April 2015


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

Upcoming Events

Coca Cola Bottling Facility Tour

April 9

Annual Membership Meeting
Topic: Can the Social Security System be Saved?

April 16

Tim Mahoney Presentation

May 6

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

May 8

Lake Pleasant Cruise/Lunch @ Waterfront

May 21

Canada & New England Cruise

September 26


October 15

Tovar Castle with Stockyards Luncheon

TBD 2015

Is your membership expiring?
HRC 2015 Membership Year Ends April 30th
Memberships not paid beyond 2015 will expire. Please renew now



President's Perspective

The Spring Pot Luck was enjoyed by over 50 participants, the food was abundant and very good, fun was had by all and the weather was truly a spring day we all wait for and hope will stay through several more months. The Quiz was very challenging and enjoyed by everyone. I looked at it, but did not know most of the answers!

Have you sent in your reservations for the HRC annual meeting; deadline for reservations is early April. If you haven't, please call Gwen and let her know you still plan to attend and $$'s are in the mail.    Guest Speaker, Dick Mores, “The Status of Social Security, Can the system be saved?”.

Don’t forget Tim Mahoney will be speaking at the Scottsdale Senior Center on May 6. So if you retired from Honeywell and are interested in the ‘state of affairs’ this would be a good chance to get caught up.

We are actively looking for a Treasurer who will keep the books and balance sheets for the HRC. If you are interested give me a call. Francis Cartwright has agreed to continue as Treasurer until we find a replacement. This is probably the most important position on the board and we thank Francis for his years of service. Do you know someone who loves to keep the balance sheets, send me their name!

There will be a Bridge in May, at which time we will not publish another Bridge until September.


Officers - Directors and Staff

President - Mary Barkl


Editor - Linda Gregerson


Past President - Victor Fragnito


Photographer - Rick Carter

602 920-6044

Vice President -  Wally Estfan


Director - Ibis Valles


Treasurer - Francis Cartwright


Director - Bala Visvanahan


Secretary - Ed Taschner


Director - Judy Edmond


Webmaster - Russ Henzel


Director - Kevin Harris


Membership - Darrel Golic


Director - Patricia Golic


Cruises – Barbara Rippstein


Director- Gwen Scheetz




Director - Dawn Orgill

602 -881-7772

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:  Apr 7, May 5, June 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch: Apr 21, May 20,
June 17, July 15, Aug 19,
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell Ole Timer’s Luncheons
Jun 9, Sept 9, Dec. 10:
Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 10030 N. Metro Pkwy East- 11:15 am

Note: 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.

From the Editor

Interested in the history of Honeywell or looking for an old edition of The Bridge? This and other information can be found on the HRC webpage www.hrcaz.org.

Do you have a new address or e-mail? Be sure to send us the updated information: Hotline@hrcaz.org or Honeywell Retiree Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phx, AZ 85027-2704

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 email address Hotline@hrcaz.org or Honeywell Retiree Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704. 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.

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 able to do. This will hopefully keep the job from becoming a budget buster for you.

Call us at the appropriate number below and leave a clear message giving job information, your name, telephone number and nearest cross streets.

    Nick Hughes 480-463-6572 (coordinator for East Valley )
    Clint Langford 602-765-4466 (coordinator for North Valley )

We can probably 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.

East Valley

  Mike Briske Nick Hughes Chuck Moffet
  Bob Davenport Jim King Charlie Paine
  Mike Griffin Warren Koepsec Ken Probert
  Frank Holman Stu Mitnik  

North Valley

  Gene Kupka Lee Rippstein Dan Schott
  Clint Langford Wally Secosky Matt Schuetz
  Bob Farney Ed Skutecki Paul Simison
  Roy Newbold    

Honeywell Retiree Club Scholarship Foundation

The Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Program has closed the application process for this year. The Scholarship Committee is now working on reviewing all the applications to select this year’s award winners.

Letters to the students selected to receive an award will be sent out in the next two weeks. You’ll be hearing more about each of the students who receive a scholarship this year in upcoming issues of The Bridge. Starting in the fall, there will be an article each month featuring one of these amazing students.

The Scholarship Committee will be working throughout the summer to enhance the program. Look for more exciting news about the Scholarship Program in the fall.

Remember, if you have any questions, you can contact one of the Scholarship Committee Representatives listed below.


Spring Potluck Picnic

The 2015 Honeywell Retiree Club Spring Picnic was held at the Rio Vista Community Park again this year and was attended by 50 participants. The gathering was treated to a beautiful day of sunny skies and just enough of a breeze to keep it very comfortable. The pot-luck buffet offered a well balanced array of both hot and cold dishes and desserts, and proved to be more than enough for all attendees as plenty of food remained when we finished eating.

The following lucky four winners (pictured left to right) collected prizes at the event: Arnie Keeler – Easter Ham; Jim Bilyeu – Gift Card to popular area restaurant; Gwen Scheetz and Charles Krieger – Cash awards from the 50-25-25 pot.

