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AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Although the nudist season is winding down in the Northwest, we still have the AANR-NW Fall Board meeting coming up from September 27 – September 29 at the Willamettans.  The board meeting is a great opportunity to find out what is going on in the region as well as meet new people and make great friends.  All are welcome.  The Willamettans has lots to do, including entertainment on Saturday evening, if you don’t want to spend all of your time in meetings.  Come and find why AANR-NW Board Meetings are a lot of fun!

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Winners – 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest

Let the drum roll begin.  Congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest.

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2019 AANR-NW Photography Contest and the winner of the “At Your Club” category is Robert Dashiell with the photo “Bare Buns Fun Run Start”

The Winner of the “Nude, but not Nude” category is Mike Capshaw with the photo “At the Cafe”

The winner in the “Out in Nature” category is Alison with the photo “Nantucket”

The other winner of the “Out in Nature” category is Ron for the photo “Yoga Bare”

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Welcome Wandering Bare

AANR-NW welcomes our newest event club to the Northwest, Wandering Bare.  Its founder, Joe Haggerty, has sent us an introduction.

Wandering Bare is fun, it’s also nice, pleasant, relaxing, refreshing, exhilarating, exciting, and enjoyable. We enjoy hiking naked and nude recreation to provide a freeing personal quest, to build a closer bond with nature.  We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy being totally natural, with the warm sun and cool breeze on your entire body. It’s an amazing sensation of total freedom.

Wandering Bare invites you to free your inner child! Become closer to nature! Hiking naked through forests, fields, Mountains, and valleys! We’ve hosted Naked Nature Walks at Baskett Slough, Finley, Snag Boat and Ankeny Wildlife Reserves. Wildlife Reserves are a wonderful place for walking naked. They are usually deserted, the people we have met have been friendly and sometimes curious about our group. Our naked walks have always been fun, freeing, and a way to relax and fill your soul with the joys of living.

Wandering Bare has also hosted Naked Mountain Biking in the Bend, OR area. Riding 20 incredible miles of naked mountain biking. Feeling triumphant, a little red from the sun and dusty, our adventures have been fantastic. Nobody took a spill, no mechanical problems, just an amazing afternoon.

This summer we enjoyed World Naked Gardening Day on May 4th.  We celebrated at DoLittle Pastures Farm in Lebanon, Oregon.  Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, but it also reminds us that we can be honest with who we are as part of this planet and discover a closer bond to mother earth at this family-friendly community event. If getting down and dirty in the garden wasn’t your thing. Wandering the 80 acres of forest and meadows, exploring the rustic but well-marked trails with multiple access points to Crabtree Creek.
Labor Day Weekend at DoLittle Pastures Farm we’ll be enjoying Three Days of Clothing Optional Peace, Joy, Pressing Apple cider, Natural Living, Potlucks, and Music. There are several apple trees or bring your favorite apples for pressing. “BYOJ” (Bring Your Own Jug) There will be a potluck lunches and dinners. Then gather in the evening for amusement and merry-making…bring instruments, songs, stories, and obscure talents! “Why gather apples then press them to cider naked?” It’s fun! As nudists, we know doing actives naked always makes it more fun. Joining together we celebrate the freedom of nudism, the victories of summer.

Clothing Optional Blueberry Picking will be an annual event. Terra Fluvia Blueberry Farm in Albany, Oregon hosted a day of unlimited picking Willamette Valley’s Oldest and Bluest Blueberries! Our members said it best!
“Fantastic morning picking blueberries. The farm was great and so were the hosts. The swimming hole was perfect for skinny dipping was a nice cool off after berry picking. Thanks again.”  “Fun morning, peaceful setting, yummy berries, nice people. Thanks again” “Excellent Event, great blueberries, peaceful location. Several people did go for a swim in the river. One of our favorite naturist get togethers yet.”

Wandering Bare is not judgmental! We are open to everybody who enjoys nude recreation, whatever your shape or size. We are all made from the same star-stuff, you are welcome. Nudists are the most friendly and open-minded people you will ever meet. Our goal is to provide a relaxing and safe environment where all participants can feel comfortable to experience the joy of being a nudist in our great outdoors. Just like what GOD intended: “Hang out in a garden with a bunch of nudists”. Before that thing with the apple.

“When wearing only a smile. Be sure to smile a lot.”
Joe Haggerty
Wandering Bare
Www.meetup.com/WANDERING-BARE
wanderingbareoregon@gmail.com

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AANR Convention

With a Little Help from our Friends” is the theme of this year’s AANR Convention at Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort in Worley, Idaho just south of Couer d’ Alene.   There are events for all ages.  If you like music, there are three live concerts, dances and a jam session.  If you like sports and games, there is yoga, cribbage, bocce, pickle-ball, volleyball, water aerobics, disc golf, shuffleboard, and a Cardboard Box Regatta.  If you like scotch, there is the Single Malt Scotch Society.  There are presentations on photography, social media and GAT (Government Affairs Team).  There is a Wine and Paint Party and an opportunity to make fascinators.   There is a WINR (Women in Nude Recreation) Circle.  AND you will get to meet your AANR leadership and attend the annual AANR membership meeting and the summer trustee meeting.  AANR leadership wants and needs your input and is willing to hear what you have to say and answer your questions.

Come and have fun.  There is still tenting space available at Sun Meadow and rooms available at the Casino down the road.

The program can be downloaded from the AANR-NW website. AANR Convention

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AANR-NW Convention

Help Kaniksu celebrate its 80th birthday at the AANR-NW Convention from July 18th – 21st.  There should be plenty of campsites for tents and smaller RVs.  Check with the office if you need a room or larger RV site.  Enjoy the traditional pool, the volleyball pool, sauna and hot tub, bocce, pickle-ball and volleyball courts.  Starting from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch, meals will be available.  There will be  bocce ball, horse shoes, shuffle board, cribbage, and pickle ball tournaments, plus other fun events.  There will be personalized necklace or bracelet making,  as well as whiskey and Microbrew tasting.  There will be several seminars and informative sessions.   You will also get to vote on the 2nd Annual AANR-NW Photo Contest.  Children will have their own special area with crafts, a climibing wall, a playground and sandbox.

The AANR-NW General Assembly Meeting will be held on Sunday, July 21st.

Kaniksu’s Bare Buns Fun Run is the following weekend on July 28th, with activities and meals throughout the weekend.

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Facebook to Meet with Photographers to Reconsider Nudity Policy

On June 2, 2019, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) collaborated with the photographer Spencer Tunick to create a nude art installation in New York City to challenge the censorship of artistic nudity on Facebook and Instagram.   125 men and women stripped down and held giant photos of male nipples over their bodies to cover themselves.  The women also put male nipple stickers over their own nipples, since Facebook bans the display of womens’ nipples.

These photographers have the same problems with Facebook and Instragram and their policies concerning nudity that nudists have.  This campaign is #wethenipple.  Read more about this campaign at https://ncac.org/we-the-nipple

Four days later, on June 6th,  Facebook agreed to meet with a group of artists, educators, curators and activists.  They have confirmed that they will reconsider their policy.   Instagram, a photo sharing application,  is owned by Facebook.    However, at this time, nothing has changed.  You can still be banned from Facebook for sharing any nude

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11th Skin to the Wind Festival of Fun

Skin to Wind Festival @ Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort | Worley | Idaho | United States

The 11th Annual Skin to the Wind Festival of Fun begins on July 10 at Sun Meadow Resort with a DJ Dance.  The fun continues with a Wine and Paint party, a WINR (Women in Nude Recreation) Gathering, sports and workshops.  Of course, there will be volleyball, disc golf, the pools, bocce ball and games with good food and good friends.

On July 11th, there will be a concert with Amber Sweeney, who is described as

“The fearless and passionate Los Angeles transplant has staked her place in the Northwest music scene. A vivid combination of sharp and deep songwriting and story telling, connection with the wide net of local musicians, and a compassionate connect to cause makes Amber impossible to ignore.”

— Inessa Anderson, Portland Radio Project

On July 12,  The W Lovers perform in concert.  They are described as:

“This is music for a hammock near a river, with a cold lemonade on a hot day. This is music for driving alone in the middle of the night. This is music that’s easy to listen to but hard to shake afterwards.”

—The Yakima Herald

And on July 13, Sundae & Mr. Goessl perform.

“Kate Voss tried everything from playwriting to piano teaching before discovering a home in the Seattle jazz scene—but she never really settled down. She juggles roles in indie, jazz, pop, and country bands, each with a unique sound aided by her smooth and versatile voice. Most of her recent shows have been duos with her husband under the name Sundae & Mr. Goessl.”

—Seattle Weekly – Best of Seattle  – Best Jazz Act

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Naked Food Fest

Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park is holding a Naked Food Fest on June 29th from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.  There will be food demonstrations by AANR-NW, TNS and Tiger Mountain members. Come enjoy food tasting, lunch, dinner and music.  $25 suggested donation.  Just want to eat?  Lunch $10 suggested donation.  Dinner $15 suggested donation.  Tunes by Angie Lynn after dinner from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

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Portland WNBR

The 15th World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR)  in Portland, OR is being held Saturday, June 29.  It is expected to draw thousands of nude and nearly nude cyclists.  The event’s motto is “As bare as you dare.”  The official ride meets at 8PM at Laurelhurst Park, with the six mile ride starting at 9PM.  The official route is not disclosed.  You are discouraged from driving to the event.  There is a great FAQ at  https://pdxwnbr.org/faq/.

AANR-NW is one of the Full Monty Sponsors of this event.  They will be at Laurelhurst Park.  Stop by and say hi.  They may have something neat to give to you.  Tell them where you heard about the event.

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Trustee Report – July 2019 Nudescene

As your AANR Trustee from this region, I want to let you know that your board has continued to stay active in between meetings.  We are acting on matters using electronic discussion and voting.  With the current challenges around the need for growth and the deficit budget, we realize that we have much work to accomplish and that it cannot happen during two short meetings per year.

I chair the Membership Marketing Committee.  We have found a new way that AANR will be processing memberships that will easier for members, clubs and for AANR.  It will offer ways to setup auto-renewal, which promises to reduce member loss.  Our committee is also proposing changes in membership that will make it easier for the office to process members and thus use more of their time to recruiting new membership.  These changes are tactical changes.  We must now work on strategic ideas on how to grow and retain membership.

While I am always open to your ideas.  Since the AANR Convention is in our region this year, you have the opportunity this summer to come to Idaho and learn what is going on and to participate in the discussion.  Elsewhere in the Nudescene, you can read about the fun time that is happening at the 2019 AANR Convention at Sun Meadow from August 12-18.   You can also come to the meetings.  You can talk to your officers and board members.  People in the audience are usually allowed to speak.  Please come.  Learn.  And Contribute.  We need you!

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Second Annual AANR-NW Photography Contest

There’s still time to submit your photos for this year’s AANR-Northwest Photography Contest. Enter your stunning photos and win cash prizes and accolades.  The deadline for online entries is July 15, 2019.  Or you may bring an electronic version of your photo and a 8.5 x 11 print to the AANR-NW Convention at Kaniksu Family Ranch.  Judging, by attendees, will occur during the convention from July 18-20, culminating with awards on the evening of July 20th.

This year’s categories are:

  • Nude but not Nude
  • Our Diverse World
  • Out in Nature
  • At our Club
  • Other

For each category that has at least five entries, there will be a $75 prize. The grand prize winner will be $150.

