Volume 30, Number 4;
December, 2013


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

The Honeywell & Sperry Retiree Clubs sponsor these events

Merry Christmas 2013

Upcoming 2013/2014 SCHEDULED Events


Honeywell Retiree Club Christmas Party at the Elks Club

December 12


AZ Broadway Theatre – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

January 30, 2014


Hospice Presentations (Sperry)

February TBD

Day at the Races

February 11


Butterfly Wonderland

March 4


Fort McDowell Casino – Complimentary one night stay  

March 18


Spring Potluck Picnic

March 27


Cerreta’s Chocolate tour

April 15


Annual Meeting

April TBD


NEW Cruise – Alaska

August 9


Barbara and Shirley had a great time cruising the Panama Canal. They are all bubbling over with fond memories and remembered good times. Barbara is planning our Alaska Cruise for next year as well. Please consider joining her and her entourage on the cruise. Perhaps you can visit an iceberg along the way.

The Medicare Fraud Briefing was very informative and received well. A total of 49 members and guests attended the briefing. Thanks to Kaye Eibeck for arranging this and please read her synopsis in this edition of the Bridge.

December brings us together for our Christmas Party. If you have not signed up as of yet, please consider joining your fellow friends and club members for a great time and an enjoyable outing. We have the same band as last year and as I remember they were great.

We are starting the selection process for our College scholarships. Hopefully we will be able to award these scholarships to deserving and qualified Honeywell affiliated students.

Your Honeywell Board is still searching for a Publisher for our Bridge publication. This can be a fulfilling task and lets the Publisher have direct input into the Clubs event planning and organizing activities. We need someone with a little extra time on their hands, has a computer, a camera, knowledgeable of Word, and is self-motivated to the Bridge Publication through from inception to distribution during the months of August through April.

I urge everyone to participate in all of the club activities that you can. We are all working to bring everyone the best possible activities for the lowest cost we can get. The promise of larger attendance helps to lower the cost and raise the attendance for all of us.

Again, I want to thank everyone for their support of our Club activities and the helpful suggestions you make.


Officers - Directors and Staff

President - Victor Fragnito


Editor -

Past President - Shirley Krieger




Vice President - Ibis Valles


Photographer -


Treasurer - Francis Cartwright


Bala Visvanahan


Secretary - Mary Barkl


Judy Edmond


Webmaster - Russ Henzel


Kaye Eibeck


Scholarships - Ed Taschner


Kevin Harris


Membership - Mary Barkl


Patricia Golic


The Bridge - Published monthly except for June, July, and August.
HRC Annual dues: $5.00 (multiple year memberships recommended)
HRC Email: Hotline@hrcaz.org
Honeywell Retiree Benefits: 1-877-258-3699 - http://www.honeywell.com/sites/retiree/

Recurring Activities:

  • The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers: First Tuesday, Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am
  • Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch; Dec 19; Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am
  • Honeywell Ole Timer’s Club: Dec 12; Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 10030 N. Metro Pkwy East, 11:15 am

If there is something that you would like to see in the newsletter, write a letter to the editor! We will publish it, subject to space availability and the approval of the Board. Please address any comments or questions to the editor at the HRC address. Any comments or claims made within the publication are solely the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily express the views of Honeywell Inc. or the Directors, Officers, Staff or members of the Arizona Honeywell Retiree Club (HRC).

HRC sponsored programs and events where payments are required in advance, refunds will be provided anytime there is no cost to our Club. We will make every effort to provide refunds when requested, however in some cases funds have been committed by the HRC and will not be refunded.



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 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.

Bob Farney

Gene Kupka

Clint Langford

Lee Rippstein

Dan Schott

Matt Schuetz

Wally Secosky

Paul Simison

Ed Skutecki

Synopsis of the Medicare Fraud, Identity Theft & Scams Seminar

Forty-nine members of the Sperry and Honeywell Retiree Clubs attended an informative seminar Tuesday, November 12, at the Foothills Public Library featuring Lennie Estrada and Loretta Bryant from the Maricopa County Area Agency on Aging. Discussions ranged from:

  • Telemarketing scams (your Medic Alert system is ready for shipment all we need is your credit card information)
  • Ways to prevent your personal identity from being stolen (DON’T carry your Medicare cards with you)
  • Examples of how persons have stolen funds from Medicare (fraudulent insurance claims being processed) yet through extensive investigations those persons have been brought to justice

Lennie was so passionate about stopping Medicare fraud, he encouraged all of us to call him at his office anytime that we suspect fraud at (602) 264-2555. Both retiree clubs want to thank everyone for attending this co-sponsored event.

Are you ‘suffering’ from unwanted/unsolicited telephone calls?

I’m not sure how many of our members ‘suffer’ from those pesky unsolicited telephone calls from telemarketers, computer-based calls, etc. Recently one of our members was telling me about a service that is offered through Cox Communications her phone provider. It’s called ‘Selective Call Rejection’ and Cox offers it for $2.49 per month.

Here’s how it works:
The service allows you to program your phone to reject calls from any number you place in the rejection list. When the service is turned on, any number coming in that is in this list will hear an announcement that you’re not accepting calls at this time. All other calls will ring through as usual. You can store up to 31 phone numbers on our list. You can add and delete phone numbers as you deem necessary. This service does not work on calls originating from a blocked number.

For those of you who don’t subscribe to Cox Communications, the Do Not Call web site is still up and running. You can log onto their web site and register not only your home phone but your mobile phone also for free, verify a registration and file a complaint. The URL is www.donotcall.gov.

2013 Bell Road Reunion

On Saturday, November 2, a group of former co-workers and their spouses or guests attended the second Bell Road Reunion at the Embassy Suites North. A total of 190 persons were able to share memories of the ‘good old days at BCASD.’ Scott Taylor welcomed everyone and Ken Goracke was on hand to draw caricatures for those who wanted a memento of the evening. Ken also developed a special ‘frame’ for his caricatures. People not only drove down from Prescott and up from Tucson, but also flew in from Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, California and Utah. If you were unable to join us, there may be another one planned for 2015 if interest is still high.




THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 7:00 to 10:00 PM

The Elks Club, 14424 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Cost: $35.00 per person, HRC members and guests
Cocktails and friendship renewal at 6:00 PM


Garden Salad
Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus
Breast of Chicken
Scalloped Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetable
Rolls and Butter


Chocolate Torte and Cheesecake
Coffee and Tea Beverage Station

Dinner served


Dancing to music by the “Breeze”

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cash bar all evening.

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Make checks payable to: Treasurer, HRC and it send to:
Ibis Valles, 1643 E. Spur St. Gilbert, AZ 85296-2624
Deadline:  Wednesday, November 27th

Reservations: Ibis Valles, 480-558-4718, ivalles@prconline.com
Barbara Rippstein, 623-566-1572, rippy60@yahoo.com

If you wish to sit with friends, please send a list of the names with your check,

Honeywell/Garrett Retirees’ Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2014 – 2015 academic year will be ready soon at each of the three schools we support. To learn more about eligibility requirements, you can contact either Ed Taschner (EdTaschner@cox.net) or Dawn Orgill (dgorgill@msn.com), or look them up on the Club’s web site at the following address: http://www.hrcaz.org/PermPages/ByLaws.html

This article continues our profiles of students who recently received scholarships through the Club’s Scholarships Program.

Jonathan Dwyer is the grandson of Garrett Retirees’ Club member, Henry (Hank) Prejs and the son of David and Marie Dwyer. He is a sophomore at the University of Arizona, majoring in Chemical Engineering while pursuing a minor in Chemistry. We’re told he is an industrious sort and maintains a 3.91 GPA. As part of his studies and professional activities Jonathan is also an active member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.

