Coordinator: Mary Barkl 602-863-6939, for information and reservations
Location: Rio Vista Park, Peoria, 8866 Thunderbird Rd., Ramadas 8 & 9.
Time: 11:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Meal will be served about 12 PM)
Cost: $5.00 for member and first guest. Additional guests are welcome at $7.00 per person.
Payment: Make checks payable to Treasurer HRC, with note for Octoberfest and send to Honeywell, Retirees Club of Arizona, Honeywell, Mail Drop XO, 2500 W. Union Hills Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85027.
Directions: From Route 101, go west on Thunderbird Road to the first light and turn right onto West Rio Vista Boulevard. Drive to the Park parking lot at the end of the road. There is ample and convenient parking. This is a new facility and the bathrooms are very conveniently located (No steps).

Unfortunately, there will be no Octoberfest traditional German music as the parks restricts music or charges an exorbitant fee. The food will be cooked for you by the HRC Board of Directors and will feature bratwurst and hamburgers with all the fixings and accompaniments. Water and coffee will be provided. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like, but no glass containers are allowed in the park. There will be door prizes.


Go green this fall. Save trees and HRC mailing costs by receiving The Bridge electronically via e-mail or by visiting our website www.hrcaz.org and clicking on ''Bridge.'' You can receive The Bridge in color and you'll have access more quickly than snail mail. As some have said, “Try it, you'll like it.” Simply contact us via e-mail at hotline@hrcaz.org or call or e-mail an HRC board or staff member.

HRC is active from September to May each year with programs/events each month. If you are like me, each year seems to pass more rapidly than the previous one. Since HRC has an even shorter, 9 month season, please review our planned activities, plan to participate and sign up early.

  • Octoberfest is at Rio Vista park on October 27th.
  • We have a tour of Tent City on November 20th.
  • Our annual Christmas Dinner/Dance is on December 3rd.
  • December 7th is the date of the Fall Golf Tournament.

In 2010 we have:

  • Day at The Races on January 26th.
  • March 10th ABT Dinner Theater CATS
  • March 18th is the date for the Spring Golf Tournament.
  • April TBD annual Pot Luck.

April is also the month for our annual meeting.

Other events, I am sure, will be planned and scheduled.

It's not too early to make reservations for many of these events. I want to thank you in advance for your participation and help in these events.

As the author of the President's perspective I want to take the opportunity to thank the HRC board and staff for their work on behalf of the membership. We have three staff members whom I appreciate and thank very much for their dedicated and hard work. If you have the opportunity you may want to thank them as well. They are: John Kopala, Bridge editor; Russ Henzel, our Webmaster; and Dale Wendt, who has coordinated our Golf Tournaments for as long as I can remember.

Board members are Al Boeck, who is also responsible for membership; Jim Scarlett, who oversees our scholarship programs; Tom Turner, our Treasurer; and Mary Barkl, our Secretary. The rest of us on the board, Jane Bilyeu, Vic Calderon, Virginia Clagett, Shirley Krieger, Don Peeples, Ike Templeton and myself either coordinate events or assist in sponsoring them.

As you have heard me say before, if you know of a Honeywell retiree who is not a member of HRC please encourage them to join.

Thanks again and see you at Octoberfest.

Harry Heller


Judy Nance, R.N.

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Information taken from UCLA Division of Geriatrics: Healthy/Years April 2009.



Coordinator: Al Boeck, 623-566-5808, alrboeck@cox.net, for information and reservations.
Where: The Elks Club, 14424 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032.
When: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Cocktails and friendship renewal at 6:00 PM,
Dinner served at 7:00 PM, Dancing 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Cash bar all evening.
Cost: $35 per person
Reservations: Call Al Boeck for reservations.

The  Sperry/Honeywell Retiree' Clubs agreed to again host the annual Holiday Dinner/Dance together, which allows both clubs to keep the cost reasonable during these difficult economic times.  While the clubs did experience catering difficulties in 2008, it was not the Elk's fault.  The Elks Management did everything possible to help make the party a success.  Since then, the Elk's have hired their own chef and are doing their own catering.  Their new chef previously worked for the Paradise Valley Resort and comes highly recommended.  

