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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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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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May 2015 Nudescene

In my opinion, there are two entwined concerns that face AANR and AANR-NW today.  These are advocating for nudism and declining membership.

Advocating for nudism takes many forms.

The most obvious is watching for harmful legislation and working with legislatures to prevent unintended consequences that are harmful to nudists.  For example, an unintended consequence is one where a law is written to regulate the sales of alcohol at strip clubs, but is worded such that nudist resorts can’t get a liquor license to sell or serve alcohol.

However changing public opinion is another way to advocate for nudism.  Changing public opinion can happen in many ways.  But it starts with letting everyone know who we are and what we do as nudists.

We change public opinion in many ways:

  • Booths at public fairs where people can see real nudists, who are not too different than they are. As one example, last year over Memorial Day Weekend at Northwest Folk Life, we talked to approximately 2000 people.  They asked real questions about why we were nudists.  We will be there again this year.
  • Press releases about fun events in the nudist community. This year we will be ‘Skinny Dipping Again’.  There will be press releases.  Many of our clubs also send out press releases and have made friends with the press.
  • Nudist participation in community events. This can be done in many ways.  A few years ago, Shirley Gauthier was instrumental in putting together an entry for the Springfield, Oregon, entry for hosting the premier of The Simpson’s Movie.    Every year, Kaniksu puts on a neighborhood barbeque for their neighborhood.
  • Road Clean Ups. Many of our clubs participate in road cleanups and then have their names posted along those roads.
  • Wearing your nudist T-Shirts out in public and being willing to answer questions about nudism. This is something that individuals can do.  It is remarkably effective.  People will read the shirt, laugh and then ask questions.  If you have flyers to give them about clubs or activities in the area, it is even better.
  • Telling your family and friends that you are a nudist. Just being willing to tell your family and friends that you are a nudist helps change public opinion.  They know who you are and therefore have to let go of stereotypes.

That brings us to the second concern – declining membership.  Changing public opinion is about publicizing who we are.  And if we let people know we are there, some will want to join in the fun.

But we have to make sure it is fun.  This means we have to respect one another, understanding that different people like to do different activities.  Excluding people because they are not like us puts a very negative feeling to the gathering.  We need people of all ages, from all walks of life, all races and all sexual orientations.  Being nude is about being accepted.  How can we feel accepted if we aren’t accepting?

So, why do we need to grow membership?  We need to grow membership so that we have the people and resources to continue to advocate for nudism.  And we need to advocate for nudism to protect our membership.

 

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Keeping Your Eyes Open for Potentially Harmful Legislation

An important function of AANR is to watch legislation that might be harmful to nudism and to block it or to change it so that it will not affect social nudism.

In order to do this, AANR needs to know what legislation is being planned.

At the state level, AANR membership dollars go to buy a subscription to CQ State Track (http://www.cqstatetrack.com/index1.html). This website tracks bills given a set of keywords. Your regional GAT chair (Mike Parker – gat@aanr-nw.org) has a login to this site. However, any of us can look at the search results to see what is going on in our region. It is important to note that many of the reported bills do not affect us at all. They just meet the search criteria.

For the Northwest, the link is
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5e1821c

That is just the first step. AANR-NW needs to know what is going on in each county, city, town, etc. Spokane Valley, WA, passed a law last year banning mere nudity. AANR-NW didn’t know about it in time to mount an effective fight against it.
That is where you come in. Read your newspaper and your local blogs. Watch your local TV. Listen to local radio. Go to community meetings. If you learn about anything at all that might affect us, send information about it to gat@aanr-nw.org and to president@aanr-nw.org. It is better to get multiple emails about the same issue than no emails at all.

Remember that AANR is us. And we are AANR. It is up to us to make it work.

For your information —
The links to pending legislation for all of the US AANR regions are:
AANR-East
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5d3821c
AANR-Florida
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5d76264
AANR-Midwest
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5dba21c
AANR-Northwest
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5e1821c
AANR-Southwest
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5e6721c
AANR-West
http://www.cqstatetrack.com/texis/statetrack/insession/viewrpt/main.html?event=545a5ead1ac4

There is no comparable pending legislation link for AANR-Western Canada.

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U.N.I.T.E

An organizing committee that came out of the discussions from the one day Unity Summit on February 11 in Miami continues to meet via phone conference. Two ideas are being pursued. One is how the various nudist/naturist groups can collaborate to support the Celebrate Nude Art Festival that is being planned for the Miami area in the fall. The intent is that this event can be put on in other areas in future years. The organizing committee is also looking into forming an ongoing way for our various nudist/naturist groups to work together, taking form as some sort of industry council.

I sit on this committee and will let you know as more information becomes available. Please email me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions.

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Gymnophobia

It is interesting that there is a phobia about nudity. I wouldn’t have thought it until I was searching the internet for something to write about. This is a not too subtle hint that you ‘should’ be sending me content to publish.

What I did find was a a e-petition being proposed to criminalize gymnophobia. The justification was made that racism is a crime and homophobia is a crime so gymnophobia should be a crime. You can see this e-petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/73141
You can’t sign this petition unless you are a citizen of the UK.
I agree with most of the petition, but not with the very beginning. There is no way to legislate against hatred and prejudice. And certainly, one should not legislate against the sufferers of a disease. We can only legislate about how people act no matter how they feel about each other.

Really, please send me articles or ideas.

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February 2015 Nudescene

 

There has been a lot of positive developments at the AANR level.

What has happened:  There was an extra Fall Board Meeting on November 15th to discuss some the ideas that were presented at the AANR Convention.    This added board meeting gave the incoming board of trustees a chance to look at these ideas and begin implementation of the proposals that they deemed of highest priority.  The board meeting was in Las Vegas.  The location was chosen because of cost.  There are inexpensive rooms and meals.  And airfare to Las Vegas is generally low priced.  Most of us never left the hotel.    Some of us started at 7:00am and went until Midnight.  The board came together and worked cooperatively and effectively on the many issues.    I was incredibly proud that various members from the Northwest came and participated, paying their own way.  What a great region we have!

