BARE AND FREE
|Volume 24||Number 1, 2012 February|
Deb took this panoramic view of the lake we posted in the last newsletter but we could not resist posting to it again.
In this Issue
Days To Remember
Don't Miss the Annual Meeting March 11
We kick off the new season with our Annual Business Meeting and picnic on Sunday, March 11. We eat at 1:00 and meet at 2:00. (That is also the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Don't show up at 2:00 expecting food.) The new board will have a brief organizational meeting after the membership meeting.
We have no controversial issues to vote on this year. When 2011 dues failed to cover rising membership expenses, the board identified a few areas where we can cut back without serious consequences. So any dues increase has been put off for at least another year.
We must elect officers. While most of our board members are willing to continue doing their jobs, most have served a long time and would welcome anyone else ready to take a turn at it.
And we have to make appointments for the coming year. We especially need a newsletter editor and webmaster (who may or may not be the same person.) More volunteers are welcome on our four committees: grounds, land search, social, and political. If you can lend a hand somewhere, let Grant or Paul know.
Greek Athletics Paired with 5-K Run
We have exciting news. The seventeenth annual nude College Greek Athletic Meet is being paired with a clothing-optional 5-Kilometer Run the day before. The run is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, and Greek Athletics are Sunday, March 25. Rain dates are a week later. Registration begins at 10:00 both days. Saturday's race is at 11:00. Overnight camping is encouraged.
Vita Nuda, the young adult arm of the American Association for Nude Recreation, is sponsoring the run. They have done this several times at clubs in south and central Florida, but this is their first time in the northern part of the state. It turns out that the distance from our sign-in board to the highway turn-around is exactly one kilometer, so we have a route laid out. If it works well, we may clear a more rugged trail for next year.
Because the race prizes cost money, all runners pay $20 to preregister, or $25 on Saturday. Sunday is free for all who compete. Spectators pay $20 both days (unless you have already paid by the year).
Anyone of any age may compete both days, but Sunday's crowns of leaves go to the top college student in each entry classification: female non-athlete, male non-athlete, female athlete, male athlete. No experience is needed in the non-athlete categories. The idea is just to get out there and see what you can do. Don't miss the demonstrations and practice at 11:00. A little practice can make a big difference. Sunday's competition happens at 1:00.
The 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 a type of stand-up wrestling in case of a tie.
We are editing together all of Kim's old Greek athletic films to portray a typical day at the match. We are hoping for a world premiere showing at FSU sometime in late spring or early summer.
We Have a New Street Address
Our lake has a new street address: 1671 Turkey Scratch Road. But it doesn't work with all GPS systems. Google Maps, for instance, refuses to believe that anyone can cross south over I-10.
For years, we could not get a house number because we had no house. Numbers were given out only with building permits, and the half-built old cabin on the property never had a permit. For emergency dispatching, all driveways are now assigned numbers, whether there are buildings or not. (Our driveway actually serves three properties--one that we drive across, and the planted pines beyond us.) The number was calculated by the distance from the north end of the road.
Mapmuse has just announced three sets of maps for nudist "colonies", nude beaches, and nude runs at www.mapmuse.com/nude. Their maps are full of problems—including the fact that they don't yet include us.
It's Time to Renew
Everyone's membership expires March 31. Your membership buys you a vote, newsletter notification, and reduced lake fees. That $45 covers the expenses of running an organization like ours. Daily or annual lake fees pay the rent.
Renewing members are expected to deepen their commitment by also joining at least one of the national organizations. The American Association for Nude Recreation mostly looks out for resorts, and publishes a monthly newspaper. The Naturist Society protects free beaches, fights our political battles, and publishes a quarterly magazine. If you visit another club, your national membership card will probably get you a 20% discount at the gate. Here are the current rates:
Bring your money to the lake, or send a check to:
The gate combination changes May 1. You will find the new combination on the back of your club membership card. Do not give the combination to ANYONE, no matter how believable their story.
Jim has not only cleared the path for this year's 5-K run, but has also built us a rack to keep our woodpile up off the ground. Paul cleaned up the debris around the old woodpile, and also burned the trees that had fallen into the lily pond.
Single men especially: Remember the club in your will, or as beneficiary of your life insurance policy. You can discuss your plans with Paul, or your financial planner.
© 2012 Tallahassee Naturally