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Mission: the awareness and acceptance of social nudism and nude recreation in this region.

February 9, 2019—Lake Como Resort Ted Peck- Member Trustee – AANR – SW
AANR Midwinter Board Meeting

      First, this place is gorgeous. The lake, the trees, the wildlife, the hiking trails, the amenities. It’s not new, but I was in the latest room to be remodeled: new paint, new fixtures, etc. The room was a little odd—no place to hang up clothes. The place I assume used to serve that purpose now has a small refrigerator. Good the only clothes I might have hung up were what I wore to get here, and I appreciated the refrigerator.

     For me the highlight of the meeting was the report by Erich Schuttauf, Executive Director and Legal Counsel, on recent victories in the areas of legal and legislation. An example from the last year: at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, for 25 years there have been signs warning of the dire consequences of being nude anywhere. Individual nudists, local nudist groups, AANR, TNS, and other groups have been working 25 years to get this changed. The old anti-nude sign has been replaced. The new sign says that you may encounter nude sunbathers at beach entry 13. In the 70’s when I first got into nudism at beaches, hot springs, and wilderness, there were lots of places to be nude. In the decades since, such opportunities have dwindled. Now, in the last few years, a few places that were once clothing optional, but were made clothing required, have now returned to places of freedom.

     We spent several hours talking about vision and mission. At the very first AANR meeting I attended as your regional President, 5 years ago, there was a workshop on mission. I was inspired and excited, and the result was the committee of the whole at Bluebonnet and then the board vote on the mission statement at the top of this report. We’re still working on how we implement this mission, but progress is happening. At the international level (AANR) we’re still trying to come to agreement on mission. At one meeting, we spent an hour or so discussing the difference between “mission” and “vision.” We may have also resurrected one of the debates of medieval scholasticism about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. I thought we were on the verge this weekend of arriving at a mission, but there was no motion. Maybe it’ll happen at the summer Convention at Sun Meadow in Idaho. There is a sense in which it’s not urgent, because the motion will be to put something on the ballot we’ll all get in 2020 for the election of AANR officers and trustees. In the meantime, I remind myself of what Bob Morton said at a recent SW board meeting, something about AANR being a big ship and so it’s hard to turn it.

     By coincidence, Mitch London and I were on the same flight from Atlanta to Tampa, having arrived separately from San Antonio and Austin. Also, on the grounds was Dammit Dan, who has sometimes called Bluebonnet home and whom I have run into a lot of places, including Oregon for an AANR convention.

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THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION ANNOUNCES DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL SKINNY DIP DAY 2019

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) – So the frost is on the pumpkin, and baby it’s cold outside. Still, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for one of the cheekiest summer events planned for 2019: International Skinny Dip Day. Skinny- dipping celebrates the natural joy of a carefree swim without cumbersome clothing. Lest you think otherwise, it’s truly a wholesome tradition that’s been enjoyed by such American patriots as Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams, along with literary luminaries the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

To celebrate this rite of summer, last year the American Association for Nude Recreation (www.aanr.com) officially designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD). For 2019, International Skinny Dip Day will be observed on July 13th.

ISDD serves as the culminating event during National Nude Recreation Week ( July 7-14, 2019 ), an AANR tradition for 44 years. This week-long celebration provides an opportunity for individuals and families to visit clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS), and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation – the Nakation℠. Many clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, dance parties, sports tournaments, chili cook-offs, “bare buns fun runs,” health screenings, art shows, and more.

On International Skinny Dip Day in particular, the textile world is encouraged to join with naturists and free themselves of their clothes and inhibitions by taking a dip au natural in their backyard pool, a secluded spot on a river or lake, at a sanctioned nude beach or at one of AANR’s 180 clubs and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.

To interview an AANR spokesperson on the health and well-being benefits of wholesome nude recreation and skinny- dipping, please contact Jeffrey Baldasarre as noted below.

