Volume 31
March, 2014


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

The Honeywell & Sperry Retiree Clubs sponsor these events

Upcoming 2014 SCHEDULED Events

Fort McDowell Casino

Complimentary one night stay
Sponsored by SRC

March 18

Cardinal’s Stadium Tour

Sponsored by SRC

March 25

Spring Potluck Picnic
Annual Meeting

April 10

Cerreta’s Chocolate Tour

Sponsored by SRC

April 15

Tim Mahoney,
President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace

Sponsored by Garrett

May 7

Alaska Cruise

August 9

Fifty happy members attended the Day at the Races. There was good food, warm friendly conversations, and some lucky winners. Our sponsored race was won by a horse ownedby a Honeywell Retiree. How fitting was that.

First, I want to Thank Gracie for getting out her first edition of The Bridge. I believe that it is really a good looking newsletter. She spent lots of time formatting and editing the articlesplus getting it successfully to print.

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. The Board is discussing a proposal to raise membership dues for all new and renewing members. We are considering a $10 per year fee. I ask each one of us to voice your opinion to any Board member about this before the end of April. This feedback could be in the form of a letter to our club mailbox, an email to any Board member or a simple telephone call. The new fees would be used to help our scholarship commitments and help the club better defer some of the additional costs of our programs. As an example, the Board has agreed to double our Scholarship award dependent on Honeywell and the Garrett Club doing the same.
  4. I want to ask everyone to consider the following two items:
    • Volunteering to be on the Board and assist with the coordination and planning of our activities.We really need your help.
    • 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.

We have the trip to view the Butterflies, the Spring Potluck picnic and the Annual meeting coming up between now and the end of the year. We need your support.

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 – Mar. 18, Apr. 15,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 March 10, 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).

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.

Bob Farney

Gene Kupka

Clint Langford

Lee Rippstein

Dan Schott

Matt Schuetz

Wally Secosky

Paul Simison

Ed Skutecki

Nick Hughes

Bob Davenport

Frank Holman

Honeywell/Garrett Retirees’ Scholarship Program

Honeywell Scholarship

We are quickly coming to the end of our yearly Scholarship application time. All applications must be in by March 7.

We would like to remind everyone that the Honeywell Retiree’s Club (HRC), the Garret Retirees’ 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! The rules for applying are easy:


  • 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.

Submitting an Application for the Honeywell Scholarship
At University of Arizona


If you have had a difficult time navigating the Scholarship Universe (SU), at University of Arizona, here are some helpful hints.

  1. Go to https://scholarshipuniverse.arizona.edu and login with your NetID.
  2. Check your profile to make sure that under “My family’s Memberships:” you select the option for “Honeywell Retiree Club”.
  3. Once your profile shows Honeywell Retiree Club, you should see a list of scholarships you’re eligible for.
  4. Complete or acquire any documents required for the application, then click on the ‘DOCS’ tab in SU to upload any required documents to your DOC(s) folder.
  5. Finally, return to the UA scholarship you want to apply for, select the documents you want to use for that application, then click ‘Submit Application Now’ and you’re done!

Applications must be in by March 7, the Friday before Spring Break. Awards should be made before the beginning of the 2014 fall semester. The best method to begin the process is to contact your school’s Financial Aid Office and request information on the Honeywell Retirees’ Scholarship Program:

Arizona State University ASU

Scholarship Office - Tempe campus
Student Services Building, 2nd floor
(855) 278-5080
Type in the key word ‘Honeywell’

University of Arizona U of A

The University of Arizona Foundation
1111 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721-0109
(520) 621-9048

Northern Arizona University NAU

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
Gammage, Building 1
600 S Knoles Drive, PO Box 4108
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
(855) 628-6333

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

Fort McDowell Casino

March 18 - Tuesday *


Pick up time will be 9:00 AM at the Bell Rec Center; 16820 N 99th Ave Sun City

We have 20 rooms available

Call or email Yolanda Brown to reserve your spot 623-972-3970 YMBrown@Yahoo.com

University of Phoenix Stadium Tour
Home of the Arizona Cardinals and Fiesta Bowl
Sponsored by SRC



University of Phoenix Stadium


Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Joe Gonzales, 623-561-1174, 7028 W. Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308.

