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.
Our year is rapidly progressing with a number of key events coming up. Please get out your calendar and get your reservations in. Please note that our Annual Meeting date has changed from Friday, April 27 to Monday, April 23. This is always a good time to check on how friends and former associates are doing. It's also a good time to bring a friend (in case you're concerned that you won't know anyone). It's at a great location and we are holding the members cost to the same price as last year even though our cost has gone up.
A Sperry event that is open to HRC members is “Planning For The Inevitable.” Please see the write up inside. This is a topic that has special interest to seniors.
In case that you weren't aware of it the Fix It Guys are back in business after a brief delay. This group is now jointly sponsored by both HRC and the Sperry club.
Hope to see you at our upcoming events.
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
Cataract danger: New study: Researchers analyzed dietary and eye data for 3,377 people ages 60 to 80 over eight years. Result: People who ate more white bread, sugary foods and other foods high on the glycemic index(GI)--- a measurement of how quickly a food boosts blood sugar levels, were 29% more likely to develop cataracts than those who consumed less of these foods. Theory: High-GI foods damage the eye lens by exposing the tissues to higher sugar levels than low-GI foods do. Chung-Jung Chui, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. “BottomLine Health” March 2007.Are You Headed For a Stroke? Stroke Prevention: Most stroke factors can be reduced with lifestyle modifications…..Not smoking, limit dietary fat, eating fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly. Patients who maintain healthy blood pressure readings (less than 120/80) and total cholesterol levels (less than 200)…avoid (or reverse) obesity...and control underlying diseases, such a diabetes, are far less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, thereby reducing their risk for TIA's and stroke. “ Bottomline, Health" March 2007.
Check out the Phun in Phoenix information, which 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
Joint event with Sperry Retirees Club
Where: Foothills Branch Glendale Library, Roadrunner Room, 19055 N. 57th Ave. Glendale , AZ 85308, (Behind Honeywell Space Facility- North of Union Hills Rd ), Parking is in the rear of the library. Meeting room is to the left just inside the outer door.When: 1:30 pm
Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein, 623-566-1572
When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral, all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional duress. What kind of funeral should it be? What funeral provider should you use? Should you bury or cremate the body, or donate it to science. What are you legally required to buy? What other arrangements should you plan? And, as callous as it may sound, how much is it all going to cost?
In the past few months, there have been many deaths of retirees or their spouses. Several family members have told us of the difficulty of planning the funeral of the deceased. When a loved one passes away, someone has the responsibility of arranging their funeral. But, what if you don't know their final wishes: whether it is a small family-only graveside service or a large church service and reception?
Death and funerals are often taboo subjects not addressed by families. Does your spouse, children or next of kin know your wishes? There may be religious, cultural or financial issues that factor into these decisions. Would you be prepared to arrange a funeral for a loved one? A funeral plan helps to alleviate anxiety at this time of great emotional stress.
In this session, we will provide you with a plan form that you can share with your loved ones. Guides published by the Federal Trade Commission and the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors will be available. Information concerning caskets, cremation and burial will be offered including burial in a VA National Cemetery.
This is not an easy subject to discuss, but we will try to make it as light and interesting as possible. We owe it to our loved ones to leave them prepared for the inevitable.
Anita Dahling from Heritage Funeral Chapel will be there for a question and answer period.
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.
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.
Twenty-eight people attended the Huhugam Heritage Center tour. The center was opened to the public in 2004, and the exhibits are a work in progress. Additional artifacts from the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus and the archeological Snaketown digs will be added in the future. The exterior of the building grounds was built to resemble a Pima basket. The inside of the exterior wall resembles pottery shards. The Great Room of the museum was designed to resemble the Huhugam Casa Grande ruins near Coolidge. A guide gave an overview of the differences between the numerous Gila River Community people on the 600 square mile reservation . The members were allowed to stroll through the basket, murals and artifacts display areas. Outside the building but within the exterior wall, they saw the ethno-botanical garden and the ball court/amphitheater which is a place of gathering and ceremonies patterned after the Hohokam Snaketown ball courts. Everyone seemed to enjoy this new museum preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples.
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:
You may also contact Ed Frick who has copies of the forms and Guidelines at 623-561-6917.
Make a lifesaving appointment by clicking the Donate Blood link at www.unitedbloodservices.org and enter sponsor code = HWLAZ15 .
2007 Blood Drive Dates are:
For President: Virginia Clagett
For Vice President: Harold (Harry) Heller
For Secretary: Mary Barkl
For Treasurer: Bert Walker
For Director Jim Scarlett
For Director Al Boeck
For Director Lorri Jordan
CASTING YOUR BALLOT
You received your ballot in the March issue of The Bridge either the printed or electronic version (print the ballot page). There are two ways to submit your ballot: