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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February 2, 2022

Due to COVID the February in-person meeting has been cancelled.

We will hold a Zoom meeting, including a guest speaker.

Stay tuned for details . . .

Hi fellow ARC members,
The Covid virus continues to vex and annoy. It is affecting our meeting attendance, but no surprise there: meeting barriers are happening to all organizations. That's why it is critical for me to ask for suggestions of how to keep ARC strong and keep members involved. I mean, Zoom business meetings don't exactly rate high on the entertainment scale.
I asked people on the January call to tell us what we can do to keep members involved. The answer? Get some good speakers for the Zoom calls, starting with February. 
People threw out some names, and I am happy to say we followed through. So here's what's coming up:
February – Adrian Wydeven will talk about wolves. I heard him address another organization and his power point and insights are really amazing. With a wolf hunt tied up in court, the over-harvest last year, and tribal concerns, this will be a timely and excellent talk.
March – [still likely a Zoom call] WKOW-TV Senior Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier will make a presentation on climate change. Bob is keenly interested in climate change education and has a local perspective. I have heard from several sources that his presentation is truly excellent and eye-opening.
April – [with any luck, at a luncheon] Fred Clark, executive director of Wisconsin's Green Fire, will bring us up to date on Green Fire initiatives. Many former DNR staff are active in this group and their influence on priorities is apparent. Learn what Green Fire is doing to further and protect the accomplishments made during your career.
Phew! So that's it so far. We've done our part lining up speakers; now I am asking for you to do yours. Sign up for the meetings!  The vitality of ARC is one of the things that attracted me.  Gotta' keep it going.
Also at the January call, the current slate of officers agreed to continue as caretakers until we can meet and hold elections. For the record: Dan Fields is vice president; Barb Wolf is secretary; Diane Brinson is back-up secretary; Dick Steffes is treasurer; Linda Netzer is meeting arrangement chair; Bob Schaefer is our representative to the Coalition of Annuitants; and Rick Wojack is webmaster and all things technical.
That's all for now. Rick will be sending out the sign-up for the February call with Adrian. Zoom is easy! Just sign up and right before the meeting, Rick will send an email to you. Click on the link, and you're in the meeting. You can Zoom on your computer or smart phone.
Until then. Stay well.