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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Happy Virtual Holidays to All!

Here is the outgoing letter from our joint ARCSE-SWCS summer intern, Joe Derry. You may recall that ARCSE partnered with SWCS to support Joe as a summer intern position to benefit both of our organizations. Joe worked hard and offered some great ideas that he outlines below. Joe agreed that a main pathway forward may be a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARCSE and SWCS.

Our organizations often share similar goals and objectives in natural resources conservation and staying connected with members. The most recent ARCSE annual meeting was held virtually in conjunction with the 75th SWCS anniversary. With similar goals and objectives, the MOU opens membership opportunities for both organizations. With some shared marketing and member communications, our joint goal is for both organizations to gain additional membership.

The draft MOU lays out a general plan of how each organization would share membership information with the partner organization and members. There are still some final language details to work out on how organization information will be shared. The MOU can be cancelled at any time, and has no money attached or obligated. 

We welcome your thoughts and ideas. We are excited to explore new opportunities for organization so please feel free to email your State Representative or any on the ARCSE Board.


MEMBERSHIP REPORT

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New Affiliate Member

Anne Pollok – Champaign, Illinois

New Life Member

Cheryl Simmons –Moscow, Idaho

New Honorary Members

The following six members of ARCSE have celebrated or will be celebrating their 91st birthdays by the end of 2020. With this milestone, each of these members becomes an Honorary Member. As an Honorary Member, no dues are required for calendar year 2021 and thereafter. However, those honorary members who wish to receive a printed copy of the newsletter are required to pay a $12 fee (see enclosed dues notice).

First Name

Last Name

State

Francis

Lum

HI

Edward E

Weber

OR

Wendell A

Styner

OR

Dick

Gilbert

IN

Curtis

Sharp

PA

Wayne F

Maresch

MD


MEMBERHIP DUES AND ADDITIONAL FEES FOR PRINTED NEWSLETTER IN 2021

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

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

 

2021 Dues Notice to Members receiving the newsletter by printed copy: A dues notice is included with the hard copy newsletter (green page insert). Please follow the instructions on the notice concerning the address label information to determine if your dues are due.

If you are receiving a hard copy and have not yet paid your 2021 dues or hard copy fee, here is some information 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 “20”, “20C”, “20S” or lower, your dues are due! Numbers like “21C”, “21”, or higher indicate that your dues are paid for 2021. 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 “H20”, an additional payment of $12 is required to continue receiving a printed copy of the newsletter. If it is “H21” or above, no additional payment is required to continue receiving a printed copy of the newsletter.


-----------------------------------------Sample labels---------------------------------------------

*************************ALL FOR ADC 123

0000123-11223

      

JOHN Q. PUBLIC, 999, H20

11 GRANITE MOUNTAIN

ANYWHERE, USA 01010-1010

 

*************************ALL FOR ADC 456

0000456-44556

      

JAMES P. PUBLIC, 20, H21

11 GRANITE MOUNTAIN

ANYWHERE, USA 00101-1010


2021 Additional Fee for Printed Copy: All members (life members, honorary members and those who pay annual dues) who desire a printed copy of the newsletter must pay an additional fee of $12.00 per year. Since many of you have already paid, please follow the instructions on the dues notice concerning the address label information to determine if you must pay the additional fee. This $12.00 will help offset ARCSE annual costs of over $20.00 per member to print and distribute the printed newsletter.

2021 Dues Notice to Members receiving the electronic newsletter: A dues notice is not included with the electronic newsletter. Members receiving the electronic newsletter whose dues are due will receive a separate email from ARCSE with a dues notice attached (WATCH FOR IT).

Life Members, honorary members, and members who have already paid their 2021 dues will receive an email assuring you that your membership dues are paid.

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

ARCSE MEMBERSHIP DUES

Member                   $18 per year

Affiliate                    $18 per year

Life (One – time payment)

        Age 64 or younger          $250

        Age 65 thru 74                 $200

        Age 75 or older               $125

NOTE: Dues payment includes receipt of the bimonthly electronic newsletter only. All members (both life members and those who pay annual dues) who desire a hard copy of the newsletter must pay an additional fee of $12.00 per year.

Please submit Dues to ARCSE at P.O. Box 8965 Moscow, ID 83843

Pay Dues or Newsletter Mailing Fees

 


2020 MEMBER LOCATOR

November 1, 2020 (Sorted alphabetically by State, City, then Last Name) Use this current listing to find members in states or cities you may be passing through. Bold names are ARCSE state representatives.


WE NEED STATE VOLUNTEERS

We are dedicated in our efforts to help our retirees stay in touch with each other, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and national/state conservation activities. Through our national NEWSLETTER, we also view conservation concerns, policies, and programs from a non-governmental point of view. This gives members the opportunities to better understand concerns and assist with conservation efforts in every state.

To this end, we are seeking volunteers to assist in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Our volunteers will help in coordinating retirees’ activities, monitoring their well-being, and their state’s conservation activities.

Finally, volunteers will collect and submit updated information to be posted in the national newsletter. For more information or to sign up to be a volunteer in your state, please contact Melvin Womack, East region vice president at mwpocket2@comcast.net. See the Member Locator listing at the end of this edition for a list of members by state.