We have reserved December 3, 2009 for the party at the Elk's, as well as reserving Joe Vacarro's Band once again.  We will also have two buffet lines and attendees will be able to serve themselves, which will eliminate delays in serving the food. Tables can be reserved for 8 or 10.  Get your friends together and reserve a table.

Christmas Party Dinner Menu

Carved Prime Rib of Beef
Chicken Marsala
Fettuccini Alfredo
served with
Garden Salad with Dressings
Parsley Red Skinned Potatoes
Vegetable Medley
Rolls and Butter
Sliced Fruit and Cream Pies
Coffees and Teas


  Coordinator Dale Wendt, 480-992-1402
Where: Sun City Country Club, 623-933-1353, 9433 N. 107th Ave., Sun City
(Midway between Peoria and Olive Avenues)
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Dress: Proper golf attire required: Soft spike shoes, shirts with collars, and NO Levis.
Cost: $50.00 for green fees, carts, prize money, and lunch buffet
  Time: Shotgun start at 8:00 AM, with lunch following the tournament. Check-in will be at 7:30 for cart assignment.

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 handicaps to determine overall scoring. When making your reservation, please have the AGA handicap available. If you do not do this, we will have to use CALLOWAY to determine handicap.

Payment must be in by Monday Nov 24. If you do not have a foursome, they will be randomly filled in. Make checks [non-refundable] payable to the “Honeywell Retiree Club”. Please respond ASAP as we are committed for 90 – 100 players.

Dale Wendt
7540 E. Becker Ln.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Questions????, Call Dale at 480-922-1402


Coordinator: Harry Heller , 623-362-2159, hwhcjh38@cox.net, for reservations
Where: Turf Paradise Park, 1501 West Bell Rd.
Parking: Included. Use the Turf Club Entrance on 19th Avenue.
Cost: $20 per person. Package includes parking, admission, How to Wager Guide, buffet lunch, coffee/tea, dessert, tax & gratuity & winner circle photo for 8 people. One race will be named for the retiree clubs.
Time: 11:45 AM at the Turf Club
Cutoff Date: January 19, 2010

Send checks made out to Treasurer, HRC, to Harry Heller, 21221 N. 53rd Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308.


Senior Buffet Lunch. Includes:

Mixed salad greens with
Italian and ranch dressings
Tossed Caesar salad
Paradise pasta salad
House made Cole slaw
Fresh fruit salad
Country potato salad

Roast breast of turkey
Cranberry sauce
Brisket of beef
Horseradish sauce
Assorted breads,Muffins, rolls

Apple cobbler
Assorted pies
Assorted cookies and brownies
Coffee and tea


Coordinator: Call Bob Fuller at 602-616-3165 for information / reservations or email at bobhfuller@cox.net
Location: 2359 W. Durango Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009, 602-876-5551. The tour starts at the Estrella Jail. Enter through the big blue doors near the 3 flag poles.
Time: 9:00 and 10:00 AM
Parking: At 2939 W. Durango St., on the south side.
Cost: None.
Dress: Business Casual is appropriate.

A lot of walking is involved. For security reasons, tour groups are limited to 20 people. Bob will assign you to a group when you make your reservation.

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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. The Fixit Guys are Bob, Dick, Gene, Sam, Perry, Matt, Paul, Ed and Clint.

Call us at this 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.

Please contact the phone number above if you would like to volunteer as a Fix-It Guy or Gal.



Forty two people attended a fun filled evening of Diamondbacks baseball. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, San Francisco won with a score of 5 to 4. The roof was open and the temperature was very comfortable.

Thank You, Fix-It Guys!

We keep receiving “Thank you notes” from our Honeywell people who have been helped by the Fix-It Guys. This month we pass along Thanks from Kay and Estelle for a job well done.