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NUDISTS’ RIGHTS LEGAL ADVOCATE RETURNS TO LEAD AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (March 4, 2019) – The American Association for Nude Recreation is pleased to announce that Erich Schuttauf, JD has accepted the position of Executive Director. Having served in many capacities for the organization founded in 1931, Schuttauf has walked the halls of the Tallahassee legislature and halls of Congress promoting the positive economic impact of nude recreation on the U.S. tourism economy, during his tenure he has also visited many state law makers advocating on behalf of nudist rights in advance of legislative sessions on bills, and worked with federal agencies such as National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in support of nudity on appropriate public lands.

A member of AANR since 1991 (when AANR was still known as the American Sunbathing Association/ASA), he is also a longtime spokesperson on wholesome family-style nude recreation, having appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, O’Reilly Factor, CNBC, ABC’s Good Morning America and been interviewed by such notable publications as the New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Details Magazine, among many others. “I see my role as AANR’s Executive Director as one to lead our members as the voice of advocacy on behalf of individuals and families to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the way God made them, whether it be at member Clubs or their own backyard.

I’m eager to build on decades of AANR’s core values of wholesome nude recreation where appropriate,” notes Schuttauf. “I’m also committed to growing the diversity of our membership. Our largest growing demographic is African-American. The demographic most loyal: Latin. Those most willing to experience nude recreation: Millennial’s. I want all – regardless of age or ethnicity — to feel welcome as AANR members and members of our affiliated clubs, resorts and campgrounds.” Schuttauf is a graduate of Purdue University, IN and earned his law degree from Duke University, NC.

He and his wife of 30 years have raised four children, all of whom enjoy clothes-free recreation as well as successful careers in healthcare, tourism and the U.S. Army. Active in his community of Kissimmee at his Lutheran church, Schuttauf is also a member of the Florida Bar, Orange and Osceola County Bars, and donates his time and expertise to the Juvenile Guardian Ad Litem and the Osceola County Council on Aging.

To interview an AANR spokesperson, please contact Jeffrey Baldasarre: 800-879-6833 or jbaldasarre@aanr.com

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Mission: the awareness and acceptance of social nudism and nude recreation in this region.

February 9, 2019—Lake Como Resort Ted Peck- Member Trustee – AANR – SW
AANR Midwinter Board Meeting

      First, this place is gorgeous. The lake, the trees, the wildlife, the hiking trails, the amenities. It’s not new, but I was in the latest room to be remodeled: new paint, new fixtures, etc. The room was a little odd—no place to hang up clothes. The place I assume used to serve that purpose now has a small refrigerator. Good the only clothes I might have hung up were what I wore to get here, and I appreciated the refrigerator.

     For me the highlight of the meeting was the report by Erich Schuttauf, Executive Director and Legal Counsel, on recent victories in the areas of legal and legislation. An example from the last year: at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, for 25 years there have been signs warning of the dire consequences of being nude anywhere. Individual nudists, local nudist groups, AANR, TNS, and other groups have been working 25 years to get this changed. The old anti-nude sign has been replaced. The new sign says that you may encounter nude sunbathers at beach entry 13. In the 70’s when I first got into nudism at beaches, hot springs, and wilderness, there were lots of places to be nude. In the decades since, such opportunities have dwindled. Now, in the last few years, a few places that were once clothing optional, but were made clothing required, have now returned to places of freedom.

     We spent several hours talking about vision and mission. At the very first AANR meeting I attended as your regional President, 5 years ago, there was a workshop on mission. I was inspired and excited, and the result was the committee of the whole at Bluebonnet and then the board vote on the mission statement at the top of this report. We’re still working on how we implement this mission, but progress is happening. At the international level (AANR) we’re still trying to come to agreement on mission. At one meeting, we spent an hour or so discussing the difference between “mission” and “vision.” We may have also resurrected one of the debates of medieval scholasticism about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. I thought we were on the verge this weekend of arriving at a mission, but there was no motion. Maybe it’ll happen at the summer Convention at Sun Meadow in Idaho. There is a sense in which it’s not urgent, because the motion will be to put something on the ballot we’ll all get in 2020 for the election of AANR officers and trustees. In the meantime, I remind myself of what Bob Morton said at a recent SW board meeting, something about AANR being a big ship and so it’s hard to turn it.

