Nudist Group Faces Lawsuit For Stripping Membership
Copyright 1992 The Seattle Times Company
THE SEATTLE TIMES
April 17, 1992, Friday, Final Edition
Section: Northwest; Pg. B4
Byline: Steve Johnston
Randy Roeges, a Duvall fire commissioner and political
gadfly, is suing a Snoqualmie-area nudist camp because the camp stripped
him of his membership.
Roeges said he is suing
Fraternity Snoqualmie, a family-oriented nudist camp just off Interstate
90, because the camp allowed an adult magazine to take pictures during
'91" convention and he believes the camp is endorsing pornography.
president Dick Love said Roeges was dropped from the
club because he was hard to get along with and other
members said they wouldn't go to the camp if Roeges was there. "He
just wasn't pleasant to be around," Love said.
lawsuit is on the Monday docket in King County Superior Court. Acting as his
own attorney, Roeges has filed a civil suit against the club and its board of
directors. He seeks to get himself and his family reinstated as members and to
prohibit photographers from taking pictures at the
Roeges said he, his wife,
and their two children have been members of Fraternity Snoqualmie since
1989. He said they joined so their children would
have someone to play with, and the camp offered a wide range of activities such
as swimming and volleyball.
"We thought we could put
up with not wearing clothes,'' Roeges said. But he said problems started when
a photographer from a magazine for topless clubs photographed a camp-sponsored
open house last summer. A local television station also filmed people frolicking
in the nude, a favorite TV ratings boost in the summer.
was angry when he saw the television footage, but got really
steamed when the adult magazine ran a photo story.
photos didn't include Roeges or his family, but Roeges
said he thought the camp was endorsing pornography, and threatened to take legal
action against the camp. Roeges said after he threatened legal action, the
club's board of directors told him his membership wasn't
going to be renewed, and he decided to sue. "This has been tearing me up," Roeges
said. "I've been sick about it for three months."
said Roeges' threatened lawsuit was only the final straw
for the club, which prides itself on being family oriented and not tolerating
any bad behavior. About the charge of promoting pornography, Love said: ''We
just don't tolerate it."
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