Volunteer Position Spotlight: Monday Night Logistics

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The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator is quality control for our Members and Presenters. The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator has ultimate responsibility for the experience of both presenters and attendees for the APEX Monday Night Programs.

Reporting to the Education Chair via the Monday Night Coordinator, The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator is a successful APEX member who is willing to work within a team of people that are all working towards the success and inclusion of APEX members and presenter. The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator will participate in team meetings, team retreats, and team programming tasks, and is happy to be a vital part of the Education Committee.  The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator is willing to develop an understanding of the APEX policies around programming, and is willing to learn to use email, social media, and several internal platforms.  The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator will also be willing to learn the features and functions of the club, so that they may best execute the Monday Night Programs.

Specific duties include:
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  • Gathering information from presenters so the space and the audience are as the presenter would like.
  • Making sure the space is set prior to the arrival of the Presenter or Attendees
  • Coordinating the break with the presenter so that evaluations can be handed out when the break is finished.
  • Working with the rest of the Monday Night team to make sure that the evening runs smoothly. That includes pitching in when necessary, and asking for help when you need it.
  • Opening/Closing the space on Monday nights-or delegating this duty.
  • Assuring the evaluations are scanned, sent to the presenter, Executives, Monday Night Coordinator, and Education Chair.
  • Making sure the evaluations are saved on the APEX Computer and with the particular Member’s file, if appropriate.
  • Addressing any space or environment concerns from the evaluations.
  • Making sure the presenter has everything they need: Tools, water, etc.
  • Assisting in all Monday activities where necessary to assure the success of the Monday Program.
  • Attend quarterly Education Committee Meetings.
  • Attend Executive Committee meetings when possible.
  • Attend Programming Meetings when called (typically quarterly), as plans often impact your role, and your opinion matters!
  • Printing the Presenters class/bio for the announcements.
  • Printing Monday announcements from Chairs.
  • Putting class/day/time/presenter on the Evaluations prior to handing out for the convenience of Membership (since evaluations don’t go out until the break, we will have a fairly accurate count before printing)
  • Handing out Evaluations after the break, and collecting them after the class.

There is a Training Manual for Monday Night Logistics as well as on the job training with the existing Monday Night Team. We promise every volunteer that you will not be left on your own until YOU are comfortable, and this is just as true for Monday Night Logistics. To start, you will work side-by-side with the existing Monday Night Logistics Coordinator. Once you feel comfortable, you can take over responsibility of that position with support from your Monday Night Team, the former Monday Night Logistics Coordinator, and the Executive Committee.
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The Monday Night Logistics Coordinator should be:

  • A successful APEX Member
  • Comfortable using email
  • Available to be at APEX on Monday Nights (occasional absences are covered by the Monday Night Coordinator, or other people on the Education Team)
  • Willing to interact with presenters, members, and the public when necessary
  • Willing to learn all the pieces to run the space on a Monday
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    For more information about this position, please email: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org.
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WEEKEND INTENSIVE – PASSION & POWER: BUILDING EROTIC INTENTIONALLY UNEQUAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH MASTER TODD AND SLAVE ELIZABETH

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Master Todd and slave elizabeth

Master Todd has been in active in the BDSM community since 2004 and a pervert for as long as he can remember. He collared his slave, elizabeth, in December of 2007 and they live in a 24/7 Master/slave relationship. He and  slave elizabeth were honored to serve as the Southwest Master and slave 2013. In 2012 slave elizabeth founded the Austin girls of Leather (AgoL) and serves as the club leader. She is a Master’s level counselor and specializes in end of life and grief work. As parents to their rainbow of LGBTQIA kids they passionately work to advocate and educate via presentations in vanilla settings and through her page Kinky Queer and Patenting on Facebook.

Always ready with her quick wit and gift of gab, slave elizabeth enjoys opportunities to emcee and is honored to have served as the co-emcee for South Plains Leatherfest 2017. Together they serve the larger Leather community through teaching locally and around the country and as volunteer correspondents for Leatherati.com.  More information about them can be found at housekramobone.com.

Friday night: 7pm-9pm

Meet and Greet with Master Todd and slave elizabeth

Meet Master Todd and slave elizabeth before they begin teaching. There will be snacks.

