December 2, 2005
6:00 p.m. Cocktails & Friendship Renewal
7:00-10 p.m. Dinner & Dancing
Cash bar all evening
This is your night to shine, best bib & tucker and your fancy party shoes – 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.
Mail your check, with notation for Holiday Party , to HRC at our address on page 12.
We offer apologies for the lateness of The Bridge in October. Honeywell, who has always been so helpful in publishing this for us, has outsourced their publishing operations to a third party. While we were ready for publication and The Electronic Bridge was issued on schedule, the transition of our automated printing and mailing process was a bit more complicated than expected. These issues have been worked and we hope that future editions will be available on schedule. However, we encourage members who have e-mail access to consider signing up for The Electronic Bridge , if you have not already. This way of getting The Bridge is faster and easier. It also includes color pictures, which is a nice feature. You can find details on how to sign up in this copy of The Bridge.
Oktoberfest was its usual smashing success, complete with live music from the Krug un'Kraut Band, led by our own Mel Linberg, good food and lots of time to reminisce and catch up on summer activities with friends. See inside for more details and pictures.
Due to the delay in The Bridge in October, the Heard Museum event, which was planned for October, is being rescheduled to a date in February 2006.
The balance of our Fall agenda is set and we hope to see you out for these events. Please contact me for any events that you missed in the past that you would be interested in repeating. I have already had interest expressed in a repeat of Sheriff Joe's Tent City tour. We might try an overnight event here to really get the inside scoop on what it's like! Any takers??
Hoping that your Holiday Season is great and that we will see you for the Holiday Party on December 2nd.
Occasionally we are notified of minor address changes or name misspellings. In these cases members typically still receive The Bridge in spite of these errors. Also, for most members our records list formal names (Elizabeth, Edward, etc.) and often middle initials. These names and addresses are what print out on The Bridge and typically is also what is used when we publish e-mail listings (we sometimes take liberties with long names in the e-mail listings). Please check your name and address as printed on page 12 of The Bridge . If there are minor errors, misspellings or if you would prefer us to use your “informal” name (sometimes your friends and former co-workers may not recognize your “formal” name), please leave a message on the HRC hotline at 602-313-5050 or send us the information at email@example.com or send it to our mailing address listed on page 12 of the newsletter and we will update our records.
In May of 2004 we started testing the option of electronic distribution for The Bridge; then last January we expanded that evaluation program to include volunteer members. Over 60 members are participating. While we had a few problems initially, those were quickly resolved and all has been smooth since March 2005. The feedback we have received during this evaluation has been very positive. For anyone with e-mail, there are many benefits: 1) faster receipt – a week or more before mail copy, 2) full color – pictures, graphics and other features typically in color, 3) portability – receive The Bridge wherever you get e-mail, 4) magnify text – it can be much easier to read smaller print, 5) potentially less paper in the mailbox. We also learned that some members want only the electronic version (an option we have not been able to provide). Plus we found that some participants provided their e-mail addresses to receive The Electronic Bridge, but did not want this address published in the newsletter. Lastly, we learned we needed to find a way to electronically remind members of their dues status.
We wish to thank all who have participated in this evaluation program. We are now ready to offer The Electronic Bridge as a standard communication program of the HRC. This program remains optional and in no way replaces our past hard copy mailings of The Bridge, however we have resolved the technical issues and can now provide the option of “electronic only” for those who prefer this. We will also not publish e-mail addresses if so requested and we have found a way to provide a dues status reminder with each issue. All of this is effective immediately.
It you are interested in receiving The Electronic Bridge (or even a trial copy), you can sign up by contacting us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your : 1) name , 2) e-mail address , 3) if you wish your e-mail address not published in The Bridge periodically (see pages 5 & 6), and 4) if you want “ electronic only ” or both electronic & hard copy. You may “opt in” or “opt-out” of this program at any time by simply notifying us via e-mail.
