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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Our December Holiday Party will be held at Rex's Innkeeper located in beautiful Waunakee!
December 7, 2022

Hi ARC gang,
Happy autumn.  
A few items for you:
*I get all of DNR’s news releases. Those I think are of general interest, I send to Rick and he posts links on our website, .  However, you can signup to have DNR email releases, hearing notices, etc. directly to you.  Go to the DNR website at, select For Media at the bottom of the opening webpage, scroll to the bottom of the Office of Communications page and select “Public Input Opportunities.” Scroll to the bottom of the public input opportunities and just under the Open the Outdoors logo you will see “Subscribe for Email Updates.”  Click on it.  On the email updates page select email for the subscription type (it should be there automatically.)  Enter your email address in the space and hit submit.  Allow gov delivery and you will see a list of subject areas.  Click what you want and hit submit.  Tedious, yeah, but it can be worth it.  Otherwise, just go to and select the red “News Now” tab for my slimmed-down version of DNR-issued news.
*Our October 5 meeting is at one of our favorite places, the Great Dane in Fitchburg, during Octoberfest, no less! Rick sent out an email prompt, or you can email him at to sign up.  Remember, it isn’t necessary to have signed up ahead of time for the lunch – as always just show up if you decide at the last minute to come!  Hey, and for our November meeting at the Imperial Gardens in Middleton, we have a guest speaker, Dave Clutter from the Natural Resources Foundation.  We need to line up some more.  I’m game to begin signing up speakers for 2023.  If you have ideas, email me!
*We will begin signup in October for the annual holiday party. It’s scheduled for December 7 at Rex’s Innkeeper in Waunakee.  Get it on your calendar.  Should be another great event.  Sneak peek:  Louise Roelke has donated an exquisite patchwork quilt for the raffle.  It’s king size and in blues and browns.  Intricate quilting, too.  Louise said it took her 12 weeks (hope I am remembering that right) and $400 to make.  It’s a very exciting and generous donation. I know where MY raffle tickets are going. (Dick’s, too. He just doesn’t know it yet.)
Take care everyone.  See you Wednesday.