Anniversary Silent Auction items needed!

Anniversary_Banner_2016.pngOne of the highlights of Anniversary Weekend is the Silent Auction that happens at Saturday's banquet.

We need donated items for the Silent Auction!

Comb your closets, find that fetish gear that doesn't fit you any more or that toy you never use, and give it a new home, and benefit our charitable funds in the process! Our funds help men attend our events, pay for membership, or provide assistance for life's challenges. It's a win-win!

To contact our Silent Auction chair, either click on this link or select "Contact Us" in the Main Menu and choose "Silent Auction Chair." Please do it now rather than later, to help reduce our stress level in getting things ready for sale at the auction.

Please note that donations are not tax deductible. The 15 Association is a 501(c)7 with the IRS, not a 501(c)3, so donations are not deductible.


About Us

We Are...

  • A social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM.
  • The longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA.
  • Active in the San Francisco BDSM community with play parties, an annual run (Boot Camp), social events and charitable fund raising.
  • Premier BDSM Players who mentor by example.
  • Safe, Sane and Consensual.
  • A volunteer Association with over 175 members, coordinated by a Fraternal Committee.
  • Open to members and invited guests with a government-issued male ID who are at least 21 years of age.

Anniversary XXXVI Registration now open!

By Eric See
December 4th, 2015

Anniversary XXXVI - 2016

As Chairman of The 15 Association, it is my pleasure to invite you to Anniversary Weekend XXXVI. Please join us as we renew old friendships, make new ones, and enjoy the company of our members and guests in the friendly and relaxed environment that has become a tradition for us. And of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to play.

The Anniversary Banquet will be at the St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St, San Francisco. Please be respectful of our venue and dress appropriately!

For Anniversary XXXVI, the schedule is:

  • Friday Night Alchemy Dungeon Play Event, February 26th, 7PM to 12 Midnight at 1060 Folsom (at 6th). Doors Close at 10pm. This event is not prepaid. Admission is $10 for members with anniversary registration, $15 for members without anniversary registration, and $20 for guests. Snacks and beverages will be served.
  • Saturday Anniversary Banquet, February 27th, 6:00 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Bar and appetizers start at 6:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM. Cost is $50 with your choice of entrée. Pre-payment is required to attend. We will also be having our silent auction. If you have fetish-related toys, gear, art or services to donate, please contact Dustin Yeager at Dly44boy1dr@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday Alchemy Dungeon Play Event, February 28th, 2pm to 6pm at 1060 Folsom (at 6th). Doors Close at 4pm. Admission is FREE! Snacks and beverages will be served.

To apply and pay for the Anniversary Banquet, please fill out the application form. You can either pay online by credit-card (preferred), or mail us a check or money order. The deadline is February 21st at 11:59pm.

A limited amount of funding is available for 15 members from the Jones fund to assist those who cannot afford to attend. If you need assistance, please include a request with your application. If you can offer assistance, we would appreciate your contributions* (see application for details).

I look forward to seeing you there.

In Brotherhood,
Eric See
Chairman, The 15 Association

 

Menu Choices for Anniversary XXXVI: 

  • Garlic and Herb Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus
  • Oven Poached Chicken Breast with Mushroom Cream Sauce
  • Vegetarian Cutlet with Rich Onion Gravy

BootCamp XXVIII Registration now open!

We are very proud to invite you to the 28th Anniversary Boot Camp, Wednesday, June 8th to Sunday, June 12th, 2016.

Please take a few minutes now to review the following points. Since we anticipate very high demand for Boot Camp yet again, only 15 Association Member applications will be processed during January. Priority guest applications will be processed beginning February 1, 2016. Register by going to BootCamp Registration in the "Members & Guests" menu.

Rates: (same as last year) Members: $425 for camping; $475 for bunk rooms; or, $525 for double rooms.
Non-Members: $470 for camping; $520 for bunk rooms; or, $570 for double rooms.
If you will be arriving Thursday instead of Wednesday, subtract $50 for lodging or $25 for camping.