To submit your entry:

  1. Go to http://www.aanr-nw.org/photography-contest/
  2. Download the photo release at http://www.aanr-nw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/aanr-nw_photo_release.pdf , fill it in, scan or take a picture of it and
  3. Upload the photo release, with your name, email, phone, agreeing to the rules as specified at http://www.aanr-nw.org/2019-aanr-rules/
  4. Upload your photo, with its title and choosing its category.

Good luck.  See the winners from last year at http://www.aanr-nw.org/2018-photography-contest/

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Summer of Fun in the Northwest

July and August are busy months when you like to be nude in the Northwest.

International Skinny Dip Day is July 13.  Find some water, find a friend, lose the suit and jump right in.

In the Spokane area, there is a “Skin to the Wind” Festival, a Fun Run and two conventions.

“Skin to the Wind”, July 10-14 at Sun Meadow, will feature sports, games, a Women in Nude Recreation (WINR) meeting and an opportunity to donate blood.  And lots of concerts: “Amber Sweeney”, “The W Lovers” and “Sundae and Mr. Goessl”

AANR-NW Convention, July 18-21 at Kaniksu Family Ranch is the Annual AANR-NW Convention.  The theme, to go along with Kaniksu’s  80th Birthday is the 1980s.   The emphasis is on fun.  There will be numerous sports events, jewelry making and whiskey and microBrew tasting.  an AANR Town Hall and a women’s meeting is also planned.

“Original” Bare Buns Fun Run Weekend, July 26-28 at Kaniksu Family Ranch Is the 35th running of the “Original” Bare Funs Fun Run and 80th Anniversary of Kaniksu Ranch.  In addition to the fun are lots of sports and other fun activities.

AANR Convention, August 12-18 at Sun Meadow, will feature sports, games, workshops, a Wine & Paint Party, a WINR Meeting, another opportunity to donate blood, Single Malt Society, GAT Silent Auction, and the opportunity to meet and participate with AANR leadership.  And wonderful concerts with “McLeod 9”, “Scott Cossu”, “Jessica Lynne with Kat Bula”, a jam session and a DJ Dance.

In the Seattle area, we have runs and music festivals.

The Bare Buns Fun Run – West Weekend, July 12-14, at Tiger Mt Family Nudist Park is, starting with a Wine and & Chesse Party with “8 Second Rider”, on Friday, a Carb Load Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

Rustic Days ,August 2-4. at Lake Bronson with three fun filled days of gatherings, games and grub.

Nudestock 2019  Weekend, August  23-24, at Tiger Mt. Family Nudist Park.  Following a Wine & Cheese Party with “Mary McPage” on Friday, there are food vendors and concerts from “Champagne Sunday”, “The New Rhythmatics”, “Jeff Herzog & the Jet City Flyers” and “Auditorious”.

BARE IT Arts Festival at Lake Bronson, August 30-Sept 2, is a four day event celebrating creativity, features, dancing, interactive art events food and a Monday golf game.

In Oregon, we have music festivals.

SunFest Celebration, August 2-4, at Mountaindale Sun Resort JIM JIM fill in details please.

Music Fest, August 15-18, at Squaw Mt. Ranch is 4 days, 9 bands, good times.  This year the bands are “The Eric Savage Band” (Classic Rock), “MOJO Holler” (Acoustic Duo), “Scratching String Band”

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Across the Board – May 2019

I love nude travel.  People ask why nude vacationing appeals to me.  I like the way it feels to be nude – the feel of the wind on my skin and the peace of water as it skims off of my body.  I like the simplicity of packing and laundry.  In fact, I’m generally not even sure what to pack.  I like meeting other nudists, because they tend to be candid, open and welcoming.  On a nude cruise several years ago, the cruise director stood at the front of the audience and commented that he would normally suggest that we introduce ourselves to the people on our right and on our left, but that he knew we already had.  You really get to know who they are.  So rather than traveling and only meeting people superficially, you get to know the real person.  You get to make some real friends.  It is why when I go on a nude cruise, I run into so many people that I already know.  And living in the Northwest, it’s always great to get rays in the winter down south.

There’s a wide range of places you can enjoy nude vacationing.  There are large, luxurious resorts as well as rustic, back to nature camp grounds.  There are places to visit everywhere from high in the mountains to down on the beaches.  You can swim in the oceans, in lakes or ponds, in rivers, or in the many pools that grace our clubs, or just gather with friends in your hot tub.  You can attend dances, parties and movie nights at AANR clubs.  You can find everything from car shows to 5K runs, from potlucks to rock concerts.  Some clubs have even arranged special events like nude evenings at nude art exhibits, nude improv comedy nights, nude house boating and canoeing, or nude bowling.  Whatever you enjoy, you can probably find someplace to enjoy it in the nude.

Think of the ways that AANR helps you travel.  We help you find safe, family friendly parks to visit.  We support our current clubs, and help new clubs get started and grow.  We work to ensure legal challenges to our current parks and beaches are defended against.  We also work with current beach advocates and help to develop new nude beaches.  And of course there are the discounts that you get as an AANR member.

While there are many lovely nudist venues, there are large parts of the country where there are not any.  We need more.  This points to our many challenges.  How do we protect the venues that we have and create new ones?  As owners of resorts grow older and their heirs do not want to own a nudist park, as a community we can help to find new owners for these resorts in order to keep them nude.   We need to support and visit other clubs in our area and on our travels, in addition to our own club.  We need to provide ideas for activities and for growth.  We need to support AANR and its mission.

 

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Nude Use of Blind Creek Beach in Florida is Threatened


This St. Lucie County haven for naturists has openly thrived since 2014. Sheriff deputies tolerantly patrol and Treasure Coast Naturists (TCN) board members regularly consult with County Commissioners and staff. So what is really happening and why is the nude beach imperiled? The following will summarize conditions that are compelling a political fight in Florida’s State capital. Your help in the form of legal defense donations is needed to fund this battle.

The first unnoticed salvo occurred as far back as three years ago when the State of Florida, through its Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), sent a complaint to St. Lucie County. DEP objected to St. Lucie County government tolerating a nude beach on what it sees as State-owned land.

So what is the root cause of the State’s challenge to Blind Creek Beach’s nude use? Some quick background history will help readers better understand.

Background History on the Dispute at Blind Creek Beach

About 15 years ago, St. Lucie County established Blind Creek Beach County Park as an isolated Hutchinson Island preserve located immediately north of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant. Before the county park’s officially startup, this same section of isolated shoreline was host to a long tradition of nude sunbathing and swimming. Begun as far back as the 1970s, the free beach attracted naturists from around North America. Skinny dippers encountered a pristine piece of coastline that was relatively free of arrests or harassment.

The Opening in 2014

In 2014, frank discussions between local naturist advocates, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, and the St. Lucie County Attorney led to the recognition that this isolated stretch of beach and its tradition of family-oriented skinny dipping – did not run afoul of the state’s anti-nudity statute (SS – 800.03). As long as lewd behavior did not occur, County deputies would quietly patrol the beach just like any other. And so a grand social experiment began where local government tolerated and even cooperated with a naturist not-for-profit, the Treasure Coast Naturists (TCN), in managing Blind Creek Beach. TCN patrols the shore, protects the sensitive dunes from human intrusion, funds and provides portable bathrooms to beach-goers, manages the parking lot, organizes beach clean-ups and town hall meetings, and operates a website ( www.treasurecoastnaturists.org) that educates the uninitiated about the freer norms occurring at this county park.

The Economic Argument for Naturist Beaches

The economic rewards from Blind Creek Beach are impressive. The number of tourists flocking to St. Lucie County has significantly increased. Many are attracted to the Blind Creek Beach experiment, so much so that it is now the most visited beach in the county. A range of 500-1000 naturists show up on weekends. Hotel occupancy is up. Restaurants have been filled by a new niche of family tourists. Behind the scenes both the business community and county government administrators have witnessed the unexpected. Home to one of only three successfully established nude beaches in the State, St. Lucie County has found itself in an economic sweet spot.

Since its inception in 2014, Blind Creek Beach has been successfully branded worldwide as a tropical, isolated, and unspoiled paradise for naturists. Tourists now come from Europe, the Caribbean, and South America to experience it for themselves, fill up nearby hotel rooms, and enjoy the many local restaurants. It’s understandably difficult for St. Lucie County to ignore this abundant new source of tourist dollars.

The Threat to Blind Creek Beach

Meanwhile in Tallahassee, DEP has repeatedly voiced objections to nude use on their land. DEP claims that since over 95 percent of Blind Creek Beach County Park’s leased tracts are actually owned by DEP (and the State of Florida), the department insists that is has standing to object. As part of its purpose, DEP plays a primary role in administering and protecting the state’s wild lands. Among others, these include the state park system, state wildlife refuges, and state preserves. What DEP overlooks is that it already has TCN as a committed environmental partner in helping to manage the county park.

For the past three years, DEP has repeatedly written threatening letters to St. Lucie County’s government administrators. They continue to demand that the naturist use be shutdown or moved away from Blind Creek Beach. The response from St. Lucie County has been largely silent. With the backing of business leaders and others, the county has chosen to let the grand experiment continue and thrive.

The Discovery of Trouble in March 2019

After repeated rumors of pending trouble, in March 2019 TCN wrote a letter to a long-time Tallahassee naturist advocate and lobbyist. TCN asked his firm to investigate several key questions. Is Blind Creek Beach’s naturist status actually in jeopardy? If true, how and why is it threatened? Last, who is at the heart of the objection?

Subsequent research in Tallahassee Uncovers a Real Threat

After careful research, the lobbyist discovered that yes, the State of Florida (through DEP) was getting ready to take immediate additional actions to compel St. Lucie County to close down all nude use of Blind Creek Beach. Since learning of this, TCN has committed to uncovering the answers and prevail in this dispute. The naturists refuse to back down or leave this beach. To win, TCN has officially hired the Florida lobbying firm of Maury Management Group. This company has a long successful record of representing both South Florida Free Beaches and Florida Naturists Association (SFFB) since 1994 and the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) in Tallahassee. Their normal purview is to watchdog and identify potentially harmful bills or legislation. But with TCN’s recent hiring of Maury Management, a far more intensive, assertive, and expensive work plan has been set in motion.

A Two-Step Process Will Save Blind Creek Beach and Potentially Open the Rest of Florida to Naturist Beaches

According to principal Ramon Maury, there are two steps that must be undertaken. Timing is important too. As an added benefit, the concentrated effort to save Blind Creek Beach could also lead to reopening former clothing-optional beaches that Floridians lost in the 1980’s. Step 1 encompasses placing a hold on DEP’s actions to quickly shut down Blind Creek Beach. Maury Management Group has opened up a dialog with each of the stakeholders in Tallahassee and is working to impose a temporary hold on all pending actions that might stop naturism at Blind Creek Beach.

Step II involves opening a conversation with the key players while the Florida legislature is still in session. We have one remaining month. Possible outcomes that appear to be within reach include rewriting state park rules and/or regulations that currently discourage the establishment of sanctioned nude beaches in Florida. Convincing arguments already underway include the economic perspective. Nude beaches are good for growing local economies, especially those that remain heavily dependent on tourist dollars and the service sector.

Is There Any Good News?

The good news is that Step 1 is underway and Step II has begun. But this fight is expensive. For it to be won, it will take more naturist donations.

