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
February 5
Maple Tree
Hwy 51, McFarland
Social Hour
11:00am Social Hour
12:30pm Lunch

Hi fellow ARC members,

I hope your Christmas was filled with family, friends and fun, and, given the weather, maybe a picnic.

It was wonderful to see so many former colleagues catching up with each other, laughing, and clearly enjoying themselves at the Holiday Party. It was a great time and a great turnout of 126. And I want to thank the people who helped to make that get together happen:

Sheree Vande Brink, who every year heads up the raffle. This year we had some fabulous prizes that spurred raffle sales totaling $1,419. That's $1,419 for Second Harvest or 4,257 MEALS. I know Sheree puts a lot of time into making the raffle happen, and she is supremely organized, making this a fun and easy way for our organization to give back to our communities.

YOU, who brought in all manner of items for the raffle—homemade pie, beautiful patchwork table runners, scotch of unknown age, decorations, baked items and too much more to mention. We wouldn't have a raffle without the generosity of ARC members, so thank you to you and also to YOU who brought in food items that were delivered to the Fritz Food Pantry the next day.

Barb Wolf, who every year heads up the door prizes. She convinces restaurants hosting our meetings to donate gift cards, she shops for wine and other bargains, and solicits some pretty sweet items for the door prizes. It's a lot of running around, she has a great system developed and apparently is a pretty persuasive agent for us.

Rick Wojack, who every year develops our Holiday Party reservation database and takes care of PayPal/credit money arrangements. He also develops the party email notices and web pages, and then takes the great pictures you can look at right now on our website.

Linda Netzer, who sets up all our restaurant contracts and menus, and negotiates prices. And as I have mentioned before, has an uncanny ability to estimate almost to the exact number how many will attend each lunch. At the suggestion of someone this year, Linda plans to work with Rex's to include a vegetarian entree in next year's Holiday Party menu.

Marilyn Howell, who magically turns the database information into name tags for the event.

Mike Staggs, who performed Master of Ceremonies duties with finesse.

Sue Meyer, Dan Fields, Diane Brinson and everyone who helped set up the raffle tables and sell raffle tickets.

Ok, yeah, I guess I have to recognize Dick Steffes who collected mailed in checks, got the associated bills paid and got the donation to second harvest.

I sure hope I haven't forgotten anybody. It was a great party. Thank you all.

Now a quick plug for our upcoming January meeting. It's at a new place, Buck and Honey's, which was just named one of Madison's ten best restaurants by Madison Newspapers. Don't miss this one!