Volume 31
April, 2014


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

The Honeywell & Sperry Retiree Clubs sponsor these events

Upcoming 2014 SCHEDULED Events

Spring Potluck Picnic
Annual Meeting

April 10

Cerreta’s Chocolate Tour

Sponsored by SRC


Tim Mahoney,
President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace

Sponsored by Garrett

May 7

Alaska Cruise

August 9

Honeywell Christmas Party
Save the date

December 11

President's Perspective

The Butterfly Trip was a great success. Special Thanks to Kaye Eibeck for coordinating this event. All who went were happy and learned a lot about our beautiful butterflies.

Spring is here. Time has gone so fast. We have only one more major HRC activity this season, The Spring Picnic/Annual Meeting. Let’s make this the best event this year. Please bring your favorite plate and your significant other to this event. Do not forget to vote for your new Board and the bylaws changes.

Some items to be addressed:

  1. Please vote for your selection of Board members for next year. They are volunteering their time to support all of us.
  2. Please cast your ballot for changes the Board has proposed for our bylaws. They expand membership criteria, designate easier methods to change the bylaws, and generally clean up some loose ends. Your input is needed.
  3. I want to ask everyone to consider the following two items:
      • a. Volunteering to be on the Board and/or volunteering to assist with the coordination and planning of our activities. We really need your help.
      • b. Consider getting The Bridge in electronic format. This would ease the burden on the club and lower our costs to Honeywell for distribution. You would get The Bridge much faster and get Flash notifications when they come out.

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 enjoyment of the activity 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 - Gracie Aquino


Past President - Shirley Krieger



Open Position

Vice President - Ibis Valles


Kaye Eibeck


Treasurer - Francis Cartwright


Bala Visvanahan


Secretary - Mary Barkl


Judy Edmond


Webmaster - Russ Henzel


Kevin Harris


Scholarships - Dawn Orgill

602 -881-7772

Patricia Golic


Membership - Mary Barkl


Ed Taschner


Cruises – Barbara Rippstein



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

The Honey-Bunch-Luncher’s – First Tuesday, Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch – May 21, Jun. 18, Jul. 16, Aug. 20, Sep. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell Ole Timer’s Luncheons - 2014 - 11:15 am June 10, Sept. 10, Dec 11
Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 10030 N. Metro Pkwy East

Letters to the Editor

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).

Correction Notice:

Last month The Bridge posted the January passing of Joe Schneider; it was brought to our attention that we had two Joe Schneider's who retired from Honeywell in Arizona. We would like to inform you that the Joe who passed in January worked at the HON 002 Division and lived in Waddell. Joe from Scottsdale who worked at 19th Ave. and Deer Valley is still alive and kicking. Please accept our apologies for this error on last month’s memorial report. Thank You!

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.

Fix it Guys

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. 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.

Mike Briske

Gene Kupka

Wally Secosky

Bob Davenport

Clint Langford

Dan Schott

Bob Farney

Stu Mitnik

Matt Schuetz

Joel Giard

Chuck Moffet

Paul Simison

Jim King

Charlie Paine

Ed Skutecki

Frank Holman

Ken Probert


Nick Hughes

Lee Rippstein


Honeywell/Garrett Retirees’ Scholarship Program

Honeywell Scholarship

The Honeywell Retiree’s Club (HRC), the Garrett Retiree’s Club (GRC), along with Honeywell Aerospace, provides the opportunity for students to apply for one of several $1000 scholarships each year. These scholarships are open to students enrolled in any of the three State Universities. While we generally award three scholarships (one to each school), last year we were able to award scholarships to five students!

Although the window for applications has closed, you should know that your Scholarships Program team is still working: Vetted applications from each school will be sent to the Club to be further reviewed. Award decisions will be made during April after which candidates will be notified by the Scholarship Program Chair, Dawn Orgill. Checks will be mailed in May to the schools and the funds deposited into each successful student’s school account.

The Honeywell Retiree’s Club (HRC) and Garrett Retiree’s Club (GRC) are proud to sponsor this effort to reward our children/grandchildren for their good studies and focus for the future.


  • Must have a family descendancy to an active or deceased member of the Honeywell Retirees’ Club of Arizona (HRC), or the Garrett Retirees’ Club of Arizona (GRC)
  • Must be enrolling as a full-time Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student at Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), or University of Arizona (UofA). Enrolled Freshmen, who have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or greater at the end of their first semester, may also apply
  • Must have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average

All applicants, meeting the above criteria, may apply. Course of study should be technically oriented, but all applications will be considered. Awards should be made before the beginning of the 2014 fall semester.

Your Club contacts for this opportunity are for HRC, Dawn Orgill (602) 881-7772
For GRC, Frank Holman (602) 695-2565

 Spring Potluck Picnic/Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 10, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
No Reservations required

“Split the Pot Tickets $1.00
Or Seven for $5.00”
50/25/25 Split the Pot

Reminder: This year’s Annual Meeting will be held right after the Picnic!


Rio Vista Park - Ramadas 8 and 9

Rio Vista Community Park - 8866 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ

Time: 10:00 am until 2 pm with lunch served around 11:00

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


There will be prizes and Split the Pot!

