Karen’s Blog

Last Minute Gifts

Posted by karenlahey on  December 15, 2017
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Tick, tock. Tick, tock.  The holiday gift buying season is quickly coming to a close.  So here are some fairly easy gift ideas . Membership in AANR.  Very easy and quick. Certificate for a day at a spa (many are clothing optional).  This is especially nice if you make it a day for the two of you. Dance lessons for you and your partner so that you will wow your friends at the next dance at the

How the Musicians View You

Posted by karenlahey on  July 28, 2017
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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

AANR Ballot Proposal

Posted by karenlahey on  June 9, 2017
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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
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

Reasons to Sleep Nude

Posted by karenlahey on  March 24, 2017
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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 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.

AANR-NW Honor Awards

Posted by karenlahey on  March 10, 2017
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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

Make Your Holiday Dinner Interesting

Posted by karenlahey on  December 15, 2016
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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

Nudist Wish List

Posted by karenlahey on  December 2, 2016
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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. Nudist Sunbathers – Preiser HO Scale Model Train Figures 10107 for your model train layouts. http://smile.amazon.com/NUDIST-SUNBATHERS-PREISER-SCALE-FIGURES/dp/B0034FRTD4 A Legacy AANR Membership for your young nudist.

Interesting Fact

Posted by karenlahey on  November 18, 2016
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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,

The Nudist’s Bill of Privileges

Posted by karenlahey on  August 19, 2016
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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

Why AANR?

Posted by karenlahey on  August 15, 2016
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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

Spencer Tunick’s Latest Works

Posted by karenlahey on  August 5, 2016
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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

July 2016 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  July 22, 2016
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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

May 2016 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  May 22, 2016
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  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.  

AANR By-Law Amendments

Posted by karenlahey on  May 13, 2016
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There are four bylaw amendments.  These are my interpretations of them.   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

Unwelcome Reception at Issaquah Salmon Days

Posted by karenlahey on  May 13, 2016
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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

Vote for Karen Lahey for Club Trustee

Posted by karenlahey on  May 6, 2016
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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. 

AANR-NW Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  April 29, 2016
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Several important legislation changes were decided at the Spring AANR-NW Board meeting at Sun Meadow earlier in April. There will no longer be a convention fee charged for attendees to conventions. 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

AANR Election Time

Posted by karenlahey on  April 29, 2016
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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

A Sad Goodbye to Darrel Brown

Posted by karenlahey on  April 15, 2016
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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

Mazo Beach Closed

Posted by karenlahey on  April 1, 2016
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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.
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.

February 2016 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  February 22, 2016
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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

What do you want from AANR?

Posted by karenlahey on  February 5, 2016
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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
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

Challenges to Public Nudity

Posted by karenlahey on  January 14, 2016
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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

How to throw a Naked Super Bowl Party

Posted by karenlahey on  December 24, 2015
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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

Don’t forget – smile.amazon.com

Posted by karenlahey on  November 29, 2015
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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

November 2015 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  November 22, 2015
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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

July 2015 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  July 22, 2015
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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

May 2015 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  May 22, 2015
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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
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

U.N.I.T.E

Posted by karenlahey on  April 17, 2015
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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

Gymnophobia

Posted by karenlahey on  April 17, 2015
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Gymnophobia is the name for the fear of nudity. It is an anxiety disorder and can be serious. Most people that are anti-nudist don’t suffer from gymnophobia. They suffer from ???. You can fill in the blanks. 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

February 2015 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  February 22, 2015
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  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

Nudist Wish List

Posted by karenlahey on  December 14, 2014
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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. The body dryer http://www.bodydryer1.com/ is a blow dryer for your body.  It’s still in preproduction, but should be available in February.  What a

November 2014 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  November 22, 2014
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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

2014 AANR-NW Fall Update Call

Posted by karenlahey on  November 20, 2014
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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

IMHO (in my humble opinion)

Posted by karenlahey on  November 20, 2014
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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

What are you thankful for?

