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Dave Rhodes' Christmas, Solstice, New Year, Holidays and Hanukkah List

After a year hiatus, here is Dave Rhodes' Christmas, Solstice, New Year, Holidays and Hanukkah List. I was not going to post it this year because I'm not sure what to say after all that has gone with the pandemic the last two years. Then again, we need to love and laugh again - without anyone getting hurt.

Alan Stroik - Appreciation for two decades of complete service to Avatar and almost that long with LA Leather Pride. You really deserve a lot of respect.

Billy Lane - Congratulations on your Leather Leadership Award from the NGLBTQ Task Force at the Creating Change Conference.

Gary Wasdin - All the best with the Leather Archives & Museum. Glad to see the huge sum made in the recent fund drive.

The 15 Association - A great Anniversary and Bootcamp as we come back to life.

Peter Fiske - A lot of love to match all the love you give.

Bruce-Michael Gelbert - Thank you for your loyal reporting over the years.

Jack Thompson - All the love from the big bear hug I gave you at CLAW before you won at IML and a matching bear hug for your hubby.

Bill from San Diego - I love you. More times together.

George Herbert - Appreciation for your support.

Tom of Finland Foundation - Congratulations on your successful to live events with this year's Erotic Arts Festival at Second Home.

Rodney Burger - Love you and thank you for your reporting in Baltimore.

Tyler Fong - A visit to LA and bring Reece with you.

Richard Conley - More successful Mates Leather Weekend and Snowbound events.

ONYX - To all of the ONYX chapters and their members a big hug for just being out there. Your visibility has made a huge difference.

Jeffrey Payne - Good fortune.

Mistress Cyan - Success in finding a new and more equitable location - Hopefully near the community.

Vonn Tramel - Spoons - lots of spoons - and in all sizes.

Ariq Wilson - You just radiate fun and confident energy and I love you for it.

Alex Wisniowski - A visit to LA. Do know that Zelda loves you.

SF Eagle - Congratulations on having your bar saved in perpetuity by the City of San Francisco.

Graylin Thornton - Looks like 2021 was your year with the TLJ cover and being named to the Tom of Finland Foundation board. You've more than paid your dues.

CLAW - Success in Cleveland and the hopes CLAW LA, renamed The Leather Getaway, takes root.

Ben Johnson - Joining Scarlett and I at Brent's. We've been virtually planning this for four years now.

Gerald Creole - You are a mountain of a man - in so many ways - and so many of us love you for it.

Michael Lara - You so deserved the award the Payasos gave you at Eagle LA this month. Keep the faith. You are a Mensch.

Guy Baldwin - Thank you for your good deed.

Christopher Edwards - Love and appreciation for what you have given over the years.

Gabriel Green - You are a hard worker. Thank you for all the effort. You are making a difference.

IMsL and IMsBB - Return to the days when you can have live contests again.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt - Love you more.

Rick Boehle - More years of Friday night dinners and the best with CMEN.

Our Patreon and GoFundMe benefactors - Thank you because you are a huge reason why we are still here.

Charlie Matula and Hunter - Thanks for being there in a time of great need. The word Mensch applies to each of you.

Viola Johnson - All the best with the Leather Library and thank you for all the effort and energy you've invested in it.

Joey Byrne - You've been a great titleholder in Long Beach - keep it up.

Patrick Grady - Big hugs.

Rick Conley - Look forward to the time when I can attend Mates Leather Weekend.

Ghee Phua - Congratulations on becoming Mr. SF Eagle Leather 2022.

Justin B. Terry-Smith - I've been following you since your early years in Leather and am please with what you've done.

Jon Wright - Enjoy the Tom of Finland print of the One Way bar.

Payasos LA - You guys are the kind of thing that makes LA such a great place to live.

Colton Stenke - It's twue, it's Twue, it's TWUE - Lily von Schtupp.

FiFi LaFille - Miss you. Keep on keeping on.

