February 2018

Plus event updates
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Newsletter of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona

NOTE: This online version is a reformatted sub-set of the full version sent to paid-up members, with updates to event information since the Bridge was distributed.

For example, it does not contain names of recent retirees, new members, or members who have passed away, nor does it contain the list of member email addresses which is sent out from time to time.

Finally, there will typically be a delay of a week or so before a new month's version is posted here; if you want to get the Bridge as it comes off the press, become a member and request the full-color PDF version, the eBridge, which is sent by email. Note that Honeywell outsources the distribution of the black-and-white paper Bridge. It is typically delivered about two weeks after the PDF eBridge is delivered by email, so apart from news being a little old, members receiving only the paper copy may miss out on first come, first served signup for upcoming events.

Regular Sections

President's Perspective

From the Editor

Fix-It Guys


Reports & Photos of Past Events

Tovrea Castle Tour Jan 20, 2017

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
Jan 26, 2017

Tovrea Castle Tour Feb 11, 2017

Day at the Races
Feb 14, 2017

AZ Broadway Theatre  Menopause the Musical Feb 22, 2017

The Sanderson Village and Museum Mar 3, 2017

Orpheum Theatre Tour Mar 6 & 7, 2017

Eastern Caribbean Cruise Mar 5-12, 2017

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour Mar 10, 2017

Spring Potluck Picnic at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Mar 23, 2017

Honeywell Aero Women's Council Panel Discussion
Apr 4, 2017

Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting
with talk "A year in the Grand Canyon" based on recent book
Apr 5, 2017

Oktoberfest  - Bellaire Country Club, 17233 N 45th Ave, Glendale
Oct 18, 2017

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
Oct 21, 2017

Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4 & Nov 10 2017
RTVOS Painter RTVOS Community Service Project
    - Honeywell-sponsored work on low-income school.

Nov 11, 2017
Xmas December
Christmas Dinner Dance
Dec 12, 2017
RTVOS Painter RTVOS Community Service Project - Reprise!
    - Completion of work on low-income school.

Jan 8, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
  - Largest nuclear power station in the USA!

Jan 10, 2018
Credit Card Identity Theft Seminar - Top consumer concern raised to FTC Jan 11, 2018
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tours
Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
  - Largest nuclear power station in the USA!
  - Both February tours canceled by PV due to budget constraints.
Jan 31

Feb  7 & 14, 2018
canceled by PV.
ABT AZ Broadway Theatre  - Showboat Feb 8, 2018
Racing Car
Penske Racing Museum Tour  - Near Loop 101 & Scottsdale Rd.
Mar 15, 2018

Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Honeywell-Garrett Spring Potluck Picnic 
  - Open to all Honeywell retirees, including Sperry.
  - At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.
  - 70-person limit; sign up soon to avoid disappointment!
  - Sign-up deadline is March 15.
Mar 21, 2018
A Day at the Races - At Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd. Apr 10, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Energy Education Center Tour
  - In Buckeye.
  - Education & live communication with the power station.
Apr 18, 2018
SW Plane
SouthWest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
  - At Sky Harbor Airport - repeated again by popular demand.
Apr 19, 2018
Cruise - Farther in Alaska - By land and by sea!
Aug 5, 2018

Recurring Lunches BACK TO HOMEPAGE

Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 10030 N Metro Pkwy E
(Third week of March (Mon), June (Tue), September (Wed), December (Thu))
Contact: Mary Barkl  mbarkl@cox.net
Jun 12, Sep 12, Dec 13
11:15 AM

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Old Country Buffet, 9620 N Metro Pkwy W
(Third week of month. First 4 months Tue; second 4 Wed; third 4 Thu.)
Contact: Wayne Sobieski  wayne.sobieski@cox.net
Mar 20, Apr 17, May 16, Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15, Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20
11:30 AM

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
(First Tuesdays of the month)
Contact: Alfred Brenneise  alfbrenn2@gmail.com
Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
11:30 AM

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner

Attention! Linda Darnell, who has been organizing our Spring Picnic, has withdrawn from her team.  Please contact one of the following to make your reservations:

➢ Diane Bennett (480) 994-5243 - AZBennett3@cox.net
➢ Brock Brockway (602) 569-9870 - gebrockway@aol.com 

This will be a highlight event for the year.  We first held our joint picnic with the Garrett club last year and it was a resounding success.  Come out and enjoy the park, enjoy old friends and meet new ones.  Hope to see you there!

