Aug 272015
 

Sat Aug 29th – Dallas Eagle- United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Hot Summer Blues Show from 7-10pm

*Dallas Eagle from 7-10 the South Central Leather Sir/boy & Community Boot Black send-off party to wish them luck on the road to the International LS/LB/CBB Contests.

 

Sun Aug 30th – Club Reflection – International Court de Fort Worth Arlington (ICFWA) Cookout and Rubber Ducky Race from 4-7pm

*Club Reflection – IGRA Show from 7-10pm

**Round-Up Saloon – TGRA-Dallas: Yellow Rose Contest from 7-11pm

Tue Sep 1st – Resource Center- NLA Dallas General Membership Meeting from 7-9pm & remember we are voting on a new MAL and having a vote & fundraiser for the Fall Frolick Silent Auction Beneficiary. Our top choice of charity goes before the NTXCC Board as our nominee. Your $1’s equal your vote for the number one choice & will go to our auction basket.

Wed Sep 2nd – Hidden Door- T-Bear Club Night from 7-10pm

The ILSB/ICBB Weekend at The Dallas Eagle

Thu Sep 3rd – Dallas Eagle – The ILSB Weekend “Wide-Opener”

Fri Sep 4th – Dallas Eagle – Leather Knights, Leather Night from 9-11pm

*Dallas Eagle – ILSB/ICBB

Sat Sep 5th – Dallas Eagle -7-10pm UCLSE: Friends Helping Friends Show w/ Donna Dumae

 

Sun Sep 6th – Dallas Eagle has Trash Disco Night from 5-9pm

*Club Reflection: Condom Queen of the Parking Lot; a Fundraising Event with Rubbers!

Wed Sep 9th – Fall Frolick Planning Meeting – 7pm in Dallas -at the home of Messy & Larry. We can always use more help and ideas. Please email me for the address if you would like to attend: leo@nladallas.org

*Club Reflection- from 7-10 is the ICFWA & Cowtown Leathermen Game Night

Thu Sep 10th – Club Reflection- TGRA Distribution Show from 7-10pm

Fri Sep 11th – Dallas Eagle – Discipline Corps bar night from 10 – Midnight

Sat Sep 12th – United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE): Candidate Announcements

*Club Reflection rear parking lot hosts: Jennings Street Jam, all day long!

**Club Reflection-Mr Cowtown Leather Contest presented by the Cowtown Leathermen 7-9pm

***Dallas Eagle – NLA-Dallas Bar Night from 7-9pm

****Dallas Eagle – UCLSE: Danielle Star’s Stop the Bullying Show from 7-10pm

 

Sun Sep 13th – Discipline Corps Play-party 12-6 (see a member at the bar night for info)

*United Court of the Lone Star Empire (UCLSE) Executive Board Meeting from 1:30-3 at Youth First Texas. Then from 3-5 is the UCLSE General Membership Meeting in same location.

**Club Reflection- Cowtown Leathermen Cookout/Fundraiser from 4-7pm

***Club Reflection- ICFWA/TGRA: Turnabout Show from 7-10pm

Mon Sep 14th- Club Changes- Cowtown Leathermen Club Meeting from 7-9pm

Wed Sep 16th – SLUTS Club Night- Hidden Door Back Bar- 7:30-10:30pm

Thu Sep 17th – UCLSE: Boxers Or Briefs Auction from 7-10pm

Club Reflection-Rhonda Mae’s Wall of Food Show 9-11pm w/sponsors The Trinity River Bears

Dallas Gay Pride Weekend with parties all weekend at the Dallas Eagle

Sat Sep 19th – UCLSE: Messy’s Gay Pride Show from 6:30-10:30pm

 

Sun Sep 20th – Allan Ross Gay Pride Parade down Cedar Springs

*TGRA will have a Beer Booth at Lee Park at the end of the parade route

**Tarrant County Gay Pride Assoc Meeting from 3-5pm at “Baron’s House”

***Club Reflection – IGRA Show from 7-10pm

 

****Wed Sep 9th-Fall Frolick Planning Meeting – 7pm in Dallas -at the home of Messy & Larry. We can always use more help and ideas. Please email me for the address if you would like to attend: leo@nladallas.org

 

****Sun Oct 4th-NTXCC Meeting Time & Location to be determined. Please email me for the detail if you would like to attend: leo@nladallas.org

 

Aug 252015
 

Well, you decide. This coming Tuesday, September 1st, put your money to the vote and support the charitable cause you think needs our help. The 5th Annual NTXCC Fall Frolick Event is coming up the weekend of November 20-22. For the past two years the silent auction held during Fall Frolick has raised well over $6400 for North Texas Charities. The beneficiaries of those monies are chosen by the member clubs of NTXCC. One charity in Tarrant county and one in Dallas county.