Mauro, Ruben, Rex, Bear Mike and Bear Marvin, Magnum Masters and the Albuquerque Leather Daddys - XXX.

Jim Neuman - The best health, a decent coach for USC which they just got, and appreciation for all you do for so many.

Todd Nelson - A visit to Hollywood.

Robert Green - You been amazing with the LA Leather Coalition - keep it up. And a star as LA's main photographer.

David Boyer - Keep it up at Touche. You have a magic hand with bars

Brandon Bullet - Keep up the good work with your online interviews.

Ralph Bruneau - Thank you for the two years you served as Avatar president.

Who ever is responsible for ending CODE Night in Chicago - A box of coal.

Smokeout Las Vegas - A-plus for moving Smokeout back to the first weekend of April. So looking forward to the new hotel.

Scarlet Sin - See Ben Johnson - the Brent's thing.

Elliot Musgrove - Lots of love.

Brian Goss - Thank you for the invite to your desert party. You are an amazing chef. Love meeting your partner and friend who seems to love baseball as much as I do.

Leather weekend events - To all of the events, whether they be club runs, contests and or Leather conventions who have been on hiatus until the pandemic subsides, the strength, will and means to make comebacks.

Tracy and Wolf - A million bear hugs the next time we meet. You two have been so supportive and do know I thank and love you for it. Some people are just good people.

Kyle, Dan and the members of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert - You guys never fail, no matter what.

Marc "Pony" Owens - A visit to LA.

Matthew Mullins and Dan Lovell - Love, bear hugs, and the strength to keep on keeping on.

Every one at Leather64TEN - A huge hug and a visit at IML.

Bob Miller - I think you did a good thing bringing CLAW to LA and hope there is enough there for you to keep it going.

Adam Monda - Your growth as a Leatherman has been amazing. Keep it up.

Cypher - Have not heard from yo in a while and hope to do so soon. Thank you for your support.

Matthew Jensen and Joel - Love both of you.

Race Bannon - Mazel tov on all of the honors you received this year - well deserved.

Avatar Club Los Angeles, The 15 Association and Chicago Hellfire Club - Much brotherhood to all of my fellow members.

Dr. Larry and William - All the best in your new home in the Palm Springs area.

And to all, Merry Christmas, Yule, Solstice and/or Happy Hanukkah.

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International Olympus Leather winners
International Olympus Leather Weekend saw three winners May 4-6 in San Diego, CA at the Crowne Plaza - San Diego Mission Valley which has a Hawaiian theme. Ben Workman was best of three in becoming International Mr. Olympus Leather 2018, Samsara earned the needed points to become International Ms Olympus Leather as did Raven Darknights in being named International Mx Olympus Leather. Executive producer Vonn Tramel presented the Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dennis Beisbier from Los Angeles. The luau before the contest was beyond amazing and several attendees said it was the best meal they have ever had at a Leather event. There were bootblacks, barbers, classes, Luau, cigar socials and hospitality. Full story will be posted early next week. http://olympusleather.com/

 

 

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather 2017 contestants.

All photos by Dave Rhodes

Pixie Mary was named International Ms Olympus Leather 2017 and Anthony Michael Harmon was chosen to be International Mr. Olympus Leather 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton Downtown San Diego on Saturday night, May 6 in front of about 150 people. The contest, under new ownership, was the first by Executive Producer Vonn Trammel. The 2017 Congeniality Award went to boy matt.

On June 3, 2017 in Dallas, TX, Matt "boy matt" O’Toole was appointed International Mx Leather 2017 by their fellow International Title Holders and the International Olympus Leather Producers at the Great Plains Olympus Leather contest. Boy Matt will join Anthony and Pixie Mary on the road and for stepdowns at Olympus Leather Weekend May 4-6, 2018 in San Diego. Read an explanation of Mx Leather, and why the title was awarded this year (as opposed to being held for the first time in 2018) at http://www.olympusleather.com/mx-leather-title.

