Volume 30, Number 3;
November, 2013


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

The Honeywell & Sperry Retiree Clubs sponsor these events

Upcoming 2013/2014 SCHEDULED Events


Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud Seminar

November 12


Sperry Christmas Party  

December 5


Honeywell Retiree Club Christmas Party at the Elks Club

December 12


AZ Broadway Theatre – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

January 30, 2014


Day at the Races

February 11


Spring Potluck Picnic

March 27


Butterfly Wonderland

March 4


Fort McDowell Casino – Complimentary one night stay  

March 18


Cerreta’s Chocolate tour

April 15


Annual Meeting

April TBD


NEW Cruise – Alaska

August 9


Day Trip to Pima Air Museum

November 12


Hospice Presentations (Sperry)


Job opening for an editor of The BRIDGE

Help Wanted! If anyone would like to try their hand at editing the Honeywell Retiree Club newsletter, The Bridge, here is your chance to publish a newsletter with hundreds of readers to serve. Ideally, it would be better to have at least two people volunteer, so that a backup is available if one person is sick, traveling, or otherwise unable to attend board meetings and publish The Bridge in any given month.

We need someone who will commit a few hours a month, has a computer, knowledge of Word and Excel, and is self-motivated to see The Bridge publication through from inception to distribution during the months of August through April. There is more information for this position below.


Oktoberfest was such fun. We had 52 fun loving members attend. Pat and Judy had some provocative ice breakers for all of us to do and the caterer did a fine job. Thanks to Pat Golic and Judy Edmond for all of their efforts

Often unnoticed, Barbara Rippstein for her countless and tireless efforts to promote our cruises and Christmas parties. She is greatly appreciated. At the time of this publication, she and a group of club members will be cruising the Panama Canal. We cannot wait to hear the good times they had and to share the pictures taken with all of you. Barbara is planning our Alaska Cruise for next year as well.

A Medicare Fraud Briefing will be held in November coordinated by Kaye Eibeck. This should be very informative for those of us on Medicare or approaching Medicare age. If you have not sent in your reservation for this great event, now is the time to do so.

December brings us together for our Christmas Party and February we go to the races.

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 see our 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 do. 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.

Lastly, I have been told that my picture is out of date and I need to produce a new one. So I have scheduled a hair appointment and a facial massage. Have to take out the wrinkles. I will have it taken and published in the December newsletter of The Bridge. Too late for Halloween.

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

Job Description

An energetic self-motivated individual to publish the HRC publication The Bridge

Some of the resources needed are:

  1. Self-motivated and good with schedules
  2. Excellent communicator
  3. Ability to work with various dissimilar authors
  4. Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Acrobat
  5. Computer literate and able to make changes on the fly
  6. Ability to assist authors with their articles, seeing they are complete, correct and done in a timelymanner.
  7. The period for publication work is from the end of August to the end of April.

We will provide training, as well as the latest copy of Adobe Acrobat. If you are interested in accepting this rewarding, challenging and volunteer position, please contact any of the board members listed in The Bridge.

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; Nov 21, 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.


Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud & Scams

November 12, 2013 – Tuesday - 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Did you know that Medicare fraud in Arizona costs YOU approximately $604,109 per day: $25,171 per hour and $419 per minute? Those are scary statistics. That is why Honeywell and Sperry retiree clubs are sponsoring a free seminar for their members in November.

Come join us and listen to Lennie Estrada from the Area Agency on Aging for an informative presentation when he will discuss Medicare fraud & abuses, identify theft, and scams to be aware of and how they can get your money or social security number.

Bring your written questions to this informative meeting. Due to the fact, that this seminar is FREE and seating space is limited, the clubs are offering this on a first-come-first -served basis. Therefore, please contact Kaye Eibeck (information below) and reserve your seat. Remember seating is limited.


Roadrunner Room, Foothills Library, 19055 N. 47th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301


Kaye Eibeck, 480-948-9910 to reserve your seat.


1:00 PM untill 3:00 PM.


FREE! But seating is limited to a first come first serve basis.



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

Note: The phone service for the Fix-It Guys was out of order for a while, but is now working again. They are sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused any members who tried to contact them during the time of the outage.

Appreciation to our Fix it Guys:
I would like to express my appreciation to the club for sponsoring the Fix It Guys. I recently called in to express an electrical problem I had at home. I was seeing if they had some electrical experience individual that could help fix the problem. Gene Kupka contacted me and set up an appointment date. He showed up in time, listened to my problem and went to work in solving my electrical problem. Within 1/2 hour, he had discovered the problem and fixed it. He saved me money and time from calling an electrical service agency. Thank the individuals for volunteering their time in helping other members! Joe Ornelas


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


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

 Pictures from February 2013 Day at the Races

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 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 mile south for their buffet lunch ($13.95 + tax) and some socializing.

Where bright colors, seem 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

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

  • Best Available Inside stateroom $998.00 P.P.
  • Best Available Outside obstructed view $1,098.00 .
  • Outside Stateroom OC or OE categories $1,448.00
  • Balcony categories BB thru BE $1,948.00
  • Balcony categories BA & B2 $2,048.00 P.P.
  • Best available Mini-suite $2,198.00 per person  

North to Alaska. Enjoy watching the Bald Eagles swoop down to fish, see the whales swimming by the ship and the glaciers calfing. Alaska has beautiful scenery and great history.

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