Volume 29, Number 6;
February, 2013



Coordinator: Fred Bauer, 623-738-8590, for information and reservations
Teams: Los Angeles Dodger vs. San Diego Padres.
Where: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ.
When: 1:05 PM Game Time.
Cost: $24.00.
Payment: Make check out to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to Fred Bauer, 15051 W. Deer Valley Dr., Apartment 167, Sun City West, AZ 85375.
Cutoff Date: March 8.


Coordinator: Lydia Gonzales, 623-561-1174, lcgonzales12@cox.net for information / reservations
Location: Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, AZ 85382, 623-776-8400.
Time: Dinner at 12:00 Noon, Curtain time at 2:00 PM.
Cost: $50.00 per person includes tax and gratuity.
Cutoff: Reservations must be in by February 28
Reservations: Call Lydia for reservations.
Payment: Make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to Lydia Gonzales, 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85300.

The Buddy Holly Story , the world’s most successful rock ‘n’ roll musical, tells the story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to become the world’s top recording artist. Originating and playing in London’s West End for over 5,000 performances, the show features over 20 of Buddy’s greatest hits, including “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Raining in My Heart,” and “Not Fade Away.” Buddy’s life was cut short by tragedy, and his musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, but continues to live on in The Buddy Holly Story.

Pictures Courtesy of John Kopala


What a Great start for the New Year. We had a very successful train and lunch activity.

We had about 50 members and guests ride the Light Rail to Tempe and go to Monte’s La Casa Viejo Restaurant for a great lunch. Everyone seemed to enjoy the activity. Some of us got a chance to take a tour of the restaurant. I for one got lost and had to explore on my own to find my way back to my table. Thank You Barbara for sponsoring this event.

We have our first applicants for this year’s scholarship program. We intend to publish the names in THE BRIDGE of those individuals who receive our scholarships and possibly a brief resume.

The Day at the Races is scheduled for February 12. This is always a great event and everyone who goes seems to have a good time with some coming away as winners. Please come prepared for a good meal and share your tips for picking the winning horses. We do get a race named after us and a chance to have our picture taken with the winning horse and rider.

We are winding down a full year of activities. In April we will have our annual meeting and in May the board will chose the activity schedule for next year. Please let anyone on the board know of anything you would like to see us do next year. Also, if you would like to serve on the board, please contact anyone on the board and they will let you know how to run for the positions available.

Again, I would like to make a pitch to please consider getting the Bridge in electronic format. This will ensure that you get the publication as early as possible and do not incur any mail delays.

Thank you for your support and let’s have a year of good heath and fun.





Yolanda Brown, 623-972-3970, ymbrown@yahoo.com,for information / reservations.

Pick Ups:

9:00 AM at Bell Recreation Center, 16820 N. 99th Avenue.
9:30 AM at Quick Trip, 2750 W. Thunderbird Rd.– Parking in the rear


9:00 AM, with 4 hours at the Casino, leaving around 3:00 PM


FREE.  You also get $10.00 from the Casino to enjoy.


Need Name, Address, Phone number, and Birth Date for the Bus Line.


February 10, 2013.


Coordinators: Call Pat Golic at 480-563-1978, dgolic@cox.net or Judy Edmond at 623-972-5237, jedmond6@cox.net for additional information.
Where: Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Avenue at Mountain View, Glendale, AZ 85302 (1/2 mile north of Olive).
Time: 10:00 AM till 2 PM with lunch served around 11:30.
Cost: Just bring a dish to share. (No charge to HRC members and guests) .
Reservations: Not required. Just show up.

Your Honeywell Retirees Club will provide 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. We are bringing a much acclaimed salad like you have never tasted before: Sunrise-Sunset Salad Delight. You will want to eat it from sunrise to sunset! Join us for a spectacular array of food! Don’t cook? Come anyway. If you want, grab a bag of chips or something from the deli, BUT DON'T MISS this picnic or you will be sorry!!! Also, there will be a Split the Pot chance for you to become RICH!

You may bring your own beer (we have a beer permit) or soft drinks if you would like, but no glass containers are allowed in the park. See you there.

Jack Druyor, Arnie Keeler Linda Keeler                     Wilma and Keith Edwards. Pictures from 2012 Spring Pot Luck Luncheon



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 15


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.

Our speaker this year, Mr. Glenn Spencer, will give us an update on Medicare in 2013 and the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. This is a topic many retirees will be interested in. There will also be door prizes. Circle this date on your calendar and plan to attend.

