Membership Report

March, 2023

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New Life Members

  • William Gary Kobylski – Foley, Alabama
  • Carter D. Christenson – Lyons, Colorado
  • Kristin Smith – Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Annuziata (Nancy) R. Paolini – Ewing, New Jersey
  • Mike W. Anderson – New Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • Ronnie L. Taylor – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

New Members

  • ShayMaria Silvestri – Highland Park, New Jersey
  • Barbara Phillips – Ringoes, New Jersey
  • Kent Hardmeyer – Newton, New Jersey
  • Linda Peterson – Flemington, New Jersey
  • Mary E. Podoll – Baldwin, North Dakota
  • Laura Coover – Corolla, North Carolina
  • Keith Widdel – Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Jay Brooker – Missoula, Montana
  • Tim Meyer – Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Karl Gilbertson – Viroqua, Wisconsin
  • Judy Derricks – Osseo, Wisconsin

Membership Dues

I would like to thank all the ARCSE members who have paid their 2023 dues and hard copy fees. Please remember, if you are not a Life Member or an Honorary Member (Member who turned 91 by 12/31/22 with 5 years of paid membership), you must pay your 2023 dues by April 15, 2023. Otherwise, you will no longer be considered an active ARCSE member, and you will not get the May/June ARCSE Newsletter and 2023 ARCSE Directory. If you do not pay your newsletter hard copy fee by April 15, you will no longer receive the newsletter by mail. If I have an email address on file for you, we will email you the newsletter. If you have questions about your membership status, please contact me. ARCSE annual dues and hard copy fees can be paid by credit card: Or you can pay by check. Mail checks made out to “ARCSE” to:

ARCSE, PO Box 8965, Moscow, ID 83843

2023 ARCSE Directory

The 2023 ARCSE Directory will be coming out with the May/June Newsletter. This is your last chance to update your information. If you need to change street address, email address, phone number, etc., please let me know by April 15th, 2023, by emailing me at

ARCSE Complimentary Affiliate membership Now Available to Current NRCS Employees – The ARCSE Officers and Representatives have recently voted to allow current NRCS employees to receive a first year complimentary Affiliate
Membership. After the first year, membership dues are $18 per year. Affiliate Members who are NRCS employees become voting Members upon retirement. Information is available here:

For your convenience ARCSE annual dues and hard copy fees can 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

January, 2023

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New Life Members

Randy Bennett – Girard, Kansas

Barry D. Cavanna – Wooster, Ohio

Roger A. Hansen – Columbia, Missouri

John Mueller – New Braunfels, Texas

New Members

Deborah LeGear – Eau Claire, Wisconsin

November 2022

Paul Benedict, Membership Chair

New Life Members

John S. Moore – Springfield, Virginia

Craig Derickson – Lincoln, Nebraska

New Members

David Williams – Salem, Missouri

Wendy Williams – Belgrade, Montana

ARCSE Recruitment, by Julie MacSwain, ARCSE President-Elect

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since I retired from USDA-NRCS in Portland, OR.  Looking back on this, I am very thankful that Dana Dukes York, Retired Associate Chief for NRCS, reminded me about the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees (ARCSE).  She told me that this would be a good organization to join after retiring from NRCS. Ms. York was absolutely right!

Since joining, I became the ARCSE President-Elect and have found other ways to get involved with ARCSE; for example, serving as the Administrator for ARCSE’s Facebook site; writing articles for the newsletter, and serving as a member on the Recruitment, Hiring, and Strategy for NRCS.

If you know of someone who’s retiring in the near future, think about reaching out. New members bring new ideas, and it’s a way for us retirees to connect with like-minded conservationists. Thank you! –Julie