What Can You Do?
You can donate to the Cause

• Donate so that you may continue to visit Blind Creek Beach as a naturist and so that others across the USA and from foreign lands can continue to enjoy this pristine beach.

• Give so that we can also open up the opportunity for establishing more clothing-optional beaches around the State. At the moment, other international and regional naturist organizations around the country have been contacted by TCN for help.

• The Treasure Coast Naturists, the Naturist Action Committee, the Naturist Education Foundation, The Naturist Society Foundation, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute, and South Florida Free Beaches have all committed financial and in-kind resources to the fight. AANR, through its national and Florida region, has also been asked to join the battle.

Please Help Save Blind Creek Beach

Please donate to TCN’s Legal Defense Fund.

Donate to this GoFundMe campaign to help stop the threat, protect our nude beach, and possibly open new naturist opportunities across Florida.

Reprinted by permission from the Treasure Coast Naturists GoFundMe page.

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Club Orient Update


We are visiting St. Martin this week and are dismayed to see the devastation at Club Orient.  Club Orient was a beautiful clothing optional resort situated on Orient Bay in St. Martin that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.  Some of the units are just gone.  Many of the remaining ones are hulks, just the concrete outside structures.  It is beyond sad.

While visiting, it is still possible to rent beach chairs and umbrellas for the day.  Only the Perch beach bar has been restored so far, and is open until about 4pm for drinks and meals.  So it is still possible to enjoy the beach.

The owners are still trying to settle with the insurance companies, and as of February, they were hoping to rebuild and reopen by next season.

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AANR-NW Spring Board Meeting and Destination Asia

Come to the AANR-NW Spring Board Meeting and stay for Destination Asia.  AANR-NW Board Meetings are open meetings.  The next meetings start on April 6th at 10:00am at Mountaindale Sun Resort .  At the meetings on Saturday, you will get to hear what the various committees are working on and you will get to voice your opinions.   And you will get to meet many interesting people.  After the meetings on Saturday, you will get to go on a plane ride to Destination Asia.

This unique experience of sights, music, and tastes of Asia will be presented in the MSR clubhouse, converted into an airliner, where a unique variety of short films will be shown as tasty Asian inspired cuisine is served by our extraordinary flight attendants during the journey.

Come fly with us, April 6, 2019, Boarding begins 5:30 pm.

Reserve your seat for only $15.

Due to limited seating, reservations recommended.
Enjoy a sneak preview of the flight at:
https://youtu.be/1kNUVz9VW-E

For more information about the experience or to make reservations, please contact:
asia@mountaindalesun.com

The AANR-NW Board Meeting reconvenes on Sunday Morning at 9:00am with the official Board Meeting.

Please come join with your AANR-NW Board.

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Trustee Report – April 2019 Nudescene

At the AANR Mid-Winter Board in Lutz, Florida, we trustees concentrated on the problem of a deficit budget and fewer members.  While we in the Northwest had minimal growth last year (about 5%), overall AANR saw a loss in membership.  This continues a serious trend.  We know that Nudism needs AANR.  Again and again, our opportunity to be nude is threatened and our communal efforts to work against those threats make all of the difference.  The 26 years that AANR has lobbied and created a network of friendly legislators and NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators) makes a difference.  Having people watch for unfriendly legislation makes a difference.  Having legal advice with you are personal threatened because you are a nudist makes a difference.  And this happens regularly.

But the word doesn’t get out.  People don’t know who or what AANR is.  We aim to change that.  There will be a new feature in the Bulletin about legal issues that have been worked on by AANR.  Read it.  Point it out to your friends.  And tell your friends about AANR and why we are important.  If not for AANR, it’s like the old question.

Who’re you gonna call?

Respectfully Submitted,

Karen Lahey

karen.lahey@aanr.com

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Protester Jailed for Exposing Breast in Virginia

Michelle Sutherland, dressed in costume as Virtus (Virtue), a figure on the Virginia state seal, was arrested while advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and initially held without bail in Virginia.  After three days, her lawyer was able to secure her release from jail.  Her arrest and confinement was for a single count of misdemeanor indecent exposure.  It still stands.  The Washington Post story is at https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2019/02/21/protester-bared-her-chest-womens-rights-virginia-now-shes-being-held-without-bail

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Help Save Common Ground

Local media reported this month that The Everett Community Healing Center (aka Common Ground) is in danger of losing its right to do business in SE Portland.
Everett House is a shining example of a Northwest business that is reinforcing the historical connection between nudity and health. Since 1982, the facility has featured clothing-optional hot tubs, saunas, a steam room, flotation tanks and licensed massage therapists.
The article is here:
www.wweek.com/news/city/2019/01/23/a-beloved-urban-hot-tub-oasis-is-imperiled-because-its-parking-is-being-turned-into-apartments/
The Everett House shares some common goals with nudism: to promote body acceptance and promote a healthy lifestyle. Reporters for local papers have written articles describing their first nude experience there as “magical.”
But the future is very uncertain at this point. Nudists are encouraged to do what you can to help.
How You Can Help:
Sign the Petition!
There is an online petition at The Petition Site.com, called “Support the Everett House Healing Center.
www.thepetitionsite.com/964/312/178/support-the-everett-healing-center/

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Nudist Restaurant in Paris Closes

Fifteen months ago, O’naturel opened its doors to nudists, giving them the opportunity to dine in the all together.  Two non-nudist brothers, Mike and Stéphane Saada, hoped to cash in on the growing popularity of nudism in France.  Unfortunately, they have lacked enough business to continue and the restaurant will close on February 16.  See the article in the Washingon Post,  “Paris nudist restaurant closes because not enough people want to hang out”.

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URGENT: Your Signiture Needed for More Florida Clothing-Optional Beaches!

Some 35 years ago we naturists had many of our Florida naturist beaches taken away from us when beaches such as Honeymoon Island and McArthur Beach became Florida State Parks and the Park System imposed an anti-nudity park code.
There is overwhelming popular demand by locals and tourist visitors alike to re-establish naturist use at these Florida State Park beaches as officially-designated, European-style, family-oriented, clothing-optional sections of beach, but elected officials haven’t heard from YOU!
YOU MUST SPEAK UP!
Tampa Area Naturists (TAN – TANFL.com ), in alliance with B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute (beachesfoundation.org – the non-profit organization co-mentoring Haulover Beach with South Florida Free Beaches – sffb.com ) and its 24-year Tallahassee government affairs firm, Maury Management, seeks to replicate the successes at Haulover Beach in Miami and Blind Creek Beach in Fort Pierce where strong family values, amenities, parking and Beach Ambassadors are the norm.  To re-establish naturist use at Florida State Park beaches, starting with Honeymoon Island near Tampa, TAN needs YOUR immediate support and signing of our petition!  TAN must collect 10,000 signatures of support before local and state officials will consider the request to be serious and meritorious.  Therefore, YOU are the most important factor in making this dream a reality.  YOUR signature will carry YOUR voice to elected Florida state and park officials.  Clothing-optional beaches are good for tourism, family-centered recreation, and most importantly, the local economy.  To fulfill this dream, we NEED YOUR SIGNATURE!
PLEASE SIGN PETITION AT:  tinyurl.com/tandip
You can choose to make your name, city/state/country, comment and date signed publicly displayed OR you can un-select that box, making that info accessible only privately to TAN.  Tampa Area Naturists wholeheartedly thanks YOU for your support!   We look forward to hosting you, your family and friends in the very near future in the paradise we call “West Coast Florida.”
Please get 10 of your friends and family to sign to maximize your impact!
You can also like and follow TAN on our Facebook page at: facebook.com/TampaAreaNaturistsa

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AUNaturel – The Nude in the 21st Century Art Exhibition

The 13th annual international juried exhibit Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century will be on display from January 14 through March 24, 2019 at Clatsop Community College’s Royal Nebeker Art Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays from 11:00
a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. If the rules from last year are the same for this year, it will be free and open to the public. The 2019 press release is not yet out, but should be here soon:
http://www.aunaturelart.com/pr2019.php
Further info at: http://www.aunaturelart.com/gfx/poster2019.pdf The photo gallery from last year’s show is at http://www.aunaturelart.com/gallery.php?yr=2018

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NudeProv Returns in 2019

Good News, Everyone! Starting in January Nudeprov will be on the last Sunday of every month for the entirety of 2019! The NudeProv group said, “Since our last ‘Nudes Only’ show went so well, we’d like to continue to foster a safe, welcoming, body-positive atmosphere, and sense of community by making all our shows exclusively for nude audiences for the foreseeable future. All are still welcome at Nudeprov (just as long as you’re all naked)!”

Tickets: http://bit.ly/Nudeprov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/475193666303415/

Performances are seen at the Pocket Theater at 8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. To purchase tickets, click https://thepocket.vbotickets.com/event/Nudeprov_Improv_Comedy/24799. Improv is a kind of unscripted comedy where the audience participates by suggesting topics.

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Tumblr (Verizon) Joins Facebook and Instagram in banning Nudity

Once again, a social media platform, Tumblr, has conflated nudity with lewdness and banned nudity  As part of the naturist community, it is important that we are aware of the dangerous message that this proclaims to all. We should not take it in stride that of course it is OK to ban nudity.   We need to make sure our message is heard — our message  is that Nude is NOT Lewd.

Tumblr is a social media platform that allows individuals to create micro blogs.  There were many naturists, including professional photographers, that did just that.  However, Verizon bought Tumblr in 2013 and then Apple banned the Tumblr app from their store.  So, with 14 days notice, Tumblr banned nudity from postings on December 17, 2019.   It is still permissible to post textual pornography on Tumblr, just not nude pictures.

Many people have found this ban to be offensive.  From the New York Times,  The Problem With Banning Pornography on Tumblr by Jessica Powell, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/opinion/tumblr-adult-content-pornography-ban.html , “This is not the first time a social media or blog platform has banned adult content. Twitter, Facebook, and many other platforms all prohibit pornography. But in the United States, we seem to ignore public debate about the censorship of sex and the human body, reflecting the American tendency to get more offended by the sight of a female-presenting nipple than by guns, hate speech or violence.”

The challenge is how to fight this trend.  Of course finding a place to host your nudist blog is one part of the what needs to happen.  One substitute that I can direct you to is www.mewe.com, which has reached out to refugees from Tumblr.  On a different front, while I don’t expect to be able to change Tumblr, Verizon or Apple’s mind, I do want to tell everyone I talk to about their misjudgment of nudism.  Spread the word.  If we all talk about it, maybe it will eventually make a difference.

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Trustee Report – February 2019 Bulletin

AANR’s Challenge

As you receive this bulletin, I am preparing to go to the Mid-Winter Board Meeting.  We will be discussing one of the greatest issues currently facing AANR.  That issue is declining membership.  We have been talking about this problem for quite a few years.  While we have tried various things, we have yet solved this problem.  For example, we are in the process of revamping our membership process in order to streamline it.

But I need ideas.  Your ideas.  All ideas.  Thinking out of the box ideas.  What would make AANR more attractive to new members?  Why are you an AANR member?   Please help.

My email address is karen.lahey@aanr.com

Thanks for your help,

Naturally,

Karen Lahey

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AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

The 2018 AANR-NW Fall Board is convening at Sun Meadow Resort on September 28th-30th. The AANR-NW board consists of a director that is either appointed or elected from each of the clubs in the region as well as a director that represents those AANR members that do not belong to a club. However, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in the board meetings. The wide representation within the board means that every club is represented. It also means that the board is a fairly large group of people who have worked together, getting to know one another. We have a good time, both at the great entertainment, including a DJ Dance Saturday night, as well as just in getting to see our friends.

