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
October 3
New Glarus Hotel
100 Sixth Ave, New Glarus
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members,

Some important organizational information from me this month:

* Our July meeting will be at Babe’s (5614 Schroeder Rd., Madison) on the 11th, the second Wednesday of the month because the 4th of July this year falls on the first Wednesday.  If you have a printed version of our meeting schedule, you will notice that’s not what it says.  We’ve re-sited to Babe’s as the originally announced site (Sprecher’s) has closed and is no longer available. 

ARC member Chuck Pils will share photos and stories of his trip to Iceland, and he can really spin a yarn.  Recent Icelandic Airlines service to O’Hare in Chicago has opened this geo-thermal wonderland to easier access.  If you are like me and have recently added Iceland to your bucket list, Chuck’s presentation will be especially interesting. 

* Secretary Barb Wolf has updated the ARC membership directory and it is ready for the printer.  Printed copies will be available at the annual picnic. In addition, you will be able to get an electronic version by visiting our website,, and clicking a button to request it.  If your email address checks out as an ARC member, it will be emailed.

* Our annual picnic is on August 8 at Lakeview Park on Allen Boulevard in Madison/Middleton.  We will send you an email on Friday, July 6 with detailed signup instructions.  The picnic is not to be missed.  More than 100 attend, and you get to see people who can make it to only a couple meetings a year.  Remember, you don’t have to be an ARC member to attend.  ALL DNR RETIREES AND SPOUSES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND! So if you know any retirees from any area of the state that would like to drop in and renew old relationships, please invite them. Online registration will run from July 4 - July 26.

See you at Babe’s!