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 9
5614 Schroeder Rd., Madison
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hey ARC members,

Registration for ARC’s 2018 Holiday Party is open!  Easily our biggest gathering of the year, you know you don’t want to miss it.  If you’re reading this message, you’re already on our website, so click on the holiday party icon and sign-up.   There you will also find some great pictures from the last few parties.

* When: December 5, 2018

* Where: Rex' Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Ave, Waunakee

* Time: Social Hour 11:00am, Lunch at 12:30pm

Reach out to other DNR retirees and invite them—you don’t have to be an ARC member to attend.  And we know they will enjoy reconnecting.  Just tell them to go to and register.

The menu includes Rex’s wonderful roast chicken, roast sliced prime rib, crispy cole slaw, whole kernel corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fruit salad.

Cost is $19.00 per person, which covers meal, taxes, tip, ARC Treasury contribution, and a ticket for the attendee Door Prize raffle.  You can pay on line with a credit card or can sign up and send a check to me. See the signup page for details.

As we have done in the past, we will also have a raffle of donated items to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank.

We welcome all kinds of nice items for the raffle--handmade, homemade, holiday décor, a framed print you have no room for, etc. You know that item that you’re not using but it seems just too nice to give away?  This is the spot for it. Email Sheree Vande Brink to let her know what you’re bringing so we have enough table space, and so we can recognize you for your donation. You may also contribute to Second Harvest Foodbank by cash or check at the party.

We’d love to have a great turnout.  It’s such a fun time with many, many familiar faces. So sign up right now.

Also, for you hunters in the group, here are some of the deer season resources DNR has prepared for this year.  If you will be out hunting, I wish you a safe season with kind weather and a deer stand well placed.

fits of Hunting in Wisconsin [PDF]

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  See you soon.