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2012 AANR Voting Guide and Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Proposed Bylaw amendments

By Beverly B. Price, Legislation Chair

Motions for four proposed Bylaw amendments will appear on the election ballot that members will receive with their May issue of The Bulletin.  The propositions are printed here in their entirety.  Additions are shown by underline, deletions are shown by strikeout.  In some instances, the entire block is changed and it will be so noted.

Any member wishing to engage in any dialogue regarding these propositions should log onto the AANR website and go to the blog, The Alltogether.

Proposition 1:  To amend Bylaws Section I, Article II, Paragraph A by striking and adding as follows:

A.       The Mission of AANR shall be “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings, and while educateing and informing society of their value and enjoyment of such through on-going member growth.”

Purpose:  To strengthen the focus of the mission statement by eliminating inclusion of any specific strategy (i.e., on-going member growth).

Maker:     Planning Committee at the Summit for the Future

Fiscal Impact:   None.

Pro Statement written by AANR Member Pamela Pelc:  “An organization’s mission is defined as a summary describing its aims, values, and overall plan. It is intended to be a broad statement rather than an enumeration of specific strategies. Our current mission statement singles out one of many possible strategies which can lead to accomplishment of our goals. Eliminating mention of that one strategy, “through ongoing member growth”, brings the focus back to the essence of our mission. It also opens us to the possibility of many different strategies which can help us accomplish that mission.

“One ‘and’ is eliminated from the mission statement in the interest of making it more pleasant to the ear. It does not change the meaning.”

Although President Weaver solicited a writer for a Con Statement, none was written.

No position statement was formulated by the Trustees, but they unanimously approved of the inclusion of this proposition on the ballot.

 

Proposition 2:  To amend Bylaws Section II, Article VI, Paragraph D.1 by striking lines a) and b) and renumbering the lines that follow: [Note:  If this Proposition passes, deletions of references to these in the Procedure Manual would follow immediately.]

                    a)      “Friends of AANR “card solicits contributions and support from non‑members.

b)      Internet Membership encourages Internet users as members and contributors.

 

Purpose:  To eliminate membership categories which have outlived their usefulness with the advent of the E-Bulletin and the new Website.

Maker:     Legislation Committee

Fiscal Impact:  Negligible

Neither a Pro nor a Con statement was written for this proposition as it is merely a housekeeping measure, as stated in the Purpose above.

No position statement was formulated by the Trustees, but they unanimously approved of the inclusion of this proposition on the ballot.

Proposition 3:  To amend Bylaws Section II, Article VI, Paragraph D.2 by striking and adding as follows:

            c)    Student Membership is offered at a reduced rate to individuals only (not to couples or dual members) who are between the ages of 18 and 25 35 and who provide evidence of age and of enrollment in a post‑secondary institution of learning.

Purpose:    To allow broader participation by older students, including those on the GI Bill.

Maker:       Legislation Committee

Fiscal Impact:   Undetermined.

Pro Statement written by AANR Member Frank McClure:  “Raising the age to 35 recognizes that in our all-voluntary military services we have many who have served multiple foreign deployments during their enlistment(s) and have earned education privileges under the GI Bill. Because of their military deployments, these returning service personnel are older than the typical college student. Raising the maximum age of eligibility to 35 recognizes this fact. It is not clear how many would be eligible for membership, since many returning service personnel do not make use of the GI Bill but rather return to gainful employment and thus would not be eligible for the discount.”

Although President Weaver solicited a writer for a Con Statement, none was written.

No position statement was formulated by the Trustees, but they unanimously approved of the inclusion of this proposition on the ballot.

 

Proposition 4:  To amend Bylaws Section II, Article VI, Paragraph D.2 by inserting a new line c) as follows and renumbering the remaining lines.  [Note:  If this Proposition passes, insertion of a description of the membership in the Procedure Manual would follow immediately.]

c)     Young Adult Membership is offered at a reduced rate to individuals only (not to couples or dual members) who are between the ages of 18 and 28 and who provide evidence of age.

and to amend Procedure Manual Section 2.02.08 by inserting a line to read as follows:

§  Young Adult Membership, $20 annually per qualified person.

Purpose:    To allow AANR to capture memberships from those newly graduated and beginning their careers.

Maker:         Legislation Committee

Fiscal Impact:     Undetermined.

Pro Statement written by AANR members Tim Thomsen and Mary Williamson:  ” AANR student memberships are designed to permit young people in school with limited financial resources to maintain an AANR membership.  However, young adults just graduated do not have the earning power to pay full AANR dues.  Many young adults who have grown up as part of a family membership, perhaps maintained a student membership, are dropping their AANR membership.  If we lose these young people, it is that much harder to attract them back to membership, particularly in light of the fact that Gen-X and Millenial populations are “not joiners” of any organized structure.

“A Young Adult membership at a reduced rate of $20 will also enable young adults to learn that the right to enjoy social nudism has been hard won by AANR through many lengthy and expensive court and legislative battles.  It will encourage them to join AANR in protecting that right for future generations.”

Con Statement written by AANR members Theresa “T” Price and Pat Brown:  ” We oppose Proposition #4.

  • There’s no evidence Proposition #4 is fiscally responsible.  Is there a Committee report or study showing this will increase membership or revenue?  Shouldn’t the fiscal impact be determined before you, as a member, are asked to approve such a proposal?
  • How much additional cost and confusion does this proposal create for your club? 
  • Is there a benefit to continuing fragmentation of our AANR population into smaller subgroups?  Our mission statement does not support this fragmentation.
  • Is this the appropriate age group to exclude dual (family) memberships?
  • What are the ramifications of such a short-sighted dues reduction?  Will other members of AANR willingly continue to pay full rates?  Will members over age 28 question their loyalty to AANR?  Both youth and longevity should be valued by AANR.

“Thanks for considering our questions and the impact of your answers.”

No position statement was formulated by the Trustees, but they unanimously approved of the inclusion of this proposition on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

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One Response to 2012 AANR Voting Guide and Proposed Bylaw Amendments

  1. Mark Snyder - NJ says:

    My publc and naked ballot.
    1. I will vote No on Motion 1. I don’t agree with the grammatical structure of the measure. The term “their” is used but there is no plural noun preceeding that word at any point. I believe the word “it’s” is more appropriate.
    2. I will vote Yes on Motion 2. It seems like a simple cleanup issue.
    3. I will vote No on Motion 3. I object to the term “student” to refer to those individuals up to age 35. Although many people continue education or return to institutions of higher learning, the title of student implies direct post secondary education. The new proposed membership category of Young Adults will conflict with Student membership at times. The overlapping situation will make signing up for membership more confusing and unorganized. I advocate for the removal of the student membership option.
    4. I will vote Yes on Motion 4. I see the current situation as supply and demand. The older members have had time to explore and accept the lifestyle. Youth membership is the weakest link in the organization. Offering incentive for diversification is imperative for the prosperity of all members. Hopefuily, this new membership catagory may replace student membership.

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