3, July 2004
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Dates to Remember:
Celebrate National Nude Weekend - Annual Open House July 11
Nude Recreation Week, which began in the 1970's as a grassroots celebration, gives naturists everywhere a chance to not only bask in the life-affirming joys of naturism and nude recreation, but to share those joys with others. Sponsoring organizations, The Naturist Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation, are provided with a chance to concentrate media attention on naturism and nude recreation. Tallahassee Naturally celebrates National Nude Weekend with our annual Open House on Sunday, July 11. The dress code for that day is:
Political candidates have been invited to meet with voters during the clothed hour. We received confirmation from a high-ranking incumbent. (No, it's not George W.) Come early and express your thanks to our well-placed political guest for courageous stands in favor of nude beaches.
We still need people to sit at our welcome table for an hour. Let Grant L. know if you can take a turn.
Admission is free, though we very much appreciate donations to the Legal Fund or the Land Fund.
Club Building Under Construction
A lean-to is being added on to the back of the building to store our riding lawnmower--as well as our wheelbarrow, surfboard, large children's toys, and garbage can. Thanks to Don for donating the roofing, and thanks especially to Grant M. for supervising the actual construction.
Reminder - Please Renew Membership
If you have not renewed, this will be your last newsletter notification. Dues are $45--$22 for students
AANR Tries Again
Last year, the President's Advisory Group proposed a sweeping change to the organization of the American Association for Nude Recreation. It was sprung on people too late in a take-it-or-leave-it lump. Our board liked some of the ideas, but not others. We sent Paul to the AANR Convention in Tennessee, where the entire proposal was withdrawn for further study.
It's back. This time, some of the worst parts are gone. The rest is being offered in several stand-alone pieces. Some of the proposals are minor. Three are biggies:
Proposal 1 would establish a mail or e-mail vote by all members, instead of everything being decided by the 40 or so people who travel across the country to the conventions each year. The Eastern region has been using a direct ballot for several years, and it works. Our board welcomes this as an idea whose time has come.
Proposal 2 is flawed because it tries to do two things--one of them questionable, and the other one pretty bad.
The first effect would be to split the 14 national trustees into 7 representing members of their region, and 7 representing clubs of various sizes. We wonder if this would create divisions that don't already exist. And we also wonder about people from big clubs being able to decide who will speak up for small clubs. We would like to see this one go back to the drawing board for another year. The worst nightmare would be if 1 failed and this one passed. Then the approximately 40 people attending the convention would choose half of the national board.
At first, we didn't notice the second effect of Proposal 2. It would eliminate staggered terms, ending any guarantee of experience carrying over from one year to the next. This looks like a recipe for organizational disaster on a national scale.
Proposal 4 would remove the election of national officers from any direct vote, and let the newly-elected trustees (many of whom may have just met for the first time) select the officers from among themselves. We question whether any committee will choose a leader of national vision. Some people who have been on the board of trustees fear that the resultant internal backstabbing and jockying for position would be horrific.
The lesser proposals look OK, as far as we can see.
Because the national AANR convention is in California this year, out club sent delegates to the FANR convention to join the bylaw discussion, and find a delegate from another club who will faithfully vote our proxy in California. Lake Como has promised to do so.
Doug and Paul attended the state convention at Paradise Lakes, where Doug was able to provide free use of his condo. The host club waived grounds fees this year, so our club saved money.
There was a surprise proposal by some Georgia clubs to join the Florida region. The idea got a cool reception--partly because it would weaken our efforts with the state legislature and make travel between the clubs impractical, and partly because we didn't want to get involved in disagreements within the Eastern region.
FANR also offered a free two-day Public Relations workshop, which Paul attended. We in Tallahassee have never had any experience except with friendly reporters. At the workshop, Paul learned to deal with hostile interviewers, and do crisis management.
Because he had to be there early for the workshop, Paul was able to visit the youth camp musical show at Lake Como. Twenty kids attended the camp this year. We later got free tours of the expansion at Lake Como, and the new Caliente resort with its huge artificial waterfall.