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

Our October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th, at The Vintage.

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Hi ARC people

We have a double treat in store for the September 6 meeting.

Bill Smith, Natural Resources Board Chair, former DNR Deputy Secretary and northern region director will be joining us for a presentation. He's a speaker many of you have requested. Bill's resume also includes membership on the Natural Resources Foundation and International Crane Foundation boards. As a former in-the-trenches DNR employee and now Board Chair, Bill has a unique perspective on natural resources and what may be down the pike at the agency. He's coming all the way down from Shell Lake to be with us, so I hope we can muster a really good turnout. I've asked him to talk about NRB priorities and issues, board/agency relations and he will leave time for Q&A.

As a bonus, we are meeting at the Maple Tree Supper Club in McFarland for the first time since its fire and renovation. As always, the delicious family style chicken is on the menu. Social hour begins at 11 and Bill Smith plans to be there.

See you on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for our next ARC meeting.