Bev Price appointed six advisory teams to look at the six proposed changes.  Five of the teams were made up entirely of trustees who were given the opportunity to work on those issues that most interested them.  The regional presidents worked on the Pricing Structure team.  These teams prepared reports during the time from the Convention until the Fall Board Meeting.

The Adult Clubs Team looked at the feasibility of including clubs that want to pursue sexual activities in AANR.  The outcome from this meeting was that AANR will not be including ‘X’ rated clubs.  It was recommended that an ad hoc committee  revisit core values and devise methods that will differentiate us from those clubs.    For example, swingers have taken over the meaning of a lifestyle club.  We should be mindful to not describe ourselves as part of the nudist lifestyle.

The use of the Carver model of governance for non-profit organizations had been proposed.  The team identified that AANR currently uses a constituency model, but not to its best advantage. It was decided to learn more about how to be more effective using the constituency model, rather than changing how AANR is governed.  An ad hoc committee is working to identify a trainer to help AANR improve

The Name Change Team advised that it was too early in the process to change our name.  We need a clearer idea of what we hope to accomplish.  However, it was noted that when it is time to change the name, we should be aware that AANR encompasses more than just  ‘America’.  Yes, we are all part of North America, but citizens of other countries equate the word American with US.

Creating a Trade Association,  that could be where the ‘X’ clubs could participate had been suggested.  The Trade Association Team identified club benefits that could be moved to a Nudist Trade Association if something like TANR was resuscitated.   No recommendation for creating a separate Trade Association was made..

Selling the Kissimmee building which houses the headquarters of AANR had been recommended.  The Facility Team recommends selling the building.   The staff will do the necessary research to determine how best to proceed.

Simplifying the member rates had been proposed.  The Pricing Structure Team analyzed the various rates and made several suggestions about how the rates could become less complex.  The biggest difference in rates across the country is that regional dues are not standardized for several of the membership classes.  Regions will not cede the power to set their membership rates.  This committee was comprised of the regional presidents.  Any proposal to act on simplifying the rates must be led by the board.

Additionally, the board decided to not proceed with an updated Park Guide without more investigation about cost and printing techniques.  The Life Membership fund is now capped and the excess is added to the Capital Improvements Fund.

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What is going to happen:    On February 11, 2015, the Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment & Safety Foundation Institute (http://beachesfoundation.org) is holding the first one-day Naturist Unity Summit at Haulover Beach Park.  The name of the summit is United Naturist/Nudist International Trade/Travel Educational Events (U.N.I.T.E) ( http://beachesfoundation.org/unite/)

This summit is an opportunity for those from all of the naturist/nudist organizations to come together and work on our common goals.  Two in particular were highlighted:  media driven marketing events and nude-friendly legislation.  Both are great goals.  I am very lucky because it is several days after the AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting.  So, I get to stay and then travel to Miami to participate.    The summit is capped at 100 people, but if you are interested, you could contact the organization and see if there is room.  I know this is late notice, but it has been reported on in the Northwest Nude News.

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The Northwest Nude News is a weekly email newsletter controlled by AANR-NW (your name and email will NOT be shared).  Each week it has the schedule for the following two weeks and a couple of articles of nudist interest.    I encourage you to sign up for this newsletter if you don’t already get it.  http://www.aanr-nw.org/?page_id=588016 . And we’re always looking for articles and opinion pieces, so send your ideas to nudenews@aanr-nw.org

Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions.

 

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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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November 2014 Nudescene

I want to thank all of you for honoring me with reelection as President for the next 2 years.  I will strive to do my best to serve the needs of our region.  Over the last two years, I have particularly worked on transparency – working to communicate what is going on.  If I fail in that, or anything, please be sure to call me on it.  My email is president@aanr-nw.org.

One of the ways to get information about what is happening in your region is to subscribe to the eNews.  This newsletter is published about once a week.  The subscription list is controlled by us.  It is not shared.  You can sign up at http://www.aanr-nw.org/?page_id=588016 .

At the AANR Education Foundation Meeting at Convention, Margie Cantlon from Sun Meadow was elected to the board.  Go Margie!

And we found out about a way for you  to get Amazon to donate to the Ed Fund at no cost to yourself.  When you shop 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, you go to 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.

Attending the meetings at the AANR Convention in Pennsylvania was like drinking at a firehose.  Bill Schroer, the AANR Executive Director, presented many new ideas.  Advisory teams have been formed to evaluate these proposals and a special Fall Board meeting in Las Vegas will be held mid-November to consider what the next steps are.  As always, you are welcome at this board meeting.  Please contact me if you want more details.

Hidden Springs shone at Convention winning both the Ilsley Boone Newsletter Award for clubs of its size and the Scofield Trophy for the most miles traveled by a non-landed club (50,858).  Mike Parker and me, both members of Hidden Springs,  were awarded the Presidential Meritorious Service Award .  Hidden Springs had 8 members at the convention, which was very impressive representation.

In February, the rule was changed so that a convention could be held in the same region in consecutive years.  And so, the 2016 convention will be held at the Willamettans.  The 2015 convention is at Sun Meadow.

You will have noticed that the format for the AANR  Bulletin has changed.  In addition to this change, Bill has asked that we submit stories or story ideas to the editorial staff.  So write your stories and submit them.  Or at least send you ideas to the AANR office. bulletinads@aanr.com.

This summer has been a sunny one.  But as they say, Winter is coming.  Turn up your thermostats and stay in touch with your nudist friends.

 

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2014 AANR-NW Fall Update Call

AANR-NW will be having a group conference call next Sunday, 11/23/2014 at 4pm. Club Presidents, directors, officers and chairs have been sent invites. Even if you have not received an invite, you are welcome to join us. Just email president@aanr-nw.org for an invite.