Jeffrey Baldasarre, Director of Marketing & Communication AANR

800/879-6833

JBaldasarre@aanr.com

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The results of 2018 AANR Elections Incredible Participation

The AANR office has received the results of the 2018 AANR Election from the independent voting service Vote – Now and those results appear below with numbers on votes cast. I wish to preface these remarks by thanking each and every candidate who participated in the election, to our members and clubs who participated, and to the many of you who helped us raise awareness of the election so that our fellow members got out the vote.
I deeply appreciate the AANR staff and especially Carolina D’Aldana and Carolyn Hawkins for their hard work in making this happen also.
Strong Participation. An incredible eighteen percent (18%) of the eligible electorate cast ballots during the election. This is much stronger than the participation for electing such boards as those who govern employee pension funds, and even government primaries. Whatever the outcome, these are numbers that show you care about the future of your association.
** Indicates elected to the position
+ Indicates ran unopposed
AANR President
Votes
2626 Kathy Watzel **
2217 Tim Mullins
AANR Vice President
4556 Patty Faber** +
AANR Secretary / Treasurer
4531 Kathy Smith** +
Club Trustee – Tier 1-2 (Note that a candidate was not originally fielded in the election from tier 1-2. By virtue of the results of the top vote recipients in the Tier 3, the positions of Tier 1-2 are filled as follows as stated in Governance Manual 3.01.02 1.c. “…If any category has no candidates, the seat on the board will accrue to the next lower category.”):
Votes
3201 Ronna Krozy**
1462 Lewis Dreblow**
Club Trustee – Tier 3 (Note that candidates were not originally fielded in the election from tiers 1 and 2. By virtue of this the top vote recipients from Tier 3 (Krozy & Lewis) moved into the positions of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Trustee respectively. The top vote recipient for Trustee from Tier 4 (Roche) moves into this position accordingly per 3.01.02 1.c. “…If any category has no candidates, the seat on the board will accrue to the next lower category.”):
4358 Robert Roche** +
Club Trustee Tier 4 (Note that the top vote recipient from Tier 4 moved into the position of Tier 3 Trustee and the top vote recipient for Trustee from Tier 5 (Harris) moved into this position accordingly per 3.01.02 1.c. “…If any category has no candidates, the seat on the board will accrue to the next lower category.”):
4410 Joan Harris**+
Club Trustee Tier 5 (Note that the top vote recipient from Tier 5 moved into the position of Tier 4 Trustee and the top vote recipient for Trustee from Tier 6-7 (Price) moved into this position accordingly per 3.01.02 1.c. “…If any category has no candidates, the seat on the board will accrue to the next lower category.”):
2859 Beverly Price**
Club Trustee Tier 6-7
(Note that the top vote recipient from this Tier 6-7 Category (Price) moved into the position of Tier 5 Trustee and the next two top vote recipients for Trustee from Tier 6-7 (at this posting Weaver has resigned. Lane will take the position for Trustee of tier 6 -7)) .
2135 Susan Weaver
1976 Margie Cantlon**
1235 Peg Lane**
Region Member Trustees
AANR EAST
1234 Fred Van Nest** +
AANR FLORIDA
792 Ralph Collinson** +
AANR MIDWEST
700 Terry Meek** +
AANR NORTHWEST
215 Karen Lahey**
201 Richard Patterson
AANR SOUTHWEST
310 Ted Peck**+
AANR WEST
991 Walt Stephens**+
AANR WESTERN CANADA
59 Bob Campbell** + (deceased; position to be filled by AANR WC Region)
Ballot Propositions
 
Ballot Proposition #1 (Strikes Philippine Islands from AANR West)
** Enacted
4385 Approved **
426 Not Approved
Ballot Proposition #2 (Reduces number of Trustees from 14 to 7)
3359 Approved **
1426 Not Approved
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In Memory of Bob Campbell

It is with an incredible sense of disbelief and sorrow that we inform you that AANR Western Canada Member Trustee and AANR Finance Chair Bob Campbell has passed away. Bob was in a car accident while coming home from a fundraiser where he served on the board for Big Hill Haven’s Women’s Shelter in Cochrane, Alberta.

He was also a volunteer parent for his dog Remmy who is part of the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society program. Together they were involved in the Calgary Board of Education reading initiative at Eric Harvie School where they would read with students.

Bob was a generous man. He was a wise man. He was a supportive man. He was a trusted respected advisor to so many people. Bob had a passion for volunteering and being a part of many organizations, from Alcoholics Anonymous, to the Cochrane Curling Club, Cochrane Ringette, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation. Bob was a life member of AANR. He has been the AANR-Western Canada Trustee for the past four years and AANR Finance Committee Chair for six years. Prior to becoming a Trustee he served for seven years with AANR-Western Canada as Treasurer and then President.

