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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Cheryl Simmons

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday celebration!

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and Women in Natural Resources (WiN) are interested in working with ARCSE to support student activities. We are actively accepting contributions through mail or PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) on the arcse.org webpage to consider another year of funding for a student intern. ARCSE also signed an MOU with SWCS to join in some membership activities.

Our purpose is to keep retirees in touch with other ARCSE members and to exchange experiences, ideas, and activities, and to alert members of retiree activities at local, state, and national levels. To encourage continued support of sound soil and water conservation programs carried out by NRCS and other agencies, and to keep retirees informed of current conservation legislation, budgets, and program changes.

I continue to enjoy how shared work experience and agency history can cross many lines that often separate us. In addition to staying connected, I enjoy meeting many conservationists anew. Join us in this great new year; 2021 is headed our way!


MEMBERSHIP REPORT

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New Member

Debra Vonnahme–Arcadia, Iowa

New Life Members

Donald E. Weaver–Richmond, Indiana

Rita (Mueller) Williams–Fair Grove, Missouri


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

 

The 2021 Membership Dues Notice went out with the Nov/Dec ARCSE Newsletter.

As of December 9th, 2020, about 39% of members paying annual dues had submitted their 2021 dues. And, of members receiving a hard copy of the ARCS newsletter, about 70% had paid $12 for that service in 2021. Many members contributed additional amounts to support the association. Your prompt payment of dues, fees and generous contributions is greatly appreciated.

If you are receiving a hard copy and have not yet paid your 2021 dues or hard copy fee, here is a reminder 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”, or lower, your dues are due! Numbers like “21C”, “21”, or higher

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

indicate that your dues are paid for 2021. Numbers “999” indicate life members or honorary 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

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: ).

 


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

 


Ivan Wilkinson news from Estes Park

On October 22nd our concern for the virus was temporarily interrupted by the threat of forest fires to Estes Park and surrounding areas. At 11:30am we received an alert for mandatory evacuation. Ginger and I each took a car about 1pm, as did nearly everyone else in EP. It was pitch black and took until 3pm to reach the entrance to Big Thompson Canyon (about five miles) headed for Loveland. You may imagine what it is like to leave your home and all your belongings, not knowing when you will return and if there would be anything left when you did. We stayed with our daughter and family in Aurora for a week. We are much more fortunate than many on the west side of the continental divide who lost everything.


Francis King celebrates her 100 years birthday December 31, 2020.

A special congratulation to one of our long-time members, Frances King. Frances will be 100 years young on December 31st, 2020! Frances worked in the SCS Nebraska State Office Administrative Services prior to her retirement. She had an outstanding career as manager and lead person working in the contracts and procurement sections.

 

Several fun activities are planned to celebrate Frances’ 100th birthday. Many of her friends are sending individual birthday cards to her as appreciation for her quality contribution to our Lincoln SCSCS Retirees Club over the years.


Tim Ridley, Dam Safety Engineer with 33 years of NRCS West Virginia service, is retiring December 31st, 2020. Tim spent most of his career planning and implementing watershed projects throughout WV and serving as morale officer for many of those years. Those who worked with Tim appreciate his hard work and guidance.  We are planning a virtual celebration with Tim later in the month. If you would like to contribute to the celebration of Tim’s career, please send contributions towards a gift to Andy Deichert at 609-B Bute Road, Uniontown, PA 15401 or towards a scrapbook (in the form of emails, cards, letters, photos, stories, and retirement advice) to kathy.r.allen@usda.gov by December 18th, 2020.

 

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.

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