Applications, reserved space, and dates: We will not be accepting money or reservations unless they are accompanied by an appropriately filled-out original application. Your reservation is not transferable. Also, you may name priority guest(s) only if you are applying to attend. We will not process your guest’s application until we have received yours. All applications will be processed in the order received. Once space is filled we will maintain a waiting list.

Name on application and release: A signed release is an integral part of the application. The name on the application and the release must be the same and must be a legal name (which we will handle as confidential information). We will not process applications that do not include a release containing your original signature. Read the release carefully (both front and back), as well as the “Policy and Behavior at SM Events.”

Payment and cancellations: To simplify our record keeping, you are requested to submit full payment with your application. If this is not possible, you must include the minimum deposit noted on the enclosed application, or your application will not be processed. Full payment must be received by April 15, or your reservation will be canceled. Cancellations received by April 30 will be entitled to a full refund; those received by May 15 will be entitled to a 50% refund; no refunds after that date.

Financial help: The Seibert-Click fund provides for a limited number of Boot Camp scholarships and partial scholarships. If you cannot afford to pay the full amount of the fee, send what you can now and include a letter of application (or complete the appropriate section on the online registration form) for help from the Seibert-Click fund. Your letter will be forwarded to the Seibert-Click Fund Committee. Space, if available, will be reserved for you pending the decision of the Fund Committee. The Seibert-Click Fund Committee plans to consider additional applications in the order received.

Special needs: You must state in your application any dietary, mobility, or other concerns that may affect the planning of meals and housing. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Please tell us as soon as possible; last-minute requests may not be fulfilled.

Transportation: Transportation to and from the run site is the responsibility of each man attending the run. We will make an effort to find rides for those who need them -- you can complete that section on the online application, and we will try to match you up. If you need a ride and we can’t find one for you, we will try to put you in contact with other men in the same situation, so that you can share car rentals.

Set up/tear down: If you would like to volunteer to help with Set Up (June 6-8) or Tear Down (June 12), you will be able to eligible to attend a special pre-run Dungeon Christening Party Tuesday, June 7. In order to attend this event, you must contact me (msterjeffrey@comcast.net) to register for either Set Up or Tear Down prior to the run. Both Set Up and Tear Down are hard work, but we have a lot of fun while we do it, and the pre-run party is a blast. Space on the Set Up and Tear Down crews is limited.

Run Directory: Since it was so popular last year, we will be handing out a Run Directory to all Boot Camp 28 Participants. Your application has spaces for you to select what of your information (if any) you wish to have in the Run Directory.

The past seven Boot Camps (2008-2015) have been our most successful ever. We hope that you will be able to participate in Boot Camp 28 and make it even better.


The Inquisitor - February 2016

February 6th, 2016

The Inquisitor - February 2016

The 15 Association Newsletter February 2016

Happy 36th Anniversary

Who could have known back in 1980 that a small organization for men into BDSM would have grown so large and lasted so long! The 15 Association's 36th Anniversary Banquet will be on Saturday, February 27, 2016. Our anniversary Play Party will be on Friday, February 26 at Alchemy and we will have another Play Party on Sunday afternoon. Please go to the15association.org for the details on registering and prepaying for anniversary weekend. It is not to be missed! The Anniversary weekend schedule is:

  • Wednesday Night Leathermen’s Discussion Group, February 24th, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Mr. S Leather Studio 385A 8th St. Sensuous Whipping with Steve Gaynes. You can read more about the program here: www.sfldg.org/all-programs/february-2016