Pat and Darrel Golic, and Judy Edmond were the HRC board organizers and did a wonderful job on putting things together. Below are additional photos from the picnic:

Coca Cola Bottling
Facility Tour

When: Thursday April 9th – 10:45Am

Where: 1850 W Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284

Registration Deadline: April 2, 2015

If you are interested in joining us on this tour please contact: Larry Bowe 928-759-2367 or email: lbowesr@cableone.net

Attire must be clean, free from rips, tears or fraying material. Shirts must have sleeves, shoes must be fully enclosed. No electronic devices, (cell phones, cameras, games etc.) No beverages. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

After tour there are some casinos nearby and/or some really nice places for lunch.

Sponsored by Sperry Retiree Club



Thursday April 16th

Speaker: Dick Morse - AARP Arizona Congressional Affairs Volunteer
Topic: Status of Social Security, Can the System be Saved?

Our speaker will give an update on Social Security, can it survive? This is a topic of interest to many retirees, and if not for them maybe for a family member. Bring your questions for the Q and A session or email them to Gwen Scheetz before the meeting.


Arrowhead Country Club 19888 N 73rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308


April 16th


9:00am – 12:00 noon


$16 per person. Make checks payable to: Treasurer, HRC; Send to: Gwen Scheetz, 5640 E. Everett Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 , Note on check "Annual Meeting


Gwen Scheetz, 602-616-9889 scheetzgwen@cox.net for information & reservations


Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, or Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes, Chef’s selection of Breakfast Pastry served with Butter, Fruit Preserves, Coffee, Decaf and Tea.

Registration Deadline:

April 6, 2015

Garret and Sperry Club members are welcome. The HRC Annual Member Meeting "Wrap Up" will take place after the conclusion of the speaker's presentation.


Don't miss this event. Circle the date on your calendar and make your reservations now.

Tim Mahoney Presentation

The State of Honeywell Aerospace

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2pm

Tim Mahoney, President of Honeywell Aerospace and one of the top 5 leaders in the Honeywell Corporation, will be at the Scottsdale Senior Center at 1700 Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale.

He usually speaks on the financial health of the company, market share achievements, technical initiatives and break-throughs such as the electric taxi system involving French-based partner Safran Aerospace and the new HPW3000 engine co-designed and produced with Pratt & Whitney.

Tim’s presentations are always interesting and sometimes entertaining. He is always accessible and spends a significant amount of time answering a wide range of questions. This one’s a “Must Attend” function if you’re interested in where the Company is headed.

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

The second Amazon Fulfillment Center tour went off without a hitch and lived up to all expectations … lots of compliments from the club tour participants

Of course everyone was impressed with the size and efficiency of Amazon’s Fulfillment Center operations, one of four such centers in Arizona. One comment that I found interesting was that two couples met at the tour who had not seen each other since retirement. So, the tour also turned into a reunion of sorts for some. One down side to this tour is we had six no-shows. The impact of this is we had six open slots that we were unable to fill with folks on our waiting list.

Because this tour has become such a hot ticket in Arizona, our third tour on Friday, May 8 at 1pm will be the last for 2015 (Amazon is booked solid through the end of 2015). We will be setting up a fourth tour early 2016.

For those of you who are scheduled for the May tour, PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE and notify EdTaschner@cox.net if you will be unable to make it. We need a minimum of 72 hours to fill the slot from the waiting list then notify Amazon of the change before the tour.

Lake Pleasant Boat Cruise and Optional Lunch Event

Thursday May 21, 2015

(Lunch & Cruise are separate functions and individually paid)

LUNCH:The Waterfront Bar and Grill” at Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina, 11:00 AM until 11:50 AM (Not Dillons);

    Carefree Highway and 87th Ave (follow signs to Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina). It is located at the Pleasant Harbor Marina where the Boat Cruise starts from that afternoon. 40202 N 87th Ave (Carefree Highway & 87th Ave) Peoria, AZ 85383. Restaurant is Handicap Accessible by a Ramp. Bar: 928-501-5264 & Grill: 928-501-5265 MENU: Burger, Fries, Taco’s, Casita’s, Fish & Chips, etc. Price: Approximately $ 9.00 to $15


CRUISE: 12:00 PM Boarding; Boat Cruise 12:30 PM thru 2:00 PM

    “The Phoenix” Lake Pleasant Boat Cruise at the Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina at south east corner of Lake Pleasant (Not Scorpion Bay Marina). Carefree Highway and 87th Ave (Follow signs to Lake Pleasant Harbor Marina) 8708 W. Harbor Blvd (Carefree Highway & 87th Ave) Peoria, AZ 85383- http://www.pleasantharbor.com/marina

    "The Phoenix” is Handicap Accessible. Anyone requiring assistance please call in advance to confirm transport to cruise at 602-625-7776. Ticket Office: 602-456-9955 (Reservation is required and each person should mention SRC event when making reservation & paying for their tickets) http://www.lakepleasantcruises.com


CONTACT: Wayne Shaw just.me1950@live.com or call him at 623-636-5598

CRUISE TICKETS: Price: Adults: $ 21.00, seniors: $ 19.00 (60 +), Active Military: $ 19.00.

PARKING: $6.00 per car. Go through point of entry gate.