     By coincidence, Mitch London and I were on the same flight from Atlanta to Tampa, having arrived separately from San Antonio and Austin. Also, on the grounds was Dammit Dan, who has sometimes called Bluebonnet home and whom I have run into a lot of places, including Oregon for an AANR convention.

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THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION ANNOUNCES DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL SKINNY DIP DAY 2019

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) – So the frost is on the pumpkin, and baby it’s cold outside. Still, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for one of the cheekiest summer events planned for 2019: International Skinny Dip Day. Skinny- dipping celebrates the natural joy of a carefree swim without cumbersome clothing. Lest you think otherwise, it’s truly a wholesome tradition that’s been enjoyed by such American patriots as Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams, along with literary luminaries the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

To celebrate this rite of summer, last year the American Association for Nude Recreation (www.aanr.com) officially designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD). For 2019, International Skinny Dip Day will be observed on July 13th.

ISDD serves as the culminating event during National Nude Recreation Week ( July 7-14, 2019 ), an AANR tradition for 44 years. This week-long celebration provides an opportunity for individuals and families to visit clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS), and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation – the Nakation℠. Many clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, dance parties, sports tournaments, chili cook-offs, “bare buns fun runs,” health screenings, art shows, and more.

On International Skinny Dip Day in particular, the textile world is encouraged to join with naturists and free themselves of their clothes and inhibitions by taking a dip au natural in their backyard pool, a secluded spot on a river or lake, at a sanctioned nude beach or at one of AANR’s 180 clubs and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.

To interview an AANR spokesperson on the health and well-being benefits of wholesome nude recreation and skinny- dipping, please contact Jeffrey Baldasarre as noted below.

Jeffrey Baldasarre, Director of Marketing & Communication AANR

800/879-6833

JBaldasarre@aanr.com

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In Memory of Bob Campbell

It is with an incredible sense of disbelief and sorrow that we inform you that AANR Western Canada Member Trustee and AANR Finance Chair Bob Campbell has passed away. Bob was in a car accident while coming home from a fundraiser where he served on the board for Big Hill Haven’s Women’s Shelter in Cochrane, Alberta.

He was also a volunteer parent for his dog Remmy who is part of the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society program. Together they were involved in the Calgary Board of Education reading initiative at Eric Harvie School where they would read with students.

Bob was a generous man. He was a wise man. He was a supportive man. He was a trusted respected advisor to so many people. Bob had a passion for volunteering and being a part of many organizations, from Alcoholics Anonymous, to the Cochrane Curling Club, Cochrane Ringette, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation. Bob was a life member of AANR. He has been the AANR-Western Canada Trustee for the past four years and AANR Finance Committee Chair for six years. Prior to becoming a Trustee he served for seven years with AANR-Western Canada as Treasurer and then President.

In life he loved to help others so in death the family would like to help him make a difference one last time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made through this GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/bob-campbell and all monies will go to help the fundraising efforts of the Cochrane Women’s Shelter, Big Hill Haven, in Bob’s name.

 Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Bob’s family and with his many friends who will miss him.

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American Association For Nude Recreation 2018 Elections begin May 1, 2018

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AANR’S FIRST HURRICANE RELIEF FUND

MESSAGE FROM THE AANR PRESIDENT

 

As you, I watched two recent hurricanes with a broken heart.  The damage done to AANR clubs and members is devastating.  AANR has established, by my orders, an AANR Hurricane Relief Fund to which you may donate.  The funds will be kept completely separate from any AANR operating funds and will be distributed on a case by case basis to clubs and members in immediate need.  How much AANR can distribute depends upon you.

 

You may donate by clicking on www.aanr.com and then on the “donate” tab. Any/all donations through October 31, 2017, will be earmarked for this fund.  Whether you donate by credit card, website or phone, or by sending a check to the AANR office, your contribution will serve only your fellow AANR members.  Please note that contributions to the organization are not deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions.

 

If you are in need of immediate help from either Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-TRY-NUDE or write try-nude@aanr.com.  Please give details of your needs and the amount you are requesting, and AANR will assist you in any way they possibly can.

 

Sincerely,

Beverly B. Price

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World Naked Gardening Day Wrap-Up

The 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day was May 6. On that day, people from all over the globe tended to their gardens as nature intended, au natural.

