Volume 25, Number 2 2013 April

  • Are You Expired?
  • Everything Stays the Same
  • Greek Athletics Draws Strong Competition
  • Our Birds Attract People
  • In Memoriam


  • 06 - Campout
  • 07 - 18th Annual College Greek Athletic Meet (Rain date: April 14)
  • 14 - Board meeting
  • 26 - First Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 28 - First monthly picnic


  • 04 - World Naked Gardening Day
  • 19 - Board meeting (1 week late)
  • 24 - Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 24-27 - Memorial weekend campout. Picnic & memorials Sunday. Lake open Monday


  • 09 - Board meeting
  • 21 - Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 21-23 - AANR-FL convention, Suwannee Valley Resort near White Springs
  • 30 - Picnic


  • 04 - Sinkhole tour
  • 13-14 - National Nude Weekend OPEN HOUSE & campout.
    World record skinny dip Saturday.
    Board meeting Sunday.
  • 13-21 - TNS Youth Camp, Sunsport Gardens near Loxahatchee
  • 19 - Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 28 - Picnic & seminar
  • xx - xxx


  • 5-12 - AANR Convention, Jacumba CA
  • 11 - Board meeting
  • 16 - Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 25 - Picnic
  • 30-31 - Back-to-school campout begins


  • 1-2 - Back-to-school campout.
    Lake open Monday
  • 08 - Board meeting
  • 20 - Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 29 - Trynudethon, Picnic & college activities


  • 13 - Board meeting
  • 18 - Last Full-Moon Skinny-Dip
  • 28 - Last monthly picnic


  • 10 - Board meeting—Calendar planning


  • 07 - Christmas banquet & board meeting (1 day earlier)

General Information

  • Families with children are especially encouraged to come on picnic days.
  • Meetings and picnics usually start at 2:00. If both are on the same day, we start at 1:00.
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Are You Expired?

If you have not renewed your membership in the last month, you are expired. The new gate combination is printed on the back of our new membership cards, and goes into effect May 1. The April picnic would be a good time to settle up. But if you cannot come to the lake to pay in person, you can mail a check to:

      POB 6866
      Tallahassee, FL 32314

The fees are as stated in the last newsletter.

Everything Stays the Same

For the first time ever, we re-elected our entire board:

      Wendy—recording secretary
      Bruce—corresponding secretary
      Cliff, Rick, Steve—board members at large

The board re-elected Bruce as president pro-tem.

Also at the Annual Business Meeting, we voted to keep all fees the same as the last few years.

And our committee structure continues pretty much the same:

      Grounds: Jim (chair), Bruce, Wayne
      Land Search: Richard (chair), Paul, Rick
      Social: Wendy (chair)
      Political: Paul (chair), Rob

If you are interested in helping any committee, speak to the chairman.

Both bylaw proposals passed, but as they simply bring us up to current practice, nothing has really changed there.

Greek Athletics Draws Strong Competition

Our 18th annual College Greek Athletic Meet attracted four college women in the female non-athlete division. Seven men competed as non-athletes, and four as athletes. For the first time ever, we had to use wrestling to break a three-way tie in the male non-athlete division. (The Greeks scored the events so a well- rounded competitor could come in second in every pentathlon sport and still have a shot at the victory wreath. In this case, he didn't make it.)

The last couple of years, some of our middle-aged members have shown up the college students. Not this year. The clear winners were:

      Female non-athlete: Isabella of FSU
      Male non-athlete: Wes of FSU
      Male athlete: Fernando of FSU

Six people camped overnight, and forty more arrived on Sunday. The younger people brought in a fine feast of Greek food afterward.

Our Birds Attract People

On the day before Easter, a soon-to-be-famous bird watcher visited our lake. Brad McDonald of South Dakota is establishing the world record for number of bird species seen while nude during one year. He had 403 when he came here, and left with 407. These included the eastern towhee, which we have in abundance. You can read about the project at, where he writes under the pen name, Olaf Danielson.

He and Paul saw 27 species of birds that day. The migrating blackpoll warblers were the first Paul had ever seen. We added a kinglet, two species of herons, and three of warblers to our list of birds seen at the lake.

The white-eyed vireos have arrived. They are our most abundant bird each summer. More often heard than seen, they make a little click before and after each whistled call.

Meanwhile, the director of a youth camp (we're not sure where) wrote to say that her daughter (we're not sure how old) had discovered our bird page, and they plan to use it as part of their camp program this summer.

Let's Beautify Our Lake Area May 4

National Nude Gardening Day is Saturday, May 4. We will gather at noon, and spend a couple of hours spiffing up the lake area. Projects include a downed tree blocking the trail to the highway, trimming back the woods trail to the sandy field, and more brush clearing north of the pavilion.

If you have them, bring brush snippers, perhaps a hedge trimmer or chainsaw, and definitely gloves. There will be plenty of jobs carrying off brush. The day is free for everyone who helps.

Be aware that we have a bigger project ahead of us: clearing new bicycle trails for our Trynudethon sometime between now and September. We can't do that now because of flooding on one short section of the route.

When we are able to later this summer, the plan is to first cut a short detour around a low spot on the triangle trail near the sandy field. Second, we want to create a whole new trail connecting the sandy field to the nature trail. (If we ever bought the place, that would need to become a road, anyway.) Part of that route is easy open woods. Paul and Bruce have been tracing an overgrown deer trail through the thick part. We will notify you when we can tackle this bigger project.

In Memoriam:
Deborah Simmons 1953-2013

Deb Simmons brought cheer wherever she went.
In addition, she will be remembered
for photographing our 25th anniversary,
and this panoramic view of our lake.

Sun Tan Lake Panarama View  2011 September

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