The Bridge, May, 2005


Many thanks to all of you who have supported me through the years and for your support of my nomination to lead the Club. I consider it a great honor and pledge to do my best to represent you well. I will remain very supportive of members' inputs and welcome your comments.

With the May 2nd Spring Golf Outing, another year has been successfully completed for your HRC thanks to an energetic and active Don Roeber and your Board. As Don highlighted in the Annual Meeting, we are proud of a number of accomplishments, including:

It was nice to see so many of you at the Annual Meeting and at our program and event activities this year. The responses to our questionnaire at the Annual Meeting showed considerable interest in the 2005-2006 events that we have proposed. Please see the updated Calendar of Events in this issue. We will be filling in more dates in the September issue. We continue to seek member inputs on items that they would like to see.

One of our goals is to increase member participation in events, so I am particularly interested in hearing from those of you not able to attend events on what we can do to see you there.

I very much look forward to the next year and working with the Board to improve our club for all members. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great summer.

Ed Frick


A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:

  1. The next time you order checks, have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.
  2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".
  3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
  4. If you have a work phone number, use it on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box or work address, use that instead of your home address. Never have your SS number printed on your checks. You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.
  5. Copy the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. I also carry a photocopy of my passport when traveling either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, or credit cards.

If you do have your wallet, purse or a credit card stolen, the thief can do a lot of damage in a short time, for example – I received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more. Here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

  1. You already know you should cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them – even when traveling.
  2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc. were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation.

But here's the most important of all:

  1. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. Thieves can make an application for credit over the Internet. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

    Here are the numbers you will need to keep handy with your credit card information:





    Experian (formerly TRW):






    Social Security Administration (fraud line):




  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them ".
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
  4. Enjoy the simple things.
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help
  9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!



Deer Valley Credit Union and Honeywell Aerospace Federal Credit Union are seeking to join forces no later than the end of 2005

Deer Valley Credit Union began operations in July of 1971. In 2002, Deer Valley Federal Credit Union was granted a state charter, and changed its name to simply “Deer Valley Credit Union” and became a community credit union. This enabled the credit union to be able to accept members within an approved “boundary” area in north and northwest Phoenix encompassing 25 zip codes. Membership stands at approximately 20,000 members, with over $220,000,000 in assets. It is currently the 9 th largest credit union in Arizona.

Honeywell Aerospace Federal Credit Union was formed in 1958 as Sperry Federal Credit Union to serve employees of Sperry Rand Corporation. The credit union changed their name to the current Honeywell Aerospace Federal Credit

Union on December 15, 1999. Current membership stands at approximately 21,600 members, with over $167,000,000 in assets.

The merger of these two successful credit unions will benefit both memberships in many ways. With combined assets of nearly $400,000,000 the joint “Honeywell and Deer Valley Community Credit Union” will have greater economies of scale, enabling more strategic financial planning in the years to come. More branch locations, Shared Branching for all members, a greater number of owned ATM's, and an expanded product line are just a few of the significant benefits the membership will enjoy following this merger.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at 602-375-7300 or email at and they will be happy to fill you in on any details available.


News from Nurse Nance

Better weight control: New finding: People who consumed at least 35 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B-12 daily gained five fewer pounds over the course of a decade than did those who consumed less.

Theory: Because vitamin B-12 helps regulate blood sugar, people who lack this nutrient might overeat in response to unstable blood sugar levels.

Helpful: Most multivitamins contain only 6 mcg of B-12, so consider taking a supplement, or eating more vitamin B-12-rich foods, such as cooked oysters (7.2 mcg per medium oyster) or trout (4.2 mcg per three-ounce serving).

Mary C. Nachtigal, researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle. “Bottom Line Health” May, 2005.

Contributed by
Judy Nance . RN


September 20, 2005 - Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball

* NEW * NEW * NEW * NEW *

Coordinator: Ed Skutecki
Contact: 623-572-9004 or
Game: Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Starting Time: 6:40 PM
Seat pricing: $16/seat (group rate at ½ normal rate minimum group size = 30)

With the Diamondbacks off to a successful start this year and with interest expressed in the Annual Meeting Questionnaire, we decided to sponsor a group event at Bank One Ballpark. Seating will be along the first base or third base lines. As this is the last newsletter until September, those who are interested need to notify Ed Skutecki as soon as possible so as not to miss out. Please mark your calendar for this date, advise Ed Skutecki of your reservation and mail checks to Treasurer HRC, 2500 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85027 with the notation “For Ballgame”.

June 19-26, 2005 - Sperry/Honeywell 2005 Alaska Cruise

Coordinator Barbara Rippstein
Phone: 623-566-1572
When: June 19 through 26, 2005
Ship: Princess Cruise Lines

Reservations are closed for our group. All of our cruisers should have received a packet of Pre-cruise Documents.  If not, please call Marilyn at 623-487-1700.  Also, take the time to fill out the documents Princess requested and mail them back, or fill out the form on the Internet at . Included in the packet is the Shore Excursions information.  You can pre-reserve your shore excursions now. If anyone needs to contact Barbara, she will be at home until June 11, or you can reach her via email at See you on board!