  • Friday Night Alchemy Dungeon Play Party, February 26th, 7PM to 12 Midnight at 1060 Folsom (@ 6th). Doors Close at 10pm. This event is not prepaid. Admission is $10 for members with Anniversary registration, $15 for members without Anniversary registration, and $20 for guests. Snacks and beverages will be served.
  • Saturday 36th Anniversary Banquet, February 27th, 6:00 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Host bar and appetizers start at 6:00 PM, dinner served at 7:30 PM. Cost is $50 with your choice of entreé. Pre-payment is required to attend. We will also be having our legendary Silent Auction. If you have fetish-related toys, gear, art or services to donate, please contact Dustin Yeager at Dly44boy1dr@yahoo.com.
  • Sunday Brunch February 28th, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM Canton Dim Sum Restaurant 655 Folsom St. @ Hawthorne St.
  • Sunday Alchemy Dungeon Play Party, February 28th, 2pm to 6pm at 1060 Folsom (@ 6th). Doors Close at 4pm. Admission is FREE! Snacks and beverages will be served.

To pay for the Anniversary Banquet, please fill out the reservation on our website the15association.org. You can either pay online by credit-card (preferred), or mail us a check or money order. The deadline is February 21st at 11:59pm, but if history is a guide, we will sell out long before then! If you want to go, get your ticket(s) now.

Boot Camp 28 Registration Open to Members & Guests

Register as soon as possible. We anticipate selling out well before June! Please review the information on our website at the15association.org for all the details and application forms.  Please contact msterjeffrey@comcast.net to volunteer for the setup and teardown teams.

Other Events of Interest

Steve Gaynes to Present 'Sensuous Whipping' at SFLDG

Join the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group (SFLDG) for an evening with Steve Gaynes, past Chair and current Fraternal member of The 15 Association, who will talk about his legendary techniques for sensual whipping and his history organizing leather groups. Steve will also do a live sensuous whipping demonstration. This is a rare chance to hear the perspective of one of San Francisco’s iconic leathermen.

When: Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Where: Mr S Leather Studio 385A 8th Street, San Francisco
See:  http://www.sfldg.org/all-programs/february-2016

Leather Alliance Weekend Friday March 4th-Sunday March 6th

The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance (of which The 15 Association is a proud member) is hosting the annual Leather Alliance Weekend, which includes the Mr. SF Leather contest on Saturday night.

Men’s Play Party
This year The 15 Association is hosting the Men’s Play Party on Friday March 4th from 8pm-1am at Alchemy Dungeon. Note: tickets can be pre-purchased through the SFBALA website www.leatherallianceweekend.org. You can help volunteer and get a discount on the party through The 15 Association website.

50th Annual SF Leather Community Awards

It’s that time of year, again. The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is accepting votes for its 50th Annual San Francisco Leather Community Awards. Ten community leather organizations, events, and individuals have been nominated for recognition.

Voting is open to all (one vote per person in each category) from Wednesday, February 3rd through Friday February 12th, 2016. The awards will be presented on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 as part of Leather Alliance weekend. Information and tickets to this and other Leather Alliance Weekend events, including Mr SF Leather contest, are available at the LAW web site (www.leatherallianceweekend.org/).

Defenders/San Francisco turns 21

A milestone occasion for any organization, The Defenders plan to mark the occasion with a little celebration at Powerhouse. Join the members of one of the city’s oldest leather clubs as they commemorate the event with refreshments and entertainment beginning at 6 pm, February 13th at Powerhouse.

The organization, which offers members a chance to bring their leather sexuality and spirituality together, has been active in San Francisco since 1994 and has chapters in cities across the country.

Defenders SF 21st Anniversary
6 pm, Friday, February 13th
Powerhouse, 1347 Folsom St., San Francisco
Admission: Free

Check out the 15 Association discussion group on Facebook

This “secret” group is a place members can discuss our play parties, make connections, and talk openly about kink/play issues. All discussions are moderated, and membership is open to all 15 Association members, and to guests who have attended at least one 15 Association party. Membership in the group and all content is completely confidential, and can only be viewed by group members. To be added to this group, send an email to membership@the15association.org, or send a private message to the 15 Association Facebook page.

The 15 Association – Information for you:

The donation for our parties is: $15 for members, $20 for guests. $10 off for volunteering and free if you do clean-up at the end of the evening. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jonathan Domash for more information. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Note to our Guests: First-time guests must arrive at parties with a member, or request an invitation via our website. However, if you have been to a 15 Association party in the three years, you are automatically in our system and do not have to be invited again to come to our regularly scheduled parties. Just show up with your ID!

