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May 2024


As we approach Memorial Day Weekend, it is with both reverence and celebration that we come together to honor the past, cherish the present, and embrace the future. This Memorial Day, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our nation, ensuring the freedoms we hold dear. Their bravery and selflessness serve as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us of the importance of unity, resilience, and unwavering dedication.

Memorial Day is a time-honored tradition, a moment of reflection, and a celebration of the indomitable spirit of our nation. It is a time to pay homage to the heroes who have laid down their lives for the ideals of liberty, justice, and democracy. Their sacrifices serve as a poignant reminder of the preciousness of freedom and the enduring values that bind us together as a nation.

As members and friends of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) Western Region, we understand the significance of Memorial Day not only as a national holiday but also as a time to come together in camaraderie and solidarity. Our community embodies the spirit of inclusivity, acceptance, and mutual respect, fostering a sense of belonging and connection that transcends boundaries.

This Memorial Day Weekend, let us pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. Their courage and valor will forever be etched in the annals of history, serving as a testament to the resilience and strength of the human spirit.

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this long weekend, let us also take a moment to express our gratitude to those who continue to serve in our armed forces, safeguarding our freedoms with unwavering dedication and commitment. Their service and sacrifice ensure that we can live our lives with peace, security, and prosperity.

In the spirit of Memorial Day, let us also extend our heartfelt appreciation to the frontline workers, first responders, and essential workers who have worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe and healthy, especially during these challenging times. Their selfless dedication and sacrifice embody the true spirit of service and compassion.

As we commemorate Memorial Day, let us not only honor the past but also celebrate the present and embrace the future with hope, optimism, and resilience. Let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the values of freedom, equality, and justice for all. Let us strive to build a more inclusive, compassionate, and prosperous society where every individual is valued, respected, and empowered to fulfill their potential.

On behalf of the AANR Western Region, we wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend. May this time be filled with moments of reflection, gratitude, and joy as we come together to honor the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future.

Warm regards,



As Mother's Day approaches, we are filled with immense gratitude and admiration for every one of you. Your dedication, sacrifice, and boundless love shape not only your families but also our entire community. On this special day, we want to take a moment to express our deepest appreciation and wish you a Happy Mother's Day!

Motherhood is a journey marked by selflessness, resilience, and unwavering devotion. From the moment of conception, you embark on a lifelong voyage filled with joyous moments, unexpected challenges, and profound growth. You are the heart and soul of your families, the pillars of strength that hold everything together, and the guiding lights that lead the way through life's ups and downs.

In the AANR Western Region, we are fortunate to have mothers who embody the essence of love and compassion in everything they do. Whether you are raising young children, supporting grown-up offspring, or nurturing grandchildren, your impact resonates far beyond the confines of your home. Your influence extends into our naturist community, where your warmth, kindness, and wisdom create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

As mothers, you wear many hats and juggle countless responsibilities with grace and poise. You are caregivers, educators, mentors, and role models, shaping the future generation with your values and principles. Your unconditional love knows no bounds, and your sacrifices often go unnoticed as you put the needs of your loved ones before your own.

This Mother's Day, we want to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary mothers of the AANR Western Region and celebrate the invaluable contributions you make to our community. Your unwavering support uplifts those around you, and your nurturing presence enriches the lives of everyone you encounter. Whether you are offering words of encouragement, lending a listening ear, or simply sharing a warm embrace, your love leaves an indelible mark on our hearts.

In a world that often moves at breakneck speed, mothers remind us of the importance of slowing down, cherishing the present moment, and embracing the beauty of life's simple pleasures. You teach us the power of resilience in the face of adversity, the joy of unconditional love, and the strength found in unity and solidarity.

As we honor mothers everywhere on this special day, let us not forget to express our gratitude for the countless sacrifices you make and the boundless love you share. Your unwavering dedication deserves to be celebrated not just today but every day of the year. You are the unsung heroes of our lives, the silent forces that shape our destinies, and the beacons of hope that illuminate our path forward.

To all the mothers of the AANR Western Region, we extend our heartfelt wishes for a Happy Mother's Day! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments spent with those who hold you dear. May you be reminded of the profound impact you have on the lives of others and the immense value you bring to our community. Today, and every day, we celebrate you and the remarkable journey of motherhood.