Come to Sun Meadow for the Fall Board Meeting. Please remember, there is room for everyone to participate. And we would love to welcome you at the board meeting. Try it, you just might like it.

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Trustee Report – November 2018 Nudescene

Member Trustee Report

Thank you to everyone for your confidence in electing me to be AANR Member Trustee from the North West.  You have my pledge to be available to you for your questions, needs and concerns.  My email is karen.lahey@aanr.com.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I was appointed chair of the AANR Membership Marketing Committee, which is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, marketing plans for growth in membership and the subcommittees WINR (Women in Nude Recreation) and Singles.  We are moving ahead in finding a replacement to the membership and accounting software for the AANR office.  The current software is very old.  Its replacement will make it easier for certifying officers to do their jobs, as well as making the jobs of the office staff easier.  New software will make reporting more transparent.  And this new package will make the other changes that we hope to make to membership easier to implement.

Some of the tactical issues that this committee will address are new ways to reimburse clubs for selling AANR memberships, auto renewal, moving to all individual memberships, permanent cards, etc.  Strategically, how to grow new AANR memberships is the primary objective.  As in all things, your ideas are encouraged.

Joan Harris is the subcommittee chair of WINR (Women in Nude Recreation), which  is working on how clubs need to react in this era of #METOO.  At the convention, she asked us to answer several questions that we may want to ask at our clubs.  Just asking the questions is instructive and is a great discussion starter.  1. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for telling members and guests what behavior is expected at our venue? 2. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for what a person should do if she/he has a problem? 3. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for how we respond to reported problems? 4. Do guests and members know to whom problems/concerns should be reported? 5. How do we know they know? How are we making sure?

Joan is also the chair of the planning committee.  Ralph Collinson is chairing a subcommittee of the planning committee to survey our current and past members to find out why they value AANR.  (Or don’t value AANR.)

Lastly, I was able to be at trial with John Brower, a former SLUGS president, who was cited for being nude at the World Naked Bike Ride earlier this year in Houston.  John was relieved to have his case dismissed because of great legal representation.  AANR-NW also supported John financially.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Lahey

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Trustee Report – Fall 2018 Board

Thank you to everyone for your confidence in electing me to be AANR-NW Member Trustee.  You have my pledge to be available to you for your questions, needs and concerns.  My email is karen.lahey@aanr.com.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

As chair of the Membership Marketing Committee, we are moving ahead in finding a replacement to the membership and accounting software for the AANR office.  The current software is very old.  Its replacement will make it easier for certifying officers to do their jobs, as well as making the jobs of the office staff easier.  New software will make reporting more transparent.  And this new package will make the other changes that we hope to make to membership easier to implement.

The Membership Marketing Committee shall be responsible for the following and related aspects of the Association: Membership recruitment and retention, marketing plans for growth in membership and the subcommittees WINR (Women in Nude Recreation) and Singles.

Some of the tactical issues that this committee will address are new ways to reimburse clubs for selling AANR membership, auto renewal, moving to all individual memberships, permanent cards, etc.  Strategically, how to grow new AANR memberships is the primary objective.  As in all things, your ideas are encouraged.

Joan Harris is the committee chair of WINR (Women in Nude Recreation.  Her committee is working on how we can react in this era of #METOO.  At the convention, she asked us to answer several questions, that we may want to ask at our clubs.  Just asking the questions are instructive and great discussion starters.

  1. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for telling members and guests what behavior is expected at our venue?
  2. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for what a person should do if she/he has a problem?
  3. Do we have specific policies and procedures in place for how we respond to reported problems?
  4. Do guests and members know to whom problems/concerns should be reported?
  5. How do we know they know? How are we making sure?

Joan is also the chair of the planning committee.  Ralph Collinson is chairing a subcommittee of the planning committee to survey our current and past members to find out why the value AANR?  (Or don’t value AANR?)

Lastly, I was able to be at trial with John Brower, who was cited for being nude at the World Naked Bike Ride earlier this year in Houston.  John was relieved to have his case dismissed because of great legal representation.  AANR-NW also supported John financially.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Lahey

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Success – Case Dismissed!!

The citation against John Brower, past president of the SLUGS, for being nude at this year’s World Naked Bike Ride in Houston was dismissed at Houston Municipal Court on Thursday morning.  John’s lawyer had filed a motion to quash, from which the judge ruled to dismiss.  AANR-NW had voted to support John financially, making sure that John knew that they had his back.

Earlier this year …

John Brower, a past president of the SLUGS (Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies), was ticketed for “disorderly conduct – exposure” at the WNBR  (World Naked Bike Ride) in Houston, and the charge was later increased to indecent exposure, even though the DA apparently stated that the activity didn’t rise to the level of indecent exposure.  John was the president of the SLUGS in the early 2000s, and moved to Houston about ten years ago to be with his new wife and to take a new job .  He first participated in the WNBR in Seattle.  Since moving to Houston, his major nudist community has been with the WNBR folks.  This ride was the 8th annual WNBR in Houston and he was on the planning committee. This ride was well advertised.  While clothed in a sarong, he was ticketed in the parking lot before his ride even began because of a complaint.  The complaints were specifically about nude men.  No one else was ticketed, even though there were nude women, and John wore a sarong through most of the event since he was the trailing rider  On his lawyer’s suggestion, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of indecent exposure.  This ride was a protest for body freedom, cyclist vulnerability, and against oil dependency.  We can support John in his fight by donating to a fund that will help cover his attorney funds at https://www.gofundme.com/john039s-court-case. 

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AANR-NW Award Winning Volunteers

Three honor awards were given at the AANR-NW convention at Squaw Mountain Ranch in July.

The first two awards were member of the year.  This award is given to an AANR-NW member for their contribution in promoting and/or furthering nudism at the regional level during the previous calendar year.

2018 AANR-NW Members of the Year are:

Terri Capshaw from Sun Meadow

Terri has been a  member of both AANR and AANR-NW for over 33 years.

During this time she has helped co-ordinate and run the children’s activity tent at both the AANR and AANR-NW conventions along with her husband, Mike Capshaw.

She has served as AANR-NW Treasurer since 2010 when she was elected to the office.

In addition to these duties,  she functions as a co-owner of Sun Meadow Family Nudist Resort since 2008.  She officiates both the volleyball and bocce ball tournaments as well as acting as a weekend exercise guru with her morning walks and yoga classes.

Additionally, Terri received the President’s Meritorious Award from Karen Lahey in 2016 for support above and beyond the normal expectations of her position.

Terri sits on and contributes to the AANR Membership Management system Selection Committee which is in the process of replacing the database in the AANR office.

Therefore, I respectfully submit that Terri Capshaw be considered and recognized for her many hours of service and dedication to AANR-NW as a nominee for Member of the Year.

Mike Parker from Hidden Springs

Over the years, Mike has continued to contribute to AANR-NW in many ways.  He is our librarian and spends many, many hours archiving our history at the library at the Willamettans.  He is our Public Lands Liaison and works to make nudism safe in the wild.

In particular, in the last year, Mike organized the Travel Club Event in March.  This event brought together members from most of our travel clubs and one of our landed clubs.  It highlights the best of AANR-NW in that it shows how our clubs work and play together.   We want to recognize his effort in pulling this together.

AANR-NW Presidential Award

Donna Jennings from Sun Meadow

Each year, the regional president may choose a recipient of the AANR-NW Presidential Award.  This year’s award goes to Donna Jennings for her work as Vice-President and other work to support the region and the president.

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2018 AANR-NW Photography Winners

The winners of the 2018 AANR-NW Photography Contest were selected at the AANR-NW Convention at Squaw Mt Ranch on July 22, 2018.  There were entries in all categories and active participation in the voting.  Interest was great enough that it is likely that this was the first annual contest and there will be another contest next year.  Stay tuned, the decision will be made at the upcoming AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting.

And now for the winners.

The grand prize winner was: SunMeadow2 – by Bob Timbers  (who was awarded a prize of $150)

This picture also took 1st place in the “At Your Club” Category with a prize of $75.

1st place in the “On the Beach” Category with a prize of $75 went to Andee Rodgers for  “A day at the Beach”.

1st place in the “Other” Category with a prize of $75 went to Shirley Gauthier for “AWWWWW”

1st place in the “In the Woods” Category with a prize of $75 went to Mark Gauthier for “Free!”

1st Place in the “Nude, but not Nude” Category with a prize of $75 went to Andee Rodgers for “Reflections of an Angel”

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NudeProv in the Buff

The performers at NudeProv have announced a nude only performance of Nude Prov for August 19th at 8:30pm at the Pocket Theater in Seattle.  This will likely be the the last of their performances this year.  For this performance, all of the audience will be in the buff, as well as the performers.

Nudeprov celebrates body positivity and the unknowns of improv comedy. Watch the performers out on stage with nothing but themselves– no clothes, no script, no safety net – and look inside themselves for the truths that make us all laugh and feel things.

You can purchase tickets at https://thepocket.vbotickets.com/event/Nudeprov_Improv_Comedy/24799 .

Previous dates were sellouts, so don’t delay.

Questions? Please email info@thepocket.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/245498672677971/

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Hiking Oregon Naturally Annual Tour 2018

The Hiking Oregon Naturally Annual Tour 2018 (HONAT) started July 23 at Mountaindale Sun Resort and goes until July 29.  This annual tour of hikers from the Sisiyou Hiking Bares was highlighted in the Rogue Valley Messenger  http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/bare-season-is-here-local-meetup-group-sheds-their-threads/.  This article is a great read about nude hiking and nude recreation.  The hike is already underway.  Contact the group of over 250 members at https://www.meetup.com/Siskiyou-Hiking-Bares/?_cookie-check=Q29dTjzQNFoLslOH for more information about next year.

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AANR-NW Convention and General Assembly

Starting on July 19th, Squaw Mt Ranch is hosting the AANR-NW Convention with a celebration of their 85th Birthday – http://www.squawmt.com/aanr-2018-convention.  The party continues until  Sunday, July 22. Grounds fees are $10 per day per person. Camp sites cost $10 per night and RV spaces with electricity and water are $13 per night.   The snack bar will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner starting on Thursday evening.

Come join in for a fabulous weekend of fun. Enjoy a live band, dancing in the buff, karaoke, poker night, disc golf, wine and beer tasting, fantastic food, and so much more.

On Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the other fun activities, you are also invited to participate in the AANR-NW meetings.  The forums and committee reports are on Saturday  and the general assembly is on Sunday morning.  This weekend is about you, the AANR member.  It differs from the Spring and Fall board meetings.  It is a member’s meeting  Clubs are represented by delegates selected by their respective clubs.  During this weekend, we will be selecting officers for the next two years, voting on a bylaw change capping the legal fund and selecting the location for the convention in 2020.  It is during this weekend that a director is selected from among the associate AANR members to represent the associates for the coming two years.  However, we will discussing many other topics, including any that you want to talk about.  Come bring your ideas and questions.  Your are wanted..