 

NLA gets to vote for their choice for the Dallas county charity. Whichever one wins your support will be championed by your NLA Rep at the NTXCC Board Meeting when all of the various reps and the Board itself votes on the two recipient charities for this year’s Fall Frolick Silent Auction. Remember, 100% of the proceeds from the auction is divided between the two and NTXCC adds $1000 to each. Last year that was right at $1,652 each!

 

Here are the nominees put forth at the last General Membership Meeting:

 

1) Youth First Texas: Founded in 1999 with the sole mission of helping the more than 50,000 estimated LGBTQ youth within the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. This 501c3 nonprofit provides a mentors program, life coaching services, Email-Pals peer support group, youth leadership programs, computer training labs, recreational programs and social events, not to mention multiple support groups including Latino, young women, and high-school groups.

Find out more at: www.YouthFirstTexas.com

 

2) Greg Dollgener Memorial Aids Fund (GDMAF, Inc): Since 1996, GDMAF has assisted over 1,500 people using more than $300,000 to meet such needs as rent, medication co-pays, utility bills, and various emergency payments. Most of those helped are on Social Security programs and/or living on low, fixed incomes that cannot meet their needs. For them, life’s unexpected emergencies can be catastrophic and lead to homelessness.

Discover how you can help at: www.gdmaf.org

 

3) Resource Center Dallas: Starting in 1983 the Resource Center had provided programs to LGBT individuals and critical assistance to people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Center is proud of its commitment to and delivery of critical resources to those needing help during difficult times. Through fundraising, outreach programs, and community activism the Center has been a beacon of hope for the LGBT community.

See more of the many opportunities at: www.myresourcecenter.org

 

4) Sharon St Cyr Fund, Inc (SSC Fund): The fund began in 2009 to bring awareness to the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Their mission is that together, with the community, the SSC Fund will create different programs to raise funds to provide hearing aids for hearing-impaired individuals and provide grants to organizations for ASL interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

To learn about SSC go to: www.sscfund.com

 

How do you get to vote for the one you would like to receive this year’s funds? There will be four buckets at check in. Each will be labeled with one of the four charities and every cash bill you put in is 1 vote. So, $1 = 1 vote and $10 = 10 votes. The winner will be announced before the end of the GM that night. I will have $1’s if anybody needs change.

 

All the funds raised by your votes will go to buy at least one basket of goodies to go into the silent auction in the name of NLA-Dallas. If there is enough there can be two or more baskets it all depends on your generosity. Any monies not spent on the basket(s) will go directly into the recipient fund to be split between this year’s charities.

 

Thank you all for your generous Leather hearts.

~Boy Leo

Aug 152015
 
As we continue to get to know the people who make up NLA Dallas, Fred happily took the time to answer our 10 questions. Also while Fred didn’t mention it here he recently competed for the title of Great Plains Olympus Leather  and won the title.
1. What first brought you to NLA?
I first started coming to NLA in 2005, I was 21 years old and just now able to get into the bars legally, I had attended a few Discipline Corps play parties at Sanctuary but I was still trying to find myself as I was that awkward, shy person who didn’t really talk to anyone or know how to introduce myself. I started to hang out with the DFW Power Exchange at Sanctuary each month and attend Fourth Fridays at Papa’s BBQ when I heard about the National Leather Association. I came out to the monthly meetings a few times and would listen and learn, becoming a Member in October 2005 after attending my first Beyond Vanilla.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

NLA feels like home because of the people in the organization, it’s a friendly group that has always made me feel welcome at meetings. A safe place to learn about leather and kink.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…

A Leather Top and a Daddy, someone who likes to teach and mentor others.

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

Leather has always been very personal to me, it’s the feel of it on your body, the power and that hot sexy feel against your skin, the smell filling the air.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Boots and Leather Care, Bondage with whatever toys I have including Rope, and Fisting.

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Cigars, Reading and Photography

7. What was your first experience with Leather?

My first experience with leather was going down to Shades of Grey and buying my first leather vest in 2002, I had purchased it from Johnny Grey.

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

In 2008, I had decided to run for Gulf Coast Community Bootblack and won, I would attend a lot of events that year and finally started to feel like I was coming out of my shell, that I wasn’t that awkward, shy person anymore and as I got to know people better, they got to know me. I became more included in things and started to feel like Dallas was my home.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?

