About smOdyssey

Mission Statement

smOdyssey, Inc. is a southern San Francisco Bay Area organization focused on the education, exploration, and advancement of BDSM knowledge, practice, and skill. smOdyssey is an inclusive pansexual organization; our community has straight, gay, male, female, transgender and variable kinksters of every flavor and taste. We come together to engage in What It Is That We Do (WIITWD) and enjoy each other's company.

Organizational Structure

  • smOdyssey is an unpaid volunteer driven organization. Your help, in some capacity, at our events is essential for the continued success of our organization.
    Looking for ways you can help? Ask any board member or contact board@smodyssey.com
  • The membership is represented by a board of directors, elected each year in October by the membership. The board members elect officers from within that group (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary).
  • Additional vital volunteer positions (coordinators such as Education, DM lead, Membership, Quartermaster, etc.) round out the leadership structure of smOdyssey, Inc.

History

  • 1998: Four friends joined together to bring the best in classes, information, and social events to the South Bay BDSM community.
    It began with simple classes and play parties, and then expanded to two or three larger parties each year.
  • 2000: smOdyssey held the first of many "Folsom Fringe" weekend conference to coincide with the Folsm Street Fair at the end of September in San Francisco.
    Attendees enjoyed afternoon classes and an evening of entertainment Friday, morning and afternoon classes and a lavash evening play party Saturday and bus rides to and a private booth at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco on Sunday. 
  • 2003: The two remaining founders selected a provisional board of directors responsible for developing the bylaws and incorporating the new club, and to guide it through its first year.
    Under the direction of that board, "Odyssey" became "smOdyssey, Inc.", a California Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation, 501(c)7.
  • 2004: smOdyssey, Inc began to accept membership applications.
  • 2006: smOdyssey hosted the first Northwest Master/slave Contest as part of the annual Folsom Fringe conference.
  • 2007: The Northewest Master/slave Contest became the centerpiece of the new Northwest Leather Celebration weekend conference in the Spring.
  • 2016: Financial difficulties and a rising hotel costs forced us to discontinue our Folsom Fringe and Northwest Leather Celebration weekend conferences.
    (Northwest Leather Celebration is now independent of smOdyssey. See www.northwestleathercelebration.com)

What smOdyssey Does

Community Building

  • San Jose Munch – 1st Monday of every month
  • Mos Eisley Brunch - 3rd Sunday of every month – 1130-130pm
  • Monthly Discussion Groups:
    • Cover to Cover – a literary discussion group – 2nd Sunday 2-4pm
    • D/s in the Middle Discussion group – 2nd Sunday 5-7pm
  • Monthly new member orientation - 2nd Sunday 4-5pm
  • Monthly Etiquitte and Protocol discussion group - 4th Thursday of every month – 630-830pm
  • Monthly classes.
  • We host other events as resources allow.

Outreach

  • Opportunities to interact with other organizations by working with other community organizations such as SoJ (Society of Janus), SCCLA (Santa Clara County Leather Association), etc.
  • Opportunities to lend a hand in your community and meet others by volunteering!

Other Benefits

  • Reciprocity agreements with other BDSM organizations:
  • Fetlife group “smOdyssey-A community of members, a member of the community.”
  • Opportunity to help build the BDSM/leather community through your input of thought, time and energy
  • Opportunity to serve as a director/coordinator of smOdyssey, Inc.

Membership

  1. Dues are $10 annually (per person)
  2. $5 Application fee (per person) for new members
  3. Membership card will be mailed to the address on your application.
  4. E-mail address will be used for a couple of important meeting announcements a year.

Where does the money go?

  • Membership and event proceeds go to expenses such as:
  • Web/email hosting
  • P.O. Box rental
  • Equipment and equipment maintenance
  • Future event deposits
  • Corporate fees and taxes, postage and other miscellaneous business expenses.