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The Journey to
Leather Sisterhood

Discover ONYX Pearls Pledge Path

Our pledge program is designed to provide a firm Leather education, familiarity with our organization, and build strong relationships with one another as well as existing ONYX Pearls sisters and siblings.

ONYX Pearls NY-NE Pledge Process

ONYX Pearls NY-NE offers a life-altering journey of growth, inspiration, accountability and SISTERHOOD!  Becoming a Member is not a casual endeavor.  It is NOT simply a patch on your vest.  It is a commitment of time, energy, emotions, and profound exploration in Sisterhood and Leather Family.  Some of our Sisters have needed two or three tries to complete the process.  

Before Joining a Pledge Line Candidates should:

  • Be seeking a Sisterhood of like-minded, dedicated Women with integrity in the Lifestyle.

  • Feel a call to serve the Leather and Alternative Lifestyle Community.

  • Find it a priority to support Women in Alternative Lifestyles explore, be educated, and become empowered.

  • Be proactive, dedicated, and able to honor commitments and obligations.

  • Have a positive mindset and be inclusive of gender, sexual, and fetish identities.

ONYX Pearls NY-NE
Membership REQUIREMENTS

All Pledge Applicants must be female-identifying and at least 21 years of age.  Photo ID and proof of age are required.  

 

While Leather Clubs were historically LGBT-orientated, ONYX Pearls NY-NE has NO restriction or requirement related to sexual orientation.  ALL sexual orientations and Lifestyle roles are welcome.  However, all ONYX Pearls Members MUST honor and practice inclusion practices. 

 

Additional Requirements | Full Membership 

Full Members in Good Standing are granted voting rights, eligible for Elective Offices/a seat as a Representative on the Executive Board Meetings, and leasing of Full Colors (large patch).

  • Women (female-identifying) of Color | Black/African America, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander

  • Live within the New York tri-state area

  • Must not be a full member of any other club of this type. 

  • Minimum 6 Month Pledge Commitment; 2021 Pledge Line Activities will run Jul  - Dec 2021 

  • Fees | $150* (Initiation Fee:  $50 + Annual Dues: $100)
    The $150 Fee is broken into two payments - an Initial Non-Refundable** $75 Payment due before Pledge Sessions begin and a Final $75 Payment before a Pledge can cross over to become a Full Member.

  • Yearly Service Requirements

    • Attend a minimum 8 Meetings

    • Attend 6 separate events (chapter hosting/participating in) a year which must include Folsom East and the Chapter Anniversary

    • Approximately 8-12 hrs/month service commitment not including travel time.

 

Additional Requirements | Associate Membership 

Associate Members are NOT granted voting rights nor eligible for Elective Offices.  They are granted leasing of Associate Colors (small patch).

  • All female-identifying persons regardless of race, color, club affiliation or distance.

  • Minimum 3 Month Pledge Commitment; Pledge Line Activities will run Jul - Sep 2021

  • Fees | $75* (Initiation Fee:  $25 + Annual Dues: $50)
    The $75 Fee is broken into two payments - an Initial Non-Refundable** $37.50 Payment due before Pledge Sessions begin and a Final $37.50 Payment before a Pledge can cross over to become an Associate Member.

  • Yearly Service Requirements

    • Attend a minimum 3-4 Meetings

    • Attend 3 separate events (chapter hosting/participating in) a year which must include Folsom East and the Chapter Anniversary

    • Approximately 6-8 hrs/month service commitment not including travel time.

 

* Fees cover membership, embroidered patch(es), and nameplate.

** Initial Payments are Non-Refundable except if the Pledge drops out or withdraws prior to Acceptance.

ONYX Pearls NY-NE
PLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

Throughout the Pledge Process, pledges will be asked to explore their priorities, needs, and desires as well as discover what valuable skills, insights, and service each applicant can offer not only the organization but to the Lifestyle Community as well.  TRUST US!  Every one of us has something VITAL to offer. 

 

The following Pledge Requirements are designed to provide each individual Pledge with a strong foundation in all aspects of the  Leather Lifestyle as well opportunities to build Sisterhood within their Pledge Line and begin networking within the Chapter and the local Leather Community.  

Pledge Process Timeframe 

  • Full Membership | Minimum of 6 Months; 2021 Pledge Line Activities will run Jul  - Dec 2021 

  • Associate Membership | Minimum of 3 Months; 2021 Pledge Line Activities will run Jul - Sep 2021

 

Classes

Pledges must attend Pledge Classes and are responsible to be familiar with all materials covered in Pledge Classes.

  • Full Membership | Complete Classes #1 - #6.

  • Associate Membership | Complete Classes #1 - #3.

 

Quizzes  

  • Full Membership | Complete Quizzes #1 - #5.

  • Associate Membership | Complete Quizzes #1 - #3.

 

Assignments

  • Assignments include reading Pledge Kit, specific reading materials, and the following special projects.

  • Group Project | TBD by Pledge Mistress

  • Pledge Line Bar Night Service | TBD

  • Community Leader Interview

  • Pledge Presentation

Community Events​

  • Full Membership | ​Attend a minimum of 3 designated Community Events

  • Associate Membership | Attend a minimum of 1 designated Community Event

In addition all pledges must complete the following: 

  1. Participation in our free Pledges Retreat (if applicable).

  2. Demonstrate Sisterhood and Dedication.

  3. Develop relationships and actively communicate with Pledge Line sisters & ONYX Pearls Big Sister.

  4. Complete Final Pledge Interview.

Classes and assignments will cover topics such as Leather History, Hierarchy, and Community, Characteristics of Sisterhood, the spectrum of Sexuality and Gender, BDSM Best Practices and Safety Standards, and Leather Gear and Protocols.  Pledges will be assessed on not only their Lifestyle knowledge, but also their conduct, emotional maturity, application of Sisterhood, practice of inclusion, and commitment to service beyond self.  No one will hand you a patch.  The ONYX Pearls NY-NE Colors must be EARNED.

For More Information

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Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/ONYXPearlsNYNE/ 

 

For additional questions or concerns related to the Application Process, please contact the ONYX Pearls Board via email at onyxpearls.ny.ne.president@gmail.com