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ARCSE / SWCS Annual Meeting Update

Dear Fellow Conservationists,

To provide a safe environment for conference attendees, SWCS is holding the 75th International Annual Conference on a virtual platform July 26-29, 2020. In conjunction with SWCS, ARSCE will hold its on-line meeting Monday, July 27 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDST. More information will be emailed to ARSCE members, but all you will need to join the meeting is a device that can connect to the internet, like a laptop or desktop computer, or a phone.  Please email participation information to


·         9:00 am CDT          Open Visit and General Introductions

·         9:15 am   BOARD AND INTERN


·         NRCS Local, State and National Updates  from the SWCS Board


·         12:30 pm ARCSE BOARD MEETING (times may vary)


NOTE: Please email participation response to by July 17, 2020


The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is going virtual for its upcoming 75th International Annual Conference, July 27-29, 2020.  View the announcement HERE..

While we will miss seeing our great conservationists from around the world in person, a virtual event allows for broad participation and ensures the health and safety of our attendees.  We are really excited about the potential for this online event!


Here are few reasons why:

Please visit for updates.

We are looking forward to your continued involvement!

Jack Carlson, ARCSE Secretary

As reported in the last few newsletters, ARCSE and SWCS had been planning a special annual meeting/luncheon event for the 75th anniversary of the Society in Des Moines, Iowa in late July.  With Covid-19 uncertainty, we have adjusted plans and preparations over the next few months.  SWCS continues to prepare but has established a June 19th decision point whether to cancel or postpone the Conference due to on-going health risks and public safety constraints.  The ARCSE Board also has not yet decided whether to proceed with the special event, which involves a short bus ride to and tour of SWCS headquarters and grounds, lunch, and historical presentations, including Hugh Hammond Bennett artifacts.  With the current uncertainty, this newsletter edition does not include an annual meeting luncheon reservation form as in previous years.  In the meantime, we will alert membership via email when plans become more definitive.  Those not using or having access to email should feel free to call or write me (address/phone number in the Directory accompanying this newsletter) for an update.  If the Conference and our special event proceeds as originally scheduled, the luncheon reservation form will be included with the next newsletter in late June.  Stay tuned.


Greetings from our home near Moscow Idaho! We appreciate you all and enjoy staying in touch. Please feel free to contact any of the ARCSE officers and representatives to offer ideas or say Hello!

It is a crazy time and we have been keeping busy learning to make face masks, Zoom and video chat using smartphones, laptops or tablets. If you have a hearing challenge, there are some apps to make sounds louder and more direct. Now may also be a good time to go through and organize old photos and memorabilia and enjoy the stories and happy memories they inspire. Cooking a favorite family recipe or sharing favorite songs or movies with people in the household or on-line is also good. And for cooking, nothing is better than fresh produce from your garden. This year we are trying microgreens! Sprouts and microgreens are healthy additions to salads and sandwiches and are easy to grow.

Following is just one of many links to pages describing how to make your own face masks:

I and Secretary Jack Carlson are communicating with SWCS about this summer’s meeting, and we would love to hear your thoughts. Now it seems impossible for members to travel to a group meeting as soon as July, but I’m keeping an open mind. Let us know what you think. And, please hang in there as we all go through this together; and stay connected!


Hope is the Thing with Feathers


“Hope” is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all,


And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.


I’ve heard it in the chillest land

And on the strangest sea,

Yet never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.


–Emily Dickinson



Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New for 2020. For your convenience ARCSE annual dues and hard copy fees can now be paid by credit card:

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:



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


National Older Worker Career Center

Tim Forbert sent in a brief summary about the NOWCC and ACES, with much more information at He is the ACES Recruiter/Program Specialist (email:

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

New Members

Gregory J Westfall – Allentown, New Jersey

New Lifetime Members

Leonard Jolley – Napa, California

These are unusual and scary times for all Americans with the Coronavirus pandemic so prevalent. Many of our ARCSE members are in the age group most seriously affected by this virus, plus many have underlying conditions that put them more at risk. We must take precautions. All of us have been impacted by social distancing, stay-at-home orders, closed businesses, cancelling of meetings and social events. It is important during this time to stay active and in touch with others, even if just for our own mental health.

