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 2021 ARC summer picnic is on and will be held IN PERSON on
July 14th!!!

Hi ARC Members,

Good news!  We will be meeting IN PERSON again starting with the annual picnic on July 14 at Lakeview Park in Middleton.  We will start gathering for social hour at 11 or so.  Lunch at 12 or 12:30, once again catered by Angelo’s. 

You can start signing up for the picnic on the website at 2021 ARC Picnic  Cost is $15 per person, including beverages and buffet, same as previous years. Angelo’s Catering will be cooking up 1/3 lb. Angus burgers, brats, and chicken breasts along with chips, salad, baked beans and dessert!

Remember, EVERYONE IS INVITED—spouses, and any interested retirees -- ARC member or not.  Tell your friends and former colleagues. Word is most of us seniors are vaccinated, safe, and no longer will have to wear a mask. Thanks to Dominic Mangardi for lining up the shelter and Sheree Vande Brink for lining up the catering.

There’s more good news!  Thanks to the wizardry and hard work of Linda Netzer, we have an ARC meeting schedule for this fall. Lining up the venues is probably one of the tougher jobs in ARC. Linda had 2020 all done and then had to cancel everything during Covid.  Then she had to start over again this spring tracking down dates, restaurants open and taking reservations, prices and menu options. Linda deserves a round of applause when we next meet.

By tradition, the picnic covers both July and August, so the next meeting after the picnic will be September 1.  Here is the lineup:

  • September 1 - Great Dane Brew Pub -- 2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
  • October 6 - Chalet Landhaus Inn -- 801 WI-69, New Glarus (The owners of the former New Glarus Hotel now own the  Landhaus.)
  • November 3 - Imperial Gardens -- 2039 Allen Blvd., Madison
  • December 1 - Rex's Innkeeper -- 301 N. Century Ave., Waunakee "Holiday Party"

Finally, once again, I need to thank everyone for their generous donations to the (formerly) ailing treasury.  Seeing the outpouring of support for ARC really touched my heart and brought me to tears.  We went from being more than $1,100 in the hole with outstanding bills to pay to nearly $1,800 in checking and all bills paid.  You guys raised nearly $3,000 in literally just a few days.  Astounding.  The support ARC gets from its members is truly remarkable. (Plans for to move money from checking to ARC savings to beef up that depleted account.)

Finally, Dennis Schenborn gave an engrossing presentation on his research into Amundsen’s and Scott’s turn of the century race to the South Pole.  If you missed it, due to the wonders of Rick’s technology, you can stream it off our website.  Go to What's New

I can’t wait to see you guys at the picnic.  Until then, take care, and join us for the June Zoom call!