We hope that all is well with each of our more than 1000 members as we launch into the 2004/2005 program year. Lots of activities are planned for your enjoyment in the coming months. Look closely at the agendas and dates in this issue of The Bridge. We would also like to compliment all of you who have gotten your reservations in early for the many events that were announced in last month's newsletter.

In an information session on Wednesday, October 6, we learned about the details of the planned Alaska cruise, which will be happening in June of 2005. Alaska in the summer time is a beautiful place and we guarantee temperatures cooler than will be found in the Arizona desert areas. Many reservations for our limited group rate are already in. You deposit is needed ASAP if you are interested in this prime time cruise. Contact Barbara Rippstein (623-566-1572) for more information.

Coming up very soon is the Tuesday, October 12, session on “Securing Your Home Computer”. If you haven't already done so, please get your reservation & check sent in for the Wednesday, October 20, Octoberfest Celebration. The Krugenkraut Band will be anxiously waiting to perform for your enjoyment. On October 25 those members who have reserved spots will be embarking on the California/Mexico cruise.

November activities include the Verde Valley Railroad ride with a Cowboy Cookout on Saturday, November 6 and the golf outing on November 22. Reservations are pouring in for the December 3 Holiday Dinner Dance, so get yours on the way before we fill up the hall.

You may recall my mentioning the hard work of the Program Events Committee last month. Ed Frick works with a group that includes Shirley Krieger, Lorri Jordan and Virginia Clagett to examine the many program ideas our Board and our membership have provided and decide on which ones to feature for the club and in making the arrangements. Dale Wendt is handling the golf tournament and the Laughlin trip, while Harry Heller and I will put together the Octoberfest plans.

At our last Board meeting, our Treasurer, John Nance, presented a well-done final budget for our yearly activities. This will keep us on a planned path of expenditure. We do very much appreciate the dues checks that you have been sending in to allow us to bring you the programs and activities.

This is your organization, so please feel free to let us know how we are doing and what other expectations you may have to make the club an even better experience for you.

Don Roeber

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing. (Will Rogers)

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like hard work. (Thomas Edison)


 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. 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.

In an effort to keep in touch with our members' families, a class of membership called associate members was created within HRC.  Associate members are the 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.


Have you checked out our club web site at It's loaded with great and useful information. A long list of Phoenix area attractions with phone numbers and web sites are listed. In addition, you will find Pfun 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. If you have any photos of club activities, we'd love to publish them. Attach the pictures to an email and send to . Misplaced your copy of The Bridge? It is published on the site for your convenience. This is a great reference site for lots of Phoenix activities.


At North Mountain Park
Havasupai Ramada

Peoria Avenue and Seventh Street

North Mountain Park is just south of the Pointe Hilton at 7th St. and Peoria. Turn west into the park. The Havasupai Ramada is the second turnoff on your left.
Ample and convenient parking is available.

Wednesday October 20
From 4 pm to 7 pm
(Meal will be served about 5 pm)

Special entertainment will be on hand!!

The Krugenkraut Band will be playing some live Octoberfest music (traditional German music featuring Polkas, Waltzes and of course, the chicken dance) for your listening and dancing pleasure.

The cost is $5.00 for each member and $5.00 for first guest. Additional guests are welcome at $7.00 per person. The food will be cooked for you by the HRC Board of Directors and will feature bratwurst and hamburgers with all the fixins and accompaniments. Water and coffee will be provided. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like, but no glass containers are allowed in the park.

Door Prizes………………..Yes

Make your check payable to the Treasurer, HRC and note Octoberfest on it.
Send it to our newest address:

Honeywell Retiree Club of Arizona
Honeywell, Mail Drop XO
2500 W Union Hills Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85027


After another disappointing turnout for our “Last Wednesday of the Month” luncheon in September at Sizzler, the group has decided to meet on that same day next month at the Luby's at Paradise Valley Mall at around 11:00AM. As usual any former G.E./Honeywell employees and friends are welcome. We are going to try this in an attempt to bring back the attendance we used to have when 40-50 folks would show up for good food and renewing friendships. Please try to attend. It would be a shame to let this good group of friends just “Fade away into the Sunset” after 20+ years. Let's start another “Luncheon at Luby's”. Hope to see you there on October 27th!  

