HUHUGAM HERITAGE CENTER TOUR - Thursday, March 1
“The Huhugam Heritage Center is a place that tells the stories of the history, culture, and language of the peoples of the Gila River Indian Community and honors the ancient Huhugam. Through exhibitions, classes, programs, and its collections, its goal is to educate Community members, youth, and visitors. The mission of the Huhugam Heritage Center is to ensure that the cultures of the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and the Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples, and that of their ancestors, will survive and flourish for present and future generations. The Center will provide a museum facility to offer interpretive exhibitions, public programs and educational activities that will enhance an awareness of southern Arizona and its prehistoric, historic, and contemporary Native peoples.”
Come join the Honeywell Retiree Club members to tour the facility. This facility is across the road from the Wild Horse Pass Casino. For those who like to gamble, you may want to tour the museum and then stop by the casino to gamble and have lunch.
For 15 or more attendees, we will have a tour guide; otherwise the tour will be self-guided. Contact Virginia Clagett to make a reservation and provide the number in your party so will know whether or not to schedule the guide.
In case anyone who grew up in colder climates forgot, January brought a reminder of what freezing temperatures were like. My shrubs and plants will certainly remember this.
Speaking of reminders, as seniors occasionally forget things, one not to forget is that special gift for that special someone on Valentine's Day.
Another reminder is to thank Ted Rees for “temporarily” taking over the membership records for last summer, and having so much fun at it that he kept them through December. Ted, many thanks for a great job!
Thanks to Harry Heller for organizing the Day at the Races event in January. I heard that everyone who went was a winner! Thanks too to Don Roeber for orchestrating the Arizona Capital tour and to Lorri Jordan for serving up the Brewery Night at the Four Peaks Brewery, both educational and cultural events in our calendar that were successful.
Please be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming events and bring a friend.
THEY'RE BACK – NOW SPONSORED BY HONEYWELL & SPERRY RETIREE CLUBS
We can help Honeywell retirees or surviving spouses with fix-it jobs around the house that you are not good at or are unable to do and prevent these jobs from becoming budget busters.
Call us at this new number: (602) 765-4466 and leave a clear message containing job information, your name and telephone number. We probably can help and will get back to you as quickly as practical. We furnish the labor at no cost to you; you furnish the cost of the parts.
The Fix-It Guys are: Bob, Dick, Gene, Sam, Perry, Matt, Paul, Ed and Clint.
Please contact the phone number above if you would like to volunteer as a Fix-It Guy or Gal.
Each month we have more members signing up for The Electronic Bridge, and most are opting to receive “electronic only”. If you have an e-mail address, you should give it a try. Member feedback has been very positive. 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, and 4) if you want “electronic only ” or both electronic and hard copy. You may “opt in” or “opt-out” of this program at any time by simply notifying us via e-mail. Contributed by Ted Rees.
News from Nurse Nance
HIV Testing : The CDC now recommends that everyone age 13 to 64 be tested for HIV as part of the standard battery of tests given in a routine exam. As estimated 250,000 Americans do not know they are infected with HIV. By finding out earlier that they are infected, they can start taking life-extending medication, as well as make efforts not to spread the disease. “ University of California , Berkeley , Wellness Letter”, Jan 2007.
Live Well, Live Long : A wonderful information site from the American Society on Aging (ASA). It contains, along with other information, health promotion strategies and materials developed by the American Society on Aging through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and geared toward our aging population. http://www.asaging.org/cdc/module/home.cfm .
PHUN IN PHOENIX IS BACK
Check out the Phun in Phoenix information, which recently has returned to our web site. This listing of cool things to do in Phoenix each weekend is updated weekly – check it out here. Also a long list of Phoenix area attractions with phone numbers and web sites are listed on this site – a great reference for your activities with family and friends. Check out photos of our past events as well as useful information from past seminars like the recent one on Identity Theft. You'll also find all of our club's upcoming activities, with dates and contact information, plus a copy of The Bridge. If you have any photos of Club activities, we'd love to publish them. Attach the pictures to an email and send to email@example.com.
Russ Henzel, website editor
THIS IS A COMBINED HONEYWELL/SPERRY EVENT
Here's your chance to see a major league baseball game for a fraction of what it costs for a regular season game. Our tickets will be between home plate and either first or third base and in the shade for most of the game. This event always sells out early, so send in your check now!
Your Honeywell Retirees Club will provide a delicious baked ham, rolls, coffee, tea and water. Plates, utensils, condiments, etc. will also be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share: hot casserole, baked beans, salad or dessert of your choice. 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.
Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Founded in 1958, KPNO operates three major nighttime telescopes, shares site responsibilities with the National Solar Observatory and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 19 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ. Kitt Peak offers a public evening program like no other. It is home to the largest collection of optical research telescopes anywhere in the world, and at the Visitor Center with its two observatories, the public is invited to learn about, and gain hands-on experience of the latest that astronomy has to offer. We'll view everything from planets to other galaxies using our 20 inch RC Optical Systems and 16 inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
While people have always requested a night under the stars on Kitt Peak, it wasn't until the fall of 1996 that these desires were finally addressed, and the public programs were established. Then, in October of 2002, expansion to a second dome allowed additional guests to take advantage of the program - without increasing the number of participants in each observatory! Then in the winter of 2006 Kitt Peak fortunate enough to get their third observatory. By fall of 2006 they were scheduling guests in their new roll-off roof observatory.
