.

Please cross post this in any group, with the groups owner permission.
Loving in Leather,
Ms Boots

Jun 202014
 

The fireworks are soon to happen! Where will you be for them? Maybe at one of these fun gatherings listed for your enjoyment. Go light it up and have some fun with good people! Be a part of something greater, your community. Get involved and help us all make a better future for everyone.

1) Sat June 21 from 6-10 is the UCLSE: “Some Like It Hot” show w/ Larry Carter at the Eagle

* Leather Knights “Leather Night” from 10-12 @ The Eagle

**TGRA Red Sash IGRA Fundraiser from 7:30-10 at Hidden Door

2) Sun June 22 from 1-3 Ft Worth Court Meeting at Cancer Care Services on 623 S Henderson

3) Tues June 24 from 7-9 NLA-Dallas EC meeting at the Resource Center

4) Wed June 25 from 7:30-10:30 is the UCLSE Club Night at the Hidden Door

5) Fri June 27 from 7-10 UCLSE: Wild Wild West Show at the Eagle

6) Sat June 28 from 5-10 UCLSE: 5th Annual Diva/Divo Show at the Eagle

7) Sun June 29 from 4-7 Ft Worth Court BOD BBQ at Club Reflections

8) Tues July 1 from 7-9 NLA-Dallas GM meeting at the Resource Center

9) Wed July 2 from 7-10 is the T-Bears Club Night at the Hidden Doo

10) Sat July 5 from 7-10 is the TGRA Miss Firecracker Pageant at the Eagle

11) Sun July 6 from 1:30-3:30 is the TGRA Dallas Chapter Meeting at the Round Up

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

http://www.ntxcc.org

Plus we have our own calendar of events too. Visit and see what NLA is up to

http://nladallas.org/?page_id=8

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 leatherboyleo@yahoo.com and I will send them along to be listed.

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

Boy Leo

Jun 062014
 

On Saturday, June 28th Queerbomb is holding a rally and march in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

This free event and is radically inclusive; Queerbomb is here to take Pride back to its transgressive roots, free from corporate control so we can challenge the status quo and die the seeds for community change.

There’s a FetLife event and you can find us at QueerbombDallas.org.

Jun 042014
 

What does it mean to be a Majordomo for a Leather House?
By Bushido_Bard

The National Leather Association presented their latest Leather Perspectives and I had the pleasure to listen to slave raven discuss her experiences being a Majordomo for a Leather House. The title Majordomo carries with it many different connotations, but the one that slave raven liked most was this: a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another. She liked to stress that she had the authority to organize and direct servants within the house but not to punish; this was reserved for Master McGeorge. Every day it was her duty to see that the house ran smoothly and the other servants tended properly to their chores.

Initially slave raven was alone in her duty to the house before other servants came to the house. Upkeep and timely meals were all hers to plan so she became meticulous in her attention to details and when reminders were needed. She arranged all pertinent information into sheets or books that she could call upon when needed. Information such as when and what bills were due, titles and ownership papers regarding vehicles, and even when medications needed to be refilled.

Slave raven kept a private book, popular culture sometimes calls them butler’s books that covered details such as what drinks guests preferred or what dinners were served in the past to certain visitors. In this way slave raven could ensure that people felt at ease and it was never the “same old dinner” being served. How Master McGeorge took his coffee and other details on how food was to be prepared should be remembered. In the event that she could not be there in person, slave raven would even have detailed instructions so that anyone could follow along in her duties to the letter.

As more slaves entered under the ownership of Master McGeorge, slave raven would delineate duties based upon ability in order to ensure that tasks were still completed. Although there were some chores that were not her favorite, she still completed them because she was the best person for the job. If you were the cook for the house then the Majordomo had the authority to allow the cook to reorganize the kitchen for maximum efficiency. Although slave raven did not have the power to punish the others slaves for misbehavior or failure of duty, she certainly reported to Master McGeorge.

Establishing the direct authority and powers delegated to the Majordomo are paramount in successively managing a Leather House. Many times slave raven said that if the powers are not clearly defined between Master and the Majordomo then confusion sets in and the House fails to function properly. Personal data sheets were kept by slave raven on each and every person so that in cases of emergency help could be administered or in worse cases legal authority was granted to wrap up their affairs. These personal sheets had very important and private information and it was up to the Majordomo to keep them all updated and carefully protected.

When uniforms were required in the house the colors and materials were chosen by Master George, but they were later changed because of the issues brought up by slave raven. As the Majordomo, she petitioned for the colors to change because the brightness of the shirts easily showed dirt or sweat from daily work. Not just any slave in the house could complain or suggest this; but the Majordomo could, in the name of the good of the House, make suggestions. This obviously is an exception in what someone may consider a standard M/s relationship, but a useful if not necessary one.

After her presentation there were various questions and answers but in most of the answers slave raven repeated that the powers of the Majordomo must be clearly defined. Whether Master McGeorge was ill, or away on business it was up to slave raven to manage the house and its affairs. This sometimes included dealing with members of Master George’s biological family. After Master McGeorge passed away the Leather House peacefully disbanded and everyone continued their journeys separately. When asked how she managed to keep such details and supervise so much she smiled and commented that it’s the duty of the Majordomo and it had to be done; I was happy to do it!

Jun 032014
 

Going to get you some? We all need it. Why just sit there? Go visit these places, meet some people and have a good time! Be a part of something greater, your community. Get involved and help us all make a better future for everyone.

1) Wed June 4 from 7-10 is T-Bears Club Night at the Hidden Door

2) Fri June 6 from 10-12 is Discipline Corps Bar Night at the Eagle. Get your tickets for Sun!

3) Sat June 7 from 6-10 is UCLSE: Grand Duckie Show “Movie Night” at the Eagle

4) Saturday June 7 is the TGRA cookout for IGRA @ Hidden Door.

5) Sunday June 8 is the DC play party (see a member at Friday’s bar night for info)

*Trinity River Bears Sunday in Ft Worth: club meeting at 2pm at Reflections & 4-7 a BBQ to raise funds for the club also @ Reflections

6) Mon June 9 Leather Knights Member Meeting 7:30-9:30 @ Youth First Texas

7) Wed June 11 from 7-9 NTXCC Cocktail Party at the Dallas Eagle

8) Saturday June 14 from 9-12 is NLA-Dallas Bar Night at the Eagle. Come in Levis or Leather or anything comfortable but do get there for the camaraderie of your NLA brothers & sisters.

*From 6-10 is UCLSE: An Evening of Tropical Delight with Daddy Love at the Eagle

**Ft Worth Court Show from 7-10 at the Rainbow Lounge

***TGRA Trailer Park Pageant from 7-10 at the Hidden Door

9) Sun June 15 from 1-3 the UCLSE Board Meeting at Youth First Texas followed by their General Membership meeting from 3-6

10) Wed June 18 from 8-10 is SLUTS Club night at the Hidden Door

*Trinity River Bears: Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food Show from 9-11 at Club Changes in Ft Worth

11) Sat June 21 from 6-10 is the UCLSE: “Some Like It Hot” show w/ Larry Carter at the Eagle

* Leather Knights “Leather Night” from 10-12 @ The Eagle

12) Sun June 22 from 1-3 Ft Worth Court Meeting at Cancer Care Services on 623 S Henderson

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

http://www.ntxcc.org

Plus we have our own calendar of events too. Visit and see what NLA is up to.

http://nladallas.org/?page_id=8

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 leatherboyleo@yahoo.com and I will send them along to be listed.

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

Boy Leo