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  • 15 May 2020 10:18 AM | Ohio (Administrator)

    As you may have heard, the state of Ohio is starting the process of reopening businesses.

    OhioSMART is stable and has no intention of going anywhere. We will always exist in some form. We miss seeing you all, and we would love to host some events to provide the safe place you all know and enjoy. However, we refuse to risk even one member's life during this pandemic.

    You’re probably wondering, “so when will you reopen?” We are no strangers to evaluating risk, and are taking your privacy and safety into account at all times. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it develops, and will open in a way that is safe, when it is safe to do so - no sooner.

    In the meantime, SMART leadership has been combining the power of each of our five unburnt brain cells to put together virtual classes and munches - things you can use now and after the plague is under control. We're hosting weekly Netflix Parties (Keep checking the events calendar), and we're almost ready to launch our Discord server to provide a place for Jackbox games, roundtables, and other virtual events.

    Our community has been through times like these, and we will get through this and reunite to be our kinky beautiful selves together again someday - we appreciate your patience as we work to play our part in making sure everyone joins us on the other side.

    Stay home if you can, wash your hands either way, and stay tuned for the next update!


  • 17 Apr 2020 6:08 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    Greetings all, we hope that you and yours are safe, healthy, and keeping to the CDC recommendations about hand-washing, disinfecting your space, keeping distance from others, and covering your face in public.

    There are three parts to this update: 1. Elections for the OhioSMART Board, 2. Moving to the new dungeon space, and 3. Ways we’re exploring to stay connected as a community.

    Part 1:

    Our by-laws say elections must happen in person in May. While the governor has announced that he intends to “roll out” plans to reopen May 1st, we believe getting quorum in one place as soon as May without an end in sight to the pandemic is too big of a risk for us to take. At this point in time, we're not looking to plan any events until June at the earliest.

    The by-laws don’t have language for such an unprecedented situation, so we’re requesting that the current board be allowed to stay on until we’re able to do a proper election. If there isn’t support for this, we can look into other options. Regardless of when elections are held, the changeover will be delayed because bank transfers and other business activities are impossible to complete while things are closed and there’s a shelter-in-place order.

    No matter what, the current board is most qualified to oversee the move and adjustments to the new space and will need extra transition time before the new board can take over.

    Part 2:

    We’ve been moving carfuls of small things to the new space, but the landlady is aiming for our full furniture move (with moving truck) to be by the end of April. This is necessary, so we’ll be taking sanitary precautions EXTREMELY seriously during the move by having and enforcing strict sanitizing, distancing, hand-washing, glove-wearing, and mask usage protocols. We’re planning to coordinate the work in small shifts which should spread the work out and keep contact down. If you've already signed up to be a part of the Moving Team, you'll be hearing from us soon.

    Part 3:

    It’s important to keep connected and since we don’t know when it will be safe to get up close and personal with each other again -- we’re considering opening a virtual space on Discord so we can have munches and classes while apart.

    For those of you who don’t know, Discord is a free chat server program that has both text and voice chat rooms, with the capability for one host to share a screen. Most of them operate as a 24/7 chat space, but we’d do it a little differently: it will operate much like the dungeon. When it’s closed, it’s closed, and when it’s open, it’s for a specific time and reason with moderators present. We want to avoid burnout, so there will be an announcements channel for leadership so you can get notified of upcoming virtual events, and a place where you can go look at class notes, but otherwise no notifications you have to worry about.

    That’s all for now! We’re interested in hearing from you on ALL THREE points, so please discuss on the Members Forum (email us if you need help logging in), PM us, or email info@ohiosmart.org! Thank you, and stay safe <3

    OhioSMART Board of Directors


  • 2 Apr 2020 1:17 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    We hope that everyone is doing well and staying healthy!

    Ohio's Shelter in Place order has obviously canceled all April events for us. We will keep everyone updated on the status of May events as we see how long gatherings will be limited. We're currently working with our Web Team on how to set up some virtual events that safeguard everyone's privacy, so keep an eye out for those events coming up!

