BARE AND FREE

Volume 21 Number 1, February 2009

March

  • 8        ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, Picnic, Election of officers, Organizational board meeting
  • 29      14th Annual College Greek Athletic Meet (Rain date: April 5)
  • 31      EVERYONE'S MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES

April

  • 19      Board meeting (one week late)
  • 26      First monthly picnic
Tallahassee Naturally is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of naturist recreation in north Florida and nearby areas. The club is an affiliate member of both the Naturist Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation.

Bare and Free is the official Newsletter of the Tallahassee Naturally Club. Articles appearing in Bare and Free may be reprinted by other naturist publications, provided that credit is given. Photos, however, may only be reprinted with written permission.

Club members are encouraged to submit , articles news items, and photos for publication. Please address all submission to: Tallahassee Naturally, P.O. Box 6866, Tallahassee FL, 32314 or To the Editor, 502 Airport Drive, Tallahassee, FL, 32304 or smithj7@embarqmail.com.



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Annual Meeting March 8

Plan to attend our picnic and Annual Business Meeting on Sunday, March 8. We eat at 1:00 and meet at 2:00. (Daylight Savings Time begins that day; donít show up hungry after the food is gone.) There will be a brief organizational meeting of our new board after everything else has finished.

Besides hearing reports on how the club is doing, we will elect officers for this year. Qualifications are having attended two membership meetings, or one membership meeting and two board meetings. This meeting can count as one of them. The president will also appoint members to our Social, Grounds, Political, and Land Search committees. We will also be scheduling picnic hosts. If you are interested in serving your club in any way, let Grant or Paul know.

Other agenda items include a new fee of $75 for students, plus the following bylaw amendment:

Proposal: Establish life membership, by adding a new section I to Article IV:

I. On rare occasions, the board may award a life membership--subject to ratification at a membership meeting--to a person who:

a. Has been a club member for at least ten years.

b. Has spent much of that time as a board member or performing equal services.

This award is intended as a farewell gift or celebration of retirement from active club service. Life members are entitled to all the privileges of membership, and are exempt from all fees. The award is permanent, except that recipients are still subject to expulsion from the club for bad behavior under Article X.

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Start Planning for Greek Athletics

The fourteenth annual College Greek Athletic Meet is scheduled for Sunday, March 29. (Rain date is April 5.) We expect to have another newsletter out before then, but you can find all the details at www.tallahasseenaturally.org/greek_athlet.html. Paul could use some volunteers preparing the field, sitting at the registration table, and judging events. Let him know if you can help. Better yet, be a competitor.

Our first Full-Moon Skinny-Dip this year does not come until May 8.

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Several Changes in AANR-Florida

AANR-Florida has turned down our invitation to hold their fall board meeting at our club. Cutting travel expense may have been the main factor. Though the board voted to hold their fall meeting at Gulf Coast Resort north of Tampa, they also passed a budget that eliminates the fall meeting completely. Nobody seems quite sure which motion takes precedence. But if there is a meeting, it wonít be here.

After canceling their week-long youth camp two of the last three summers, the Florida region decided to cut back to a weekend event this year. Saving money was not the reason, since the region has refused to subsidize the camp for several years--claiming it should pay for itself with high fees and donations. Instead, organizers think they can attract more kids on a weekend. The place and the abbreviated program have not yet been announced.

That leaves the Sunsport Gardens Youth Camp at the far end of the state the only place where Florida kids can go for a week. But their program is aimed mostly at the 5 to 10 year olds, rather than the 11-17 crowd of the AANR-Florida camp.

Paul started the AANR youth camps here in Florida many years ago. But leaders quickly watered the program down. (Our club even conducted our own camp one year to show them how a rigorous program could be done.) As Florida campers grew older, they too demanded a more challenging program, so the all-nude Leadership Academy was developed. When those same teens reached college, the Nude U program grew to train camp counselors. A somewhat overlapping Youth Ambassadors program for ages 18-30 has grown into the largest part of the youth program. Shauna and Angel from our club have attended.

Now the Youth Ambassadors have declared their independence from the youth program, and expanded their age bracket to 40. Under the new name of Vita Nuda, they plan to do a lot of recruiting over the internet. Their Web site currently doesn't have much information: http://www.vitanuda.com/

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Announcements

With surprisingly warm weather during a few weeks after Christmas, we broke all records for January attendance.

Grant, our president, has swum in the lake every month for more than ten years.

Wendy and Richard wrote a travel article in the winter issue of Naturally. Wendy used a pen name, but you can recognize her pictures of Richard. Clintonís picture and brief history appeared in the January Bulletin.

Single men especially, remember the club in your will.

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