March 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.


Is your membership about to expire on April 30, 2018? If so, please use the application/renewal form on this website or in your Bridge. If you are not sure, please check the cover email for your March eBridge, or the outside of your paper Bridge. If you no longer have these, just send an email to hotline@hrcaz.org and we'll be happy to check for you.





Regular Sections
BACK TO HOMEPAGE

President's Perspective

From the Editor

Fix-It Guys

Scholarships




Reports & Photos of Past Events

(An approximately 12-month window of past and upcoming events is shown.)
See The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older past events.)

BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Beer Mug Oktoberfest  - Bellaire Country Club, 17233 N 45th Ave, Glendale
Oct 18, 2017
Train
Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
Oct 21, 2017
Tovrea Castle 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
Picnic
Honeywell-Garrett Spring Potluck Picnic 
  - Open to all Honeywell retirees, including Sperry.
  - At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.
Mar 21, 2018
Racehorses 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




Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE



Ship
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
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
May 1, Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
11:30 AM


President's Perspective

Ed Taschner

I want to sincerely thank Joyce Calella, Sperry Club’s editor for their ‘Wings’ newsletter, for stepping in and putting together ‘The Bridge’ for these many months for us.  This isn’t the first time she has saved our bacon when we needed help.  Thank you, Joyce and Sperry!  For the future, I’m delighted to announce Rose Kuntz will be picking up the editor function for ‘The Bridge’ and I’m looking forward to her first publication next month.

Another set of kudos goes to Marianne Brown, our new recording secretary.  She is driving herself through a steep learning curve and will soon be our go-to person on the Board.  Marianne will be making her mark by enabling your Board to function much more efficiently.  We appreciate her enthusiasm and drive to get it done right.  I expect you will hear a lot more about Marianne in the future.

A quick reminder to all those who are going to our joint Spring Picnic with our sister Garrett Club - this is a potluck affair unless you prefer to contribute to expenses for the picnic.  In which case, simply bring $2 per person to help out.  Come on out!  We had a great time together last year in awfully cold, wet weather.  This year we expect the weather to be far better.  Come prepared to eat, have fun and meet the members of the Garrett club!

You will want to know we are considering changing our Christmas event from evening to a daytime luncheon.  Garrett has been doing it successfully for years and does it as a charitable event, sponsoring a family in need by sending a meal, buying a Christmas tree, and buying gifts for the family’s children.  We will be making a decision on this at our next Board meeting. 

Please send your thoughts to any of your Board members or through our Hotline@hrcaz.org email address.

AND - my monthly plea for continuing our club in the manner envisioned by our original founders.  We need leadership at the top - President / Vice President - 2 Board Members - Coordinator for the Fix-It Guys.  It’s getting close, folks.  Won’t you get involved?  There’s a great group of folks to work with on the Board.  You won’t be disappointed.

See you at the Spring Picnic!


                                Ed signature


 
Is your membership about to expire on April 30, 2018? If so, please use the application/renewal form on this website or in your Bridge. If you are not sure, please check the cover email for your March eBridge, or the outside of your paper Bridge. If you no longer have these, just send an email to hotline@hrcaz.org and we'll be happy to check for you.



MISSION STATEMENT

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.


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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

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS OPENED DECEMBER 1ST 2017

The Bridge


Who is eligible for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship?


1

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.

2

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

3

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.

4

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.

5

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!








Reports & Photos of Past Events

(An approximately 12-month window of past and upcoming events is shown.)
See The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older past events.)




Oktoberfest
Oct 18
Oktoberfest



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






2017
                            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.

RTVOS
                                                          volunteer
                                                          group







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.

ID
                                                          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.

Palo
                                                  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

Showboat

Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club




Penske Racing Museum Tour
Thursday, March 15, 2018


Twenty-five Sperry and Honeywell members and guests toured the Penske Racing Museum on March 15th. From the comments we received everyone enjoyed themselves, especially looking at the many Indy 500 cars Roger Penske’s team used over many years.

Our only disappointment was missing Roger himself that day (he left the Valley on the 14th).  I was told Roger likes to intermingle with his guests, giving tours himself, and answering questions.  Maybe next time.  Oh, and don’t be surprised if you happen to see some of your fellow retirees driving around the valley streets in a NEW Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari or other ultra-expensive automobile – just kidding!

Kaye Eibeck

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club



Honeywell & Garrett Retirees' 2018 Spring Potluck Picnic

(Open to Sperry retiree club too)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Link to Photos





2018 Day at the Races

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Awaiting report and/or photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club



Palo Verde Energy Education Center Tour

Apr 18, 2018
Buckeye, AZ
 

Awaiting report and/or photos


Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club





Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour


  Apr 19, 2018
Sky Harbor Airport, AZ

Awaiting report and/or photos


Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club



Upcoming Events

Only one upcoming event left at present, but it's a big one—the Alaska land (Aug 5) and cruise (Aug 11) tour! You need you act soon if you are interested in this—details are available from our travel agent, whose contact information is given in the entry below.

Look out over the summer for initial information on events during the main club season, starting in October or possibly sooner.
 


Travel with Barbara Rippstein
Farther North to Alaska

Land portion starts August 5
Sea portion starts August 11



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.

Hotel
Mountain
Train

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









If you would like to join our Honeywell Retiree Social Club:

Our dues are $5.00 per year. We encourage members to pay multiple years to save cost and effort. Please complete an application form available on our website or in your eBridge or paper Bridge.





  • Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) website: hrcaz.org
  • HRSC Email: Hotline@hrcaz.org
  • Bridge Editor Email: Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org
  • Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
  • Honeywell Retiree Benefits:    1-877-258-3699     honeywell.com/sites/retiree
  • The Bridge - Published monthly except for June, July, August
  • HRSC Annual Dues: $5.00 (Multiple-year membership recommended.)

NOTE: HRSC-sponsored programs and events, where payments are required in advance, will provide refunds anytime there is no cost to the Club. We will make every effort to provide refunds when requested; however, for some events funds have been committed by the HRSC and will not be refunded.