We have a few topics to discuss
– Background checks. Can we band together for better rates and service?
– Advertising credits
– Nacorba http://www.nacorba.org/
– Outcome of Fall AANR board meeting
– Would it be ok if we are willing to host the aanr-florida website? They are willing to pay us.
– Online Nudescene
– A chance to talk with one another

Please let me know if you have anything else you want to add.

There may be a lot of people on the call. It is an ‘opportunity’ to see if we can handle a large call effectively.

Feel free to let me know if you have questions or concerns.

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IMHO (in my humble opinion)

I’ve got an idea on how we can better understand one another and be happier. We would all be better off if we assume the best of intentions from our fellows. Much of the time, when we hear something that doesn’t make sense, we immediately assume that it has been decided with some mean or manipulative reason. We don’t wait to get the facts. However, if we don’t jump to conclusions, we can realize that maybe we don’t know everything about the situation. Perhaps there are good reasons for such decisions. Maybe we don’t really understand the situation. Maybe we could wait to get answers to our questions. We can take time to confirm our assumptions. And sometimes we may just need to trust since there is a valid reason why our question shouldn’t be answered. One way to slow down our jump to a conclusion is to take the time to think of ways that the decision or action might make sense. As Alan Alda said, “Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won’t come in.” Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/assumptions.html#VxIMzleDfj65sXaH.99

Now I just need to remember to not jump to conclusions when someone else has jumped to a conclusion that I don’t agree with.

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What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving is either in a few weeks (if you live in the US) or it was a few weeks ago (if you live in Canada). So here’s the question: As a nudist, what are you thankful for? Send your answers to nudenews@aanr-nw.org with a note whether you want to be identified or not. They will be compiled in the Northwest Nude News sent out on US Thanksgiving. Let’s see how many different things we can be thankful for. As the editor, I will be thankful for help in writing copy for this newsletter.

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Revenge Porn Bills

Revenge Porn is the posting of sexually explicit photos on the internet without the permission of all persons in the photo. This posting is often used to get even with ex partners after a breakup. Doing this is very damaging to the victim and should be stopped.

Laws across the country as well as the rest of the world are being written to prevent this sort of abuse. As can happen, these laws can have unintended consequences. They can be written so that even a nude non sexual picture is considered a violation.

Examples of what is happening in the United States can be seen on the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) website
http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/state-revenge-porn-legislation.aspx

It is very important that we keep watch on legislation in our areas. If we find out early enough, we can take steps to make sure that the wording of the law doesn’t negatively impact innocent nudists. This is just one example of the type of legislation that we have to keep watch on.

Here is an article about how these laws can be overbroad. http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahjeong/2014/09/23/is-arizonas-revenge-porn-law-overbroad/
and one where naturists are concerned about Britain’s Revenge Porn Law http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/569828/20141017/brit-naturists-oppose-revenge-porn-bill.htm#.VEnxEPnF-So.

If you see anything of concern, please send information to gat-chair@aanr-nw.org. And copy nudenews@aanr-nw.org so that we can keep our readers up-to-date.

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AANR News

Bill Schroer is no longer employed by AANR as Executive Director. We wish him well.

AANR to Hold Special Fall Meeting November 15th.

by Mike Parker excerpted from The WellSpring (Hidden Springs Newsletter)
New AANR President Beverly Price has scheduled a special AANR board meeting to review and vote on the appointed advisory groups’ feedback on the items that were proposed at the convention this past summer. Some of the items were controversial at the time of proposal, most were not.

Board members will fly in on Saturday to Las Vegas, meet all day Saturday and fly out on Sunday. A low cost hotel is being used and board members are only being reimbursed for the lowest cost air flight available. There is no meal reimbursement, as is the AANR rule for all AANR meetings. Las Vegas was chosen due to low cost airfares and lodging.

Some of the items to be addressed are:

  1. The AANR building – whether to repair or sell and move the organization’s headquarters to a better and safer area.
  2. Simplifying dues structures – the regional presidents are all on this committee.
  3. A proposed name change – is one needed? If so, to what?
  4. Whether to reinstitute a new nudist trade association similar to the closed Trade Association For Nude Recreation (TANR).
  5. The “Carver Model” – whether to change the model of governance of the association to a different type of model as proposed by John Carver, author of the book “Boards That Make A Difference”. It would allow, among other items, looser control of the Executive Director by the board.
  6. Connecting with “adult” or “lifestyle” clubs and a proposed new rating system for nudist clubs. This is the one proposal that has garnered a lot of discussion and feedback. As AANR is now a family-oriented organization, any association with other types of organizations as noted in the first sentence would definitely change the principles and type of organization AANR is. There was a great deal of discussion of this particular item at the AANR-NW fall board meeting in September. Some consider this a “third rail” issue that could destroy AANR.
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Is Sunlight Good for You?

According to Dr. Richard Weller, a dermatologist in Edinburgh, sunlight could be good for your heart. In addition to supplying Vitamin D, sunlight causes the release of nitrous oxide on the skin, which benefits blood pressure and the cardiovascular system. You can watch Dr. Weller at http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_weller_could_the_sun_be_good_for_your_heart . And an article in the Scottish Express http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/526739/Sunlight-key-fighting-diabetes-Scots-scientists-reveal , that references Dr. Weller, suggests that experiments also show the benefits of moderate exposure to sun light as fighting obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. But skin cancer can kill, so stay in the sun in moderation.

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AANR-NW Wants You!!

In the past months, we have asked for help in various endeavors. AANR-NW is a volunteer organization. There are lots of ways to help.

