July Newsletter

Greetings Foxy Friends,
Does this warm weather have you hot hot hot? Then dive right in to the CSPC newsletter, a refreshing dip into the wet and wonderful workings of your favorite kinky non-profit social club!

Here’s what’s coming up for events:
August Parties

La Queer: A LGBTQIA Party!
A new party at the CSPC for queer folx and their friends!
This Sunday, August 5th at 8pm
New Member Orientation at 7pm

August Myself! Party
Sex-friendly masturbation party for voyeurs and exhibitionists
Sunday August 26th at 6pm
New Member Orientation at 5pm

Volunteering
Want to make new friends? Contribute to something you care about? Learn new skills? Become a CSPC volunteer! We're hosting a volunteer orientation this month, and a Volunteer Appreciation Party next month. There’s never been a better time to get involved!

August Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, August 9th from 7pm-8pm
Gallery Erato: 309 1st Ave S.

August Board Meeting
All are welcome to join us for the next meeting of the CSPC Board. Come to hear the latest updates, meet fellow members, and bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns to the Board.

August Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 8th at 7pm
Gallery Erato: 309 1st Ave S.

Making Member Software Better: Is Your Legal Name a Dead Name?
As we’ve made the switch to using our online member portal using legal names and Legal IDs to enter events, we have learned that our new system can deadname our trans members. In an effort to ensure that we are affirming our trans members identities, we made changes to our member portal so that we aren’t deadnaming members. (Want to know what deadnaming is and why it is harmful? Read this).

We record members’ legal name and ID number because we need to be able to prove everyone is over 18 and are who they say they are (for both the law and for our insurance). We have been using the First Name and Last Name fields in our membership software for tracking members legal names. These fields show up in lots of places (event registrations! member portal! probably other places we haven't found yet!) and is not editable in the code. We discovered that if we want to stop deadnaming members, we have to find a new place to put legal names.

So here’s what we’re doing about it: We’ve created a new field in our membership software for legal first names so that we can move someone’s legal first name out of the “First Name” field, while still tracking legal ID for insurance purposes. Until we have a new door system, we will still be printing legal names (and the correct first name) for registration and will always require a Legal ID (so they can match), we hope this change on our end creates a better member experience for our trans members who, for whatever reason, are unable to change their legal name.

Want to change your name in our system? We have added the legal first name field to the member portal under "Update Profile" so that anyone who wants to change their first name in our database has the power to do so. Do note that we do need your legal name in our system to match your legal ID or else we won’t be able to let you into the event.

CSPC Board
New Board Elected Positions
This month’s CSPC Board Meeting included the election of a new Board President, and the election of two leadership roles. Lindsey Shelley will be stepping into the role of Board President and Managing Director to oversee day to day operations, serve as member liaison, and manage events. Nick Vu has been elected as the Executive Director, with responsibilities including strategic initiatives, branding/marketing, recruitment, leading special programs, and high level volunteer communications.

A Special Thanks!
We would like to recognize and sincerely thank the contributions of CSPC President Michael Woo for the hard work and dedication they gave to the CSPC over the past year. Michael was instrumental in formalizing the CSPC’s relationship with the Pan Eros Foundation (formerly the FSPC) and stewarding our recent transitions. As President, Michael was welcoming and supportive of our new board members and their new ideas. It is clear to all of us that we would not be where we are today without Michael’s tireless efforts. Thank you, Michael!

Committee Updates
During our last Board Meeting, we created the CSPC’s Programming Committee to oversee our programming and process design work.

The objective of the Programming Committee is to curate events (parties and socials) to promote member engagement and retention. This may include new member programs and activities, scheduling event to meet demand, and generally offering opportunities for members to interact face to face. Kelly has been named the chair of this committee.

Underneath the umbrella of the Programming Committee, the Process Design team has been working to standardize party creation and evaluation in order to maximize the quality and ease of party production. To do this, the team has been building a workflow for members to submit party concepts, providing the guidelines and resources they need as organizers, and metrics by which to evaluate the success of the party.