Please make checks payable to Sperry Retiree’s Club


11:00 am


$7.00 each

Go behind the scenes in this breathtaking new facility as University of Phoenix Stadium has set the standard for multi-purpose sports and entertainment complexes and features the only rollout field and retractable roof stadium in North America.

Tour will include details of the stadium construction, technical talking points on the roof and field, visitor’s locker room suites and the main concourse will be covered in your tour. Tour will last approximately 75 minutes and will leave from Gate #2. The tour utilizes ramps and elevators (no stairs) and is 100% wheel chair accessible.

 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
Tuesday, April 15th at 10:00am
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

The GOLDEN PRINCESS leaves Seattle at 4PM on Saturday, August 9th. We must be onboard by 3PM. There are several airlines that fly from Phoenix to Seattle. Although, you can fly out of Phoenix early on cruise morning, we usually fly to our departure port a day or two early and do a little sightseeing. Ford Travel can help you find accommodations. Seattle is a great vacation port. Glide to the top of the Space Needle for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound. Watch the fishmongers play catch with the day’s catch at Pike’s Market, the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States. Stop for a break in the first Starbucks which is still operating in the Market. Chihuly Garden and Glass and the Museum of Flight are also in Seattle.

The downtown area is quite walkable, and there is ample public transportation in the city center and along the waterfront. Shopping, dining and attractions are all found close by.

After a day at sea, our first port is Juneau, AK, the capital of Alaska and the second largest city in the U.S. by area. We will be docked there for 12 hours.

There are many interesting tours of Juneau including the Mendenhall Glacier by bus or chopper. Whale watching, salmon ladders and bakes, and dog sledding are some of the offered tours. Something for every taste!

Next, the GOLDEN PRINCESS sailes to Skagway, the gateway to the gold rush country. During the gold rush, Skagway had a population of 20,000. Today, it has dwindled to 1000, except for tourist. Our 14 hour stay allows ample time for tours including the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, the "Scenic Railway of the World" which links Skagway with Yukon, Canada. For the more adventurous, there are hiking trails, horseback riding and zip lines.

Five times a day during the summer, National Park Service rangers lead a free, 45-minute walking tour of the historic district, stopping at historic buildings like the Mascot Saloon Museum, the first cabin built in Skagway, and one of the town’s earliest brothels.

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


For President:

Mary Barkl

Retired from:

Industrial Automation & Control in 2006

Last position:

IAC Program Manager in Engineering

Other work:

Various positions in Industrial Automation since 1966


Skiing, reading, sewing, and grandchildren.



For Vice-President:

Wallace L. Estfan

Retired from:

Honeywell Computer Department

Last position:

Director Circuit Board Mfg

Other work:

Mfg/Eng Consulting – which included setting up Mfg facilities in the Far East


Golf, volunteering on various non-profit boards, i.e. the State Tax Credit Board



BS in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University


For Secretary:

Ed Taschner

Retired from:

Honeywell Aerospace – Engines Division (The AiResearch/Garrett/AlliedSignal branch of Honeywell.

Last position:

Product Support Manager, T800/RAH-66 Comanche Development Project, Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) … a Honeywell/Rolls-Royce joint Venture.

