Honeywell Volunteers of Arizona
As you may have read in an earlier issue of The Bridge, Honeywell is not actively supporting the Honeywell Volunteers of Arizona (HVA) volunteer organization that was begun about eight years ago. Honeywell has a new set of strategic goals for community support that the “new Honeywell” developed and they are channeling their efforts in that direction. They are, however, still making company contributions for volunteer hours through the payment of a donation to the organization of choice for those Honeywell volunteers who put in many hours of work. For many of you this may not be news since you may already be filling out a form and sending it in to the HVA office. Please keep up the good work and send in the hours.
For those of you who have not known about this opportunity, the following rules govern the payment from Honeywell to charitable tax-exempt agencies that you spend volunteer hours supporting. You can have payments of $50 sent for each 25 hours worked. There is a $100 limit per volunteer and a $200 limit per family. Please request the form from the HVA office by calling 602-870-7014 or by mailing to HVA, 11034 N 23rd Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85029.
HRC ELECTION CANDIDATES
For President: Edward C. Frick
For Vice President: Virginia Clagett
For Secretary: Nancy Boyle
For Treasurer: Doug White
For Director: Wally Klovstad
For Director: Shirley E. Krieger
For Director: Leroy N. (Ike) Templeton
Honeywell Retiree Benefits Information Available On Line
Some of our members report that retirees who receive their pension payments from Honeywell can find some valuable information on the Internet. You can just log on to the Internet and register as a new user by entering your SSN and establishing a PASSWORD or use a password from an earlier time. Information provided on this site includes: Health Insurance, Pension, Your Personal Finance Center, Your Profile, Life Events, etc.
You can also:
The site URL is: http://resources.hewitt.com/honeywell/
Contributed by Harry Heller
WHAT HAPPENED TO BLACK AND BLUE?
You may have noticed that last month The Bridge was printed on white paper rather than the more traditional blue. You probably have also noticed that we have started including more pictures in The Bridge. For example, this issue includes pictures of election candidates for the first time in HRC history! We have found that pictures are clearer in black on white (no wonder most newspapers use white paper!). Don't forget you can always view any pictures in The Bridge (and more) in full color on the HRC web site.
FIX IT GUYS
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, Ed, Clint and Gene. Call 602-870-0813.
News from Nurse Nance
Stroke is a medical Emergency: The American Stroke Association gives the following symptoms as causes for concern.
Perhaps a bystander (someone with or without medical knowledge) can be helpful if they remember three simple questions.
If he/she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. For additional stroke information, call the American Stroke Association at 1-888-4stroke or http://www.StrokeAssociation.org.
Contributed by Judy Nance, RN
MARCH PACKED WITH HRC ACTIVITIES!
Check for details below; we hope you will attend all these great events!
Spring Picnic: Wednesday, March 9
Your Honeywell Retirees Club will provide baked ham, rolls, coffee, tea and water. Plates, utensils, condiments, etc. will also be available. Attendees are asked to bring a covered side dish, salad or dessert (per couple or individual). Get out your favorite recipes and prepare your specialty to share with others. There will be no charge to HRC members and guests. The ham will be served hot from roasters that will have been caringly heated by your HRC Board. You may bring your own beer (we will have a beer permit) or soft drinks if you would like, but no glass containers are allowed in the park.
North Mountain Park is just south of the Pointe Hilton at 7 th St. and Peoria. Turn west into the park. The Havasupai Ramada is the second turnoff on your left. Ample and convenient parking is available.
Jerome State Historic Park Monday, March 28
This is for a private tour and presentation of local history of mining in Jerome, and the family of James S. Douglas at the old Douglas Mansion and museum by Mr. Mike Rollins, Park Manager.
This will be followed by lunch (optional) at a local restaurant and 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 may want to make their own contributions on the “old days”. After the visit, you may want to visit the local shops.
We will try carpooling 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).
Kartchner Caverns/Fort Huachuca March 16-18
PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATES!
NOTICE : There is a change in the Kartchner Caverns tours times and dates due to issues with the Park reservations. If you are planning to participate in this activity, Virginia Clagett will be contacting you. Also please read the new information below. It's not too late to join in these activities.
