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 February meeting will be held at
the Vintage Brewery, Madison.
February 1, 2023

Happy New Year, ARC members
Dick and I send you our heartfelt wishes for a happy and healthy 2023.
A few short items for you:
Dennis Schenborn's historic novel is on sale in paperback on Amazon HEROES-ALL-RACE-POLE-ANTARCTIC  In 1912, Roald Amundson and R. F. Scott raced to the South Pole. One man made it; the other perished. This is the story of how that happened. Reviews have been awesome. Lee Kernen said he was cold for a week after reading Dennis' book. Dennis is a recipient of the U.S. Antarctic Service Medal, and survived winter in Antarctica in -58 F. temperatures in a tent. My guess is he knows what he's talking about on Antarctic survival.
As you have probably heard by now, Gov. Tony Evers has appointed Sheboygan County Administrator Adam N. Payne to serve as secretary of DNR, filling the vacancy created by the November retirement of former Secretary Preston Cole. Payne has held his current position for more than two decades, and previously served as executive director of the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association. He also worked for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection from 1990 to 1995. According to a news release from the governor’s office, Payne has overseen two major conservation efforts in Sheboygan County: cleaning up the Sheboygan River and Harbor and purchasing and preserving the Amsterdam Dunes along Lake Michigan. [Gee, I wonder if I could pull off getting him as a guest lunch speaker, huh?] Payne's appointment needs state Senate approval.
Linda Netzer has been working very hard to get us lunch venues that keep prices in check. Since Covid, many restaurants have added room rental charges to the cost of food, which, frankly, has pretty much priced our group out of a lot of places. If you have ideas for restaurants in the Madison area that have a private area for up to 45 to 50 people, send them to Linda

Once again, the holiday party was wonderful. Thanks to everyone! Our next meeting is this Wednesday, January 4, at Imperial Gardens in Middleton.