Other work:

USAF Pilot & Maintenance Officer – Aero Engineer (Civil Service w/USAF) – Customer Service Engineer (with AlliedSignal serving Republic of China Air


USAF Pilot & Maintenance Officer – Aero Engineer (Civil Service w/USAF) – Customer Service Engineer (with AlliedSignal serving Republic of China Air



BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech with post graduate studies


For Treasurer:

Francis Cartwright

Retired from:

Honeywell Air Transport Division

Last position:

Flight Management Systems Department

Other work:

Sperry Navy Systems


Playing the stock market



BA - Math and Computer Science, UCLA; MA - Organizational Management, University. of Phoenix

Directors: Directors are elected for the number of years specified

For Director:

Ibis Valles (3-year term)

Retired from:

Honeywell International

Last position:

Director of Human Resources for Latin America Region

Other work:

HR consultant doing research in healthcare


BS from the University of Nebraska


For Director:

Bala Visvanathan (3-year term)

Retired from:

Honeywell Aerospace

Last position:

Director, Global Sourcing

Other work:

Various positions in Honeywell Aerospace


Travel to exotic locations and enjoying nature



BS in Mechanical Engineering


There are three ways to submit your ballot:

  1. You may mail it. To do this, please make a copy of or cut out the page from the emailed or mailed version of The Bridge, mark your ballot, fold it, put the ballot in an envelope, put a first class stamp on the envelope and mail it to the Honeywell Retiree Club address on the last page of The Bridge. Such ballots must be received in the mail by April 9th in order to be counted.
  2. You may e-mail it. This will involve some cut and paste. The vote must be e-mailed by April 9th to be counted. E-mail the ballot to fran5632@yahoo.com.
  3. You may bring your ballot to the annual meeting on April 10th and turn it in there. There will be a limited number of extra ballots at the annual meeting in case you have not voted by the time of that meeting.



Below is a proposed change by the HRC Board of Directors to the Club's ByLaws. The complete set of ByLaws can be viewed at the HRC's website www.hrcaz.org. In March Active Members will receive a copy of these proposed changes and a ballot to vote on them either by e-mail or by hard copy. You will be asked to return your ballot to HRC, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027-2704. It is important that you vote on them in March.

2014 Honeywell Retirees Club Bylaw Amendments


Amendments to delete are lined out; amendment changes are in italics

HRC will endeavor to provide and facilitate effective communications and cordial relations between retirees members, other Honeywell retiree clubs and Honeywell International Inc.

Section 1. Membership Eligibility
Membership eligibility is automatic to anyone (who has retired from Honeywell International Inc. Membership is also available to retirees from other companies:) who is, or was employed by Honeywell International Inc., or retirees from other companies that have or have had an ownership relationship with Honeywell International, or from any other Honeywell International Inc. locations who is eligible to receive benefits from Honeywell International Inc. and has reached the age of 50.

    a.that have or have had an ownership relationship with Honeywell International Inc in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

    b.whose employees had a significant working relationship with Honeywell International Inc., and reside in the state of Arizona. These retirees must petition the Board of Directors for membership. They will be called Special Members.


Section 2 Membership classes

    Active Members (Special Members are not eligible for the Honeywell Retiree Club scholarship program).

    Special members- Are those Active Members who joined HRC by petitions. (see III,1.b. above)

    Non-Active members- Are those retirees that are eligible for membership but choose not be become members.

ARTICLE IV Club Meetings

Section 3. Meeting announcement


Section 4. Quorum
Six Seven members
At a regular Board Meeting and in the absence of sufficient officers and directors to constitute a quorum, a vote on matters brought up at the meeting that require a quorum may be submitted to Officers and Directors via e-mail by the President asking for a vote.


Section 2. Powers and duties

    B. or inability to act of as the President,

    C. Secretary ...In the absence of the President and Vice President, the Secretary shall preside at the meeting of the Board of Directors.

    D. Treasurer ...The Treasurer will maintain the non-profit status of the Club with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

    E. Directors Clubs Club’s

    F. Officers and Directors who miss four or more meetings out of six required meetings during the year may be temporarily replaced by an active member of the Club when appointed by the Board of Directors.



Section 2 Selection Procedure
…Candidates can not cannot run for more than one office per election.


Section 2 Adoption
THE BRIDGE and voting will be by mail ballot.