BARE AND FREE
|Volume 18||Number 2, April 2006|
In this Issue:
It's Time to Renew
Everyone's membership expired at the end of March. The rates have stayed the same as last year--except for a small increase in Naturist Society dues (and we are working to get their student rate lowered).
Renewing members are expected to deepen their commitment and broaden their understanding by joining at least one of the national organizations. Benefits of joining AANR include a 20% discount at any AANR club, their monthly newspaper, and a strong youth program. Benefits of joining The Naturist Society include most of the same discounts, a cutting-edge quarterly magazine, special interest groups, and a strong government action program. We display both publications at the lake.
In addition to annual dues, most of our regular members also find it easier and cheaper to pay their grounds fees annually, rather than by the day or month. You can bring your renewal check to the lake, or mail it to:
TN POB 6866 Tallahassee, FL 32314
The rates are:
$45--single, couple, family
$135--annual grounds fee (optional)
$53--single, couple, family ($100 for 2 years)
$43--student, senior citizen ($80 for 2 years
Donations to the Legal Fund or the Land Fund are always welcome.
We Have Young Members on the Board
At our Annual Business Meeting in March, we elected two of our younger members to the board of directors. Our officers for this year are:
Corresponding Secretary--(vacant--anybody interested?)
Member at Large--Ella
Member at Large--Kris
Richard presided over probably the shortest annual meeting in our history. Members heard that both membership and attendance in 2005 rose to the highest in three years. We did some brainstorming on land options and on our upcoming twentieth anniversary celebration. The published bylaw amendment passed unanimously. Richard then appointed these committees:
Grounds: Don chair, David
Land Search: (chair vacant), Paul
Social: Wendy chair, Kim, Shauna, Ella
Political: Paul chair, Rob
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, let Grant know.
At their organizational meeting afterward, the new board reappointed:
Web page coordinator--Jamie
John was reappointed to collect fees on Saturdays.
Greek Athletics Chilly but Successful
Cold weather kept many students away from this year's nude College Greek Athletic Meet. But enough other young and not-so-young people came to make up the difference. Several of our recently graduated students showed up--one expecting her first child, so she could not participate. Steve again emerged as our top male athlete. Walt was the top student in the male non-athlete classification. And Chelsie took the female non-athlete crown.
Because of chilly weather, we allowed spectators to drape themselves in sheets, in the ancient Greek fashion. Most braved the weather, but a few Greek costumes set a nice authentic atmosphere.
The disappointed people were the film crew from a still-forming Internet nudist news service. Their camera broke. But they had so much fun that they promised to return in a future year.
Full-Moon Swim Friday, April 14
Our first Full-Moon skinny-Dip of the year is coming up this Friday, April 14. An event mainly for students, anyone may attend. Our usual meeting place is once more available after months of construction. Take Woodward south off Tennessee, and follow it around to the parking lot on your left (south of the FSU bookstore and parking garage). We leave at 7:00. If you instead plan to drive directly to the lake, please inform Paul at (850) 222-1886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Bares Trip Scaled Back
Because of higher fees than anyone is willing to pay, we have scaled back our planned club visit to the Bay Bares north of Panama City on Saturday, April 22. Instead, we will send a tiny delegation to renew contact with our neighbor club. If you are interested in riding along, contact Paul.
In the 90s, we visited the Bay Bares nearly every winter. With a heated clubhouse, a hot tub, and a fire ring, they were set up for cold weather, and we weren't. In recent years, their winter schedule has been unpredictable; the hot tub and fire ring are now gone. The main activity seems to be water volleyball in their shallow pool.
Sunny Oaks Haven Has Closed
We have received word that Sunny Oaks Haven near Live Oak has been
Places to Go, Things to Do
On the last weekend of April, our members have lots of choices--some near, some far.
On Saturday, April 29, Paradise Valley north of Atlanta sponsors its Spring Fig Leaf 5 Kilometer Run. The proceeds go to Georgia Children's Charities. For details, check out http://www.geocities.com/figleaf5k/.
All weekend long, April 28-30, Hidden River over toward Jacksonville will host NudieBlues VI--featuring bands such as Alpha Dog and Wild Card. Petanque tournaments, barbecue, and a nature walk round out the activities. And just in case you are missing the fun near Atlanta, Hidden River will hold its own 5K Trail Streak Saturday morning. For camping information and other details, you can call (912) 843‑2603 or email email@example.com.
And if you time it right on your way back (or if all of this just sounds too exhausting), you can pig out and relax at our picnic 2:00 Sunday, April 30. Bring a dish to share. Grant will be our host.
All AANR Members Get to Vote
This year, for the first time, AANR officials will be directly elected by all AANR members--instead of the club delegates to the AANR convention. Many people feared we would be overrun by lots of glory-seeking candidates who nominated themselves. To everyone's surprise, the opposite has happened: there are fewer candidates than usual. Many of the offices have exactly one candidate--usually someone who has been in leadership positions for years.
AANR Members will receive candidate information and a ballot with their May Bulletin. Because so many old-timers are running, we know many of them personally from past conventions. If you want to wait a couple more weeks until after our May board meeting, we will pass on that information to you also. Ballots must be returned by June 20.
The June issue of The Bulletin will be AANR's big 75th anniversary issue, containing the history of each club. Watch for it.
Let's Go to the Beach May 20
Our annual beach trip is scheduled for Saturday, May 20. Hurricanes in recent years have cut the island in two--making the best part harder to get to, but more secluded than ever. The time of our trip will depend on the tide schedule. If you are interested, contact Paul for meeting place, time, and directions.
Check calendar updates on our web page: http://www.tallahasseenaturally.org/calendar.html