Contestants in numerical order were Ms West Coast Olympus 2016 Pixie Mary, Mr. Great Plains Olympus Leather Pup Axel, Ms Midwest Olympus Leather Angie, Mr. West Coast Olympus Leather 2016 Anthony Michael Harmon, Mr. Central Canada Olympus Leather 2017 Bo Chi Huang, and Mr. Midwest Olympus 2016 Matt "boy matt" O’Toole.

The emcee was Karen Ultra who has handled the microphone for many international events.

Vonn Tramel presented the prototype Leather Rhodes Community Service Award to Dave Rhodes, who in turn presented the first honors to Summer and Julie of San Diego, CA.

The judging panel included Head Judge Pantheon of Leather Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Larry, International Mr Olympus Leather 2015-16 Fred Anderson, International Ms Olympus Leather 2015-16 slave boo, Olympus Leather Founder and Producer Emeritus Dave Rhodes, Historian and Dedicated Volunteer Caryl Darkdesyre, Pantheon of Leather Woman Of The Year 2009 Mistress Cyan, and Community Fundraiser Sandy “Mama” Reinhardt. The Judges' Coordinator: Julie Hoffman and Judges’ Wrangler was Summer Lee. The Tally Master was Jonny Spencer.

Pixie Mary is involved with Sanctuary Studios LAX and Shadows DM program. Her fetish interests have her identifying as a dominant switch; her top side enjoys needle play, canes, crops, spanking, wax play, and power exchange; and as a bottom, her preferences include a
thuddy flogging, fire play and she feels a well done fisting is fabulous from both sides of the slash.

Anthony Michael Harmon is the producer of California Drummer and used to be involved with and on the board for both the San Diego Gay Rodeo and Leather boys of San Diego. He was President, Vice President and secretary For The San Diego
Gay Rodeo and President of Leather boys of San Diego. Anthony's fetish interests are impact and percussion play, bondage and rope, and mindfucking.

Matt "boy matt" O’Toole's club affiliations include Kentucky Leather Brotherhood, Associate Member and Titans of the Midwest, Full Member. Matt is Secretary of the Titans of the Midwest. His fetish interests are power exchange, edge play, taboo, heavy S&M and pain play, watersports, CBT, fisting, dildos/assplay, spanking, caning, vulnerability, humiliation and degradation, AB/DL, and rough body play,

For details on the workshops check out http://www.OlympusLeather.com

San Diego's Naria Jordan was interviewed Fireside Chat-style by Tracy Wolf on Sunday afternoon.

$1,750 was raised for the travel fund in a three-way win as the Producers of San Diego Leather Pride, Ms SD Leather 2016 Jae Marie and American Leatherman 2013 Aaron B Duke American Leatherman 2013 combined won the opportunity in a special auction Saturday night to shave Olympus Leather Producer Vonn Tramel's head during the Sunday victory brunch.

Sandy "Mama" Reinhardt raised $248 for the title holder travel fund by selling Jaeger shots.

Seven bootblacks participated in the first Blades and Boots Salon Event, and Goddess Moon ran the Survive-her Ticket Challenge.

Olympus Leather Weekend had five meals on-campus and that led to great camaraderie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a lot going on this time around and some of it involves my interests, so I am going to go with that first.

 

International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather

I have sold the International Mr. and Ms Olympus Leather contest to Vonn Tramel of San Diego, CA. Vonn has worked her way up the chain from being a contestant handler, contestant, stage manager, Contest Director, co-producer to now owner and Executive Producer. I will remain heavily-involved, not as an owner, but as Founder and Executive Producer Emeritus.

There were several things that converged at the same time, revealing to me that it was time for new energy and a change. I believe that Vonn is capable and that she will take it to the next level. Over the last year she has done most of the work. If that is going to be the case, and if the workload is huge, shouldn't she have the freedom to make key decisions on her own rather than having to wait for someone else to agree, amend or not accept ideas.

I am a team player and am not going anywhere. I will be a close part of Olympus Leather, but Vonn is now the boss.