The $34 cost for seniors includes a meal of turkey sandwich or a vegetarian alternative. Those attending can arrive earlier in the day to tour the facility and daytime telescopes to maximize your visit. You are encouraged to dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes. The number of attendees is limited so be sure to sign up early.
The tour will conclude around 9:30PM. Plan to spend the night in Tucson and join us for a tour of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on Saturday, March31.
Send the money to the HRC Treasurer at the HRC address.
Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. The Sonoran Desert Region is an arid region encompassing parts of Arizona and California in the United States and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. About 85% of the Museum is outside. About 15% of the exhibits is indoors.Wheelchairs are available free of charge to Museum visitors on a first come, first served basis. They also have 2 electric scooter-style wheel chairs available for $10/day. Allow about 2 hours to 3 hours to tour the museum. There are places to eat on the property. The Ironwood Terraces is a self serve grill. The Ocotillo Café offers fine dining and is open for lunch. The chefs utilize the freshest ingredients available to create an Arizona-Sonora regional cuisine. Reservations are needed. Phoebes Coffee Bar and the Cottonwood snack shop offer hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, ice cream and other snacks. There is a small picnic area near the Museum entrance for those who prefer to take their own food.
From I-10, take the Speedway Blvd. Exit and head west. Turn right onto Kinney Road . In about 2.5 miles , the Desert Museum will be on your left.
Join us aboard the Caribbean Princess. She had her maiden voyage in 2004, carries 3,100 passengers and has a “small ship feel”. St. Maarten and St. Thomas have beautiful beaches and blue water in addition to duty free shopping. Princess Cay is a tiny island in the Bahamas offering a full day of fun in the sun.
NOTE: All US citizens will need a current passport.
Watson Lake Park is a beautifully situated facility, high on a knoll overlooking the lake and Granite Dells. The Ramada is expansive with ample shade, tables and parking. Pre-paid parking tickets and meal tickets will be given to each participant when they arrive and check in. Place the parking ticket in a visible place in the vehicle and present the meal ticket to be served.
Please make telephone reservations by April 2 so that we can help our caterer plan.
On Tuesday, January 16th, the Sperry and Honeywell Retiree Clubs held a joint outing at the horse track. Forty four retirees and guests signed up to attend and forty three attended. Those attending enjoyed a meal, of either the turkey croissant sandwich or the trifecta salad. Consensus was it was a great lunch. Overall we had no huge winners, however, several attendees won a good sum on some of the races. Turf Paradise runs a very efficient in first class operation. Several of the attendees were in the winners circle picture taken after the race named for the Sperry/Honeywell Retiree Clubs.
Contributed by Harry Heller
Twenty-five HRC members enjoyed the beautiful weather to travel to the Arizona Capitol grounds to tour the Arizona State Capitol museum on January 23rd. A tour of the museum featured seeing some of the collection of over 15,000 items including paintings, USS Arizona furnishings, and Arizona historical artifacts. A highlight was the wax figure of our first governor George W. P. Hunt, sitting in his restored office with period furnishings. He was elected governor for seven terms, making him the most elected governor in U. S. history. We had the opportunity to sit in the restored House chamber that was used for the Arizona State Constitutional Convention in 1910, prior to Arizona becoming a state.
This was a brief one hour tour and while excellent, will undoubtedly result in future visiting to see more of the wonderful exhibits. After the tour, the group visited the genealogy section at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (in the same building on the third floor) and we were assisted by Lorin H. Lindsay, Genealogy Librarian. We were all very much impressed with the available genealogy information available for our use.
Contributed by Don Roeber
concluded a tour of the brewery. Steve, of Four Peaks , gave us a great tour of the facility and Melissa, the evening's brewmaster answered questions about the process used in preparing the top fermenting ales typical of all Four Peaks offerings. The Kiltlifter, an amber Scottish ale, won out in an informal poll of HRC tasters over the also popular Oatmeal Stout, Arizona Peach, Hop Knot India Pale Ale and the Sunbru Kolsch.
Contributed by Don Roeber
It is that time of the year to encourage your family member/college student to inquire about the HRC Scholarship Program. Each of the three state universities have information on their web sites about their application process. An award of $1000.00 is available at each university annually. There will be more information in next month’s The Bridge giving the application deadlines (normally in March). The requirements for application are as follows:
Submitted by Al Longanecker
For those of you who have participated in the past or wish to participate in the HVA program where Honeywell makes contribution for volunteer hours worked, we have been able to confirm with Al Ryan that the program is still active. Participants must conform to specified guidelines and complete and submit the required form. Contact for information, forms and submittals is:
Make a lifesaving appointment by clicking the Donate Blood link at www.unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code = HWLAZ15 .
2007 Blood Drive Dates are: