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September is National Consent Month

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Partnering with the NCSF, the Arizona Power Exchange is proud to bring you Consent Month!

Please visit the Consent Month Website for contests, merchandise, ideas, and free stuff as we all discuss consent in a positive way!

AT APEX, we focus on consent all month long including…

APEX sponsors [Consent Month][http://consentmonth.com] and focuses on consent the entire month of September!

**Here are some things you might be interested in to support and empower consent in our club**

Monday, August 27th: NAVIGATING THE SCENE FOR THE OLDER GENERATIONS

Monday, September 3rd: CONSENT @ APEX

Tuesday, September 4th: APEX 101 SKILLS: COMMUNICATION AND NEGOTIATION

Wednesday, September 12th: APEX 202 – SKILLS: ADVANCED NEGOTIATIONS AND BOUNDARY SETTING

Monday, September 17th: CONSENT SOCIAL WITH THE NCSF

Monday, September 24th: APEX ALLYSHIP TO THE LGBTQI COMMUNITY 101: BEING AN ALLY STARTS WITH UNDERSTANDING

Visit the APEX Calendar for more information!

Got Consent?

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APEX 30th Anniversary

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Our Anniversary Party usually commemorates the previous year, and we will certainly do that, but we will also celebrate all our yesterdays, and tomorrow’s yet to come.

Come revel with us in celebration of the clubs 30th year. There will be food, celebration old faces, new faces, presentations, congratulations, and a few surprises!

Doors open at 5:00pm to all Members of the Community (you MUST be 18)

*5:00pm-6:00pm Social Hour
5:00pm-8:30pm Snacks will be served
5:00pm-9:30pm Photographs in front of the Step-and-Repeat
*6:00pm Presentations (open to the entire 18+ community)
8:00pm Dinner followed by play party

*As this event is open to our Community, there will be no nudity or play activity.

Leather, Formal, or Fetish is the dress code for those who have it, but all are welcome.

Once presentations are over we will say goodbye to our supportive community and have dinner and then we play! We will celebrate with fellow members with a Brazilian steak house style meal!

Everyone is welcome to help turn over the space, or you can retire to the cafe and social areas to enjoy desert.

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS

Presentations:  Included in your dinner/play party entry, or $10.00 for non-members.
APEX Anniversary Dinner & Play Party Pass (APEX Members ONLY) – $20.00 (For our current Pay Per Event Members)
APEX Anniversary Dinner & Play Party Pass (APEX Members ONLY) – $10.00 (For our current All Annual Access Members)

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Fetlife.com Event Dinner and Play Party

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PAJAMA PARTY AND APEX SLEEPOVER

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A fun theme party you won’t want to miss!

Wear your PJs to the Dungeon and play!

Your regular dungeon party activities will be available until 10pm, and then we will turn the main space into a pajama party! Movies, popcorn, games, and lots of fun things. The entire top floor and the downstairs play room will still be available for play until 2am.

For anyone who is interested we will also be spending the night! Bring your sleeping bags and air mattresses and we will be spending the night in the dungeon!

Sunday morning we will do a pancake breakfast before we all say goodbye. What a fun night!

Note: After 11pm (when the door closes, there will be no entry. If you leave the premises, you cannot come back. No, a trip to your car doesn’t count.)

Our Saturday night parties are the cornerstone of the APEX social environment. Participate, voyer, visit with your friends, or make new ones. There is always something to do, and always people to see!

Watch the APEX Group on Fetlife for the buzz about weekly parties, who is bringing what, and what our friends are planning!

A food item or soda is always welcome. Snacks for our pajama party are also welcome. Water and ice will be provided.

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all!

You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website https://arizonapowerexchange.org/becoming-a-member/

*Please note: You must be a member at least 24 hours PRIOR to this event to attend. No orientations will be done at this event.

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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Your Kinky Bucket List

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As we start the new year, you can make APEX everything you want it to be!

Throughout the space there will be buckets where you can add what you want APEX to be for you.

  • Classes you want to see
  • Events you would like to attend
  • Changes to the Space
  • Things you would like to try
  • Anything APEX members can make happen!

We will have some fun updates for everyone as we gather your thoughts.

Participate and make APEX your own!

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Did you know? APEX Supports all members of the community with Special Interest Groups

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Special Interest Group (S.I.G.):

A Special Interest Group is for members of the BDSM Community who share a common interest that come together to talk, share, and support one another. Keeping with the Arizona Power Exchange mission of support, APEX provides space to these discussion groups free of charge, and membership in the club is not required.

