December 2015

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Newsletter of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona

NOTE: This online version is a reformatted sub-set of the full version sent to paid-up members, with possible updates to event information since the Bridge was distributed.

For example, it does not contain names of recent retirees, new members, or members who have passed away, nor does it contain the list of member email addresses which is sent out from time to time.
NOTE: The full December edition of the Bridge included a list of email addresses for HRSC members.

Finally, there will typically be a delay of up to a week before a new month's version is posted here; if you want to get the Bridge as it comes off the press, become a member and request the full-color PDF version, the eBridge, which is sent by email. Note that the black-and-white paper Bridge is sent out by Honeywell, who outsource the task. It is typically delivered about two weeks after the PDF eBridge is delivered by email.

Reports & Photos of Past Events

AZ Broadway Theatre  - West Side Story
Nov 12
Foodbank Thanksgiving Distribution
Nov 24
Christmas Dinner Dance  -  (Report pending) Dec 3

Upcoming Events

AARP Tax-Aide Program in Arizona  -  Volunteer Early Jan
Honeywell Aerospace Challenge  -  Volunteer Feb 8-10
Day at the Races
Feb 23
McDowell Casino Trip
Feb 27
Southwest Airlines Tour
Mar 30
Spring Potluck Picnic
Annual Membership Meeting
AZ Broadway Theatre  -  Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
May 5
Tovrea Castle Tour

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Dec 1, Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 5
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Dec 17, Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Dec 10, Mar 7, Jun 7, Sep 7, Dec 8
Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 10030 N. Metro Pkwy East- 11:15 am


Dues reminder

President's Perspective

Mary Barkl FaceThe Sperry/Honeywell retiree club's Christmas Dinner Dance was wonderful! It was attended by 99 retirees and was enjoyed by all. The accommodations, although further west this year, were very easy to get to and the event coordinators; Joyce Colella and her committee did an awesome job. There were fourteen door prizes awarded and everyone seemed to enjoy what they received. There were two winners of the 50/25/25 pot. Watch for pictures and more detail in the January Bridge.

The delivering of turkeys and the rest of the dinner fixings just before Thanksgiving Day at the Desert Mission Food Bank was enjoyed by about 30 Honeywell retirees. We worked alongside volunteers from APS and the food bank staff. The event was very fulfilling for the volunteers and greatly helped the recipients who were all
very appreciative. Thanks so much to Doug Metzger for coordinating this event.

We are always looking for new Board Members and currently have several positions to fill. We will have a phone drive to recruit for new members starting in January. However, if you are interested no need to wait, call one of the existing board members as positions are open now.

Thank you for being a loyal member of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona HRSC.

Happy Holidays to all of you and we will see you next year in 2016.


Xmas lights


Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) is a social organization in Arizona for Honeywell International, Inc. retirees. This organization will be open without regard to prior class of employment, race, creed, sex or geographical residence.

HRSC will provide activities, programs (such as Fix-It Guys and Scholarship Program) and projects of interest to retirees and spouses. It will facilitate effective communications between members, other Honeywell retiree clubs and Honeywell International, Inc. It will provide opportunities to renew acquaintances and promote fellowship among retirees, and will assist retirees in maintaining and enhancing the image of Honeywell International, Inc., in the eyes of the public.

From the Editor

A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website; just click the menu buttons at the left of most pages. For example: HONEYWELL HISTORY provides the history of Honeywell (now from multiple sources), ARCHIVES offers back editions of the online Bridge and minutes of board meetings, and EVENT SCHEDULE has the latest information on upcoming events. The PHOENIX AREA ATTRACTIONS page has been updated and now has many new attractions—have a look, you might find something that interests you.

Do you have a new address or e-mail? Be sure to send us the updated information: or Honeywell Retiree Social 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 HRSC email address or Honeywell Retiree Social 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 Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona.


Sponsored by the Honeywell & Sperry Retiree Clubs

Fix It Guy

We can help Honeywell retirees or surviving spouses with fix-it jobs around the house that you are not able to accomplish. This will hopefully keep the job from being 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 (coordinator for East Valley 480-463-6572)
Clint Langford (coordinator for North Valley 602-765-4466)

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.

Below is a list of volunteer Fix-It Guys from both the East and North Valley.

East Valley

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

North Valley

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

Mortar Board

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation



Are you a parent or grandparent with a student attending one of the three State Universities? If you are, don’t forget that the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation opened applications for the 2016-2017 Scholarship year, on December 1, 2015.