In life he loved to help others so in death the family would like to help him make a difference one last time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made through this GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/bob-campbell and all monies will go to help the fundraising efforts of the Cochrane Women’s Shelter, Big Hill Haven, in Bob’s name.

 Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Bob’s family and with his many friends who will miss him.

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American Association For Nude Recreation 2018 Voting Information

Dear AANR Member:

Here is the information regarding the upcoming voting process for the 2018 American Association for Nude Recreation elections. The balloting period shall begin on May 1st 2018. Paper ballots must be postmarked no later than June 20, 2018, in order to be counted. Electronic voting is open until June 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Instructions to Cast Your Vote:

1) By Internet: using you smartphone, tablet, or computer browser, please go directly to the link below (do not use the search box): https://vtnw.com/go/AANR/ Enter your voter registration code: which will be mailed through the postal service or email and placed in your inbox.

2) By telephone: call toll free (844) 797-4575 (M-F, 9am-6pm, EDT), to speak with a Vote-now specialist. Please enter your voter registration code (shown above) at the prompt.

3) By Postal service: complete the enclosed paper ballot and mail it in the enclosed, pre-addressed, postage paid envelope. IMPORTANT- If you choose to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by June 20.

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American Association For Nude Recreation 2018 Elections begin May 1, 2018

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AANR’S FIRST HURRICANE RELIEF FUND

MESSAGE FROM THE AANR PRESIDENT

 

As you, I watched two recent hurricanes with a broken heart.  The damage done to AANR clubs and members is devastating.  AANR has established, by my orders, an AANR Hurricane Relief Fund to which you may donate.  The funds will be kept completely separate from any AANR operating funds and will be distributed on a case by case basis to clubs and members in immediate need.  How much AANR can distribute depends upon you.

 

You may donate by clicking on www.aanr.com and then on the “donate” tab. Any/all donations through October 31, 2017, will be earmarked for this fund.  Whether you donate by credit card, website or phone, or by sending a check to the AANR office, your contribution will serve only your fellow AANR members.  Please note that contributions to the organization are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.

 

If you are in need of immediate help from either Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-TRY-NUDE or write try-nude@aanr.com.  Please give details of your needs and the amount you are requesting, and AANR will assist you in any way they possibly can.

 

Sincerely,

Beverly B. Price

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OMG I’m Dating a Non-Nudist

(Continued from Growing Up as a Nudist – Part 1)

I will call him Dean.

Photo Credit: Katie Mo Photo www.facebook.com/katiemophotography

Dean and I had been together about two months before I even thought about telling him. Maybe I was nervous because I am not a fan of rejection, but I knew I had to tell him I was a nudist.

When I broached the subject to him, he looked a little shocked and I asked him what he thought. He said “I didn’t think that was a thing. But it really doesn’t matter because of how much I care about you.”

During our conversation, I mentioned that I go to nudist resorts with my family. He said, “Oh you told them?” My answer was “Who do you think got me involved?” He said, “I’m definitely surprised about this entire conversation. But I still care about you too much.” Yeah, I’m keeping him.

Dean didn’t know what to say to his parents. I said I could talk to them. He said, “No, let’s wait on that. I want them to get to know you first.”

After knowing Dean’s reaction, I needed to tell my parents I was dating a non-nudist. As I walked in the living room where my parents were, I thought about what I wanted to say to them. My stomach was churning, and I blurted out “I’m dating a non-nudist!” Surprisingly, they didn’t hear what I said, so I had to repeat it. They both turned and looked at me, and asked, “What do you want for dinner?” After my sigh of relief, I told them how I felt about Dean and the fact that he didn’t care that I was a nudist. They were happy for me because I had found someone to make me happy and someone I liked so much.

Dean and I have been going strong for about a year and a half now, still learning the ins and outs of what a long-term relationship is, and the requirements that go along with that. Also, I have invited Dean to go with me to a nudist resort.

His response was a bit uncertain. “I don’t know how I would handle it myself, just because I don’t want to stare at anyone by accident,” he said. “No worries,” I said, “I will get you a pair of dark sunglasses and in a very short time, you’ll no longer need them.”