His freshman year, Jonathan participated in research of coating copper nanoparticles with different chemicals. The project goal was to reduce the cost of producing computer transistors by replacing copper wires with copper nanoparticles. Jonathan helped synthesize the copper nanoparticles in a laboratory and took measurements on the duration of time the copper nanoparticles lasted before becoming unusable. This project has created a taste for research that Jonathan plans to pursue throughout his tenure in college and carry into his post graduate life.

Jonathan’s father has worked for Honeywell for 26 years and is currently the Senior Technical Manager for Primus Epic Applications. This is a unit that designs and produces cockpit avionic suites for business jets and helicopters. David has 15 patents under the Honeywell name to his credit. Jonathan’s mother is Quality Control Manager at Van Horn Aviation, LLC, a manufacturer of high tech composite helicopter rotor blades for the Bell 206 series and Bell UH-1 series of helicopters.

To help defray college expenses, Jonathan has worked at Van Horn Aviation, LLC the past three summers, working with their structural composite materials and learning their blade fabrication techniques in a variety of jobs. Jonathan worked with a small team to fabricate and cure the tail rotor blades.

Jonathan is currently applying for summer intern jobs in other technology fields. He has interviewed with a couple major companies and is hoping to hear from them by the end of the year.

For fun and entertainment, Jonathan is a playing member of the University of Arizona Steel Band. UA Steel is a steel drum ensemble under the Music Percussion Program at the University of Arizona. We applaud Jonathan’s accomplishments and wish him well in the years to come

Honeywell/Garrett Retirees Club Scholarship Awards for 2013 – 2014

Each individual received a stipend of $1000

School Name GPA Class Major Family Member Club


David Bull



Chemical Engineering

Larry Bull



Michael Bull



Materials Science & Engineering

Larry Bull


U of A    

Jonathan Dwyer



Chemical Engineering

Henry Prejs


U of A  

Paige Kratzke



Business Management

Shirley Krieger



Nathan Turner



 Electrical Engineering

 Tom Turner



7701 W. Paradise Ln, Peoria, AZ 85382 623-776-8400


Dinner is served at 12:00 noon, Curtain opens at 2:00 PM


$60.00 per person includes tax and gratuity


Reservations must be in by January 4



Make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to Lydia Gonzales, 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308.


Lydia Gonzales, 623-561-1174, Icgonzales12@cox.net for information / reservations

“Goin’ courting” has never been as much fun as in this rip-roaring stage version of the popular MGM movie. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850’s Oregon wilderness, and her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage. Packed with rambunctious dance numbers and grueling action sequences, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical.


Friday, February 11 - 11:00 AM


Turf Paradise Park, 1501 West Bell Rd.


Use the Turf Club Entrance on 19th Avenue


$24.00 per person.

Package includes

Parking, Admission, How to Wager Guide, Senior Buffet Lunch, Coffee/Tea, Dessert, Tax & Gratuity & Winner Circle Photo. One race will be named for the retiree clubs




Victor Fragnito, 602-908-0740, e008821@cox.net, for reservations.

Cutoff Date

February 4


Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club

Make your check payable to Treasurer, HRC, and mail to Victor Fragnito, 6922 W. Garfield St., Phoenix, AZ 85043-2368

The 2013 Senior Buffet Lunch


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

Coffee and tea

Butterfly Wonderland

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:00 AM

9500 E. Via De Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ

Who’s up for a trip to Butterfly Wonderland to experience a unique and magnificent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on your shoulder or finger?

Your Sperry Retiree’s Club is planning a morning trip to this tranquil exhibit in March 2014 and would like to see how many interested members would like to visit the museum and then head ½ mile south to Talking Stick Casino for their buffet lunch ($13.95 + tax) and some socializing.

Butterfly Wonderland has a 3D theater, butterfly emergence gallery, a live ant colony, Rivers of the Amazon Aquatic Life and a honeybee extravaganza. Minimum group number is 15 and entrance fee for seniors (62+) is $15.95 + tax. However, if there are 50 or more persons participating the cost would be $14.95 + tax. The tours are estimated at 1.5 to 2 hours in length and the facility is handicap accessible, so wheel chairs are not a problem.