It must be emphasized that the sole purpose of this program is to improve the quality and convenience of our communication to members who prefer this format – we are not trying to avoid mailings. Participation is totally optional, but does have many benefits.
|Where:||Symphony Hall – Phoenix Civic Plaza, 225 E. Adams St., Downtown Phoenix|
Corigliano – The Mannheim Rocket
|Cost:||$39 less a discount of 10-25%, depending on the number in our group. You will be notified of the final cost after the sign-up deadline.|
|Coordinator:||Virginia Clagett 602-992-4204 or VMClagett@aol.com VMClagett@aol.com|
|Reservations:||Required by October 27, 2005. Send your intent to participate to: Virginia Clagett, P. O. Box 31937, Phoenix, AZ 85046 or VMClagett@aol.com|
Guest conductor Jahja Ling returns to Phoenix to lead the Symphony in Corigliano's exciting work, The Mannheim Rocket, followed by Mozart's final Piano Concerto featuring Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger. The concert concludes with the rich harmonies of Brahms's First Symphony.
Monday, November 21, 2005
|Where:||ARROWHEAD COUNTRY CLUB
19888 N. 73rd Ave., Glendale, AZ
(Just SE of 75th Ave. and 101 Freeway)
|Cost:||$45 for green fees, carts , prize money and lunch.|
SPACE AVAILABLE – GOLFERS NEEDED
Guests are welcome ! Prizes to be awarded !
Logistics: Shotgun start at 8:00 AM with lunch to follow. Check-in will be at 7:30 AM for cart assignment. Proper golf attire required: soft spike shoes, shirts with collars and no Levis. We will use established handicaps [AGA] and CALLOWAY only for those that do not have handicaps. As in the past, we will play team scores using selected holes to determine the aggregate team score. WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY, PLEASE INCLUDE AGA HANDICAP NUMBER NEXT TO THE PERSON'S NAME. If you do not do this, we will have to use CALLOWAY to determine handicap.
Payment must be in by Nov. 11 . If you do not have a foursome, send in the players' names and handicaps, 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.
Mail to: Dale Wendt
7540 E. Becker Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Questions? Call Dale at 480-922-1402
This event is being rescheduled to Feb 2006 due to short notice & delays in The Bridge delivery last month.
|Where:||Heard Museum – 2301 N. Central Ave., Downtown Phoenix|
|Time:||Tour starts at 1:30pm – arrive early|
|Cost:||$7.00 per person|
|Coordinator:||6:40 PM Virginia Clagett 602-992-4204 or VMClagett@aol.com|
|Reservations:||Required by October 15, 2005|
We will be taking a Las Guias tour with a specially trained guide who can focus on areas such as jewelry, pottery, basketry, kachina dolls, textiles and contemporary art depending on the interest of the majority of our participants.
Send your money and special areas of interest to: Virginia Clagett, P. O. Box 31937, Phoenix, AZ 85046
In January 2005 the Honeywell and Sperry Retirees' Clubs provided an informative seminar on the pending Government Prescription Drug Plan. Due to popular demand, the Retiree's Clubs once again offered another informative seminar on this very confusing subject. Everyone on Medicare must make a decision on how you want to be included in this new Medicare program that will start in January 2006. Ann Marie Grande from the Area Agency on Aging provided a very enlightening seminar. Her Agency is a partner with Medicare.
About one hundred members and guests attended the annual Oktoberfest cookout at North Mountain Park. The late afternoon event was led by Harry Heller, Don Roeber and Ike Templeton and featured hamburgers, bratwursts, chips, sauerkraut, hot German potato salad and cookies. A highlight of the festivities was the 12-piece Krug un' Kraut Band playing and singing old favorite German dance tunes for listening and dancing. Since we were prepared with a beer permit, some enterprising attendees were even spotted enjoying a brew while preparing for the “chicken dance”. Door prizes topped off the evening, with gift cards presented for the Yardhouse Beerpub and Marie Callenders.
Digital pictures were taken at the affair as you can see here – also check the HRC web site (www.hrcaz.org) to see other attendees and maybe yourself! Special thanks go to retiree member and bandleader Mel Linberg who arranged for and played in the band, and grill cooks Harry Heller, Russ Henzel and Ted Rees.
The event is truly a team affair with help and assistance from the HRC Board of Directors, John & Judy Nance, Shirley & Wally Klovstad, Nancy Roeber and many of the club's Directors and other members helping with the event. All members are encouraged to come out and join us for the next picnic event to be held in the spring
Here's a new twist scammers are using to commit identity theft: the jury duty scam. Here's how it works:
The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you've failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest. The victim typically and rightly claims they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for "verification" purposes. Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim's Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information – exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft.