Programs and Events 2004/5

Securing Your Home Computer - Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Speaker: Jerry Crow, IT Security Architect, Electronic Data Systems  
Where: Honeywell Union Hills Facility
  2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix
Time: 9:30 AM check in (Main lobby): 10:00 AM start
Coordinator: Virginia Clagett 602-992-4204 or


Those who are concerned about how to protect their home computer from viruses can benefit from this session.

There are many things that one can do to improve the overall security of one's personal computer. This presentation will speak to various steps one can take to make a personal computer more resistant to external attack from the Internet. The presentation will be conducted using Windows XP and will focus on that operating system, but many of the topics covered are also applicable to earlier versions of Windows.

Jerry Crow is an IT security architect with EDS. He spent 12 years with Honeywell Information Systems and has concentrated on IT security for the last 10 years.

California/Mexico Cruise - October 25-29, 2004

The dates are set for a five day/four night fall cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. A total of 24 cabins are booked with 47 people planning to attend. A list of those attending with be provided to all those who signed up.

Date: October 25-29, 2004  
Departure City: Los Angeles
Ports of Call: San Diego, Catalina Island, and Ensenada, Mexico

Arrangements for flights can be made individually or through Marilyn Lohf at Arrowhead Leisure Travel.

Parking is available at the dock for those who wish to drive. Contact Marilyn at623-487-1700 for specifics.

HRC contact is Ed Frick – 623-561-6917 or

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

We are making arrangements for HRC members to go to either one or both attractions.

The Verde Canyon Railroad excursion takes place in the afternoon, followed by the chuck wagon supper and western stage show at the Blazing M Ranch nearby. As the Ranch session could last to 9:30PM, some people may wish to spend the night locally and return the following day. Two suggested places for you to consider are: Best Western Cottonwood Inn (800-350-0025) or Flying Eagle Country B&B in Clarkdale (928-634-0211).

Where: Clarkdale, AZ  
  Verde Canyon Railroad Station
  Blazing M Ranch in Cottonwood
Prices: $32.35 pp at group/senior discount for train
  $23.85 pp for dinner at the Ranch (inclusive)
  $56.20 pp for both
Train Time: 1:30 Departure (4 hour round trip)
  Chuck wagon supper time 6:30 PM
Reservations required for both Train and/or Ranch.
Contact: Lorri Jordan 480-473-1335
  11589 E. La Junta Road  
  Scottsdale, AZ 85255  

It's not the destination; it's the journey

Come join other HRC members in a private rail coach and ride the famous Verde Canyon Railroad's historic route from Clarkdale to the ghost ranch at Perkinsville and back, a 4-hour journey, into Arizona's other grand canyon. The canyon is accessible only by train and features:

Check it out on

Following the train trip we will also have a chuck wagon supper and live western entertainment including cowboy stories, Tom Foolery, and authentic foot stomping cowboy music at the Blazing M Ranch located in nearby Cottonwood (4 miles).

Make your reservation/payment BY CHECK ONLY TO HRC – and mail to Lorri Jordan at the above address.

Pictures from Jim W. Thanks!

Update on Living Trusts and Wills - Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Speaker: William Asdell  
Where: Honeywell Union Hills Facility
  2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix
Time: 9:30 AM Check in (Main lobby): 10 AM start
Event Coordinator: Shirley Krieger 602-942-4235 or
Reservations: Requested, but not required

Wills and probate can be an involved process, in many cases taking more than 1 year. Depending on the value of one's estate, probate costs and estate taxes could be a heavy burden for one's heirs to pay.

An alternative to wills and the probate process is a “Living Trust”. Although a Living Trust may not be appropriate in all instances, it is designed to maintain privacy, avoid time and expense of probate and should allow for controlled and speedy administration of assets during lifetime and after death, even after becoming physically or mentally incapacitated.

The advantages of trusts vs. wills will be discussed as well as updates to current laws regarding these. There will be time for Q&A.

Mr. Asdell is an experienced trust attorney from the law firm of Taylor, Hillman and Shelby, LTD.


When: Monday, November 22, 2004  
  19888 N. 73rd Ave., Glendale, AZ
  (Just SE of 75 th Ave. and 101 Freeway)

Cost: $45 for green fees, carts, prize money and lunch.

Guests are welcome !

