BARE AND FREE
|Volume 17||Number 2, April 2005|
In this Issue:
Dates to Remember
Annual Business Meeting - March 13
On March, 13, the club held its annual business meeting. The following individuals were elected as this yearís board of directors:
The most notable change is a new treasurer. Cliff has a great background in fiscal management. The club is fortunate to find someone to take on this responsibly. Doug has held this position for many years. Members will now pay their fees to Cliff. In his absence, any board member can collect.
Female members please note that there is currently no female on the board. A vacant slot will remain till a female fills this position. Please consider volunteering for this position. The vacancy isnít linked to "Corresponding Secretary", but to the by-law requirements that at least one female will be on the board. It just happens that the Corresponding Secretary is currently vacant.
Grant made these committee appointments:
There is plenty of room for more volunteers. If you are interested, mention it to Grant.
In other business, we decided to spend $1,000 on advertising, if that proves necessary. The amount includes T-shirts for students attending their first Full-Moon Skinny-Dip. Both bylaw proposals passed. That means you need to take your cell-phone conversations away from people, so there can be no confusion about phone-cameras.
Reports showed that our membership numbers have stabilized. Our treasury is healthy, and attendance at the lake is off to a good start this year.
The membership meeting went quickly, but the organizational board meeting had to deal with complex issues that come with a new treasurer and a new web administrator. The board filled these appointments:
Renew by April 1st
Itís time for members to renew. Club membershipís expires April 1. Renewing members are expected to join at least one of the national organizations. The board can make some adjustments in hardship cases. The rates are:
AANR mostly supports the landed resorts, and publishes a monthly newspaper. The Naturist Society protects free beaches, and produces a thought-provoking quarterly magazine. You can pay your renewal at the lake, or send a check to the club mailbox:
TN POB 6866 Tallahassee, FL 32314
Nudist Film Double Feature
On Friday, March 19th, Tallahassee Naturally showed In Search of History: the First Olympics and Educating Julie at Florida State University. While more club members than students attended, the evening was not only entertaining but instructional.
In Search of History: The First Olympics (about 50 minutes) highlighted the first Greek Olympics starting in 776BC. Viewers learned from leading scholars the important role of the Olympics to ancient Greek society. It was a great precursor to Tallahassee Naturallyís tenth annual Greek Athletic Meet that occurred on the 21st.
In Educating Julie (about 150 minutes), a film made in 1984, a college student named Julie is assigned to write a paper about nudity in the í80s. At first she wrestles with what she perceives as a difficult topic; but she soon discovered the world of naturism. This video follows her investigations and experiences, and her adoption of the naturist lifestyle
Steve Wins Nude College Greek Athletic Meet for the Fifth Time
Steve of Florida A & M University won the victory wreath for male athlete at the tenth annual nude College Greek Athletic Meet near Monticello, FL. He has competed five of the ten years the contest has been in existence--and he won all five times. (He is graduating, so somebody else will have a chance next year.)
Shawn of Florida State University was the top student in the male non-athlete division. The women's crown went to Emily, who is enrolled at Ashworth College in Georgia.
All competed in the world's only authentically nude re-enactment of the ancient Greek Pentathlon (long jump, discus, 200-yard dash, and javelin.) A type of standup wrestling is available as the fifth--and tie-breaking--event. It was not needed.
Despite good publicity nationwide, the turn-out was smaller than last year. But people travel from as far as Michigan and Connecticut to attend.
It's Silly Season in State Legislatures
State legislatures are in session across the country, so proposals for goofy new laws abound. The Virginia legislature became a national laughingstock when they briefly considered a law regulating how high boys must wear their pants. While they were at it, Virginia lawmakers killed in committee a bill that would have outlawed children from nudist resorts and beaches in the state.
A proposed Texas law against nude youth camps doesn't seem to be moving.
Floridians got a shock a couple of weeks ago, when headlines announced severe restrictions on beach nudity. House bill 375 and Senate bill 730 would have introduced two dangerous precedents: (1) letting the police officer be the offended person, even if no one else is offended, and (2) letting the arresting policeman decide what is lewd, rather than going by community standards. The second of these threats was dropped in committee; the first one is still there. Naturist leaders have been reluctant to speak up, because the bills were introduced under the prostitution section of the law--not exactly the issue family naturists want to get involved with. This law is not aimed at nude beachgoers, but the precedent could be dangerous.
Across the country, some fight-wingers claim credit for pushing President Bush over the top in last fall's election, and are now demanding their pound of flesh in the form of repressive laws. Seeing that coming, South Florida Free Beaches began several months ago collecting signatures on petitions for state legislators to keep their hands off Haulover Beach near Miami.
In the current issue of Nude and Natural, the Naturist Action Committee warns us to expect these kinds of bills in various states:
Road Trip 1: Sunny Oaks Haven April 16
Mark your calendar for our club's visit to Sunny Oaks Haven near Live Oak on Saturday, April 16. It has been two years since we were there, so the new plantings and facilities should have progressed quite a bit. We checked out a rumor that the place had been sold--not true. They are expecting us, and have invited people from other nearby clubs to join with us.
A 1:00 pot-luck dinner is planned, so bring a dish to share. Be aware that their club is not furnishing meat this year.
Sunny Oaks Haven does not charge posted fees, but they accept donations. ($15 is suggested for a day visit.) The owner requests that visitors notify him in advance at (386) 658-1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to arrange ride-sharing, contact Paul at 222-1886. Here are the directions from the club's web site www.geocities.com/tom695us/nudist_lifestyles.html. (Finding the way is simpler than it sounds.)
Take I-10 East to Exit 275 (Old 39); this is U.S. 90. Follow the off ramp. Take a left at the end of the ramp that will be US 90 West; go under I-10. Go about 5.5 miles; you'll pass Suwannee River State Park on the right; down a little further is a Truck Environmental Inspection Station also on the right. NOTE: DO NOT PASS Truck Environmental Inspection Station! Directly across the street is River Road. You will turn left onto River Road and follow that for about 1.6 miles to 50th Street on the left, right before the overpass. NOTE: DO NOT GO OVER THE OVERPASS! Turn left onto 50th St. and go 9/10 mile to 199th Place on the right. Turn onto 199th and follow the road; you'll come to a wooden fence on the right. Just pull up to the gate and use the intercom; if no one answers, blow your horn.
Road Trip 2: Nude Beach May 7
The day before Mother's Day, we will make our annual visit to a nearby nude beach. Because of the warm spring, the flocks of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs will probably be gone, leaving large expanses of white sand. Either way, it makes for a pleasant day. In the years before we rented land, this was one of our favorite spots.
The time will depend on the tides--which we won't know until a few days in advance. For time, for directions, to arrange a meeting place, or to share rides, contact Paul at (850) 222-1886 or email@example.com.
We still have a few copies of the AANR Park Guide at the bargain price of $10. Get yours while they last.Back to Top