For those who read the email blast about our joint meeting with the Garrett Board, you may be interested to know that the Boards decided to continue to operate, business as usual, for a while.  If you are reading this for the first time and don’t know what we were up to, here a nutshell summary:

The Garrett and Honeywell clubs are experiencing significant problems that are causing the viability of these clubs to be questioned.  These problems fall into two categories:

  1. The Clubs are having extreme difficulty recruiting officers and staff to lead and manage club activities.  For example, both the Garrett Club (GRC) and Honeywell Club (HRSC) have Presidents whose terms expire May 31, 2018.  Neither club has been able, to date, to find replacements.  Neither Club has a VP to follow.  Many other, critical positions have become vacant or are soon becoming vacant without indication from membership that they will be filled.
  2. The Clubs have begun to experience difficulty recruiting new members from the Honeywell work force because Honeywell, Inc. has decided to stop providing the clubs information about new retirees.  As a result, it has become problematic to continue our outreach efforts to new retirees.

Your HRSC and GRC Boards of Directors held a joint Board meeting Wednesday January 24th to determine what direction we should lead the clubs.  They discussed the following three options:
  1. Continue operating the clubs, ‘business as usual’. 
  2. Combine clubs into one valley-wide club. 
  3. Disband the clubs.

So there you have it.  We voted for option 1, to continue ‘business as usual’ while trying to resolve our issues.

I must mention we DID surface 3 people during this process who volunteered to help at some level so, to Ted Rees, Marianne Brown, and Rose Kuntz; you guys made our job just a little easier.  Thank you!  I’ll be in touch.

See you at the Picnic!!    Ed

The Bridge
The Bridge


Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) is a social organization in Arizona for Honeywell International, Inc. retirees. This organization will be open without regard to prior class of employment, race, creed, sex or geographical residence.

HRSC will provide activities, programs (such as Fix-It Guys and Scholarship Program) and projects of interest to retirees and spouses. It will facilitate effective communications between members, other Honeywell retiree clubs and Honeywell International, Inc. It will provide opportunities to renew acquaintances and promote fellowship among retirees, and will assist retirees in maintaining and enhancing the image of Honeywell International, Inc., in the eyes of the public.

From the Editor

A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website hrcaz.org; just click the menu buttons at the left of most pages. For example: HONEYWELL HISTORY provides the history of Honeywell from multiple sources, ARCHIVES offers back editions of the online Bridge, minutes of board meetings, Treasurer's reports and Webmaster's reports, and EVENT SCHEDULE has the latest information on upcoming HRSC events. The PHOENIX AREA ATTRACTIONS page lists a wide variety of attractions around the Valley: selected parks & preserves, selected sports venues & teams, performing arts, cultural history, museums, art galleries, and, of course "miscellaneous"! Have a look—you might find something that interests you. The USEFUL LINKS page includes senior discounts and was updated in February 2018—check it out and save yourself some money!

Do you have a new address or e-mail? Be sure to send us the updated information. Do you have any questions or comments? Address them to the editor at the email or street address below.

The HRSC email address for general topics is
Hotline@hrcaz.org and the Bridge editor's email address for Bridge content is Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org.

The club street address is:
Honeywell Retiree Social Club
1860 W Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704

Any comments or claims made within the publication are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily express the views of Honeywell Inc. or the Directors, Officers, Staff or members of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona.