This was a monumental day for everyone who tried gardening nude for the first time. To all of those who did, AANR would like to say congratulations to you for stepping out of your comfort zone! We invite you to visit www.aanr.com/member-benefits/join-renew, sign up for a membership, and enjoy more of the freedom you experienced on WNGD! Likewise, if you introduced a friend to nudism on May 6, thank you!

#WorldNakedGardeningDay was a trending topic on Twitter May 6. Click on the hashtag to see the posts on Twitter!

To wrap up the event, here are some pictures from some of our members who joined us in celebrating World Naked Gardening Day.

 

 

 

 

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Women in Naturism Weekend

AANR is currently promoting Women in Naturism Weekend, June 3-4, 2017. This is a global event celebrated around the world to encourage women to try nude recreation. Once you have discovered that natural and life-enhancing experience of nude recreation, you will ask yourself “What took so long?” Go ahead, pencil in some time; invest in yourself by planning a stress-free afternoon, weekend, or longer at a nude resort, nude beach, or naturist retreat near you. It is truly a relaxing and liberating way to take a break from everyday stresses!

 

Melissa Sigman

Marketing Director, AANR

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First Time Gardener

Starting the Garden

You will want to choose a good spot for your garden that is best for what you are growing. Your plants may want full sun or partial shade. Just be sure to keep that in mind when placing your plants. Once you have the area cleared for your garden, it is a good idea to add some nutrients to the soil. Mixing in a compost will cause the soil to loosen up. Most plants do not like hard soil, so if you cannot add something to make it looser, your best bet may be a raised bed garden. Raised bed gardens are usually small gardens that just sit atop your current yard and have walls that keep the soil together. These are great for those who just want a small garden. If you want even smaller, then container gardens might be right for you. This means one plant in one pot. These are convenient if you have limited yard space and helps if you need to bring in the plants during inclement weather.

 

What to Grow

Now that you have your soil all ready to go, you need to make a big decision. What do you want to grow? Many a first-time gardener will choose the tomato. They are easy, and there is a wide variety to choose from, grape tomatoes to huge heirloom varieties. Whichever you choose, you will likely do just fine. GARDEN WARNING! Just because the local store sells a particular vegetable or fruit, it does not always mean it is well suited for your area. Look at the labels. Besides telling you how to plant and grow the item, it will also tell you for which zone it is best suited. For even better information, check online to find what types of vegetables grow best in your area.

 

Plants or Seeds

At most garden centers, you will have the choice of getting a plant that has already started or picking from a multitude of seeds. If you choose the seed route, you may want to get an inexpensive seed starter kit. These include a container that has compressed soil pellets. These are also great for kids as they can learn about where food comes from. Some kits also have packets of seeds to use. These kits are easy to use and fun to watch as your seed sprouts and begins putting out leaves until you transplant it into your garden. However, this also takes more time, and if you did not get started on your garden soon enough, it may be past the best time to start from seeds.

Using the plants that the garden center has already started may be your best choice. It has the benefit of a few weeks of growth already, and it is ready to transplant. You can also do both seeds and starter plants. This will allow you to stagger your garden production rate so that you have more produce throughout the season.

 

Planting

Follow the directions on how to plant your veggies. For example, when transplanting tomato plants, it will tell you to dig a hole deep enough to cover two-thirds of the plant. Trust the instructions. They will help you have the best chance of growing your garden by making sure you do not plant too deep or too close to another plant.

 

Watering

So now, you just throw water on it every day, right? Nope! You can easily drown your garden with good intentions. There are many variables for watering your garden. Different plants need different amounts of water. Your climate can also dictate what how often you water. As a rule of thumb, if you stick your finger into your soil and the top inch is dry, then you can water. If it is moist, your plants are probably still happy. If you have a rain collection system, then your plants will be happiest with that instead of tap water that goes through a process to make it safe for drinking.

 

Harvest

Weeks have passed and your garden rewards you with the freshest produce. Be gentle with your plants; do not just pull off the first ripe tomato as that may distress the plant and it may cause damage. Sometimes, it is best to use garden shears to cut the veggies off to limit stress on the plant.

If you take the time to prepare your soil, pick your produce, and water them, you will be rewarded with flavors of fruits and vegetables that are truly amazing. Perhaps next year you will want to expand your garden. Talk with friends that do gardening regularly or check with a local nursery for tips and information about how to make the best garden you can.

 

Mitch London,

AANR Guest Blogger

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