OKTOBERFEST -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013
Come to the Honeywell Retirees' OKTOBERFEST! You don't want to miss out on the Brats, Burgers and Beer (bring your own beer, that is, and not in glass bottles). Famous chefs will be on hand to give you a delectable lunch.
CLIFF CASTLE CASINO TRIP - TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
Our spring picnic was a complete success. The weather was beautiful and the food was delicious and plentiful. We had about 70 members and guests attend and I am sure all had a great time. Special thanks go out to Pat Golic and Judy Edmond for orchestrating this event for all of us.
The Annual Meeting was attended by 108 members and guests from all three valley clubs. I believe that this is the first time that we have had a meeting with all of the clubs participating. The speaker imparted a wealth of information on the Patients Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare. Everyone walked away with information to base their health care decisions on in the future. It was refreshing to hear the speaker say “I do not know” every once in awhile. The board hopes to provide more topics like this in the future. Thanks go out to Shirley Krieger for her outstanding job in bringing this event to a successful completion.
I want to thank everyone for their input on our telephone surveys. We will use this information to further improve what we do and offer to you.
We have awarded four $1000 scholarships this year to two students each from The University of Arizona and Arizona State University. Thanks to Ken Holman (GRC) and Ed Taschner for this accomplishment.
Finally, the Board would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and participation this year. We could not have done it without you. Please take care of yourself over the summer. Enjoy yourself and lets meet again next Fall starting with the Panama Canal Cruise and the Oktoberfest.
PANAMA CANAL CRUISE starting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013
Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein, 623-566-1572, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruise lines normally review the number of sold out cabins about six months before a cruise. After that they reduce prices to fill remaining cabins. Our travel agent and I are now waiting for this sale; however, it will probably be after you received this issue. This is the last newsletter for the summer; the next issue will be in September. So if you are interested in joining us on this cruise, I suggest that you call or email me. I will contact you with the new prices as soon as I get them. Join us. It will be a cruise that’s a lifetime adventure.
Ford’s Travel Service:
Scholarship Program Update
The Scholarship Program has concluded its efforts for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. We awarded four $1,000 scholarships, which is a record for the Honeywell/Garret awards since the inception of the program. It’s been a real team effort by both clubs, the three schools, and Honeywell Aerospace. We give special thanks to Honeywell Aerospace for their generous contributions to the effort. The awards were made in April to the following students:
We have received letters of confirmation from two of the four students and we will publish some of their background and goals in future articles. We can also announce that next year, Dawn Orgill will be joining the team to help communicate and work with the three schools. We are looking forward to working with her and anticipate having a really good program with Dawn on board.
The HRC Annual Meeting was well attended with 108 retirees enjoying an excellent buffet breakfast followed by a dynamic keynote speaker from the Area Agency on Aging. Glen Spencer discussed "The Affordable Care Act 2013 Update". This act affects Medicare, Medicaid, Private and Group Health Insurance beginning in 2014. In general it will restructure payments made by Medicare with a combination of reductions in some areas, increases in others, as well as a combination of financial incentives and penalties based on quality performance. It will restructure payments made by Medicare to a "value-based" system measured by the health of patients versus a "volume-based" system measured by the number of services provided. He indicated costs for healthcare would increase in order to pay for this act.
Retirees can get more information and have your questions answered by calling the Benefits Assistance Program at 602 264-2255 and ask for Glen or one of his Assistants. Also, log onto the following websites for additional information: www.healthcare.gov, www.cms.gov and www.kff.org.
This is a very complex Act, also known as “ObamaCare." Four copies of "The ObamaCare Survival Guide” were given as door prizes to Waneta Major, Shirley Peeples, Don Major, and Frank Daly. It is a practical handbook to help you make good decisions in our changing healthcare marketplace. Call 800-485-4350 and get a copy for $4.95 or a copy can be purchased at any bookstore for around $15.00.
The annual business meeting was held with the HRC President introducing the new officers and directors.
Honeywell Retiree Club Officers
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Past President
Honeywell Retiree Club Board of Directors
Bala Visvanathan Ed Taschner Judy Edmond Kaye Eibeck Pat Golic Kevin Harris
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.