Susan Weaver—May 2009
Profiles—Susan Weaver—May 2009
Susan, who is currently serving as AANR-East President, first experienced nude recreation in her 30’s and was immediately hooked.
“From the minute I stood on that beach at Assateague and felt the wind, waves, and sun without the dilution of a bathing suit, I knew I could never go back,” she laughs.
Of course, Assateague was also what brought her into an active role in the American Association for Nude Recreation. As part of the National Capital Naturists and the Potomac Rambling Bares, she fought for 4 years to try and prevent the closure of the nude beach on the Virginia end of Assateague. When AANR lost this battle she joined Avalon, then a small rustic resort in Madison County, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, a neighbor objected to the nudity that was only visible through high-powered binoculars, and Susan was once again embroiled in a battle to save nude recreation.
“That’s when I decided to take an active role in AANR,” she says. “I want to do everything in my power to see that people don’t close down any more of our beaches of clubs.”
It’s been an uphill battle, and Susan worked diligently in the area of government affairs for 10 years. At that point she decided that we would constantly be fighting, and often losing, battles until AANR started dedicating efforts to educating the American public about social family nude recreation. As a professional public relations specialist, she dedicated her skills and her energy to training media spokespersons and strategically directing AANR media efforts to “making nude recreation mainstream” in the eyes of American citizens. In addition to her AANR-East hat, she also serves as AANR’s Public Relations Chair.
When not working at these two jobs, Susan relaxes at her home club of Avalon, now grown to a lovely resort in West Virginia that combines sophisticated facilities with breath-taking natural loveliness. “Avalon is where I recharge my spiritual batteries.” Despite her enjoyment of nudist clubs, however, her goal is to eventually help AANR regain some of the joyous freedom of nude beaches that first introduced her to nudism.