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APEX Halloween Party-October 29th, 2016

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Spooky and Sexy, the APEX Halloween Party has it all!

A fun filled evening of surprises! Performance art, costumes, great food, and prizes!

A costume contest for most creative, sexiest, funniest, and most outrageous.

Please bring a share food! There will be a contest for the best Halloween themed goodie!

There will be a door prize from one of your favorite local vendors, and a raffle for some interesting treats…and tricks!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see what all the fuss has been about! It will be a magical evening!

This is a themed costume party, but everyone is welcome. Your regular Dungeon Party activities will be available!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

While we will remain open until 2am, the doors will close at 11pm so our Volunteers can enjoy the party as well. If you can’t get there before 11pm, please make special arrangements via email: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website:http://www.arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

*Please note: You must be a member at least 24 hours PRIOR to this event to attend. No orientations will be done at this event.

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Congratulations to our 2016 Arizona Master Slave Contest Winners

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Congratulations to Master Dennis and Ms. Bonnie as our 2016 Arizona Master Slave Titleholders.  M_s-Featured-Image

This title contest is an exclusive feeder from Arizona into the Southwest Regional Master and slave Contest held in January, at the Southwest Leather Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The Southwest title is one of five feeder titles that compete in the International Master and slave Contest held at South Plains LeatherFest in Dallas, TX.

We look forward to Master  Dennis and Ms. Bonnie in their title year! Please help us welcome your 2016 Arizona Master Slave titleholders.

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The 2016 Arizona Master Slave Contest Judges, Tally Masters, and Assistant

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To further support diversity in our community, we do our best to find all different flavors of judges, each bringing something unique to the judging panel. Below are our 2016 judges. We would like to take the opportunity to thank them for supporting the Arizona Master Slave Contest and the Master Slave Community in Arizona.

Our Head Judge for 2016: 

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Cheryl identifies as a sexually fluid, slave-wired, Leather girl. She stumbled upon the BDSM community in an online forum, and for the first time knew she wasn’t a freak of nature. She ventured into the public scene in 2003, and has never looked back. The BDSM world opened new doors to exploration and authenticity that she never imagined existed. Her path is one of mindful service with a lot of ‘woo’ thrown in for good measure. Since the passing of her owner in late 2014, she has been learning how to navigate the kink world on her own again.

Cheryl is proud to have served as the Arizona slave 2014, past President of Arizona girls of Leather (AZgoL), and past Board member of Phoenix Area Lifestyle Society (PALS). She is also a member of Edgewalkers, Arizona Power Exchange (APEX), the Phoenix Chapter of MAsT, and Women in Leather International. She has served as a volunteer at SWLC and Behind Closed Doors in Tucson, and likes helping out with groups and events even when not officially volunteering.  She enjoys presenting on a variety of M/s topics, and will be presenting for the first time at an International event this fall. When the mood strikes, she can be found on her lifestyle blog at www.submissivecircle.com.

2016 Judging Panel

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Judge: Master Tiffany entered the BDSM lifestyle in 1999. She started on the submissive side but quickly found her Dom side. She found her love of the Master/slave life at her first Butchmanns Experience in 2012 and has not looked back since. She currently enjoys two collard slaves who help make her life wonderful. She has been an active member of local BDSM & M/s community since 2001 and enjoys traveling the country to conferences to expand her knowledge of the BDSM & M/s lifestyle.

 

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Lady JoL is a Sadistic Mistress who enjoys extreme play. Her motto is “It has to be done…” She’s been in the lifestyle 18 years and has learned some amazing things in the art of BDSM. Her favorite is extreme cbt. She has years of M/s experience and commands respect, protocol, obedience, submission and service. No disrespect, jealousy, lies, games or drama – period.

She is a founding member and Executive Mistress of ClubFEM Arizona, Phoenix chapter. She’s also a founding member and active in the Ladies from Hades. She is a member of APEX, MAsT, PALS and NCSF. She serves her lifestyle community in many ways.

In her vanilla world, she is a retired Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) with 25 years of legal experience. She’s twice divorced and enjoys her single life. She has five daughters and 8 grandchildren.

oblivionFather O’Blivion’s interest in the lifestyle started many years ago while growing up on the east coast, and continued once he moved to Michigan in the early 90’s and found like-minded souls on the bulletin board systems that existed in the days before the internet.

