Glen Johnson
7831 W Myrtle Ave., Glendale AZ 85303
623-374-4209 or cell 701-240-0050

Ready for another gathering of retired SCS Ė NRCS employees? We last met on the east side of the valley so now letís meet on the west side. We considered several places that would be closer to Tucson or Yuma but they would be too far for most everyone.

Weíre making arrangements to meet in the Glendale Sports complex on Thursday March 4 . We can start by joining the public tour of the Phoenix University Stadium at 10:30. Verne has taken this tour in the past and told me itís one of the most interesting tours heís taken. Then, after the tour we will meet in the Saddle Ranch café for lunch. Iíve asked that we can use the VIP room. You would order off the menu and I found the food to be great. Please note that the tours leave from Gate #2 and the Saddle Ranch is on the east end of Coyotes Blvd (park in lot G). The sports complex is off loop 101 at Glendale Ave.

Buy your tour ticket early as they may be sold out later. They can be purchased online at universityofphoenixstadium.com or at any of the retail outlets such as Frys. If you choose to skip the tour go directly to the Saddle Ranch and weíll meet you there after the tour. Hope to see you on March 4. If you have a chance, give me a call to let me know if you will join us. Glen

SPECIAL MARCH "SPRING TRAINING" TOURS
March Tour Schedule_-
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Click Here

Please note: Tour ticket sales through Ticketmaster.com cease four hours prior to the tour time. This is not an indication that tour tickets are sold out. Please contact the box office at (602) 379-0102 to inquire about the availability of tickets.

You may choose the will call option when ordering through Ticketmaster. This saves you money and allows you to pick your tickets up at the stadium will call.

Ticket Information
Tours are ongoing throughout the year. Tickets go on sale a month or two in advance. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster and at the University of Phoenix Stadium Box Office. Box Office hours are: M-F 10: 00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat. 10:00 am-2:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased day of and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission:
$7.00 Adults
$5.00 Children (ages four - 12),
$5.00 Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Military (with ID)
No Charge for Children three and under.

Public Tours
Tours will last approximately 75 minutes. Tours leave from Gate #2


What the Experts Say About University of Phoenix Stadium
The University of Phoenix Stadium is unlike any other in the world and a marvel of design, engineering and technology. Go behind-the-scenes in this breathtaking new facility as University of Phoenix Stadium has set the standard for multi-purpose sports and entertainment complexes and features the only rollout field AND retractable roof stadium in North America. Be one of the first in this state-of-the-art, world class facility!

Named one of the ten most impressive sports facilities on the globe by Business Week magazine! (February 27, 2006)

"When University of Phoenix Stadium opens for the 2006 NFL season, it will set a new standard for future covered stadia, with both bold architecture and by advancing the science and scale of operable structures." Stadia Magazine, May 2004


"The new University of Phoenix Stadium promises to raise the bar in terms of stadium design, innovation and fan comfort. It is a tribute to the perserverance and commitment of the Bidwills and the Cardinals organization and will be a major source of tremendous community pride and national attention." Past NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue

"New York architect Peter Eisenman has spent most of his career engaging in rarefied debates about design theory and producing a small group of buildings to match. But the design he may become most famous for is a football stadium in Arizona, filling a plot of land where alfalfa use to grow." The New York Times (Arts & Leisure cover story), July 27, 2003

"For me, working on this project is really a labor of love because I am an absolute football junkie. From the first time I met with the Bidwells, it was clear the opportunity existed to do something special. Often I have associates stop by my office who donít know the first thing about football and they are absolutely wowed when I show them the designs for this stadium. I think itís going to be a huge success." Architect and stadium designer Peter Eisenman

Tour Overview
Guests become part of the action, as they are led through the stadium by one of our expert guides! The hour and a quarter long experience will entertain and educate everyone from those who canít tell a first down from a touchdown to the die-hard football fanatic! Do not forget your camera to capture the scenes from our awe-inspiring viewpoints.

Please note: Tours will include approximately one mile of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes. They will utilize ramps and elevators (no stairs). Tours are 100% wheelchair accessible.


Meeting Report

By VERNE M. BATHURST

The Arizona Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees met on December 9, 2009, in Scottsdale.   Those in attendance were Glen Johnson, Marion Strong, John Weaver, Naomi Nielsen, Bill Fobair, Loren Elliott, Alma Elliott, and Verne and Carolyn Bathurst. Cy Sokoll, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Arizona, discussed the current Arizona NRCS activities.   He contrasted the complexity of the conservation programs today with those when the rest of us were on active duty.   Cy discussed, not only the complexity of the conservation programs, but also the significant increase in detailed audits to assure the proper utilization of the funds.

Glen Johnson indicated that he had purchased the home in Glendale, Arizona, west of Phoenix last February.   He returned to spend the summer on his farm in North Dakota and then came back to Arizona in September where he has been involved in making improvements to his Arizona home.   Glen has also assumed a new responsibility as chairman of the Arizona Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees effective January 1, 2010.   At that time he will replace Verne Bathurst as chairman.   Verne formed the organization when he retired in 1981 and has been chairman since that time.   The Arizona organization is fortunate to have Glen's leadership.

