Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

Happy Holidays

From your Club Officers, Directors and Staff

Nancy Boyle Virginia Clagett Charlie Farmer

Ed Frick Harry Heller Russ Henzel Lorri Jordan

Shirley Krieger Al Longanecker John Nance

Ted Rees Wally Klovstad Don Roeber

Ed Skutecki Dale Wendt


A long list of Phoenix area attractions with phone numbers and web sites are listed on our web site for your reference. In addition, you will find Phun in Phoenix information updated weekly – cool things to do in the upcoming weekend that you might otherwise miss. Also listed are all of our club's upcoming activities, with dates and contact information plus a copy of The Bridge. If you have any photos of club activities, we'd love to publish them. Attach the pictures to an email and send to . Go to and check out photos from the recent Holiday Party and other past events.


As new retirees you are receiving an initial complimentary copy of our newsletter, The Bridge. You are cordially invited to join our club. Dues are $3.00 per year and entitle you to nine issues of this newsletter, plus low cost admission to the many functions our club has each year. We encourage that these low annual dues be paid for multiple years to save cost and effort. Make your check payable to the Treasurer, Honeywell Retiree Club and mail to: Honeywell, Mail Drop XO, 2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85027-5139. We hope to hear from you in the very near future.


Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden" and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand

Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.

Coca-Cola was originally green.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace

The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Nominating Committee Named

The nominating committee for next year's officers and directors will include Lorri Jordan, Ed Skutecki and Don Roeber. Election of the Officers and Directors shall be held in the March/April time frame of 2005. The ballot will be sent out in The Bridge at the appropriate time next year. We need to fill two Director positions, plus we need a Treasurer, Vice President and President. The Nominating Committee will submit their report to the Board of Directors prior to the February Board meeting.

Nominations may be made by any active member by submitting, either verbally or in writing, the candidate's name to the Board of Directors (or the Nominating committee) by January 31 . Nominees must be verified and agree to serve before being placed on the ballot.

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There are three important changes that you should be aware of concerning the Honeywell Retiree Club Scholarship program. The following changes will be in effect for the 2005 scholarships:

As before, application forms are available at each of the universities' scholarship offices. Information on scholarships is also available on line at each of the universities' web sites. We do not keep forms at the HRC office. In general, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2005. Awards are generally announced by May. The on-line addresses are:

The requirements to apply for the scholarships are:

The evaluations of the applications are done by each university's Scholarship Office. Our only role in the selection process is to verify the applicant/retiree relationship.

Submitted by Al Longanecker

Programs and Events 2004/5



Rain washed out the Nov. 22 outing!




Monday, DECEMBER 20, 2004



19888 N. 73 rd Ave., Glendale, AZ
(Just SE of 75 thAve. and 101 Freeway) 623-561-9625



We will assume all those who have already paid will attend the makeup tournament on December 20th. Please note the later starting time . If you absolutely cannot make that date, please call Dale Wendt to let him know and he will notify Arrowhead. The head pro at Arrowhead has said that they will arrange for you to play on some other Monday.


For anyone not paid who would like to join us December 20th, the cost will be the same at $45 and we would be pleased to have you.





Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with lunch to follow. Check-in will be at 8:00 a.m. for cart assignment. Proper golf attire required: soft spiked shoes, shirts with collars and no Levis. We will play a modified best ball scramble format.

Any new players' payments must be in by Dec. 13. If you do not have a foursome, send in the form below with the number of players you have and foursomes will be randomly filled in. Make checks (non-refundable) payable to the “Honeywell Retiree Club”.


Mail to:

Dale Wendt
7540 E. Becker Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Questions? Call Dale at 480-922-1402

Saturday, November 6, 2004 Verde Canyon Railroad/Blazing M Ranch

The Verde Canyon was at its all time best fall color for the HRC train ride on Saturday November 2 nd . Riding in the open cars in shirt sleeves we enjoyed the commentary about the ancient Indians of the area, we viewed the towering sheer cliffs, eagles' nest and the abundant fall foliage in gold and red. The Verde River was flowing clean and clear and it made for a lovely day for all. There were 26 HRC passengers taking many photos. At the completion of the train ride a large group went to dinner at the Blazing M Ranch—it's a dude ranch and we had cowboy beans, ribs and entertainment from the old west, great music, some stand-up comedy, a ghost rider and tours of the western town on location.