Participants will drive to Benson in separate cars, some are carpooling. It is approximately a three hour drive from Phoenix. Some have asked about a van or bus, but we do not meet the minimums for this. Some will go a day earlier and others will join the group on the second day.
There are RV campgrounds for those who prefer those accommodations. A block of rooms has been reserved under the name of the Honeywell Retiree Club for March 15 and 16 at the Holiday Inn Express, 630 South Village Loop, Benson, AZ 85602, 520-586-1370. Some may now want to stay on the 17 th also. We have been quoted a per night room rate of $79 plus tax vs. the standard $109 plus tax. Please call right away to reserve your rooms. Contact Virginia if you have problems.
Our tours of the Big Room of the Kartchner Caverns will be on March 16 & 17 at three different times. The length of the tour is ½ mile and takes 1¾ hours and is wheelchair accessible. Tour cost is $22.95 per person that includes entry into the park. Backpacks, purses, etc. are not allowed in the caverns due to the close proximity of the cavern. Also, pictures are not allowed inside the cavern.
Tours at Fort Huachuca are available on March 16, 17 or 18. We'll tour the Museum and Annex with its displays of the Apache Wars, Buffalo Soldiers, Pershing's Expedition and Ft. Huachuca's role in WWII training. We'll also tour the U.S. Army Intelligence Museum that includes a 12' x 10' segment of the Berlin Wall, an early code machine, surveillance drones, and other intelligence gathering equipment. Entrance to both museums is free. Each person will need two forms of picture identification to enter Ft. Huachuca to participate in this tour as it is an active military post.
Some have asked if they can participate in just the Fort Huachuca portion of this trip – absolutely YES! In fact, there are a number of other interesting things in this area which you may want to work in. For example, the Amerind Foundation, a world-class Native American museum, is just 15 miles east of Benson. The Singing Wind Bookshop (2 miles north of Benson) and the nearby Sonoita Vineyards are other ideas.
Although this activity got a bit more complicated due to a reservations mix-up, we can now be quite flexible to accommodate your interests on this activity.
Annual Meeting Wednesday, April 27
This is our annual gathering to elect our leadership, conduct any other club business and socialize with old and new friends. We will provide directions and additional details in The Bridge next month.
Spring Golf Outing Monday May 2
PLEASE RESPOND ASAP AS WE ARE COMMITTED
Holiday Party December 2
This is the night to put on your best dress and dancing shoes – and for your guy a red vest – and come join us for the second annual HRC Holiday Dinner Dance. We had a great time last year and are planning more for this year – PLUS lots of great door prizes. The buffet they serve is really a tasty treat – plenty for seconds, too, and a dessert table to die for!
Mark your calendars for this festive party and watch future issues of The Bridge for additional details
Alaska Cruise (Sperry/Honeywell)
Our cruise leaves Seattle on June 19, 2005 visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, and British Columbia and cruising the Tracy Arm. A couple of cabins in each price category are still available, if you hurry. Call our travel agent, Marilyn Lohf at 623-487-1700 for reservations. The above prices include cruise fare, port charges, taxes, government fees, private welcome party, and $25.00 P/P on-board credit. The price DOES NOT include transportation to and from Seattle or gratuities.
Note to those already signed up: Princess has told us that the last shuttle from the airport on June 19 leaves at 2 pm. So, if you are planning on flying up on that morning, plan an early flight. You can now make the shore excursion reservations, if you wish. Visit www.princess.com to review the shore excursions available. The list will also be mailed to you with the cruise data. Final payments are due March 29.
If you have any questions, call Barbara Rippstein at 623-566-1572 or email at email@example.com
Genealogy: February 8
Gene Leber gave an informative presentation February 8 regarding Genealogy and the various websites available to use at the Family History Centers of the LDS organization.
The 17 attendees were able to log onto the 8 computers available at the Family History Center located in Sun City. Members of the center helped answer questions to improve the usefulness of their session.
See color pictures of other past events: click here