Marian Strong said that he is nearing 92 years of age.   His latest project is a restoration of a 1965 Mustang which he has owned since 1967.   He indicated that he wants to have it in good working order and hopes to be able to drive it before he passes it on to someone else.   His first job was to replace the rusted floor pan.   Marion indicated that they are now limiting their travel to visit the state of Washington where their children own homes.   Marion and Ruth will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2009.   The group at the luncheon applauded this significant achievement in married life.

John Weaver discussed his career in engineering with the Soil Conservation Service.   He also worked with the Arizona Department of Water Resources in setting water use criteria on the Agricultural lands in Arizona.   This was required by the Arizona Groundwater Code in the irrigated areas served by the Central Arizona Project.   He also worked in watershed planning.

Naomi Nielsen worked as a Secretary in the SCS engineering departments in New Mexico and Arizona.   Her comments brought on a discussion about the importance of the Clerical staffs in the overall success of Soil Conservation Service Operations.   Everyone agreed that the Clerical staff contributions made a significant difference in the effectiveness and the efficiency of SCS activities.

Loren Elliott indicated that he is still involved with a history of the aircraft carrier on which he served during World War II.   The carrier was the USS Makassar Strait (CVE-91).   Its involvement with Japanese Kamikaze pilots added excitment.   He later earned an engineering degree at Iowa University and worked with the SCS in Iowa and Kansas.

Bill and Joyce Fobair celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2009.   He also celebrated his 84th Birthday on September 27th.   He still has their 1941 classic Lincoln Zephyr V-12 Coupe.

Verne and Carolyn Bathurst have slowed down in their travels.   They have been revisiting Arizona points of interest including the museums, historical, and geological points of interest.   They then spend the night, and then work their way home by a different route.   They recently spent a week in Honolulu and the Island of Oahu just leisurely goofing around.   This will be their last "offshore" trip.   They have covered all of "Western Europe" riding Eurail trains for a total of 7 months; Central and South America: the Caribbean; plus Australia and New Zealand, and all of the 50 states and their state capitols.   Not bad for a couple of kids who grew up on Kansas farms during the Dust Bowl and the Depression, They celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on July 30.   Their "Foreign trips" will now consist only of a yearly trip to Kansas each June!


Meeting Notice

VERNE M. BATHURST
12000 N 90TH # 1089 Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
Phone 480-451-2337 Email:
saguarovmb@aol.com October 20, 2009

Dear SCS/NRCS Retirees in Arizona,

Please mark your calendar for December 9, 2009.
That is the date of our next Arizona ARCSE Luncheon. We will meet for lunch at 11:30 AM at the Hometown Buffet. It is located at 1312 North Scottsdale Road which is one block south of McDowell Road in Scottsdale Road. Tell them that you are with ARCSE, pay for your meal as you enter the restaurant and then come to our meeting room.

If you have any questions, call or write me. If it is not possible to get in touch with me, come on and join us anyway. Contact any SCS/NRCS retirees whom you think may not be on my mailing list and invite them to join us at the luncheon. Spouses and friends are always welcome.

Cy Sokoll, AZ Assistant State Conservationist for Operations will discuss current Arizona NRCS activities and answer questions about NRCS.

Be ready to report on your recent and current activities. Jot them down and I will send your "doings" to Mike Nethery, ARCSE Newsletter Editor.
If you have not already done so, now is the time to send your $12 ARCSE membership dues for 2010 to: Ronald L. Marlow ARCSE Box 7454, Fairfax Station, Va. 22039-7454. You will receive both the National Newsletters and the Annual Directory of SCS/NRCS Retirees. This is a great way to maintain contact with former fellow workers. It is amazing the memories which reading the Newsletter and the Directory brings back!

Note: If you do not wish to receive future notices or have no interest in attending future luncheons, I would appreciate your letting me know.

I look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale on December 9, 2009.

Thanks much, Verne


Meeting Notice

VERNE M. BATHURST
12000 90TH   # 1089   Scottsdale, ARIZONA   85260
PHONE 480.451.2337    EMAIL: SAGUAROVMB@AOL.COM

Dear SCS/NRCS Retiree in Arizona,
Please mark vour calendar for December 10, 2008

That is the date of our next Arizona ARSCSE Luncheon. We will meet for lunch at 11:30 AM at the Hometown Buffet. It is located at 1312 North Scottsdale Road which is one block south of McDowell Road in Scottsdale. Tell them that you are with ARSCSE, pay for your meal as you enter the restaurant and then come to our meeting room.

Let me know of your plans or, if you have any questions, call or write me. If it is not possible to get in touch with me, come on and join us anyway. Contact any SCS/NRCS retirees whom you think may not be on my mailing list and invite them to join us at the luncheon. Spouses and friends are always welcome.