Honeywell Clubs Fix-It Guys Program

Sponsored by the Honeywell, Garrett & Sperry Retiree Clubs

We help Honeywell retirees or surviving spouses with fix-it jobs around the house.  This program is designed to keep the job from being a budget buster for you.Handyman

Call our acting coordinator, Warren Koepsel, at 480-510-9304 to schedule a trip to your home. If you reach voice mail, leave a clear message giving job information, your name, telephone number and nearest cross streets. We will get back with you to schedule a visit.

Are You Handy?
Your clubs really need your help!

Help WantedSince the passing of Clint Langford, our group of North Valley handymen has experienced a significant decline. Warren Koepsel has graciously offered to temporarily coordinate Fix-It Guys' activities for the North Valley until we find a replacement for Clint, so we're hiring!!!

You don't have to be a contractor-level kind of handyman—just generally handy around the house. Some of you may have special skills (Computer/Plumbing/Electrical/Drywall?) that can significantly help our members in need. Why not try it? Call Warren, (480-510-9304), or GRC President Mark Steele, (602-541-5360), or HRSC President Ed Taschner, (602-300-06262). We would love to talk with you!

The table below lists our current Fix-It Guys Team.

Thanks guys—for all that you do.

East Valley
Mike Briske Frank Holman Warren Koepsel Charlie Paine
Bob Davenport Nick Hughes Stu Mitnik Ken Probert
Mike Griffin Jim King Chuck Mottet

North Valley
Bob Farney
Roy Newbold
Lee Rippstein
Dan Schott

Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship applications for next year opened this past December 1st.  The Scholarship Program is jointly sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club, and the Garrett Retiree Social Clubs of Arizona.  The source of the funds for these scholarships is shared among the participating Retiree Clubs, Honeywell International (HON), and our generous members.

Our goal is to identify eligible undergraduate and graduate college students, who are descendants of a participating Retiree Club member, and award them money to help reduce their costs for a college education.  Our awards generally range from $1000 to $1200 per recipient per year, based on the funds that are available.  To date, we have awarded almost 50 thousand dollars, to 46 students attending Arizona State, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

Find application and award information in the Scholarships section of our website.

Our Foundation Board Members are also happy to help.
You can call or email your Scholarship Board Member at:

Jim Redmond, Chair
(General questions)
Email: jpr.redmond@gmail.com
Phone: 623 362 2421

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary and Treasurer
(General questions & donations)
Email: scheetzgwen@cox.net
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Email: wrd63@cox.net
Phone: 480 560 6273

Dawn Orgill, NAU Representative
Email: dawn3@centurylink.net
Phone: 602 881 7772

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Email: frankholman@cox.net
Phone: 602 695 2565


The Bridge

Who is eligible for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship?


The student must be a legal descendant of an active or deceased member of either the Honeywell Retiree Social Club or Garrett Retirees' Social Club of AZ.


The student should have attained a 3.0 or better Grade Point Average (GPA).


The student must be entering the second semester freshman year, a sophomore, a junior, OR a senior, or in a graduate course of study.

NOTE: Enrolled freshmen may apply during the second freshman semester for their sophomore year, providing they attain a 3.0 GPA or greater in their first semester.

Second semester GPA will also be considered for the award.


Students may be enrolled in any field of study, although preference may be given to a student who is enrolled in a technical field, in the event two or more applicants qualify for the same scholarship award.


Candidates must re-apply annually.

Don't forget!

Individual contributions may be made directly to the Scholarship Foundation through the 501(c)(3) charitable contributions option of your renewal form. These contributions are tax-deductible!

Jump to Upcoming Events

Reports & Photos of Past Events

Tovrea Castle Tour, January 20, 2017

On a cold and cloudy day on Jan 20th, 2017 we had 22 people tour the Castle in the first of four exclusive club only tours. The group learned about the history of the castle and the surrounding area.

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Southwest Airlines Tour – Jan 26, 2017

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SW Plane

Fifty club members from Air Research, Garrett, Allied, Honeywell and Sperry clubs toured Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility. The two 737-700 aircraft in the hanger were undergoing their 500 day overhaul so we were unable to go aboard but our host, Kevin Bowman did a fine job explaining the facility operation and the history of the airline. We learned how the tail of the 737-700 aircraft is too tall for the hanger so they lift the nose wheel up to drop the tail to get the aircraft in the hanger.