Time: Shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. Check-in will be at 7:30 a.m. for cart assignment. Proper golf attire required: soft spiked shoes, shirts with collars and no Levi's. We will play a modified best ball scramble format.

Payment must be in by Nov. 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”. Please respond ASAP as we are committed for 100 players.

Names: 1- __________________________________________  
  2- __________________________________________  
  3- __________________________________________  
  4- __________________________________________  

Check enclosed for $45 X _____players = $_____________

Mail to: Dale Wendt  
  7540 E. Becker Lane  
  Scottsdale, AZ 85260  

Questions? Call Dale at 480-922-1402


Please Note Correction
The address was incorrect in the September Bridge and the web site. The correct address is shown. The Elks Club is just south of Acoma on 32nd street

Honeywell Retiree's Club Holiday Dinner Dance

Date: December 3, 2004

Time: 6:00 p.m. Cocktail & Friendship Renewal
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Dancing

Cash bar all evening

Place: The Elks Club
14424 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Make your reservations TODAY!

$30.00 per member
$30.00 spouse/guest of member
$35.00 for all other non-members
Reserve an entire table for you and your friends for even more fun!

Mail your check only to HRC
Call 480 473-1335 for additional information




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

Depart: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005  
Return: Wednesday, Jan. 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 9:00 pm 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.


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.

“I appreciated the help I received from the Fix It Guys. Paul was very helpful in adjusting my lawn sprinklers before I left on vacation. It was kind of him to take the time out of his Sunday to come over and help.” (Evelyn)

“Thanks for the great work everyone is dong especially for the maintenance work the repair men are doing”.

“My lamp is still working”. (Lydia)


If you are looking for a group to hike with, you may want to consider checking into the Glendale Hiking Club. The club was founded in 1982 and is sponsored by Glendale Parks and Recreation department. However, Glendale residency is not required.   The Club was organized to provide hikes and educational activities. Programs on previous events, trails, conservancy efforts, and plants and animals of the southwest occur at Club meetings. 

Club outings allow for full participation according to skill level from the new to the experienced hiker.  We rely on Club members to lead our activities. The Club has hikes on most Saturdays and some Sundays and weekdays. 

Sponsored activities include day hikes, backpacks, car camps, community service projects, and occasional special events such as rafting and cross-country skiing. Members are informed about activities through the bi-monthly newsletter, the monthly Club meeting, and the Hotline.

To find out more about the club and to obtain a membership application, check the website .

By Judy Nance, R.N.


In some cases the need for medical help is evident. Here's a short primer on when to seek care. Seek medical help immediately for:

  1. Problems involving your breathing, heartbeat, circulation or thinking.
  2. Problems severe enough to keep you from functioning normally.
  3. A problem that has increased in intensity and is now the worst it's ever been.
  4. New symptoms that begin after an injury or develop after starting a new medication.

The following signs or symptoms should not be ignored:

Severe headache : (steadily worsens or persists for several days) May be accompanied by a stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizures, vision changes, dizziness, weakness, imbalance or difficulty speaking or a headache that worsens after a head injury, fall or bump.

Loss of consciousness : Fainting may or may not be serious. An abrupt loss of consciousness with no forewarning may be an indication of something serious, such as heart blockage.

Vision problem :( See your doctor immediately for any of the following) Blurred, double or decreased vision or eye pain.

Abrupt loss of ability to speak or move a part of your body : Sudden weakness or numbness in your face, arm or leg on one side, or difficulty speaking (could be a stroke).

Choking : While choking you won't be able to speak or breathe. Oxygen will not get to the brain, so alert others by giving the universal sign for choking (hold your hands around your throat).

Breathing Problems : Gasping for air, wheezing or unable to deep breathe – Seek help immediately.

Chest Discomfort : Unexplained pain, or pressure in chest.

Severe Abdominal Pain : Severe, recurrent or persistent or is accompanied by shortness of breath, dizziness, vomiting, bloody stools or a fever above 103 o F.

Blood Clots of the Legs : Redness, swelling or tenderness of a limb.

Fevers : Over 105 o F, or if you are older than 65 and your temperature is 101 o F or higher, especially for more than three days and accompanied with other symptoms call your doctor.

It is impossible to include all emergency signs and symptoms so when in doubt, call your doctor or seek immediate emergency help.

Information from Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, October 2004