BARE AND FREE
|Volume 21||Number 2, March 2009|
In this Issue
Days to Remember
Time to Renew
Everyone’s membership expires at the end of March. Renewing members are expected to deepen their commitment by joining one of the national organizations. People who come often find it cheaper and more convenient to pay their lake fees annually, rather than daily. The only price change is the new annual lake fee for students.
Annual lake fee option
Naturist Society option
The national organizations are sending out renewal notices earlier and earlier--but don’t do it that way. It’s much cheaper to join AANR through us. And when you join The Naturist Club through us, part of that money stays in the club.
Of course, the finest way to renew is to come out, money in hand, for a pleasant day at the lake. But you can also mail your check to:TN POB 6866 Tallahassee, FL 32314
New Membership and Business Cards
Grant has designed new membership cards for this year. They have the new gate combination on the back. We will switch over to the new combination about May 1.
For the first time in years, we have club business cards you can hand to friends and prospects. There is space for you to write in your name and contact information--as well as a map on the back. When you run out of cards, help yourself to more in the blue file cabinet at the lake.
We Re-elected Most of Our Board
At our Annual Business Meeting, we heard report after report that our club did fine last year, despite high gas prices and a recession. Membership continues to slowly rise. Attendance has boomed since early last summer--especially at the full-moon swims. 2008 was the first full year of paying much higher rent, but the new lake fees we put in place last year covered it.
With good news on all fronts, we re-elected most of our board. Shawn suggested that Kiki replace him, which gives us continued young representation--as well as two women on the board. This year’s officers are:
Grant then appointed these committee members:
In other business, we adopted the new student annual lake fee, and approved a bylaw amendment creating life membership for people who are leaving or retiring after long outstanding service.
At its organizational meeting, the new board re-elected Bruce as President Pro-Tem to preside at meetings when Grant is absent. The board re-appointed Jamie as web page coordinator and newsletter editor.
College Greek Athletic Meet March 29
Our College Greek Athletic Meet is the world’s only authentically nude re-enactment of the ancient pentathlon (long jump, discus, 200-yard dash, and javelin--with stand-up wrestling as a tie-breaker, if needed. After 14 years, ours is the oldest continuing nude college event in the nation.
People of any age can compete for the fun of it, but the victory wreathes are reserved for the top college student in each entry classification: male athlete, male non-athlete, female athlete, female non-athlete. Competitors get in free.
Registration starts at 10:00. You won’t want to miss the demonstrations and practice in the ancient methods at 11:00. The Greeks did a lot of things differently than we do today. Competition starts at 1:00.
If you can spend a little time helping at the registration desk, or in any other way, let Paul know. Rain date is April 5.
New Event: Naked Spring Break
Vita Nuda, the new young adult arm of AANR, has teamed up with Sunsport Gardens to quickly put together a new event: Naked Spring Break April 10-12. For young people 18-30, everything is free except your food and gas. But there’s the catch: Sunsport Gardens is a day’s drive away, near Loxahatchee. Still, it should be a great opportunity to meet other young nudists from around the state.
The preliminary schedule includes a cookout, bonfire, toga party, body painting, fire dancing, drum circle, yoga, midnight skinny-dips, and possibly a trip to Haulover Beach near Miami. Advance registration is required at http://www.floridayoungnaturists.com. Check it out.
World Naked Gardening Day May 2
Saturday, May 2 is World Naked Gardening Day. If you think your neighbors might object, come out to the lake and help us spiff up the place. We want to continue cleaning up the burned-over area, and making it more park-like. We have some tools. If you have them, bring heavy gloves, work shoes, brush snippers, or an axe. As we have in other years, we will probably break out some Cinco de Mayo tacos when the work is finished. The work party starts at 1:00.
Our Wish List Is Getting Smaller
Don’t forget that it’s not too late to get a building named after you. We now know exactly what each new building cost: $1,034.95 for the pavilion, and $849.22 (plus a lot of work) for the storage shed. We will gladly name either building after any member who underwrites the cost. Where else can you get a building named after yourself for so little? Smaller donations are also welcome.
Thanks to Deana for donating children’s books and a croquet set. Thanks also to Kim for the citronella candles.
Hidden River (toward Jacksonville, near Macclenny) is sponsoring a clothing-optional New Age Festival May 8-10. For details, check out http://www.newagefestival.org.
New policy: Some people have requested that the last person out on Saturday put the sign-in sheet in the blue file cabinet in the storage shed. Please get it in the right drawer--the one marked “sign-in sheets.”
We still need hosts for the July and August picnics. If you are interested, speak to Grant or Paul.