Naturist Legacy is itself the legacy of Crocus Grove Sun Club, which for 40 years was Manitoba, Canada's premiere nudist club. Unfortunately, the club did not own the property which it had called home for decades. That property was sold in 2006 to new owners who unexpectedly closed it to nudist use in April of 2010. Suddenly left without a home, Crocus Grove Sun Club's executive board immediately held an emergency brainstorming session from which emerged the concept that would become Naturist Legacy (see "About Naturist Legacy").I was an active participant in that brainstorming session. Landed social nudism in Manitoba was then quite literally on the brink of extinction. We introduced this new concept — The Legacy Project — to Crocus Grove Sun Club members and others at a meeting held on May 2, 2010. It received nearly unanimous support from attendees!
The Legacy Project would become Naturist Legacy Inc., and I would become its first president. When I resigned from the board of directors four years later on July 1, 2014, a thriving community of active social nudists had fully re-established themselves on new land of their own and were, by almost every measure, enjoying remarkable success!
• Promises made by leadership had been kept.How was all of this achieved?
• Fundraising had exceeded the established target and was complete.
• Land had been purchased and essential infrastructure had been installed.
• A campground, washrooms, showers, swimming pool and recreational amenities had been built.
• The last major construction project — a clubhouse — was just weeks from legal occupancy.
• The board was consulting with members often, both formally and informally.
• Newsletters from the board to members were frequent and detailed.
• Year-round e-mail messaging from the board to members was frequent and detailed.
• Year-round website updates by the board for members were frequent and detailed.
• Annual budgets were healthy and in the black.
• Debt (almost all internal) was well-managed, with a significant amount retired each year.
• Membership growth was exceeding long-term targets.
• Member retention was high.
• Member morale was high.
• Long-term vision and an entrepreneurial business model contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.Most important of all, supportive members contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success. As president of the corporation, it was my great (and frequent) privilege to offer these members my personal thanks for their help.
• Capable and intensely dedicated leadership contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.
• Principled by-laws contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.
• Ethical self-financing contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.
• Disciplined development contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.
• Prudent risk management contributed to Naturist Legacy's early success.
We're often told, "No matter where life takes you, don't forget where you came from." Just as people come from somewhere, so also do things. The 80 acres of land that became Naturist Legacy Park weren't a free gift. The park's amenities didn't magically build themselves. It must never be forgotten where all of this actually came from. The 2012-2013 board (on which I served as president) decided that something permanent should one day be established to remind Naturist Legacy members and park visitors of the founders, funders and builders — the people who made Naturist Legacy Park possible and who literally saved landed social nudism in Manitoba.
If you walk around Naturist Legacy Park's campground, you'll see several small inukshuks. An inukshuk is a stone landmark traditionally built by the Inuit. Many ancient examples of inukshuk can be found in Canada's far north. One of the most basic and yet most profound meanings of the inukshuk is simply this: "I was here." At its most intrinsic level, the inukshuk declares that it's builder lived, and that he (or she) created something lasting.I haven't forgotten that promise of recognition and remembrance. I'm no longer in a position to fulfill it at Naturist Legacy Park, but I am in a position to fulfill it on this website.
Naturist Legacy would like to provide its major funders and builders with recognition for today and remembrance for tomorrow. Once our major construction is complete, we intend to extend formal recognition to our Founders (with their permission, of course) and to everyone else who has made a significant contribution to the development of our park. What physical shape and form this place of recognition takes will be determined in due course, but this one thing is certain: it will be permanent and lasting!
Someone once wrote, "You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth." The profound commitment of Naturist Legacy Park's Founders and builders makes the "width and depth" of their life plain for all to see. They're accomplishing something that truly matters to them personally, and their friends in the larger nudist community are all sharing the benefits! I'm sure that none of them are expecting to leave this life anytime soon, but when they do, this permanent place of recognition and remembrance — this modern-day "inukshuk" of sorts — will declare that they lived, and that they created something lasting for the nudist world: Naturist Legacy Park (see "A New Year's Reflection").
The words and images archived here recognize the hopes and dreams of Naturist Legacy's founders, funders and builders.
They recognize their passion and dedication.
They recognize their generosity and sacrifice.
They recognize their intelligence and skill.
And they recognize their sweat and toil. So much sweat and toil.
The words and images archived on this website collectively proclaim that Naturist Legacy's founders, funders and builders lived, and that they were here, and that they created something lasting.
The early history of Naturist Legacy Inc. and Naturist Legacy Park is literally their history.
Naturist Legacy exists today because of the sheer tenacity of a small and determined group of dedicated nudists unwilling to relinquish their cherished way of life. In the face of undeserved adversity, they devised a business model that has earned them a new home of their own and achieved a level of permanency for their naturism that was heretofore unknown (see "About Naturist Legacy").John Kundert's Manitoba Nudist Scrapbook is nudist history remembered.