As in the past, students attending Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) or University of Arizona (UofA) may apply for this Scholarship through their school’s scholarship network. This year, students may also apply through our own website (Scholarships). The Scholarship page contains complete information on the Scholarship, as well as the application.

We would also like to remind everyone that donations to our Scholarship fund are now tax deductible. If you would like to make a contribution, you can send a check payable to Honeywell Retiree Scholarship, in care of our Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz, or contact any of our Board members.

Have Happy Holidays,

Your Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation Board:

Dawn Orgill, Chair and NAU Representative
Phone: 602 881 7772

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Phone: 480 560 6273

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Phone: 602 695 2565


Hailey Davenport


It’s hard to believe that I am a senior in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Arizona! With only one and a half semesters left until graduation it has finally been time for me to face the possibilities of what to do in the “real world.” I have always had an affinity for medicine but never thought medical school was a realistic option for me based on cost and length of schooling. After recently having the opportunity to shadow an emergency department doctor, I realized that my greatest dream is becoming a doctor. Completing an engineering degree has helped me to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, which I think I would be able to apply well as a medical doctor.

This is my second year to receive the Honeywell retirees’ club scholarship and I could not be more grateful. The scholarship has not only taken off some of the great burden that is college tuition, but also has allowed me to resign from my demanding part time job which didn’t apply to my major, where I was working 20-30 hours per week on top of taking 18 hours of classes. I now have more time to focus on my studies and focus on the research I am involved in. I currently work in a research lab at the university which focuses on how fetal development affects the onset of metabolic diseases later in life. Working here has also impacted my decision to pursue medicine. I have been applying to Biomedical engineering jobs for after I graduate in May and plan to work for a year during the process of applying for medical school. I am extremely excited about the prospect of going to medical school and thanks to the support I have received from my family, scholarships, as well as from the retirees club; my dream now seems very attainable.

West Side Story photos

Desert Mission Food
                  Bank logoThanksgiving Volunteer Event
Desert Mission Food Bank - Nov 24

Food Bank photo 1

We had around 30 people from the Honeywell, Sperry, and Garrett groups helping the food bank give out turkeys and other food items for Thanksgiving dinner for those in need.  We were joined by about 15 more folks from APS.  It was a great crew and the food bank staff had it very well organized.  We worked the morning shift – gathering and training for our respective jobs from 8:00 to 9:00, and giving out food from 9:00 to noon; then training our replacements for the afternoon shift. They even provided lunch for those of us who wanted to relax a bit and share experiences before going home.  By closing time at 3:00pm we had given out 734 turkeys!  We all enjoyed the opportunity to work together and help out.  If anyone is interested in helping out individually (e.g., half day a week at the food bank), you can contact the volunteer coordinator, Renee Bailey, at

                  Bank photo 2

Red Xmas Tree Balls

Christmas Dinner and Dance
(Report pending)

Co-Hosted by Sperry & Honeywell
Thursday - December 3, 2015

Palmbrook Country Club
9350 W. Greenway Road Sun City, AZ 85351

                        Xmas Tree Balls

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program in Arizona

Training Provided in early January

Volunteer IconThe AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona will provide free tax preparation services for seniors and low income families this again this season, completing 2015 returns. The foundation has 31 sites in the Phoenix area usually located in Senior Centers, Community Centers, Libraries, or Community Colleges. All sites are staffed with trained, certified volunteers.

Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Arizona filed over 70,000 returns saving those taxpayers an estimated $12.9 million in preparation fees.

The AARP program in partnership with the IRS is currently recruiting volunteers for sites throughout the state. Volunteers do not need previous tax preparation experience as all necessary training is provided. Only two qualifications are needed, a real interest in helping people, and a basic familiarity with Microsoft Windows.

Every year we need new volunteers to continue this valuable service. You can help by volunteering one day each week from February 1st through April 15th at a Phoenix Community/Senior Center near your home. Training is held in early January. Best of all, you are never left alone. Each location has plenty of experienced tax preparation volunteers who are always willing and able to help you with specific taxpayer problems.

So if you have the time and energy to give back to the community by providing a valuable service to many people please join us.

Here's how to sign up:

•    On-line at   or
•    Send an email to Frank Lynott at

Meet great people, learn a new skill, and help your community.


Honeywell Aerospace Challenge

Feb. 8-10, 2016

Sign up by early Jan. 2016

Aerospace Challenge

The Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge is one of Arizona’s premier academic contests for youth. Entering its 17th year, this stimulating contest allows fifth through eighth grade students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of space technology. The Aerospace Challenge requires participants to develop plans for an International Lunar Base complete with a physical scale model. More than 1200 students will participate in this contest in which they work in groups to achieve critical problem-solving, communication, team-building and decision-making skills. As a result, they will expand their knowledge in subject areas such as math, science, social studies, language and fine arts.

