What is Special About AANR Nudist Clubs?

Recently, I was asked in an interview, “What is special about AANR nudist parks?”  This is a great question and it got me to thinking about just what is special about them.
Of course, you can go with the old tried-and-true: the relaxation, the freedom, and the camaraderie. But truly there are other things that come to mind as well.  My response to the question was, “I believe that AANR nudist parks are among the safest and friendliest places in the world.  I have driven cross country — alone — many times, and I breathe a sigh of relief when the gate of a nudist club closes behind me. I know that there will be new friends waiting for me when I step out of my vehicle.”
Just how safe and friendly the clubs are depends on a number of factors.  First and foremost is the screening that is done by the management of the club, whether it is a landed or a non-landed club.  
But perhaps even more important than this is the fact that most nudist groups resemble families that care for each other and watch out for each other.  No nudist wants to have their freedom and relaxation disrupted by even something as simple as a quarrel or an angry outburst.  When disagreements arise, and they will, both sides need to take a step back and realize the greater need of the entire group.  
Another factor is the club’s relationship with community authorities. Some clubs in the past have hesitated to call the police when an incident became more than the club could handle on its own. That is usually not the case now and for the safety of everyone in the club, it needs to be a standard operating procedure. Each AANR club is just as much a part of the larger community as any other business, and the interaction only adds to the safety of all.
And within the club itself, there should be zero tolerance for any form of physical violence or threats of harm to either persons or property.  While we cannot imagine that one of our fellow club members would harm another, there is a possibility. As much as the rest of the world may seem bent on destroying itself, we would like to feel that the AANR clubs are a safe haven when we are beyond that gate.  
Am I dreaming?  Maybe, because I know that it is very difficult to maintain harmony 100 percent of the time. But I’m absolutely certain that heavy-handed enforcement is not the answer. “Hello humankindness” is the slogan of one of my local hospitals.  Perhaps it should also be a slogan of AANR.  After all, everyone needs just that touch and of all the places on earth to find it, an AANR club should be one.

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.