If you are a lawyer, or you know a lawyer, or can suggest a lawyer that would be willing to represent nudists and their rights to be nude, please send a note to president@aanr-nw.org. We are looking to build a network of lawyers so that if any Northwest Nudists run into a legal battle, we will be able to refer them to lawyers in their state. This is not for pro-bono work.
Various clubs, as well as the nudist libraries, have 8mm and 16mm film that they want to convert to digital. Do you have any suggestions of a lab that can do this conversion but would not have a problem with the family oriented nudity in them? If so, please drop a note to president@aanr-nw.org.
If you haven’t connected your amazon account @ smile.amazon.com to the AANR Education Foundation, please go to smile.amazon.com and search for AANR Education Foundation and add them as your charity. Once you have done this, whenever you start your shopping at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price on most items to the cause of education and social nudism.
The Northwest Nude News needs content. If you have ideas for news or other articles, please send them to president@aanr-nw.org . Also, please send us your story about how or why you are a nudist for our continuing feature.
The AANR Bulletin is also looking for story contributions. If you have a story or an idea for a story , please send it on to bulletinads@aanr.com. Pictures are also needed, but you will need a signed AANR photo release for anyone that is recognizable in the photo.
GAT (Government Affairs Team) needs everyone to pay attention to what is going on in your community. If you find out about an issue that may affect social nudism, please send a note to gat-chair@aanr-nw.org. It is far better that the GAT hear about the same thing multiple times than for them to never hear about it. GAT is also looking for state chairs for Washington and Montana. There will be GAT training sessions at the AANR-NW Spring Board meeting in April at Squaw Mountain, as well as at the AANR-NW Convention in July at Fraternity Snoqualmie. For more information, please contact gat-chair@aanr-nw.org

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Smile at the AANR Education Foundation

When you shop 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, you go to 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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2014 AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

On September 20 and 21, we will gather at the Willamettans for the AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting. Everyone is invited.
This board meeting is an opportunity to learn what is going on in our region. Learn what the various committees have done and are planning to do. Hear about what the new AANR Executive Director is planning. Even if you are not actively involved, you can have the opportunity to influence AANR-NW direction. Talk with your officers and the board. Find out what they think. Tell them what you think. Share your ideas. Find out how you can contribute to AANR success. There is a place for you in AANR-NW leadership.
Your involvement is crucial to the AANR mission which is “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.”

AANR-NW operates with volunteers. Come to the board meeting. Learn what you can contribute. It might be a little, it might be a lot. You do get to choose. But don’t let us fail to fulfill our mission because you want to let the other guy take care of it.
Even if you can’t come to this board meeting, get involved. Contact your officers and board to find out about how you can participate. Contact emails for all can be found in the member’s only section of the aanr-nw.org site. The password for the member’s only section can be found in each Nudescene. insert into the Bulletin.
Not only is involvement necessary, but it can be fun. You get to meet interesting, engaging nudists from all over the region. What a great way to develop new friendships! Conventions and meetings are the perfect opportunity to meet both new and old friends.

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Nudist Advocate Attorneys

If you are an attorney or know of an attorney that would be willing to represent nudists that have been wrongly discriminated against, please let us know. We are building a current list of such lawyers so that referrals can be made. Please send this information to president@aanr-nw.org

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Mere Nudity Considered Lewd in Auburn WA

The city of Auburn, WA passed Ordinance 6514 that defines mere nudity as a lewd act and makes it a misdemeanor in any public place in the city of Auburn, WA.  This ordinance was introduced and passed on July 7, 2014.  Unfortunately, we were not aware of this ordinance before it was passed.  We will now need to contact the Mayor and City Council to make our concerns known.  If you live in the city of Auburn, or know of other nudists in that city, please send email to president@aanr-nw.org so that we can organize attending a city council meeting en masse to make our concerns known. City Council meetings are on the first and third Mondays of the month.

Contact information for the Mayor is

Mayor Nancy Backus
c/o City of Auburn
25 West Main St.
Auburn, WA 98001

253-931-3041 (p)
253-288-3132 (f)
Email Mayor Nancy Backus (e)

City council members are:

Rich Wagner
Deputy Mayor
Position No. 6
Email Rich Wagner
Bill Peloza
Councilmember
Position No. 3
Email Bill Peloza
Claude DaCorsi
Councilmember
Position No. 2
Email Claude DaCorsi
Yolanda Trout
Councilmember
Position No. 4
Email Yolanda Trout
John Holman
Councilmember
Position No. 5
Email John Holman
Largo Wales
Councilmember
Position No. 1
Email Largo Wales
Wayne Osborne
Councilmember
Position No. 7
Email Wayne Osborne
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AANR-NW Convention Recap

The AANR-NW convention took place last weekend at Kaniksu Ranch.  Kaniksu was celebrating its 75th anniversary, with a “Diamonds in the Buff” theme.  We all had a great time.  There were tournaments in pickleball, bocce, volleyball, shuffleboard, horse shoes, kayaking and cribbage, along with informal sports play all weekend.  Karen Lahey from the SLUGS won the cribbage tournament.  There was a children’s activity center running all weekend, with games and crafts.  We enjoyed a campfire Thursday night and danced to a DJ dance Friday night and The Angela Marie Project Saturday night, and the band even performed nude on Saturday.  And of course the pool, hot tub, sauna and miles of forest trails were available throughout the convention.  The Kaniksu kitchen provided great meals all weekend, and a 75th anniversary reception Saturday.

Forums included:

  • A presentation on how to use social media to help your club, presented by Randy Erickson.
  • A presentation by Bill Schroer, the new AANR Executive Director, of his plans for the organization.
  • A Government Affairs presentation.
  • A recap of the AANR-NW FolkLife sponsorship and booth.
  • Darkness to Light introduction.
  • Group discussion about how we can support our travel clubs.
  • A presentation about how to talk to our friends about nudism.
  • A rap session covering a range of topics.

Elections were held, and all officers were re-elected.  Karen Lahey from the SLUGS,Fraternity Snoqualmie, Hidden Springs, Wine Country Bares was re-elected as president. Jim Lahey from the SLUGS,Fraternity Snoqualmie, Hidden Springs, Wine Country Bares will continue as secretary.  Dave Smith from Kaniksu will be vice-president and Terri Capshaw from Sun Meadow will be treasurer.  Also, Linda Babione from Lake Bronson was elected as Nominations committee chair.