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Former SLUGS President Ticketed at WNBR for Mere Nudity

John Brower, a past president of the SLUGS (Sun Lovers Under Gray Skies), was ticketed for “disorderly conduct – exposure” at the WNBR  (World Naked Bike Ride) in Houston, and the charge was later increased to indecent exposure, even though the DA apparently stated that the activity didn’t rise to the level of indecent exposure.  John was the president of the SLUGS in the early 2000s, and moved to Houston about ten years ago to be with his new wife and to take a new job .  He first participated in the WNBR in Seattle.  Since moving to Houston, his major nudist community has been with the WNBR folks.  This ride was the 8th annual WNBR in Houston and he was on the planning committee. This ride was well advertised.  While clothed in a sarong, he was ticketed in the parking lot before his ride even began because of a complaint.  The complaints were specifically about nude men.  No one else was ticketed, even though there were nude women, and John wore a sarong through most of the event since he was the trailing rider  On his lawyer’s suggestion, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of indecent exposure.  This ride was a protest for body freedom, cyclist vulnerability, and against oil dependency.  We can support John in his fight by donating to a fund that will help cover his attorney funds at https://www.gofundme.com/john039s-court-case. 

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Changes on AANR Board

Susan Weaver has resigned from the AANR board. This means that Peg Lane will also be on the incoming AANR board as Club Trustee for Tier 6-7.

Thus the incoming AANR Officers and Board will be:
President – Kathy Watzel
Vice President – Patty Faber
Secretary/Treasurer – Kathy Smith
Trustees will be:Ronna Krozy – Club Trustee Tier 1-2, Lewis Dreblow – Club Trustee Tier 1-2, Robert Roche – Club Trustee Tier 3, Joan Harris – Club Trustee Tier 4, Beverly Price – Club Trustee Tier 5, Margie Cantlon – Club Trustee Tier 6 -7, Peg Lane – Club Trustee Tier 6 -7, Fred Van Nest – AANR East, Ralph Collinson – AANR Florida, Terry Meek – AANR Midwest, Karen Lahey – AANR Northwest, Ted Peck – AANR Southwest, Walt Stephens – AANR West, Bob Campbell (who we have sadly lost but whose replacement will be selected by AANR-WC) – AANR Western Canada
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Turner Stokes 1927-2018

The nudist community lost one of its great friends and mentors in Turner Van Cortlandt Stokes last weekend.  Turner passed away on Saturday at age 90 from prostate cancer. Turner Stokes was the president of the ASA (the forerunner of AANR) from 1986 to 1988.  Turner was an activist who in the early 1980s formed the National Capital Naturists with Lee Baxandall to create and nurture a nude beach on Assateague Island.  When local officials sought to ban nudity on the beach, they organized a legal battle to oppose the ban. See https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/878/128/167307/   The battle for a nude beach on Assateague Island continued in various ways until it was given up as a lost cause a few years ago.
To read a few of his obituaries, please see
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AANR Election Results

The results of the AANR election were announced early this afternoon.  Turnout was high.  Eric Schuttauf, current interim AANR Executive Director, said “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.”
Our new officers will be:

President – Kathy Watzel
Vice President – Patty Faber
Secretary/Treasurer – Kathy Smith
Trustees will be:
  • Ronna Krozy – Club Trustee Tier 1-2
  • Lewis Dreblow – Club Trustee Tier 1-2
  • Robert Roche – Club Trustee Tier 3
  • Joan Harris – Club Trustee Tier 4
  • Beverly Price – Club Trustee Tier 5
  • Susan Weaver – Club Trustee Tier 6-7
  • Margie Cantlon – Club Trustee Tier 6 -7
  • Fred Van Nest – AANR East
  • Ralph Collinson – AANR Florida
  • Terry Meek – AANR Midwest
  • Karen Lahey – AANR Northwest
  • Ted Peck – AANR Southwest
  • Walt Stephens – AANR West
  • Bob Campbell (who we have sadly lost but whose replacement will be selected by AANR-WC) – AANR Western Canada
Both of the propositions were enacted.  Ballot proposition #1 removed the Philippine Islands from AANR West and Ballot Proposition #2 reduces the number of trustees from 14 to 7.
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AANR-Florida Success

AANR-Florida Government Affairs and AANR-Florida representatives have accomplished a huge milestone for their state and AANR regions.

To enjoy the full impact of their accomplishment and success go to the Florida tourist website at  https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-beaches/nude.html

The following was cut and pasted from the visitflorida.com website. “Like naturists themselves, the resorts catering to nudists come in all shapes and sizes, and appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Florida’s 34 resorts range from rustic allure to luxury, family-centric to LGBT.”

At the very bottom of the page you will see that resorts are also listed!  Links to the following are provided  AANR Florida, the Index of Florida Naturist OrganizationsSouth Florida Free Beaches, and B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation.

How does this impact all regions?  Including nude recreation on VisitFlorida.com creates a totally mainstream respect for nude recreation.  Tourists visiting the site and planning to vacation elsewhere will research and see that AANR affiliated resorts exist across the US.  Other regions can use this site as a marketing and PR tool for promoting AANR.

After joining Visit Florida, AANR-Florida developed a brochure to be distributed at all of the state’s welcome centers They then hired John Heather, from St. Leo’s University to develop an economic impact study of nude recreation in Florida.  With this study, working with the AANR-Florida lobbyist, they got the state to agree to include nude tourism on their website.  These efforts were funded with a Visit Florida $5,000 grant that AANR-Florida matched and an  AANR Education Fund $5,000 grant that AANR-Florida matched. These dollars and a massive number of AANR member volunteer hours achieved this success!

The next time you are asked “What does an AANR membership do for me?  Direct them to the visitflorida.com website!

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Nudity Legal in Five Countries

According to http://www.inspiredtraveller.in/places-in-the-world-where-public-nudity-is-legal/ , there are five countries in the world where you really have the right to be nude and they are all in Europe.  Spain is the most liberal country.  Nudity is allowed in certain places in Germany.  Within Munich, six official ‘Urban Naked Zones” are found in parks just a few minutes from the city center.  As long as you are not acting weird, it is legal to be nude in the Netherlands.  In France, the law neither allows nor bans public nudity.  Public Nudism is also widely accepted in Norway.

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2018 AANR Elections – Remember to Vote

At the beginning of May, AANR members who were current on March 15, 2018, should have received an email with their voter’s registration code.  It will have been sent from  elections@vote-now.com.  The subject was AANR Ballot.  This email contains detailed instructions on how to cast your vote.

If you did not receive this email, call the AANR office at 1-800-TRY-NUDE to get help.  They will help you get your registration code.  The AANR Office is located in Kissimmee, Florida, so call during the week before 1pm Pacific Time.  If you share your email with another AANR member, one of you may need to use a paper ballot, so don’t delay since there will be postal delays in sending paper back and forth across the country.  Actually, I encourage everyone to vote now so that you don’t forget to do so.

The voter’s guide can be found in the May AANR Bulletin, in the member’s only section on AANR.com, and at

http://aanr-nw.org/2018-aanr-voters-guide. The password for this document can be found in your Northwest NudeScene insert in the May Bulletin on the calendar page.
You are encouraged to vote.  In years past, less than 10% of the AANR membership has chosen its leadership.   AANR-NW has led the organization with the best turnout.  Let’s do it again this year. Your vote counts.  Please take the time to vote.
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AANR-NW Non-discrimination Policy

On April 15, 2018 the AANR-NW Board unanimously voted to reaffirm and describe the AANR Non-Discrimination policy as stated here.  This was done to give a positive way to answer the questions posed by potential visitors about whether they would be welcomed at nudist clubs.  For example, questions we have heard are whether they are too big or too old or they’re a single man.  Being able to point to the website is an easy way to answer such questions in a positive way.

The AANR-NW Non-discrimination policy reads as follows:

AANR-NW reaffirms the AANR non-discrimination policy by-laws, Section I Article IV A, “AANR welcomes all people willing to conform to its principles and standards, regardless of age, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” To AANR-NW this includes welcoming all single, partnered and married people of all gender identities, ethnicities, sexual identities, ages, sizes, religions and physical abilities.

Clubs will have the opportunity to also affirm this policy, They can let the region know and they will be listed on the regional website (http://www.aanr-nw.org/aanr-nw-welcomes-all/), with the policy, starting after June 15th.

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I ask for your vote

I have been a member of AANR since 1998 and joined AANR-NW when I moved to the Northwest in 2004.  Since then, I have served in the region as a member of the Board of Directors, as Vice President and as President.  As Digital Communications Chair, I created the program to provide free web services that are available for all of our clubs.  I have been the editor and publisher of the Nude News for the last 10 years.  The purpose of this publication is to remind nudists of why we need AANR, that our freedom to be nude must be protected.   Currently, I am the chair of the AANR committee to replace the membership management software package that AANR has been using for decades.  We want to replace this software to make it easier for clubs to manage memberships and to give the office more time to generate excitement for new members.  I also serve on the board of the AANR Education Foundation.

While serving AANR-NW, I have been awarded the AANR Woman of the Year Award, the AANR Presidential Meritorious Service Award twice, the AANR-NW Woman of the Year Award twice, and the AANR-NW Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

We have many important issues facing us. We need to find a new Executive Director.  We need to continue to retain and grow our membership. We need to protect nudism from those that wish to restrict our freedom.  We need to promote and normalize nudism.  We need to find ways for all members to feel safe within nudist venues.  To do this, we must figure out who we are and what we stand for as an organization.  If we don’t, how we can plan for the future?   Let’s get clarity on who we are and then let’s build the organization to fit it.

I listen. I lead by example.  I bring people together.  I am a problem solver.  I come up with innovative solutions.  And I follow through.  I ask for your vote so that I can work for AANR like I have worked for AANR-NW.
For more information, please see http://www.karenlahey.com

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AANR Election Season

In the May AANR bulletin, you will get information about how to cast your AANR ballot.  To be eligible to vote, you must have been an AANR member on March 15th of this year.

There are three contested contests.  They are President of AANR, Member Trustee of our Region and Club Trustee for Club Tier 6-7.  There are also two ballot proposals to consider.

Two years ago, the Northwest had the largest turnout of all of the regions for the election, just over 10%.  While that is in keeping with other membership organizations, we can do better.  This year, let’s redouble our efforts and make a difference.

But, please take the time to vote.  It will be as simple as logging into the voting site and pushing a few buttons.  Easy to do.  Worth the effort.

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Need an Idea for a Nude Year’s Resolution?

Here’s a suggestion for a Nude Year’s Resolution that can increase acceptance of nudism. Let some of the textiles that you live and work with know you are a nudist. By doing this, nudists are no longer ‘others’. It puts a non threatening face on nudism. Each of us has our own individual comfort level about who knows we participate in social nudism. I propose that each of us takes a small step out of the clothes closet. This will be different for each of us. I am very open about being a nudist. Last year, it was a stretch when I agreed to enter a Toastmasters Humorous Speech contest with a speech titled “How to pack for a nude cruise”. But I did it. It was well received. Afterwards, I was asked questions and was able to to talk about the various nudist venues in the area. I also added that I wrote the AANRMobile app for Android to my professional resume. Now, I have to figure out what to do in the coming year. My challenge to you is “Are you willing to take a small step out of your comfort zone?” Not only will it help nudist acceptance, but it can be very freeing to conquer a personal fear. Send me your ideas karen@laheyfamily.org and I will share
them (anonymously if you prefer) .

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Last Minute Gifts

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.  The holiday gift buying season is quickly coming to a close.  So here are some fairly easy gift ideas .

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How the Musicians View You

During the recent “Skin to the Wind” Festival at Sun Meadow, I sat down with the musicians to find out how they viewed us, the nudists in their audience.