A good time was had by all.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004 Living Trusts and Wills Meeting

On December 7 attorney William Asdell from the firm of Taylor, Hillman and Shelby gave a very informative presentation on the advantages of Trusts vs. Wills and Power of Attorney issues, as well as the pitfalls to avoid.  He discussed tax implications, the new federal law on HIPAA, and recommended anyone with a trust ensure they are meeting the HIPAA federal requirements. He defined a good estate plan as one that provides that you can control your assets, both during your wellness, during your incapacity and at one's death. A good plan is one by which one can give their assets to whomever one wants, whenever one wants and however one wants.  Keep it simple, as tax-efficient as possible and at the least expense. Most of the two hour session was devoted to answering

specific questions from the 34 attendees. Feedback from attendees of this event was excellent, with everyone learning valuable information for protecting their assets. 

Friday, December 3, Holiday Dinner Dance


It certainly was “Deck the Halls” at the HRC first holiday dinner dance on December 3 rd at the Elks Club. The Club was all aglow with holiday splendor and hundreds of twinkling lights everywhere. We had 97 attendees all festively dressed for the season, winning bottles of champagne and special door prizes. The social hour brought lots of smiles and greetings from old and new friends. We danced the evening away to sounds of the Joe Vaccaro band and dined on a really fine meal. We all had such a good time that the HRC is going to do it again in 2005.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan


Ann Marie Grande


Honeywell Union Hills Facility, 2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix


9:30 AM check-in (Main Lobby): 10:00 AM Start

Event Coordinator: Shirley Krieger 602-942-4235 or
Reservations: Required – contact event coordinator Shirley Krieger

Are you confused about the choices and the government plan?  Plan to attend and have your questions answered by the very knowledgeable Ann Marie Grande from the Area Agency on Aging. Her Agency is a partner with Medicare and can answer your questions on this potentially confusing topic.

The meeting will be held at the Union Hills Facility on 1-17 and Union Hills. Enter at the South Lobby. Space is limited .  Make your required reservations early (see above) and get all of your questions about Medicare's Prescription Drug Program answered.   See you there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005 Red Cross Training


Red Cross Trainer


Honeywell Union Hills Facility, 2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix


9:30 AM check-in (Main Lobby): 10:00 AM Start

Event Coordinator:

Ed Frick 623-561-6917 or


Required – contact event coordinator Ed Frick

This is a 90-minute session titled “Together We Prepare” which is a nationwide Red Cross initiative to help people prepare for emergencies and disasters before they occur. It includes personal planning, making an emergency kit, and first aid training including information on CPR, choking, bleeding, stroke and other injuries. Space is limited .

This initial session is being offered free to HRC members on a first come, first served basis up to a total of 25. If there is sufficient interest, additional sessions will be scheduled but may require a fee.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 Genealogy – Hands On Session


Gene Leber


LDS Library, 108th Ave. South of Grand Ave.


10:00 AM

Event Coordinator:

Virginia Clagett 602-992-4204 or


Required – contact event coordinator Virginia Clagett

This is a “hands-on” session using the extensive LDS genealogy database. Since there are limited workstations, participation is restricted to 15 people. Required reservations are first come, first served.

Feb. 22-24, 2005 Kartchner Caverns/Fort Huachuca/Missile Silo Overnight

Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Benson, AZ to spend the nights of February 22 and 23. Separate vehicles will provide flexibility to participate in optional tour events. There are RV campgrounds available for those who prefer those accommodations.

The morning of February 23 rd, we'll travel 10 miles south of Benson to tour the Big Room of the Kartchner Caverns (which has opened since our last tour there). The length of the guided tour is ½ mile and takes 1¾ hours. The Big Room tour is wheelchair accessible. Tour cost is $22.95.

