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2010 Candidate for AANR President–Susan A. Weaver


President Susan A. Weaver

Home club/associate:

Avalon Resort


AANR/regional/club offices held:

AANR-East President 2006-2009

AANR Trustee 1998-2004

AANR Secretary/Treasurer 1995-1997

ESA Director 1991-1995

AANR Public Relations Chair 1995-2010 (current)

AANR Marketing Team (current)

Avalon Board of Directors 2009-2010

Business/background experience applicable to position sought:

My 36 year career with the U.S. government included legislative/political service and media/public relations jobs.

I worked on Capitol Hill for several Members of Congress and for the Appropriations Committee.  I subsequently served as a Schedule C Political Appointee at the U.S. Department of Interior and later as a career employee at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before retiring in 2007.

Length of AANR membership:

Elite Life member since 1982.

Educational background:

B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from Catawba College

Candidate statement:

AANR is at a crossroads.  After nearly 80 years of protecting and promoting nude recreation, we are confronting a paradox.  Public awareness and acceptance of nude recreation as healthy and enjoyable have never been higher in North America.  At the same time, individual attacks against the family aspects of nude recreation are increasing. 

The biggest danger is complacence.  Freedom cannot be defended behind walls.  We must daily advocate and educate if we are to be permitted to enjoy nude recreation.

I have prepared myself for this challenge for over 2 decades, and hope you will give me the right to serve you.

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2 Responses to 2010 Candidate for AANR President–Susan A. Weaver

  1. Rod Nixon says:

    Considering the changing demographics of our country, and the struggles organized nudism has currently, how do you think you can guide AANR when considering resorts/campgrounds regulations on singles (due to a growing population of unmarried or divorced persons). And how to reach out the the growing Hispanic population in promoting nudism?

  2. Susan Weaver says:

    Let me try to address your several questions/issues here, Rod.
    For over 8 years AANR has been using a marketing program called Claritas to identify the demographics of our membership. AANR is probably somewhat unique in that our membership includes all 64 segments of economic/demographic identification by Claritas. Some segments are easier to attract; some harder to attract but remain members longer. The Hispanic demographic group fits into this latter category. AANR has provided assistance to clubs to help them understand and market to their unique niche market.
    With over 260 clubs, campgrounds and resorts, we recognize that there will be different appeal to different niche markets by different clubs. Ideally, we seek to encourage enough clubs to form, develop a niche market, and serve it professionally and happily. In such a situation, every person should be able to find the club that suits them best. No club can be everything to everybody, but with enough clubs, we should be able to provide diverse options to satisfy a large percentage of those who enjoy nude recreation.
    Of course, we do not live in a perfect world. We are encouraging clubs to form and providing them with marketing and public relations assistance in order to help them become strong, thriving organizations. We also have strengthened our diversity policy (see Motion #1 on your mail ballot), and the Principles and Standards every club is expected to meet.
    As a single woman I have dealt with the issue of singles policies since my first assignment to chair the Womens’ and Singles’ Ad Hoc Committee for ESA in 1986. The most effective tool, we have found, is practical economics. A club that limits its membership also limits its resources, both financial and human. Most clubs have found it in their best interest to accept a diverse population because of the benefits that come with it. Some clubs that have traditionally limited their niche market are finding it hard to thrive in today’s economy and are looking at changing to meet today’s market and today’s world.

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