                            The Buffet Line                                                        Dave Kresl                 Bill Klaus             Tom Weise

Bea Sleigher, Dawn Orgill, Evelyn Miranda, Esther Cavataio                 Irene Scarlett                   Ron Thomas, Jane Magras

Pictures from 2012 Annual Meeting


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


The Panama Canal is considered one of the greatest engineering achievements in the world. It was started in1881 and completed 1914. The expansion currently under construction will be completed in 2014 or 2015. The Canal has been owned or leased by many countries including Columbia, France and United States. It is now owned and operated by the government of Panama.

The Panama Canal runs north and south, not east and west. The Canal is east of Florida and is 51 miles long. There are two artificial lakes in the Panama Canal, Lake Gatun and Lake Miraflores. There are 6 sets of locks. Each lock door weights 750 tons.

Although sea level is 20 cm higher on the Pacific end than on the Atlantic end, Lake Gatun is 85 feet above sea level and Lake Miraflores is 52 feet above sea level which is the primary reason that the lock system was required. A sea level canal would have significant problems with opposing Atlantic and Pacific tides causing large currents through the canal if there were no system of locks to control it. Sailing from New York City to San Francisco through the canal saves 7872 miles. It is estimated that cruise ships pay a toll of over $300,000 each.

Cruise Prices:

  • Inside stateroom, Category ID is $1,799.00 per person, double basis.
  • Outside ocean-view stateroom, Cat. OD is $2,199.00 per person, double basis.
  • Outside stateroom with private balcony, Category BD is $2,449.00 per person, double basis.
  • Mini-suite with private balcony and sitting area, Category MD is $2,949.00 per person, double basis.

Please note : Add $310.00 Government Fees and Taxes to the above cruise fares per person.

Additional stateroom categories are available upon request.

$250.00 Onboard Credit for Retired Military Personnel and Veterans with an Honorable Discharge on this cruise! For complete details and reservations, please contact Ford’s World Trave.

Ford’s Travel Service:
13593 Camino Del Sol, Sun City West, 623-975-1800
14621 N. Del Webb Blvd. , Sun City, 623-933-8256

Scholarship Program for Retiree Family Members

This article is to update school contact information because we discovered the web links and associated data to be out of date or inaccurate. To start your quest for a Honeywell Retirees award, please contact the schools through their financial aid office. The financial aid office can then direct you to a current web page or send you an application directly.

Applications should have been in by February 1 for NAU. The application date for ASU and UA is March 15. We are working with NAU  to extend the deadline to March 15, also. Awards should be made before the beginning of the 2013 fall semester.

Your Club contact is Ed Taschner who can be reached at 602-300-6262 or EdTaschner@cox.net. However, the best method to begin the process is to contact each school’s Financial Aid Office first and request information on the Honeywell Retirees’ Scholarship Program.

  • Arizona State University: ASU Scholarship Office, 480-965-3355,Tempe campus, Student Services Building, 2nd floor,Student Financial Assistance PO Box 870412 Tempe, AZ 85287-0412.
  • Northern Arizona University: Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 928-523-4951, Gammage, Building 1, 600 S Knoles Drive, PO Box 4108, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, Financial.Aid@nau.edu
  • University of Arizona, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, 520-621-1858, Administration Bldg., Room 208, 1401 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721 - or - P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721, askaid@email.arizona.edu



Our trip on the Light Rail with lunch at Monti’s La Casa Vieja was a huge success. Over 33 people took the train with us and another 10 joined us there for lunch. Some commented on how downtown Phoenix had changed, while others noticed old buildings from their younger days that are still standing, but not used. We were all surprised at how well used the train really is. As usual, Montis provided a great lunch at reasonable prices. After lunch, we were given a tour of the "Old House".

                   Part of the group walking from the Metro stop                                           Fran O’Boyle

         June and Bob Treat                  Bill and Karen Klaus                     Victor Fragnito                                Robert Preising

       Don and Shirley Peeples, Shirley Krieger, Nina Miles                  More of the group walking from the Metro stop

            More walking from the Metro stop                                               Red Miles                      Lee and Barbara Rippstein


More pictures from the Christmas Party.

                    Susan Kopala and Bonnie Henzel                                                  Dave and Pamela Brandenburger

                     Joie and Harry Heller                                                              Darrel and Patricia Golic

                                                                                                                 Fran O’Boyle Tom



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

This month, we received a letter from a Sperry Retiree thanking Matt for the wonderful job he did fixing a leaking pipe. He was a “God Send” and deserves to be on the top of the “Very Good List.”