At NCSF’s Annual Meeting on March 9th in Atlanta, GA, the Coalition Partners elected the Board Members and discussed new and ongoing projects, like Consent Counts which aims to decriminalize sexual conduct between consenting adults.
NCSF was fortunate to have Aida Manduley, MSW, provide a 3-hour diversity training on Sunday for the Board and Staff so we can continue the process of ensuring NCSF is a welcoming and accessible organization for everyone. We’re looking forward to our next training!
NCSF would like to thank LLC for donating the room for NCSF’s Annual Meeting prior to the Leather Leadership Conference. NCSF would also like to thank our Coalition Partner, 1st Capital Finance and NCSF Southeastern Advocates, the House of Trei, for providing a delicious lunch and great conversation during the Annual Meeting.
This year 11 people ran for the NCSF Board, all of whom had excellent qualifications. The current Board Members are:
Susan Wright, Chairperson
Keira Harbison, Vice-Chair
Kevin Carlson, Treasurer
Jackie Harris, Secretary
Ruby Bouie Johnson
The Coalition Partners who attended the NCSF Annual Meeting were:
1st Capital Finance
DC Sub Club
Modern Tribe Counseling
Satin Sheet Dreams
The Red Chair
NCSF Board Members and staff participated in events throughout the weekend in Atlanta:
LLC, the Leadership Conference – Workshops and an Award!
The “Leadership in Action” Leadership Awards were presented to both NCSF and the Men of ONYX by LLC XXII on March 9th, in recognition of our contribution of our skills, time and effort into sharing with and being supportive of our community. NCSF presented 3 workshops: Liberation is Felt, Seen, and Heard conceptualized by Ruby B. Johnson, and presented by Choc Dionne and Aida Manduley; BDSM, Consent & the Law with Judy Guerin, Richard O. Cunningham and Rudy Serra; and Media Strategy and Tactics with Susan Wright. NCSF also celebrated our 21st Anniversary by bringing a birthday cake to the LLC Hospitality Suite on Saturday.
Keira Harbison, Susan Wright, Kevin Carlson and Ben, LLC Chair
The Women of ONYX Pearls Southeast celebrating NCSF’s 21st Anniversary in the LLC Hospitality Suite with Susan Wright, NCSF Chairperson
Atlanta Poly – Consent Counts with NCSF!
NCSF met with the polyamory community in Atlanta to share our experiences in a roundtable discussion led by Nickie Fuentes, MS LPC, NCC of Modern Tribe Counseling, along with NCSF Board Members – Keira Harbison and Kevin Carlson.
Rope Bite at 1763 – Celebrating NCSF’s 21st Anniversary!
NCSF enjoyed “Rope Bite @Nite” a rope-centric event held the second Saturday of each month at 1763 from 8-2pm. The evening started out with a class and demo focused on rope education and then evolved into the Decadence play party. NCSF brought a birthday cake to celebrate our 21st anniversary with Rope Bite members!
Whippersnappers – Consent & the Law Presentation
Whippersnappers is an Atlanta-based educational and social BDSM group for people in their 20s and 30s. NCSF Board Members Judy Guerin and Rudy Serra along with Dick Cunningham presented a BDSM, Consent and the Law discussion on Friday evening to talk about consent and NCSF’s American Law Institute Project.
The Loft and Trapeze – NCSF Meets & Greets
NCSF Board members Keira Harbison and Rich Richbart along with Kim, representing Coalition Partner Satin Sheet Dreams, attended The Loft on Friday night and Trapeze on Saturday night to do outreach to the Lifestyle community organizers and members.
For those who are interested in volunteering and joining the NCSF team, please contact us.