ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED CONSERVATION SERVICE EMPLOYEES (ARCSE)
“Conservation” and “Service”—always part of us
FROM THE PRESIDENT, Cheryl Simmons
The year 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. ARCSE is excited to work with the SWCS to sponsor a student leader intern project and support student moderators for this summer’s annual meeting in Iowa. The SWCS 75th one-time special event on July 27th, 2020 includes the ARCSE lunch, discussion with the SWCS Historian, and joint Student-ARCSE interaction.
Intern tasks include planning a student and early career professional development session to engage the next generation of environmental leaders at the annual conference, assisting ARCSE to connect groups for the 75th Anniversary experience, assisting SWCS staff with conference tasks, and creating a plan for an enhanced partnership between SWCS and ARCSE.
Join us this summer for a day of conservation remembrance and view to future conservation. SWCS@75 https://vimeo.com/379803987 and
Paul Benedict, Membership Chair
New for 2020. For your convenience ARCSE annual dues and hard copy fees can now be paid by credit card: http://www.arcse.org/nFORMS.htm.
You still can pay by check as in the past. Mail checks to: ARCSE, PO Box 8965, Moscow, ID 83843
ARCSE Complimentary membership. When you have retiree social functions or any other time that you see new retirees from NRCS, be sure to remind them that they are eligible for a one-year complimentary membership in ARCSE, if they have not previously been a member. All that is required is that they submit a membership application. This one-year complimentary membership includes receiving the bimonthly electronic newsletter. Membership applications and the ARCSE brochure may be printed at: http://www.arcse.org/nFORMS.htm.
NOWCC began operations in 1997 as a national nonprofit organization to promote experienced workers as a valuable and critical component of the nation’s workforce. The precursor of NOWCC was a unit inside AARP that had administered the EPA Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program for over 15 years. As the result of a strategic restructuring in 1996, AARP decided to conclude its connection with the SEE Program. Because of its commitment to the value of older workers, AARP facilitated the launch of a new non-profit, NOWCC, to continue administering its portion of the SEE Program and to continue to promote experienced worker programs.
Currently, NOWCC administers the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the USDA and for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in partnership with the AARP Foundation for the U.S. Department of Labor, and recently began working with Economic Research Service (ERS) to provide enrollees who are experienced workers 55 years and older to assist with providing the USDA, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service (NPS).
Paul Benedict, Membership Chair
Mark DeBrock – Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Martin “Marty” Adkins – Knoxville, IA
Thomas W. Christensen – Leesburg, VA
New Lifetime Members
Jane Hardisty – Greenfield, Indiana (was associate member)
Marvin D. Brown – Mt Pleasant, IA
I would like to thank all the ARCSE members who have paid their 2020 dues and to those who have contributed additional funds to keep ARCSE operating. Paid members will get the 2020 ARCSE Member Directory with the next newsletter. Please make sure your contact information is up to date for the directory. You can email or call me if you have any questions or concerns.
As of February 23, there were 93 ARCSE members who had not renewed their dues for 2020. This will be the last newsletter those members receive if we do not receive their dues before the May/June newsletter is prepared. They will also not get the 2020 ARCSE Directory. A couple of members have emailed me to let me know that they will not be renewing their membership. The rest will soon be getting a post card reminder from me. There are also 26 members who subscribed to the hard copy of the newsletter in 2019 who have not sent in the $12 fee for that service this year. Those members will not get the hard copy of the May/June newsletter, even if you are a life member. Life members will still get the email version of the newsletter if we have an email address on file.
The 2020 Membership Dues Notice went out with the Nov/Dec ARCSE Newsletter. If you are receiving a hard copy and have not yet paid your 2020 dues or hard copy fee, here is some clarification on how to decipher the information on your label. See payment example labels below.
1. If the first number to the right of your name on your mailing label is “19”, “19C”, “19S” or lower, your dues are due! Numbers like “20C”, “20”, or higher indicate that your dues are paid for 2020. Numbers “999” indicate life members, and your dues are paid. 2. If the second number to the right of your name on your mailing label is “H19”, an additional payment of $12 is required to continue receiving a printed copy of the newsletter. If it is “H20” or above, no additional payment is required to continue receiving a printed copy of the newsletter.
ARCSE Complimentary membership. When you have retiree social functions or any other time that you see new retirees from NRCS, be sure to remind them that they are eligible for a one-year complimentary membership in ARCSE, if they have not previously been a member. All that is required is that they submit a membership application. This one-year complimentary membership includes receiving the bimonthly electronic newsletter. Membership applications and the ARCSE brochure may be printed at: http://www.arcse.org/nFORMS.htm
These are just a few of the pictures from the current edition of the ARCSE Newsletter available to Members of the Association.
L-R, Melvin Fong, Doug Toews, (Retired NRCS), Bill Ward, (Retired NRCS), and
My band, the Western Lights Trio, along with my good friend and fellow Engineer retiree Doug Toews, provided music to help celebrate the occasion for Harold, Valma and all attendees. Doug and his wife Gwen Gilbert made the trip up from Santa Barbara specifically to take part in this very special celebration. What a wonderful experience and honor it was for us to share our music to help celebrate such a special occasion! As Doug and I shared together later, opportunities to play music together do not get any better or meaningful than what we had just been able to do for a dear friend
Today’s special, “Armadillo on a
Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 24th, 2020, at the Golden Corral Restaurant on MacArthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The Golden Corral opens at 10am, so there is extra time for visiting before the meeting starts at 11:30am. Our What-A-Burger group that meets every Friday had a big laugh in December. Retiree Darrel Dominick presented the group his latest find at the local thrift stores. Many a story has been told by the group about our armadillo hunting exploits. Darrel said he didn't care if was $2, he was buying it anyway. As our mentor, Roland Willis, says, "We aren't cheap, we are just frugal."
Jim Rickman in Morocco.
Jim Rickman: Still traveling a lot. Just back from Morocco the last week of January. We spent a lot of time in the Sahara Desert, but this pic is with the Atlas Mountains in the background and out of the desert. Hoping to visit 100 countries by October. Think about all the great folks in Missouri a lot, with fond memories. Hope everyone is doing fine.
Wayne Bogovich sent a note: “So I’m sitting in my Delaware vacation home getting ready to put up the Christmas tree and watching the local news when I hear a familiar voice on the TV talking about his concerns with a developer’s plans for storm water management, or lack thereof, at his proposed apartment complex. It was Ed Brzostek! He’s still looking out for people who are not following the rules when it comes to doing E&S properly. Looks like Ed is still quite engaged in things.”
Less than three hours later, I got a message from Ed Brzostek: “I contested the feasibility of a planned underground storm water management facility in an area that has a seasonal high water table within six inches of the ground surface. Offsite drainage was also poor. I was able to access the soil survey and soils limitations on line thanks to modern technology now in place at NRCS. Many other residents contested other features. The development plan was soundly defeated, and the project is now being redesigned to properly address the soils and site limitations.
Four NACD/SCS Amigos: Tom Wehri, Tom Christensen, Rich Duesterhaus, and John Peterson at the NACD 74th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
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