    With all of the cancellations, we want to assure our members that we will be extending everyone's membership for the length of time that we are closed. As a reminder, we do also have a scholarship program for those who are experiencing hardship. If you're doing well currently and you would like to help sponsor a scholarship, or if you're experiencing hardship and would like to talk about receiving one, please email us at info@ohiosmart.org

    Our moving date has also been postponed until after the Shelter in Place order is over. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered! If you would like to join the Moving Team, just send us an email to let us know, and we will add you to the contact list once we have a moving date.

    OhioSMART Board of Directors


  • 15 Mar 2020 8:55 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    In light of the increasing restrictions surrounding social gatherings, and our own increasing concerns for the health and safety of our attendees, we have decided to cancel all of our remaining events for the month of March. This means that Third Saturday on 3/21, our monthly munch on 3/24, and SMART Gamers on 3/31 will all be canceled. Our SMART Ties Rope Safety event on April 5th will be rescheduled to Sunday May 3rd.

    We understand that this is a very stressful time, and that community is more important than ever. Please utilize our Members Only forums on ohiosmart.org to stay connected, and reach out to the board at info@ohiosmart.org if you have any specific needs or questions.

    Now for some good news! We are almost ready to move into our new space, which means the next time you see us will be at our amazing new playspace. The moving date will be finalized this week, and we will let you all know as soon as it's set. If you would like to assist with the move and get an early look at the new space, send us an email so we can add you to the Moving Team.

    Thank you everyone, and keep watching for updates on our upcoming events.

    OhioSMART Board of Directors


  • 13 Mar 2020 4:02 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    Anyone who attends OhioSMART should already be aware that the safety and health of our members and guests is extremely important to us.

    At this time, we are not planning on canceling events. The current recommendations for Ohio apply to social gatherings much larger than ours, but we are staying informed as new recommendations come out and will keep all of you updated as well.

    We would like to reiterate that the Ohio Department of Health makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

    -Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.

    -Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.

    -Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

    -Stay home when you are sick.

    -Avoid contact with people who are sick.

    Our upcoming events will have a large stock of Purell single use wipes, which have been graciously donated by a member. We're asking anyone who is sick, or has been in contact with anyone who is sick, please stay home. We'll miss you, but we'll see you when you're feeling better! A board member may ask you to leave if you are obviously symptomatic.

    Supporting one another is important in our community, and we understand social distancing can be difficult. Please remember you can stay connected through our Members Only Forum at ohiosmart.org

    OhioSMART Board of Directors


  • 3 Feb 2020 5:24 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    Big news for OhioSMART: We’ll be at a new facility starting in early 2020!

    The building we’ve operated in for 10+ years has been purchased and its occupants’ leases have all been terminated, including the owner of the Red Door.

    Here’s what we know:

    The move will be happening later than we thought, as we previously stated, real estate is a complex process.

    Speaking of, the current space will be available to us longer than previously thought, so January and February events will be at the Red Door as usual, perhaps more.

    The owner does not intend to lose business, which means that there is a low chance of missed parties. Keep us on your schedule!

    We have seen the space, our side is over three times the size of the current space.

    We're very excited for everyone to see the new space, our new amenities (including lockers!) and the new dedicated space for SMART's social area.

    The owner is very optimistic and has ambitious renovation plans.

    It is ADA accessibile.

    We will keep you posted regarding the following months.

    There is a small patio that we will have sole access to.

    The entrances to Eros and our space will remain separate.


  • 21 Oct 2019 11:04 AM | Ohio (Administrator)

    Big news for OhioSMART: We’ll be at a new facility starting in January 2020!

    The building we’ve operated in for 10+ years has been purchased and its occupants’ leases have all been terminated, including the owner of the Red Door.

    Don’t panic! The owner of our dungeon space is NOT going out of business and kept us in mind when purchasing a new facility, which was just finalized! Real estate is a notoriously difficult process so we can’t go into too much detail yet, but here’s the info we’ve been given so far:

    - the move itself will happen sometime in December or early January, and we’re looking for help!

