Information from the Quarterly / Planning Meeting




Good New Everybody!  The meeting on the 23rd went over very well as a decent amount of membership were in attendance.  As the report will show the membership present have voted and agreed to “Hibernate” the selling beer bust at the Chain Drive until March 2012.  What this means is that it gives Chain Drive some time to recoup their funds as well as gives HOTB some time to support our Bigger Brothers within the Texas Region. Yet be aware the “Social Draught” at Iron Bear are still in effect, the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Henceforth, we have put forth an idea of a double treat for those 1st Sundays til march.  Which is road trip to visit Dallas Bears, Houston Area Bears, Trinity River Bears and San Antonio Bears for their respective busts in their areas also we have agreed to create for those who do not wish to travel a Movie Day on those days, which means it gives everyone another chance to go out and about with the membership and see some new and upcoming movies in our area.


Next I’d like to address the issue of some not receiving their renewals and or their new membership cards and pins.  There has been a slight hiccup with the programs that are used to inform our Secretary of expired and those new members.  It was informing Aldo that certain people were not members at all, including himself.  The problem has since been repaired and all should be receiving their info soon.  Aldo does apologize for the hiccup but we all know how software and computers can do what they want to do. So everyone give the GreyBear a big hug when ya see him.

Other than that, its still going to be a packed few months even with the hibernation of Beer Busts at the Drive.  Novem”bear” has a few ideals in it, Kelly is tossing the ideal of Bears Bowling that month.  We still have the to breakfasts as well as the Bears Night Out.  Plus I hope everyone will have a safe and sane Thanksgiving, and feed with imagination and come home full.  Decem”bear” is also going to be chocked with events as well.  With the annual Christmas Party.  Information to come further about that.


That’s all for now My Bears, enjoy Your HallowBear weekend at Chain Drive or the Iron Bear, both will have some exciting things happen on the 29th.  See Ya’ll out and about.





HOT Bears Celebrate 13 Years!!!!

The HOT Bears celebrated their 13th anniversary this month at the home of Leonard Schleuter with a BBQ dinner and all the fixins!  We had approx 55 in attendance, and everyone was seen having a good time.  For those of you who were not able to make it, we hope you will be able to make it to any of the events we have planned throughout the year.  Y’all are the reason the club exists, and it is for you we give many thanks!

Your 2011 HOT Bears

We want to congratulate the newest Mr. HOT Bears!  We also want to thank all the contestants who did a GREAT job!  The contest was very fun and entertaining.  This years Mr. HOT Bears are:

Mr. HOT Bear – Rusty Salazar

Mr. HOT Cub – Rudy Sanchez

Mr. HOT Grizzly – Scott Pitts

Mr. HOT Otter – Derek Ruiz

HOT Bear Logo at the Iron Bear

The HOT Bears would like to thank Roger and Bengie of the Iron Bear for allowing us the opportunity to paint our logo on their wall!  Several members of the HOT Bears spend a couple of nights laying out, and painting the logo on the wall.  It was a lot of fun and a great event to come together and celebrate being a HOT Bear!  If you get the chance, go by and see it in person and say THANKS to Roger and Bengie for allowing us this opportunity.

Officer Nominations and Elections – April 3rd

We are currently accepting nominations for all officer positions for the HOT Bears Board of Directors.  We have several nominations, but still need a few more people interesting in directing the club for the upcoming year.  Nominations can be made in person, by email, snail mail, heck even pony express….and must be made by March 4th (30 days prior to the April Quarterly meeting).  So if you are interested…contact any officer today!

BEARRACUDA – A Weekend FULL of Events!!!!

On Saturday, January 22nd, Bearracuda RETURNS to Austin for another big night of fur, friendly guys & fun!  Our last visit to Austin couldn’t have gone better, but there is always room for MORE. This time around, we’re flying in 2 of our favorite San Francisco DJs to play:::We’re having a photo booth and tasty snacks sponsored by Bearups.com….And it’ll be about 20 degrees cooler in the club!

Making his Austin debut, we welcome DJ boyshapedbox! Boyshapedbox has been with Bearracuda since the very beginning and since played some of our most memorable events. He’s been our dance floor filler in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, Atlanta, Vancouver and beyond. He’ll be kicking off the night at 9pm.  Flying over from San Francisco, we welcome DJ/Producer: MATT CONSOLA. Over the last 20+ years, he’s had an exciting career playing memorable events across the country and across the world. Last September, he had the honor of opening for The Pet Shop Boys at The Warfield for thei…r Pandemonium World Tour September 22nd & 23rd 2009.

Bearracuda is the largest attended bear dance party in the United States w/regular parties in San Francisco, Seattle, LA & Portland as well as one offs in Atlanta, Vancouver and Sydney. Voted “Best club for queer men” in 2008, 2009 & 2010 by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. We’ve got beards, bears, cubs, pups, chubs, beefcakes, furballs and other wildlife!

Bearracuda is located inside of ND at 501 Studios – 501 N IH-35

Corner of East 5th and Brushy Street. Admission at the door is $12. Doors at 9pm 21+

***Our friends at the Lone Star Bears will be hosting a PRE-Bearracuda Party at The Iron Bear, Austin’s newest bear bar, Friday Night, Jan. 21st from 8 to 2.

***Our friends at the Heart Of Texas Bears will be hosting a POST-Bearracuda Trailer Trash Bear Brunch at Chain Drive from 11am-3pm. Admission is free and it will feature food trailers from Lucky J’s Chicken & Waffles and Biscuits+Groovy.

Remembering Ed Burleson

David Edward (Ed) Burleson of Austin, 52, died Monday September 13, 2010 following a six-month battle with cancer.  He was born March 5, 1958 in Pulaski, Virginia.  Ed was a former President of the Heart Of Texas Bears in Austin; an active Master Naturalist in teh El Camino Real Chapter in Cameron, Texas; and artist and an accomplished gardener.  He left gardens wherever he went and touched the lives of many people.

Ed is survived by the love of his life, his partner Marcus Montemayor and their two Pug dogs…Woodrow and Poquita.  A gathering was held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in his honor.

Ed’s favorite poems was ‘Not In Vain’ by Emily Dickinson….

Not In Vain

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

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