One of the essential characteristics of FKK from its first year in existence was its member-driven regional meetings, known as “Assemblies.” FKK’ first Gathering was held on October 24-26, 1980 at Elysium in Topanga Canyon, California. FKK accepted nightclub owner Ed Lange’s gracious invitation to use his club grounds to host this convention of free beach, hot spring, and naturist club leaders, as well as any FKK member who cared to join the discussions. Lange, who played a notable role in increasing the degree of competitive volleyball among naturists, was a celebrated photographer and publisher of naturist images and had developed Elysium into a facility highly regarded for its alternate approaches to body acceptance and clothes-free living. The October 1980 Naturist Assembly ushered in a more innovative and more dynamic form of naturist activism. Foregoing any rigorous sequence of parliamentary procedure, the dozens of attendees, compromising a virtual “Who’s Who” list of cutting edge nude activists, threw themselves into the job of setting the tone for FKK and nudism for years to come. Representatives from free beaches and landed clubs around the state expressed their hopes and apprehensions regarding the progress and defense of nudism. Jim Hadley and Hap Hathaway (leaders from the Western Sunbathing Association and the ASA) conferred with FKK to lay out strategies for working together for common purposes. Members offered analysis of specific legislative difficulties discovered at the state and county levels. Irene Shannon addressed the isolationist philosophy of landed clubs and the irrational fear many naturist club leaders had of being inundated by unknown miscreants from free beaches. Baxandall, Bob Page, Jim Williams, and others made suggestions on how best to react to anti-nudity legislative pressure. Perhaps most telling was the attendees’ desire to identify themselves as different from the club nudists of yesteryear. Naturists, as Ron McDonald for one would stress at the assembly, don’t limit their social nudity to their houses or the perceived protection of club walls. Authentic naturists embrace body freedom throughout their lives and do so openly and without shame. There may be constraints laid upon them by society, but whenever possible) and not just at a club on a weekend) they appreciate the body freedom nature intended. Attendees of that first Gathering may recall discussions about the contemporary culture of fkk clubs. For instance, one theme was nude beauty pageants, which were popular at many naturist clubs at that time. Such events were thought by many naturists to objectify women as sexual objects for the joy of males, fixating too greatly on the sexual connotations of nudity. This grated against the FKK members’ sense of gender equality. It would be better, the group believed, to develop ways to express and take joy in human beauty without demeaning and objectifying women.

Another innovation announced at the first Assembly was the conceptualization of Naturist Special Interest Groups, or SIGs. Baxandall got the idea of SIGs from the Mensa group. The thought was to provide a common meeting point on issues and activities of interest to FKK members. Each SIG would encourage active participation in social interaction and communication. The result would be a more dynamic and socially cohesive group of humor porn beach who had a love for social nudity and body approval as common denominators. SIGs didn’t need to connect directly to nudity. Early SIGs addressed issues as varied as fitness, photography, parenting, sex equality, gay awareness, and spirituality. Currently FKK SIGs include groups interested in air travel, nudist birthday , opera, massage, scuba, and Christianity. Some are fairly active and participate at Assemblies; others simply have a newsletter to let others with similar interests know what their peers are doing. Today Network Coordinator Debbie Jungwirth assists FKK members in the easy process of developing and keeping a SIG.