A motion was passed to ask the board to amend the procedures so that club members will not need to pay the convention registration fee when the convention is at their club.

Sun Meadow was selected as the site of the 2016 AANR-NW convention.  As a reminder, Fraternity Snoqualmie will be the site of the 2015 convention.

Awards were:

  • Scholarship to Deana Jackson from the Bare Backers.
  • Membership increase awards went to Hidden Springs, both for percentage increase and number increase.
  • Poet Laureate to John Mollan from the Sun Rovers
  • Presidential Meritorious Service Award for extraordinary service working at Northwest Folklife to 6 people, Effie Burton, Don Krueger and Jim Lahey from the SLUGS, Richard and Linda Stockett from the Willamettans and Brie Capshaw from Sun Meadow.
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July 2014 Nudescene

As I have mentioned in past columns, rather than continue to shrink, AANR must grow in order for us to fulfill our mission to

To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings, while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.

One way that AANR and many clubs are working to grow is to attract young people to our organizations.

Two years ago, the AANR membership  approved two new membership tiers.  Young Adult Membership is available to those between the ages of 18 and 28 for $48.00 per year, at a savings of $10 per year.  Student Memberships are available to students between the ages of 18-25 that enrolled in an institution of higher learning for $25.50 per year.  Perhaps for some young people, this will make membership more affordable.   At the least, it sends the message that we welcome young people.

In the last two years, there have been two Nudist  Youth Leadership Summits.  These summits bring together young adult nudists.  Sponsoring organizations include AANR, TNS, and Clothes Free International.  The first one held in November, 2013 was at White Tail resort with 9 participants.  Last year’s summit was held at Cypress Cove, September 27-29 and it had grown to 50 participants.  This year’s summit will be September 19-21 at Laguna del Sol, in California.  The purpose of these summits is to give opportunities for young people to get together and to help them develop into the leadership that Nudism will need going forward.

Some clubs have special young adult memberships.  Or special rates for young adults.

The question is often poised “What can we do to attract young people to our clubs?”    And from talking to young nudists, I believe that the answer is that we can’t attract them.  Other young people can attract them.  Young people want to hang out with their friends.   Let’s open our clubs to groups of young people that like to be naked.  Then they can see how great the park is and invite more of their friends.  And so on.  And so on.  I don’t have the answers, but know that we have to ask the questions about how to bring new life to our organizations.

We must be prepared for change.   We must be prepared to grow.

Enjoy the sun!  Have a great rest of the summer.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Northwest Nude News.  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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Protect Yourself from the Sun

One of our readers sent in a link to an article Why skin cancer rates continue to increase, asking that it be passed on. Additionally, not mentioned in this report, but reported by the World Health Organization is the link between Climate Change and Skin Cancer. Studies also indicate that tanning beds contribute to the rise in the numbers of skin cancers. This increase is also reported in other publications, for example, Skin Cancer Foundation . For ideas on how to reduce the risk of skin cancer, including how to pick a good sunscreen, checkout the Environmental Work Group Guide to Sun Safety. .So, while you enjoy summer, don’t forget to practice safe sun.

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Nude Use of Mazo Beach Threatened

Nude use at Mazo Beach, a popular beach in Wisconsin, is being threatened writes an article in the Huffington Post by Michael McLaughlin. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/mazo-beach-nudists_n_5493883.html. This threat is described in a NAC (Naturist Action Committee), with specific requests actions. In particular, the Master Plan for the Lower Wisconsin Riverway is being rewritten. We want to encourage the DNR to not make modifications to the plan which would prevent nude use of this beach.

View the NAC Alert by clicking here.

For information about Mazo Beach, visit the Friends of Mazo Beach blog by clicking here.

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Northwest Folklife

Folklife was fantastic. I really want to thank all of the people that helped with this. Astrid and Mike King donated a beautiful AANR-NW banner. Many clubs sent gift basket items and pamphlets. We got great photos from several clubs. Thanks to Randy and “T” for the photo booth idea and to Snail, from Fraternity Snoqualmie, who painted two beautiful nude torsos that were a favorite photo op. Fraternity Snoqualmie lent us their festival booth. All of this went into having a great information booth. As many people remarked, we got great exposure. We will set much of it up at the AANR-NW convention at Kaniksu in July for you to see.
In particular, I want to thank the volunteers, and their sore feet, that manned the booth. People came from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Thank you so much to Brie, Richard, Linda, Effie and Don. And to my husband, Jim, who helped assemble and take down the booth, spent four days in it and put up with me for the weeks while I was getting ready for it.

We talked to well over 2000 people. We talked to people from every state in our region, including Alaska. We also talked with people outside of our region. Some from as far away as Australia. That doesn’t include those that just took brochures. We gathered contact information from 198 people.

It was great!

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May 2014 Nudescene

Spring has Sprung.  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.

In this issue of the bulletin, you are receiving information about the upcoming AANR election.   Please vote.  Excellent candidates are running for office.  It is up to you to decide who will lead our organization.

AANR membership has dropped over the last decade.  This is very concerning.  Our mission is to

To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings, while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.

It may seem that social nudism is no longer threatened.  However, as they say, it ain’t necessarily so.  Last year, Spokane Valley, in eastern Washington, banned public nudity.  They didn’t mean to affect nudists, but they did.  Oregon passed legislation so that if you were declared a sex offender for skinny dipping in another state, you would be registered as a sex offender in Oregon.  Facebook bans nude art such as Spencer Tunick, but allows body painted bikinis.  We have much work to do.  And it is important.

This means we need strong and capable leadership to grow AANR and to advocate for social nudism.

In this election, only two of the three officer positions are contested, one of club trustee positions is contested and none of the member trustee positions are contested.  We must have more members willing to step up to be leaders.