Since moving to Arizona in 2005, he has been a member of APEX, Phoenix MAsT and served as a Team Lead for Southwest Leather Conference. He has owned his slave sg_d since 2008 and enjoyed 24/7 owner-property status since 2011. He is a grumpy cantankerous SOB who enjoys bucking the system.

downloadAnd…stay tuned for our “Surprise” judge annnouced after the social on Friday. 

 

 

 

2016 Tally Masters

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Are responsible for recording scores, averaging scores and declaring a winner.

img_20150710_063413668Master Aki is a member of APEX and currently serves as the Director of MAsT: Phoenix. In her five years in the community she has been active in TNG and MAsT: _dsc0138_4x6Phoenix. She is the proud owner of slave Josh and Daddy to Junk.

slave Josh has been in the community for 16 years. He is currently a member of APEX, TNG, and MAsT: Phoenix. He proudly serves as the slave and pet of Master Aki.

 

Judges Assistant: Slavimg_0925e Samantha

Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) is her home dungeon and you will often find her there. she enjoys volunteering at APEX and attends almost every Saturday night party. She is currently an Officer at Large on the Executive Committee on her second two year term. She leads an E.D.G.E. on impact monthly and an E.D.G.E. on worship monthly. Samantha was the Judge’s assistant for Arizona M/s Contest in 2014, served as Butchmann’s Faculty and Instructor in 2015, volunteered with the Boys of Leather, participated on the Leather float committee with United Phoenix Leather Communities 2016, lead pet play parties, and is the founder of slave hearts of Arizona leading many slave heart talks within the community. She presents on slave and worship topics ranging from philosophical discussions to practical application.

She enjoys fire play, whips, blood play, and a range of impact play as well as photography.

About the Weekend:

Friday Night Master slave Contest social 7pm-9pm
*Note* The last orientation prior to the Anniversary Party is at 6pm.
The contestants will draw numbers and introduce themselves. We will have two hours to socialize and meet our contestants and judges.

Saturday Master Slave Contest Activities 10am
Presentations and Interviews.

Saturday Contest and Anniversary Presentations
5pm-6pm Social Hour
6pm-8:30pm Anniversary and Contest Presentations
9pm-10pm Dinner for Membership
10pm-2am Party

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Anniversary Party Keynote Speaker: Master Cecil

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anniversary-featuredAs the weekend approaches, we want to give a shout out to our amazing keynote speaker who has come all the way from Orlando to spend our anniversary with us.

 

About Master Cecil:

Master Cecil has been involved in the lifestyle for about 30 years. At 18 years old he was picked up by a submissive and shown that a flogger, properly applied, is a VERY good thing.  Since 2008 he has been living his dream as the lucky owner of, and lead volunteer of The Woodshed in Orlando.

Master Cecil became part of the public community when he attended the 2nd ever Orlando Munch in 1993.

Since December of 2006 he has been joined on his life path by his wonderful submissive, helpmate, and the real brains of the operation, his lovely Darcy. She has supported him and has made his dreams her own for the betterment of the community at large, and particularly Central Florida.

For several years, he owned a company called Dungeon Designs Inc. and ran the circuit of Leather conventions throughout the southeast United States as a vendor and sometime speaker.

The Woodshed is a dream that originated in the mid 90s after his first public play party that was held in a townhouse of about 800 square feet with at least 40 people packed into it.  It was easy for him to ascertain that Orlando was in dire need of a safe place to play.  His dedication to SM education was the other driving force in his desire to open an SM community center, providing the community with a safe place to learn. Thus the dream of The Woodshed gelled in his mind and was refined by conversations with many people over the years and finally became a reality in January of 2008.

He has presented on the local, regional and national level and is now serving the Central Florida community as the owner of The Woodshed.  He also works to make himself available to groups, munches and TNG gatherings throughout Central Florida and to conventions all over the Americas.

About the Weekend:

Friday Night Master slave Contest social 7pm-9pm
*Note* The last orientation prior to the Anniversary Party is at 6pm.
The contestants will draw numbers and introduce themselves. We will have two  hours to socialize and meet our contestants and judges.

Saturday Master Slave Contest Activities 10am
Presentations and Interviews.