Interested in joining  the club? Come to parties, play hard, volunteer, and get to know the Associates and the guys on the Fraternal Committee, especially but not only Frank our Membership Chair. They can tell you all about it!

Want to know more about how the club runs? Have you got something to say? Or are you just kinky for meetings? Fraternal Committee meetings are open to all members, plus prospects and interested others, and usually happen the same afternoon as the parties at 3:00PM but the latest information is always in the Calendar section of our website. The time and location of Fraternal meetings does change from time-to-time as necessary.

Upcoming Events*

Saturday, February 13 3pm to 5pm Fraternal Committee Meeting
Friday, February 26 7pm to 12am Anniversary Play Party (Doors Close at 10pm)
Saturday, February 27 6pm to 10pm Anniversary Dinner
Sunday, February 28 11am to 1:30pm Anniversary Brunch (Canton Dim Sum Restaurant 655 Folsom St)
  2pm to 6pm Anniversary Sunday Play Party
Saturday, March 19 7pm to 12am March Play Party
Saturday, April 23 7pm to 12am Associates Weekend Play Party
Sunday, May 1 3pm to 6pm The 15 Association Beer Bust at The Eagle

* Check the website for the entire year's schedule and for updates/changes.

Other News:

Worn Out West will take 10% off for anyone who mentions The 15 Association!

San Francisco Leathermen’s Discussion Group is an independent, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization of men serving the educational needs of the BDSM/Leather community. With a few of our own club’s members on their board, we have a lot of intersection. Go to http://www.sfldg.org/ for more information on their events.

For those in the Leather Community who find themselves in dire financial straits due to injury or illness, San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance sponsors a fund to help out with emergency expenses. If you need financial help to pay bills due to a serious injury or chronic/life threatening illness, please contact the Leather Alliance to see if you qualify for help. Al Parso is the 15 Association’s representative on the Leather Alliance board. He can be contacted through our website.

The 15 Association supports the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago. This is an important institution that is dedicated to preserving the histories of our communities, clubs and scenes. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit!

Got News? We want it. News of interest to our membership or brief articles about our members or our community are welcome. Not sure? Send it anyhow. Email to al@parso.us or MrACL2014@yahoo.com by the end of the month for inclusion in the following month's Inquisitor. The newsletter is usually, but not always, produced the first week of the month. Submit your articles, announcements, events or other items of interest by the end of the month for inclusion the following month.


Events Calendar

2016
Sat 2/13
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Fri 2/26
7pm–12M
Anniversary Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 2/27
6pm–10pm
Anniversary Dinner
Sun 2/28
11am–1:30 pm
Anniversary Brunch
Sun 2/28
2pm–6pm
Anniversary Sunday Play Party
Doors close at 4pm
Fri 3/4
8pm–1am
Leather Alliance Men's Play Party
Sat 3/19
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 4/23
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 4/23
7pm–12M
Associate's Weekend Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 5/1
3pm–6pm
Beer Bust
Sat 5/14
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 5/14
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Wed 6/1–12M Member Ticket Sales start for Up Your Alley Party
Wed 6/8
2pm–6/12 12pm
BootCamp XXVIII
Fri 7/1–12M Guest Ticket Sales start for Up Your Alley Party
Sat 7/16
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 7/30
6pm–12M
Up Your Alley Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Mon 8/1–12M Member Ticket Sales start for Folsom Play Party
Sat 8/27
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 8/27
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Thu 9/1–12M Guest Ticket Sales start for Folsom Play Party
Sat 9/24
6pm–12M
Folsom Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 10/22
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 10/22
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sat 11/26
3pm–5pm
Fraternal Committee meeting
Sat 11/26
7pm–12M
Play Party
Doors close at 10pm
Sun 12/11
2pm–6pm
Holiday Play Party
Doors close at 4pm