    - it’s only 7 minutes away from the current dungeon

    - it’s bigger than the current space and boasts more amenities.

    The Board will get to see the space in person for the first time in the coming weeks, after which we look forward to posting an update! We’ll also need volunteers to help move the equipment from the old space to the new one, so keep an eye out for that job description/signup post as well.

    PM us or email info@ohiosmart.org with any concerns you might have. We appreciate your patience and understanding!


  • 26 Sep 2019 10:14 AM | Ohio (Administrator)

    We often have members asking us for more in-depth classes on sexual topics. We love those classes too! Unfortunately, we can't present demos on those types of classes when we take cash at the door.

    That's why on October Third Saturday, we're trying out a new approach. Our class and party for the evening will be prepaid ONLY, and you're going to want to get your registration in early, because no one wants to miss Butt Wait There's More:Anal Play with Rowan Morrison.

    The play party after the class will follow Member's Only rules (even if you aren't a member) so we can try out what we just learned.

    Questions? Email us at info@ohiosmart.org


    Register here: ohiosmart.org/event-3530892


  • 14 May 2019 12:01 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    Candidates for 2019-20 OhioSMART Volunteer Board

    We want to thank everyone who has sent in an application to run for the OhioSMART Board of Directors for the 2019-20 year. This post includes information on the elections process and all candidate bio forms so you can learn more about your fellow SMART members who are ready to step up and serve our community.

    Candidates have the option of running for an Officer position, an At-Large position, or both. Candidates running for either or both positions will have their names placed on both pre-printed ballots for election night.

    Voting is allowed by any member currently in good standing who is in attendance at the annual meeting on May 18, 2019. Membership must be current by May 13, 2019. Please message a board member, or email us at board@ohiosmart.org if you need to renew before then. We will not be accepting membership renewals until after the annual meeting is over on the 18th. All voting ballots will be anonymous. At the time of voting, all members present at the meeting will be given two ballots.

    Ballots will first be cast for Officer positions. Once those have been tallied and announced, those elected whose names were also placed on an at-large ballot will no longer be eligible for an at-large position. The at-large ballot will be cast second.

    On the officer ballot, each member can vote for up to three candidates. On the at-large ballot, each member can vote for up to two candidates. Additionally, there will be space for any member to write in another candidate not listed on either ballot, should a member want to cast a vote for another member in good standing who is not listed on the ballot. Any ballots with more than the allowed number of votes will be invalid and not tabulated in the final voting results, as there is no way to determine the intended votes.

    During the next week, candidates will be available in this online forum to answer your questions. In the interest of transparency, we ask that if you have a question for one or several of the candidates, you ask your questions in this forum so other members can see their responses.

    Below are the candidates for election and the position(s) for which they would like to be considered. You can read each candidate bio form in this forum post as well.

    NotTodaySatan

    1. List your first name and/or screen name, however you are known in our BDSM Community.

    Not Today Satan

    2. List your history in the BDSM Community, including participation/leadership in special interest groups, volunteering experience, etc. Be sure to note any current BDSM leadership positions held.

    I have been a board member for the 2018-2019 period

    I Co lead Smart Ties.

    3. List any other experience you have with non-profit organizations.

    No work directly on the board of any nonprofits but have volunteered and fostered for animal rescues, as well as help set up fundraising campaigns.

    4. List any other leadership experience, in any setting.

    In my employment I am a subject matter expert and am responsible for onboarding and training processes. I have managed people in other positions in my personal life. I am an expert level Excel user, have strong access database skills as well as experience using Eventbrite. I'm also experienced in using social media platforms for advertising and follower building activities.

    5. List the top three areas you would like to devote your time and energy to in order to improve OhioSMART.

    Membership retention

    Continuing to develop consent policies and incident tracking

    Continuing to build internal/SIG policy

    6. What specific goals do you have for your time in OhioSMART leadership?

    Understanding the bylaws and working to redefine them to meet new community standards in regards to consent and education as well as the general shift in how Kink

    communities exist these days.