There are currently Five (5) Special Interest Groups at APEX:

Polyamory
First Saturday of the Month at 3pm

Polyamory is having multiple loving relationships. Polyamory is allowing those you love to also have multiple loving relationships. Polyamory is conducting these relationships in an open, honest, ethical way.

For any and all interested in all aspects of Polyamory, join us as we learn more about polyamory, discuss topics relevant to polyamory, and meet other polyamorous people from O/our Community.

LGBTQ+
Third Sunday of the month at 11am

Calling all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer & Questioning Kinky Folks! If you are seeking a group of like-minded individuals to laugh, share, and discuss the often unique challenges and joys we encounter in this lifestyle, please join us at APEX the third Sunday of the month from 11am to 1pm.

Each month we will grow and develop our community within the Community. If you identify as LGBTQ, or are a partner and friend of someone whom identifies as LGBTQ then please join us as we facilitate this Special Interest Group.

FEMALE LED AUTHORITY EXCHANGE RELATIONSHIPS (FLAER)
Third Wednesday of the Month at 7:15pm

This group is a discussion group for women who lead or are in charge of relationships and/or dynamics associated with the BDSM/Fetish/Kinky lifestyles.

It is for those that are genetically born female, those who identify mentally or emotionally as female and their slaves, submissives, boys, girls, pets, etc.

The group will meet monthly to support, share and discuss the successes, challenges and ideas as it relates to female led relationships or dynamics in a confidential and relaxed environment.

DOM ROUNDTABLE
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm

This is a discussion group for those identifying as Mistress, Maam, Mommy, Master, Top, Dom, Sir or Daddy.

For our current month topic, please keep your eyes on the APEX Group at Fetlife.com , or on the APEX website.

We encourage the long timers and the new generation of kinksters to join us in a relaxed and confidential atmosphere for discussions about your challenges, successes and ideas.

SUBMISSIVE CIRCLE
Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm

A free for all discussion with the focus and attention on different topics each month.

Join us for tea and cookies and a relaxed atmosphere to engage your mind and Spirituality.

Open to subs, slaves, bottoms and those who will maintain this “sub” space during the discussions.

For our current month topic, please keep your eyes on the APEX Group at Fetlife.com , or on the APEX website.


If you are interested in any of these discussion groups, please check our calendar for the schedule. Anyone over 18 who shares an interest with the group may attend.

If you are an APEX Member interested in facilitating a S.I.G. that is not currently represented, please email Support@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

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About APEX:

The Arizona Power Exchange (APEX) is a not-for-profit corporation that provides education, social opportunities, and support for adults who are interested in Bondage and Discipline; Dominance and Submission; and Sadomasochism (BDSM) who value individual responsibility, integrity, confidentiality, and respect for self and others. APEX provides on-going forums for education and practice of BDSM and opportunities for like-minded individuals to socialize, explore and learn in a respectful and dignified environment. APEX welcomes all sexual orientations, consensual relationships, and risk-aware BDSM and sexual practices.

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Ways to Volunteer at APEX

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APEX is entirely staffed by volunteers. Whatever you are interested in doing, we certainly need your help!

The list below includes training opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and ways you can pitch in based on the time you have available.

Minimum Time Commitment

(Single day commitments) 

Pitch in when you come to the club. You can always clean up, grab a broom, take out the trash, bring ice, clean up the kitchen, straighten up the bathrooms while you’re in there, or just look for things needing done and do them. 🙂

Keep your eye on the APEX Group on Fetlife.com. There are often calls for spare hands to do big setups and other projects at the club!

Glass Cleaning: All the windows/doors at the front of the space need to be cleaned, and all of the mirrors need to be polished.

Trash Cans: Need to be taken outside once a month and cleaned inside and out.

Ash tray: Needs to be emptied once each month and new sand put in.

Outside: Both the parking lot in front of our building and the alley behind our space needs to be swept and picked up.

Tablecloths: Need to be washed once a week.

Other laundry: Pillows and throws need to be washed once a month.

Supplies: Someone to keep track of supplies including things like coffee and paper products so we never run out!

Space Improvement:  Usually one Saturday each month.  We clean, do projects, restock. Space improvement is from 10am-2pm. While it is usually on the first Saturday of the month, keep your eye on the calendar because changes sometimes need to happen.

Party DM Shifts: DM Shifts are from 7:30pm-10:30pm 10pm-12:30am, and 12:00am-2:00am. While you need to attend training, it is an important way to participate!  There is a DM Training each month. Take a look at the APEX Calendar forDM Training or email DMCoordinator@ArizonaPowerExchange.org.

Door Shifts: Every APEX event needs someone to do the door and handle orientations. Door shifts on weekdays are typically 6:15pm-8:00pm. Parties are from 7:30pm-11pm. Working the door is a great way to meet people! There is a Door Training each month. Take a look at the APEX Calendar for Door Training or email DoorCoordinator@ArizonaPowerExchange.org.

