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About the Arizona Power Exchange. Operational notes, explanations about questions we get etc.

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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2018 is going to be an amazing year for Volunteering

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2018 is going to be our best year yet. We are mixing things up this year with new training, and we want some fresh new blood in the program!  APEX is only as good as the people who serve, and we want to all be our best.

We will be working hard to do regular updates here and on the  APEX Fetlife.com group with some key positions that need to be claimed in 2018! Did you know, some of these can even be done from home?!
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Some things to get you started:

Volunteer Drive and Social

Every quarter in 2018 there will be a Volunteer Drive and Social
Learn about some of the things available, what needs doing this year, and how you can volunteer to help make APEX your own!

There will be snacks and drinks and lots of people to talk to!
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Volunteer Orientation

Each month in 2018 there will also be a Volunteer Orientation

All of our Volunteers want to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for our fellow members. We are merely limited by our understanding and knowledge of how to do that. APEX worked hard in 2017 to support our volunteers with additional training and opportunities to learn. We are doubling down in 2018 with even more tools to put into your toolbox, only this time is it for everyone who volunteers at APEX, not just DM and Door Volunteers, but EVERYONE. We all want to be the best we can be, and APEX can help!

Each Volunteer will be given the foundation to further explore your APEX community, learn about how you can be more a part of the club each day, every time you walk into our space. In Volunteer Orientation we will look at the mission, vision, and values of APEX, and how you can contribute. This class will help you be not only a successful volunteer, but also a successful member-where your role as a volunteer falls in that, and how to be happy and successful in your position. Volunteer Orientation will also provide you the tools and support available to you on your journey at APEX.

More Training Available to Volunteers in 2018

Volunteer Workshop
 
APEX has committed to successful volunteers in 2018.  The management team at APEX has spent several years creating a healthy and functional management culture, and we want to bring this exceptional environment to all APEX Volunteers.
You don’t need to be “prepared” to attend this workshop, you just need a willingness to be the best team and club we can be, and be present and participate.
This workshop does not include silly exercises and time-wasting games, it is real work. We will work on ourselves, on our ability to be part of a healthy and productive team in order to make APEX the greatest club it can be!
While we hope every APEX Volunteer will eventually attend these training, the first few will be invitation-only while we make sure we are delivering on our goals.

Management Communications: Coaching, counseling, having hard conversations with members (June, 2018)

Incident Management: What to do if something goes REALLY wrong. Previously only available to Door and DM Volunteers, this is a great way to truly understand how to respond to a variety of things, and what our processes look like.  (First class April, 2018)

APEX Structure and Policies: Why we are structured like we are, why policy exists, and why our club looks like it does.

While our structure and policies are available to members, there’s a difference between reading something in a vacuum and understanding it.  We will talk through why we are structured like we are, why some of those funny things exist, what is a legal requirement, and what is the up for us to decide. (May, 2018)

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We hope everyone will participate this year in some small way. Many hands make light work and all that!
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There are also NEW programs in 2018 that we are very excited about.

New Member Orientation Team
APEX is committed to providing lots of quality orientations in 2018. With that goal we created the New Member Orientation Team! An hour of our time creates successful new members, and helps each of us feel more responsible for our club.
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### Remember your Kinky Bucket List!
As we start the new year, you can make APEX everything you want it to be!

Throughout the space there are 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!

Keep your eyes open at APEX for fun updates on our Kinky Bucket List items!

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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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APEX Halloween Party: Saturday, October 28, 2017 · 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

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A fun filled evening of surprises! Performance art, costumes, great food, and prizes!

A costume contest for most creative, sexiest, funniest, and most outrageous.

Please bring a share food! There will be a contest for the best Halloween themed goodie!

There will be a door prize from one of your favorite local vendors, and a raffle for some interesting treats…and tricks!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see what all the fuss has been about! It will be a magical evening!

This is a themed costume party, but everyone is welcome. Your regular Dungeon Party activities will be available!

OPEN TO ALL APEX MEMBERS.

$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

To Learn More about APEX Membership Please visit the website: https://arizonapowerexchange.org/membership

*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.

 

RSVP Here (Not Required For Attendance)

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October 27th: APEX Volunteer Drive and Social 7pm-9pm

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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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APEX Celebrates 29 Years of Volunteers

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Do you have photos of APEX volunteers or projects that were important to you? How about a remembrance of a volunteer who may not have made it into an old newsletter, but was part of your journey? Maybe you have a story about a volunteer who has moved on, but you would like remembered? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Our Anniversary Party usually commemorates the previous year, and we will certainly do that, but with your help, we will also celebrate all our yesterdays, and the volunteers who made them happen.