I am proud that while the Northwest is one of the smaller regions, we have a great representation on the ballot.  We have two Northwesterners running for club trustee, Michael Parker and Theresa ‘T’ Price.  Kathy Smith is running for our member trustee.  Paul Kuntzman is the only candidate for Secretary/Treasurer.  Sharon McLeod is running for Vice-President.  And T’s mom, Bev, is running for President.

Two recent AANR Presidents have ties to our region, Pat Brown and John Kinman.

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 17-20 at Kaniksu.Ranch (http://www.kaniksufamily.com) near Spokane, WA.  Kaniksu is celebrating its Diamond anniversary and the theme is ‘Diamond in the Buff’.

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

 

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AANR Election Season

Every two years, AANR holds elections for its members.  Ballots are included in your May Bulletins..
There is a Proposed Bylaw Amendment to modify the bylaws to refer to botha procedure manual and a governance manual.  This allows the office to manage day to day office while allowing your board to make policy and governance decisions.

Only two of the offices are in contention.  There are two candidates running for President,Tim Mullins and Beverly B. Price.  And there are two candidates running for Vice-president, Sharon McLeod and Robert Roche.

Click to view the campaign posters for Bev PriceSharon McLeod and the team of Tim Mullins and Robert Roche.
Traditionally, there has been about a 5-7% turnout.  Go to http://www.aanr.com/blog/welcome-to-the-2014-aanr-voters-guide/, make your decisions and vote.  Let’s have a much improved turnout this year.

Nudist and I Vote

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Tribal ID Photography Project

At last weekend’s AANR-NW board meeting, the board made the decision to sponsor a photography project that will take place on our own Rooster Rock beach.  This project is a book that explores man’s (or women’s) need to reconnect with his or her primitives self by covering their bodies with mud and being present in nature. It is being crowdsourced atIndegogo.  If you would like more infomation or to help sponsor this project, go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tribal-id#home.  The deadline for sponsoring on Idegogo is April 21, which is Monday.

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AANR Education Foundation

The AANR Education Foundation is a charitable partner of the American Association for Nude Recreation whose 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.

At its Mid-Winter Meeting in Kississimme, The AANR Education Foundation approved a grant that was requested by AANR-Florida, for partial funding of a study of the economic impact of nude recreation in Florida. Having such a study will allow other locations to point to the economic success of nude recreation in Florida. The final report will also contain a blueprint identifying how the study was done. This will enable the study to be repeated for any geographic area.

Contributions, which may be tax deductible, will help to provide scholarships to our young nudists as well as supporting similar studies.
Please see http://www.aanr-ef.org/ for more information.

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Facebook Censors Spencer Tunick

As a follow up to the Northwest Nude New’s article from two weeks ag o, please see an “Maybe Facebook Would Let Photographer Spencer Tunick Post Naked Pics If He Worked for “Sports Illustrated”,written on the Village Voice blog, shows the art of Spencer Tunick that is not acceptable on Facebook, as well as the body painted bikini that is acceptable on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Facebook page.

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Facebook against Nudism

Facebook seems to have a problem with nudism. Recently, one of our Palm Springs’ resorts, Terra Cotta Inn, had their Facebook page deleted by Facebook. The reason given for this was that it had links to a no longer available 21 month old article on the Microsoft site msn.com and to a recent article, The naked truth about nudity among the over-50s in the Guardian(a prestigious UK newspaper) which contained no nudity but were stated to be obscene. While it was restored after appeal, it is not the first time that this type of censorship has occurred. Two years ago, the same Guardian posted an article about Facebook’s censorship entitled Facebook’s nudity and violence guidelines are laid bare. The guidelines that they refer to are available on various sites, such as http://www.scribd.com/doc/81877124/Abuse-Standards-6-2-Operation-Manual

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AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting

Last weekend the AANR Board Meeting was held in at Cyprus Cove in Kississimee, FL. At this meeting, the budget was approved. The budget reflects the changes that are expected from the membership incentive program. This program was sent to all clubs in a letter that is quoted below.

The Program:
A commission of $25 will be paid for each new member to a club (excluding all transfers) based on total year-end membership. Commission payments for 2014 will be paid by check in February, 2015, after the official year end membership count has been tallied. The program will continue for a minimum of 3 years. All AANR clubs are eligible for this program!

The annual commission will be based on the increase in AANR membership either since December 31, 2013 or the highest year-end membership in a later year, whichever membership number is greater.

Thinking about being a 100% club?
Now is your chance to upgrade your status! When you are a 100% club until December 31, 2016 you will receive a BONUS commission of $10 for every AANR club member. That’s $35 per new member! This will be paid in February of 2017.

So, if you aren’t yet an AANR member, or you can encourage a friend to join AANR, you will be really helping your club.

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February 2014 Nudescene

In this issue’s column, I am responding to the planning committee’s article in the December Bulletin.  Three suggested changes were described in this article.  I agree with two of them, but strongly disagree with the other.

Understanding the qualifications of your representative (trustee) is very valuable.  In the past, candidates had only a small number of words to describe what they would bring to the office.  Having a way for them to speak to the skills and knowledge that they possess in key areas will help voters make an informed decision.  I only wish that candidates running for president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer would also be asked about their skills/knowledge.  Asking trustee candidates to fill out a survey describing their skills and knowledge is a great idea.

Changing how the chairman of the nomination’s committee is selected makes sense.  Selecting a seasoned regional president to serve in this important role will help recruit great people to run AANR.

The last proposal from the planning committee about restructuring the board is a different matter.

Currently on the AANR board, there is a trustee that represents each region.  Additionally, there are trustees that represent each of the club sizes.    Within the last 10 years, this structure was created to have trustees to represent individual members as well as to represent the needs of various size clubs.

Last summer, an original proposal was presented at each of the regional conventions.  In this proposal, the club trustees were eliminated.   At the AANR-NW convention, many concerns were raised.