Saturday Contest and Aniversary Presentations
5pm-6pm Social Hour
6pm-8:30pm Anniversary and Contest Presentations
9pm-10pm Dinner for Membership
10pm-2am Party!

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The First Open House in our New Space courtesy of The Kink Factory

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Our first open house in our new space courtesy of our friends at The Kink Factory!

The Kink Factory is helping us step up our monthly BBQ!  In addition to burgers and dogs we hear some other goodies are coming as well. If you’ve not yet been introduced to The Kink Factory, you are missing out! You can see what they do on The Kink Factory website,  and visit The Kink Factory Facebook page.

Orientations and tours will be available at 2pm, and you can be the first to see (in the daylight!) all the things APEX has to offer.

As always, a share dish is welcome and we hope to see all of our friends on this celebratory weekend!

APEX BBQ/Open House
12pm-4pm Sunday, June 5th
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Celebrating the Arizona Master Slave Community: The 2016 Arizona Master Slave Contest

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The Arizona Master Slave contest is accepting applications!

This contest celebrates the Master/slave dynamic and is a positive outreach to the community at large in an effort to promote, educate and build upon healthy Master and slave relationships. The contest is for couples who self identify as Master and slave or Owner and property, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Contestants must be at least 21 years of age and have been in a declared Master and slave  or Owner and property relationship at least one year prior to the date of the contest.

The holders of the Arizona Master and slave 2016 title will be the Arizona State spokespersons for the Master and slave community through 2017. Title holders must have the ability to effectively communicate to the community what it means to live and identify as Master or slave.

It is expected that title holders will actively seek venues to educate the Leather/BDSM community on the Master/slave lifestyle. Presentations should include: speeches, seminars, panel discussions, etc. It is also expected that title holders actively pursue fundraising for the charity of their choice as a way of giving back to the community.

The Arizona Master and slave titles are not about a particular “look,” dress, body type, gender or sexual orientation. There is no required set of protocols the winners are expected to follow. Contestants are not required to have a formal “platform”; however, questions from the judges regarding any specific plans or goals the contestants might have should they win the titles are quite appropriate.

This title contest is an exclusive feeder from Arizona into the Southwest Regional Master and slave Contest held in January, at theSouthwest Leather Conference in Phoenix, AZ.  The Southwest title is one of five feeder titles that compete in the International Master and slave Contest held at South Plains LeatherFest in Dallas, TX.

The 2016 Arizona Master and slave will compete for the Southwest title in January of 2017.  Should this pair win that contest, they will move on to compete at the International contest in March of 2018.  This gives the title holders approximately a year with their title before moving on to the next level of competition.

In addition to their speaking and teaching obligations, the Arizona Master and slave will receive private and group coaching prior to Southwest Leather Conference so they will be at their most polished to represent Arizona.

To learn more about the contest you can visit the Arizona Master Slave Contest Website.

Supporting diversity and excellence in our contestants, judges and staff. We want to show the Southwest the best of what Arizona has to offer!

This contest celebrates the Master/slave dynamic and is a positive outreach to the community at large in an effort to promote, educate and build upon healthy Master and slave relationships. The contest is for couples who self identify as Master and slave or Owner and property, regardless of age, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Contestants must be at least 21 years of age and have been in a declared Master and slave or Owner and property relationship at least one year prior to the date of the contest.

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Attention Vendors and Performers…

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BB-Featured-ImageThe Bizarre Bazaar is rapidly approaching, and we are working to get our vendors and performances finalized in the next 2 weeks.

If you’re a vendor and interested in vending at the APEX Bizarre Bazaar please visit the Vendor form.

If you have an edgy performance, you can visit the demonstration form. 

We’re looking forward to an amazing Bizarre Bazaar!

About the Bizarre Bazaar

If the Kink Karnival is a 101, the Bizarre Bazaar needs a PhD. Edgy and fun, the Bizarre Bazaar lets our spring fever out to play!

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

Ticket Link

March 12th, 2016  10am-4pm

4006 S 23rd St., Suite 11, Phoenix, Arizona 85040

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Urgent Charity Drive at APEX

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Join APEX in an effort to support a number of children whose families are struggling this Holiday Season by donating a toy (or two, or three) or cash (which will be converted to toys and clothing).

