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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 Voting Information

Dear AANR Member:

Here is the information regarding the upcoming voting process for the 2018 American Association for Nude Recreation elections. The balloting period shall begin on May 1st 2018. Paper ballots must be postmarked no later than June 20, 2018, in order to be counted. Electronic voting is open until June 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Instructions to Cast Your Vote:

1) By Internet: using you smartphone, tablet, or computer browser, please go directly to the link below (do not use the search box): https://vtnw.com/go/AANR/ Enter your voter registration code: which will be mailed through the postal service or email and placed in your inbox.

2) By telephone: call toll free (844) 797-4575 (M-F, 9am-6pm, EDT), to speak with a Vote-now specialist. Please enter your voter registration code (shown above) at the prompt.

3) By Postal service: complete the enclosed paper ballot and mail it in the enclosed, pre-addressed, postage paid envelope. IMPORTANT- If you choose to mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by June 20.

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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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OMG I’m Dating a Non-Nudist

(Continued from Growing Up as a Nudist – Part 1)

I will call him Dean.

Photo Credit: Katie Mo Photo www.facebook.com/katiemophotography

Dean and I had been together about two months before I even thought about telling him. Maybe I was nervous because I am not a fan of rejection, but I knew I had to tell him I was a nudist.

When I broached the subject to him, he looked a little shocked and I asked him what he thought. He said “I didn’t think that was a thing. But it really doesn’t matter because of how much I care about you.”

During our conversation, I mentioned that I go to nudist resorts with my family. He said, “Oh you told them?” My answer was “Who do you think got me involved?” He said, “I’m definitely surprised about this entire conversation. But I still care about you too much.” Yeah, I’m keeping him.

Dean didn’t know what to say to his parents. I said I could talk to them. He said, “No, let’s wait on that. I want them to get to know you first.”

After knowing Dean’s reaction, I needed to tell my parents I was dating a non-nudist. As I walked in the living room where my parents were, I thought about what I wanted to say to them. My stomach was churning, and I blurted out “I’m dating a non-nudist!” Surprisingly, they didn’t hear what I said, so I had to repeat it. They both turned and looked at me, and asked, “What do you want for dinner?” After my sigh of relief, I told them how I felt about Dean and the fact that he didn’t care that I was a nudist. They were happy for me because I had found someone to make me happy and someone I liked so much.

Dean and I have been going strong for about a year and a half now, still learning the ins and outs of what a long-term relationship is, and the requirements that go along with that. Also, I have invited Dean to go with me to a nudist resort.

His response was a bit uncertain. “I don’t know how I would handle it myself, just because I don’t want to stare at anyone by accident,” he said. “No worries,” I said, “I will get you a pair of dark sunglasses and in a very short time, you’ll no longer need them.”

It’s common to feel this way, especially for someone trying nudism for the first time. His last sentence made me hopeful for the future. He stated, “I definitely want to give it a try at some point.”

I grew up in a nudist family, and I have been going to resorts affiliated with AANR all my life.

I encourage anyone to experience that feeling of freedom that comes from spending time with friends and family in a wholesome, friendly nudist environment. And who knows, if you’re single, you may meet someone who shares your enthusiasm for nudism, or better yet, find someone (like I did) who cares enough about you to entertain the notion of nudism.

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

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Growing Up as a Nudist

Note: The following is an article from the March 2017 issue of The Bulletin. To regularly receive The Bulletin, become an AANR member today.

Photo Credit: Katie Mo Photo www.facebook.com/katiemophotography

I don’t have a first-time story, mostly because I cannot remember it. Also, I was born into the nudist way of life and had to get most of the story from my parents.

It all started long before I was born when my dad was working as a summer law clerk in the Midwest. He read an article in the Kansas City Star about a travel editor’s visit to Club Orient. The same issue of the newspaper contained a small advertisement for an open house that Prairie Haven Club in Scranton, Kansas was holding the next weekend. On a lark, my parents went on a road trip to the club thinking they would drop in for about 10 minutes, then check visiting a nudist place off life’s ‘to-do’ list. After meeting some friendly people and watching my dad enjoy a skinny dip, my mom then knew things would be different for him. “You’ll be ready to do the nudist thing again soon,” she predicted as they drove out.

