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NUDISTS’ RIGHTS LEGAL ADVOCATE RETURNS TO LEAD AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION

Mar, 05/03/2019 - 10:07

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (March 4, 2019) – The American Association for Nude Recreation is pleased to announce that Erich Schuttauf, JD has accepted the position of Executive Director. Having served in many capacities for the organization founded in 1931, Schuttauf has walked the halls of the Tallahassee legislature and halls of Congress promoting the positive economic impact of nude recreation on the U.S. tourism economy, during his tenure he has also visited many state law makers advocating on behalf of nudist rights in advance of legislative sessions on bills, and worked with federal agencies such as National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in support of nudity on appropriate public lands.

A member of AANR since 1991 (when AANR was still known as the American Sunbathing Association/ASA), he is also a longtime spokesperson on wholesome family-style nude recreation, having appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, O’Reilly Factor, CNBC, ABC’s Good Morning America and been interviewed by such notable publications as the New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Details Magazine, among many others. “I see my role as AANR’s Executive Director as one to lead our members as the voice of advocacy on behalf of individuals and families to enjoy outdoor pursuits in the way God made them, whether it be at member Clubs or their own backyard.

I’m eager to build on decades of AANR’s core values of wholesome nude recreation where appropriate,” notes Schuttauf. “I’m also committed to growing the diversity of our membership. Our largest growing demographic is African-American. The demographic most loyal: Latin. Those most willing to experience nude recreation: Millennial’s. I want all – regardless of age or ethnicity — to feel welcome as AANR members and members of our affiliated clubs, resorts and campgrounds.” Schuttauf is a graduate of Purdue University, IN and earned his law degree from Duke University, NC.

He and his wife of 30 years have raised four children, all of whom enjoy clothes-free recreation as well as successful careers in healthcare, tourism and the U.S. Army. Active in his community of Kissimmee at his Lutheran church, Schuttauf is also a member of the Florida Bar, Orange and Osceola County Bars, and donates his time and expertise to the Juvenile Guardian Ad Litem and the Osceola County Council on Aging.

To interview an AANR spokesperson, please contact Jeffrey Baldasarre: 800-879-6833 or jbaldasarre@aanr.com

Categorías: AANR - USA

Mission: the awareness and acceptance of social nudism and nude recreation in this region.

Lun, 11/02/2019 - 13:23

February 9, 2019—Lake Como Resort Ted Peck- Member Trustee – AANR – SW
AANR Midwinter Board Meeting

      First, this place is gorgeous. The lake, the trees, the wildlife, the hiking trails, the amenities. It’s not new, but I was in the latest room to be remodeled: new paint, new fixtures, etc. The room was a little odd—no place to hang up clothes. The place I assume used to serve that purpose now has a small refrigerator. Good the only clothes I might have hung up were what I wore to get here, and I appreciated the refrigerator.

     For me the highlight of the meeting was the report by Erich Schuttauf, Executive Director and Legal Counsel, on recent victories in the areas of legal and legislation. An example from the last year: at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, for 25 years there have been signs warning of the dire consequences of being nude anywhere. Individual nudists, local nudist groups, AANR, TNS, and other groups have been working 25 years to get this changed. The old anti-nude sign has been replaced. The new sign says that you may encounter nude sunbathers at beach entry 13. In the 70’s when I first got into nudism at beaches, hot springs, and wilderness, there were lots of places to be nude. In the decades since, such opportunities have dwindled. Now, in the last few years, a few places that were once clothing optional, but were made clothing required, have now returned to places of freedom.

     We spent several hours talking about vision and mission. At the very first AANR meeting I attended as your regional President, 5 years ago, there was a workshop on mission. I was inspired and excited, and the result was the committee of the whole at Bluebonnet and then the board vote on the mission statement at the top of this report. We’re still working on how we implement this mission, but progress is happening. At the international level (AANR) we’re still trying to come to agreement on mission. At one meeting, we spent an hour or so discussing the difference between “mission” and “vision.” We may have also resurrected one of the debates of medieval scholasticism about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. I thought we were on the verge this weekend of arriving at a mission, but there was no motion. Maybe it’ll happen at the summer Convention at Sun Meadow in Idaho. There is a sense in which it’s not urgent, because the motion will be to put something on the ballot we’ll all get in 2020 for the election of AANR officers and trustees. In the meantime, I remind myself of what Bob Morton said at a recent SW board meeting, something about AANR being a big ship and so it’s hard to turn it.

     By coincidence, Mitch London and I were on the same flight from Atlanta to Tampa, having arrived separately from San Antonio and Austin. Also, on the grounds was Dammit Dan, who has sometimes called Bluebonnet home and whom I have run into a lot of places, including Oregon for an AANR convention.

Categorías: AANR - USA

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION CONVENTION COMING TO “THE GEM STATE” SUMMER 2019

Lun, 28/01/2019 - 12:40

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2019) — Each year the American Association for Nude Recreation’s (www.aanr.com) members throughout the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate in the annual convention which includes a wide range of events, meetings and seminars that embrace the joy of living and experiencing nature in the most natural way possible: clothes-free.

