DC National Capitol at Ft McNair
May 2, 2002
DC
The folks in and around Washington DC met again at the Ft McNair Officers Club.   Plater Campbell provided the invocation, Larry Clark gave us the NRCS outlook, Lennie Losh drove in from Ohio to tell us what congress is working on that will effect retirees, Neil Bogner invited those that have not signed up yet year to fill out a form, John Peterson gave us the latest on old dam repairs.   Our host, Wayne Maresch, managed to sandwich a nice buffet lunch in between all of this chatter.   In addition to Lenny coming in from Ohio, George Comer came from SC, Ida Cuthbertson from FL, and Wayne Chapman from TX.
It was a fun day for the following attendees!
Neil Bogner, Eleanor Bogner, Roger Cronshey, Lavona Haas, Joe Haas, John N. Holman, Larry Irelan, Dave Whitenack, Karl Otte, Ida Cuthbertson, Karl Langlois, Bob Pasley, Rich Duesterhaus, Paul Edwards, Owen Lee, Frank Resides, Diana Morse, Bob Kohnke, Lee Shields, Lou Kirkaldie, Wally Ochs, Molly Bonar, Jim Bonar, Art Flickinger, Pat Flickinger, Tom Iivari, Paul Newcombe, Kathy Newcombe, George Comer, Plater Campbell, Dick Arnold, Helen Arnold, Lennie Losh, Forry Miller, Wayne Maresch, Jerry Gockowski, David Ralston, Joe Haugh, John Peterson, Blanche Peterson, Wayne Chapman, Larry Clark, Peter Smith, Dick Wenberg, and Ted Ifft.

DC National Capitol at Ft McNair
May 2001
DC
The National Capitol Area retirees had their annual spring luncheon at the Ft. McNair Officers Club, DC, on Thursday, May 3, 2001.   John Peterson did a super job of organizing and hosting this event.   There were about 50 people in attendance.   John fielded a question from the audience on the status of watershed rehabilitation.   He reported that authorizing legislation had passed through Congress and had been signed by the President.   To date, only a few million dollars had been budgeted, and that was through the Emergency Program.

Plater Campbell offered the invocation. We found out that Plater also provides spiritual guidance to inmates in the DC prison system on a volunteer basis.

After lunch, USDA's Mack Gray, provided insight on philosophy and activities of the new administration.   He explained a bit of how he was invited to be part of it.   He explained that it is illegal to have people ACT in the departments top level positions.   It is expected that four of these positions will be confirmed by Congress in a few days, and that 3 more will be confirmed about a week later.   He does not expect that any of the people selected for these jobs will be controvertial.   Mack expects the NRCS budget to be favorable.   A couple of programs that were zeroed out in the Presidents budget will most likely be funded.   They were only zero because of legislative contraints.


After some announcements, the fall luncheon was announced for the first Thursday in October (the 4th), same time, same place.   Visitors are always welcome.

In attendance at the luncheon were (sort of from left to right):   Carla and Mervin Ice, Dave Whitenack, Diana Morse, Dick Wenberg, George Comer, Ted Ifft, Paul and Kathy Newcombe, Roger Cronshey, Margaret and David Rallston, Rich Duesterhaus, Blanche and John Peterson, Harris and Dotty Judy, Maxine Barron, Lloyd Wright, Nancy and Scott Hoag, Joe and Lavona Haas, Jack Phelan, Glen Loyd, Larry Irelan, Al and Mary Geiger, Lou Kirkaldie, Plater Campbell, John Holeman, Warren Lee, Carl Langlois, Jim Tatum, Karl Otte, Art Holland, Frank Resides, Tom Iivari, Neil and Eleanor Bogner, Art and Pat Flickinger.
Not pictured are:   Owen Lee (the photographer), Wally Ochs, and Shirley Klumpe.

DC National Capitol at Ft McNair
October 2000
DC
The National Capitol Area retirees had their annual fall luncheon at the Ft. McNair Officers Club, DC, on Thursday, Oct. 5th.   Wayne Maresch did another super job of organizing and hosting this event.   Plater Campbell offered the invocation.

After lunch, NRCS's Gary Margheim, representing Chief Pearlie Reed, talked of things happening in the agency.   He mentioned that the NRCS has established a National Engineering Center for Design and Construction at Fort Worth, Texas.   The Center will consist of about 23 professional staff who will assist states in the review and design of complex engineering structures.   Positions for the Center are presently being advertised.
The Lucas (Watershed Rehabilitation) Bill has passed the House but is presently on hold in the Senate due to concerns about decommissioning of structures.   Hopefully the issue can be resolved and the bill passed during this session of Congress.
The conferees met earlier this week on the agricultural budget and will meet later today to try and resolve any remaining issues.
The Secretary has established a "Hall of Heroes" with Hugh Hammond Bennet being one of the charter inductees.
NRCS is beginning the electronic issuance of "Technology News".   If retirees would like to have their names added to a mailing list they should contact Ingrid Milton at (202) 690-2010 or email ingrid.milton@usda.gov .