Posted by karenlahey on  November 6, 2014
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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

Revenge Porn Bills

Posted by karenlahey on  October 30, 2014
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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

AANR News

Posted by karenlahey on  October 30, 2014
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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

Is Sunlight Good for You?

Posted by karenlahey on  October 30, 2014
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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

Celebrity Nudists

Posted by karenlahey on  October 10, 2014
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So, what do Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan and Brad Pitt all have in common with you?  According to RadioTimes, they are all nudists.  See http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-09-19/celebrity-nudists-the-stars-who-like-to-let-it-all-hang-out to see which other of your favorite artists like to enjoy life naturally.

AANR-NW Wants You!!

Posted by karenlahey on  October 9, 2014
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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

Smile at the AANR Education Foundation

Posted by karenlahey on  September 4, 2014
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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,

2014 AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  September 4, 2014
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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

Nudist Advocate Attorneys

Posted by karenlahey on  July 30, 2014
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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

Mere Nudity Considered Lewd in Auburn WA

Posted by karenlahey on  July 25, 2014
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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

AANR-NW Convention Recap

Posted by karenlahey on  July 25, 2014
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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

July 2014 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  July 22, 2014
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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

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Posted by karenlahey on  June 27, 2014
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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

Nude Use of Mazo Beach Threatened

Posted by karenlahey on  June 22, 2014
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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

Northwest Folklife

Posted by karenlahey on  May 31, 2014
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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.

May 2014 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  May 22, 2014
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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

AANR Election Season

Posted by karenlahey on  April 26, 2014
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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

Tribal ID Photography Project

Posted by karenlahey on  April 19, 2014
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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

AANR Education Foundation

Posted by karenlahey on  March 6, 2014
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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

Facebook Censors Spencer Tunick

Posted by karenlahey on  March 6, 2014
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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.

Facebook against Nudism

Posted by karenlahey on  February 28, 2014
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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

AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  February 28, 2014
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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

February 2014 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  February 22, 2014
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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

Nudist Rights

Posted by karenlahey on  November 23, 2013
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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

November 2013 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  November 22, 2013
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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

Nudist Bill of Rights

Posted by karenlahey on  October 31, 2013
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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

Nudist Rights

Posted by karenlahey on  October 4, 2013
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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

AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting

Posted by karenlahey on  September 19, 2013
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Next weekend, September 28-29, is the AANR-NW Fall Board Meeting. All are welcome. The meeting is at the Willamettans . 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.

Breaking News

Posted by karenlahey on  August 15, 2013
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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.

July 2013 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  July 22, 2013
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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

May 2013 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  May 22, 2013
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  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

February 2013 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  February 22, 2013
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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

January Update

Posted by karenlahey on  February 4, 2013
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If you are going to be on the Big Nude Cruise, please stop by and say hi. My husband and I will be in cabin 2252. Also, there is going to be a NW Meet and Greet on our first day at sea from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Be sure to come and meet friends and get back into contact with others from the Northwest. Other regions will be having their Meet and Greets at other

Winter Update

Posted by karenlahey on  February 3, 2013
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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://aanr-nw.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cc7f511b492b87d55fd7619fb&id=8a01d8401d&e=924052214d or get information from info@winecountrybares.org. I know that they will appreciate any support that we can give them. For those of you who are cruising on the Big Nude Boat, there will be a meet and greet opportunity for

November 2012 Nudescene

Posted by karenlahey on  November 22, 2012
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As the new president of AANR-NW, I want to send a big thank you for your confidence and for your vote (via your club delagates to the AANR-NW Convention).   One of my goals is to facilitate communications. I plan to send out a monthly update to the eNews to keep those who wish informed.  Communication is two way; so please send your questions, concerns, ideas, suggestions to info@aanr-nw.org or president@aanr-nw.org.   So what’s going on?   Did

September Update

Posted by karenlahey on  September 25, 2012
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he AANR-NW Fall Board meeting is this coming weekend, September 29 and 30, at Lake Bronson. As always, all AANR members are invited to come. Before I became active on the AANR-NW board, I would see those words, but I don’t think I really believed them. However, I have discovered that I should have believed them and you should believe them too. You don’t have to be an elected director to be active at the

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