Have a party you want to throw? Send an email to programming@thecspc.org and you can help us beta test our new process!

Questions or Comments?
If you have questions for the CSPC but you’re not sure who to contact, check out the CSPC Directory for contact info and the areas of focus for each of our board members. For general feedback, please use feedback@theCSPC.org.

That’s all for this month. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Sincerely,

The CSPC Board of Directors

CSPC President | Membership Info | General Feedback | Full Directory

June Newsletter

Greetings Elegant Eroticists,
I hope you’re having a smashing summer and that your 4th was filled with friends, family, and fireworks. Let’s dive in.

Upcoming Play Parties

As we settle into our new space we are ramping up to more events. Here is what is coming up! Please note there are no door sales, all tickets to our events must be purchased online.

Grind
Dark and loud - our dungeon turns nightclub
Saturday, July 7 at 8pm
Tickets are almost sold out, get them while you can!

Femme SovereignTea
High protocol high tea service
Sunday, July 8 at 2pm
Member tickets // No new member orientation before this event.

Amuse Bouche
A kinky tasting party - come try something new!
Saturday, July 14 at 6pm
Member tickets // New Member Orientation Tickets

Myself!
Sex-friendly masturbation party
Sunday, July 22 at 6pm
Member tickets // New Member Orientation Tickets

Volunteering

Want to make new friends? Contribute to something you care about? Learn new skills? Become a CSPC volunteer! We're hosting two volunteer orientations in the next month. Can’t make it to one of these? We will be hosting New Volunteer Orientations on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

July Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, July 12 from 7pm-8pm
Gallery Erato

Reciprocal Memberships

Did you know that your CSPC membership is honored at many other organizations? Currently, we have agreements with:

  • Bad Girls in Portland, OR
  • Bellingham Sex Positive Center in Bellingham, WA
  • The Citadel in San Francisco, CA
  • Indigo Volo Society in Victoria, BC
  • Kitsap Aces in Bremerton, WA
  • Metro Vancouver Kink in Vancouver, BC
  • Portland Leather Alliance in Portland, OR
  • TES aka Eulenspiegel Society in New York, NY
  • Threshold in North Hollywood, CA

Each of these clubs operates differently. Before attending using your reciprocal membership, contact them to double check what kind of identification and proof of membership they require.

June Board Meeting Report

Additional topics discussed at this month's board meeting:

  • Facility - A beautiful new rolling gallery wall has been installed in the space and is covered in fabulous erotic art. Come check them out! This wall can be moved to create a check-in area at our events so as you wait you can peruse the art.
  • Event Process Design - We are beta testing a new party submission form. Members will soon have an avenue for making party visions a reality.
  • Mission Alignment - Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! We are reviewing all your feedback and most valuable interactions with the CSPC to ensure that what we do is a reflection of the values, experiences, and motivations of the membership.

As usual, all are welcome to join us for the next Board Meeting. Come to hear the latest updates, meet fellow members, and bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns to the Board.

July Board Meeting
July 11, 7-9pm
Gallery Erato

If you have questions for the CSPC but you’re not sure who to contact, check out the CSPC Directory for contact info and the areas of focus for each of our board members. For general feedback, please use feedback@theCSPC.org.

That’s all for this month. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Sincerely,

The CSPC Board of Directors
CSPC President | Membership Info | General Feedback | Full Directory

May Newsletter

Greetings Daring Darlings!

We have many exciting announcements to cover in this month’s newsletter, so without further fuss, let’s jump right in!

Reactivating Frozen Memberships

As we promised back when we closed our Queen Anne facility, anyone who had an active membership at the time of our closure would still have an active membership when we started operations again. We sent out digital membership cards Thursday morning, but accidentally sent this email to too wide an audience. This email was intended to be sent only to those whose memberships were thawed, but instead went out to everyone here on the newsletter as well as to expired members. We apologize for the confusion this undoubtedly caused!