Moderate Commitment (3-5 Hours each week)

Facebook Events (click to see details)

We want to have a larger presence on Facebook, which will include Facebook events. While it will be a large time commitment to begin, it will level out to just a few hours each week you can do from home! For more information email Tess@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

 

 

More Significant Commitment (5-8 Hours Each Week)

Social Opportunities Chair  (click to see details) 

Whose functions include: Parties, non-play social activities

The APEX Social Opportunities Chair is responsible for the management, logistics and support of all social based activities of APEX.  The Social chair is tasked with appointing coordinators as needed, and supporting their team members as needed.  The chair is also tasked with ensuring that all areas of social opportunities are operating smoothly, and to make adjustments to procedures, activities, or events as needed.  Finally the social opportunities chair is responsible for the development and implementation of new social opportunities and ideas for the benefit of the club and its members.

As APEX continues to grow and evolve to meet the challenges of social media, internet availability and outside groups, it becomes important for APEX to establish a sense of connection and belonging for its membership.  This can be accomplished with the development of social programs within the larger organization, essentially establishing a comfort level within the larger “Community Center” structure. These offerings help new and old members establish a sense of intimacy and provide a sanctuary within the larger club, so that we retain those members after their desired level of ‘education’ has been completed.

This Chair works with their Coordinators and marketing individuals to direct inquiries to the appropriate groups for new and old members expressing a desire to participate, and will actively provide support to membership efforts with marketing of social opportunities to new members. Each month the Chair will provide a written report of activities at the Executive Committee Meeting as well as plans for development, and should be able to provide a report of activities within the Social functions regarding attendance and growth needs.

Skillsets for the Chair for Social Opportunities include excellent communication skills, diplomacy, team-building, and creativity.  This person should be relatively active on Fetlife to monitor the various emerging interests within the community and should be able to work with a wide variety of populations, so should be open-minded and comfortable with diversity.  A proven ability to follow-through in communication, and an awareness of marketing techniques is helpful in this position.  A friendly smile and warm personality will also go a long way when making members feel welcome and inviting them to find their own interests as they continue their journey of self-discovery.

Each month the Chair will check in and ensure plans and activities are being completed, will assist with facilitating any needs and meeting challenges that each of these individuals may be encountering and will provide a chain of command for the Executive Committee to communicate plans and direction with regard to a larger vision for APEX.

Specific time commitments are as follows: Attend the monthly Executive Committee Meeting (some absences are acceptable) and be active enough in the club to know if our Social functions are serving the needs of the Membership. When a coordinator is not present, the Social Opportunities Chair will step into this role ensuring that the club and membership needs are met. The Social Opportunities Chair will also make it a priority to find successors to each position and for themselves.

Education Chair  (click to see details) 

The APEX education chair is responsible for the management, logistics and support of all educational based activities of APEX.  The education chair is tasked with appointing coordinators as needed (Monday nights, Saturday workshops, etc), and supporting their team members as needed.  The chair is also tasked with ensuring that all areas of education are operating smoothly, and to make adjustments to procedures, activities, or events as needed.  Finally the education chair is responsible for the development and implementation of new educational opportunities and ideas for the benefit of the club and its members.

As an organization continues to grow and evolve to meet the challenges of social media, internet availability and member associated gatherings such as munches, it becomes important for an organization to establish a sense of connection and belonging for its membership.  This can be accomplished with the development of programs within the larger organization, essentially establishing small, intimate groups where ideas can be shared, discussed and learned from each participant.  These groups help new and old members establish a sense of intimacy and provide a sanctuary within the larger club, so that in party and event settings there remains a sense of belonging and a comfort in growing and expanding.

This Chair works with their Coordinators and marketing individuals to direct inquiries to the appropriate groups for new and old members expressing a desire to know more about a function, and will actively provide support to membership efforts with marketing of new support functions to new members. Each month the Chair will provide a written report of activities at the Executive Committee Meeting as well as plans for development, and should be able to provide a report of activities within the Education function regarding attendance and growth needs.

Skillsets for the Chair for Education include:  Excellent communication skills, diplomacy, team-building, and creativity.  This person should be relatively active on Fetlife to monitor the various emerging interests within the community and should be able to work with a wide variety of populations, so should be open-minded and comfortable with diversity.  A proven ability to follow-through in communication, and an awareness of marketing techniques is helpful in this position.  A friendly smile and warm personality will also go a long way when making new members feel welcome and inviting them to find their own interests as they continue their journey of self-discovery.

