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Shed Your Threads! It’s Nude Recreation Week!

What do Lady Gaga, George Washington, Hugh Jackman, Shakira, Eva Mendes, Heidi Klum, and Ben Franklin have in common? They’ve each admitted to enjoying skinny-dipping and the feeling of being nude. Movie stars, musicians, and entertainers today are openly professing their comfort level getting naked while swimming, cleaning house, and relaxing in their birthday suits.

So, this July, we encourage free spirits young and old to join in the celebration of national Nude Recreation Week, July 8-13, started by The Naturist Society (TNS) over three decades ago, and experience the stress-relieving freedom of nude recreation. Why not take a skinny dip in your backyard pool? Don’t have a pool? Then wash the family pet in the nude, scour the shower in the nude, vacuum the house nude, read a book, garden, or enjoy some other activity in an appropriate setting in the nude.

Nude Recreation Week gives first-timers a chance to shed stress by giving clothes-free recreation a try. This annual celebration is open for individuals, couples, and families to visit their favorite nude beach or one of over 250 clothing-optional and clothes-free clubs affiliated with AANR, to experience firsthand this growing trend in both travel and recreation.

This year, many AANR-affiliated clubs are celebrating our freedoms with the Thanks For The Freedom program which thanks our veterans and active and inactive military personnel. These clubs have specials to give back in some small measure to those individuals who have given so much. Veterans and military personnel can visit a participating club and receive a three-month Freedom Pass, which allows many of the same basic benefits AANR members enjoy.

To find a member resort in your area, visit the AANR Club Locator. To find a participating Thanks For The Freedom location, click here. Parties interested in visiting should call the resort in advance to schedule their reservation.

 

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:15:20 +0000

Meet The New AANR Board

The results are in for the 2014 AANR Elections. Congratulations to the new AANR Board who will lead AANR for the next two years. Thanks to all the candidates who stepped up to volunteer to lead our association into the future.

A big Thank-You goes out to all the members who took the time to vote and make your voice heard.

Meet the new AANR Board:

President

Beverly Price

Vice President

Sharon McLeod

Secretary/Treasurer

Paul Kuntzmann

Club Trustee Group 1 & 2

No candidates

Club Trustees Group 3

Lewis Dreblow

Kathy Watzel

Club Trustee Group 4

Brenda Spangler

Club Trustee Group 5

Jim Lane

Club Trustee Group 6 & 7

Joan Harris

Mike Parker

Theresa “T” Price

Member Trustee AANR-East

Fred VanNest

Member Trustee AANR-Florida

Marji McNeely

Member Trustee AANR-Midwest

Dan Garringer

Member Trustee AANR-Northwest

Kathy Smith

Member Trustee AANR-Southwest

Linda Otero

Member Trustee AANR-West

Tim Mullins

Member Trustee AANR-Western Canada

Bob Campbell

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:06:01 +0000

Capable, Not Disabled

By Marc Toussaint

Hi, my name is Marc, born and raised in New York City. Catholic schools, strict teachers, music, and playing video games with local friends dominated my life. My parents emigrated from the Caribbean around 1971. They moved to a small seven-story tenement building where everyone knew each others’ first names. Birthday parties, baptism, holy communion, and yes, of course, graduation were all celebrated amongst each other. One time a family downstairs had a birthday party during my college graduation party. People were juggling back and forth attending both parties. Life was pretty much routine and stable. It was also an internal celebration for me because around this time of year, I was approaching my last chemotherapy cycle completing my cancer treatment.

Flashback to eight years earlier. I had noticed my ankle was consistently getting more and more painfully swollen.  At first I thought it was a sprain or maybe it was my sneakers. A few weeks went by and the pain grew worse. It was very swollen too. My mom took me to the hospital. After the CAT scan, an advanced form of x-ray, the doctors also wanted me to have a biopsy, or a tiny sample, of my tissue from my ankle region.

Within a few days, I had my leg below the right knee amputated. After the cancer metastasized to both lungs, surgery left me with chest scars.