With deepest gratitude and admiration,



A Global Tapestry of Holidays and Heritage Months

In a world that boasts an incredible tapestry of cultures, traditions, and perspectives, the multitude of holidays and heritage months offer a window into the richness of human diversity. From National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII, these observances provide opportunities for education, awareness, empathy, and celebration of our differences and similarities. In this post, we explore the significance of these periods and days, underscoring how they contribute to the appreciation and understanding of global diversity.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, and Others

May serves as a beacon for celebrating various heritages, including Asian American and Pacific Islander, Haitian, Indian, Jewish-American, and South Asian heritages. These months are not just about recognizing the contributions and history of these groups but also about understanding their unique challenges, triumphs, and stories. They foster a sense of pride among these communities and offer a platform for dialogues on inclusivity, tolerance, and mutual respect.

Personal History Awareness and Mental Health Month

Emphasizing personal histories and mental health resonates with universal aspects of human life. Personal History Awareness Month encourages individuals to delve into their family stories, understanding their roots, and the complex weave of experiences that define them. Simultaneously, Mental Health Month destigmatizes mental health issues, promoting well-being across all cultures and communities, and reminding us of our shared human vulnerability and resilience.

From Star Wars Day to Memorial Day

May's calendar is dotted with days that bring people together, from the light-hearted celebration of Star Wars Day, “May the 4th Be With You,” promoting camaraderie among fans worldwide, to the solemnity of Memorial Day, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These observances, though varied in tone, underscore the importance of community, remembrance, and shared narratives.

International Days: A Global Dialogue

The inclusion of days like the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and the International Day for Biological Diversity highlights the necessity of international cooperation and dialogue in solving global challenges. These days advocate for the richness of cultural diversity and the essential role of biological diversity in sustaining life, promoting messages of unity in diversity and harmonious coexistence.

Religious Observances: Bridging Faiths

The sacred occasions of Ridvan, Shavuot, the Declaration of the Bab, and the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh invite onlookers into the heart of diverse religious traditions. These days offer perspectives on spirituality and devotion, fostering interfaith respect and understanding. They are vivid reminders of the spiritual threads that weave through the human experience, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.


The array of holidays and heritage months celebrated across the globe serves as a testament to the mosaic of human diversity. Each observance, whether joyous or reflective, whether rooted in culture, history, or spirituality, enriches our collective human experience. They are opportunities not only to celebrate but also to reflect on how our differences and similarities shape our global community. Through these celebrations, we are reminded of the beauty of diversity and the ongoing journey toward understanding, tolerance, and unity.

As we acknowledge these diverse observances, let us each commit to learning more about one another, opening our minds to different perspectives, and fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect. Let the commemoration of these months and days inspire us to engage actively in dialogues centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion. By doing so, we contribute to a world that values every individual's heritage and beliefs, paving the way for a more harmonious and understanding global society.


AANR will be holding an interim online-only Board Meeting

Monday, May 6, 2024 at 1:00 pm EDT.

This meeting will be a great time to update the board on various projects within committees. If committees submit a written report President Mitch London will include it in the meeting. Each committee chair will have an opportunity to speak about their committee's projects if any.

The meeting will be a chance for our board members and committee chairs to give updates on their projects and efforts.

This will also be an opportunity for AANR members to attend the meeting and offer ideas.

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Women Leading the Charge in Normalizing Naturism

In the realm of naturism—a lifestyle embracing social nudity in harmony with nature—women are pivotal in challenging stereotypes, sparking dialogues on body positivity, and advocating for the freedom and rights inherent to this way of life. As society evolves, so does the perception of naturism, with women at the forefront advocating for its normalization. Their stories, leadership, and initiatives encapsulate a movement toward acceptance, respect, and a deeper connection with our natural selves.

Historically, naturism has been entangled in societal taboos, particularly around female nudity, which was often subject to more scrutiny and sensualizing than its male counterpart. The advent of feminist movements and a global shift towards body autonomy have been instrumental in altering these perceptions. Today, women are not just participants but leaders in this lifestyle, encouraging a reevaluation of nudity and its association with freedom and equality.

The narrative of naturism is rich with stories of women who, through their endeavors, have sought to redefine societal norms. Figures such as Felicity Jones, the co-founder of Young Naturists America, and British naturism advocate Lady God1va have utilized platforms ranging from social media to public demonstrations to emphasize naturism's ideals. Their work underscores a commitment to creating a space where the female body is respected and celebrated in its most natural form.

