President’s Den

Notes from the President

Octobear 2011

Afternoon everyone;


Here we are licking our paws after Back To The Woods 7 and a big high-five to Kelly for coordinating this year and Vincent for coordinating the show.  If any of ya’ll missed us at the TCC Landsite this year, you missed one heck of a time!  This was definitely a “Once Upon A Time,,,,” to remember.  Also a big bear hug to all who volunteered with cooking, trash and cleanup the whole weekend.  From what I can gather is that next year for B2W8 is gonna be just as a memory that all the previous have been.


Just a heads up for this month, the month of October.  This Sunday, the 23rd, we shall be having our quarterly meeting at Cafe Express on Lamar in downtown Austin.  After the meeting we shall have the planning meeting for the next 2-3 months.  At this time i would ask any and all people who have thoughts to be in attendance since this is a MEMBERSHIP organization.  Your thoughts, ideals and concerns are to be listened to and acted upon with diligence and respect.


Don’t forget our Busts happening twice a month here in the good ol ATX.  One is at Chain Drive on the 1st Sunday of the month and the 3rd Saturday we growl on over to the Iron Bear for Social Draught.  We’ve also got some movie nights happening as well, keep an eye on the calendar as well as our Facebook page for upcoming events.  Bears Night Out this month is on Thursday October 20th at Bone Daddy’s.  Facebook and the calendar have the directions and address.  As for an added surprise, Heart Of Texas Bears should have their new shirts by the beginning of next year.  In a joint effort with Out Youth of Austin, they will be designing our next shirts as our membership shall choose which one they would like and the chosen design shall receive a small congratulatory reward for their hard work and great job well done.  So keep your fuzzy eyes open for the new shirts showing up around or after the New Year.


That’s about it for now;

Pawing Off for now

Neil Ryan III

HOWDEEEE everybody!



Greetings and Bear Hugs to ya’ll from your grumbling growling President for the next year.   First off I would like to apologize to any and all of you who have been waiting on new of events and things from us, your Executive Board.  Second I would like to remind and invite anyone that is coming to Austin for Pride in the next weeks to come on down to see us and our brothers in claws from here in Austin as well as Dallas, San Antonio and Houston for “A Weekend of Bear Brotherhood.”  Within the Parade we shall be marching with the giant bear flag as well as two “butch” trucks for carrying parade patrons as well as cool refreshments for our volunteers.  Leonard and JP have graciously accepted to allow their vehicles to be adorned and used this year in the parade.  Give them a nice big clap on the back, or whatever you deem interesting for them, for their open hearts.  The parade this year is on Saturday the 10th at10:30am.  Registration has been completed with the pride board at this time.   Confirmation at the event is set-up at9:30am, which seems to be onRiverside Drive near the Auditorium.  From information passed by the VP of the pride board, we can dress comfortable yet tasteful, please.  Since it has been a dread summer, shirts can be removed.  As long as shorts or lower covering is in place.  Next about the weekend.  Iron Bear has opened its doors for the Lonestar Bears and us to provide Bear entertainment the weekend long.  Friday night is a sign-up, meet and greet for an Austin Bear, Cub and Chaser type event.  For further information please contact them there.  Saturday is the event itself, with the Heart of Texas Bears selling a recipe of shot types on the main floor to help keep the crowd enthused as well as happy, which also shows us Bears can party like no other!


Ok, here are some events coming up in September.  Our monthly beer bust is held at Chain Drivefrom 4-8pm.  Come on down and see what the new management there has been putting together for the community.  Next we have the Smother Our Cub’s Breakfast or the Breakfast of Fuzzy’s, on the 3rd at Fran’s.  See the Calendar for more info.  September 21st is the Bears Night Out, which is held at Bamboo Garden, on S.1st and Ben White.   Last but surely not least is the Back to the Woods 7 this year in October.  Registration has been held at the same price of $85.00 for a limited time, so get that form filled out and see ya there!  Our gracious show coordinators, The Rhea’s, have informed Kelly that this year is to be “Once Upon A Time……….” Themed.


