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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The June luncheon at the Nitty Gritty Restaurant has been canceled.

Watch for an email around the 15th of June regarding the status of our July meeting.

Thank you for your consideration.

Hi ARC friends,

Strange times we live in – Brat Fest, Fourth of July Fireworks, school, even Art Fair on the Square – all canceled to promote social distancing and to try to get ahead of Covid-19. Face Time and virtual hugs of grandkids just aren't the same, but thank goodness we have the on line options to see and talk with them whenever the spirit moves us.

I feel like I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but once again, it appears we must cancel our upcoming June ARC meeting due to continued calls for social distancing, limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer, and restaurants remaining closed.

If you are like Dick and me, you are in the process of replanting the flowers and vegetables you put out two weeks ago only to have them frozen out this past weekend, even if you covered them. (So much for that rule about it being safe to plant after Mother's Day.)  Or you are rubbing itchy eyes from tree and grass pollen.  Whatever is occupying these spring days, I sincerely hope this note finds you in good health and finding ways to have fun in spite hiding out at home. 

Sadly, in the last month Stan Druckenmiller, Glen Nelson, and Eric Syftestad passed away.  Rick is doing a wonderful job of getting information up on our website as soon as we get it to keep us all in the loop. He also posts news releases from DNR and other pertinent information.  So while the hiatus in face-to-face meetings continues, check out our website at from time to time for information under the “What's New” tab. 

I've learned that after decades of providing reliable reports of DNR-related news, the agency will no longer publish the weekly DNR News.  I've had several reporters contact me expressing disappointment.  Paul Holtan has been editor of this popular publication for decades.  I'd like to publicly thank him for his hard work and dedication. The ARC team will redouble our efforts to post news about your former colleagues and programs when releases are issued.  If there's anything else you would like to see listed on “What's New,” send me an email And don't forget, YOU can also post news on NEWS NOW!  Contact for instructions.

Again, fingers crossed, our picnic still is on the schedule for August.  We will keep you posted of any developments on that front.  Take care of yourselves.