August Newsletter

Greetings Glamorous Gatherers,

The weather has started to cool and summer is winding down into fall, but there’s still plenty of hot stuff in store for this month at the CSPC. Let’s dive in!

September Parties

September Myself! Party
A sex-friendly masturbation party for voyeurs and exhibitionists
Sunday, September 23rd, Doors at 6pm
New Member Orientation at 5pm

Fresh Meet
For folks new to kink, new to the CSPC, or just looking to make more kinky friends!
Friday, September 28th, 8pm to midnight
New Member Orientation at 7pm

Celebrating Our Amazing VolunteersThis month has two awesome events for our crew of passionate and dedicated volunteers.

On September 9th the CSPC board will be hosting and staffing a play party just for volunteers and their guests. Festivities will include panini pressed sandwiches, a BYO blanket/pillow cuddle pit, and all the favorite play furniture pieces. The ticket link can be found in the CSPC Volunteer Google Group. More info here:

Volunteer Appreciation Party
Sunday, September 9th, 6-10 pm

In addition to a volunteer appreciation party, we will also be hosting a Party Champions Munch. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the party planning process. If you want to see more parties at the CSPC, then this is one of the best ways to get involved in making that happen! Bring your party ideas and meet with other CSPC members. There’s no need to register for this friendly meetup, and you can find more details here:

Champions Munch
Tuesday, September 18th, 7-9pm

We want you... to be a CSPC volunteer!
If you’re interested in more ways to get involved with the CSPC community, join us for a volunteer training session on Wednesday September 19th from 7 to 9 pm. As a CSPC volunteer you’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and help grow the CSPC with more parties and events. Learn more here:

September Volunteer Orientation 
Wednesday, September 19th, 7-9pm

News from the CSPC Board
Most of the content from this month’s board meeting has been covered in the rest of this newsletter however Executive Director, Nick Vu, shared an important reminder about digital communication best practices, and we wanted to share it with our readership as well.

As a community we strive to accommodate each others anonymity needs. Many people find it helpful to create a dedicated kinky email account that can be used for logins, communication, etc. Similarly you can use a "scene name" rather than your everyday name. If you choose to make any changes, you can update your CSPC profile on your own in the Member Portal. Keep in mind, it may take time for acquaintances to remember to use your new name or email. Offer consistent, polite corrections when needed.

If you’d like to hear the latest updates, meet fellow members, and bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns to the CSPC Board, please join us for our next meeting. All are welcome!

September CSPC Board Meeting 
Wednesday, September 12th, 7-9pm

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

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