Who these families are: All of these families are would-have-been recipients of a state charity who had their funding cut. They are all proactively working to better their situations, but they struggle to put food on the table, to get warm at night, and even a single gift at Christmas for these children is an unattainable dream. These families live near us, in our neighborhoods, their children attend school with our own children yet they are battling poverty on a daily basis. State budget issues leave this shortfall to us.

Your donations may be the only toys or clothes these children will receive this year. Please be generous! There are over 150 children who need our help. This is an ambitious goal, but we know what we can do when we come together!

Your donations will be hand-delivered to families before Christmas so the parents have time to wrap the gifts and be their children’s hero on Christmas morning. For those families who do not celebrate Christmas, their your donations will be passed along in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.

GoFundMe Link for those further away.

Here are some gift ideas:

  • Diapers, wipes, and baby supplies
  • Board games
  • Foot balls, soccer balls, basketballs, jump rope, shakeboard, scooters, bikes
  • Family photo albums, baby books, parenting books
  • Reading books, art supplies, journals, coloring books
  • Dolls, cars, dinosaurs
  • Legos, playdough, building blocks
  • Gift certificates for family outings of any type!
  • Winter jackets/coats

We will continue to post specific requests as they arrive, but let’s do this! If every member of the club brought just ONE thing, we would blow the doors off for these families!

There is a box in the front office at the club. For those with logistics issues, we will all pitch in and make it happen. If you drop off gift cards or cash, the front desk can help you with that.

To commemorate your donation for the holiday season, we will have cards you can fill out in the front office and we will proudly display your generosity as we all come together to make this holiday magical! For those of you donating to the GoFundMecampaign, we will include a donation card at the club in your honor.

 

Use this photo as your social media avatar and spread the love!

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From the NCSF: Results of the Mental & Emotional Health Study

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Results of the Mental & Emotional Health Study
www.ncsfreedom.org
December 1, 2015

University of Alabama and University of Central Florida researchers surveyed over 800 kinky people recruited by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) and found they were mentally and emotionally healthy.

“I was curious about the stereotypes from a mental health standpoint and we found that these kinky people are well functioning, with little mental health concerns,” says Tess M. Gemberling, M.A., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “They also have healthy romantic relationships.”

The study, “Psychological Functioning and Violence Victimization and Perpetration in BDSM Practitioners from the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom,” also investigated people’s preferences for BDSM activities and fantasies, and explored whether violence is perpetuated against kinky people. It joins a growing body of research that refutes the stereotype that people who are kinky are inherently dangerous to themselves and others, which is at the root of the discrimination and persecution that kinky people experience.

“I wanted to explore more about how the stereotypes interface with reality,” says Matt R. Nobles, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Central Florida. “Although more than half of the people in this study have been victims of violence or aggression, extremely few had perpetrated such themselves.”

In the study, 7.7% of participants reported they had been victims of a BDSM-based hate crime, while 10.2% of participants reported they had been victims of an LGBT-based hate crime.

“Parallel to my work with sexual minorities, my interest is in looking at the nature of identity and mental health in a vulnerable group of people,” says Robert J. Cramer, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator, University of Alabama. “Contrary to popular perceptions, our study shows kinky persons are largely mentally healthy when it comes to conditions such as depression, anxiety and suicide.”

The study also confirms that for these kinksters it’s primarily about consensual power exchange, with 98% preferring to take a specific power exchange role during BDSM. The most commonly reported practices were spanking, slapping and biting, and the use of sexual toys and equipment.

“Lawmakers can help by legally recognizing informed consent as the basis of healthy BDSM behavior,” says Susan Wright, spokesperson for NCSF. “BDSM is intended to be a mutually beneficial experience that is done by consenting adults.”

 

Quick Links…

The NCSF Our Website

Donate to the NCSF

See the Original Press Release

 

NCSF Contact Information

NCSF Media Line: 917-848-6544
media@ncsfreedom.org
NCSF Office  Line: 410-539-4824
ncsfreedom@ncsfreedom.org

 

 

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Special Thanks to Project Hard Hat!

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Project Hard Hat has donated latex/ non latex condoms and female condoms to the Arizona Power Exchange! We want to thank them for caring about APEX and it’s membership.

Project Hard Hat promotes the practice of safer sex in an effort to prevent STD’s / STI’s primarily HIV among sexually active adults.

Don’t forget to visit Project Hard Hat on Facebook and say “Thank you”!

 

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