The SAADE leadership model is unique as well. SAADE is led by a Chief Counsel – the owner of the group. The Chief Counsel is advised by an appointed Council: Equipment & Security, Educational Programs, and Member Services. The Council Members are diversely skilled in different areas of the BDSM lifestyle and work together to efficiently and effectively create a place where members can enjoy themselves while continuing to learn and educate. Each Council branch has one or more Coordinators who help plan and implement SAADE activities and allow the group to accomplish its mission.
SAADE is founded on a form of tribalism. The tribal model is based on the concept of “leadership by proven experience.” Those who have leadership roles are not elected, but are invited. They obtain their leadership position based on their demonstrated, “tried and proven” actions rather than on words or campaigning. Typically Council Members and Coordinators are those who are interested in being involved in promoting education and community values. Like a school, SAADE is a dynamic environment with both internal activities and community projects in development and presentation. The tribal model is well suited for this as it provides multi-levels of leadership opportunity and avenues for community service.
Current SAADE Council & Coordinators
Chief Counsel: Belt Daddy
Belt Daddy oversees all areas of SAADE’s programs and makes all final decisions. He is the owner of SAADE and the tribal leader of this diverse group. To contact him, send a Fetlife mail message to Belt_Daddy.
The preceding Chief Counsel holds a special position on the Council for a year after his tenure ends. The position of Consiglieri is that of an Advisor, providing guidance and information on the historical actions of the group upon request of the current Chief.
Equipment & Security Counsel: Daragaya
Daragaya oversees all equipment for demonstrations, education and parties.
He also supervises and coordinates all aspects of security and safety, including Dungeon Monitors. To contact him, send a Fetlife mail message to Daragaya.
To ensure effective and complete safety and security of our Members, the Equipment and Security Counsel is assisted by two coordinators.
Security Coordinator: Jerry – This coordinator acts as a backup to the Councilperson, and is in charge of wrapping up all Parties safely.
Security Coordinator: StormATX – This coordinator is a backup for the Councilperson and can act on their behalf as needed.
Educational Programs Counsel: Ms Cenna
This council person spearheads all educational materials, presentations, and demonstrations. SAADE’s fundamental purpose is to provide various avenues of education and experience to its members. This occurs through both the monthly Educational Meetings and the 5th Saturday “Day at the Place”. The monthly meetings cover BDSM related topics on a 101-201 level, and are meant for less experienced members of the community or seasoned veterans who want to learn a new skill or discuss an interesting topic. The “Day at the Place” is more intense and typically covers 301-401 level materials with one or more experts teaching up to 4 sessions in a focused all-day activity. To contact her, message Ms_Cenna.
Education Coordinator: Shannon – This coordinator makes sure that all presentations have supplies and materials, coordinates logistics for all out-of-town presenters, and assists the Education Counsel with descriptions and advertising when needed.
Member Services Counsel: Kristin
This council position is focused on new and existing member services, including organizing and coordinating all waivers, socials, meetings, fundraisers, events, promotions, and parties. To contact her, send a Fetlife mail message to PositiveIQ.
To assist this council position, SAADE has a team of folks dedicated to making sure members’ experiences are truly fun and fulfilling. To help these events run smoothly, there are coordinator positions as well as a large team of volunteers!
Services Coordinator: RabbitsChewToy – This coordinator acts as a backup and focuses on greeting members, ensuring attendees know the layout of the event space, answers questions and makes sure our events are fun as well as helping to promote SAADE events by assisting in advertising! You will often see her smiling face at the door to most Meetings, Socials and Parties! To contact her, send a Fetlife mail message to RabbitsChewToy.
Day Event/Party Coordinator: DurtyBurd – This coordinator helps organize and make the Day at the Place and Dark Party an enjoyable and interesting time for all members, guests, and presenters. To contact her, send a Fetlife mail message to DurtyBurd.
Since membership in SAADE is considered participatory and members are expected to demonstrate volunteerism and community service as well as expecting fun and exciting opportunities to learn, this position is a focal point to help members fully enjoy and participate