Would you like to form a men’s naturist / nudist club in your locality, but don’t know where to begin? Don K., former GNI Club Liaison, developed some suggestions for budding organizers. For your first meeting, have a potluck dinner and invite as many guys as you can. You definitely want plenty of time to discuss lots of ideas, such as:
Do you have a name for your group?
How large do you want your group to be? You really do need to set a goal and/or limits. Believe it or not, you might grow too big.
What is a realistic number for you and the group?
Do you have several locations or venues for your events? The more the merrier and it keeps the events more interesting rather than the same location over and over. It gets tiresome for the host also.
Are you going to allow sexual activity at your events? Some groups are non-sexual.
If you are going to allow sexual activity, will it be only during certain hours? Where will it be and what rules will apply?
Do you have rules for joining or attending events and/or membership?
Will you charge membership fees? If so, what do you get for your membership versus being a guest? What are the advantages of joining?
Will you provide a membership directory for the members?
What kind of nametags will you use for members and guests?
How often will you meet and who will be in charge of setting the events and helping the hosts? Events Coordinator/ Party Director assigns duties to everyone.
Will you create a web site? (If your club affiliates with GNI, it is entitled to free web hosting on GNI’s server. For details, see Club Affiliation with GNI.)
What address and phone number will you use as contact information for your club?
Can you find some businesses, restaurants, or bars to host parties?
Will you raise money for charities? Some clubs raise money for children with AIDS and some donate money to the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) or to nearby mainstream naturist groups involved in political action on the local level.
How will you advertise or market your group to others? Do you have a gay newspaper or magazine that will allow you to print a story about your group or list your group in its organizations listing? This is extremely helpful to obtain new people, which is important to keep things interesting for everyone. There’s nothing worse than simply sitting around nude and trying to think of new things to do.
KEEP IT INTERESTING
Create theme parties for many of your events. Some examples include Nudi-Gras, Boots and Bandanas, Easter Bonnet Party, and Leather Inferno. With these questions in mind or printed out (so that you don’t forget something), have your meeting and find out who the leaders in your group are and who is best suited for what duties. Remember, you can organize your group any way you feel is best for you and your circumstances. You will either attract or discourage people according to the choices you make. But almost anything you decide is fine if it works.
We would caution that any time you are dealing with a strictly volunteer organization, time and effort are always precious. Running a successful club will be very rewarding in friendships and great entertainment. Let your imagination take charge and try something new that you have never done or heard of.
Keeping things interesting is the key. Please let us know of the new things you have discovered and the fun you’ve created!