ANNUAL MEETING - THURSDAY, APRIL 25
This year we are fortunate to have Mr. Glenn Spencer, Benefits Assistance Program Director of the Area Agency on Aging, as our speaker. He will give us an update on what the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, means to you and your healthcare. To quote the ObamaCare Survival Guide, "We can expect some massive cuts and new benefit rules to Medicare. This law has been called the most important piece of health related legislation in U.S. history.
Did you know that a poll conducted for doctors by the Physicians Foundation found that 40% of those polled said they would "retire, seek a non clinical job in healthcare or seek a job unrelated to healthcare." The result will be a shortage of doctors.
Medicare is one of the most important components of our nation's healthcare system. Senior citizens happen to be the group that needs the most care. The cost level is expected to rise above $1 trillion by 2020. Medicare's budget will be cut by about $45 billion per year on average over the next decade. As a consequence, senior citizens will suffer the biggest financial blow from the new law.
The closure of the "Donut Hole" is good news. But funding this has to come from other cuts in Medicare. The biggest cuts will come from two main areas, a reduction in payment rates to Medicare Advantage plans and a reduction in payment rates to providers.
Bring your written questions to this very important meeting or mail them to Shirley, firstname.lastname@example.org, and hopefully you will get a better understanding of what this new law means to your future healthcare.
Our last upcoming club activity before the summer is the Annual Meeting on April 25th.
The Annual Meeting will be held at the Elks Club on 32nd Street and Greenway on April 25th. This year we have offered an invitation to our sister clubs, Sperry and Garrett, to attend. We are having a speaker on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) explain the effects on Medicare and other specific health care plans. This should be a highly informative and worthwhile discussion. Please feel free to send any advance questions or concerns to Shirley Krieger. She will compile them and provide them to the speaker. You may also ask questions after the presentation.
During the next few weeks you may receive a phone call from an HRC board member. We are looking for feedback on how the board of directors is doing and on ways to better serve and represent the members in the future. We sincerely appreciate your inputs in this regard.
During the Annual Meeting or at any function, please let anyone on the board know of anything you would like to see us do next year and in the future. We really need your input and we will do our best to meet your desires.
Thank you for your support and let’s have a year of good heath and fun.
Be Ready for an Important Telephone Call
Within the next couple of weeks you may receive a telephone call from one of your HRC board members. We would like to ask you three short questions relating to the board’s focus, THE BRIDGE, and future events/projects you feel are important to you. Please consider taking some time out of your busy schedules and provide the important feedback your HRC board is looking for. We will be reporting the results in a future issue of The Bridge.
PANAMA CANAL CRUISE starting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein, 623-566-1572, email@example.com
Plans are continuing for our cruise. We encourage anyone interested to call our travel agent to reserve the cabin they want. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor Princess looking for price drops. Please call me if you have any questions.
Ford’s Travel Service:
ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE
Sixty Six members of the Honeywell and Sperry Retiree Clubs enjoyed a great meal followed by the performance of the Buddy Holly Story.
SPRING POT LUCK LUNCHEON
More than 50 people turned out for the Spring Pot Luck Luncheon. The weather was perfect and the food was great. Door prizes were won by Van Huynh, Helma Murray, Karen Klaus, and Jim Bilyeu. Nancy Roeber “cleaned up” by winning the 50/50 drawing. The cake below sums it all up.
PUNS WITH A TWIST
HRC ELECTION CANDIDATES INFORMATION
CASTING YOUR BALLOT
Obtaining a ballot:
Submiting your ballot:
Honeywell Retiree Club
Mailed ballots must be received by April 18th in order to be counted
There will be a limited number of extra ballots at the annual meeting in case you have not voted by the time of that meeting.
ONLY ONE BALLOT PER HRC ACTIVE MEMBER, PLEASE
If I were the Devil
by Paul Harvey
Wonder what is happening to our country these days? This version of Paul Harvey’s warning to America was broadcast around 1996 and explains what has been happening to America. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3Az0okaHig
SPONSORED BY THE 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. The Fixit Guys are Bob, Gene, Clint, Lee, Dan, Matt, Wally, Paul, and Ed .
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.
NOTE: Contact the phone number above if you would like to volunteer as a Fix-It Guy or Gal. We need volunteers; check your skills and come join us.