If you received this email with a card that had no dates on it, it is because you are a newsletter subscriber but not a member. If you would like to become a member, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming New Member Orientations (posted on our events page), which are required to join our organization.

If you received the email with dates in the past, it’s because you are an expired member. You are welcome to renew your membership, though we weren’t intending to blast everyone with a reminder of your expiration date (which in some cases was years ago, sorry!) If you would like to check out the new facility, we are currently offering a $10 two-month membership option which is available through the membership portal. If you’re having trouble logging in you can request a password reset by entering your email address here.

We apologize for the confusion the previous email caused and we appreciate your understanding!

Want to check out the new space? Here are our upcoming events:

The Grand Opening is just around the corner! The event is completely sold out and no tickets will be available at the door. We are looking forward to showing the new space to everyone in attendance.

The next CSPC Board Meeting will take place on June 13 from 7-9pm at the the Gallery Erato. We hope you’ll come out and join us. This is a great place to ask questions, meet board members, and propose ideas!

We are hosting a Volunteer Recertification on June 14 from 7-9pm. Were you a trained and approved EC, monitor, or cashier for the CSPC in the past? Want to be able to continue volunteering in the new location? Come to the Volunteer Recertification and learn the new rules of the new space!

We are also pleased to announce the long anticipated return of the Myself! Party on June 24! This will be the second party held in the new space. More information about this event can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Want to hear about what you missed? Here’s info about past events:

The most recent Volunteer Townhall was held on Sunday, May 20. In addition to the conversations about safety in the new space, discussions also focused on volunteer engagement and the need for additional volunteer training sessions. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this short form to let us know how you’d like to plug in and we’ll work to bring you onboard as a volunteer.

The sixth and final Soft Openings Party was held at Factory Luxe on May 18. It was a fun event with many new members mixing and mingling. Thank you to everyone who came out, and also our amazing volunteers for making the party happen. As always, we requested feedback from our event attendees. We learned that attendees loved the tastings and we will work to incorporate more tastings into future events!

A Note from the CSPC Board President about the new location in Pioneer Square:

We had a great and productive discussion at our Volunteer Townhall on Sunday, May 20 where we discussed our exciting new future at the Gallery Erato. One of the major concerns that was brought up was safety due to its location, which I would like to address here. Pioneer Square has changed a lot over the years, is better lit, and has much more foot traffic than our prior location. While some folks have expressed concern about this location, others have noted that this location makes them feel safer than the relative desolation that we had around our prior facility.

The Foundation performed research about the safety of this neighborhood before occupying the space and shared that this particular stretch of Pioneer Square is one of the lowest crime blocks in that neighborhood.There are no bars on this block and the closest homeless shelter is a sober facility, meaning residents cannot use intoxicants.

However, we know that incidents can happen and no organization can guarantee the absolute safety of its events. We are in the process of formulating strategies for minimizing risk. A few options we are considering are having additional door staff, recruiting volunteers to escort attendees to nearby public transportation hubs and parking lots, and continuing our "in by 10pm" policy. The safety of our members and guests is a paramount concern of mine and the Board, and we hope that all attendees feel safe attending events at the Gallery Erato facility. We will continue to assess the safety of the facility and the nearby area to understand our opportunities to reasonably mitigate any risks to the safety of our members.

I encourage every member to come and see the facility for themselves, starting with the June 2 Grand Opening Event (which is now sold out), and watch as we slowly transform this space into a new chapter for the CSPC.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Woo
President of the Board of Directors

If you have questions for the CSPC but you’re not sure who to contact, check out the CSPC Directory for contact info and the areas of focus for each of our board members. For general feedback, please use feedback@theCSPC.org.

That’s all for this month. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Sincerely,

The CSPC Board of Directors
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