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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Bob Schaefer

Bob Schaefer is a retired Civil and Environmental Engineer from the Department of Natural Resources.

He retired at the end of 2008 after 33 years working in the field of wastewater treatment with an emphasis on organic solids reuse and in water supply with an emphasis on water treatment.

Bob primarily worked in the Central office of the DNR but also worked for 5 years at the South Central Regional office.

Bob was born in West Bend, WI, and attended the UW-Madison College of Engineering, as did his father and brother. He also completed a degree from the College of Agriculture in Natural Resources.

Basically, he never left Madison once he arrived. He met his wife here and they settled in, both finding full time work in the area, Bob with the DNR and Nan as a Physical Therapist for the state, VA, school district and as a gymnastics instructor.

They have three daughters and so far . . . two grandchildren.

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