The first of the artists was David G. Smith.  It was his first time visiting a nudist resort or performing at one.  He had not yet performed.  He seemed perfectly comfortable as a nudist.  He attributed it to work he had done in the medical community.  He often gives back and plays for Seniors.  He said everyone was super friendly and it was like an adventure.  He said it “Feels like Home”.  Giving back is important to him.

The other artist that I spoke with was James Lee Stanley.    He has frequently played at Sun Meadow, so he is definitely not a nudist newbie. He also was comfortable with nudism.   When asked what was different about playing at Sun Meadow, his answer was that he wasn’t supposed to be political.  During concerts, he tries to encourage people to think.  He knows it is important for his audience to like him.

I expected to find some differences in nudist audiences.  You don’t already find what you expect.

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AANR Ballot Proposal

If you are an AANR member, you have should have received information on a ballot proposal and instructions on how to cast your online vote for that proposal.  I sit on the adhoc committee that was instrumental in getting this proposal in the ballot. The goal of our committee is to find innovative ways to grow AANR membership.  Nearly three years ago, the presidents of all of the AANR regions presented proposals on ways to streamline the membership process, which would free up office time to work on membership recruitment.  However, to make these changes and other ideas that we have had since then, it would be necessary to hold membership ballots. The purpose of this ballot is to allow the leadership to make changes to improve the membership process in a timely manner.  We do not have the time or money to hold ballots for each of these decisions.

Please cast your YES vote for this ballot.  It is important.

AANR is important.  People ask what does AANR do for me. Yes, there are benefits.  However, someone said it a few months ago.  AANR is insurance.  AANR watches out for Nudist rights and works for the acceptance of nudity.  If you like to be nude, AANR is important.  And for AANR to succeed, we need membership to grow.  Help us to grow.  If you aren’t an AANR member, please join.  Talk to your club or go to www.aanr.com.  If you are a member, vote YES on your ballot.

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Deadlines for the AANR-NW Honor Awards Extended to May 1st.

The AANR-NW Board has voted unanimously to change the deadline for the Man/Woman of the Year and the Hall of Fame Awards to May 1st. This change has been made retroactively, so that it takes effect immediately, even though the forms on the AANR-NW website have not yet been changed.  So please go to http://www.aanr-nw.org/for-members-only/awards/hall-of-fame/  and  http://www.aanr-nw.org/for-members-only/awards/man-and-woman-of-the-year/. to nominate those volunteers that have gone beyond the norm during the past year.  But do it now, there is still less than a month to get the forms completed.  The Man of the Year and Woman of the Year have also been renamed Member of the Year, with up to two awards each year.

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Reasons to Sleep Nude

As nudists, we all know that it feels good to sleep nude.  But there are other advantages to sleeping in the buff according to an article last September on Forbes.com, 4 Reasons Sleeping Naked Makes You Healthier And Wealthier

  1. You Sleep Better Naked
    According to the University of Amsterdam, by lowering your skin temperature, your sleep is of much better quality.  This type of sleep removes toxic proteins from the brain and improves your thought processes.
  2. Sleeping Naked Reduces Stress
    This better quality sleep, as described by the above study, reduces cortisol levels which will reduce your stress levels, thus, improving your immune system and decreasing your risk of heart disease, depression and obesity.
  3. Sleeping Naked Is Healthier
    US National Institutes of Health has found that by keeping cool by sleeping in the buff, your body speeds its metabolism not only while asleep, but throughout the day.  Sleeping nude also improves blood circulation which increases growth hormone and melatonin.
  4. Sleeping Naked Builds Confidence
    Sleeping naked helps build self-confidence, which The University of Melbourne found leads to higher wages and better jobs.

Other articles mention other advantages. 10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know lists some of them.

  1. It is easier
    You don’t have to buy or wash pajamas.
  2. It forces you to be ready to go out more often.
    You don’t put on your pajamas when you come home from work, so you are more likely to go out in the evenings.  Therefore it is easier to stay active.
  3. Skin-on-skin contact is the best
    Sleeping naked means it is more likely that you will have skin-on-skin contact which can lead to a more active sex life.  This releases a lot of oxytocin which helps you feel good about your partner.
  4. It can help your skin
    It gives all of the parts of your body a chance to air out and breathe, which lowers the risk of skin diseases.
  5. It can keep your sex organs happier
    For men, it helps keep your sperm healthy.  For women, it can help prevent yeast infections.
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AANR-NW Honor Awards

AANR-NW is a volunteer organization.  There are two honors that can be bestowed on these volunteers.  The deadlines for submitting nominations for these honor awards is March 15.  That is next week. In just five days.  Please put on your thinking cap and thnk about who deserves these awards.

The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor the region can award a member. It is based on service of a magnitude above average to AANR, AANR Northwest and nudism. It is not intended to recognize club service unless such service was of direct benefit to AANR and AANR Northwest. Nominees must have ten years continuous membership in AANR, with a minimum of five years in AANR Northwest.   To nominate someone, see http://www.aanr-nw.org/for-members-only/awards/hall-of-fame/”

The Man and Woman of the Year Awards are given to a man and to a woman for their contribution in promoting and/or furthering nudism at the regional level during the previous calendar year. Recipients will be presented with plaques at the AANR Northwest convention. Nominees must be AANR Northwest members but need not be members of the club that nominates them. To nominate, see http://www.aanr-nw.org/for-members-only/awards/hall-of-fame/”http:// http://www.aanr-nw.org/for-members-only/awards/man-and-woman-of-the-year/”.

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Make Your Holiday Dinner Interesting

During the holiday season, families often gather together and enjoy one another’s company.  Does your family know that you are a nudist?  Have you considered sharing this with them?  There are many advantages to being true to yourself.  Not having to come up with fibs is always easier.  No more making excuses why they can’t come camping with you.  When you realize that you are accepted as you are, it is validating.  Most americans approve of skinny dipping.  See a NEF poll published in 2015. https://youngnaturistsamerica.com/nude-sunbathing-nudity-america-nef-opinion-poll/  So you may be surprised that your family isn’t as shocked as you thought that they would be.  You may even find out that they own a nudist getaway.  A good friend of mine found this out.  But her father hesitated to ask her to visit him.  Coming out of the clothes closet helps mainstream nudism.  The more normalized nudism is, the more accepted we are.  Lastly, your news may help overshadow political discussions at the holiday dinner party.

You can get hints on how to come out of the clothes closet by talking to your friends or by searching for hints on how people from the GLBTQ community have approached their much more difficult problem.

Happy Holidays!

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Nudist Wish List

While you’re shopping at Amazon, don’t forget to set the AANR Education Foundation as your smile charity and start your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

It’s that time of the year again.  It’s time to figure out what to give your favorite nudist.  Here are a few things I’d like to find under my tree.

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Interesting Fact

Because it is that time of year again (you know, when nudist news is not plentiful) …

I was cleaning out my store of mentalfloss magazines and came across an interesting fact.

The inventor of the Lava Lamp was a champion of the naturist movement in England.  Edward Craven Walker was a Royal Air Force squandron leader. In the early 1960s, his idea for the Astro Lamp, known in the US as the Lava Lamp,  was inspired by an unusual egg timer that he saw in a pub.  His lamp sold millions.   His sloan was “If you buy my lamp, you won’t need drugs”.  http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/27/nyregion/edward-c-walker-lava-lamp-designer-and-a-naturist-is-dead-at-82.html

He made his first fortune, with the pseudonym Michael Keatering,  with the film “Traveling Light”, a naturist underwater ballet.  Other films were “Eves on Skis” and “Sunswept”.

He started his own naturist club in Matchams, Hampshire.

He died at the age of 82 in August of 2000.

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The Nudist’s Bill of Privileges

There is a document called the Nudist Bill of RIghts that can be found on the AANR site.  It has a wonderful list of rights that we would love to have.  However, to believe that we, as nudists, will always have these rights would be overconfident. These are privileges that we currently have in some parts of the country; we certainly want to protect them.  In order to protect these rights, we must be vigilant.  We must watch what is happening in the courts and in social media.  If you see threats to them, it is imperative that you call the AANR office or send email to gat@aanr-nw.org.  It is much better to over report.  If you have any doubt that there is a problem, please report the problem.  It is much better to have 10 reports of a problem than no reports.

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Why AANR?

Why should you join AANR or TNS?  What value does it provide to you?  I could always point out the discounts that you get when you visit various nudist clubs, or the publications that let you know where there are safe places to go.  But the real reason that we need AANR is for insurance.  Our privilege to be able to practice social nudism is constantly being challenged.  Regularly in this publication we see stories that point out examples of such threats.  Without the network of watchdogs that we/AANR/TNS are, we will lose the progress that has been made by those that have gone before us.  As it is, we win some and we lose some.  But we need to keep up this fight.

We can only do this by continuing to grow.  And this means you.  We need you to continue to be vigilant, letting others know when you see a threat and to join so that we have the membership numbers and dollars to be effective in this struggle.

There are various ways to join AANR.  You can join AANR as an associate through AANR.com. This means that you are an AANR member without a club.   Or you can join AANR at a discounted rate by joining through a club.  There are several event clubs in the region that are actively looking for AANR members.  You can contact them at.

If you are an associate member and would like to transfer your membership to one of these clubs, download the transfer form from http://www.aanr-nw.org/Transfer.pdf and send it to the club of your choice.

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Spencer Tunick’s Latest Works

Spencer Tunick is an American photographer whose work focuses on capturing large groups of regular folks in the nude in all kinds of settings, often in artistic patterns.  His shoots have varied from outside of the United Nations to in the Dead Sea.  His portrayal of nudism is very positive.  After being out of the spotlight for several years, Tunick is back with three new installations in the last two months.
On June 4th, 6132 Columbians braved 46 degree temperatures to pose nude at the Simon Bolivar statue in Bogota for Mr. Tunick.
On  July 9th, in the Sea of Hull project, 3200 people wearing only blue paint participated in the project that was sponsored by Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery for the British city’s City of Culture celebrations next year.  The project celebrates the city’s relationship with the sea.  The photographs will be displayed in the refurbished gallery next year.
On July 18, 100 women were selected from 1800 volunteers to be part of the “Everything She Says Means Everything”  installation in Cleveland.

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July 2016 Nudescene

Well, this is it – my final president’s column.

And I’m going to tell you a BIG secret.  When I’m writing this, it’s not really July.  It’s really May. J  Similar to late night talk shows, this goes to publication long before you see it.

I’m in the midst of getting ready for the season.  AANR-NW Convention is coming up and I found out today that the flyers have the wrong date.  Preparing for Northwest Folklife is challenging.  In addition to making sure we have enough volunteers, we have to make sure we know what our message will be, we need to make sure we have adequate supplies.  I spent two weeks ago cleaning up logos to put onto our new tote bags.  They came today and are spiffy.  Planning to smile for four days straight is daunting.  My face hurts just thinking about it.

But all of this is just the minutia of being president.  And I really have enjoyed it.  By the time you are reading this, we will know whether I have been elected as AANR Club Trustee.  If not, I’ll try again in two years.  If so, I look forward to serving you in a different capacity.

I want to give my sincere thanks to every person and every club that has been there supporting me.  I truly believe that the Northwest is the very greatest region in all of AANR.  We know one another and like one another and we work together in ways other regions can’t begin to understand.