The stigmatization of female nudity is an enduring obstacle. Women within the naturist movement counter these challenges through advocacy and by leading conversations on the non-sexual nature of nudity. Social media campaigns like #FreeTheNipple have spotlighted the discrepancies in how male and female bodies are perceived and regulated, fostering a dialogue on equality and rights.

Naturism's alignment with the body positivity movement is undeniable, offering a unique perspective on self-acceptance and the dismantling of conventional beauty standards. The narrative here is personal and powerful; women discovering naturism describe experiences of liberation, empowerment, and a newfound appreciation for their bodies beyond societal valuation.

The road to acceptance involves navigating legal frameworks that often discriminate against public nudity. Women have been at the forefront of this battle, advocating for the right to body freedom in public spaces and challenging laws that contribute to the sexualization and objectification of the female body. Their efforts not only aim for legal recognition but also strive to foster an environment of respect and understanding.

Within the naturist world, women have actively contributed to creating safe and inclusive spaces. From organizing female-centric events to establishing guidelines for respectful behavior within naturist environments, their work is crucial in ensuring that naturism is accessible and welcoming for all women, offering a sanctuary for exploration and connection without fear of judgment or harassment.

Education is a vital tool in normalizing naturism. By demystifying the lifestyle, addressing misconceptions, and highlighting its benefits, women are leading the charge in outreach efforts. Workshops, online content, and public speaking engagements serve not only to educate but also to invite open discussions about freedom, respect, and living in harmony with our natural selves.

The dynamic women leading naturism today are not just advocates but visionaries, imagining a future where the lifestyle is recognized for its values of equality, respect, and body positivity. Their leadership inspires a growing community, unified in the belief that naturism offers a pathway to liberation, self-acceptance, and a deeper understanding of our relationship with the natural world.

Women are undeniably the backbone of the movement toward normalizing naturism. Through their activism, leadership, and courage, they challenge entrenched stereotypes, advocate for legal and societal acceptance, and provide invaluable support to communities and individuals navigating the naturist lifestyle. Their contributions are not merely about advocating for the right to be nude but about embracing an ethos of respect, equality, and freedom.

As we stand on the brink of change, the invitation extends to each of us to engage with and support the naturist movement. Whether through participation, dialogue or simply by fostering an open mind, there lies an opportunity to contribute to a world where the freedom to express and accept our natural selves is unequivocal. Let us champion the cause pursued by these trailblazing women, for in their fight for naturism, they advocate for a future defined by respect, understanding, and the unapologetic embrace of our humanity.

AANR West Clubs, Parks, & Resorts

Arroyo del Sol Clothing Optional B&B Destination Club Altadena, CA
Buff-A-Teers Travel Club Tucson, AZ
Canyon State Naturists Travel Club Phoenix, AZ
Clothes Free International Online Club Oakhurst, CA
Clothing Optional Home Network Travel Club Phoenix, AZ
Front Range Naturists Travel Club Boulder, CO
Glen Eden Sun Club Destination Club Corona, CA
Hawaiian Naturist Park Destination Club PĀHOA, HI
Laguna del Sol Destination Club Wilton, CA
Las Vegas Bares Travel Club Las Vegas NV
Las Vegas Naturists Travel Club Las Vegas NV
Le Club Travel Club San Diego, CA
Lupin Lodge Destination Club Los Gatos, Ca
Mohave Sun Club Travel Club Lake Havasu, City AZ
Mira Vista Resort Destination Club Tucson, AZ
Mountain Air Ranch Destination Club Indian Hills, CO
Northern California Exposure Travel Club Sacramento, CA
Olive Dell Ranch Destination Club Colton, CA
Olympian Club Travel Club Riverside, CA
Pacificans Travel Club Corona CA
Roadrunner Naturists Travel Club Albuquerque, NM
Rocky Mountain Naturist Club Denver, CO
Sequoians Destination Club Castro Valley, CA
Shangri La Ranch Destination Club New River, AZ
Southern California Naturist Association Travel Club Calabasas, CA
Southern Utah Naturist Society Travel Club St. George, UT
Sun Tree Travel Club Travel Club Las Cruces, NM
Swim Free Hawaii Boat Charter Destination Club Hawaii, HI
Wasatch Naturists Travel Club South Salt Lake City, UT