BARE AND FREE
|Volume 24, Number 2||2012 March|
In this Issue
Days To Remember
Full-Moon Skinny-Dip April 6
The unusually warm spring is allowing us to schedule our first full-moon swim earlier than ever: April 6. (That is also Aaron's 18th birthday, so he'll be celebrating in his birthday suit.) Our full-moon swims tend to attract lots of college students. Attendance on those nights was high most of last summer.
Athletic Weekend A Big Success
Our first 5-kilometer run and 17th College Greek Athletic Meet attracted 88 people during the weekend. Fourteen camped over Saturday night. These are new records. So is attendance for the month of March.
Ten people ran the race--eight of whom had never been here before. Most were experienced runners, but had never done it naked. They all did this time. And they loved it. They kept talking about the natural beauty of our trails—unlike the overbuilt places they usually run. And they liked running on dirt, rather than hard pavement.
Our own Rhonda came in first in the women's division.
We are already planning next year's race. That means clearing the overgrown swamp trail that connects the east trail's highway turn-around with the sandy field. Next year, the final kilometer will be a challenging slog that includes wading a knee-deep pond.
The storm predicted for Saturday afternoon split and went around us, so we enjoyed a gorgeous weekend.
At Sunday's re-enactment of the ancient pentathlon, we had 2 boys, 2 female non- athletes, 3 male non-athletes, 1 female athlete, and 3 male athletes. And of course lots of naked spectators. Luke won the boys' crown. College students earning wreathes included:
Holly (Southwest Georgia Technical) Female non-athlete
Also Saturday afternoon, the older kids took some canoeing safety lessons that included tipping the canoe over and bringing it back in to shore. By Sunday, they were paddling in much better form than some of the visiting adults.
We Re-elected Our Officers
At our Annual Business Meeting, we re-elected our board to serve another year:
Buy Your Nude Beach Guidebook
The Naturist Society printed too many copies of The World's Best Nude Beaches, and is now planning to provide clubs with extra copies for just the price of postage. But our club will probably never be able to take advantage of that offer, because we are already stuck with thirteen copies that we paid $12.50 apiece to get.
To recoup some of our loss, we are offering the $26 books to our members for $10. At that price, they are a great bargain. They are filled with pictures, descriptions, and directions to practically every nude beach and resort in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. This is the third edition. There will probably never be another one. Get yours while you can. Here is a chance to help the club and help yourself at the same time.
National Nude Gardening Day May 12
Saturday, May 12 (the day before Mothers' Day), is National Nude Gardening Day. If you can't do it at home, or have other plans for Mothers' Day, come out to the lake Saturday and help us spiff up the place. Cutting and stacking firewood, and trimming brush will be the main activities this year. Work gloves and heavy shoes would be appropriate dress. The work party starts at noon and will probably last a couple of hours. The day is free for everybody who helps.
Unless you just renewed, your membership expires March 31. The gate combination changes after the April picnic. (We do have membership cards printed now--with the new combination on the back. If you already renewed, see Paul for your new card.) Again, do not give the combination to ANYONE, no matter how convincing their story. Current fees are listed in the February newsletter.
Our club is well represented in the spring issue of Naturally magazine. The college newspaper article on Naturally FSU is briefly quoted. Sarane and Richard have a picture essay on their California travels. And Paul has another art history article--as well as a book review. The other magazine, Nude & Natural, is running behind schedule, so their report of our club's 25th anniversary (last fall) is expected in June.
The Bare Buns motorcycle group has bought Suwannee Valley Resort near White Springs, and converted it to a nudist place. They are hosting the AANR-Florida convention in late June. This is the closest to us that a convention is likely to come. It would be a great chance for our members to look the place over, and see what happens at a state convention. The important stuff will happen on Saturday, June 23. But there is a problem with the new club's policy of rarely admitting anyone under 21. Our board has not yet had time to discuss how we will deal with that. Expect further clarification by e-mail.
Our Wish List Continues to Change
gardening tools--fork, hoe
And don’t forget that it’s not too late to get a building named after you. We 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.
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