It has come to my attention in this month’s eBulletin that there has apparently been some transition in leadership with the ‘presumed’ resignation of the executive director Dan Whicker, I was only able to conclude this after logging in to my account and downloading the minutes from the winter meetings 2018.
It concerns me that a transition in leadership and executive roles has gone more than four months of publication of the main news journal of this assocaiation, the eBulletin, without any mention or clarity and transparency on what may be occuring, not to mention that it has also been an election season which clearly ended in June, of which the outcome of said ‘election’ has also not announced.
As a member of other associations, non profits, and volunteer lead groups, I fully understand that there may be a need and merit of some discretion about changes, transitions, and/or necessary removal of leadership roles: it nevertheless seems quite odd and troubling that I have seen no communication of this transition published or otherwise communicated until this issue of the eBulletin in which it is only in passing that a new ‘interim’ executive director is listed, but not clearly announced.
I sense and suspect there may be some troubling leadership and interval strife in this organization, and, after evaluating the overall budget of over one million dollars of this organization, this lack of transparency is all the more dubious and concerning.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful address and response to my, and the rest to the AANR community’s concerns about these issues.
ING hopes that everyone is staying warm and enjoyed a fantastic holiday season.
It is a new year and time to start afresh. We have two scheduled events!
Monday January 22, 2018: a plann-i.n.g. meeting to brainstorm ideas and events for 2018. It continues to be our goal to have at least one gathering or event each month.
Sunday February 4, 2018: Super Bowl Party. A fun gathering to watch the Super Bowl. Pitch In: please bring a snack to share. Thank you to ING member John for hosting this event.
The key to having regular events is finding hosts and/or locations to have our events. Can you host? do you know somewhere we can have events? any ideas and help are welcome!
Remember, clothing is always optional, never required!
Our next event is this Monday, July 10. Thank you to Chris for hosting this event!!
Please check out the movie we will be watching:
Thank you to all who attended our first event. Thanks to Rob for hosting and to Richard for helping provide wine. We had a nice time and good discussion.
Check out our movie night next month, we have a host for this event which will take place in the downtown area of Indy. More information will come closer to the event.
Check out our other events. We will be announcing even more events soon. If you have any ideas or suggestions of 'someth-i.n.g.' or somewhere, please let us know.
We are also on social media,
(The author, Mark Haskell Smith liked and commented on our photo on instagram, and started following us!)
Hope to see you in July!
Our first meetup.com is this coming Monday June 12. Five members have rsvp'd and there are still more slots. The host has limited space in his apartment but would love to have more people join us. Even if you haven't read the book, come to socialize and meet other like minded individuals. Wine and cheese will be served, please join us!
At the first gathering we will also discuss how to keep this group active and growing. This requires your help and most importantly your participation!
Can you host an event?
Rob has a small simple apartment but is happy to host a few people as space allows. It is not about having a fancy mansion or decked out penthouse, (though that would be awesome). If you have space in your home, please consider hosting an event. This is crucial to continue our group events and keep this group active. Ideally in the future, a neutral space can be found in the Indy area. Do you know of a space or venue? Please let us know any ideas.
What do you want to do?
Nude yoga? 'Cook-i.n.g.' classes?, wine 'tast-i.n.g.s'? 'help-i.n.g.' our community?, 'volunteer-i.n.g.'?
Get it? There is a lot of 'i.n.g.' out there to do, but we need your creative ideas and participation to get this going.
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Why doesn't Indianapolis have a naturist group? Indiana has more clubs/resorts than most states, especially for a mid-western conservative state. How odd?
Last year a great guy, Chris, tried to get a group going using meetup.com. He organized a few beginning events, and even hosted an event in his great condo - but nothing really ever took off. I think any social group, with or without clothes, is hard to get going, but it seems like a city of the size of Indianapolis should have a club/organization for naturists. The only 'non-landed' naturist organization in Indiana is mostly based outside of the Indianapolis Metro area, usually seeming to meet and have events in the northern part of the state.
I have put together this website so that we can get this group organized and going. But I need your help. This is a grass roots effort.
Honestly, I am making this all up as I go, I've created/suggested some events that we could have. A monthly gathering of sorts for the time being.
But a group/organization should have some structure and 'membership' etc. How should we be organized and conduct business, for lack of a better term? I've tried to research some other groups to base this website off of, hopefully this site looks a bit nicer, or at least 'newer'. (That does seem to be a problem with a lot of club/resort websites, as most look like they are from the 90's)
Remember, Clothing is always optional, but never required!
Let's get naked,