The general requirements for all members joining Panther L/L, Inc. are as follows:
•All members shall be at least 21 years of age.
•All members shall share in the fellowship of leather common to the Panther L/L, Inc. membership.
Full Member Requirements
To join as a Full Member potential applicants must attend at least 2 Panther monthly meetings and 2 Panther bar nights. Potential applicants will need to complete a Full Member application which requires signatures of 3 Full Members. The application along with a $30 fee should be given to one of the Full Members who signed the application. The application for Full Member will be voted on at the next regular Panther Monthly meeting at which the potential applicant is required to attend. Once the application is accepted the potential applicant will be considered a pledge and will have to complete a pledgeship of 3 months during which time a pledge project will have to be completed. See the pledgeship requirements below for more information.
Full Members are required to attend all meetings, club bar nights, and official club functions as determined by club vote. Full Members are required to wear club colors(patch) on a leather vest to all regular meetings, club bar nights, & official club functions. Full Members are allowed 6 absences in a calendar year. Full Members shall pay dues of $30 on a quarterly basis. Full Members each have one vote. Full Members are not allowed to be Full Members of another Leather/Levi club.
•A Pledge must adhere to the conduct, ethics and Pledge requirements of Panther L/L, Inc.
•A Pledge is required to seek out club members outside the bars in order to build friendships.
•A Pledge is required to obtain the signatures of all Full Members on the back of this Pledge Handbook. Each Full Member will sign his/her handbook after the Pledge meets with him/her.
•A Pledge is required to arrive at a minimum of 15 minutes prior to all bar nights, meeting, and special events (cookouts, fund-raiser, etc.) to assist in setting up. He/she is expected to remain for the duration of the event or until excused by the Pledge Master/Mistress.
•A Pledge will not be required to perform tasks that are related to an individual’s personal needs, but may volunteer to perform tasks for each member (e.g.: getting cocktails, lighting cigarettes, etc.).
•A Pledge will be asked to perform duties for the benefit of the club as a whole.
•A Pledge will be expected to perform duties such as cleaning ashtrays and acting as a bar back when needed during bar nights.
•Pledge pins must be worn and the Pledge Handbook must be carried during all club-related activities.
•A Pledge is encouraged to have the Pledge pin and handbook with him/her at any gay/lesbian events/venues where he/she may encounter a Full Member.
•A Pledge is required to become familiar with the Statement of Purpose, Bylaws, and Policies and Procedures of Panther L/L, Inc.
•A Pledge should expect to be quizzed on the Statement of Purpose, Bylaws, and Policies and Procedure before he/she is accepted as a Full Member of Panther L/L, Inc.
•A Pledge must make telephone contact with his/her big brother/sister and with the Pledge Master/Mistress at least once a week during his/her pledge period.
•A Pledge will complete a project (individually or as a pledge class) to be completed during the pledge period. The project will be decided upon by the Pledge based on the following criteria:
1.Each person pledging full membership to Panther L/L must complete a pledge project subject to the approval of the Pledge Master.
2.The pledge project must fall into one of two general categories:
•A. Fundraiser benefiting a local community-based 501(c)3 organization
•The pledge may plan and execute a fundraiser at the Atlanta Eagle or other appropriate venue, subject to the approval of the Pledge Master.
•All (100%) of proceeds raised during the fundraiser must be given in the name of Panther L/L, Inc. to an approved local community-based 501(c)3 organization.
•The pledge must select a local community-based 501(c)3 organization that has not received funds from Panther L/L within the past 12 months.
•The pledge should set a fundraising goal of at least $500.00.
•Fundraising events can be planned by an individual pledge or pledge class of up to five pledges.
•B. Community Service Project
•The pledge may plan and execute a community service project for the direct benefit of a local community-based 501(c)3 organization subject to the approval of the Pledge Master.
•The pledge must devote a minimum of 4 hours of time to the community service project and should be supported and attended by all Full Panther L/L Members. Example: Arranging a Panther L/L food sorting day at the Atlanta Community Food Bank on a Saturday morning from 8:00am – 12:00pm.
•If a question or problem should arise during the pledge period, it should be brought to the immediate attention of the Pledge Master/Mistress. If the Pledge Master/Mistress is not reachable, the President should be notified.
Associate Membership Requirements
To join as a Associate Member the potential applicants living within 50 miles of the Atlanta Eagle (in-town) must attend at least 1 Panther monthly meeting and 1 Panther bar night, then complete a Associate Member application signed by three Full Members. The completed application along with a $50 fee should be given to one of the Full Members signing the application. The application for Associate Member will be voted on at the next regular Panther monthly meeting at which the potential applicant is required to attend.
Potential applicants living outside of 50 miles from the Atlanta Eagle (out of town) need to complete a Associate Member application and be sponsored by one Full Member. The completed application along with a $50 fee should be given to the Full Member sponsoring the potential applicant. The application for Associate Member will be voted on at the next regular Panther monthly meeting.
Associate Members have no voting power and cannot make commitments on behalf of Panther L/L, Inc. Associate Members may wear a small Panther L/L, Inc. patch.