[M/s 365] Great Lakes Master/slave 2013 Step-aside speeches and video

Our step aside as Great Lakes Master/slave 2013 was this weekend at GLLA, and we want to wish good luck and best wishes to our “children” – Ms. Brenda and slave arkane from Ohio. It was a great contest and I am sure they will have an amazing journey and do wonderfully as the new current titleholders.

We wanted to celebrate with our Great Lakes family so we put together a small video of pictures and narration. When I said “we put together”, I mean that we got a fantastic film editor/creator, Christina Court, to create the video. She’s worked on documentaries for the International Ms. Bootblack history (“Highshine”), which was recently premiered/previewed at IMsL 2014.

We also gave a speech together that shared with the Great Lakes just how wonderful they are and how honored and grateful we were to be able to be of service to the region for a year.

So… here are our video and speeches (as written):


Master Michael:

We are grateful and blessed to have been your Great Lakes 2013 titleholders this year. We learned just how true it is that it takes a region to support their titleholders. For that, we want to thank you.

Thank you to Chicago Leather Club and our Chicago family for all of your love and support.

One of my fondest memories from this year is our Chicago family coming together to help us prepare, but instead of questions and answers, we gathered in a circle and they gifted us with energy and love. What a wonderful gift.

To the Great Lakes MAsT and Master/slave community. Thank you. You came together and encouraged us and supported us with your generosity. You opened your homes and hearts in the name of bringing our community closer together.

Our Great Lakes 2013 Title family – you sexy hot people – you really rock. it was such a wonderful year to share with you. You showed what family truly is – everywhere we went, there you were, with open arms and love. This is a lesson I will carry for the rest of my life, the example you set.

And thank you to the GLLA family – I remember someone saying so excitedly last year – “These are our titleholders!” We have felt that excitement, acceptance from you all year. Your warmth and welcome has been amazing.

So many people that we owe this year to, I’m sorry that I can’t name them all. I do want to recognize two wonderful people… Ms. Kendra and slave garrett.

The energy and support that you give:  to us and the region, it shines like a beacon. I just want to simply say “Thank you, I am grateful and we did our best to do as you asked. Thank you for what you do. Angie and I love you.”

And to my slave angie… your service, your devotion and your support throughout this year…
… is my inspiration
… is my muse
… and I am forever grateful. Thank you.


slave angie:

In 2003, I set out to find people “like me.” I had asked Master where were they ? There had to be other Masters and slaves like us.

In search of people like us we attended the munches an went to the dungeons and had a really great time. Who we found along the way were wonderfully kinky people and a lot of new friends but still did not find anyone like me. Then we attended our first GLLA in 2009. And we found our people, the Great Lakes Tribe.

I no longer needed to find people “like me.”  I discovered that I didn’t have find anyone like me because there is no one just like me. Because I found my (place) home at GLLA, where it meant more to accepted as me. As nothing more than a simple slave.


Master Michael:

To finish, to share with you how we feel about our Great Lakes family, I’d like to read to you an adapted part from the childhood book “The Velveteen Rabbit.” It tells the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner, even after he is tossed away. At the end, the rabbit is taken by the Nursery Fairy to a group of real rabbits. She kisses him, changing him…

When [the velveteen rabbit] saw the rabbits dancing around him he was shy, and he didn’t want them to see that he was just a toy, made all in one piece.

He did not know that when the Fairy kissed him she had changed him altogether.

He looked down and he found that he actually had legs!

Instead of dingy velveteen he had brown fur, soft and shiny, his ears twitched by themselves, and his whiskers were so long that they brushed the grass.

He gave one leap of joy – using those legs was so great that he danced, jumping and whirling like the other rabbits, and he grew so excited that when at last he did stop to look for the Fairy she had gone.

He was a Real Rabbit at last, at home with the other rabbits.

Thank you, Great Lakes.

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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

8 thoughts on “[M/s 365] Great Lakes Master/slave 2013 Step-aside speeches and video”

  1. Thank Y/you both so much for representing the Great Lakes Region with amazing Leather Hearts this year… and for many years to follow. It was an honor to meet and speak with Y/you both during your time in Detroit… Master Shihan’s golden butterfly

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