Most of us have a back yard where we can get some fresh air and get out of the house. But in the last couple of weeks I have talked to a couple of our ARCSE members who live in assisted living facilities, who have not been able leave their apartments for weeks. Their food is brought to them, no more dinner with friends, no more movie nights or card games with friends, no outings of any kind. Even family is not allowed to visit. About all some people can do is stay in their apartment and watch TV with no live Major League Baseball games (the thing I hate most), read a book, use a computer if they have one, or talk on the phone. This can get depressing. I encourage you to skim through your new ARCSE 2020 Directory and see who is living where. Perhaps you will be inspired to call an old colleague or friend from the past and give them a word of encouragement, especially if they are in assisted living.

Also, if you find out about a retired SCS/NRCS employee or current NRCS employee who has passed away, please let me know so we can put an obituary in the next ARCSE newsletter. If you have a weblink to an obituary, that is great, but if not, I will look for it. Just email me at

Membership Dues

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. 

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


JOHN Q. PUBLIC, 999, H19


ANYWHERE, USA 01010-1010

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




ANYWHERE, USA 00101-1010

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:


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


The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame inducted Albert Eugene “Gene” Sullivan on March 6th, 2020 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock. Attending the ceremony were numerous family members and co-worker friends. (Ralph Mashburn says, “We all felt very honored to be invited by Mike Sullivan, his son, and me especially since Gene was best man at my wedding in 1956.”)


Dale Bruce, Bill Dayton, and Duane Miller do a snowshoe walk at Tennessee Pass



Dennis and Cheryl Pate along with granddaughters Meara and Keelin are all decked out for a St. Patrick’s Day parade or party; but with all the cancellations, there’s no place to go!



SCS Retirees, Antelope Park, October 1975

Back Row, L to R: Lloyd Mitchell, Dick TenHulzen, Ed Fitzgerald, Dick Jackson, Ingram Hermanson, Ralph Smith (guest of Jacksons), Kenneth Good, Dr. A. D. Stoesz, Mrs. Sylvester Gussman, Sylvester Gussman, Oliver Scherer, Elwin Butler, Mrs. Dave Vallicott, D. R. Vallicott, Herb Kollmorgen.

Second Row, L to R: Mrs. Lee Smedley, Mrs. Dick TenHulzen, Mrs. Ed Fitzgerald, Mrs. Ralph Smith (guest of Jacksons), Mrs. D. E. Hutchinson, Mrs. A. D. Stoesz, Mrs. Oliver Scherer, Mrs. Ross Greenawalt, Mrs. Elwin Butler, Mrs. Herb KolImorgen.

Third Row, L to R: Chet Rork, Mrs. Chet Rork, Mrs. Dick Jackson, Mrs. Art Ferber, Mrs. Lloyd Mitchell, Mrs. Ingram Hermanson, Mrs. Art Marquardt, Mrs. Russell Batie, Mrs. Jim Bickle, Mrs. Dexter Haws, Mrs. Emrys Jones, Mrs. John Hall.

Kneeling, L to R: Art Ferber, Glen Railsback, D. E. Hutchinson, Dwight McVicker, Lee Smedley, Art Marquardt, Russell Batie, Jim Bickle, Dexter Haws, Emrys Jones, John Hall.


Leland Hardy and Meredith Hoffman, Marion County SWCD staff member and Maurice Jernstedt’s daughter

On a happier note, Leland Hardy was recently was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Marion Soil and Water Conservation District. He was recognized for his twenty-three years of volunteering his expertise to the district. This included developing engineering plans, training, grant application technical review, and serving on the board.

TO CONTACT US: write, phone, or email
Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE)
PO Box 8965, Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: 703-503-9219 Email:

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

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Updated Monday, May 18, 2020