No charge, open to the entire 18+ Community

 

SATURDAY SESSIONS: 10am – 5pm

The day will include:

Continental breakfast

Power 101: Introduction to Intentionally Unequal Relationships (Topics to include: Defining terms, discussing differences and similarities, Benefit/cost analysis)

Power 201: Channels, Challenges, and Chances 

(Topics to include: finding power without sucking your partner dry, service as a tool)(Including break out session)

Coming Together

(Discussion, break out sessions, wrap up the day)

*The day includes lunch and snacks

SUNDAY SESSIONS: 1pm – 5pm

The day will include:

Continental breakfast

Power Outage

(Topics to include: Failures, flaws, weakness, betrayal; finding forgiveness)

Getting it On

(Pragmatics Demo/Practice Session: BYOPeople or Borrow one of Us)

The day includes lunch and snacks

 

Open to all APEX Members. $30 for Annual All Access Members, $40 for Pay Per Event Members

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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APEX Bizarre Bazaar: March 17th, 2018

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The Bizarre Bazaar is an amazing collection of Vendors, Edgy Demonstrations and Performances, and fun! Learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, The Valleys Premier Source for BDSM education, social opportunities, and support. Learn about Lifestyle Organizations in our Valley, see some over the top demonstrations and performances provided by our local community, meet like-minded people, and see the largest collection of quality vendors assembled in Arizona.

Tickets to the Bizarre Bazaar are $10.00. All Access Members get into the party for free. Pay Per Event members can purchase presale tickest for both the BB & Party for $20.00 HERE

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and will have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.

 

Learn more about the Bizarre Bazaar:

If you are a member of APEX you can get a discount on the BB and Party for purchasing your tickets in advance! *You must be an APEX Member prior to the KK to attend the party.

All Access members get into the party for FREE!

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Did You Know? About our Membership Agreements?

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APEX works very hard to protect our culture and to make APEX a welcoming space regardless of your kinks, interests or identities.  As members, we are held to a higher standard of behavior than people who might meet in other situations.

Like the BDSM/Lifestyle/Kink Community, the APEX Community is made up of a wide variety of people with various education, communication, and experience levels.

While our diversity is one of our huge strengths, it can also lead to many issues in communication styles, boundaries, and levels of tolerance for conduct and behavior.

It is up to each of us to monitor our conduct and language to adhere to our membership agreements. There are lots of tools available, and they all begin with our new member orientation.

For example, below are some important things from your orientation:

  • Our orientation reminds us to mind our words. Our unsolicited opinion about other people (either positive or negative) is always inappropriate.
  • Orientation tells us how to be a non-interfering spectator.
  • Orientation helps us discover how to talk to people without accidentally being a jerk.
  • Our orientation teaches us that if someone interacts with you in a way you are not comfortable, it is your responsibility to tell them clearly and draw boundaries with which you are comfortable. It is perfectly OK to say “I am not comfortable, can we talk about something else.”, or some other similar language that draws your boundary.
  • Helps us understand what informed consent means, and makes it clear we must take responsibility to make sure our interactions with people have shared enough information so everyone is providing informed consent.
  • Orientation teaches us that “No” means “No”. If someone draws a boundary with us, it is our responsibility to respect it without question or coersion. Nothing will happen to us or with us at APEX without our consent. It is our responsibility to make sure that is true for everyone with which we interact. While “no” only means “no”, it is unequivocal and permanent. The absence of “no” does not mean “yes”…EVER.
  • Orientation tells us what to do if something you see at APEX concerns or disturbs us. We have lots of options! We can 1. Talk to the DM (at a party) or other volunteers 2. Talk to someone you are comfortable with who can explain 3. Take your opportunity to leave the room, or even the building, knowing you will always be welcomed back.
  • Each member is responsible for their own well-being. All APEX Members have “The Opportunity to Leave.” If any subject or demonstration makes someone uncomfortable, rather than stay and make others wrong, take the opportunity to leave. This may mean going outside for a few minutes, or leaving for the evening or longer. Because of the variety of subjects covered and the intensity of the subject matter, many people take the opportunity at some point or other, and are appreciated for taking personal responsibility rather than staying and making other’s feel “wrong”.
  • What consent means in our club, which is WAY more than “not touching without permission”
  • How to handle consent violations of ANY kind, because we want to address consent, EVERY TIME, with EVERY PERSON.
  • What to do when you need help to handle a situation. For example, we put up posters with our process for incident reporting. Do you remember where to find that? That process is both on the [APEX website][ http://www.arizonapowerexchange.net/volunteers/incidentreport/] or there are blank forms at the front desk and the front desk staff can help you to send it to the right people!

 

There are also posters up in the space with tips on How to be a non-interfering spectator, when to mind your volume, and other super useful things.

We are held accountable for our behavior at APEX.  It is important that each of us knows what is expected of us while we are at our club.

If you need a refresher, or want some help, here are some things you can do:

  • Sit down and watch orientation again! You don’t have to come to a regularly scheduled orientation, just turn on the TV and hit “play” anytime that room is not in use.
  • Talk to a member of the Executive Committee if you aren’t clear about what we all expect from one another, or have specific questions.
  • Talk to other members! Be open to feedback, and be open to providing other members with feedback. Self-policing is the how so many of us can get along in the same space. Be willing to participate in the process!