I thank everyone who has been attending as much as they can with this heat this summer, let’s keep it up!


Also, on the 17th the HOT Bears are to begin “Social Draught” at the Iron Bear as well.  From 4-9pm the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Ben and Roger have informed me that they will be having college ball on the TV’s once it all starts playin.  So get on down there and beat the heat with some inexpensive draught and football!


Till we GRRR again;


Neil Ryan

PrezBear, Heart ofTexasBears

From the President’s Den – June 2011

As I sit here writing what is my last posting as President of the HOT Bears, I am reflecting on all the fun events and things we did as a group together over the last couple of years.  The good times we had at such events as Back To The Woods, UNRUN, the Anniversary parties, the tubing trips, the river parties, the pool parties, the movie nights, the dinners, and all the other events that we enjoyed together and where I have made so many good friends.  I am also reflecting on those who have moved on to different cities, states, and countries.  I also reflect on those we have lost too early.

For me moving here from the deserted flat-lands of west Texas almost 8 years ago to the vibrant, greener, and not-so-flat city of Austin was an adventure to say the least.  (Imagine going out and actually having  9-10 different bars to choose from!  Where I had moved from we were lucky to have the one bar we had…and we liked it…not  knowing what was really out there.)  I can remember getting lost everywhere I went…getting frustrated at all the traffic…complaining about how much more stuff cost…and not knowing a soul.  But I was happy to be here…and quickly started settling in.  It would be several years later that I found out about this group of guys, that welcomed me into their little den and made me feel good about who I was.  The guys there made me feel like a part of the group from the first minute I met them….and I have been associated with them ever since.  Of course that group was the HOT Bears.

It was my goal as your President over the last 2 years (and 2 years previously as Vice President) that the HOT Bears made all those who were new to the group (and those who were seasoned members)  feel welcome and like a part of the family.  And now that I am stepping down, I pass this tradition on to the new board who, I already know, will do a fine job  I want to thank all of you for your support and kind words during my tenure and would ask that you give the new board the same support and encouragement that y’all have shown me.

So I am signing off with a great big THANK YOU!…you guys are the best.



From the President’s Den – May 2011

WOW what a BLAST!

We hope y’all had a GREAT time during this year’s  UNRUN 7 Weekend!  For those of you who helped us kick things off at Iron Bear and then continue the party with BEARRACUDA at Elysium…THANKS!  We really appreciate Matt and all the DJ’s for making this a crowning jewel of our yearly event!

We also want to thank all of those who came out for the Bear Contest at Chain Drive…and helped us to raise $2000 toward this years charities OUT Youth and The People’s Clinic….(and a special THANKS goes out to Mutt who graciously donated the $300 grand prize back to the charities!  THANK YOU!

We really do have some really great members and I want to take this opportunity to THANK all of those who helped plan, set-up, decorate, help the contestants, and volunteering behind the stage.  You guys ROCK!!! and are much appreciated by this cub.

Our next upcoming event will be, for those of you who don’t know or are new to the club, Back To The Woods 7 (B2W7).  It will be held at the TCC campgrounds October 7-9th.  Planning is under way and more details will be sent out in future emailings and Bear Briefs….so be sure to make plans to attend!  If you’ve never been…its a whole lot of fun for very little money (compared to other bear events).  Ask those who have been before…or ask any of the officers for more information!  We hop to see you there!

Woooof’s -n- Grrrr’s


From the President’s Den – April 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to the new HOTB officers elected at the April Quarterly meeting held at the home of Peter Reid.

President – Neil Ryan III

Secretary – Aldo Watkins

Treasurer – James Patterson

So feel free to come out to any of the events, and say hello to the current and officers elect.   The new board will officially take over July 1st, and the current officers will help with the transition process till that date.  We ask that you support these fine guys as they bring new and fresh ideas to the club…they will really appreciate it….and I know they will do a GREAT job.