    Parking is available in the paved lot next to the fire station as well as overflow parking in an unpaved lot nearby. You have the option to walk to the marina and dock for boat boarding, or you can wait for a shuttle. Shuttles will be running from the blue canopy in the parking lot to ‘The Phoenix’ cruise boat. Shuttles run 24/7. Please allow yourself plenty of time whether you are walking or taking shuttle.



    In the rare case that a cruise must be cancelled by LPC, pre-paid customers will receive a refund, or a chance to reschedule to another date. When a Daily Sightseeing Cruise is cancelled, we will inform potential guests via phone recording and website. To receive a full refund for any pre-paid reservation, guests must cancel a minimum of 24 hours prior to the cruise departure. No refund will be given for a cancelation/no show less than 24 hours prior to cruise departure. Guest may reschedule their pre-paid daily sightseeing cruise at any time, but a $5 handling fee will apply. Please contact our ticket office to cancel/reschedule at 602-456-9955 Ext. 1.

    • In the event of light rain, there are enclosed areas on the boat where you can move
    • To check if the weather has affected our departure, please call our office at: 602-456-9955 Ext. 1


    Other than water, no outside food or drink is allowed on board ‘The Phoenix’. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Phoenix has a full bar on board. Please keep in mind the bar on board is CASH ONLY. Please make sure you dress appropriately for the weather. Casual attire is usually preferred and a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended year round. The top deck is uncovered and open to the sun. The lower level is climate controlled. The top deck is open air. There are two bathrooms on board ‘The Phoenix’. Due to Arizona State Law, smoking is not allowed aboard the boat. Service animals are allowed on board with proper registration.


Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


“Where history and natural beauty come alive”

Princess Cruises offers the most affordable balcony staterooms, freedom and flexibility in dining choices, and unmatched service. Make you plans now and take advantage of the best staterooms and our Princess Group prices and benefits.

Princess Group Cruise Prices:
Inside stateroom prices from $999 per person, share double basis (Category IF).
Obstructed view balcony prices from $1,399 per person, share double basis (Category BZ).
Balcony stateroom prices from $1,499 per person, share double basis (Category BF).
Mini-suite prices from $1,799 per person, share double basis (Category MF).
ADD: $145 Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses to the above cruise prices.

$100.00 Onboard Credit for Retired Military Personnel and Veterans with an Honorable Discharge on this cruise!

Ask our travel consultant about optional pre or post cruise hotel packages in New York City.
Ford’s World Travel will be happy to book your air reservations at the lowest possible fares.

All prices above are subjected to availability and change without notice.
For complete details and reservations contact Ford’s World Travel:

    13593 Camino Del Sol • Sun City West
    Tel # (623) 975-1800

    14621 N. Del Webb Blvd. • Sun City
    Tel # (623) 933-8256



Onboard host: BARBARA RIPPSTEIN 623-566-1572 rippy60@yahoo.com


Candidates for Officers: Officers are elected annually

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.


Vice President:

Wally 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 Eas


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


BS in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University


For Treasurer:

Francis Cartwright

Retired from:

Honeywell Air Transport

Last position:

Flight Management Systems Department

Other work:

Sperry Navy Systems


Playing the stock market


BA - Math and Computer Science, UCLA: MA Organizational Management, Uni of Phoenix


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


Pre-retirement - Avid skier and travel; Post - charitable efforts, Scholarship Program and Fix-Program through GRC & HRC...and travel.


BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech with post graduate studies

Candidates for Director: Directors are elected for 3 year terms.

For Director:

Dawn Orgill

Retired from:

Honeywell Air Transport

Last position:

Led Honeywell Southwest Region Learning and Development Team.

Other work:

Founded Strategic Learning Solutions – Learning and organizational effectiveness solutions.


Design, development and implementation of business and leadership practices


Advanced Degrees with emphasis on learning and development.


For Director:

Doug Metzger

Retired from:

Honeywell Process Solutions, December 2008

Last position:

Senior Principal Software Engineer

Other work:

Development Manager for ASM Consortium


Volunteer at Desert Mission Food Bank, music (Native American flute, piano, guitar, composition), tennis, flyfishing, ISA-18 Committee (Alarm Management)

Interests as Director for HRC:

Community service activities, such as helping out at a food bank or Habitat for Humanit


BEE, Ohio State University; MSEE, ASU


There are two 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: Honeywell Retiree Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704. Such ballots must be received in the mail by April 9th in order to be counted.

2. You may bring your ballot to the annual meeting on April 16th 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 the meeting.


The nominating committee recommended and the Board of Directors has approved the following list of nominees.
Place an "X" or a checkmark within the brackets next to the name of the candidate, or write in the name of your alternative candidate.
Office Candidate

Officers are elected for one (1) year terms:

President: { } Mary Barkl or _______________________________

Vice President: { } Wally Estfan  or________________________________

Secretary: { } Ed Taschner or  ________________________________

Treasurer: { } Francis Cartwright or ________________________________

Directors are elected for three (3) year terms:

Director { } Dawn Orgill ________________________________

Director { } Doug Metzger ________________________________

Mail to: Honeywell Retiree Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704