Here are the total members by state:

State

# mem-

bers

State

# mem-

bers

State

# mem-

bers

State

# mem-

bers

AK

1

IA

53

MS

2

RI

3

AL

10

ID

21

MT

7

SC

24

AR

11

IL

29

NC

39

SD

7

AZ

19

IN

28

ND

3

PA

40

CA

23

KS

13

NE

19

TN

14

CO

20

KY

10

NH

4

TX

47

CT

4

LA

1

NJ

5

UT

9

DC

2

MA

3

NM

3

VA

46

DE

5

MD

25

NV

5

VT

3

FL

21

ME

9

NY

15

WA

16

GA

9

MI

10

OH

23

WI

15

HI

2

MN

9

OK

15

WY

13

PR

1

MO

29

OR

36

 

 

 


National Older Worker Career Center

 

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).

https://www.nowcc.org/jobs/

Tim Forbert is the ACES Recruiter/Program Specialist (email: tforbert@nowcc.org).

 


These are just a few of the pictures from the current edition of the ARCSE Newsletter available to Members of the Association. 

 


SWCS presentations included a report from Joe Derry, an SWCS intern hired by ARCSE to help with cooperative work between SWCS and ARCSE; and Joe Otto, SWCS Historian. The presentations by SWCS Historian Joe Otto of never-seen-before Hugh Hammond Bennett artifacts was particularly interesting. In particular, his story about the presentation of a "War Bonnet" gift made from Golden Eagle feathers from a Native American tribe to our agency's Chief in Hardin Montana in 1947 deserves to be shared in more detail here.

A group of people posing for a photo

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Big Horn SCD “War Bonnet” Gift to Hugh Bennett, 1947

The occasion for presentation of this gift was a speaking event for the Chief, with the title "Soil Conservation Can't Stand Still" to an audience of some 5,000 people. To think about a Native American Tribe presenting such a gift to honor a white American man, our agency's first Chief, is really remarkable and says something special about our Chief and our agency's work. Later, after a follow-up communication from me to Joe, he sent me the following two “news photos” covering the event that day.

A vintage photo of a group of people standing in front of a crowd

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Big Horn SCD “War Bonnet” Gift to Hugh Bennett, 1947

At the conclusion of this Session 1, I came away with a good feeling about the future funding for our agency, as well as the partnership ARCSE and SWCS have established and continue to strengthen. All ARCSE members were invited to dial in and observe this Session 1 Virtual Meeting, and a good number did.


Our Session 2 virtual working group consisted primarily of ARCSE Board members taking care of the annual meeting business, reviewing and approving budgets, reports, meeting minutes, etc. Those taking part are shown below:

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Session 2 Virtual Participants for ARCSE annual board meeting. Upper Row: Jack Carlson, Secretary; Bill Ward, West Region VP; Jerry Bernard, Editor; Chery Simmons, President. Middle Row: Melvin Womack, East Region VP; Arnold King, Future President; Joe Derry, ARCSE Intern; Bill Kuenstler, South Region VP. Bottom Row: Dana York, Past President; David Buland Webmaster; Becky Fletcher, Midwest Region VP; Donna Beggs, Treasurer.


California Retirees’ Second Zoom Gathering. California enjoyed our 2nd “first Wednesday of the month” Zoom gathering that has replaced our monthly lunch gatherings we used to have in Davis, prior to the corona virus shut down. We had a group of eight NRCS retirees connect via Zoom August 5th. It was enjoyable for all of us to see each other and share what was new. The group who participated are shown below.

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Colorado Golf outing, and meeting presentations on wind erosion.

In the last newsletter we posted a map of Colorado showing wind erosion prone areas. The following two maps show water and wind erosion prone cultivated land areas for the continental U.S. They are part of a project to develop new water and wind erodibility computational methods for environmental benefits indices (EBI) for program ranking purposes. The maps were created by running the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) and Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) models for a continuously tilled-fallow management on each soil mapunit polygon intersecting cultivated land. More than 17 million mapunit polygons were simulated with WEPP and WEPS, using data services for 10m DEM average slope calculations, inputs from the NRCS Soil Data Mart, and 4km PRISM adjusted climate input to the models. With testing and quality control, the effort involved more than 50 million model runs and ~8 years of computing time, with scaling condensed to a month.

A close up of a map

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Tilled-Fallow Water Erosion Map (Erosion rates from 0-200+ tons/acre/year)

Tilled-Fallow Wind Erosion Map (Erosion rates from 0-200+ tons/acre/year)


From Minnesota, the hop harvest is under way on John Brach's Stone Hill Farm. He grows for local craft breweries and is also a trial grower for the USDA and University of Minnesota hop breeding programs.  John spent four years perfecting his picking machine to eliminate most of the labor. He says the Friends and Family picking program only works the first year.

 

A truck that is sitting on top of a grass covered field

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John Brach’s hop harvest


TO CONTACT US: write or email
Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE)
PO Box 8965, Moscow, ID 83843
Email: arcse.treas@gmail

Officers:  President of ARSCE is Cheryl Simmons.
Jack Carlson as Secretary, Paul Benedict as Membership Chair and Donna Beggs as Treasurer.

To contact the webmaster for corrections, email: DavidBuland@gmail.com

Updated Sunday, November 1, 2020

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