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 2
Cafe LaBellitalia
1026 North Sherman Ave, Madison
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi ARC members,

As most of you know it’s been an “eventful” month for me.  But I am on the road to mend and hope to join you this week at the Great Dane across from South Central Region (if you downloaded or printed our schedule earlier this year, please note this is a change.)

I sincerely want to thank everyone for the cards, well wishes, and encouragement.  It really brightened my days, as the docs scheduled and rescheduled my surgery.  One of the best benefits of working at DNR was making lifelong friends with you guys, friendships I am so grateful are continuing on in retirement.

This is a short message.  I did want to share this update from Jim Miller about state pension systems from PEW Charitable Trusts.  You can assess how Wisconsin is doing vis-à-vis other states.

The State Pension Funding Gap: 2017

Overall debt decreases but disparity grows between well-funded and fiscally challenged public worker retirement plans.

See you soon,