Our group will have a personal guide who will take us through the experience to answer questions and provide valued insight into the world of butterflies. Transportation would be on your own. So if you are interested, contact Kaye Eibeck at 480-948-9910 or email her at kwithane@cox.net and we will keep you updated on our planning.

Talking Stick Casino 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ
Buffet Lunch – The Casino is only ½ mile south for their buffet lunch ($13.95 + tax) and some socializing.

Where bright colors; it seems the butterflies really like the color orange.

Fort McDowell Casino

March 18 - Tuesday *

Hotel Package
Complimentary one (1) night stay

  • Enjoy $10 in Crown Credits on day of check-in
  • One (1) free complimentary beverage (per person)

Group trips require 20 passengers to complete hotel stay.

Departure from the Radisson will be at 12:00 p.m.

Hotel stays are only good 7 days a week (on availability)

  • Guest MUST have a valid Credit Card/Debit Card at check-in
  • Everyone must ride the bus to and from the Casino - Must be 21 an older

Please Note: Transportation provided will pick up groups at only one location

  • Pick-up 9:00 A.M. @ Bell Recreation Center – 16820 N 99th Ave

If you need to cancel the Reservation, you need to do it 48 hours prior to 4:00 P.M. of the day of your arrival otherwise, your hotel stay and future complimentary stays will be forfeited.

If you are interested, please contact Yolanda Brown @ 602-743-3781 or email her CGBYMB@yahoo.com


Thursday, March 27, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM



Rio Vista park


10:00 AM untill 2 PM with lunch served around 11:00


Just bring a dish to share. (No charge to HRC members and guests)

Your Honeywell Retirees Club will provide baked ham, rolls, coffee, tea and water, as well as plates, utensils, condiments, etc. 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. You may bring your own beer (we will have a beer permit) or soft drinks if you would like.
Please no glass containers; park rules.

Coordinator: Pat Golic at 480-563-1978, dgolic@cox.net, Judy Edmond at 623-972-5237, jedmond6@cox.net

Alaska Cruise - Golden Princess

August 9, 2014 – Saturday

Seven Days - Inside Passage with Glacier Bay.

Ports: Seattle, Washington | Juneau, Alaska | Skagway, Alaska | Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising) | Ketchikan, Alaska | Victoria, British Columbia | Seattle, Washington

The 3 for Free sales event that Princess currently has available provides the opportunity for free stateroom upgrades, free $100.00 per cabin shore excursion spending money and a free dinner for two in a specialty restaurant. Plus only $100 deposit which is refundable before final payment.

Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein 623-566-1572 rippy60@yahoo.com

Princess has extended the sale on this Alaska Cruise

3 For Free cruise fares group:

  • Best Available Inside stateroom $998 P.P.
  • Best Available Outside obstructed view $1,098
  • Outside Stateroom OC or OE categories $1,448
  • Balcony categories BB thru BE $1,948
  • Balcony category BB $2,159 per person
  • Balcony categories BA & B2 $2,048 P.P.
  • Best available Mini-suite $2,198 per person  
  • MB Mini-suite $2,449.00 p.p.


Prices after 3 for Free expires:

  • Inside Category ID $1,099 per person
  • Outside obstructed view Cat. OW $1,399 PP.
  • Outside Stateroom category OC $1,929. PP
  • Balcony category BD $2,099 per person
  • MD Category Mini-suite $2,349 PP.

PLEASE ADD: $190.00 Government fees and taxes to all cruise fares listed above. As always, all prices quoted are subject to change until booked and deposited. Princess also reserves the right to assess a fuel surcharge if the price of oil continues to rise.

Alaska is one of the most beautiful places to cruise. You will not be disappointed. Let me know if you need any other information for this sailing.

Contact our travel agent for reservations.
      Dan Bachmann
      Ford's World Travel
      (623) 975-1800 Dan@Fordstravel.com