BARE AND FREE
|Volume 21||Number 3, June 2009|
In this Issue
Days to Remember
The Guinness Book of World Records has established a new category of most people ever skinny-dipping at one time. So on Saturday, July 11, at 3:00 Eastern Nudist Time, clubs and beaches across North America will be counting the people in the water.
It’s all part of National Nude weekend, so we are expanding our annual Open House to two free days--Saturday and Sunday. Because it is a two-day event, several people are talking about camping over. Saturday’s dress code is:
Sunday’s schedule is the same, but without the clothed hour.
We still need more people (preferably couples) to sit at our welcome table for an hour on one or both days. If you can help, mention it to Grant or Paul.
The press has been invited--but not during the world record swim. (If they come at all, it will be during the clothing-optional hours.) We are required to document the event with a photograph, but those who wish can turn their backs to the camera. That picture and signatures on the official form will be seen only by the AANR office and the Guinness people. We are also required to have two witnesses--who may or may not be nude.
AANR has designed commemorative T-shirts, which can probably still be ordered at the event.
We will have lots of old nudist magazines for sale all weekend. And there will be light refreshments. Come out both days, or camp over. Be a part in the making of history.
We picked up several new members last fall, when membership was half-price for the remainder of our year (which begins April 1). Some of those people also paid a year’s grounds fees--which expire one year later. But by April, a few had forgotten the fine print, and expressed surprise when asked to renew their memberships.
Most nudist clubs charge two fees--a basic membership fee, plus a variety of plans (daily, monthly, annual, evenings) depending on how often people want to come. In our case, the $45 membership buys you a vote, the gate combination, newsletter notification, and reduced lake fees. That income covers our routine operating expenses, such as postage, printing, supplies, picnics, etc. The lake fees pay the rent.
There is no agreement on when those two fees should be paid. Clubs with a large bookkeeping staff working 365 days a year can bill each member for everything on the anniversary of his or her joining. Seasonal clubs farther north find it most convenient to have all bills come due at the beginning of spring. But that requires a complex table of pro-rated prices for the month of one’s joining--or reinstatement later. (At the national level, AANR accepts pro-rated fees; The Naturist Society does not.)
For us, with no office at the lake, it works best to do a little of both. Collecting the membership fees at the beginning of April wipes the slate clean, so we can change the gate combination, if needed. Because our numbers are small, collecting annual lake fees on their anniversary is easier than publishing a pro-rated chart for regular members, plus another chart for students. This way also makes it easier for people to pop a check in the mail with no question about the proper amount.
Some people really appreciate having their payments--for club membership, annual grounds fees, AANR, and/or TNS--spread out over the year. Others prefer to pay in advance with one check and be done with it. We will accept your money either way.
A big thank-you goes to all of those who came out on National Nude Gardening Day to help spiff up the lake.
Paul C. and Larry did the heavy work of digging a ditch to drain the flooded woods. Michael and Aaron later came to assist them. Over the next few weeks, the same people, plus Chris, Paul L., and Bruce, deepened the ditch and buried the drain pipe.
Another crew was trimming, carrying, and burning brush from the area burned over a couple of years ago. Paul L., Jim, Shauna, Bob, Robyn, Holly, Chris, and Luke all did their parts.
Meanwhile, Bruce and Bob were splitting the large pile of firewood. We had tacos afterward.
We didn’t get to the many dead branches and shrubs on the east side of the little pond. Anybody looking for a way to help the club can still carry them out and burn them.
Three days of heavy rain converted our long jump pit and our wrestling pit into mud bogs. But the day of the competition turned out gorgeous. The number of competitors and spectators was slightly lower than usual, but we had a great time. (It’s a good thing we didn’t postpone the event, because on our rain date a week later, half of the field was under water.)
Kevin from FSU won the male athlete crown. A. J. from FSU emerged as clear winner in the male non-athlete division. The women chose to avoid the mud and just watch this year. For the third year in a row, FSU students won all the prizes.
The Independent Florida Alligator in Gainesville ran stories before and after the event. One reader wrote in to the newspaper, asking for a breakdown by ethnicity. We had never noticed a strange coincidence: In all the years we have been doing this, every winning male athlete has been black, American Indian, or Hispanic. At the same time, every male non-athlete victor has been white. Our female champions have also been white. The competition has of course been more mixed. Likewise, this year the second- and third-place finishers among the male athletes came from colleges in Georgia and Ohio; but only one student affiliated with an out-of-state college has ever won a victory crown in our competition (and she lived in Tallahassee).
As usual, Paul explained the ancient methods and philosophies. Frank and Steve provided the most thorough athletic coaching we have ever had. And Kim again filmed those willing. We hope to eventually edit those films together into a representation of the complete event.
A few days later, on April 1, the newspaper at the University of North Florida ran the following story:
A Nude Direction‑-Ospreys Embrace Ancient Tradition
Ed’s chicken farm didn’t let him come to the lake very often,