The Association of Retired Conservationists was organized by a group of retirees from the Wisconsin Conservation Department in the 1960's. By the mid-1970's, the WCD had been combined with the Department of Resource Development to form the Department of Natural Resources, and the retirees group had grown significantly, met monthly for lunch and began inviting speakers to address the group on issues of interest to the members. Today, the organization has more than two hundred members.

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Next Meeting
March 7
Great Dane Brew Pub
2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC Members,

I hope your holidays were joyous!  I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Our January meeting is coming up quickly and, as you know, that’s when we elect the executive team.  We are hoping to see some new faces step up to lead ARC this year. 

Barb Wolf has served as both secretary and treasurer for five years. Let’s give her a break.  We would like to recruit someone to do both, or two people to split the duties.  Key secretary duties involve taking notes and working with Rick Wojciak to post them.  Treasurer duties involve collecting luncheon payments, paying the restaurant, and depositing the balance.  Infrequently checks must be written for memorials, repaying Dom Mangardi for the summer picnic park reservation fees, and so on.  Barb has also kept the membership directory current.  The secretary could continue doing that or we could recruit a volunteer to do just the directory updates.  Got just a couple hours a month to help out? Let us know.

Interested in being an MC?  How about running for president? Primary duty is honchoing the business meeting each month and coordinating with other ARC officers.  Drafting a monthly column from the prez is easy. The agenda for each meeting is standard, and my experience is audiences are pretty forgiving.

Vice President is a sweet deal.  You are backup MC for the president.  And once in a while you bring in the ARC history briefcase and put it out for members to peruse.

We’ll be looking for people to step up at the meeting…or you may have to endure my squeaky voice even longer. 

Here’s an update, Wisconsin Green Fire (WGF) seems to be moving along . They have created a Facebook page. Outdoor writer Pat Durkin did an article last month on the group WGF members are continuing to develop their network, and I know they are still looking for expertise in Water, Air and Hazardous Waste to draft or review position papers, or to be a resource they can refer press inquiries to.  If you want to help fill the void of natural resources and environmental expert information Wisconsin is experiencing and want to advocate for policies and projects that defined your career, contact them.

We face an interesting year ahead.  As you probably know, former DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is taking over as administrator for EPA’s Region 5, of which DNR is a part.  It will be interesting to watch how her knowledge of DNR and positions affect our state.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing you all at the next meeting, January 3, at the Maple Tree in McFarland.  Hey! it’s cold and snowy out, join us for warm greetings and conversations with your colleagues.