Please continue to work together.  Give your support to my successor.  Regional president is not an easy job and they will need your help, just like I did.

I’ll still be around.

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May 2016 Nudescene

 

I want to personally thank everyone for the great response to the call for support in opposing the new rules proposed by the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Please be sure to read the GAT report to learn about its successful outcome.

It is time for AANR elections.  You will have received your ballots in this issue of the Bulletin.  Two years ago, the Northwest had the best turnout of any region in the election.   But it was just over 10%.  We can do better than this.  Voting is easy to do.  This year, there is one contested election.  And you get the opportunity to vote for two of your fellow Northwest Nudists to represent you as club trustees on the AANR board.  Theresa “T” Price and I are in the running for the two club trustees from the smallest of the clubs.   Be sure to read our statements in the voter’s guide.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions.   We really need your support.  Please take the time to vote.  Kathy Smith (AANR-NW Member Trustee), Paul Kuntzman (Secretary/Treasurer), Sharon McLeod (Vice-President), and Bev Price (President) are all running unopposed.

You may wonder why I am running for club trustee and not regional president.  It is because I can no longer be president of AANR-NW.  My four years have run out.  I have really enjoyed serving as your president.  And I will miss it.  But now it is someone else’s turn.   And it is also time for you to get involved.

Two of the AANR officers, Paul and Sharon, are both members of AANR-NW.  And two recent AANR Presidents have ties to our region, Pat Brown and John Kinman.  The Northwest is well represented on the AANR board.

But we mustn’t rest on our laurels.  AANR leaders are grown from strong regional leaders.  We NEED you to step up and get involved.  Come to our board meetings and conventions.  Our region has a director from every club.  At meetings, you have the opportunity to meet people from other clubs in the region.  We won’t make you volunteer.  And we do have a lot of fun.  At meetings, there is always entertainment, good food and much camaraderie. These meetings are always listed at aanr-nw.org and publicized in the eNews.  So just show up. If you want more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@aanr-nw.org.  The next meeting is our annual convention.  This year it is July 12-16 at Sun Meadow Resort (www.sunmeadows.org), where a great time is always had by all.  And, August 8-15,, the AANR convention will be at the Willamettans (www,willamettans.org).

Don’t be shy.  Your ideas, creativity, enthusiasm, skills are needed.  Please get involved.

Check out the myriad of upcoming activities.  If you don’t yet subscribe to the Northwest Nude eNews, you can join at http://www.aanr-nw.org/?page_id=588016.  We won’t spam you and we will guard your privacy.

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AANR By-Law Amendments

There are four bylaw amendments.  These are my interpretations of them.

  1.   A “yes” vote on this motion would move the province of Ontario, Canada, to the Eastern Region.   A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently.  This bylaw moves the clubs in the province of Ontario from AANR-Midwest to AANR-East.  The rationale for this bylaw is that the clubs are physically closer to AANR East.  The  PRO statement was written by the president of AANR East.  There is no CON statement.
  2. A “yes” vote on this motion would support specifying that only a plurality (as opposed to a majority) is required in selecting a convention site.  A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently.  This bylaw will change how conventions will be voted on.  For example, suppose three clubs are bidding for an election,   Club A gets 45% of the votes, Club B gets  35% of the votes and Club C gets 20% of the votes.  Currently, there would have to be a revote until a compromise could be reached and one of the clubs received more than 50% of the vote.  This amendment would change it so that Club A would be awarded the convention after the first vote.
  3. A “yes” vote on this motion would support changing the existing wording regarding tie votes and when the president is allowed to vote.  A “no” vote would support leaving these sections as they are currently.  This change allows the president to cast a ballot when it would affect the result rather than just in the case of a tie.   For example, the president’s vote could force a tie.   This change in wording brings our ruling documents into accordance with Robert’s Rules or Order.
  4. A “yes” vote on this motion would support the appointment of an interim Executive Director in the event of a vacancy.  A “no” vote would support leaving this Section of the Bylaws as it is currently. This bylaw will allow a sitting president to appoint an interim executive director when necessary.  Currently, the president must take on the responsibilities of both the executive director and the president.
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Unwelcome Reception at Issaquah Salmon Days

by Karen Lahey

For many years, my husband and I have manned an information booth for Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.   The park is a long time member of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. I have had many conversations with the ex mayor, who was very supportive of our participation in the fair.  However, this year, we had two separate incidents that pointed out that nudism still has a long way to go for acceptance.

The first was when Brian Twiggs, the Festival DIrector, approached our booth and insisted that one of our volunteers put his sweatpants on.  He was wearing a swimsuit.  The comment was “This is a family friendly event.”  Apparently, there had been an unspecified number of complaints.  They refused to tell us the number.  We objected, pointing out that it was a swim suit, bought at a local sporting goods store.  However, the volunteer immediately put on his sweatpants.  After a further discussion, Mr. Twiggs relented, and also reimbursed the club for the entry fee.  However, Mr. Twiggs first response was that a swim suit was not family friendly and that we were not family friendly.

The second incident occurred when I was visiting another booth, signing up as a volunteer.  I overheard one of the women running the booth talking with a woman from another booth (she was able to leave her booth because one of our volunteers was giving her a break).  They were saying how happy they were to not be near our booth.  They didn’t want to be associated with us because we were about sex.  When questioned, the one woman said they knew we weren’t really about sex, but they didn’t want the public to think they might be associated, by just being down the street.  The other woman, who had accepted our volunteer spelling her, wouldn’t even talk to me.  These were two groups that have had to struggle for their own acceptance, and who should have been willing to accept us in the same way.

It is really easy to think that nudism is accepted, especially when you talk among your friends about it.  But I fear we still have a long way to go.

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Vote for Karen Lahey for Club Trustee

I am running in one of the two contests that have competitions in this year’s AANR election and I ask for your vote.  Please also pass on this information and ask your friends to vote for me as well.

I am running for Club Trustee for club tiers 6-7.  Club Trustees are elected at large across all of the regions and represent clubs of different sizes.  Tiers 6 and 7 are the two smallest tiers.  I have served as the AANR Northwest President for the last four years, the maximum allowed.  While president, I had the privilege to work with the AANR board on several committees as well as participating in the AANR board meetings and conventions.  I have become familiar with the AANR officers and the other trustees, as well as getting to know the presidents in all of the other regions.  I know that I can work effectively with our board and contribute to AANR in many concrete ways.

  1. I have ideas that I want AANR to explore:  I would like to find ways for us to be able to let all members renew automatically.  It is much too easy to forget to renew.  I would like to find a way to count all AANR members in new clubs towards their minimum counts in order to make it easier to get new clubs started.  Being able to facilitate new clubs would give AANR a way to better serve nudists in underserved areas. I would like us to simplify our membership strata so that it costs our office less time in keeping our data updated.
  2. Having been a software developer since 1972, I have significant technical skills that I am always wiling to donate to AANR.  For example, I am the author of the first AANR Android App,
  3. I have many years experience collaborating on teams and exploring new ways to improve collaboration.
  4. .I am a finisher.  When I take on a task, I follow through and get the job done.  One example is this newsletter that you are reading.  I am the person that has been writing and publishing the Nude News for the last several years.

I have a website that has my resume and my candidates statement.  It can be found at http://www.laheyfamily.org/karen

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AANR-NW Board Meeting

Several important legislation changes were decided at the Spring AANR-NW Board meeting at Sun Meadow earlier in April.

  1. There will no longer be a convention fee charged for attendees to conventions.
  2. From now on, there is no longer a minimum length of time required before a scholarship can be applied for. However, the length of AANR membership of the student’s parent (or the student), will be considered during scholarship evaluation.

In addition to having a great time, the board made changes to be responsive to the needs of our membership.

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AANR Election Time

With your May bulletin, you will get your AANR ballot with instructions on how to vote.  To be eligible to vote, you must have been an AANR member on March 31st of this year.

All of our incumbent officers are running unopposed.  Our regional trustee, Kathy Smith, is also running unopposed.  However, there are several contested elections: Group 4 Club Trustee and  Group 6/7 Club Trustees.   There are also four motions to amend the bylaws.

Two years ago, the Northwest had the largest turnout of all of the regions for the election, just over 10%.  While that is in keeping with other membership organizations, we can do better.  This year, let’s redouble our efforts and make a difference.  (To be transparent, I’m in one of those contested elections and would like to see lots of voting happening).

The voter’s guide for this election is at http://www.aanr.com/blog/welcome-to-the-2016-aanr-voters-guide/.

The Nude News will publish any reasonably sized statements from any of the candidates in one of the next few week’s issues as well as explanations of the proposed legislation so that we can all make informed voting decisions.

But, please take the time to vote.  It will be as simple as logging into the voting site and pushing a few buttons.  Easy to do.  Worth the effort.

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A Sad Goodbye to Darrel Brown

It is with a very sad heart we say good bye to our friend Darrel Brown, who passed last week after suffering an extended illness.
Darrell was a beloved participant at both AANR-NW and AANR meetings.  He is a member of the AANR-NW Hall of Fame and was an AANR-NW Man of the Year.    As well as serving as the AANR Finance Chair, he served as both the AANR-NW Treasurer and AANR-NW Finance Chair for many years.
Darrel’s wife, Pat, is a past president of AANR.  Our thoughts are with her.
Darrel will be missed.

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Mazo Beach Closed

Sad News in Wisconsin.  Mazomanie Beach, familiarly known as Mazo Beach, has been a favorite nude beach in Southwestern Wisconsin since the 1950s.  The DNR closed the beach in early March.  Supporters of the beach have an informative website at https://friendsofmazobeach.wordpress.com/.  The loss of this beach is felt greatly by the Nudist community.  Public comment is being sought.

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Join in the fun — AANR-NW Spring Board Meeting

Meetings are not everyone’s idea of fun.  And that’s OK.  But getting to know the people that come to the meetings can be.  You don’t have to sit in the meetings, but you are certainly welcome to be part of the meetings.  The upcoming board meeting is at Sun Meadow and there are many other fun things do to while the rest of us are in meetings.  In the evening, the entertainment will be stellar.

During a typical AANR-NW board meeting weekend,  we reconnect with friends.  Even during the actual meetings, we laugh a lot.  For example, will I be able to get through the introductions without making a mistake?  While we don’t always agree, our discussions and forums on Saturday are the time that we usually come to consensus on what the group wants.  We respect one another and it shows.  Actual votes happen on Sunday.

If you can’t make it for the Spring Board meeting on April 8-10, come for the AANR-NW Convention at Sun Meadow in July.  It follows the week after the “Skin to the Wind” Festival July 12-17. http://www.sunmeadow.org..  And for the second time in a row, the AANR convention is in our region.  In August, it will be at the Willamettans. , August 8-15, 2016.  http://willamettans.com/2016-Convention.html

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February 2016 Nudescene

When I became your president over 3 years ago, my plan was to listen to what you wanted and to respond.  During that time, I hope that you have felt that you have been heard.

However, during that time, I have also listened to myself and have learned what I believe it is important for us, as nudists, to stand for and to work for.  Because we live in a society where nudism is frequently equated with sexuality and is considered verboten, where we must be vigilant and watch for laws that would criminalize mere nudity, it is up to us to educate our fellow citizens about nudism.  My good friend Terri Capshaw, one of the owners of Sun Meadow Resort, coined the term ‘Nudity in the Community’.  I love that phrase.  The best way to teach people about nudism is to let them meet us, let them get to know what kind of people we are.  We are not scary.  We are not dangerous.  We are not threatening.  However, inviting them to coffee will probably not work really well.  So let’s get involved in our communities.  Yes, we may have to wear clothes, but we can put up with it for a few hours for the cause.