A new proposal, which was sent to the board on October 9, 2013, was a very different proposal.  In this proposal, there would be 10 trustees.  These trustees would be elected by all of the AANR membership.   There would be a trustee from each region, as well as 3 at large trustees.

With this proposal, the trustee from AANR-NW would be chosen by members in other regions.   So, if there were two candidates from the Northwest, even if a majority of AANR-NW favored one candidate, the other one could be chosen to represent their interests.  This is my major objection to the restructuring proposal.  This also means that clubs will no longer have representation.  For example, the board could be composed of trustees that have no experience with a certain size club.  Different size clubs have different needs.

I am also concerned about the time and effort being put into restructuring.  AANR membership is down.  Lack of membership and lack of membership dollars threatens our ability to continue our mission “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.”  I would prefer that we spend these efforts on increasing membership.

We must always be willing to change and grow.  When a change is proposed, we should consider it and how it will solve the problems we are facing.  However, change for change sake is time consuming and can lead to unintended consequences.

 

 

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Nudist Rights

There are a variety of ways that AANR and AANR-NW use to communicate with our members about our nudist rights. AANR publishes “The Bulletin”, our monthly newspaper/magazine which goes to all AANR members. It always has reporting by our Government Affairs Team, and by AANR’s president and Executive Director. AANR also sends out via the internet, the “eBulletin”, which often contains articles related to nudist rights. You can sign up to receive the eBulletin by visiting the AANR website, www.aanr.com.

AANR-NW publishes the “Northwest Nudescene” four times per year, an insert to The Bulletin sent to all AANR-NW members. However, the best way to keep up with events and what is happening related to nudist rights is this eNews that you are reading. Please encourage your nudist and non-nudist friends to subscribe to the eNews. Visit the AANR-NW website, aanr-nw.org, and sign up. OR send an email to eNewsSignUp@ eNewsSignUp@aanr-nw.org?subject=subscribe%20eNews>aanr-nw.org with the subject: “subscribe eNews”.

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November 2013 Nudescene

What is AANR all about?  What can we do to increase membership?  These questions were among many discussed at the regional and continental conventions.  (I say continental since AANR includes Canadian clubs)

So, I asked numerous members why they belong to AANR.  Many are quick to say that they belong because AANR protects their right to be nude.  Unfortunately, others question what AANR does for them.

AANR is an advocacy organization.  It’s right in our mission statement.

The Mission of AANR shall be “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.”

 

AANR advocates for nudism and nude recreation in multiple ways.

 

AANR advocates for nudism by watching legislatures at all levels and lobbying for changes to laws that would restrict our right to be nude.  This is happening now.  Today.  This is not a solved problem that no longer threatens us.  Earlier this year, House Bill 34 was introduced in North Carolina which would make a woman’s that went topless to be jailed.  As I said, this is not a solved issue.

 

AANR advocates for nudism when it advises nudists that have been discriminated against because of being a nudist.  Many of these cases involve custody hearings.   It’s very distressing to think that someone could lose custody of their children because of being a nudist.  This very issue was facing a fellow member in AANR-NW earlier this year.

 

AANR advocates for nudism when it informs the public about nudism.  This accomplishes several things.  First of all, it makes being a nudist ‘normal’.  That’s another way of saying that AANR is working to mainstream us.  We are just another group that enjoy a special activity.  Some people like to ski, other people enjoy social nudism.   This makes it harder for law makers to discount our needs.  Secondly, by letting the public know about nudism, it clues nudists that just don’t know it yet about how to visit a club or other venue.

 

These are just a few of the ways that AANR advocates for nudism.

 

So, how can you do your part as a member of the organization. (Remember AANR is us.)  You can share with other AANR members about AANR advocacy.  If you see or hear about an iffy law or issue, you can contact the Government Affairs Team at gat@aanr-nw.org.  You can take a small step out of the clothes closet by letting your friends, family or acquaintances know that you are a nudist.

 

We need to work together to advocate for Nudism.

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Nudist Bill of Rights

As law-abiding citizens who are friends of nudism, including many members of the American Association for Nude Recreation, we proudly affirm that we have and are entitled to exercise the following rights.
These are self-evident and based on the Constitutions of the United States and Canada, the laws of those countries, and their court rulings.

* Nudists have the right to hold their values and beliefs.
* Nudists have the right to petition and be heard by their governments.
* Nudists have the right to responsibly enjoy nudity within their homes and on private property.
* Nudists have the right to exercise decision-making in the upbringing of their families in a manner consistent with their beliefs and without interference from others.
* Nudists have the right to assemble in the nude within appropriate settings.
* Nudists have the right to decisions about what constitutes acceptable nudity to be made free from considerations of age,
gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.
* Nudists have the right to responsibly enjoy being nude within appropriate locations on public lands.
* Nudists have the right to be free from adverse actions by their employers as a result of their lawful enjoyment of nudity when away from work.
* Nudists have the right to experience accurate, life-affirming portrayals of the human body in all its stages as depicted in the
performing arts, the fine arts, literature, and human history.
* Nudists have the right to be treated as law-abiding citizens.

You can add your name to show your support of these rights on the
AANR.com website at http://www.aanr.com/government-affairs-updates

We welcome comments about these statements of rights. Please send your
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Nudist Rights

At the AANR-NW fall board meeting (9/28-29/2013), the board decided to  explore means to better inform our members and the public on the efforts that AANR and AANR-NW make on behalf of nudist rights. The preliminary focus will be on providing short articles on significant nudist rights issues in the weekly eNews and other AANR-NW publications. These
articles may include news items, links to other publications or websites, and pending legislation at federal, state or local levels.
Assistance would be appreciated. If you see any related news items please forward the information to the committee:
rights-chair@aanr-nw.org <mailto:rights-chair@aanr-nw.org></mailto:

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AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Next weekend, September 28-29, is the AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Willamettans
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On Saturday, there is the opportunity to discuss the work of the various committees. The official meeting is on Sunday morning. There will be Karoke on both Friday and Saturday nights and a reception on Saturday afternoon. Attendees should call the club at 541-933-2809 for reservations for campsites and rental units.

