BARE AND FREE
|Volume 22||Number 4, December 2010|
In this Issue
Days to Remember
Don't Miss the Christmas Banquet
Our Christmas banquet on December 12 will again be at Wayne and Schell's house. It's a little farther than the lake, and in the opposite direction, but they are set up for cold weather if we need it. Besides a hot tub and pool, they have a sun room with pool table, a fireplace, and horses to pet.
Wayne and Schell will cook a ham this year. Bring TWO dishes to share with the group. From Tallahassee, the drive takes about an hour. Come when it is convenient for you, but plan to eat at 1:00 OUR TIME. (Our hosts will think it's noon.) There will be a short board meeting afterward.
Consider Attending the Naturist Festival
Consider attending this year's Mid-Winter Naturist Festival February 17-22 at Sunsport Gardens near Loxahatchee. Rick and Paul are on the program. This year, they will demonstrate how we set up our College Greek Athletic Meet. They also will lead a session on how we attract college students. And one evening, Paul will put on a slide show of American Indian nudity in paintings and sculptures.
The Naturist Festival is a great opportunity to meet other naturist leaders from Florida and other states. There are always several things going on; you have your choice between politics, social gatherings, massage, photography, yoga, concerts, films, kids' stuff and much more. Paul has the schedule and registration information.
DerekLeads Naturally FSU
Naturally FSU has made the transition to new leadership. All previous campus groups have fallen apart after a few years, when the founder graduated. We knew we were in for a challenge, because Trevor was already a senior when he founded the group. Derek has taken over as president. But he, too, is a senior, so we will face the same challenge again next year. Derek and Angel have set up a display table in the Union courtyard, recruiting lots of new students.
The Professors & Researchers Special Interest Group of The Naturist Society recently added a page to their web site about the four known campus groups ever recognized by their colleges. It has proven very popular. You can check out all of the SIG's offerings at http://www.paullevalley.com/sig/ .
The club has updated the college scholarship and youth camp information on our web site. Paper copies are available under "youth opportunities" in the blue file cabinet at the lake.
47 in the Lake for the Guinness Swim
Against our advice, AANR decided to try for a World Record Skinny-Dip for the second year in a row. As expected, only one radio station even bothered to mention the event--no newspaper or television coverage. Half an hour before counting time, no one was there except our regular members. But the posters we had put up on the college campuses worked. Students started rolling in at the last moment. At 3:00, we had 47 people in the water--short from last year's 56, but still pretty impressive.
About ten more students arrived too late for the count. They started a volleyball game, but it got cut short by a heavy rain that sent most of the crowd home.
Across the country, the story was pretty much the same. Clubs reported smaller attendance, but the beaches had more people in the water because no signatures were required this year. After a long, long delay, AANR claimed they had broken the old record with just over 14,000 people. Some of their numbers have been questioned.
AANR people say they will give the event a rest next year. That's fine with us because our focus next year will be on the club's 25th anniversary. Still, the Guinness swims brought us our highest monthly attendance ever (over 250) in 2009, and our second-highest July attendance in 2010.
The day after the swim, we invited political candidates to meet our members, and four of them came. Unfortunately, only one of them won in November. But our invitations caught the attention of all candidates. They know who we are. Our club has been evaluating political candidates since 1994; we were the first in the nation to do so.
Videos Donated to the Club Library
A non-member has donated lots of new videos to our club library, including a delightful little ten-minute film called Analog Roam--about two nudists lost in the woods. The new titles include:
Even though the news might be old, it's still interesting. The pregnancy disc is one that Bruce recorded off of television.
Though we have a small collection of reading material in the building, we never store anything with nude pictures there. And, for lack of an office, most of our nudist magazines, books, and films get packed into storage. If you want to borrow and view any of the above, let Paul know before these get put into storage too.
Below is our wish list:
The new calendar is now posted on line.
Bob has resigned from the board. He continues as chair of the Grounds Committee.
Wendy and Paul both had articles in the fall issue of Naturally. Wendy writes under a pen name, but you will recognize her pictures of Richard.
AANR has withdrawn from the International Naturist Federation, claiming that the group paid too much attention to Europe where most of its members are. AANR did that once before a few years ago, then quickly rejoined.
Single men especially, remember the club in your will.