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FROM THE PRESIDENT, Cheryl Simmons The ARCSE gathering in Pittsburg was a great time to connect with new and old friends. SWCS evokes memories of people I was fortunate to work with and for on the land and with NRCS and partners. Our own John Peterson was selected as the 2019 recipient of the SWCS Chair’s Leadership Award and became an official Senior Conservationist in ARCSE. The meeting was also a chance to say thank you to the out-going ARCSE leadership who worked to ensure the opportunity to stay connected. Ron Marlow received the Distinguished Services Award in person, and his work is greatly appreciated. Gary Gross, as the Community Service Awardee, reminds us giving of oneself to good causes gives back many-fold. After the free retiree year, I had just paid my first ARCSE dues when Warren Lee emailed asking if I’d serve as President Elect. I was certain the missive was sent in mistake. My lackluster reply was assured to be a polite “no thank you,” and in good humor I added “unless I’m needed.” Then came a call from Dana York saying, “you are needed.” I would have an entire two-year period to ready myself for the next step. How could I say no to Dana? Working near, but never with her in D.C., I noted if it was a Dana Team, action followed. Always up for good conservation action, “yes” was the only answer. Dana followed through with two years of moving the organization to engage new ideas and new membership. Now that the two years are up, I will try to keep the pace set by outgoing leadership. Again, thank you Dana and outgoing officers and representatives for good work in your life, career and retirement. ARSCE is moving forward. In 2020 SWCS celebrates 75 years of the Society, and ARCSE joins with over 45 years since its start. We hope to have a homecoming of conservationists and may even find a place for a picnic! We will miss you if you aren’t there, but no worries, you are not forgotten. COME JOIN US IN IOWA!

The annual ARCSE Luncheon was held in the Brigade Room of the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 29th. Earl Norton emceed the event, and Wayne Maresch delivered the invocation. Thirty-one attendees from 15 states (listed below) enjoyed the buffet and the time to visit and catch up. Following lunch, several speakers briefed the group on NRCS, SWCS, and ARCSE activities, including NRCS Pennsylvania State Conservationist Denise Coleman, NRCS West Virginia State Resource Conservationist Damarys Mortenson, SWCS Chief Executive Officer Clare Lindahl, SWCS Board Chair Rex Martin, and ARCSE President Dana York. Concluding on a high note, in-coming President Cheryl Simmons presented the ARCSE Community Service Award to Gary Gross for extraordinary voluntary national and international mission service, and the ARCSE Distinguished Service Award to Ron Marlow for his tireless and productive efforts as association secretary-treasurer during the past decade

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

Earl Norton and his wife, Julia, visit with newly named Senior Conservationist John Peterson.

Incoming Treasurer Donna Beggs and outgoing Secretary/Treasurer, Ron Marlow

NRCS Federal Credit Union Above are ARSCE President-Elect Cheryl Simmons and NRCS Federal Credit Union President Cherie LaFleur, NRCS CNTSC Environmental Engineer

Minnesota retirees, L-R: Joe Wiltsey, Pam Wiltsey, Marlene Mechelke, Mary Jane Reetz, Kay Breitbach, Dave Breitbach, Randy Huelskamp, Scott Swanberg, Glen Kajewski, John Beckwith, and Duane Steinbrink.
On July 10, Minnesota retirees had a picnic get together in Baxter. It was great to catch up with everyone. Mary Jane Reetz reserved us a nice shelter, so the rain was not a problem. John Brach doesn't know how to do selfies and is behind the camera. We were saddened to receive word from Jayne Nordstrom about Gary's passing. Gary was our State Conservationist during that difficult period of change after the 1985 Farm Bill, and he demonstrated great leadership skills getting us through it. Those of us who had the honor of working with Gary had the utmost respect for him.

NRCS Nevada Retirees at May 2019 luncheon. Back row: Liz Warner, Chuck Houston, Vada Hubbard, Dan Greenlee, Steve Slusser, Linda Peri, Ed Blake, and Bill Dollarhide. Seated: John Fisher and Gary Monroe. Not pictured: Ed Biggs.
Nevada retirees had a fun luncheon at the Olive Garden in Reno on May 21st. Ed Blake, soil scientist, and Dan Greenlee, snow survey supervisor, attended for the first time, so it was really nice to see them. Repeat attendees were John Fisher, Gary Monroe, Chuck Houston, Vada Hubbard, Slusser, Linda Peri, Bill Dollarhide, Ed Biggs, and Liz Warner. Randy Warner, Liz’s husband, competed at the National Old-time Fiddle Contest in Weiser, ID again this year. This national contest is held the third week in June at the Weiser High School. It is a week of music, camping, and fun. Come join us next year!



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