Being a nudist is fun. The first time I went to a nudist resort, the office person had had a mastectomy. I figured if she was fine with being nude I certainly would be fine with it. I got a tour and still had clothes on. After the tour, it felt odd being dressed, so I took my clothes off. It felt so good to have the sun and the breeze all over my body. There were a lot of people around the pool, so I headed in that direction. A friendly “Welcome, white tail!” greeted me. She became a very good friend of mine. I joined two weeks after my first visit.

Over the years, I became more involved in the club. I was on the board and held various offices over the years. Then I started going to regional and national events. I enjoyed seeing new clubs and meeting new people. When you go to a club for the first time, you see some things your club could do better and some things your club does better. You pick up new ideas.

I became more involved in the region and nationally. Why? I wanted to give back to something that had given so much to me. I became more of an advocate for family nude recreation. GAT (government affairs) is our watchdog for legislation that could impact our way of living. This can be at the city, county, state, or country level. I have testified at city council meetings helping them to understand that nudists are people, too.  It’s very important to monitor and be proactive in that area. Unintended consequences can hit us from behind when we’re not looking.

I have met a lot of people over the years and have gone to quite a few clubs and will be going to more. You meet new people who travel to your club or the beach you frequent. You end up knowing and often becoming good friends with people all over the US and Canada and the world. What a treat! Think of the varied people you have met at nudist events from all walks of life. I bet you have met rocket scientists, lawyers, doctors, plumbers, construction workers, CPAs, nurses, teachers, preachers and more but until they told

you you had no idea. No matter who you are in the textile world, in the nudist world you are accepted for who you are as a person rather than judged for what you wear, where you live, how you make a living. I LOVE IT!

The American Association for Nude Recreation is made up of individual members. It’s not the office in Florida. It’s not the elected officials or the paid staff. It is you and me. WE are AANR. And we all need to work together. What does AANR do for me? It provides a means of advocacy to help keep laws from negatively impacting the way we live. It provides a like-minded group of people with which to associate and enjoy nude recreation. It even provides discounts on some services. And much more. My challenge to you is to figure out what you can do for AANR.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.