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
September 6
Maple Tree
Hwy 51, McFarland
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi fellow ARC members,
A lot of people – baby boomer and first Earth Day folks – are retiring from DNR.  I really hope you can reach out to them and to invite them to join the Association of Retired Conservationists.  So I thought I would load you all up with a pitch, and ask you to contact retiring former colleagues.
Who’s eligible? People who have worked in DNR or associated federal organizations like UWFWS, Forest Service, Conservation Service, EPA, and NOAA.  A potential member does not have to have retired in their DNR job, just to have worked there long enough to bond with our mission and colleagues before moving on.
And remember, everyone is welcome – member or not – at our annual picnic and holiday party.
Here’s what you need to let them know:
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. ARC meets in the Madison area; there are additional DNR retiree groups in Green Bay, Eau Claire and Rhinelander that meet less frequently.
Meetings: ARC is primarily a social organization with monthly lunches that sample offerings at a variety of restaurants.  We encourage volunteering in communities and DNR. At our annual picnic and 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 reservation needed. Our 2017 schedule is below.  Or contact one of the officers.
That’s about it.  Now go out and get ‘em!  Hope to see you at the Vintage Brewing Company on August 2.