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In order to make reservations at the Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport and get the group rate of $109, please reference group #2151272 when you call 800-325-0720 or go online at www.druryhotels.com
There will be a big party at APEX on Saturday evening that attendees of the CP meeting may attend, however APEX requires that you become a member at least 24 hours in advance. We can sign up everyone who wants to attend at the Meet & Greet at the Drury Inn on Friday evening before 8pm. APEX provides a New Member 30-day all access pass for $20.00 for 30 days which would include the party admission (which is $15.00 alone). APEX also extends reciprocal membership privileges to members of Desert Dominion, Lair De Sade North, Ohio SMART, Denver Sanctuary, Society of Janus and Threshold.
and members can even list the NCSF as a Fetish on their profiles!
Just over an hour outside of Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic.
What classes did you offer?
Leigha taught Swing Groups and Zoning, Protecting Yourself Legally, Swing Groups and Law Enforcement, and SM101.
Were you able to attend any other classes, and if so, what did you think?
They are extremely professional, well organized and very business/sales adept.
That sounds like a blast! What was your favorite part of the event?
My favorite part was how welcoming, warm, and friendly this group was. It was incredible to see the light bulbs going off in their heads as NCSF presented on legal, zoning, and ethical issues. I also felt great about the networking connections made, and the enthusiasm exhibited by the attendees to "do it right."
Thank you Lucinda for your work, and for taking the time to be interviewed. The NCSF aims to advance the rights of, and advocate for consenting adults in the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities, and the work that you and Leigha did at International Swingers day helps us with those goals.
NCSF was loud and proud at FetFest this past Labor Day weekend, with lots of fundraisers and Consent Counts discussions scheduled with the various FetFest villages. John Baku of FetLife joined NCSF to talk about consent with the Poly Village on Friday evening, the Goddess & FemDom Villages at their Saturday morning Champagne Brunch, the Hypnosis Village at Saturday Munch, and the open consent discussion in the Dungeon Tent on Sunday afternoon.
NCSF also gives a big thanks to everyone who helped organize and run the fundraisers. Everyone had a great time and raised a lot of money-in all, $3,120 went to NCSF. From the Cigars, Boots and Chocolates party on Friday evening, to the Bouncytown treat boxes, to the World Record in Needles, everyone came out and supported NCSF. NCSF also thanks Paul, Simon and the great staff of FetFest who enabled us to raise some much-needed funds.
1) Do you have a history of activism and community involvement?
Yes. I was a co-founder of the Chesapeake Polyamory Network in 1998, and founded the Institute for 21st Century Relationships, which is now the NCSF Foundation, in 2000. I've also been involved in swing organizations as a consultant.
2) What specialties do you bring to the board?
I enjoyed a 28 year career in non-profit organization management, including development, marketing, volunteer development, event planning, and education. I also bring the perspective of a person rooted in the polyamory community, with crossover knowledge of the swinging and kink communities. I'm also a respected academic researcher and community-based educator who has presented at numerous American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists conferences, and also at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
3) What inspired you to become involved in NCSF?
NCSF is an established organization with a broad constituency. I worked with NCSF while I ran ITCR as an independent organization because we served overlapping constituencies. I was very pleased to bring my portfolio to the NCSF board to help advance its mission and broaden its outreach to other constituencies within the broad spectrum of sexual and relationship minorities.