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
January 3
Maple Tree
Hwy 51, McFarland
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members,
With news just breaking that former Rep. Dan Meyer has been appointed DNR secretary, I’m reminded that our still-working colleagues are dealing with a lot of change, and retirements are continuing.  In recent weeks, I have run into several new retirees that knew nothing about the existence of the Association of Retired Conservationists.  So I would like to enlist your help in spreading the word.
We are often sent notices or get calls about upcoming retirement parties.  When you get one of these, reach out to the retiree.  You can email them and simply copy and share the following information:
Hey, there’s a retiree organization where you can keep in touch with former colleagues!  We meet once a month for lunch, and have a gangbuster annual picnic and annual Holiday Party.  You can come to as many or as few meetings as you like.  Here’s more information:  
Members: ARC is open to any former DNR employee, now retired.  One need not retire at DNR to apply.  
Joining is simple:  Attend two meetings.  At the first, a current member you know (and choose) introduces you and gives a short summary of your work at DNR.  At your second meeting, members vote on your joining (always a unanimous yes), you pay your $5 lifetime dues, and you are in.  ARC members include folks from all disciplines in the agency: from administration, to law enforcement, fish and wildlife, parks, water, research, air quality, internal services, solid waste—the whole nine yards.  We get you, and the career you dedicated to the environmental and natural resources.
Meetings: ARC is primarily a social organization with monthly lunches.  We encourage volunteering in communities and DNR. At our annual picnic and annual Holiday Party, we raise money for Second Harvest. At every luncheon – held once a month on the first Wednesday – we review new and old business, get an update on ETF policies affecting retirees, and catch up on the health, travel, etc. of members. Infrequently, when we are very concerned about policies impacting DNR, we will vote to send a letter opposing or supporting.
Current officers: Elected in January for one year are:  Laurel Steffes, president,  (I&E program); Bruce Chevis, vice-president,  (Parks and Recreation); and Barb Wolf, secretary-treasurer,  (Law Enforcement.)
Keeping touch: We have a professionally tended to webpage, that includes updates from each meeting, member profiles, photos, and a “News Now” page where members can post  information about meetings, discipline events, volunteer  opportunities, DNR news, etc.)  ARC also produces an annual member directory that gives you contact information for fellow members; the directory is shared only with members.
That’s about it.  Please browse our webpage.  If you are interested, just show up at a lunch. No RSVP or reservation needed and you will be warmly greeted.  Our 2017 schedule is below.  Or  contact one of the officers. Visit our web page as  And thanks! for your service to the environment and  resources of Wisconsin.
Association of Retired Conservationists -- 2017 meeting dates & locations
Oct. 4, 11:30 social hour; 12:30 lunch
New Glarus Hotel
100 6th Avenue
New Glarus
Nov. 1, 11:30 social hour; 12:30 lunch
Imperial Gardens
2039 Allen Blvd
Dec. 6, 11:30 (or earlier) social hour, 12:30 lunch; white elephant auction and door prizes
Rex's Innkeeper
301 N. Century Ave
Hope to see you all in October at the New Glarus Hotel – one of our FAVORITE lunch places.