BARE AND FREE
|Volume 19||Number 1, February 2007|
In this Issue
Days to Remember
Come to the Annual Meeting March 11
At this year's Annual Business Meeting, we may have some very important decisions to make about land. (Members will have received additional details.) Come and hear the latest report, and decide what we do next.
But first we eat at 1:00. Please bring a covered dish to share with others. The meeting starts at 2:00. There will later be a brief organizational meeting of the new board of directors.
We will elect leaders for the year. Assuming that the proposed bylaw passes, we have at least one candidate for each of the officer positions. But we still need two or three new board members at large. If you are interested in having a say in how our club is run, let Grant or Paul know. We would especially like to get more young members and women on the board. To open the possibilities a little wider, we MAY vote to waive the normal requirements, as follows:
"I move to temporarily suspend that portion of Bylaw Article V, section B-1, which requires candidates for the board to have attended two membership meetings, or one board meeting and one membership meeting. Instead, to open all board positions except president to any current member as of January 1, 2007."
There has been some delay in getting our treasury records. At this writing, we are not planning any changes in fees. But if any have to be made, the Annual Meeting is the time to do so.
(Deletions are crossed out, and new wording italicized.)
Free up our talent by eliminating the do-nothing office of vice president, and assigning those temporary duties to a president pro-tem, by amending Bylaw Article V, parts A-1 and D as follows. (Part D would be renumbered as part G, and the intervening job descriptions renumbered accordingly.)
A. The board of directors, hereinafter referred to as the board, is responsible for both the day-by-day operation of the club, as well as long-range planning.
1. The board shall consist of seven members,
D. The full board shall appoint a president pro-tem
from among those persons elected (not appointed) to the board by vote
of the membership, and already filling any position other than
1. At the written request of the president.
2. In the temporary absence of the president from a scheduled meeting.
3. If the president is out of town, and action cannot wait.
4. If the president is physically or otherwise incapacitated, as determined by unanimous vote of the board.
5. If the president flagrantly violates these bylaws
or is subject to expulsion under article X, sections G and H, the
6. In addition to other duties, the vice-president shall insure that each board member is cross-trained for smooth operation through any contingency.
Under no circumstances, shall the
Nudist Film Double-Feature March 23
Starting at 7:00 on Friday, March 23, we will be showing two films in Room 214 of the FSU Student Services Building. The public is invited.
The First Olympics
Held back from release at the 1996 Olympics, this film by the History Channel shows the original Greek Olympics as they actually happened: nude. (50 minutes)
How about a term paper topic with some adventure to it? In this 1984 film, shy Julie is assigned to write a paper about nudity in the '80s. At first with much embarrassment, then accompanied by her boyfriend, she visits nudist resorts in the U.S. and in Europe. This film has become an international classic. (2 hours)
The Student Services Building is fairly new on campus. The easiest way to reach there by car is to get south of the campus and come north on Woodward Avenue until it ends. The building is just ahead of you to your right. Turn right, and go into the parking garage (which is free at that hour). A connecting door takes you into the building. (If it should be locked or if you are coming on foot, walk around to the front door on blocked-off Woodward.) Catch the elevator or stairs to the second floor, and signs will direct you the rest of the way.
Don't Miss the College Greek Athletic Meet
The twelfth annual nude College Greek Athletic Meet happens Sunday, March 25. (Rain date is April 1.) This is the world's only authentically nude re-enactment of the ancient Greek Pentathlon. That's long jump, discus, 200-year dash, and javelin--with a type of stand-up wrestling in case of a tie.
No experience is needed. There are separate categories for male athletes, male non-athletes, female athletes, and female non-athletes. People of any age can compete, but the victory wreathes are reserved for the top college student in each division.
Keeping an Eye on the Florida Legislature
We have done our work well. There has been no open hostility to nudity in the Florida legislature for years. But House Bill 269 needs careful watching. In an attempt to inflict stronger penalties on flashers in the vicinity of schools, this bill opens up Florida Statute 800.03--the very part of the law that protects family-style naturism.
There is no harm in the proposal, as written. But while the law lies open, it is subject to crazy and speedy amendments at any time. There is another danger. Our protection comes--not from the wording of the law--but from Florida court interpretation that has separated nude from lewd intent. If legislators muck around in the law so much that it is no longer recognizable, we could lose our decades of court precedent.
If we issue an alarm, please be ready to respond.
Three New Books Are Out
Paul LeValley. Naturists: Upholders of Strong Family Values, third Florida edition. Tallahassee Naturally, 2007. 14 p. paperback. $2.00 at the lake, $2.50 by mail.
The new third edition of our Family Values booklet contains the latest polls and updated facts. Originally published in 1997 and 2001, more than 1200 copies have been handed to state and local legislators across the nation. There have always been separate versions for Florida and the rest of the country. By agreement with the Naturist Education Foundation, we offer these booklets to the nudist community at cost. Paul, by the way, has a new book-peddling web site http://www.paullevalley.com
Marshal Allen, Jr. Newt in the World of Tarzan. Harbor House, forthcoming March 2007. 208 p. paperback. $8.50 plus shipping.
A few of our members remember Newt Fiveash, the cranky, prejudiced owner of run-down Chin-Ka-Pin Ranch near Lake City. But he had once been a Florida nudist pioneer and leader. A 2005 book, The Naked Bus Driver, told the story of wacky adventures in his early years. The new volume continues Newt's real-life tale.
Jim C. Cunningham. Nudity & Christianity. Author House, 2006. 588 p. paperback. $25.
For more than twenty years, Jim Cunningham of Altogether Christians has been publishing nudist family magazines. A Catholic, he has attracted a loyal readership from all Christian denominations. This fat book pulls together a lifetime of writing and thought.
AANR Cyber-Bulletin Available
This week, AANR e-mailed its Cyber-Bulletin to every member for whom
Families with children are especially encouraged to come on picnic days.
Meetings and picnics usually start at 2:00. If both are on the same day, we start at l:00.
Check calendar updates on our web page.