We as humans are so hard on ourselves. Shyness, negative thinking, anxiety and fear were the reasons why I felt ashamed of my body. Throughout the years, I hated the summer but loved the fall and winter seasons. It is so easy to hide and cover myself up. I allowed my perception to become my reality. It’s a classic case of dysmorphic or body image issues that many people experience.

It was a very hot, humid, and muggy day in New York. I was so anxious to get home to shower. After showering, it dawned on me, “Hey, Marc,  no one is home so why are you putting clothes on with this heat? “  I was so conditioned to cover my body that even at home I felt timid and embarrassed.

Joining a naturist club was the furthest thing on my mind. I never could’ve envisioned people with scars, amputees, wheelchair bound, or with any abnormalities/deformities joining such a group. Were these people accepted in a nudist society?

Fast forward a few years later at a dinner party in the Caribbean. I struck up a conversation with fellow Americans, one female and two males, all within their late 20′s. They were from the Midwest working for a non-profit organization. We talked about freedom, politics and the definition of the word “naturist.” These three people were nudists and very proud of it. Long story short and three days later, I was invited to a rental beach property for dinner. By 7 p.m., it was dark outside.  Somehow, I  knew they were all going to the beach in the nude.   They encouraged me to let go of feeling embarrassed and told me we are all the same.  In fact, the nudist community accepts people from all walks of life. It does not matter about your ethnicity, shape, or profession. One of the above mentioned is a disabled nudist enjoying their freedom as we speak. Freedom is letting go and inviting mother nature back into your life.

All three of them were very encouraging. Without hesitation, I immediately removed my pants, shirt and everything. I did not want to take my time so I wouldn’t have any second thoughts. By this time all of them were swimming. I walked along side of the beach and felt the gentle night breeze against my skin. I felt so alive, free, and peaceful. I lay on the sand and looked at the stars and the last thing on my mind was whether or not I should wear my new shirt to match old jeans or buy new jeans, etc. It was the feeling of belonging that sealed the deal for me.

Why do we as humans rather wear hot sticky clothing, thereby making ourselves uncomfortable? I watched the group swim and we all walked the short distance back to the house. I told them how much I felt relieved.  It was this feeling of oneness with nature. One of them said, “Yep, this is what being a naturist all about.” Being nude is just an afterthought. In fact, after the first few minutes, I was very relaxed. I didn’t think about it.

I learned a valuable lesson. The lesson is that mother nature intended people to spend  time outdoors, not indoors. We can carry out normal activities without clothes. This moment was very therapeutic for me. It was very empowering indeed.  I use the word “disabled” as a medical term but we are all “CAPABLE” of becoming a nudist.

Marc’s website, Disabled Naturist, www.disablednaturist.com, is a community centered around nudism practiced by people with disabilities. We aspire to teach people that live with disabilities all about nudism and serve as a gathering place for nudists from all over to come together and exchange ideas, knowledge, news and experiences.  Our motto is our calling card: “We are all capABLE to become naturists.”

 

 

 

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:39:17 +0000

Voting Closed in 2014 AANR Election

The voting closed at midnight Saturday June 20 in the 2014 AANR election to decide who will lead AANR into the future. Print ballots postmarked June 20 will be accepted. Thanks to all our valuable members who took the time to vote and made your voice heard.

Stay tuned! Results will be posted here once they are in.

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:54:36 +0000

That Old Nude vs. Sex Thing

By Steve Jacobson

Assuming that most people who read this blog are nudists, this may be preaching to the choir, but even within the nudist lifestyle there are a lot of people who cannot separate the idea of being nude with the sexual act. Going from club to club, it’s truly amazing the different attitudes concerning what is sexual and what is not.

There are clubs that will not allow anyone to hold hands while being nude. There are clubs that will not allow tattoos or piercings for fear of being too sexual. At some clubs you cannot repeat an “off color” joke, no matter how funny it is. Then there are clubs that require clothing to be worn while dancing.  And, of course, there are clubs that promote themselves as sexually open and have no problem with overt sexual activities. Yes, there is a third type of club that has found that balance between being overt sexually or scared to show any sexuality. The fact that you have these three different types of clubs makes it more confusing to separate the idea between being nude and having sex.

