October 2004

The Bridge

Volume 21, Number 1

President's Perspective

The summer is almost over and cooler weather is just around the corner. Hope you had a great time whether you were off traveling or staying at home. We also hope that you are ready to get back into Honeywell Retirees Club activities. Your Board of Directors met on September 7 for the first meeting of the 2004-2005 year and reviewed the many plans being made to provide an exciting program for all who wish to participate. What a wonderfully energetic group of people who are working hard on your behalf.

While details for the club activities can be found inside the covers of this publication, I would like to briefly mention some event highlights here to try to peak your interest. October will see a session on Computer Virus/Firewall Protection. An Octoberfest celebration with live music from the Krugenkraut band October 20th, and the following week our cruise to Mexico will make for a busy month.

Another golf outing at Arrowhead Country Club is planned for November 22nd and we would urge you to get a group together and come out and get involved. All members and friends would be very welcome. November will also see a genealogy session and a Verde Valley Railroad ride with a Cowboy Cookout following. The date has not been set, but the Program Events Committee suggested that skydiving is being considered. (They may have been kidding, but I wouldn't bet on it.)

December 3rd will be the date for our festive Holiday Party, which will feature our first attempt at this kind of event now that the Employee Club is not having the event. Please plan on supporting this gala dinner dance that we believe will be the highlight of the season.

The changes to The Bridge layout introduced in the May issue are working out just fine with our ability to publish it more quickly each month. Thanks again to The Bridge Gang that worked for so many years in sending out the Bridge, now that the process has been improved and they can more fully retire. Charlie Farmer and Ted Rees continue to do a great job of pulling all the news together and editing it into a very readable format. Wally Klovstad, membership chairman, is now utilizing the new message capability to inform everyone of his or her dues status as a part of the address section of this newsletter.

Russ Henzel is doing an excellent job providing the Honeywell Retirees Club with a superb website which provides information that is readily available on www.hrcaz.org . Information on what is happening in the Valley of the Sun continues to be updated for you every week. Please take a look and let us know what you think of the content. If you are on the web, send us e-mail on hotline@hrcaz.org .

We continue to solicit your input on what additional events you would like to see as a part of our HRC activities. Please feel free to call any of us on the Board or drop an e-mail to us to let us know your interests

Don Roeber

Membership Information

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.

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

Programs and Events 2004/5

The following are new programs for the 2004/5 season that we are sponsoring:

Alaska Cruise Information Session - Wednesday, October 6, 2004


Desert Canyon Room



MFS Investment Mgmt Building,


2411 W. Peoria Ave, Phoenix


Between I17 and 23 rd Ave; south side of Peoria at 24 th Ave



1:15pm for 1:30 meeting (Please arrive no earlier than 1:15)


Cruise dates:

June 19-26, 2005


Event Coordinator:

Barbara Rippstein 623-566-1572

Imagine sky blue glaciers, soaring eagles, humpback whales, crisp cool air and beautiful sunsets. This is Alaska in June. Alaska is one of the premier places to cruise and spaces fill up quickly.

For those who are interested, please plan to attend this meeting to get details, itinerary and special prices. It's not too early as reservations for this prime time cruise are already filling up. A cruise line representative will be there to answer questions.

Reservations at our group rate are limited and can only be secured by making a deposit now . This can be done in the meeting via credit cards or checks. If you are interested and cannot attend, please contact Barbara.

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 vmclagett@aol.com

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 .

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, for those who would rather not drive back to Phoenix that night, we are also checking out senior rates at the local Hampton Inn so that folks could drive back the next morning.

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 www.verdecanyonrr.com

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.

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 sk121carck@cox.net
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.

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 ecfrick@aol.com


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

When: Monday, November 22, 2004  
  19888 N. 73 rd Ave., Glendale, AZ
  (Just SE of 75 th Ave. and 101 Freeway) 623-561-9625

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


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
11424 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 99 th 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.

By Judy Nance, R.N.


Maintaining Weight Loss: There is abundant literature and diets to help with weight loss. The National Weight Control Registry includes nearly 3000 individuals who have maintained at least a 30 pound loss for a period of at least one year. Walking is the most frequently cited physical activity with the NWCR. For more information and some helpful links about this topic, visit their web site at:

http://www.lifespan.org/services/bmed/wt loss/nwcr/link.htm

The last two references are from the Nurse and Health Ministries Network, Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R. March/April 2004.