Discipline Corps

President's Statement on DC and COVID-19

To My Brothers, Friends, Followers, and the Curious- 

My name is Saint St.James, current President of Discipline Corps. I’ve been asked to write a bit on the state of the club. In short, 2020 was a rough year for us all. The club is surviving, but not without our share of losses and pitfalls. I am thankful that, to my knowledge, and despite a few members becoming ill, no member of the club has lost their life to this affliction. 

In March, 2020, after Esprit de Corps, D.C.’s annual event; the executive committee decided to cancel all play parties. We did have one play party in October that included intense social distancing and rules. It was, to date, our only in person play party for nearly a year. The Executive Committee and I are committed to safeguarding the health and stability of the club and have canceled all future play parties until we can be assured of a safe reopening. I expect that, if caseloads and vaccination numbers continue in the current trends, we will be able to have in person play again by the summer. Sadly, this means that we have had to cancel Esprit de Corps 2021, we look forward to seeing you all in 2022 however. 

Unfortunately, as we, as a club, like to know that new members of the club are safe, sane, and believe in consent; we have had to stop voting on new members until we are able to see them in a play environment. This is unlikely to change in the near term, however, as soon as it is feasible to do so, I look forward to an infusion of new life into our club. I am personally sorry to each and every man that I have had to turn away during this trying time. If it will make you feel better, we can negotiate a scene in recompense for your lost time; certainly, the pleasure will be all mine. 

Behind the scenes, the club is functioning normally. The executive committee is still meeting monthly and we are still holding our quarterly membership meetings, both events being held exclusively on Zoom I am afraid. I am not an island, and I could not have done this by myself. It has been the diligent efforts of the other members of the Executive Committee as well as the sustained efforts of the brothers who have stepped up to participate in ad hoc committees that have kept things running as smoothly and un-chaotically as they have. My special appreciation to the Technology Committee and the Reopening Committee, I’d be lost without you. Our Web Daddy has been of unparalleled help during this time as well. 

To everyone who serves our club and to everyone who has stepped up to do something extra during the past difficult year: Thank You, from the bottom of my bottom, Thank You!

As always, if I may be of service, please do not hesitate to reach out to me personally with your concerns. I’m always willing to slide back on a few inches if it means that I can help someone who has needs. I’m also known to handle a flogging, for the common good. 

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