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 July luncheon at Great Dane Brew Pub has been canceled.

Watch for an email surveys in early July regarding the Annual Picnic in August and interest in holding Zoom internet based meetings.

Thank you for your consideration.

Hi ARC Colleagues,

It's now been more than three months since our last in-person meeting—seems like a year, doesn't it?  And the cancellations continue.  As I mentioned last month, the July 1 meeting is also canceled.  Linda Netzer, our meeting planner extraordinaire, had placed a sizable deposit at the east side Great Dane, which was not refundable after May 15. With all the uncertainty surrounding the future of Covid-19 precautions, we thought it best to cancel and retrieve the deposit.

I am getting worried about the fact that it's been so long since we have actually met.  I really don't want to see the camaraderie, momentum and energy folks have invested in ARC slip away. BUT OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE YOUR SAFETY.  The Covid-19 virus is serious, and we want to error on the side of extreme caution.

Diane Brinson has suggested we consider the computer program, Zoom, for an on-line meeting.  It's simple and free to download on your smart phone or computer. I've used it a couple times, and it works. If you would be interested in Zoom, or if you have any other ideas on how to keep our organization strong and connected, please email me ( I would really welcome the input.

That brings us to the annual picnic, scheduled for August 12 at Fireman's Park in Middleton. Barb Wolf gave the folks at Middleton Parks and Recreation a call to see if they are honoring reservations, and if bathrooms would be open for the shelters (yeah, critical, thanks Barb). She learned reservations were not honored through June, a July decision was imminent, and a decision  regarding August reservations will be made in late July. There are other questions about requirements for social distancing, gathering size, face mask requirements (if required, masks do not jive well with a picnic meal), whether Angelo's could offer a buffet given Covid restrictions, and how many people would attend, which impacts the cost per meal.

The one part of that list of unknowns we can deal with right now is figuring out how many people might attend.  Some of us are more at risk for the virus than others and may be hesitant to attend a large gathering no matter what safeguards we put in place.  So Rick has constructed a survey to gauge interest in attending the picnic. The survey will be sent out in early July.  Please let us know your plans.  Your answer isn't binding, but gives us a better picture of where we are.

I have to say I'm missing you guys.  Our lunch is one of the high points of my month. Please take care of yourselves, and I HOPE to see you soon.