Gateway Burners

New Gateway Board !!!

Here is the 2022-2023 OFFICIAL Gateway Burners Board of Directors

President Alan Cina

Vice President Buttercup

Treasurer Pettrov Pterodactyl

Secretary Katelyn Elizabeth

Assistant Secretary Rodney Allen

Congratulations to our finalized board for the next year!!!



To the Gateway Burners Community:

Over the last month, the Gateway Burners Board of Directors has been following up on and discussing a situation involving a community member – Aaron Gwin, also known as “Ay Ay Rawn” and “A A Ron.” In 2019, the Principles Office conducted an investigation which determined that Aaron violated the boundaries and consent of another community member.

As a result of that investigation, a Conduct Committee (made up of Principles Office members, board members and members of the community at large) determined disciplinary action which included removing Aaron from Gateway Burners leadership positions and barring him from volunteering for leadership and safety-related leadership roles.

Another result of the investigation was that Aaron was “given extensive opportunity for consent education.” At that time, the board and Principles Office told the community that if they felt Aaron’s behavior had changed, he’d be granted additional volunteer opportunities over time.

However, recently additional members of the community have given the Gateway Burners Board written statements which have led the board to conclude that Aaron’s behavior has not improved, and he has again violated the consent of other community members.

The Board of Directors does not have the consent of these other individuals to release their names, but we consider these statements to be credible. Gateway as a community and an organization prides itself on being a consent-based community. Among other duties, the Board has the responsibility to reflect the values of our community. As such, we can not and will not tolerate behavior from any participant which repeatedly violates the safety and consent of another participant.

Therefore, at a closed session held 3/3/2022, the Board of Directors has determined the following disciplinary action:

  1. Aaron will immediately be barred from attending any and all Gateway Burners events for a period of no less than Five Years.  
    1. This includes:
      1. Attending ticketed and non-ticketed events organized by the Gateway Burners community including Fire & Ice, Compression, Decompression, Family Picnics, Gateway Burn and weekly Burner Meet & Greets.
      2. Volunteering for Board Member, EC, Safety Department Lead, Safety Department volunteer, Non-Safety Department Lead or Non-Safety Department volunteer. Aaron also will be immediately removed as a co-lead of the Infrastructure department.
  2. After five years, Aaron will be allowed to petition the Board of Directors and Principles Office for readmittance to Gateway Burners events.
    1. Members of the Gateway Burners Board of Directors may make a decision to allow Aaron to attend events at that time, with or without previsions or restrictions on his attendance, participation and/or volunteering
    2. The Board of Directors also may make a decision to continue to bar him from Gateway Burners events.

Thank you to the members of the community for coming forward with your stories and information, which continues to be a vital part in helping to protect our community and its members. 


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