December 2, 2005 - HOLIDAY PARTY

Where: The Elks Club (same place as last year)
Coordinator: Lorri Jordan 480-473-1335

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! Talk to your friends and reserve a full table for a fun evening of dining, dancing and conversation.

Mark your calendars for this festive party and watch future issues of The Bridge for additional details.

Recent Events

April 27, 2005 - Annual Meeting

Like the song says, “It was a very good year” and those attending the 2005 Honeywell Retirees Annual Meeting on the morning of Wednesday, April 27, certainly received a rewarding and even funny review of the Club's past year. Early arrivers had time for coffee and lots of conversation and renewal of friendships. After which a delicious breakfast was served to 75 plus members at the Arrowhead Country Club. While talking and milling around with our old acquaintances a fun slide show of this year's past events was projected for all to see. This gave all of us a renewed taste of the good times we had shared – PLUS some really good camera shots of the train ride, the holiday dance where we were all dressed up, a bird's-eye-view of cruising in Mexico, ghostly Jerome at its best and more. Indeed, we may have seen your photo too, munching at the Blazin' M Ranch! As usual we had some great door prizes for the lucky winners.

For the formal part of the Annual Meeting, we recognized outgoing Treasurer, John Nance – he will be missed, outgoing Director, Russ Henzel (but he will continue to do the Web page and thanks for that) and lastly, Don Roeber, the out going President. Don has done a super job for the past two years and provided the group with stability, energy and dedication. Following his award, Ed Frick narrated a slide production – a “roast” on ‘Don's past presidency. Done as an old western theme, it gave Don, his support staff and the rest of us a hearty laugh. Good job, Ed.

This meeting was also for the election of the new HRC Board who are:

President: Ed Frick
Vice President: Virginia Clagett
Treasurer: Doug White
Secretary: Nancy Boyle
Directors: Wally Klovstad,
Shirley Krieger,
Ike Templeton

Many thanks to Lorri Jordan who made all the arrangements for this successful Annual Meeting

May 2, 2005 - Spring Golf Outing

Monday, 5/2, fifty-two players participated in the HRC Spring golf outing at Tatum Ranch CC. The weather was beautiful, the course challenging, and everyone had a wonderful time. The following were winners:

Closest on #3 Dwight
Closest on #8 Joe
Closest on #11 Jim
Closest on #16 Bob
Longest putt #9 George
Longest putt #18 Jim
Straightest Drive #9 Ken
Low Net Calloway Clint
Low Net AGA Bob
2nd Team High Net [97] Berti, Casteel, Aycock, Cunningham
1st Team High Net [98] Matthews, Womack, Booker, Abbitt
3rd Team Low Net [81] Wendt, Peterson, Hebert, Matthews
2nd Team Low Net [81] Brink, Manning, Routier, Gomez
1st Team Low Net [79] Roeber, Shroeder, Griner, Frank

Next tournament [Nov. 21, 2005], we will again use established handicaps [AGA] and Calloway only for those that do not have handicaps. This should equalize play and give us more ways to be fair in scoring. By the way, we gave out 29 awards, which enabled us to have 55% participation in award monies.

Hope to have 100+ players next time, at Arrowhead CC, as we will again offer opportunities to play to Sperrywell and Signalwell and any of the other ..well's out there.

Have a safe and enjoyable Summer, and we will look forward to seeing you all at the fall tournament – Arrowhead, Nov. 21, 2005.

Contributed by: Dale Wendt




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.


The Phase II evaluation of The Bridge distribution via e-mail is continuing with additional volunteers each month. Feedback continues to be very positive and all known problems experienced by participants thus far have been resolved. Many participants have indicated they no longer need the “paper copy” via post mail. We hope to provide this option later this year. If you are interested in joining the group to receive The Electronic Bridge, please send your name and e-mail address , along with a note indicating your interest in The Electronic Bridge Phase II , to . Remember, the next newsletter will be September 2005. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact:

Ted Rees at 623-465-7337

Honeywell Retiree Club Web Site: WWW.HRCAZ.ORG

Members are encouraged to become familiar with our website: We are adding more and more interesting information you may find very useful. Have you checked out the following:

Photo Galley has new pictures from the Annual Meeting and Golf Outing, plus lots from other past events.

Phun in Phoenix section lists current Phoenix area events and activities for individuals and families.

Phoenix Area Attractions section of the website lists local area attractions, museums, performing arts, sporting attractions and other interesting information, including phone numbers and web addresses. These are a great reference for planning family or visitor activities.

Misplace your copy of The Bridge? Did you want to mark your calendar for a Fall event you want to attend? Although The Bridge will not be published again until September, you can get all this information from our website anytime.

A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water

How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.



It's that time again. May 1st means HRC dues are due. This past month we received lots of dues payments from our membership.  We very much thank those who paid and also commend many who sent in multiple year's dues to make both their and our job easier.  Those who have not sent in a check, please look at the mailing label on your newsletter for a friendly reminder that will let you know if you need to update your membership dues.

Membership Chairman: Wally Klovstad

Help Needed From Membership

Occasionally we get The Bridge returned because of having an incorrect mailing address for our members. If you are aware of any member that should be receiving The Bridge and who is not receiving it, please call us at 602 313 5050 or e-mail at

Link to the Membership Application