Many of our clubs are already doing it.  In one weekend in September, there were four community clean up events scheduled.  In conjunction with SOLVE and the Oregon State Parks, AANR-NW participates in several beach cleanups each year.  There was one scheduled for Sauvie Island-Collins Beach and one at Rooster Rock State Park.  On the same weekend, both LARC and Lake Bronson were out doing their Highway Cleanups. I know other clubs also are part of this program, but I’m sure if I list them, I’ll miss some of them.  A few weeks earlier, Kaniksu Ranch had  a fabulous dance which turned into a fundraiser in support of the fire fighters and their efforts.  Hundreds of dollars were raised from Kaniksu Members, prompting the band to remark that they never knew nudists had such deep pockets. These are all great ways for our communities to see nudists as being their helpful neighbors.

Most of our landed clubs are members of their Chamber of Commences.  I know some of them are very active.  Of course that gets publicity for the club out, but it also lets other business leaders get to know a nudist and therefore learn a bit about what nudism is.

We are in the gray time of the year.  But we are also coming up to a time of giving.  Perhaps your club could organize a fundraiser or a clothing or toy drive.  Or how about a blood drive.  They are always in particular need around the winter holidays.

As an individual, you have the greatest opportunity to let people meet a nudist if you are willing to let the people you know that you are a nudist.  If you want to do it in a somewhat subtle way, there are some neat buttons that say “I’m a nudist and I vote”.  Or wear your nudist t-shirts when you go out.  And then answer questions.  You will be surprised how little it really matters to other people once they know.

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What do you want from AANR?

I will be traveling to the AANR Winter Board Meeting at Cypress Cove later this month (February 19-20).  At that meeting, the presidents and trustees from across the organization discuss ideas both on the agenda and not on the agenda.  If you are in Florida then, you should come to the meetings.  One of the topics that has been discussed is finding out what members want from AANR.  So my question for you is “What do you want from AANR?”  Send what you think to president@aanr-nw.org,  I would really appreciate your feedback.

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Housekeeping Works Overtime and Other Confessions From a Nudist Resort

Hidden Beach Resort (http://www.hiddenbeachresorts.com/) was featured in Yahoo Travel this week.
“Housekeeping Works Overtime and Other Confessions From a Nudist Resort” (https://www.yahoo.com/travel/housekeeping-works-overtime-and-other-confessions-107716942142.html )” by Jordi Lippe” is a lighthearted and balanced article about experiencing a nude resort.

The Rules are:

  • It’s Not All About Sex
  • Don’t Expect To Find a Date
  • There was Once a Naked Plane (Yes, a Naked Plane)
  • Housekeeping Works Overtime
  • We Know When It’s Your First Time
  • You Have to Follow the Rules
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Say Nudist Colony
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Challenges to Public Nudity

Nudity is being challenged on many fronts all over the country and you have opportunities to voice your support of nudism.

If you haven’t sent comments to the Oregon State Forestry Department, please ask them to not add restrictions to nudity in state forests.  The discussion about these proposed rules can be found in the special alert that was sent out to this list (Subject: ALERT: Proposed New Rules for Nudity on Oregon State Forestry Lands ) and archived at http://www.aanr-nw.org/?p=1808936

Naturists in the OC in Orange County California are also asking for action on a policy reversal that bans their successful nude swims program from continuing in Huntington Beach, California. The full details on the January 19 meeting and how you can help can be found on their website at http://www.nitoc.org/

Wasaga Beach Ontario is one of the most popular beaches in Ontario and is one of the Ontario Provincial Parks System’s premier parks. The secluded eastern end of the point has been used for nude swimming since the 1900’s.  The Wasaga Bares, which formed 10 years ago, is proposing to have that section of the beach officially designated as clothing optional. See Sunbathers want clothing-optional area at Wasaga Beach.

Send your email to cao@wasagabeach.com
or
postal mail to
Town of Wasaga Beach
30 Lewis Street
Wasaga Beach, Ontario, L9Z 1A1
Attn: The Tourism and Advisory CommitteePlease also copy those involved at wasagabares@rogers.com

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How to throw a Naked Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 is a popular day for AANR-NW clubs to celebrate with a Super Bowl Party (it could have something to do with the return of the Seahawks to the Superbowl).

Of course, we have an easy way to show our team colors. Body paint. Be creative. You can get your team colors at http://www.liquidlatexusa.com/nflteam.html .

Allrecipes.com has 1082 Super Bowl Recipes to choose from. http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/super-bowl/main.aspx?Page=4#recipes That will give you a huge variety of treats to choose from.

Do you need cheerleader’s pom poms? Make your own. Directions can be found at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Cheerleading-Pom-Poms.

Most important is a large TV and lots of room for sport’s fans to watch. Have fun and Go Hawks.

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Don’t forget – smile.amazon.com

This holiday season, when you do your online gift shopping at amazon.com, you can donate to the AANR Education Foundation and it won’t cost you anything. Amazon’s smile program allows you to select a charity and .5 % of the purchase price for most Amazon items will be donated to your cause. Search for and select AANR Education Foundation and from then on, start at smile.amazon.com to do your shopping.

The AANR Education Foundation’s objectives are to:

Seek partnerships with individuals, groups and organizations in support of the creation of art, literature, and scholarship, relating to the nudist world, its practices, and the wholesome nature of the human body.
Endeavor to develop educated persons and leaders in broad areas of society; and aim to improve people’s lives by developing community support for nudist resorts, clubs, groups and areas.

You are always encouraged to donate to the AANR Education Foundation (http://www.aanr-ef.org/). But here is a way to get Amazon to do it for you.

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November 2015 Nudescene

When I became your president over 3 years ago, my plan was to listen to what you wanted and to respond.  During that time, I hope that you have felt that you have been heard.

However, during that time, I have also listened to myself and have learned what I believe it is important for us, as nudists, to stand for and to work for.  Because we live in a society where nudism is frequently equated with sexuality and is considered verboten, where we must be vigilant and watch for laws that would criminalize mere nudity, it is up to us to educate our fellow citizens about nudism.  My good friend Terri Capshaw, one of the owners of Sun Meadow Resort, coined the term ‘Nudity in the Community’.  I love that phrase.  The best way to teach people about nudism is to let them meet us, let them get to know what kind of people we are.  We are not scary.  We are not dangerous.  We are not threatening.  However, inviting them to coffee will probably not work really well.  So let’s get involved in our communities.  Yes, we may have to wear clothes, but we can put up with it for a few hours for the cause.

Many of our clubs are already doing it.  In one weekend in September, there were four community clean up events scheduled.  In conjunction with SOLVE and the Oregon State Parks, AANR-NW participates in several beach cleanups each year.  There was one scheduled for Sauvie Island-Collins Beach and one at Rooster Rock State Park.  On the same weekend, both LARC and Lake Bronson were out doing their Highway Cleanups. I know other clubs also are part of this program, but I’m sure if I list them, I’ll miss some of them.  A few weeks earlier, Kaniksu Ranch had  a fabulous dance which turned into a fundraiser in support of the fire fighters and their efforts.  Hundreds of dollars were raised from Kaniksu Members, prompting the band to remark that they never knew nudists had such deep pockets. These are all great ways for our communities to see nudists as being their helpful neighbors.

Most of our landed clubs are members of their Chamber of Commences.  I know some of them are very active.  Of course that gets publicity for the club out, but it also lets other business leaders get to know a nudist and therefore learn a bit about what nudism is.

We are in the gray time of the year.  But we are also coming up to a time of giving.  Perhaps your club could organize a fundraiser or a clothing or toy drive.  Or how about a blood drive.  They are always in particular need around the winter holidays.

As an individual, you have the greatest opportunity to let people meet a nudist if you are willing to let the people you know that you are a nudist.  If you want to do it in a somewhat subtle way, there are some neat buttons that say “I’m a nudist and I vote”.  Or wear your nudist t-shirts when you go out.  And then answer questions.  You will be surprised how little it really matters to other people once they know.

 

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July 2015 Nudescene

At our Spring Board Meeting last April, it hit me how very, very welcome I have felt at most of our clubs.    This revelation happened when club volunteers were bringing us breakfast just to make it easier while we were setting up for the board meeting.  During the last few years, Jim and I have visited all of the landed clubs in our region.  During our visits, club members have gone out of their way to make our visits great.  When we have been holding meetings, they have made sure that we had everything we needed to run the meeting.   When we were just visiting, they always setup a situation so that I could talk to their members, answer questions and find out what they need.   I just wanted to say an extra thank you to all of these great clubs in the Northwest.  You know who you are.

At the Spring board meeting, we had a discussion about how we greet visitors and show hospitality.   It is especially important that the person at reception is friendly and welcoming.  A few years ago, a video with some tips for the front desk was distributed by AANR.  If your club can’t find theirs, please let me know and I will try to get a copy for you.

Everyone can make it their job to be a greeter.  If you see a new face, say hello.  Several weeks ago, I was driving to our local club and had stopped to look at one of the signs that needed replacement.  A couple stopped to ask if we needed directions.  They were new to the club and didn’t know us.  But what a great addition they make to our community!

There is only one first impression.   And a bad first impression is damaging to nudism.  A good friend of mine went to a club where they didn’t feel welcome.  It was their first try at social nudism.  It took over five years for them to try again at a different club.    I am very glad that they were willing to give it a second chance, even if it took years.

It is July already, but, as always, there is a lot going on in the nude Northwest.

 

On July 11, at noon PST, we are “Skinny Dipping again”.  To make it interesting, we are having a friendly competition among our clubs.  Whichever club has the greatest percentage increase over the last skinny dip event gets a badge for their website.

The AANR-NW Convention follows in July at the newly renamed Tiger Mountain Family Nudist Park in Issaquah, WA .    FS was neither a fraternity nor was it in Snoqualmie.    Tiger Mountain is celebrating a big birthday (70) and the theme of the convention is “Party in your Birthday Suit”.  In addition to sports, seminars and food, there will lots of live entertainment.

The NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) Legislative Summit is the nation’s largest gathering of legislators and legislative staff for more the 40 years.   Each year, one of the most popular booths is the AANR booth.   This year, the Summit is in Seattle August 3-6 and AANR-NW is hosting the booth.  As everyone that knows about this conference says, “It is a big deal.”  Carolyn Hawkins from AANR will be coming to help.

The following week is the AANR Convention “Surf City” at Sun Meadow Resort.  Do you realize how lucky we are to be so near to the AANR Convention?  I hope everyone is planning to attend.  I know that Sun Meadow is planning a great convention.  Whenever we have a AANR convention in the Northwest, the clubs come together to put on the reception.  This amazes the rest of the regions.  They can’t believe that we are willing to cooperate.  So, let’s do it again.   It would be great if each club could bring a dish to share.

So, other than those activities, there are all of the great opportunities for fun that the Northwest clubs provide.  There are fun runs, concerts, art shows and other events.  Do you get the Nude News?  If not, you can sign up at http://www.aanr-nw.org/?page_id=588016 or visit the http://www.aanr-nw.org/ home page.  Each week, there is a list of all of the events in the Northwest for the next two weeks.

Have fun.  Enjoy the sun.  Find time to relax.

 

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