The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Nashville, TN from March 14-16, 2014. The Coalition Partners voted in the new Board of Directors for NCSF, approved the 2014 budget, and brainstormed on NCSF’s projects and goals for the coming year.
“The annual meeting gives NCSF's Coalition Partners the opportunity to tell the board where our focus should be in the coming year,” says Chairman Kevin Carlson. “It’s also their time to give us feedback on how we’re conducting the day-to-day business of NCSF. The Board and staff of NCSF are now re-energized and eager to continue the good work of NCSF.”
The CP representatives approved the new Financial and Control Policies which have an emphasis on transparency and accountability. The CP reps created an Ombuds Committee which will be responsible for reviewing actions by NCSF board and staff members. The CPs also received a full report on the forensic financial review and the results of the investigation into the theft of funds from the NCSF, and determined the next steps the Board should take in pursuing the restitution of those funds.
The CPs were eager to explore new ways of integrating NCSF programs with membership services and outreach efforts. They heard reports on the NCSF projects and programs including:
· The success of the DSM Revision Project in helping to ensure that kinky people are no longer misidentified as mentally ill by the American Psychiatric Association;
· Kink Aware Professionals list gained 200 professionals in the past year and totals nearly 1,400 professionals;
· The Media Outreach Project gave over 42 interviews on consensual kink and nonmonogamy;
· The Education Outreach Project and Consent Counts Project gave 28 presentations;
· NCSF’s Facebook page hit 1,000 Likes.
Keira Harris received NCSF’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as Volunteer Director. Keira has created a volunteer program that is successful in filling the needs of NCSF’s projects and programs. Because NCSF is an all volunteer organization, Keira’s work is critical to its success.
NCSF thanks CPI-The Mark for hosting CP representatives, NCSF board members and staff at their party on Saturday night, and at the Sunday afternoon presentation on BDSM & the Law presented by Judy Guerin, Dick Cunningham and Susan Wright. NCSF also thanks Mercury and Samantha for organizing the annual meeting and welcoming everyone to Nashville.
The new NCSF Board of Directors consists of:
Kevin Carlson – Chairman – Boise, ID
Mark Richards – Secretary – New York, NY
Stephanie "Sassy" Lynn – NCSF Treasurer – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Jim Fleckenstein – NCSF Foundation Treasurer – Manassas, VA
Devin MacLachlan – Fundraising Director – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Laura Carlson – Education Outreach Director – Boise, ID
Keira Harris - Volunteer Director – New Orleans, LA
Mercury – Membership Director – Nashville, TN
Julian Wolf – Newsletter Director – Albuquerque, NM
Susan Wright – Media and Incident Reporting & Response Director – Phoenix, AZ
Fil Vocasek – New York, NY
Jsin – St. Louis, MO
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