I also want to take this time to thank all of you for supporting the current board over the past year, and it is our hope that we have served you well.  We have had a fun time and hope you have too.

We have many events coming up in the next few months and hope that you are able to attend.  UNRUN 7, Lonestar 23, the Anniversary Party, Pride just to name a few.  So come on out, bring a friend, enjoy a good time with your Bear brothers.

Kelly Stephens

From the President’s Den – March 2011

Its about to heat up here in Austin….and I’m not just talking about the weather.  SXSW will celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year, and its expected to be one of the biggest ones yet.  With it there will be LOTS of people from out of town descending on downtown and the surrounding areas to enjoy what we sometimes take for granted….a vibrant city full of live music, restaurants, clubs, art, and multitude of things to experience.  That’s what I love about this city…there is ALWAYS something going on here, and there is ALWAYS something to do.

And speaking of things to do, we have an event coming up that not only helps celebrate what Austin has to offer, but helps raise money for some very worthy causes.  I’m talking about UNRUN.  This year will be our 7th year of helping keep Austin weird, and raising money for OUT Youth and the People’s Clinic at the same time.  Its sure to be a great weekend, so be sure to join us April 29 – May 1 at any of the scheduled events.  For more information go to  Bring a friend!!!!

From the President’s Den – February 2011

WELCOME to all our newest HOT Bears….and many THANKS to all of you who continue to renew your memberships. THANK YOU!

After the recent cold weather, I for one am glad to see the return of warmer temperatures. Not only is it time to get into the garden, work around the yard and house, it’s also time to start thinking about the various runs coming up for 2011. IBR is being held in San Francisco in the next couple of days and for all of those who have not heard, this is the last one. For those of you who have attended past IBR’s over the years, I know you have many fond memories and have made many good friendships as well. LUEY weekend, hosted by the Houston Council of Clubs, is just around the corner, as well as TBRU in Dallas, Lonestar 23, and many many more. A little bit of something for everyone to be sure.

And not to be left out of all the fun, the HOT Bears will also hold its own run called UNRUN 7. This is our annual charitable fund-raising event, and is being held April 29th thru May 1st. Last year’s run was very successful, raising $2000 for local charities….all while having a great time too. This year we have many great volunteers who are helping plan the many events and activities for what we hope is our biggest and best UNRUN to date. And as a very special event….we would like to announce that BEARRACUDA will help kick off UNRUN immediately following the meet and greet on Friday!  We still have many opportunities for members who want to help out and volunteer during the weekend,…so contact any of the officers today to see how you can help out.

If runs are not your thing, remember we still have many other opportunities for you to hang out with fellow members, and make new friends. The first breakfast has been picking up since moving back to Trudy’s and the movie nights have been really fun too….as well as the many other events we host each month. And as always, we are open to new events and opportunities to hang out, so if you have suggestions we want to hear them.

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From the President’s Den – January 2011

Goodbye 2010….HELLO 2011!!

It’s a new year for us here at the HOT Bears and we hope it will be a good one…not only for the club (so far so good!) but you as a member as well. It is with this hope that we make a fresh commitment, not only to ensure plenty of fun events for you to enjoy, but that your membership in the HOT Bears is a value to you.

We are currently working on ways to improve existing events (beer busts, UNRUN, etc…) and add new ones. One area we really want to work on this year is adding more home based events, such as movie nights, game nights, cookouts, and the like. We realize that bar related events aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, and eating out can be expensive. So we would like to have more opportunities where the group can meet up at peoples homes (or other venues), get to know each other, and create those long lasting bonds where friendships are made. We have had really good response to this and the last couple of events have been well received. So if you have a place and want to host a get-together….let any of the officers know and we can work with you to make it a fun time. Even if you don’t have a place but know someone who does, and still want to co-host an event…we can work with you as well.

We look forward to the upcoming year, and we want to make it a really good one. With your help and support, we know that its possible. And as always, remember….this is YOUR club…and YOUR input is important to us.

Here’s to 2011…..let’s get started.