NLA has always made me feel included, that I was welcome regardless of how I identify or what I was into, the workshops change and cover a variety of topics I’m interested in and as a member I feel like I have a voice in the direction of the organization.
10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
I can’t think of any changes for NLA, one thing I thought we were lacking in years past was being more social as a leather organization. We now have a bar night the second Saturday of each month at the Dallas Eagle, we are also at Fourth Friday at Papa’s BBQ more often, we have Leather Perspectives for those interested in more about the history.I think the direction we are going in is wonderful and wish more people would step up and volunteer.
Aug 132015
 

2015 08 Leather Perspectives

Join us for LEATHER PERSPECTIVES!
Saturday August 22nd
2:00 PM
(Doors open at 1:30 PM)
The Dallas Eagle
FREE for members
$5 for non-members (Join for $25/year!)

Facebook Event Page

FetLife Event Page

In August we will have Master Tallen speaking on His Leather Journey

For more information visit www.NLADallas.org

The fourth Saturday of each month NLA-Dallas invites a person walking a leather journey, to present on leather related topic from his or her perspective (as there is no “one twue way”).

Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the class will start at 2 pm. The session will be held at our local leather & Levi bar, The Dallas Eagle!

• This class is FREE to NLA Dallas members and $5 for non-members.
• Bring a friend with you who might be interested in the leather/fetish/SM lifestyle!
• Members, please be sure to bring your current NLA card.
• Non-members can join for $25/yr.
Attendees must be at least 21 years of age based on the location.

Leather Perspectives is a monthly event sponsored by NLA-Dallas. NLA-Dallas is a DFW based organization focused on the education of those interested in and/or living the leather/SM/fetish lifestyle. As a gateway leather club, NLA-Dallas is open to people of all walks of life regardless of orientation or identification. We invite you to join us for a General Membership meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, a Leather Perspectives on the fourth Saturday of each month, or an Advanced Workshop each quarter.

Master Tallen’s Bio

International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011

Master Tallen came into the Master/slave lifestyle in 1997 as a slave. He began his evolution into Mastery in early 2002 and is proud of where his journey has taken him. He has experienced a lot on both sides, and with the help of many, has been exposed to numerous perspectives. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others and trying to help them find their own paths. He has presented classes and judged Leather Contests all over the U.S. and beyond.

Currently Master Tallen is an owner of Great Plains Olympus Leather Contest, is the Executive Producer of International Puppy and Trainer Contest, and is on the Board of Regents of Leathermens’ Academy. He is a Member of NLA Dallas, DPEX, and MAsT.

In 2005, he created the Master/slave Flag. In 2008 he won the Leather title as Northeast Master. In 2011 he became Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather, and subsequently was honored to be selected as International Mr. Olympus Leather 2011.

He loves sharing what he has experienced as well hearing from others. He is also honored to have received many Pantheon of Leather nominations over the years. But the most rewarding thing of all has been the countless number of people he has helped along in their own journeys. Their successes, and words of thanks to him, mean more than anything.

Aug 022015
 

We are bringing back the members spotlight and will be highlighting two of our members every month so we can all get to know each other a little better. Our first highlighted member is our new Female Co-Chair Audra.

Audra has graciously agreed to answer these 10 questions to help us get to know her better.

1. What first brought you to NLA?

My friends were involved and I was intrigued with what being leather was. I figured the easiest way to learn was to come to meetings and watch and learn.

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?

The friendships. The fact that we might not agree on how to accomplish a goal but in the end most of us will compromise to do what is best for the group.

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as… a leather service oriented slave with a side of brat and a smidge of sarcastic little. 🙂

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?

To me it is a family of individuals who uphold honor, integrity, and honesty who work together and while holding each other accountable are forgiving of mistakes made that are awcknowledged and worked on to not happen again.

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?

Bootblacking, knives and education

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?

Molding our kids to be stewards of their future , reading, coloring lol

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
I was honored to be surrounded by people who were leather from the second I stepped into the lifestyle however my first experience outside of just small interactions was going to my first event at Women in Leather and the easy camaraderie and feeling of family and acceptance that I found. Of course those feelings were after I got used to feeling like prey. 🙂

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?

I have two when I was gifted my “boots” and later my vest. My boots fit my personality since they were three pairs of leather heels. 🙂 Some don’t get it or approve but it’s my journey not theirs so I get to walk it on my terms. The boots and vest were all legacy items owned by the individual who honored me with them.

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
I feel we are finally coming together setting our differences aside and trying to move the organization forward together. We still have challenges but if we work together we can do it.

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?

I would like to see us having frank honest conversations with each other. If you think someone is doing something wrong or not above board then go ask them  about it first. Their answer might surprise you. Remember whispering behind backs and spreading unverified rumors will destroy us not move us forward. If your scared to ask them come to me because I am not afraid to ask difficult questions.