It may have taken a few more visits and Florida’s warm sun when my folks moved there a couple years later, but my mom became convinced too. Fast forward to 1992. I was two weeks old, and my parents headed to Cypress Cove with me in tow for a day of sunshine, and a special family tradition in birthday suits to celebrate new birthdays. By 1998 dad was working at AANR, I had a little sister, a little brother, and we all had little use for swimsuits.

We lived a few blocks away from the Kissimmee-based resort Cypress Cove. This was such an awesome way to grow up. Imagine knowing that after school or Church, we could ride our bikes down the road and go to the lake or the pool and have fun.

In 2000, my littlest brother was born, and our family was complete. With us growing up and getting more friends, we invited a few friends of the family to try it out. I remember it was always the same process. We would get there, they’d be a little nervous, but eventually, they would want to undress and join in on the fun too.

Growing up as a nudist has given me a stronger bond with my family. Whether it is having a road trip to get to an AANR Convention, or riding our bikes to “The Cove” on Sundays after Church, there has always been a connection there that so many families miss out on.

Through experiences with the AANR Youth Summer Camps, I was able to share fun experiences with kids my own age too, and learn more about naturism/nudism and education from the excellent leadership that the AANR youth camps provide as well. This helped me tackle and overcome the pressure about negative body image, and gave me a better view of body acceptance.

As I grew older, I was more exposed to the advertising of the impossible “ideal woman” the world has conditioned us to adopt. I knew in my heart, from growing up with talking to people of all walks of life, young and old, that people aren’t built to the unrealistic visual expectations the world has for us. We are so much more. Because of my upbringing in this body-positive environment, I can still be happy knowing that while I may be judged for my body, it truly doesn’t matter to me.

When thinking back, I remember what my younger self would have said while building castles on the beach, listening to a cover band play Rock’n’Roll classics at Nude-a-Palooza: “This is awesome, I hope it never ends.”

Me too, younger Alix, me too.

Stay tuned next week for part 2!

UPDATE: Part 2 is here! OMG I’m Dating a Non-Nudist

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

 

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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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AANR Membership

What does it mean to be a member of AANR? What are the features and benefits for a member?
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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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The Many Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a multitude of benefits. In addition to being a great hair treatment, it can also be great for your skin, oral hygiene, and makeup remover. This oil offers many other great benefits, but these are the most brag-worthy. My favorite coconut oil to purchase is only $25 at your local supermarket! Just make sure it is virgin, organic, and preferably in the raw form.

Coconut oil is a great overnight moisturizer for your skin.  Just grab a spoonful and warm it up between your hands before you apply it on your face. Also, a little bit goes a long way with this! This works wonders when you find yourself having a couple dry patches on your face. They will literally disappear overnight!

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Well, coconut oil is perfect for that! All you have to do is swish around one teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes! This can make your teeth appear whiter, and also serves as an anti-bacterial agent! I swish coconut oil around in my mouth three times a week and I can definitely attest to its oral benefits. My teeth appeared whiter after only two weeks! However, be sure to spit the oil into a plastic bag so it does not clog your sink drains when it becomes solid again.

 

My other favorite benefit of coconut oil is that it acts as a wonderful eye makeup remover. You can say goodbye to those makeup wipes that burn your eyes as you take off your face from the day. All you need is a cotton ball, a washcloth, and of course coconut oil. Just grab about a tablespoon of oil from the jar and let the oil sit on your face for about five minutes. Next, take your cotton ball and wipe away all of your mascara, eyeliner, and foundation! Then, you can take your washcloth and with warm water, you can begin to wash your face with your favorite cleanser.

 

You should definitely add this oil into your everyday beauty regimen and reap the many benefits! It might come off as a little pricey, but the whole jar lasts me about a whole year! To read about more coconut uses, visit www.everydayroots.com/coconut-oil-uses.

Katie Fitzsimmons

Editor, The Bulletin

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