Talk to most anyone who is not a nudist and they will automatically assume that there are some sort of sexual implications associated with being a nudist.  Some nudists go overboard trying to deny any sexuality with nudism. Hey folks, we are human and in being so, we are sexual in nature. The fact we are nudist has nothing to do with our natural sexual drive and enjoyment. As nudists, we may be better at controlling any overt sexual advances being more aware of what is appropriate and what is not.

It is my belief that allowing people to naturally express themselves, whether it be a joke, uttering the occasional expletive, holding hands, or even a kiss or two, is a healthy thing. The key is, that with anything else, moderation is the main factor. We nudists tend to align ourselves with groups around us that make us comfortable. We soon learn what is appropriate and what is not in our group. Find the group, or lifestyle, that suits you and relax and enjoy living.

It’s not the sex that upsets people, it’s the implication that you are in a group that condones inappropriate sexual behavior. You can try to explain to non-nudists that being nude and having sex are not the same thing. Whether they listen and change their minds is their problem.

The point I’m trying to make is that it’s alright to be the sexual human being that we are. Have fun with your sexuality, tell that “dirty joke,” go ahead and show some affection with a loved one, and don’t be afraid to think “dirty” thoughts. As long as you’re mature enough to control your actions regarding what is appropriate and what is not.

Granted, there are people who don’t have that filter in their brain that keeps them for acting like an idiot, they will always be around.  But you don’t have to live down to their level. Being a nudist is lets us enjoy natural feelings of well-being.  Those feeling don’t stop when it comes to our natural sexuality.

It’s the feeling of a sense of freedom that is the hallmark of being a nudist. A certain amount of sexual freedom is included.

Steve Jacobson is a guest blogger who occasionally contributes articles to the AANR blog.

 

 

 

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:49:17 +0000

Core group forming to establish clothing-optional beach on Florida’s Treasure Coast

by Seth Paronick, Board of Governors, B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute

treasure-coasts-unofficial-clothingoptional-treasure-21683285Work has begun to establish a clothing-optional section to the south of the dune crossover at Blind Creek Beach (South) on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, FL, located in St. Lucie County along Florida’s Treasure Coast. Although casual nude use has a long history at this remote, primitive and pristine, county-owned beach, it is not formally recognized and its status is not currently secure. The nearest established clothing-optional beaches are respectively 120 and 140 miles (193 and 225 km) to the north within Canaveral National Seashore and 115 miles (185 km) to the south at Haulover Park in Miami-Dade County. Securing a section of Blind Creek Beach for clothing-optional use would be a boon for naturists living in or visiting this region.

The first planning meeting took place on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Sunnier Palms Nudist Park in Fort Pierce. There was a tremendous line-up of organizational support among the attendees, who included the Director of Public Relations for the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of AANR-Florida (AANR’s Florida regional unit), the President of South Florida Free Beaches (SFFB) / Florida Naturist Association (which founded and continues to help manage Haulover’s successful, clothing-optional beach in Miami), the Founder / Executive Director of B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation Institute (nonprofit educational and charitable adjunct of SFFB), and a representative of the WildFyre Society, a GNI-affiliated men’s naturist club in South Florida. Although they were not able to attend, AANR-Florida’s President and the Chairman / Executive Director of the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) are also involved in the ongoing discussions.

The following decisions were made:

  • On a parallel track, develop a core group and start educating local authorities, particularly in law enforcement and the judiciary, about applicable statutes and case law, which allow for mere nudity in the absence of lewd and lascivious conduct.
  • Have a follow-up meeting of the Blind Creek organizing team on Saturday, May 3, for which the agenda would include selecting the date for a kickoff social gathering (probably clothed) at Blind Creek Beach later in spring for all interested to check out the site (which is breathtaking) and get acquainted.
  • Schedule subsequent days when those interested can get together on the beach for clothing-optional use. (The current enforcement situation is that sheriff’s deputies encountering nude sunbathers on their occasional patrols ask them politely to cover up, but don’t issue citations, provided they cooperate. If a user is asked to cover up, immediate and respectful compliance is recommended.)