If you witness something that is contrary to how we should conduct ourselves, you are within your rights to speak up. It takes all of us to make this club the special place it is.

To support the efforts of every member, APEX will be launching “Membership” events to help everyone be more successful members.  Look for announcements about Membership 100, 200, 300 in the near future.

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What a Great Week For Volunteers!

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This week begins a new year of amazing volunteers at APEX.

We are mixing things up this year, and want some fresh new blood in the program!

We will also be doing regular updates here and on the  APEX Fetlife.com group with some key positions that need to be claimed in 2018! Did you know, some of these can even be done from home?!
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### [Tuesday, January 30th, we have a Volunteer Drive and Social][ https://fetlife.com/events/613792].
Learn about some of the things available, what needs doing this year, and how you can volunteer to help make APEX your own!

There will be snacks and drinks and lots of people to talk to!
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### [Wednesday, January 31st there will be a Volunteer Orientation.][https://fetlife.com/events/616041]

Our culture is as important at APEX as our Volunteers. All of our Volunteers want to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for our fellow members. We are merely limited by our understanding and knowledge of how to do that. APEX worked hard in 2017 to support our volunteers with additional training and opportunities to learn. We are doubling down in 2018 with even more tools to put into your toolbox, only this time is it for everyone who volunteers at APEX, not just DM and Door Volunteers, but EVERYONE. We all want to be the best we can be, and APEX can help!

Each Volunteer will be given the foundation to further explore your APEX community, learn about how you can be more a part of the club each day, every time you walk into our space. In Volunteer Orientation we will look at the mission, vision, and values of APEX, and how you can contribute. This class will help you be not only a successful volunteer, but also a successful member-where your role as a volunteer falls in that, and how to be happy and successful in your position. Volunteer Orientation will also provide you the tools and support available to you on your journey at APEX.

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We hope everyone will participate this year in some small way. Many hands make light work and all that!
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### New Member Orientation Team
APEX is committed to providing lots of quality orientations in 2018. With that goal we created the New Member Orientation Team! An hour of our time creates successful new members, and helps each of us feel more responsible for our club. The next [New Member Orientation Team Training is on Thursday, February 1st at 6pm][https://fetlife.com/events/631424]
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### Door Training
Don’t forget…APEX is committed to 600 Events in 2018. That is to events EACH MONTH! To accomplish this, we need Door Volunteers! There is also a [Door Volunteer Training on Wednesday, February 7th][https://fetlife.com/events/619985]. Door Volunteers are the front lines of our club, and you can be part of the “Mission Control” at APEX!
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### Remember your Kinky Bucket List!
As we start the new year, you can make APEX everything you want it to be!

Throughout the space there are buckets where you can add what you want APEX to be for you.

* Classes you want to see
* Events you would like to attend
* Changes to the Space
* Things you would like to try
* Anything APEX members can make happen!

Keep your eyes open at APEX for fun updates on our Kinky Bucket List items!

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2018 is going to be an amazing year for Volunteering

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2018 is going to be our best year yet. We are mixing things up this year with new training, and we want some fresh new blood in the program!  APEX is only as good as the people who serve, and we want to all be our best.

We will be working hard to do regular updates here and on the  APEX Fetlife.com group with some key positions that need to be claimed in 2018! Did you know, some of these can even be done from home?!
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Some things to get you started:

Volunteer Drive and Social

Every quarter in 2018 there will be a Volunteer Drive and Social
Learn about some of the things available, what needs doing this year, and how you can volunteer to help make APEX your own!

There will be snacks and drinks and lots of people to talk to!
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Volunteer Orientation

Each month in 2018 there will also be a Volunteer Orientation

All of our Volunteers want to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for our fellow members. We are merely limited by our understanding and knowledge of how to do that. APEX worked hard in 2017 to support our volunteers with additional training and opportunities to learn. We are doubling down in 2018 with even more tools to put into your toolbox, only this time is it for everyone who volunteers at APEX, not just DM and Door Volunteers, but EVERYONE. We all want to be the best we can be, and APEX can help!

Each Volunteer will be given the foundation to further explore your APEX community, learn about how you can be more a part of the club each day, every time you walk into our space. In Volunteer Orientation we will look at the mission, vision, and values of APEX, and how you can contribute. This class will help you be not only a successful volunteer, but also a successful member-where your role as a volunteer falls in that, and how to be happy and successful in your position. Volunteer Orientation will also provide you the tools and support available to you on your journey at APEX.

More Training Available to Volunteers in 2018

Volunteer Workshop
 
APEX has committed to successful volunteers in 2018.  The management team at APEX has spent several years creating a healthy and functional management culture, and we want to bring this exceptional environment to all APEX Volunteers.
You don’t need to be “prepared” to attend this workshop, you just need a willingness to be the best team and club we can be, and be present and participate.
This workshop does not include silly exercises and time-wasting games, it is real work. We will work on ourselves, on our ability to be part of a healthy and productive team in order to make APEX the greatest club it can be!
While we hope every APEX Volunteer will eventually attend these training, the first few will be invitation-only while we make sure we are delivering on our goals.