So far, this jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state.
It's easy to see why this works. The victim is clearly caught off guard, and is understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her arrest. So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information. In reality, court workers will never call you to ask for Social Security numbers and other private information. In fact, most courts follow up via snail mail and rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors.
ACTION: Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call.
This jury duty scam is the latest in a series of identity theft scams where scammers use the phone to try to get people to reveal their Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information. It doesn't matter why they are calling – all the reasons are just different variants of the same scam. Protecting yourself is simple: Never give this info out when you receive a phone call.
A minister who always read his sermons placed his manuscript on the pulpit about half an hour before the service. One young member of his congregation removed the last page. Preaching vigorously, the minister came to the words, "So Adam said to Eve . . ." Turning the page, he was horrified to discover the final page missing. As he shuffled through the other pages, he gained a little time by repeating, "So Adam said to Eve . . ." Then in a low voice which the microphone carried to every part of the church, he added, "There seems to be a leaf missing."
"Do you have a criminal lawyer in town?" a tourist asked an old-timer.
A burglar entered a minister's house at midnight. Drawing his weapon, he said, "If you stir, you're a dead man. "I'm hunting for your money."
PAINKILLERS LINKED TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
In a three-year study, women ages 34 to 77 who took an average daily dose of 500 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) were twice as likely to develop hypertension as those who did not take the drug. Risk increased by 60% to 80% for those who took more than 400 mg per day of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). Theory: These drugs increase blood pressure by interfering with the blood vessels' ability to relax. Aspirin was not found to elevate blood pressure. John Phillip Forman, MD (Instructor of medicine, Harvard Medical School).
COLD AND FLU PREVENTION
Colds and flu are caused by viruses which are transmitted by different means. Colds (usually rhinoviruses) stay active for up to three hours on hard surfaces (doorknobs, phones, etc), typically transmitted by hands. The flu is most often transmitted in the air when a person yawns, talks, or coughs. The virus can remain active in the air for up to 10 minutes. The best protection against colds is to keep hands away from nose, eyes or mouth. Hand washing is the best advice especially after being in public places and before eating. When hand washing is not available, disposable towelettes saturated with alcohol or other virus-killing agents are effective. Examples: Wash ‘n' Dri and Wet Ones. It is also helpful to carry your own pen to sign credit card slips and a packet of tissues rather than a common tissue box touched by others. Eat healthy foods, exercise and increase immune defenses by reducing stress, quitting smoking and limiting alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day. Good news: Flu is easier to prevent than a cold because there is an effective vaccine. If you are under age 65, vaccination offers up to 80% protection, and 40% for people older than 65. Also, if you do get the flu after being vaccinated, it is likely to be less severe than if you hadn't had the shot. Information from “Bottom Line Health”, Nov. 2005 Neil Schacher, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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.
LUNCHEON AT LUBY'S GROUP
We have been informed that this group will no longer be meeting as a separate group. The suggestion for members of this group is that they join the monthly Honey-Bunch-Lunchers for their meetings as listed on page 12.
Contributed by Eileen Cottrell
20 th ANNUAL HONEYWELL DVP Marketing & Friends REUNION
Reunion will be held on Saturday, December 17th, 2005 at the Home Town Buffet located at the NW corner of Interstate 17 and Bell Road in Bell Canyon Pavilions (same place as last year – across Bell Rd. from Denny's Restaurant). The reunion begins about 11:30 A.M. and continues until the last person leaves. Lunch is at your own expense but the good times are free. Tables will be arranged for group visits. We look forward to seeing many old friends and spouses at this Holiday activity.
Contributed by Stan & Carol Plunkett
Honeywell Retiree Club (HRC) active membership is open to Honeywell retirees with a membership fee of $3 per fiscal year (May 1st to April 30th). This entitles you to receive our newsletter, The Bridge, participate in Club activities and functions and to be a voting member. Check above your name on page 12 of The Bridge to determine your dues status if you are a current active member.
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 active 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 GE Retiree Club. While some of these clubs may limit membership, the HRC accepts members from all who have had ties to either the old or new Honeywell. You may want to join more than one group to maintain contact with your Honeywell friends from your working years.