If you are a resident of or visitor to Florida’s Treasure Coast or surrounding areas and would like to participate actively in this project or just want to be kept informed of developments and meeting dates, please contact Nelson, team leader, at blindcreekbeach@yahoo.com.

(Reprinted from the April 2014 issue of The Gay Naturist E-former  by courtesy of Gay Naturists International (GNI))
 

Wed, 07 May 2014 11:59:05 +0000

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 began with a series of grass roots efforts conducted by citizens (in particular many college students) concerned over environmental issues.  Thus, in honor of Earth Day 2014 (begun in the U.S. and now celebrated in 192 countries), the American Association for Nude Recreation – an organization long known for promoting the natural life and of encouraging its members young and old to serve as eco-conscious custodians of planet Earth — is pleased to share with you five fun factoids and recommendations…

  •  On Earth Day, or any day, don’t sit alone in front of the television or computer. The energy your home consumes with you in it through the use of electronics and lights can be substituted with spending time out on the town, congregating with friends or at an AANR member club. It’s worth noting that most public areas use fluorescent bulbs, which are more efficient than those found in the average home. If you’re not going to go out (or maybe after you do) there is really no better day for using vast amounts of candles.
  • Think about housekeeping or exercising in the nude, you sweat less, don’t dirty clothes and so can keep the air-conditioning bill down and the clothes washing down too. In the sunbelt, by turning up your central air conditioning thermostat one degree, fuel consumption can be cut by as much as 10%.
  • Take your clothes off at home and feel more comfortable free of restrictive clothing.  You’ll also save laundry work this way. Typical electric clothes washers and dryers generate 5 pounds of CO2 per washer/dryer cycle. Given it’s used an average of 4 times a week, that’s 20 pounds a week, 80 a month, and 960 pounds of CO2 a year. The typical nudist family will use the washer and dryer about half that. Within the American Association for Nude Recreation membership rolls, that is a collective savings of 24,000,000 pounds of CO2.
  • When you run your dishwasher, you produce approximately two pounds of CO2. Hand washing dishes is no better; that can use up to 15 gallons of heated water and that’s almost 3 pounds of CO2 per dish washing, so wait until the dishwasher is full to run it. Did you know many AANR resorts have restaurants equipped with energy saver dishwashers, that when coupled with efficient use reduces the washer’s carbon by 25%.
  • Need to get away? Take a Nakation®, a clothing optional vacation to an AANR member club, enjoy an activity outdoors with your favorite nonlanded club, visit a nude beach, or feel the freedom in your own home of backyard.  Remember, luggage kills fuel economy, and checking it on many airlines costs you too. Travel light on road trips too. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle reduces your car’s fuel economy by 2%. Nakationers are able to pack less and travel more. And AANR-affiliated resorts and clubs are extremely affordable.  With over 240 clubs, campgrounds and resorts to choose from.

 

Despite all of the damage caused to the environment by man, most of it is reversible. As conscientious custodians we can restore habitats and return species to them; clean rivers; renovate buildings; replenish the topsoil, replant forests. Nudists are closely connected to and get eagerly involved in the preservation of our nation’s beaches, parks and other natural resources and they are also committed to reducing their personal impact on the Earth’s resources.

 

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:36:22 +0000

Welcome to the 2014 AANR Voter’s Guide

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Welcome to the 2014 AANR Voter’s Guide. In this Elections Forum, you will find detailed profiles of each candidate running for your Officers, Club Trustees, and Member Trustees. You will also find one proposed Bylaw amendment. Please read each item carefully, and when it is time, be sure to vote!

Your ballot and further instructions will be included in your May issue of The Bulletin. In the meantime, please take advantage of this interactive format to ask questions of the candidates so they may respond. Remember, this is your Association and your vote counts!

Be sure to scroll on to the next pages (click on the “Older posts” link at the bottom of each page) so you do not miss any of the profiles/legislation.

Below you will find a list of the candidates running for office in the 2014 AANR Election with a link to their individual profiles. The individual profiles are where you will be able to post questions and comments for the candidates. You will also be able to review the proposed Bylaw amendment you will be voting on. You will also be able to post comments on the proposed Bylaw amendment.

(Please note: All candidates in each group are listed alphabetically.)

Voting Guide and Proposed Bylaw Amendment

Proposed Bylaw Amendment

President

Tim Mullins

Beverly B. Price

Vice-President

Sharon McLeod

Robert Roche

Secretary/Treasurer

Paul Kuntzmann

Club Trustees

Group 1

No candidate.

Group 2

No candidate.

Group 3

(Select two candidates)

Lewis Dreblow

Kathy Watzel

Group 4

(Select one candidate)

Brenda Spangler

Group 5

(Select one candidate)

James Lane

Group 6&7

(Select three candidates)

Joan O. Harris

Mike Parker

Theresa “T” Price

Member Trustees

AANR-East

Fred Van Nest

AANR-Florda

Marji McNeely

AANR-Midwest

Dan Garringer

AANR Northwest

Kathy Smith

AANR-Southwest

Linda Otero

AANR-West

Tim Mullins

AANR-Western Canada

Bob Campbell

 

 

 

 

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:32 +0000

2014 AANR Voter’s Guide–Proposed Bylaw Amendment

A motion for a proposed Bylaw amendment will appear on the election ballot that members will receive with their May issue of The Bulletin.  The proposition is printed here in its entirety.  It will be changed to the proper format when presented as a motion.

Proposition:  To replace the words “Procedure Manual” with “Governance Manual” and/or “Operations Manual” as appropriate in the Bylaws of the American Association for Nude Recreation, Inc.

Purpose:  To complete the separation of the Procedure Manual into two manuals as approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees in March 2013.

Fiscal Impact:  None

Maker:  The Committee for Untangling Governance from Operations.

Pro Statement written by Pat Brown, Chairman, Untangling Governance from Management Committee:

The single most important feature of good governance is a clear separation of the responsibilities and accountabilities of the Board of Trustees from those of office management.

This separation of the Procedure Manual will make it easier and faster for the office to function and leave the Board to set a clear direction for AANR and get the best results for the money invested.

The AANR Trustees unanimously approved this separation and unanimously ratified putting this Bylaw change on the mail ballot.  I encourage you to vote yes on this motion and to complete this process.

No writer was sought for a con statement.

Any member wishing to engage in any dialogue regarding this proposition should visit the AANR website and go to the blog, The Alltogether.

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:10:43 +0000

2014 AANR Voter’s Guide–Officers: President

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Tim Mullins

Home club/associate: Northern California Exposure & Laguna del Sol

 

Credentials

AANR/regional/club offices held:

Current GAT Chair, Member Trustee for AANR-West, Club Treasurer, Secretary and President. Community Awareness Team member

Other not-for-profit board experience: Six year treasurer of business professional association with budget of over $100,000. Also served as President, Second and First VP. Served on the International Board as a Trustee for the Region.

Business/background experience applicable to position sought: I am the current AANR-West Member Trustee and Government Affairs Chair for AANR. I was a four-year member of the AANR Western Region Board as a trustee. AANR-West GAT Chair 3 years

Length of AANR membership: First joined in 1990. Joined with NCE in 2002

Educational background: Bachelor of Arts, CSU-Northridge. Numerous Information Technology Courses

Candidate Statement

AANR’s mission (is) “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.”

As President I will work to foster a closer working relationship with the other nudists organizations holding our values. As Government Affairs Chair I have demonstrated the ability to strategize and lead us to effect political change that promotes and protects nude recreation. I have the skills and leadership experience to act on that mission in the capacity of your President, and ask for your votes to move AANR forward.

 

 

 

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:08:17 +0000

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