Management Communications: Coaching, counseling, having hard conversations with members (June, 2018)

Incident Management: What to do if something goes REALLY wrong. Previously only available to Door and DM Volunteers, this is a great way to truly understand how to respond to a variety of things, and what our processes look like.  (First class April, 2018)

APEX Structure and Policies: Why we are structured like we are, why policy exists, and why our club looks like it does.

While our structure and policies are available to members, there’s a difference between reading something in a vacuum and understanding it.  We will talk through why we are structured like we are, why some of those funny things exist, what is a legal requirement, and what is the up for us to decide. (May, 2018)

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We hope everyone will participate this year in some small way. Many hands make light work and all that!
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There are also NEW programs in 2018 that we are very excited about.

New Member Orientation Team
APEX is committed to providing lots of quality orientations in 2018. With that goal we created the New Member Orientation Team! An hour of our time creates successful new members, and helps each of us feel more responsible for our club.
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### Remember your Kinky Bucket List!
As we start the new year, you can make APEX everything you want it to be!

Throughout the space there are buckets where you can add what you want APEX to be for you.

* Classes you want to see
* Events you would like to attend
* Changes to the Space
* Things you would like to try
* Anything APEX members can make happen!

Keep your eyes open at APEX for fun updates on our Kinky Bucket List items!

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Your Kinky Bucket List

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As we start the new year, you can make APEX everything you want it to be!

Throughout the space there will be buckets where you can add what you want APEX to be for you.

  • Classes you want to see
  • Events you would like to attend
  • Changes to the Space
  • Things you would like to try
  • Anything APEX members can make happen!

We will have some fun updates for everyone as we gather your thoughts.

Participate and make APEX your own!

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NEW! Escape The Dungeon

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As a fundraiser, APEX has created our very own escape room! It has been tested, run, and EVERYONE loves it!

To view the available games, visit the Escape The Dungeon Page

Note To Members: If you have six (6) players and there isn’t a time that works for you, please email CONTACT@ArizonaPowerExchange.org with some dates/times that work and we will see if we can make it happen!

We also have some games open to the entire 18+ Community! Members can play in either. A full game always gives you a better chance at escaping!

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Celebrate 2017 with APEX: Saturday, December 30th

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Celebrate 2017 at APEX with all your kinky friends! Back by popular demand, we are bringing back the fun and outrageous black light party!

We’re going to light up our entire space with black light so you can glow and shine as we celebrate our year!

We will roll the 2017 slideshow, and you can relive the fantastic moments of 2017.

HOSTED PLAY SPACE!  No glowing duds, don’t worry. We will be providing body paint so you can light up the night in your own special way. The downstairs play room will be yours to enjoy getting glowy!  The Glow Bar will also return so everyone can enjoy lighting up the night!

Celebrate your heritage and bring your favorite New Year’s dish. We all have traditions, let’s bring them all together and celebrate the diversity that makes us so amazing!

This is not a photo party, but we will provide an opportunity for you to take a photo in blacklight!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all! You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page.

$15 for Pay Per Event (or reciprocal) Members, FREE for All Access Members

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Celebrate The Season! Saturday, December 16th

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Celebrate the Season with your kinky friends! This is our chance to relax and unwind before the Holidays!

RSVP to the APEX Holiday Party on Fetlife.com, and tell all of your friends you are coming!

Without our Volunteers APEX wouldn’t exist, and so to thank those who give so much of themselves, we throw the best party of the year for you! Let’s celebrate all the amazing things our volunteers have accomplished, and thank them for their support of our club!

APEX requests all of our volunteers make an effort to attend…Santa has a surprise for you!

This party will be full of surprises and presents and lots of fun things! We look forward to wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

The Holiday Party is NOT a photo party, but there will be a photo opportunity for those wishing to have a keepsake. A decorated area will be available for your own photo of the evening.

We will be doing a holiday-inspired main dish, but a share food is very welcome. There will be a fun prize for the best holiday themed desert!

Hosted Play Space: Holiday inspired hosted play space in the downstairs play room! We will provide fun holiday lights, gift wrap, and tree trimmings to celebrate in a fun and kinky way!  The first annual Kinky Holiday Trophy will awarded to the best Holiday themed scene of the evening! Become the inaugural recipient as you spread holiday cheer!

There will also be a While Elephant Gift Exchange! We will begin at 8:30 pm in the Quieter Play Room! Bring a wrapped gift of no more than $10.00, or you can bring something to re-gift! This will be a fun way to start our evening!!

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