In the afternoon, we'll travel to 15 miles east of Benson to tour the Amerind Foundation, which is a world-class Native American museum. The anthropological & archaeological museum and research center boast a vast collection of some of the finest artifacts, art and photography depicting long-gone eras. Tour cost is $3.

For those who aren't interested in going to the Amerind Foundation, there are two options: 1) the Singing Wind Bookshop with its vast collection of Western and American books. Located in the home of Winifred Bundy, the Singing Wind is just over 2 miles north of Benson and is part of the Singing Wind Ranch. The shop attracts book lovers from around the world, or 2) the nearby Sonoita Vineyards to do some wine tasting.

The morning of February 24th we'll travel south to Fort Huachuca, which is rich in history from the days of the cavalry fighting Geronimo and Pancho Villa. It is the home of the famous 10th U.S. Cavalry known as the Buffalo Soldiers. It was also headquarters for the Army Signal Corps and Intelligence Center for many years. Arrangements are being scheduled to tour the Fort Huachuca Museum, Museum Annex and/or U.S. Army Intelligence Museum. More details such as costs will be provided in The Bridge next month, as the number of participants on this tour is determined. Each person will need two forms of identification to participate in this visit on a military base. Following this tour you are free to return to Phoenix – it's a three-hour drive.

Please contact Virginia Clagett now at 602-992-4204 or to indicate your definite interest in these activities. A commitment signup form will be included in next month's newsletter.

March 21, 2005 Jerome State Historic Park/Jerome


Mike Rollins, Park Manager, Larry Kelly from HRC


Jerome, AZ


10:00 AM

Event Coordinator:

Ed Frick 623-561-6917 or


Required – contact event coordinator Ed Frick

Entry Fee:

$2.40 in advance; $3.00 at the door (Lunch not included)

This is for a private tour and presentation of local history of mining and the family of James S. Douglas at the old Douglas Mansion and museum by Mr. Mike Rollins, Park Manager. It will also include an informal discussion of personal reflections of life in the “old days in Arizona” by Larry Kelly , formerly of Honeywell/Bull whose ancestors came to Arizona in the late 1800's, some of whom lived in Jerome. Attendees also may have contributions to this discussion on historic Arizona.

After the visit, you may want to have lunch in Jerome and visit the shops.

We will try car-pooling for this event. Those who would be willing to drive and take others, and those who might like a ride, contact Ed Frick (see above). Space limited - reservations required for all. Additional information on times and meeting locations will be in future issues of The Bridge.

June 19-26, 2005 Alaska Cruise

Princess Cruise Lines

Ship: The Sapphire Princess


Stateroom prices

(available only until January 10, 2005)




$1040 P/P 



Ocean View

$1500 P/P




$1680 P/P 


 Our cruise leaves Seattle on June 19, 2005 visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, British Columbia and cruising the Tracy Arm.  The above prices include cruise fare, port charges, taxes, government fees, private welcome party, and $25.00 P/P on-board credit. The prices do NOT include transportation to and from Seattle or gratuities. These prices will stay open until  January 10, 2005 .  However, the number of cabins at our group rate is limited.  More than half of the cabins are already booked.  Don't miss out on getting the cabin you want.  Book now.  Call our travel agent, Marilyn Lohf at 623-487-1700.

If you have any questions, call our coordinator: Barbara Rippstein at 623-566-1572


Two elderly women were out driving in a large car - both could barely see over the dashboard. As they were cruising along, they came to an intersection. The stoplight was red, but they just went on through. The woman in the passenger seat thought to herself "I must be losing it. I could have sworn we just went through a red light." After a few more minutes, they came to another intersection and the light was red again. Again, they went right through. The woman in the passenger seat was almost sure that the light had been red but was really concerned that she was losing it. She was getting nervous. At the next intersection, sure enough, the light was red and they went on through. So, she turned to the other woman and said, "Mildred, did you know that we just ran through three red lights in a row? You could have killed us both!" Mildred turned to her and said, "Oh my, am I driving?"