This was our third visit and if there is sufficient interest we will arrange another visit in a few months.

Composite Photo

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tour, February 11, 2017

In pleasant weather conditions, 23 of us were shown around the Castle and its grounds by enthusiastic volunteers from the Tovrea Carraro Society. Many thanks to Keith Hughes for arranging this, and for warning about the Loop 202 freeway closure; as a result of his heads-up, everyone arrived by 10am! (By the way, tour guides pronounce it "Toe-vree.")

Kevin Harris

Group Photo 11FEB2017
Tovrea Bell Ring
Tovrea UnknownTovrea Harris

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


Tuesday Feb 14, 2017

A balmy day, perfect for a horse race.  Hearts were in the air and all of us brought our special valentine.  Forty-four members and guests attended Honeywell/Sperry’s "Day at the Races". We had participants from all three retiree clubs, Honeywell, Garrett, and Sperry. I won all of the races and most members at my table won as well. The food was plentiful and good. Desserts were fabulous and filling. Leaving I felt like I could not wait until next year for this event. 


See you next year!

(Vic Fragnito)

Turf Paradise composite photo

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Menopause the Musical

February 22, 2017

Menopause Report

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

The Sanderson Village and Museum

March 3, 2017

Sanderson visit report

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Free Tour of the ORPHEUM THEATRE

March 6 & 7, 2017

Orpheum Theatre Tour Report

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

March 5-12, 2017

Caribbean Cruise Report

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

March 10, 2017

30 members enjoyed a very enlightening tour of the Amazon "PHX6" Fulfillment Center, whose area is equivalent to 28 football fields… We started with a video overview of the process from product delivery at the fulfillment center to shipment, and then had opportunities to observe the various stages of the process at close quarters, with commentary over headsets to overcome the quite high noise levels. Many thanks to Ed Taschner for organizing this; he came down to make sure all was well at the start of the tour, even though he was not on it.
Kevin Harris

Some of tour group

2017 Spring Potluck Picnic

March 23, 2017

Picnic Report
Picnic Report Page 2

HRSC Members on
Honeywell Aero Women’s Council April 4 Panel

The Deer Valley Chapter of Honeywell Aero Women’s Council (AWC) invited five former Aerospace professional women to participate in a panel discussion attended by current Honeywell employees regarding our experiences during our careers at Honeywell. (Kaye Eibeck, Linda Darnell, Sandy Thruston, Pam Kalish, and Jan Greisiger).

Topics discussed were designed to highlight personal experiences and enlighten current employees regarding the history of women’s employment in Aerospace.  The employees that attended the event were very appreciative of our participation and that we had helped paved the way for them through our determination and dedication to our jobs.

AWC and the Women in Honeywell Engineering Network (WHEN) expressed interest in continuing to include retirees in their future events and activities.

AWC Panel

Dave Elston’s April 5 Talk on his Book
“A Year in the Grand Canyon”

Year in GCDave Elston, a third-generation Garrett employee and Grand Canyon hiker extraordinaire, gave a talk at the Garrett April 5 meeting based on his latest book, “A Year in the Grand Canyon,” published by Vishnu Temple Press. This documents his over 400 days spent in the Canyon. He provided summary highlights of his trips by chapter as follows:
  1. First Steps – found a dead body on very first hike.
  2. Thunder River – hyperthermia is no fun.
  3. Grandview Trail and Horseshoe Mesa – know when to bail out.
  4. Day Hike to prove a point – after surgery, Dave had to find out if he could still hike.
  5. Rim to Rim – information on ‘how to’ – South Rim water comes from the North Rim – water delivery system was the largest Park Service contract ever.
  6. Powell Plateau – unique – only access is North Rim – Anasazi abandoned location ~ 1150.
  7. Favorite East Rim hikes – Soap Creek, Spencer Trail, South Canyon.
  8. Clear Creek, Chevaya Falls & Human Remains – Arizona’s largest waterfall flows only seasonally – trail from Phantom Ranch – area used extensively by Native Americans.
  9. Fun on the river – commercial or private trips.
  10. Helpful tips and lessons learned – footwear, socks, pants, shirts, hats.
  11. What I have learned – Shoshone Point is the best viewpoint on the South Rim.
  12. Closing thoughts – Dave noted that about 19 people die each year at the Grand Canyon.