This year that event takes place at Sun Meadow Resort in Worley, Idaho Aug 12-19. During the seven-day convention, nudists from affiliated clubs, resorts and campgrounds across North America will discuss the organization’s vision for the coming year, report on activities from various committees, and celebrate 88 years as the leading authority on wholesome nude recreation and Nakationing™.

As VisitIdaho.org promotes in their vacation and travel planning guide: “Idaho: Adventures in Living,” we welcome you to discover more about the adventure of living and enjoying life as a naturist in Idaho and elsewhere – along with nude recreation’s economic impact on tourism. We’ll gladly arrange for interviews with key spokespersons to assist you with editorial research on Sun Meadow Resort and AANR in advance of this editorially significant summer happening in your state. For interviews please see contacts below.

CONVENTION LOCATION: SUN MEADOW FAMILY NUDIST RESORT

30400 S. Sunray Trail Worley, ID 83876

(208) 686-8686

Contact:Mike Capshaw / mike@sunmeadow.org or sunmeadow@sunmeadow.org http://www.sunmeadow.org/

Media Contacts:

Jeffrey Baldasarre, Director of Marketing & Communication AANR

800/879-6833

JBaldasarre@aanr.com

Categorías: AANR - USA

THE CHANGING COMPLEXION OF NUDISM IN NORTH AMERICA

Lun, 28/01/2019 - 12:30

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan.10, 2019) — The American Association for Nude Recreation (aanr.com) is about to shatter your preconceived notion about North American nudists.  Granted, many are mostly white Boomers who freely first dipped their toe in the skinny dip pool during the 1960s summers of love.  But there are growing demographics that just might strip you of some misconceptions.  

Thanks to the Black Naturists Association (BNA) there’s also a growing number of GenX, GenY and Millennial African American free-spirits who dare to bare it all at nudist Clubs and Resorts. Many BNA members visit AANR clubs and are joining AANR as well; as currently the BNA is a travel club, meaning they do not represent a landed club facility, rather their members take group trips to various locales. 

According to an October 2018 Essence Magazine article, the BNA has nearly 3,000 followers on Facebook alone monitoring naturist getaway opportunities.  Black Naturists Association members advocate nudity through naturist environments and activities, in order to help promote healthy body image and self-esteem for those in the Black community — as do their white and Hispanic counterparts among their fellow nudists. In fact, Hispanic members, though not the largest ethnic group among nudists, have the strongest retention numbers among AANR membership.

Also, BNA members, as those in AANR, are keen to endorse nudist vacations, known as Nakations℠, as a journey to see oneself in anew light, facilitating a personal transformation with the reward of renewed self assurance. Besides body acceptance and personal freedom, non-sexualized nude recreation and Nakationing achieves added relaxation, self-respect, stress-reduction and acceptance of others for who they are.  When the clothes are shed, so too are the stresses of every day life.  No one at a nudist resort judges others based on their exterior, not whether they are blue collar or white collar, for there’s no collar shown.  As the BNA declared in the Essence article, nude recreation is “liberating, empowering and life-changing!”

If you are interested in compelling interviews with AANR members from diverse backgrounds, income brackets and geographic areas who have come to the realization that there are no right or wrong, good or bad – just different – bodies, that they can take personal pride, pleasure and health benefits from, please feel free to contact me. We can also arrange for you to receive tasteful jpeg images and video.

Jeffrey Baldasarre, Director of Marketing & Communication

AANR

800/879-6833

JBaldasarre@aanr.com

Categorías: AANR - USA

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUDE RECREATION ANNOUNCES DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL SKINNY DIP DAY 2019

Lun, 28/01/2019 - 12:12

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) – So the frost is on the pumpkin, and baby it’s cold outside. Still, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for one of the cheekiest summer events planned for 2019: International Skinny Dip Day. Skinny- dipping celebrates the natural joy of a carefree swim without cumbersome clothing. Lest you think otherwise, it’s truly a wholesome tradition that’s been enjoyed by such American patriots as Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams, along with literary luminaries the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

To celebrate this rite of summer, last year the American Association for Nude Recreation (www.aanr.com) officially designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD). For 2019, International Skinny Dip Day will be observed on July 13th.

ISDD serves as the culminating event during National Nude Recreation Week ( July 7-14, 2019 ), an AANR tradition for 44 years. This week-long celebration provides an opportunity for individuals and families to visit clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS), and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation – the Nakation℠. Many clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, dance parties, sports tournaments, chili cook-offs, “bare buns fun runs,” health screenings, art shows, and more.

On International Skinny Dip Day in particular, the textile world is encouraged to join with naturists and free themselves of their clothes and inhibitions by taking a dip au natural in their backyard pool, a secluded spot on a river or lake, at a sanctioned nude beach or at one of AANR’s 180 clubs and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.

To interview an AANR spokesperson on the health and well-being benefits of wholesome nude recreation and skinny- dipping, please contact Jeffrey Baldasarre as noted below.

Jeffrey Baldasarre, Director of Marketing & Communication AANR

800/879-6833

JBaldasarre@aanr.com

Categorías: AANR - USA