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 October meeting at the New Glarus Hotel has been canceled.

Thank you for your consideration.

Hi ARC members,

Wherever you are social distancing, I hope you are well and happy today.

First, the good news: We asked you guys to weigh in on whether or not we should hold the annual ARC picnic in early August. We were blown away with the numerous and quick responses. Having a membership that is so responsive to calls for input is amazing, and has to be pretty rare. Truly it makes the work of the management team much easier.

Second, the bad – and not so unexpected – news: Most of you were uncomfortable with attending a picnic this year, so we are going to cancel. The overwhelming majority said that the need to social distance had to take priority, and a large gathering was just too risky. And that was before the current Dane County spike in Covid-19 cases and renewed mask- wearing and social gathering guidance. 2020 will go down as a weird and frustrating year, but our hope is to resume meeting soon. In the meantime, a couple dozen folks said they were on board with trying out a Zoom meeting, so we will get going on that and send details when it is pinned down.

Here's a thought: If you are considering a take-out meal in the next few weeks, please consider ordering from one of the restaurants that host our meetings. The forced closures due to the virus are having a devastating effect on local restaurants. Many are hanging by a thread. Here is a list of the restaurants. And Angelo's, our picnic caterer, has a brick and mortar location at 5801 Monona Drive, Monona. Angelo's does a great job for us every year at our annual picnic, and we will have to cancel our contract with them for this year. I'm sure you'd enjoy their Italian offerings (mangia bene!) If we can throw a little business to our hosts, they all may be able to hang on a little longer and be there when we start meeting again.

It was heartwarming to see a lot of people comment on the survey that they miss seeing everyone. Count me among them. If you need anything ARC related, please contact me. 

Take care of yourselves, my friends.