Anyone planning canyon hiking should refer to Dave’s book!

The Facebook page for the book is at facebook.com/ayearinthegrandcanyon.

Oct 18

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip

Oct 21

Awaiting report.

Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4 & 10, 2017

Awaiting report.  (Or see Feb 2017 report)

Giving Back, with Honeywell and RTVOS
to Improve a Low-Income School.

Nov 11, 2017

RTVOS-1Our service project went very well at Desert Horizon Elementary School in Maryvale, with Honeywell Aerospace and Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS).  Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS). We had a turnout of 18 folks from HRSC (see the picture below) in and among the 90 or so total folks volunteering. We all got T- shirts and a nice box lunch, and a chance to rub shoulders with other retirees and current Honeywell employees.

But mostly we got an opportunity to help out this Title I school which serves many low-income students. Most of us were painting classroom walls, as the group in this picture. Others were doing other jobs, like painting picnic tables and making improvements to the play area.

RTVOS-2We want to give many thanks to those who were able to join us for this worthwhile contribution to the school and the community.

Many thanks to Doug Metzger for arranging this service project opportunity.

Doug Metzger (doug.metzger@cox.net or 602-319-6637

The Bridge

                            Xmas Dinner Dance

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

RTVOS Community Service Project - Reprise!

Project Completion, Jan 8, 2018

RTVOS PainterSix HRSC members turned out on January 8 to work a second day on completion of this project at Desert Horizon Elementary School in Maryvale, a Title I school serving low-income students. This was a joint project with Honeywell Aerospace and Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS). We made good progress, and a couple of RTVOS people were able to finish off the remaining work later, so the project is now complete—thanks to all the HRSC members who worked on either of the days to make this possible.


Organized by Doug Metzger (doug.metzger@cox.net or 602-319-6637

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
Jan 10, 2018

Palo Verde Group

This was a unique opportunity to get up close to a nuclear reactor. Palo Verde is located 45 miles west of Phoenix off the I10 and is the largest nuclear power plant in the United States, serving about four million people.

The Palo Verde Generating Station is located in the Arizona desert, and is the only large nuclear power plant in the world that is not located near a large body of water. The power plant evaporates the water from the treated sewage from several nearby cities and towns to provide the cooling of the steam that it produces.

There were 17 brave souls donned hard hats, safety glasses and earplugs to explore Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station.  We were accompanied at all times by two guides and two armed guards carrying machine guns. We entered through two sets of metal detectors and bomb sniffing devices just to get inside. Our hosts had us use palm readers to go through the doors and call ahead to security who tracked our presence.

The size of the plant is difficult to comprehend without visiting. From a vantage point 160 feet above ground we could see the cooling towers, reactor buildings and waste treatment plant. We stood next to a reactor building and walked through a hot and noisy steam turbine and power generation building. The control room is encased in very thick concrete with blast proof doors and a retina scanner to get in so we could only stand outside.

We had lunch with Bob Bement, Exec VP and Chief Nuclear Officer. He presented an overview of the facility and talked about how it operates with other forms of energy generation to meet the energy demands.

Due to PV budget constraints there will be only 2 tours this year but I hope to reschedule the remaining 2 tours in early 2019 as we have to also work around their refueling schedule.