Each month the Chair will check in and ensure plans and activities are being completed, will assist with facilitating any needs and meeting challenges that each of these individuals may be encountering and will provide a chain of command for the Executive Committee to communicate plans and direction with regard to a larger vision for APEX.

Specific time commitments are as follows: Attend the monthly Executive Committee Meeting (some absences are acceptable) and be active enough in the club to know if our Education functions are serving the needs of the Membership. When a coordinator is not present, the Education Chair will step into this role ensuring that the club and membership needs are met. The Education Chair will also make it a priority to find successors to each position and for themselves.

APEX will also have spaces open on the Executive Committee this year.  The time commitment varies, but you need to be prepared to be at the club at least one day a week, and there’s lots of business in the mean time.

 

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July 8th Party: Important Notice about Parking

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As you may have heard our parking lot is going to be resurfaced on July 8th, and we can’t drive on it until Sunday. So, the generous folks at the big white building to the South of us, have agreed to let us use their parking lot.

Walking on the pavement after 6 PM is allowed, and wheeled toy bags should be fine. We do have permission – for the night of July 8th only – to park around the building to the southeast of APEX (the area outlined in yellow on the map). Otherwise, you’ll need to park on the street (the purple shading).

If you are coming to the party and willing to help direct traffic that would be amazing! Email us at contact@arizonapowerexchange.org and we will put you on the schedule. There will be frozen treats for the volunteers who are out in the heat!

We will need help from 7:30pm-11pm when the doors close.

[Fetlife.com Party Event][https://fetlife.com/events/542414]

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APEX Volunteer Drive and Social: March 31st, 2017 7pm

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APEX is focusing some efforts into getting YOU more involved in our club.

Tonight is a great opportunity to do that.

We will share with you our structure, ways you can participate, and things you can do to put your stamp on your club.

This is a social occasion. You will get some information, meet some people, and learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, the Valley’s Premier source of BDSM Education, Social Opportunities, Support, and fun!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.
You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all! You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page.

Please RSVP HERE. (Not Required for attendance)

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2017 APEX Bizarre Bazaar March 25th, 2017

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The Bizarre Bazaar is an amazing collection of Vendors, Edgy Demonstrations and Performances, and fun! Learn more about the Arizona Power Exchange, The Valleys Premier Source for BDSM education, social opportunities, and support. Learn about Lifestyle Organizations in our Valley, see some over the top demonstrations and performances provided by our local community, meet like-minded people, and see the largest collection of quality vendors assembled in Arizona.

Demonstrations:

The Bizarre Bazaar is a taste of the possibilities! This year will provide edgy and extreme demonstrations and performance art designed to let you imagine what might be possible for you!

While the Kink Karnival is our 101 level demonstrations, the Bizarre Bizarre needs a PhD! Come and see the outer edges of our community. Whats possible in your world?

For more details on our demo schedule, please visit the demo page

Vendors:

Some of our favorites have returned, and new vendors are coming to the BB. Check the latest list on the Vendor Page

Community:

The Bizarre Bazaar is an edgy event, but the core purpose is to educate about our Community and lifestyle. We couldn’t accurately represent our lifestyle without bringing together those who represent our community in a meaningful way.

Please see the Community Page for Community Groups that will be represented at the 2017 Bizarre Bazaar.

Check the latest information at the BB website.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Bizarre Bazaar, please visit the web page.

Tickets to the Bizarre Bazaar are $10.00. All Access Members get into the party for free. Pay Per Event members can purchase presale tickest for both the BB & Party for $20.00 HERE

OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

This event is intended for adults over 18 years old, and will have adult content that may be offensive. Please do not attend this event if you are offended by adult subjects, nudity, and adult language.

Fetlife.com RSVP
Facebook.com RSVP

 

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APEX New Year’s Eve: Blacklight

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Celebrate 2016 at APEX with all your kinky friends! We’re doing something fun and outrageous this New Year with a spectacular black light party!

We’re going to light up our new space with black light so you can glow and shine as we ring in the New Year in our spectacular new space.

We will roll the 2016 slideshow, and you can relive the fantastic moments of 2016.

Celebrate your heritage and bring your favorite New Year’s dish. We all have traditions, let’s bring them all together and celebrate the diversity that makes us so amazing!

Countdown at midnight with some Sparkling Cider!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

You must be an APEX (or reciprocal) member in order to attend an APEX party. This is legal stuff, sorry all! You can learn more about being a Member of the Arizona Power Exchange on our Membership Page.

$15 for Pay Per Event Members, FREE for All Access Members

While we will remain open until 2am, the doors will close at 11pm so our Volunteers can enjoy the party as well. If you can’t get there before 11pm, please make special arrangements via email: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

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