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 November meeting at Imperial Garden has been canceled.

Thank you for your consideration.

Hi ARC members,

Well the frost is on the pumpkin, we are still stuck inside social distancing, and we are all trying to figure out how to handle the holidays in the midst of a pandemic surge.  We may be having Thanksgiving dinner at our house with a couple computers on the table so our kids and grandkids can “attend.” 

Seems like a good time to bring you up to speed on ARC meeting plans for the rest of the calendar year. Because of the proximity to election day, we will not have a Zoom meeting in November.  Just too much going on the day after the election.  We will have a Zoom meeting in December, probably at 10:30 on December 2.   Rick will send out a signup closer to the date.

As I am sure you assumed, we can’t hold the Holiday Party this December. I am really going to miss seeing you and participating in the raffles. It is just plain an enjoyable event. But restaurant capacity is limited due to Covid, and the health risks are just too great with the virus.  That is not to say that if things get better with the pandemic or vaccinations become available, we won’t try to have a substitute Christmas in spring sort of get-together.

As you know, proceeds from past Christmas parties have been used to help Second Harvest feed the hungry in Dane County.  Should you want to continue that tradition individually, here are links to two worthy efforts:

*Goodman Community Center has set a goal of trying to provide 4,000 Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families this year.  Volunteers assemble the baskets which contain a small turkey, broth, stuffing mix, volunteer-made pie, mashed potato mix, cranberry sauce and vegetables.  If you would like to help, see:*

Second Harvest is an important resource for small, neighborhood food pantries.  Year around, Second Harvest coordinates receiving donations from grocery stores, organizations, and government assistance programs, and delivers needed food items to local pantries.  ARC has long supported Second Harvest with proceeds from our events.  If you would like to help, see:

As usual, I hope this message finds you in good health and happy.  Wear those masks and don’t forget to check our website, , for information on important DNR developments, member profiles, great photos of past ARC events, and information on colleagues who have passed. 


P.S.  Vote! Vote as if our natural resources and environment depend on it, because they do!