Many thanks to Keith Hughes for arranging this tour.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Credit Card
Identity Theft Seminar

Jan 11, 2018

ID Theft 1We had 17 members and guests attend our identity theft seminar on January 11th. Cassie & Paul Prinke presented some very interesting facts regarding ways our identity can be stolen, how it affects us and how to protect ourselves.  Did you know that $15.1B was stolen from 13.1 million Americans in 2015, and that from 2014-2015 identity theft complaints increased 47%?  There were surprising facts on different types of government ID theft which comes from tax/wage related fraud, government benefits, drivers’ licenses, etc.  Also, personal information, such as S/S numbers, phone numbers, date of birth, passport information, etc., is available for thieves to buy, sell and trade through the dark web.

One good way to help prevent ID theft is to check your bank statements daily for any strange transactions and to use free credit checks available from Equifax, Experian and Transunion.

                                                          Theft 2

Many thanks to Kaye Eibeck for arranging this seminar.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

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Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
Jan 31, 2018
Feb 7 & 14, 2018  CANCELED by Palo Verde—budget constraints.
Attempting to schedule replacement tours, possibly in early 2019, for those signed up for the February tours.

See the report of the Palo Verde January 10 tour.

                                                  Verde OverviewI am sorry to say the Palo Verde Trips on Feb 7th and 14th have been CANCELLED due to limited resources at the station. I am trying to reschedule but the best I can do is get something next year.

When I went on the first trip I found it very interesting and it gives me bragging rights that I went there, but on reflection most of the time we looked at the outside of buildings we could not go into and were told what they were for.

It appears the Education Center gives you much more information and I have arranged a personal tour on April 18th, 2018 at 9.30am. Follow this link for more information on that tour.

Keith Hughes

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tours

Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018

Tovrea Castle

Awaiting report, or see Feb 2017 report

Tours are approximately 2 hours and include the historic Castle's main floor and basement, extensive grounds and cactus gardens surrounding the Castle.

Guests are greeted by Tovrea Carraro Society volunteers at the Visitor Center and taken through the Carraro Cactus Gardens on a tram with a docent. The tour winds through the beautiful 44 acres, viewing the outer buildings, before arriving at Tovrea Castle.

The club would like to thank Tamera Zivic, Tovrea Carraro Society President for working with me (Keith Hughes) and allowing special group tours to fit our schedule.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theatre
Feb 8, 2018


Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Penske Racing Museum Tour
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Awaiting report and/or photos.
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Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Upcoming Events


Attractions include:
  • 1894 Peoria Depot
  • 1907 steam locomotive
  • 1914 baggage-express car (originally a dining car)
  • 1928 Pullman car used by every president from Hoover to Eisenhower
  • 1930 machine shop
  • The "Merci train"—held gifts of thanks for over 250 railroad cars of aid for the citizens of France during WWII
  • 1950 carousel
  • Miniature railroad rides—three steam engines
  • 10,000 sq. ft. model railroad building with several layouts
  • Authentic Navajo hogans
  • Xeriscape desert arboretum
  • The company of your fellow retirees!
Railroad Park Map
Parking Map

To find our location, park near the southeast corner of the parking lot.

Enter on either side of the Model Railroad building.

Follow the path across the tracks south to the Stillman Ramada.

Same place as last year; see report of 2017 picnic.

2018 Day at the Races

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Horses Racing

Where: Turf Paradise Park - 1501 West Bell Rd.

Time: Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club.

Cost: $24.00 per person.

Coordinator: Fred Polak.

Free Parking: Use the Turf Club Entrance on 19th Avenue.

Package includes: Parking, Admission, How-to-Wager Guide, Senior Buffet Lunch, Coffee/Tea, Dessert - Tax, and Gratuity
& Winner Circle Photo.
The retiree clubs will have a race named after them.

Reservation Due Date: April 3rd

Make checks payable to: Sperry Retiree Club - send to:

Fred Polak at 5338 W Barbara Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

fredpolak@cox.net or 623-937-5316

Senior Buffet
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Mixed salad greens

 Tossed Caesar salad

Paradise pasta salad

 House made coleslaw

Fresh fruit salad

Country potato salad


Roast breast of turkey

Brisket of beef

Cranberry sauce

Horse radish sauce

Assorted breads,

muffins, rolls


Apple cobbler

Assorted pies

Assorted cookies


Coffee and tea

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Palo Verde Energy Education Center Tour

  Apr 18, 2018
Buckeye, AZ

This tour is suitable for members unable to go on the actual Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station tour, but still wanting to learn about the facility. However, it goes into more detail on nuclear power generation and Palo Verde, so it is also recommended for all, even if you also go to the power station.

