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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Hi ARC Members,

Sharing some practical information with you today: First, you may be wondering what’s up with signing up for lunches.  I don’t blame you. 

Here’s the deal:  When Linda Netzer negotiates contracts for our lunches, she has to set a minimum number of meals we are liable for.  Before Covid, she had some sorcery-like ability to predict attendance for each meeting. Since Covid, attendance is not predictable. 

For example, we had to cancel the September lunch because signups indicated we couldn’t meet our minimum.  Signups for October, however, gave us confidence we would have a big enough turnout.  So, we will be continuing to ask you to sign up – or indicate interest, if you wlll – for luncheons. It simply helps us plan. Signing up does NOT obligate you to come or pay for a meal. 

Conversely, if your schedule opens up and you decide at the last minute you want to attend a lunch, you do NOT have to have signed up.  Just come!  On November 3, we will be meeting at Imperial Gardens on Allen Blvd. in Middleton. The eblast signup should be going out soon.  Please watch for it. 

ALSO, later this month we will be sending out information on the ARC holiday party.  So far, the party is a go on December 1 (get those Covid booster shots) at Rex’s Innkeeper in Waunakee.

Secondly, we got a request from Bob Manwell, ARC member in Minnesota, to make Betty Duff’s October presentation on Rachel Carson available on line.  She gave a very interesting talk on her time as a researcher for Carson.  Rick Wojack did video-tape Duff’s talk, and if you missed it, you can find it on the ARC website under the “What’s New?” tab at

We are continuing to post general interest DNR news releases under the “News Now” tab. For example, there is information on an October 12 DNR webinar on safe drinking water.  You will also find notices of new ARC members and regional retiree group meetings on “News Now.”  Information about former colleagues who have passed is under the “What’s New?” tab. I hope you are all well, healthy and enjoying this incredibly mild autumn.  See you in November.