There is a German theory where clothes cause problems. They believe in a more relaxed body culture,” says Tom, a stout man well versed in the club’s history, as he opens the door of the wood-fired sauna.
It’s a small building, best described as “quaint-rustic.” For hygienic reasons, each of the club’s 50 members carries a towel to lay down.
“We would love to see younger people join, we are getting older here,” laughs Tom, referring to the average member age of 50 to 60.
“There aren’t a lot of kids here, we’re not attracting the younger families.”
But he hopes the Van Tan Club’s facilities for volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, shuffleboard, croquet and kids’ activities will draw in more “new-dists.”