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The New Year is a great time to say “thank you” to family and friends. ARSCE is grateful for the time and donations provided by members, area representatives, the board and friends of the organization. In the last six months, we have received $726 in donations. ARSCE has some great ideas to use the money for members to stay connected and support training and experience for young conservationists. SWCS is developing a more vigorous intern program, and we hope to play a role in supporting the effort. Beginning with SWCS headquarters, and with increases in support, SWCS could be an umbrella organization for interns connected to SWCS, retirees, and conservation-minded organizations on a broader scale.  The Board is also planning for the annual meeting at SWCS in Iowa, 2020. We hope it will be a kind of homecoming at SWCS Headquarters in Ankeny (we will shuttle over from the conference hotel). The visit will include hearing from historian intern, Joe Otto. Joe is archiving and organizing the Society’s historical records and the Society’s past accomplishments (Historian He will also share some seldom-seen photos from H.H. Bennett.

Mark the dates and join ARCSE at the 75th SWCS International Annual Conference, taking place in Des Moines, IA, July 26-29, 2020.



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:



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


Lee Hardy received the Oregon State University Diamond Pioneer Award last October. It is an award for people who have lifetime contributions to agriculture, natural resources, and the people of Oregon and/or Oregon State University. It recognizes Lee’s work in the design and permitting of irrigation, livestock waste management and erosion control projects in the state. Further, Lee has served as a Marion County SWCD Associate Board Member for many years.

Alabama Retirees who met for breakfast on Labor Day in Auburn. Seated L-R: Earl Norton, Ambers Hanson, Ernie Todd, Ken Rogers, and John Meetze. Standing L-R: Mac Nelson, Torbit Henry, Ken Aycock, John Harris, George Martin, Ronnie Murphy, and Charles Bush.

JMerry Christmas and Happy New Year form John and Blanche Peterson! Greetings from the Old Dominion.

Ken and Tina enjoying their tour of the Panama Canal and the Caribbean Sea islands.

South Carolina Retirrees meeting in Myrtle Beach
Standing L-R: Ethel Comer, George Comer, Bunny Anderson, Ellis Morrow, Al McNeill, Niles Glasgow, Bethel Durant, Grady Adkins, Dan Guy, and Susan Libes (Speaker). Seated L-R: Linda McNeill, Ann Christie, Bill Melven, Marcia Adkins, and Carolyn Glasgow



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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 Thursday, January 02, 2020