    NotTodaySatan is running for an Officer or an At Large position

    Chimera

    1. List your first name and/or screen name, however you are known in our BDSM Community.

    Chimera

    2. List your history in the BDSM Community, including participation/leadership in special interest groups, volunteering experience, etc. Be sure to note any current BDSM leadership positions held.

    I have volunteered for OhioSMART as a PSM off and on for five years, I attended Purple Rose in Akron for a couple years then and before that and volunteered there as well with PSMing and setup/teardown. I have helped with Fetish Flea for the last three years, this previous year I was in charge of the "Brute Squad". I have also worked CLAW for the past two years in a similar capacity-setup/teardown, load-in etc. I am the current PSM trainer/coordinator for OhioSMART and also an at large board member.

    3. List any other experience you have with non-profit organizations.

    None that is relevant.

    4. List any other leadership experience, in any setting.

    Given my extensive history with volunteering for the local kink and leather communities, I wish to keep my professional life private.

    5. List the top three areas you would like to devote your time and energy to in order to improve OhioSMART.

    I would like to help keep the community safe by insuring that consent violations are taken seriously and handled in a professional and considerate manner.

    I want to continue to ensure that OhioSMART is a safe and welcoming place for gender minorities.

    I want to expand and develop our outreach and cooperation with the Cleveland Leather community.

    6. What specific goals do you have for your time in OhioSMART leadership?

    I hope to continue working on outreach with the Leather community, as well as continuing my liason work with the new SMART Pound SIG. I also want to make it clear to the region that OhioSMART is a safe educational space for kinksters regardless of race, age, gender, orientation or disability and do what work I can to make that true.

    Chimera is running for an Officer or an At Large position

    Col_Chestbridge

    1. List your first name and/or screen name, however you are known in our BDSM Community.

    Col_Chestbridge

    2. List your history in the BDSM Community, including participation/leadership in special interest groups, volunteering experience, etc. Be sure to note any current BDSM leadership positions held.

    Volunteer, "brute squad" for Fetish Flea/Summer School, Member of SMART for 4 years

    3. List any other experience you have with non-profit organizations.

    N/A

    4. List any other leadership experience, in any setting.

    N/A

    5. List the top three areas you would like to devote your time and energy to in order to improve OhioSMART.

    I would like to help with outreach to more vulnerable communities - we do a great job with trans folk and I would love to see that continue. But we can and should do more for POC, people with mental illness and I'm interested in helping sex workers in some way. I am here first and foremost for education and I want to make sure we continue to prioritize that. And last, but not least I want to continue our focus on consent, as I believe that's our strongest asset.

    6. What specific goals do you have for your time in OhioSMART leadership?

    I would love to see more classes and events specifically targeted at some of the cross sections of interests we have. Gamers is a great start for this, throwing some support to Flaming River Con is another. I've seen and heard some things that suggest maybe we could do some things on mental illness, or addiction. Or teaching people how to safely use the internet for various purposes (Creating sex toys, buying toys/clothes, cam modeling, dating, meetup, etc.).

    Col_Chestbridge is running for an Officer or an At Large position

    _sandals_

    1. List your first name and/or screen name, however you are known in our BDSM Community.

    _sandals_

    2. List your history in the BDSM Community, including participation/leadership in special interest groups, volunteering experience, etc. Be sure to note any current BDSM leadership positions held.

    I have been a member of SMART since 2013, and attended The Purple Rose Society for several years until it closed. I have attended large events in Pittsburgh, Columbus and Baltimore, and groups in the Cleveland area like MAsT, OPEN, and ORRS. In the past, I have organized and lead activities at SMART including the Lego Firewalk, Littles’ Coloring Night, and Littles’ Birthday Party. I have also organized and lead two polyamory panels at Oddmall events. Currently I am the leader of the Cleveland area OPEN (Ohio Pansexual Ethical Non-Monogamy) group, moderate an online polyamory forum with 1,800 members, and hold the officer position of Secretary on the OhioSMART Board of Directors.

