member card 
(Click on the card above and a new page will open with the card for printing)

Please print out the above
"Membership Card 2016"
for use at Bear Events in NYC!
Fill in your name at the bottom.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS THERE A FEE AND WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
                
New York Bear Den is NOT a fundraising organization. It was founded for, and intends to remain a purely social organization. At our monthly gatherings, we collect a $7 donation at the door to help pay the rental for the room, and each attendee is expected to bring a snack or non-alcoholic beverage such as juice, soda, tea, or bottled water for everyone to enjoy throughout the afternoon. It can be anything from a bag of chips, with or without dip or salsa, to fried chicken, to pizza, to fresh vegies or fruit, with or without dips, to roasted chicken, to bread & meat for sandwiches, to pretzels, to snack cakes, to donuts, to coffee cakes, or pretzels, or baklava, or eclairs, to....... well, you get the picture! All of this, and more have been enjoyed at past gatherings! We also have a door prize drawing (everyone gets a ticket when they check in) at each meeting for DVD's, books, and various items, which winners can choose from! If we have 20 paying members for a meeting, each person will receive a $2 rebate. We're only wanting to cover the rent!


WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO AND WHO'S RUNNING THIS?

An accounting of our funds is published following each meeting and our financial records are available at every meeting for transparency of where the money goes and how much we have on hand. There are no officers, treasurers, board, etc. Decisions, when necessary, are made by a Steering Committee which is open to anyone.The founders of the NY Bear Den, Carlin L. & Chaz A. oversee the month to month operations of the group, as well as promotions & website maintenance.



WHO GOES TO THE NEW YORK BEAR DEN AND WHERE ARE THEY HELD?
                
Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Men attend our events, including singles and couples from all over (but especially the tri-state area) who enjoy good conversation and making new friends.  Members and regulars see the Bear Den either as a supplement or alternative to the bars and clubs.  The Bear Den reaches out to all men, 18 and older, but we especially focus upon Bears, Cubs, Chubs (Big Men) and their admirers. Our events are held at QUEENS PRIDE HOUSE, 76-11 37th Avenue (Upstairs to the left). CLICK HERE FOR MAP We regret that our events are NOT handicapped accessible due to stairs.



WHAT HAPPENS AT A NEW YORK BEAR DEN MONTHLY EVENT?
 
The Bear Den creates a welcoming atmosphere for all folks who walk through our door. A greeter makes you a name tag and introduces you to a few guys. Because we’re not a bar and don’t allow alcoholic beverages, the atmosphere tends to be friendlier and more conducive to meeting and talking.
 
The Bear Den strives to find creative new ways to get men talking. There are easy-to-learn games being played, allowing for small talk and laughter. There are other board games, card games (like poker, Crazy 8's and UNO) and challenge games like scrabble and trivia games.  We feature free WiFi internet access, so you can bring your laptop (or other wireless internet device) and share your favorite websites or YouTube clips (or X-Tube, who knows?) !
 
We're a new organization, founded in February 2009 because of a major gap in non-bar, Bear social events in the New York City area.  In the future we  plan to co-sponsor some gatherings with other select groups as well as possibly develop some limited art/culture/music-based events and some seasonal or themed gatherings.  We are a totally volunteer organization so we will only be as successful as guys like YOU help us to be! 
 
We also nosh on the food and beverages that we all bring (we have some excellent cooks among us!).  If you wish, our photographer will pull you aside and take your picture (perhaps with a new buddy you’ve met here!)
 
Oh, yes… some of us cruise the crowd, find date/s and… well, you get the picture.
 

WILL I REALLY MEET OR TALK TO SOMEONE AT THE NEW YORK BEAR DEN?
 
Oh yes, you will!  This is especially true if you volunteer.  Volunteers are in the best position to meet and chat up attendees and first-timers. Try these 'tried-and-true' lines out, the next time you volunteer for: setup ("Hey, your muscles really flex setting up that table!"), greeting ("Welcome to the Bear Den... Wow, that’s a really sexy tattoo! Do you have more?"), hospitality ("Here, let me cut you a piece, Sir.  It’s really a pleasure to serve you."), or breakdown ("... I’d really love to hear more about you wrestling bears in the Canadian Rockies,  since we're almost done,  how about going to dinner?").
 
Whether you're shy (or not) we need volunteers to make our monthly events a success.  We only ask for two hours of your time.  When you are scheduled to volunteer for a full shift, we waive your door charge!*  Not only can you socialize whilst performing your volunteer duties, you're encouraged to!
 
Many hands make light work, so please pitch in.  To be scheduled to volunteer, please contact: NY-Bear-Den-owner@yahoogroups.com
 
* You are still required to bring a large non-alcoholic beverage or snack to share.  Some restrictions may apply.  Enquire for details.
 

I WENT TO A NEW YORK BEAR DEN EVENT AND NOBODY TALKED TO ME.  :-(

That can happen on occasion and we apologize.  Here are some possible reasons why:
Here are some pointers for you:
Here's some possible "ice breakers" you may find helpful, besides the ones suggested for VOLUNTEERS above:
We hope this is helpful.  We would hate to have you miss out on a lot of good times because of first impressions.
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