Volume 29, Number 8;
April, 2013



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, cksk120tb@cox.net, and hopefully you will get a better understanding of what this new law means to your future healthcare.


Shirley Krieger, 602-942-4235 or 602-819-0467 (Cell), cksk120tb@cox.net, for information and reservations


The Elks Club, 14424 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85932


$15.00 per person. Send your check noting Annual Meeting and made out to Treasurer, HRC, to Shirley Krieger, 1018 E. Tierra Buena Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85022.


8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Cut Off Date:

April 18


Mr. Glenn Spencer, Benefits Assistance Program Director for Area Agency on Aging.


Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, Fresh Fruit, Pastries, Bagels and Cream Cheese, Orange Juice, Coffee, and Tea.

Door Prizes:

Four copies of ObamaCare Survival Guide by Nick J. Tate.


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.




Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein, 623-566-1572, rippy60@yahoo.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:
13593 Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, 623-975-1800
14621 N. Del Webb Blvd. , Sun City, 623-933-8256



Sixty Six members of the Honeywell and Sperry Retiree Clubs enjoyed a great meal followed by the performance of the Buddy Holly Story.

June Meyrowitz, Kiana Kenson, Pat & Darrel Golic, Nancy Artrip                                          Arizona Broadway Theatre Lobby

Pat Golic and Shirley Krieger                                         Don and Shirley Peeples                       Gabriel and Ann Garcia

Jane , Jim, and Toni Bilyeu, Jackie Morgan                                             Marie and Larry Bowe, Shirley Krieger, Nell Smith


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.

         Ron Thoene and Jane Magras                                   HRC Picnic Cake                                                      Barbara Baden and Barbara Adams

                               Thanh, Bach, and Su                                                           Shirley and Wally Klovstad working on the Quiz

              Jean and Vern Schneider                                  Donna L. Peterson                                    John and Louise Crain

             Van Huynh won Annual Meeting Tickets                      Helma & Fred Murray - Helma won gift card to Macaroni Grill

                Karen & Bill Klaus – Karen won a ham                                   Judy Edmond with Jim Bilyeu who won a ham

                   Don & Nancy Roeber – Nancy won the 50/50                                        Esther and Tom Cavataio


  • The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
  • I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
  • She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
  • A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
  • No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
  • A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  • What do you get if you throw a grenade into a kitchen in France? Linoleum Blownapart.
  • Two silk worms had a race, which one finished first? Neither, they ended up in a tie.
  • Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  • What did one hat on a hat rack say to the other one? 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
  • I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.


For President:

Victor Fragnito

Retired from:

Honeywell AES Division

Last position:

Senior Project Manager Business Operations Technical Publications

Other work:

Information Architect Technical Publications Administrator


Golf, Bowling, Arizona Humane Society, Avondale Police Department Volunteer


MBA Information Systems, Golden State; BS Computer Science, Park College

For Vice President:

Ibis Valles

Retired from:

Honeywell International

Last position:

Director of Human Resources for Latin America Region

Other work:

HR consultant doing research in healthcare


BS from the University of Nebraska

For Secretary:

Mary Barkl

Retired from:

Industrial Automation & Control in 2006

Last position:

IAC Program Manager in Engineering

Other work:

Various positions in Industrial Automation since 1966


Skiing, reading, sewing, and grandchildren.

For Treasurer:

Francis Cartwright

Retired from:

Honeywell Air Transport Division

Last position:

Flight Management Systems Department

Other work:

Sperry Navy Systems


Playing the stock market


BA - Math and Computer Science, UCLA; MA - Organizational Management, Un. of Phoenix

For Director:

Patricia Golic

Retired from:

Honeywell Space Systems, Glendale, AZ

Last position:

Receptionist at Space Systems Division.

Other work:

Production inspector at multiple Arizona Honeywell Divisions.


Interior design, traveling, and Family and Grandchildren


Degree in interior design

For Director:

Kevin Harris

Retired from:

Honeywell IAC

Last position:

Director, Technology Licensing and IP

Other work:

Software development, product marketing, business unit, industry safety consortium


Family, international travel, renewable energy, skiing, hiking, theater, photography


BS in Engineering Science, University of Southampton, UK

For Director:

Bala Visvanathan

Retired from:

Honeywell Aerospace

Last position:

Director, Global Sourcing

Other work:

Various positions in Honeywell Aerospace


Travel to exotic locations and enjoying nature


BS in Mechanical Engineering


Obtaining a ballot:

  • Use the ballot that comes in the printed version of the Bridge, if you get the Bridge by mail.
  • If you get the Bridge by email, you may print the ballot page and use it.

Submiting your ballot:

  • Mail it to

    Honeywell Retiree Club
    Honeywell, Inc
    1860 W Rose Garden Lane
    Phoenix, AZ 85027

    Mailed ballots must be received by April 18th in order to be counted

  • Or you may bring your ballot to the annual meeting on April 25th and turn it in there.

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.


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



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.
Thank you, Clint Langford