Kelly Stephens


From the President’s Den – November 2010

Is it just me, or does it seem like 2010 has flown by?  It seems as though we were celebrating a new year just a few months ago.  I guess that happens when you get older…LOL.   This last month or so has kept us here at the HOT Bears pretty busy…a late summer pool party (THANKS Joe and Tom), the usual bear events, and of course Back To The Woods 6 (B2W6).  If you did not make this years camp-out, you missed a really good time.  The weather was PERFECT!  We had 131 registered attendees, with many of them being first timers too!  The show was a HOOT with many laughs and new performers.  (FYI…we will watch the DVD of the show at this years Holiday Party…so make sure to be there for that.)  There were also fond remembrances too of Ed, Kiwi, and Richard…..who were greatly missed by everyone.  Texas Redbud trees to commemorate their lives were planted in the Bear Garden so that all campers to TCC can enjoy the beauty and remember them as well.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all the new members that have joined in the last couple of months as well.  It is our hope that as you get plugged in, you will get to know a new friend or two by attending one of the many events listed in the calendar (see link above)..  After all, that is why the club was created.  If you have any suggestions on events that you would like to see us do, please feel free to drop us a line, or catch us at one of the monthly planning meetings.  They are open to all club members and your participation makes our club even better!


From the President’s Den – October 2010

WELCOME…Back To The Woods!

On behalf of the H.O.T. Bear board – Myself, Daniel Trevino (Vice President), Robert Barber (Secretary), Manny Woodward (Treasurer)…and the 120+ H.O.T. Bear members, We want to welcome you to the Heart Of Texas Bears annual camp-out run….Back To The Woods 6 (B2W6).  We are so glad you could spend this weekend here with us at Buzzard’s Peak.  It promises to be a fun filled weekend catching up with old friends, making new ones, playing some fun games, eating some good grub, enjoying some tasty cocktails, and catching a show and disco dance too.  Please feel free to enjoy all the amenities and activities that this weekend holds in store.  We hope you have as much fun here as we do.  Putting together an event like this takes a lot of work from so many people and there are never enough ways to say thank you…but we want to say just that with a  big old bear growl…..GRRRRRRR and THANKS!

While we are always excited to come back to the TCC (Texas Conference of Clubs) campgrounds….this year is a bitter-sweet reunion as well.  This past year we lost 3 great friends and supporters of not only the HOT Bears, but Back To The Woods as well.  So this year, we are dedicating B2W6 to David ‘Kiwi’ Lowe, Richard York, and Ed Burleson.  While they are no longer with us physically, they are here with us in spirit.  They loved this place, and it is our hope that you come to love it as much as they did…and we do.

While you are here, there are a few things you can do to make your camp-out experience more enjoyable, and help keep the campground clean a tidy for the next camping group:

  • Wear closed toe shoes/hiking boots when walking in and around the camping areas and hiking trails.  There are plenty of rocks and tree roots that can trip you up if you’re not careful.  Sandals and flip flops are OK in the flatter parts of the camp grounds.
  • In the day, the sun can get pretty hot, so be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.  At night it can cool off quite a bit…so dress accordingly.
  • Since we are out in the country, it gets pretty dark the further you get away from the main part of the camp gound….so a flashlight will come in handy.
  • Smokers please dispose of your cigarette and cigar butts in the butt cans scattered throughout the grounds….and make sure they are fully extinguished.  Grass fires are no fun.
  • Please place aluminum cans in the designated recycling receptacles located throughout the camping areas.  TCC collects these cans and uses the proceeds toward the upkeep of the landsite.  Can Crushers are located at the side of the walk-in cooler…so please crush your cans when you can.
  • In case of minor cuts and scrapes, we do have a medical shed on site.  There is also a refrigerator to store refrigerated medicines.  In case of more serious situations, there is a good hospital 10-15 minutes away.  Our recommendation…be careful!

Again…we are so glad you are here….and we look forward to a GREAT weekend…Let the party begin!!!!

Kelly Stephens – President

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