Steve Barker, AZ State Resource Conservationist will meet with us to discuss current Arizona NRCS activities and answer questions about our agency.   Be ready to report on your recent and current activities. Jot them down and I will send your "doings" to Mike Nethery, ARSCSE Newsletter Editor.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to send your $12 ARSCSE membership dues for 2009 to: Neil Bogner, ARSCSE, Box 523615, Springfield, Va. 22152- 3615. You will receive both the National Newsletters and the Annual Directory of SCS/NRCS Retirees. This is a great way to maintain contact with former fellow workers. It is amazing the memories which the Newsletter brings back!

Note: If you do not wish to receive future notices or have no interest in attending future luncheons, I would appreciate your letting me know.

I look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale on December 10, 2008.

Note: If you know of other retirees not on this mailing, list please let me know so that I can send them an invitation also Thanks much, Verne


The Arizona ARSCSE met for lunch at the Hometown Buffet in Scottsdale on December 4. Those attending were Gary and Jane Nordstrom, Chris and Kay Williams, Marion Strong, Ed Nurmi, Glen Paulsgrove, Loren Elliott, Ildefonso Chavez and Verne and Carolyn Bathurst.

Ildefonso Chavez, the Arizona NRCS State Conservation Engineer discussed the current NRCS activities and the group had a good discussion of the changes in, and evolution of, the SCS/NRCS programs during and following our collective careers. The wide variety of conservation needs and applications has been amazing during the span of nearly 60+ years during which we worked.

Gary and Jayne Nordstrom reported on a new Grandbaby named Bryan who was born May 2, 2007. They spent New Years in Las Vegas and then 2 weeks during March in Hawaii. In April, they held a 50th Wedding Anniversary Party in Vegas at the Tropicana. In May, a Grandchild was born early and they drove non-stop to Louisiana. On the way home, they stopped and saw Doug and Martha Lowe in Clarendon, Texas. On July 4th, their Kids came to visit them and later in July, they were back in Louisiana to baby sit with Grandchildren Bryan and Ethan. In October Jayne and other former SCS "gals": Julie Eckes, Darla Burns, Dolores Nelson, Barbara Read, Barbara Garret, Betty Nelson, and Linda Clark, had a great time on a cruise to the Bahamas.

Marion Strong reports that their travels are limited to visiting children and relatives in Washington and in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Ruth had a pacemaker implanted last fall. Marion belongs to the P-38 National Association. He flew P-38ís in the Mediterranean Area in WW !

Chris and Kay Williams took an extended trip in their trailer from May to November. They visited with family, relatives, and friends along the way. They spent time on camping trips with each of their Grandchildren. Their travels took them from Arizona to Pacific Northwest and the Puget Sound area. That was followed by Glacier National Park, Mt. Rushmore, the Great Lake area, Chicago, and Central Illinois, Niagara Falls, Maine, Boston, and Chrisí boyhood and the house built by his Great Grandfather in New Hampshire. They turned south and traveled to Florida and the Keys and then through the South visiting relatives and friends along the way and finally back home in Arizona. It was truly a trip of a lifetime to be lived over and over in memories.

Warren and Rita Fitzgerald spent part of the summer in Logan, Utah on the campus of Utah State University. They attended a reunion of the 11th Armory Division in Jacksonville, Florida and visited relatives in Wisconsin and Illinois. Warren reported that Art Cratty is now living with a daughter in Ohio. His address is 3174 Leeward Ct., Avon Lake, Ohio 44012.


Meeting Notice

VERNE M. BATHURST
12000 90TH   # 1089   Scottsdale, ARIZONA   85260
PHONE 480.451.2337    EMAIL: SAGUAROVMB@AOL.COM

Dear SCS/NRCS Retiree in Arizona,
Please mark vour calendar for December 4. 2007

That is the date of our next Arizona ARSCSE Luncheon. We will meet for lunch at 11:30 AM at the Hometown Buffet. It is located at 1312 North Scottsdale Road which is one block south of McDowell Road in Scottsdale. Tell them that you are with ARSCSE, pay for your meal as you enter the restaurant and then come to our meeting room.

Let me know of your plans or if you have any questions, call or write me. If it is not possible to get in touch with me, come on and join us anyway. Contact any SCS/NRCS retirees whom you think may not be on my mailing list and invite them to join us at the luncheon. Spouses and friends are always welcome.

Be ready to report on your recent and current activities. Jot them down and I will send your "doings" to Mike Nethery, ARSCSE Newsletter Editor.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to send your $12 ARSCSE membership dues for 2008 to: Neil Bogner, ARSCSE, Box 523615, Springfield, Va. 22152- 3615. You will receive get both the National Newsletters and the Annual Directory of SCS/NRCS Retirees. This is a real bargain and a great way to maintain contact with former fellow workers. It is amazing the memories which reading the Newsletter brings back!

Note: Since our mailing expenses are covered only by voluntary contributions by those attending the luncheons if you do not to wish to receive future notices or have no interest in attending future luncheons, I would appreciate your letting me know. We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale on December 4, 2007.

Verne Bathurst