    3. List any other experience you have with non-profit organizations.

    I was the chairperson on a steering committee for a non-profit organization for three years, during which time I managed a team of 8 people and ran bi-monthly events for a group with 110 members. As the chairperson, I oversaw the budget, lead the steering committee meetings, planned group meetings, made yearly calendars, and organized and executed four yearly fundraisers. When I was a member of that steering committee, our whole team went once a year to a leadership conference.

    4. List any other leadership experience, in any setting.

    Professionally, I was previously an assistant manager in a retail setting. Currently I run a small business with a partner and handle duties daily such as customer service, marketing, purchasing, budget and networking.

    5. List the top three areas you would like to devote your time and energy to in order to improve OhioSMART.

    My top priorities for OhioSMART at this point are continuing to provide quality education that centers on the values of our organization, expanding our volunteer team to give more members the opportunity to serve their community to their best abilities, and continuing to work on strengthening relationships with other local organizations and leaders.

    6. What specific goals do you have for your time in OhioSMART leadership?

    This past year we added a new position to our volunteer team, the Board Alternates. This was a coordinated effort to prepare a pathway to leadership for those in our community who are excited about volunteering. I would like to spend some time expanding upon the definition of that position, as well as making sure we have well documented procedures to keep bringing up leaders in our organization.

    I would also like to continue to grow and strengthen our relationships with local organizations, educators, and resources. We made some great connections in the past year, and I would like to see those expanded on to include more marginalized groups, including working with the LGBT Center, more college based kink groups, and groups in the area that focus on POC, such as Onyx.

    As we move into a more secure financial situation, I look forward to bringing back intensives and workshops that will give our members and community the opportunity to learn more about the subjects they're interested in.

    _sandals_ is running for an Officer or an At Large position

    -Kasey-

    1. List your first name and/or screen name, however you are known in our BDSM Community.

    -Kasey-

    2. List your history in the BDSM Community, including participation/leadership in special interest groups, volunteering experience, etc. Be sure to note any current BDSM leadership positions held.

    4 Years in the scene

    2 Years OhioSMART TNG leader

    1 Year OhioSMART Board Treasurer

    3. List any other experience you have with non-profit organizations.

    N/A

    4. List any other leadership experience, in any setting.

    Management experience

    5. List the top three areas you would like to devote your time and energy to in order to improve OhioSMART.

    -Further promoting safe education and consent in the community and beyond

    -Building relationships with the greater LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups

    -Creating the most safe, inclusive space possible

    6. What specific goals do you have for your time in OhioSMART leadership?

    Continue doing outreach to the greater Cleveland area as well as bring in more diverse presenters while protecting members of OhioSMART. To continue to reach out to local organizations to promote safe, explicit consent and the organization as a whole.

    -Kasey- is running for an Officer or an At Large position


  • 16 Apr 2019 6:54 PM | Ohio (Administrator)

    All OhioSMART members in good standing are invited to attend the OhioSMART Annual Meeting of Members at our regular event space on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 8-10 p.m.

    Your membership must be current as of Monday, May 13, 2019 in order to participate in the meeting and elections.

    Doors will close promptly at 8 p.m. During this meeting, the outgoing Board will provide information on the activities of the organization in the prior 12 months. Elections for the next Board of Directors will also take place. Members in good standing must be present in person to vote. No absentee votes will be accepted.

    At 10 p.m. the doors will re-open for our play party. This party is open to members and guests, and our First Friday pricing applies ($10 for members, $20 for guests).

    Are you interested in running for a position on the OhioSMART Board of Directors? All board of directors positions are open annually for election, stay tuned for more information about board positions, the scope of responsibilities, and time commitment. The current board will be accepting candidate application forms via e-mail info@ohiosmart.org until May 10, 2019 until 11:59 p.m.

    Already know you want to run for the Board? Great! Please e-mail info@ohiosmart.org for an application.


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