Honeywell Retiree Club (HRC) active membership is open to Honeywell retirees with a membership fee of $3 per year, which is from May 1st to the following April 30th. This entitles you to receive our newsletter, The Bridge, and participate in club activities and functions and to be a voting member. For current members, see your address label to determine your dues status. We encourage that these low annual dues be paid for multiple years to save cost and effort.

To keep in touch with our members' families, an associate membership category was created for spouses of deceased Honeywell retirees who were HRC members .   Associate members pay no membership fee  and are non-voting members, but receive  The Bridge and  are eligible to  participate in club activities and functions.    

As you may know there are various Honeywell retiree clubs, i.e., Honeywell Retiree Club, Sperry Retiree Club , Allied Retiree Club and a GE Retiree Club. While some of these clubs may limit membership, we accept members from all who have had ties to either the old or the new Honeywell. You may want to join more than one group to maintain contact with your Honeywell friends from your working years.


Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Call friends, neighbors, and fellow retirees and have them sign up for our Laughlin overnight trip.

Depart: Tuesday, January 18, 2005  
Return: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Hotel: Colorado Belle
Price: $30 per person double, $40 per person single
Includes: Bus transportation, room for one night at Colorado Belle, and two meals per person and fun book

We will park in the South area of the Honeywell parking lot (Union Hills and I-17), and board the bus at 6:30 am on Tuesday. We will also pick up at the Sun City Senior Center at 99th Avenue and Bell Road at 7:00 am on Tuesday. We will return by 9:00pm Wednesday night

Reservations must be in by Jan. 1, 2005. Send your check, payable to Honeywell Retirees Club, to:

Dale Wendt, 7540 E. Becker Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Also, with your check, please enclose a note stating your preference for sleeping accommodations (e.g., one king bed or two queen beds, smoking/non-smoking, etc.) and which pickup location you will be at on Tuesday morning.

PS: If you have a favorite video movie you would like to share with your traveling companions, bring it with you and we will show it on the bus entertainment system.

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.


This group will help those who need repairs that they cannot do themselves, including minor electrical, carpentry and plumbing problems. You will have the security of having someone you can trust in your house. The cost of material is not covered. The Fix It Guys are Bob, Matt, Dick, John, Mike, Perry, Sam, Paul, Clint and Gene . Call 602-870-0813.

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.



News from Nurse Nance

Influenza (flu): For more information ask your health care provider or call the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) Immunization Hotline 800-CDC- INFO or Web . If possible get your flu shot. Did you know that the flu virus could remain viable (alive) on inanimate items such as doorknobs etc. for 2-8 hours? It is therefore important to wash your hands with soap or other germicidal products. For example, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used to clean hands. The gels should be rubbed until they are dry.

Medication and Alcohol: The November 2004 issue of The John Hopkins Medical Letter, “Health After 50” cited the FDA statement that “of the 100 medicines most commonly prescribed, over half contain at least one substance that reacts badly with alcohol”. Their reminder was to not drink alcoholic beverages while taking a drug unless approved by your doctor. I would suggest consulting your pharmacist also.

Atrial Fibrillation Common over 40: The October 2004 issue of The Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor also recommended getting screened for atrial fibrillation. They report that people over age 40 have a one-in-four chance of developing atrial fibrillation some time in their lives. A simple one-minute pulse can identify erratic rhythms or missed beats, a reason for follow-up with your physician.

Contributed by Judy Nance. RN


Blood Donations

Honeywell Process Solutions at 2500 W. Union Hills Drive holds four blood drives per year. If you'd like to donate on-site, please go to to schedule an appointment (sponsor code is hwlaz15). If you don't have access to this site, you can call Sherry Maxson (602-313-5438).

If you have any questions about eligibility to donate, you can call UBS at 1-800-288-2199, x5840.

2005 blood drives are: January 20, April 21, August 25, and October 27, all in the HSE training room.

Blood facts:

Donation Reminders

Contributed by Sherry Maxson

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.