There are several ways you can help:There are several ways you can help:
• Provide photographs of events or people.
• Document stories of volunteers who impacted you.
• Share with former volunteers who may not hear about this event. We will have a keepsake for some of those volunteers.

If you have photos or stories you can email them to: Contact@ArizonaPowerExchange.org If you can’t scan, email us and we will arrange to have it done for you. Deadline for Submissions: September 1st, 2017

We hope everyone will participate to make this Anniversary special.

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APEX Volunteer Drive and Social: August 11th, 2017

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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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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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Did you know…About APEX Education?

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Did you know there are lots of educational programs at APEX, making up more than 200 events each year?

 

Monday’s: On Monday Nights (since 1997) we have some sort of Educational Event. Class, Demo, Lecture, Hands-On, Panel Discussion, Community Education, and even an occasional open house. Some of these are open to everyone over 18 because APEX feels as though Education is important for all parts of the Phoenix Community!  These educational events are generally facilitated by APEX Members, or an occasional out of town presenter. If you are interested in presenting please email: Mondays@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

E.D.G.E. Groups:  Extended Development, Growth, & Education (E.D.G.E.). An E.D.G.E. group is made up of APEX members who all share a common interest in learning, teaching, and developing skills. This is a peer-to-peer learning environment that facilitates practice and sharing knowledge in a particular area. There are currently 12 E.D.G.E. Groups at APEX: Safer Sex, Makers, Pets, Rope 101, Leather Care, Floggers, Impact Play, Drums, Bound to Tie, Medical Play, Presenting, and Photography.

E.D.G.E. Groups are open to all APEX members who would like to join. If you are interested in beginning an E.D.G.E. group, please e-mail Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

© Copyright 2011-2017: The Arizona Power Exchange

Weekend Workshops/Intensive’s: Are generally out of town presenters who do a variety of classes throughout the weekend. Sometimes it is on a single subject, sometimes it is separate classes. These are all structured differently, and attention should be paid to the schedule and pricing.  If you have a weekend workshop/intensive you would like to share with the APEX Membership please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

Preparty Workshops: Preparty Workshops are designed to teach you some skills you can use tonight at the party! A fun and interactive environment where we can all sharpen our skills together! This is not a classroom environment-no lectures here! These are interactive and high energy sessions so you can get ready to party! You may attend the preparty workshop for an additional fee, but it is included in your party entrance fee. Like most programming Preparty Workshops are offered at no additional costs for All Access Members.

APEX 101: Skills: The APEX 101 series is an introduction to specific skills. Come learn the basics of these skills. These classes are for beginners, those new to a particular kind of play, or someone wanting a ‘sampling’ of the possibilities and intended to make you comfortable with the general premise of the chosen fetish.

The APEX 101 series is designed to be a fun and interactive environment. You will get an overview of the evening, and then you can spend your time learning about the things you are interested in! This is an opportunity to ask questions, see up close how things work and in some cases even try those things!

© Copyright 2012-2017: The Arizona Power Exchange

APEX 202: Skills: Welcome to the next phase of your evolution. You may have taken the 101, or maybe you’ve watched other people do it, or you’ve even tinkered a bit yourself.

At the  APEX 202’s you will practice a variety of techniques, and a wider exposure will allow you to take your skills to the next level! The APEX 202 series are designed to be a fun and interactive environment. You will get an overview of the evening, and then you can spend your time doing the things you are interested in! This is sometimes also an opportunity to see many different ways to do what we do, and decide which one is right for you! This is an opportunity to ask questions, see up close how things work, and most importantly, PRACTICE!

For questions please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org
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APEX 303: Skills: Continue your Education with the APEX 303’s. The APEX 303 is designed to provide an advanced education on various topic. Everyone is welcome, but often the skills are advanced and some basic knowledge is required. Each event will call out what you will want to know or possess ahead of time. For questions please email: Education@ArizonaPowerExchange.org

© Copyright 2013-2017 : The Arizona Power Exchange

Keep your eyes on our webpage, Fetlife.com, Facebook.com, and Twitter.com for more information about the value APEX brings to our community!

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APEX New Year’s Eve: Blacklight Party

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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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