The preliminary round of competition takes place Feb 8-10, 2016, with the top two teams each day advancing to the finals. Finalists will enjoy an exclusive opportunity to attend a presentation from NASA astronauts. The Aerospace Challenge winning team will earn an all expense paid trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, and a special on-field appearance at the 46th Annual Fiesta Bowl in January 2017.

All the judging for the competition is performed by Honeywell employees and retirees. Please volunteer for one, two or three days. Signup deadline is early Jan 2016. Breakfast and lunch is provided. This is an opportunity for retirees to participate as well. Last year five retirees volunteered and we would like more this year. For more details contact Keith Hughes at

Day at the Races
Feb 23, 2016 – Tuesday at 11:00 AM


Free Parking:


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.

The retiree clubs will have a race named after them.

Coordinator: Victor Fragnito, 602-908-0740

Time: Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club;      Reservation Due Date:   Feb 10, 2016

Make checks payable to:  Treasurer, HRSC; send to: Vic Fragnito, 6922 W. Garfield St., PHX, AZ 85043

The 2016 Senior Buffet Lunch

Mixed salad greens
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, etc.
Apple cobbler
Assorted pies
Assorted cookies
Coffee and tea


Fort McDowell Casino
February 27, 2016

Contact: Fred Bauer @ 623-738-8590
Or Yolanda Brown at 623-372-3970 or CGBYMB@
Please leave a phone number in case we miss your call

You will receive $10.00 in free play
Info needed:  Name, address, phone, birth date, Fort McDowell players’ card

They no longer have 2 pickup locations -
ONLY: Bell Recreation Center: 16820 N. 99th Ave. and will be leaving at 9:00am.

We will spend 4 hours at the Casino and leave around 4:00 PM

Come join us!  Bring a Friend

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

SW PlaneSouthwest Airlines Tour
March 30, 2016

This is a unique opportunity to tour Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility. You will be able to walk through an aircraft and sit in the cockpit then tour the maintenance and operation areas in a two hour guided tour.

This free tour is planned for Wed March 30, 2016 at 10 am, but names of all attendees are required in advance for security purposes.

To register send the full names of all in your party to Keith Hughes at or call 623-825-5243 for details.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theater
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Thursday, May 5

It’s the late 1970s and the happy-go-lucky town of Gilbert, Texas has just been put on the map when a crusading television reporter aims his camera at a favorite, local “destination” - The Chicken Ranch.

Frequented by governors, senators, mayors and even victorious college football teams for more than a century, the town is now faced with recounting the good times as they struggle with the demise of their best pleasure palace. Made famous by Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton, The Best Little Whore-house In Texas is a charming, lively and genial show that will leave you laughing for days with songs like “Girl, You’re A Woman” “Twenty Four Hours of Lovin” and “No Lies.”

Arizona Broadway Theatre - 77th Avenue & Paradise Lane
12:00 pm
  2:00 pm
Lydia Gonzales
The per-person price includes dinner, coffee, tea, show, tax, and gratuity. Please make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to:

Lydia Gonzales, 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tour
November 2016

                  castleTours are approximately 2 hours and include the historic Castle's main floor and basement, extensive grounds and cactus gardens surrounding the Castle.
Guests are greeted by Tovrea Carraro Society volunteers at the Visitor Center and taken through the Carraro Cactus Gardens on a tram with a docent. The tour winds through the beautiful 44 acres, viewing the outer buildings, before arriving at Tovrea Castle.
There is a 6 month waiting list for tickets so the club is planning to purchase a block of tickets in the next week for a visit on Friday and Saturday at 11 am in November 2016.  The tour will cost $15.

ACTION. In order to access interest please e-mail or call Keith Hughes by December 10th, 2015 if you want to be put on a list.

More details will follow after the tickets are purchased. or 623-825-5243.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

HRSC Email:
Honeywell Retiree Benefits: 1-877-258-3699 -
The Bridge - Published monthly except for June, July, and August.
HRSC annual dues: $5.00 (multiple-year memberships recommended)

NOTE: HRSC sponsored programs and events, where payments are required in advance, will provide refunds anytime there is no cost to the Club. We will make every effort to provide refunds when requested; however, for some events funds have been committed by the HRSC and will not be refunded.