Chapter Information

Contact Information


To contact MAsT Central NJ, send an email to mast_centralnj@yahoo.com.

MAsT


 

Masters And slaves Together International (“MAsT”) is an association of individuals interested in engaging in personal relationships that are based upon the conscious exchange of power and authority. MAsT believes that such relationships can be a valid path to authenticity, self-actualization, and happiness for such individuals, and MAsT is therefore dedicated to equipping them with tools and resources that will assist them in developing relationships that are healthy, functional, and real. Through the sanctioning of local chapters that meet on a regular basis, MAsT provides social and support opportunities for its members and fosters the beneficial exchange of lifestyle knowledge and experience. MAsT is committed to demystifying M/s, D/s, and other power exchange relationships for those in the leather/fetish/BDSM community and, on a greater level, to correcting the misinformation and combating the denigration that often occurs in our larger societies with respect to such relationships

The MAsT: Central New Jersey Chapter serves the Central New Jersey area, and welcomes ALL Genders, All Sexual Orientations and Any Relationship Status.

Financial Statements


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Chapter Guidelines


 

Purpose: This is a community-inclusive support group for those who identify as Owner/Master/Mistress/Dominant or property/slave/submissive. We believe in the goal of inclusion – keeping our organization open to all who are of legal age and who have a legitimate interest in exploring the nature of consensual, hierarchically structured relationships.

We come together once a month to share in discussing issues of interest to our lifestyle.

Identity/Titles/Honorifics: Certainly, each person may use their own language in reference to themselves or another’s known choice in reference to them, but to simplify, ‘Master/slave’ or ‘M/s’ may be used in a comprehensive and inclusive way, denoting any and all possible permutations at once.

Confidentiality: All discussion participants sign a confidentiality statement and agree to hold confidential any personal information revealed or discussed at meetings. General ideas may certainly be shared and discussed elsewhere. The signatures on the monthly confidentiality sheets are also our official attendance records.

Protocol: There is no generic M/s protocol expected during MAsT meetings. Individual Masters may, of course, enforce their own rules and protocols on their own slave(s). However, Masters are emphatically encouraged to allow their slave(s) to fully participate.

Masters without a slave are expected to take care of their own needs while at MAsT meetings unless a slave, of their own volition (or at the direction of their Master), offers service.

Discussion: The discussion will be run with the aid of a Facilitator, who will help to keep conversation positive, moving, and on-topic.The use of timers has been instituted to further the goal of allowing as many people as possible to participate in our discussions and to prevent any one person or viewpoint from monopolizing the conversation.

Whenever you wish to speak, indicate such to the Stacker and you will be recognized in turn. Participants are requested not to engage in ‘cross talk.’ This is done to allow those who have been recognized in turn to have the full benefit of their allotted time to make their contribution to the discussion heard without interruption, and it reflects the common courtesy that we would each like to have extended to ourselves when it is our turn to speak.

Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas, questions, and opinions with the group. If you wish to add comments or rebut a comment, do so in turn. Everyone, including all officers, must only speak from and, in the order of, the Stacker’s recognition list.

Following the initial discussion in the combined circle, we typically divide into separate Master and slave circles. We request that each person join the group with which you primarily identify.

Again, the expectation of common courtesy – speaking in turn, no cross-talking, no shouting out while another person speaks – that is, showing courtesy and respect for each individual as they speak, is required in the separate circles, just as it was in the combined circle.As with the combined circle, those who wish to speak will be recognized in an orderly fashion and timers will be used as appropriate.

The guidelines regarding confidentiality are in full force during the discussion period and Masters are requested to refrain from requesting even their own slaves to divulge confidential information shared in the slave circle.

Each person is deemed to have a valid viewpoint and choice of term identifying themselves and/or their relationship. Sharing that view is of value to the group even though consensus on such is not a goal.

Topics for discussion will be announced ahead of time at prior meetings, on the On-line Announcement list and through flyers. However, if someone has a personal issue they need the group’s help in solving or discussing, that may take precedence.

If such an issue is raised, either in the combined circle, or the separate circles, the individual requesting to bring the issue is permitted to speak as needed without recognition of the stacker and without a time limit. Following the presentation of such personal issues those who wish to reply will, once again, do so in an orderly fashion, recognized in turn, and limiting their comments to the time allowed by the timer. Providing additional support and comfort by further discussion of such issues in private, or during social time, is highly encouraged.

It is our preference that you see the Director before the meeting during social time, if you have such an issue, but it is also customary, before the scheduled discussion, to ask: “does anyone have such an issue?”

Chapter Bylaws


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