Palo Verde Education Center OutsideThe Palo Verde Energy Education Center (EEC) opened in 2011. The main purpose for this facility is to serve as an emergency base of operations in the event of a crisis at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS), which is conveniently located 22 miles away. During non-ePalo Verde Education Center Insidemergency times, the center is used as a technical and education facility.

Information from the PVNGS is displayed via live data streams and monitored closely by employees at the facility. They are able to communicate instantly with the individuals at the plant and other officials around the world if any issue arises at the nuclear plant.

At the center you will see digital maps of Palo Verde, sample fuel rods, reactor models, emergency procedures, different reactor designs, power distribution and the use of treated water.

The center is easy to get to in Buckeye. If you are interested in going on this tour, email keith8411@cox.net and ask to be put on the list, giving your club affiliation. The limit is 100 people

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour

  Apr 19, 2018
Sky Harbor Airport, AZ

                                                          PlaneSeveral members have requested this tour again so here goes. This is a unique opportunity to tour Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility at Sky Harbor Airport. You may be able to walk through an aircraft and sit in the cockpit then tour the maintenance and operation areas in a two-hour guided tour. You will find out why the first aircraft were painted those colors, how they fit an aircraft that is too big into the hanger and maybe debate the correct part numbers of the APUs we see in the stores.

Last year we sat in an aircraft only 5 flight hours old that had not yet entered service. Yes, it had the new aircraft smell!

This free tour is planned for 19th April 2018 at 10 am but names of all attendees are required in advance for security purposes. This will be our 4th tour and spaces fill quickly. I have to limit the group to 40 for practical reasons.

To register send the full names of all in your party to Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net or call 623-825-5243 for details and include your club affiliation.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Travel with Barbara Rippstein
Farther North to Alaska

ShipAlthough the first portion of our trip starts with the land tour, you can join the group for the cruise portion only.  It is a 7 day cruise starting on August 11.  We'll discuss the tour portion again next month.

You join us in Anchorage (Whittier) and board the Star Princess for the Voyage of the Glaciers.  Many of Alaska's greatest glaciers and most beautiful scenery can only be experienced by sea and with Princess you don’t miss any of the splendors. We will be visiting Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay, both are Scenic Cruising. 

You can go out on the decks or your balcony to catch the glaciers calving and admire the beautiful blue ice.  Or stay in one of the many lounges with a cup of hot coffee or chocolate and watch the beautiful scenery go by.

In addition to the glacier viewing experiences, you'll also get to know the character of Alaska's culture in the charming ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.  During the gold rush, Skagway, the gateway to the Klondike, boasted 20,000 residents and nearly as many saloons, dance halls and gambling palaces.  Today the city of 1000 is perhaps Alaska's most lovingly preserved of gold rush-era life.

Some 30,000 people live in Juneau, the capital of Alaska. Its total area makes it one of the biggest towns, in size, in the world. Today Juneau is famous not only for gold and government but also for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.

Ketchikan has charming Creek Street, one of Ketchikan's main attractions.  It was the town's red light district during the gold rush days. Equally famous are Native totems on display at the Saxman Native Village and the regions fabled salmon fishing.

Our cruise ends in Vancouver where we will disembark on August 18.  Vancouver is a great place to spend a few days sight-seeing.  Ford's World Travel would be happy to help you plan your cruise, tour, air and hotel stays.


Because there are so many options, I invite you to contact Ford’s Travel.
They will send you brochures, more information and prices.

Barbara Rippstein

Fords Travel
10738 W. Bell Road, Sun City, AZ  85351

LOCAL - 623-933-8256
TOLLFREE – 844-827-3721

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