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Breaking News

At the AANR convention there is a proposal to change the name of our organization. Since our major purpose is advocacy:  protection of our right to go nude in appropriate places, the name, American Association for Nude Recreation, does not adequately state what we are about. One proposal is that we change our name to American Association for Nudist Rights. A major advantage of this name change is that we would retain the initials AANR.
After this meeting the staff will research the legal requirements, internet domain names, etc. The intention is prepare a motion for the 2014 membership ballot. Please visit the AANR website to comment on this proposal. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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July 2013 Nudescene

It’s summer –  and the time when we get to be out in the sun.  We in the Northwest don’t have a very long summer, but let’s make sure that we take advantage of all the fun activities that are planned.

July 13th is the World Record Skinny Dip co-sponsored by AANR and TNS.  The count will take place at 1:00pm PDT.  The majority of our landed clubs will be participating.  Check out http://www.aanr.com/world-record-skinny-dip  for more information.  T-shirts are available to celebrate the event.  If you can, get a t-shirt and wear it often.  Whenever we wear Skinny Dip shirts from past years, strangers ask us about it.  And we get to tell them about social nudism, how fun it is and how many places there are to go here in the Northwest.

 

Following the Skinny Dip, the next weekend, July 19-21, is the 68th AANR-NW Convention at Squaw Mt. Ranch in Estacada, Oregon.  Squaw Mountain is celebrating their 80th anniversary this year.  Music, athletic competitions, games, a wine tasting, a car show, a drum circle, seminars, and much, much more are scheduled.   Use the opportunity to contribute your ideas in governing the region. Have a great time, see old friends and make new friends.  Check out http://www.squawmt.com for more information.

 

The remaining summer weekends are filled with 5k runs, music festivals, art shows, and other ways to celebrate being nude in the Northwest sun.  Check out the calendar at http://www.aanr-nw.org.

 

This all sounds like fun.  Bring a friend along.  Let your friends, family, coworkers know about the fun activities and invite to bring them with you,  You may be pleasantly surprised when they are willing to try it out.  Our clubs are being challenged with membership retention and growth.  Just think what it would mean to our organization if everyone introduced just one person to nudism.

 

So have a great summer.  Don’t forget to use plenty of sunscreen.  I hope to see all of you at the AANR-NW convention at Squaw Mt. Ranch in July.

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May 2013 Nudescene

 

Spring is coming.  Actually, by the time you read this Nudescene, it is already here.

The wonderful thing about warmer weather is that we get to play outside in our birthday suits without goose bumps.

Warmer weather also means that we are going to our parks for spring cleaning and sprucing up.  And where does the labor for all the cleaning and sprucing come from — volunteers?

From dictionary.com, a volunteer is a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

I propose that as nudists we adopt some volunteer adages.

If you see something that needs to be done, don’t complain about it.  Do something to fix it.   If necessary, ask the person in charge for permission.   But, I bet your help will be much appreciated.

If a fellow volunteer does (or doesn’t do) something that upsets you, take a big breath.   And then approach the issue assuming that the other guy was acting in good faith.  They either thought they were doing what was right; there is something that you don’t know or they don’t know.    Whatever you do, remember how much they are being paid.

In some ways, volunteers are like the three bares.

There is Busy Betty, who takes on way too many jobs.  It is tempting to ask the busiest person to do something, because they will usually get it done.  Betty’s challenge is to learn when to say no.  It will do no one any good if she burns out.

There is NotMe Norm, who is happy to let other people to be the volunteers.  Isn’t the park or beach a place to relax?  Norm’s challenge is to try saying yes.  He will probably enjoy the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment.

The goal is JustRight John who both works and plays in his nudist retreat.

If we could all be JustRight Johns, think about the great times we would all have enjoying life together in our all together.

In other news —

We had a great turnout at the Northwest Gathering on The Big Nude Boat in February.  We should be proud; our meet up had the best turnout.

AANR is partnering with TNS to hold the 2013 World Record Skinny-Dip on July 13, 2013.   This year’s skinny dip will be a little different.  It is not sanctioned by Guiness World Records and so will be easier for the coordinators of the events.

And then, the following week is our regional convention at Squaw Mountain Ranch.  Come, it will be a great time to get together and see one another.

We are having Hand’s Across the Border gatherings with AANR-Western Canada.  In June, there will be a gathering at Sun Meadow.  In August, we will visit our Canadian friends in.

So, let’s go out there and have some fun in our birthday suits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 2013 Nudescene

AANR-NW has a new club.  WIne Country Bares became a provisional club this fall.  Wine Country Bares is a new travel club centered around Yakima and Moses Lake.
You can check out their website at http://www.winecountrybares.org or get information from info@winecountrybares.org.  I know that they will appreciate any support that we can give them.

If you are cruising on the Big Nude Boat, there will be a meet and greet opportunity for those of us in the Northwest.  Look for more details later.

The World Record Skinny Dip is returning on July 13, 2013.  It is being cosponsored by AANR and TNS.  Follow http://www.aanr.com/world-record-skinny-dip for more details.

Two big issues facing AANR today are nudist acceptance and membership.   One is outward facing; how do we get others to accept us.  The other is more inward facing; how to we retain members and add new ones.

One idea I have about increasing acceptance is letting the textiles that we live and work with know we are nudists.  By doing this, we are no longer ‘other’.  It puts a non threatening face on nudism.

Each of us has their own individual comfort level about who knows they 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.  However, 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.   Another example of a stretch for me was including on my resume that I wrote the AANRMobile app for Android.

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.

I wish I had more ideas on how to grow AANR-NW membership.  I do know that it means retaining current members and attracting new members.   I am asking for your help.  If you have any ideas about membership, please send them to president@aanr-nw.org.  I will compile them and publish them.  And I will present them to your board at the AANR-NW Board Meeting.

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