It’s common to feel this way, especially for someone trying nudism for the first time. His last sentence made me hopeful for the future. He stated, “I definitely want to give it a try at some point.”

I grew up in a nudist family, and I have been going to resorts affiliated with AANR all my life.

I encourage anyone to experience that feeling of freedom that comes from spending time with friends and family in a wholesome, friendly nudist environment. And who knows, if you’re single, you may meet someone who shares your enthusiasm for nudism, or better yet, find someone (like I did) who cares enough about you to entertain the notion of nudism.

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

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Growing Up as a Nudist

Note: The following is an article from the March 2017 issue of The Bulletin. To regularly receive The Bulletin, become an AANR member today.

Photo Credit: Katie Mo Photo www.facebook.com/katiemophotography

I don’t have a first-time story, mostly because I cannot remember it. Also, I was born into the nudist way of life and had to get most of the story from my parents.

It all started long before I was born when my dad was working as a summer law clerk in the Midwest. He read an article in the Kansas City Star about a travel editor’s visit to Club Orient. The same issue of the newspaper contained a small advertisement for an open house that Prairie Haven Club in Scranton, Kansas was holding the next weekend. On a lark, my parents went on a road trip to the club thinking they would drop in for about 10 minutes, then check visiting a nudist place off life’s ‘to-do’ list. After meeting some friendly people and watching my dad enjoy a skinny dip, my mom then knew things would be different for him. “You’ll be ready to do the nudist thing again soon,” she predicted as they drove out.

It may have taken a few more visits and Florida’s warm sun when my folks moved there a couple years later, but my mom became convinced too. Fast forward to 1992. I was two weeks old, and my parents headed to Cypress Cove with me in tow for a day of sunshine, and a special family tradition in birthday suits to celebrate new birthdays. By 1998 dad was working at AANR, I had a little sister, a little brother, and we all had little use for swimsuits.

We lived a few blocks away from the Kissimmee-based resort Cypress Cove. This was such an awesome way to grow up. Imagine knowing that after school or Church, we could ride our bikes down the road and go to the lake or the pool and have fun.

In 2000, my littlest brother was born, and our family was complete. With us growing up and getting more friends, we invited a few friends of the family to try it out. I remember it was always the same process. We would get there, they’d be a little nervous, but eventually, they would want to undress and join in on the fun too.

Growing up as a nudist has given me a stronger bond with my family. Whether it is having a road trip to get to an AANR Convention, or riding our bikes to “The Cove” on Sundays after Church, there has always been a connection there that so many families miss out on.

Through experiences with the AANR Youth Summer Camps, I was able to share fun experiences with kids my own age too, and learn more about naturism/nudism and education from the excellent leadership that the AANR youth camps provide as well. This helped me tackle and overcome the pressure about negative body image, and gave me a better view of body acceptance.

As I grew older, I was more exposed to the advertising of the impossible “ideal woman” the world has conditioned us to adopt. I knew in my heart, from growing up with talking to people of all walks of life, young and old, that people aren’t built to the unrealistic visual expectations the world has for us. We are so much more. Because of my upbringing in this body-positive environment, I can still be happy knowing that while I may be judged for my body, it truly doesn’t matter to me.

When thinking back, I remember what my younger self would have said while building castles on the beach, listening to a cover band play Rock’n’Roll classics at Nude-a-Palooza: “This is awesome, I hope it never ends.”

Me too, younger Alix, me too.

Stay tuned next week for part 2!

UPDATE: Part 2 is here! OMG I’m Dating a Non-Nudist

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

 

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World Naked Gardening Day Wrap-Up

The 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day was May 6. On that day, people from all over the globe tended to their gardens as nature intended, au natural.

This was a monumental day for everyone who tried gardening nude for the first time. To all of those who did, AANR would like to say congratulations to you for stepping out of your comfort zone! We invite you to visit www.aanr.com/member-benefits/join-renew, sign up for a membership, and enjoy more of the freedom you experienced on WNGD! Likewise, if you introduced a friend to nudism on May 6, thank you!

#WorldNakedGardeningDay was a trending topic on Twitter May 6. Click on the hashtag to see the posts on Twitter!

To wrap up the event, here are some pictures from some of our members who joined us in celebrating World Naked Gardening Day.

 

 

 

 

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