Our erstwhile Potomac Reporter Lennie Losh (who had driven in from Ohio for the luncheon) gave his usual stellar insight into happenings on the "Hill."   He talked of long-term health care legislation, the patients bill of rights efforts, prescription drugs, mentioned that getting meaningful estate tax legislation passed looked slim, also mentioned that the presidents $1.3 billion conservation increase was dead on arrival at the Congress, talked of the 2002 farm bill and work that was already underway on it, CAFO's TMDL's, EPA's influence on agriculture, and our own technical guide and the need to maintain its credibility.   He, and the retiree's present, wondered if soon people would need a "permit to farm?"

After some other announcements, the spring luncheon was announced for the first Thurday in May, same time, same place.   Visitors are always welcome.

In attendance at this luncheon were (sort of from left to right):   Gerry and Alice Welsh, George Comer, Mack and Ann Presley, Norm Miller, Ted Ifft, Paul and Kathy Newcombe, Dick Wenberg, Lee Shields, Dave Whitenack LeForest Miller, Gerda Smith-Mcnabb and John McNabb, Neil and Eleanor Bogner, John Phelan, Lloyd Wright, Jim Tatum, Plater Campbell, Jim Kincannon, Lennie Losh, Joe and Lavona Haas, Joe and Terry Haugh, Carl Bouchard, Bob Kohnke, Gary Margheim, Mervin Ice, David and Margaret Rallston, Karl Otte, George Bluhm, Maury Mausbach, John and Blanche Peterson, Owen Lee, and Wayne Maresch.
Not pictured are:   Wendell and Kathy Butler, Wally Ochs, Jerry and Marie Gockowski, Rich Duesterhaus, Jon D. Vrana, and George and Oksun Schaefer

DC National Capitol at Ft McNair
May 2000
DC
The National Capitol Area retirees had their annual spring luncheon at the Ft. McNair Officers Club, DC, on Thursday, May 4th.   Wayne Maresch again served as organizer and MC.   Plater Campbell offered the invocation (Plater's spouse Joan Celestial Cross Campbell passed away on February 26th.   Joan had been a regular at our luncheons, and Wayne expressed the feelings of all, that now she had been called home to God.   They had been married nearly 45 years).   After lunch, NRCS's Katherine
C. "Kathy" Gugulis,
Deputy Chief for Strategic Planning and Accountability, representing Chief Pearlie Reed, talked of things happening in the agency.   She mentioned that ARSCSE President Bob Halstead and Neil Bogner had paid a visit to Chief Reed, and thanked them for their thoughts on behalf of retirees.   She also mentioned that the president had requested an additional $1.3 billion in the conservation budget for FY 2001.   That budget amount is not likely to be received when all is said and done, but both the House and Senate could provide some increases over the current $1.0 billion (your reporter came to Washington when the budget was in the $480,000 range.   Is it fair to ask, when the budget has more than doubled, why have the NRCS employees gone from 15-16,000 down to 11,000? Maybe not).   She also talked about the status of the Small Watershed Rehabilitation Bills working their way through Congress (H.R. 728, S. 1762), and provided some information on personnel changes.   She mentioned that retiree Judith C. "Judy" Ingram's husband had recently passed away, which many of us did not know.   All present appreciated Kathy's update.   Then our erstwhile Potomac Reporter Lennie Losh (who had driven in from Ohio for the luncheon) gave his usual stellar insight into happenings on the "Hill."   He talked of long-term health care legislation, the patients bill of rights efforts, prescription drugs, mentioned that getting meaningful estate tax legislation passed looked slim, also mentioned that the presidents $1.3 billion conservation increase was dead on arrival at the Congress, talked of the 2002 farm bill and work that was already underway on it, CAFO's TMDL's, EPA's influence on agriculture, and our own technical guide and the need to maintain its credibility.   He, and the retiree's present, wondered if soon people would need a "permit to farm?"   After some other announcements, the fall luncheon was announced for October 5th, same time, same place.   Visitors are always welcome.


In attendance at this luncheon were Jim & Marie Olson, Dick & Mary Wenberg, Rich Duesterhaus, Dave Whitenack, Scott & Nancy Hoag (this was Scott's first full day of retirement), David & Margaret Ralston, Nora Akeley, Jim Tatum, George Comer, Ted Ifft, Paul & Kathy Newcombe, LeForest Miller, Lennie Losh, John Holeman, Wayne Chapman (who came to the luncheon and left Pat babysitting with grandkids.   They live in Texas but have spent some time with their children here), Lloyd E. Wright, John & Blanche Peterson, Al & Mary Geiger, Gerda Smith-McNabb & John McNabb, Jerry & Marie Gockowski, Wendell & Katie Butler, Joe & Lavona Haas, John Phelan, Gerald Darby, Wayne Maresch, Arthur & Pat Flickinger, Plater Campbell, and Sherm Lewis.
Not pictured were:   Kathy Gugulis, Karl Otte, Owen Lee, Barbara Osgood, Diana Morse, Larry Irelan, Sharon Calhoun, Neil & Eleanor Bogner (Neil was on crutches again.   Said it would only be for a few more weeks).
  Last updated - May 2002 by Owen P. Lee