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; such as a hot casserole, baked beans, salad or dessert of your choice. Get out your favorite recipes and prepare your specialty to share with others. We will have a beer permit. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like. Please no glass containers. (Park rules)

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

Cerreta Chocolates

Location: Cerreta Candy Co. - Glendale, AZ
Being rescheduled
Dawn Orgil 602-881-7772 or E-mail dgorgill@msn.com
Come join us for lots of fun!

The cost of the tour and making your 3 pieces of chocolate is only $5. Sponsored by SRC; please make the check out to:
Sperry Retiree’s Club and send to Dawn Orgill at 515 East Carefree No 355, Phoenix, AZ 85085 and indicate it is for the Chocolate tour.

Attention CLUB Members

Wednesday, May 7 at 2pm

Sponsored by Garrett

Tim Mahoney, President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace will be presenting his talk on the health of Honeywell’s Aerospace segment Wednesday, May 7. Tim not only presents up-to-date business, project, and competition status, but provides very interesting insights to engineering/technology initiatives throughout Aerospace, including engines, avionics, power systems, etc. His presentations are always riveting and interesting.
All Arizona retirees are invited.

Here are the details:

Location: Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

This meeting is FREE to all attending. The room holds up to 600 people, so there is plenty of room for all of us. There will be a snack bar, (which is supported by donations) … cookies, water, coffee, & soft drinks. If you decide to come, we suggest you arrive early and meet some folks from other clubs. “This most certainly should be a great day for all.”

We are looking forward to seeing and meeting members from Honeywell (HRC), Sperry (SRC) and Rim Country.

If you have any questions please call Ed (602) 300-6262

Alaska Cruise - Golden Princess

August 9, 2014 – Saturday
Coordinator: Barbara Rippstein 623-566-1572
Seven days - Inside Passage with Glacier Bay

Seven DAYS - Inside Passage with Glacier Bay
Seattle | Juneau | Skagway | Glacier Bay National Park, (Scenic Cruising) | Ketchikan | Victoria | Seattle

On August 13, our cruise will sail in Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay is a natural waterway from Alaska's Inside Passage to the tidewater glaciers. It has numerous branches, inlets, lagoons, islands, and passages. Glaciers creak, rumble and calve explosively with a stupendous roar often referred to as “white thunder.” The sound and fury, the icy colors and the massive icebergs they shed make Alaska’s glaciers one of the greatest shows on earth and you can see it all up close with Princess Cruises.

The next stop is misty Ketchikan, the rainiest town in southeast Alaska, is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The town offers the perfect blend of activities: spend the morning kayaking in Misty Fjords or hiking up Deer Mountain, then spend the afternoon poking in and out of fantastic galleries and shops.

Visit Creek Street, a row of wooden buildings perched over the water on pilings. Today's brightly painted boutiques once catered to gentlemen seeking the company of "sporting women." The museum at Dolly's House gives you a glimpse into the bawdy ways of frontier life, though Ketchikan's red-light district wasn't shut down until 1953.

Legends of a different sort are recorded on totem poles. Boasting the world's largest collection of Northwest totems, Ketchikan has plenty of places to see these fascinating works of art.

Wrapped around the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a gentle blend of colonial England and contemporary Western Canada. Victoria exudes old-world charm and fragrant and colorful flowers are everywhere. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, and it’s grand Parliament Buildings, along with the gracious Fairmont Empress Hotel, dominate the Inner Harbor. Adjacent walkable inner-city streets foster cordiality. And, indeed, walking is a favorite local pastime -- Victoria is lauded as one of the most walkable Canadian cities. The downtown area has many pubs, both traditional English-style to those with a uniquely Canadian.

Butchart Gardens is Victoria's most popular attraction, a 55-acre floral wonderland featuring themed botanical gardens, meandering pathways, refreshing fountains, exquisite foliage, and magnificent bronze statues. All of the cruise ports offer fun, entertainment, and adventure. Join us. Princess has been offering sales, discounts, and add-ons for this cruise.

For the latest and best pricing, we suggest that you contact our travel agent: Dan Bachmann, Ford's World travel, (623) 975-1800.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

9860 Lindgren Ave, Sun City 85373

At the 2013 Christmas Dinner Dance, we conducted an informal survey of the attendees. A large majority of attendees voted to move the event. We have heeded your request and have set the 2014 at a new venue. Please set aside this date. We will supply more information including the menu and driving instructions in the May issue of The Bridge.

Butterfly Wonderland Trip

Twenty-one people gathered in Scottsdale to tour the Butterfly Wonderland on Tuesday, March 4. After a short greeting and orientation from tour guide Adriane Grimaldi, the group watched a short 3-D movie on the Monarch butterfly and it’s migration from Central Mexico to Canada and their return each year. One interesting fact we found out is the Monarch butterfly doesn’t live any longer than 2 weeks!

After the movie everyone went into the emergence gallery where they could witness a butterfly hatching from its cocoon, then moved into the butterfly conservatory where more than 2500 butterflies were in ‘residence.’ After looking at the many and beautiful butterflies and taking MANY photographs, the group could tour the bee extravaganza and ant colony and then visit the aquarium and possibly pet the sting rays.

Those who wanted then drove over to Talking Stick Resort to have lunch. All in all, everyone had a good day seeing something possibly none of us have ever witnessed before in our lives. Thanks to all those who joined us. And look for a possible trip to the salt water aquarium which is due to be completed in Fall 2015.