A message for our ARC President

Hi gang,

What’s the toughest job in any organization? Yup, you’re right. Asking for money.

ARC has always been pretty much able to balance the books with the $1.00 or $2.00 fee added to luncheon prices. On average, that raised anywhere from $900 to $1,100 per year, which handily covers our ongoing expenses of reserving the picnic site, membership to the Society of Annuitants, computer domain and maintenance, and, of course, a $75.00 donation to the Natural Resources Foundation in honor of any member that has passed.

Well, we haven’t had any meetings – something we hope is about to change – other than Zoom for more than a year. But expenses have continued. At the April Zoom meeting we addressed that elephant in the room. Members discussed our financial position, which is decidedly in the red, and it was moved, seconded and unanimously passed to solicit voluntary donations from members to keep us afloat until we can regain our footing and begin meeting again. How far is ARC in the hole? About $1,115, which is astonishingly close to what we would have raised had our luncheons not been interrupted.

Now, I get it. We’re retired. We’re on fixed incomes.

So, here’s the deal:

If, and only if, you can afford it, we are asking you to forward a donation to the treasury. Members at the April Zoom meeting suggested $10 to $20 each, as fits your budget. Assuming a good response, that will allow us to bring memorial donations up to date, to reimburse at least some of the expenses loaned and owed to various ARC members, pay some bills, reserve our picnic spot, and bridge us back to normal meetings.

You can send donations, in the form of a check made out to Association of Retired Conservationists, to our Treasurer Dick at:

Dick Steffes
33 Stacy Lane
Madison, WI 53716

If you would like to make a donation online, you can click the button below and use our online PayPal picnic and holiday party payment system. You do not need to have a PayPal account, just choose the 'Pay with Debit or Credit Card' option.

All donations will be acknowledged with a follow up email.

Thank you for your help,