Tallahassee has a lot of two things: college students and politicians. And so Tallahassee Naturally has utilized these two local resources.
With three colleges in town, and others in easy travel distance, the club sees the need to offer a few events where people of student age form the majority. The College Greek Athletic Meet is the world's only authentically nude re-enactment of the ancient pentathlon. It happens the last Sunday of March—for the nineteenth time this year. Then there are monthly Full Moon Skinny Dips from April through October. Attendance last fall was running around 50 or 60—mostly of college age, and with a balance of sexes and races. The club usually has a student on its board of directors and has always maintained about a 15% student membership—the highest in the nation.
When officials at Florida State University began ripping down posters, the club started an officially recognized campus branch: Naturally FSU. It is the only college nudist organization functioning today in the western hemisphere. There had been half-a-dozen such groups before, but they usually collapsed when the organizer graduated. With Tallahassee Naturally there to help bridge the transitions, Naturally FSU is now training their sixth president to take over after spring graduation.
For years, Florida nudist leaders talked about evaluating political candidates and informing our members where they stood on nudity-related issues. In 1994, Tallahassee Naturally became the first club in the nation to do so. The club even has one clothed hour at their Open House so voters can come and chat with the candidates. Other clubs now do likewise. Tallahassee Naturally has compiled a brochure on how to do these things, and also publishes the fact-filled 12-page booklet, Naturists: Upholders of Strong Family Values. Every election year, they lead a workshop at the Midwinter Naturist Festival on how to use these documents.
Students and politicians met in January, when the Naturist Action Committee appealed for speakers against a bill in the Florida legislature that could harm skinny-dippers. With an e-mail list of over 250 young people, the call went out. A few students without classesconflicts attended. One testified, and reporters noticed. A local Florida TV station then interviewed several student leaders and sent the broadcast to public radio stations across the state. For a transcript, see http://news.wfsu.org/post/florida-nudists-worry-they-re-not-covered-under-indecent-exposure-bill.
>Tallahassee Naturally rents a beautiful blue lake and surrounding woodland. It is available every weekend year-round. Sunday is almost always the bigger day. The club now offers a second athletic competition in the fall: the Trynudethon (or nude triathlon). For fuller details, visit the Tallahassee Naturally website or Naturally FSU on Facebook.
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