January 2015


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

Upcoming 2015 Events

Musical Instrument Museum

January 21

Day at the Races

February 17

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

March 20
May 8

Spring Potluck Picnic

March 26

Annual Membership Meeting

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

April 16

Canada & New England Cruise

September 26

Tovar Castle with
Stockyards Luncheon

TBD 2015

President's Perspective

We would like to welcome you to the New Year of 2015. We hope that 2015 is spectacular for everyone.

The December Christmas Dinner/Dance went very well. If you missed the event, you missed lots of fun planned by Shirley and Barbara. We are sad to report that Shirley, after 10 years, has left the board, her contributions were greatly appreciated over the years. We wish Shirley the best of luck in her new adventures. Barbara will still coordinate the cruises and we hope that more of you will attend the events planned for 2015.

Over the last few months of 2014 Linda Gregerson joined the Honeywell Retiree Club (HRC) as the Editor and Rick Carter joined as the Photographer, they are both doing a great job. We appreciate and value their talents

We have scheduled the Musical Instrument Museum Tour for January and have an event for each of the next several months.

The second Amazon Fulfillment Center tour is scheduled for March 20 and is currently full, but another one is scheduled in May for those of you on the waiting list.

There is a Spring Pot Luck scheduled for March.

The Annual Membership meeting will be held in April with a speaker who will address the following topic: The Status of Social Security, Can the System be saved?

If there is something you would like the HRC to sponsor let us know by contacting one of the board members or sending an email to: Hotline@hrcaz.org.


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: Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, June 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch – 3rd Thursday:  Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21,
June 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec. 17
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

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

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 Aerospace Challenge

The Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge is one of Arizona’s premier academic contests for youth. Entering its 16th 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 800 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 over a three-day period in Feb 2015, with the top three 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 VIP trip of a lifetime, and a special on-field appearance at the 45th Annual Fiesta Bowl in January 2016.

All the judging for the competition is performed by Honeywell employees. This is an opportunity for retirees to participate as well. For more details contact Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net

Honeywell Retiree’s Club Scholarship Program

Letter from scholarship award winner Nathaniel Lang, Nathaniel is the son of Roger Lang a Honeywell Retirees Club member.

"My name is Nathaniel Lang and I am extremely grateful for the scholarship money that was awarded to me by the Honeywell retirees. I am on course to graduate with honors in the spring of next year with a bachelors of science in psychology and communications. For the past few years my focus has been learning high-level research methodology and the statistics that accompany it. Outside of the classroom I work hard to maintain my physical health as well as my personal relationships by playing tennis, racquetball and basketball. I have also found the time to serve others by volunteering at my church, St. Mary's Food Bank and various other service opportunities that ASU provides. My latest passion however, has been to help grow the swing dancing community here in town. I have really enjoyed being a part of and introducing others to an older, classier sort of dance.

"Being supported by a group such as this has aided my continuous reflection on the value of my education and how I can maximize the opportunities that you all have helped provide me. Recently it has allowed me to rethink my path into a research-based graduate program. I have had the pleasure of working in the research labs of a handful of brilliant professors staffed at ASU. The research I have assisted with has involved developmental, physiological, and evolutionary psychology. I have now decided to apply for graduate programs in places like University of Minnesota and San Francisco State University for masters programs in the field of applied Industrial Psychology. It is my dream to aid the advancement of this country's cooperate wellness and efficiency."


If you have a family member interested in applying for one of our scholarships, we would like to help make the process easier.

Each year the Scholarship Committee works with Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) and University of Arizona (UofA), to ensure that our application is available to students. Each school has their own unique process, and because they offer many scholarships the school’s application process can sometimes be confusing. The Scholarship Committee would like to help. Each school now has a designated representative from the Scholarship Committee, who is familiar with the Scholarship process at that school. If you have a family member that is considering applying for one of our scholarships, please contact the designated Scholarship Committee representative, listed below. They will help guide you through the process and ensure that the application submitted is reviewed during the awards process.

    ASU: Wally Estfan: westfan@cox.net; 602-841-1189
    NAU: Gwen Scheetz: scheetzgwen@cox.net; 602-616-9889
    UofA: Frank Holman: frankholman@cox.net; 602-695-2565

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Candidates must re-apply annually.
  2. Students must be a descendant of an active or deceased member of Honeywell or Garrett Retirees Club. A deceased member is defined as a member who passed away while holding active membership in one of the two clubs.
  3. Students must have attained a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA).
  4. Students must be entering a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate course of study. Enrolled freshmen may apply during the second freshman semester for their sophomore year, providing they attain a 3.0 GPA or greater in their first semester (second semester GPA will be considered for the award).
  5. Students may be enrolled in any field of study, although preference may be given to a student who is enrolled in a technical field, in the event two or more applicants qualify for the same scholarship award.

The Team is looking for your help. Our Team would like to hold a fundraiser to supplement the Honeywell Retirees Club Scholarship Fund. We are looking for ideas that would be fun and something that our membership (and perhaps even active Honeywell employees) would like to be involved in. Like to golf? Interested in attending an auction? If you have an idea, or would like to volunteer to help the Team with a fund raiser, please let one of our Team Members know.

Scholarship Committee:


The Honeywell Christmas Dinner Dance held at the Arrowhead Country Club on December 11th was a festive night enjoyed by 49 retirees. It was a time spent renewing acquaintances and making new ones. The Band played old favorites and everyone enjoyed dancing to the music. Barbara Rippstein and Pam Brandenburger won door prizes. A White Elephant Drawing was held and nearly everyone walked away with a gift. If you were unable to attend this year, plan for next year and enjoy a great Christmas Party. Thanks to Barbara Rippstein and Shirley Krieger for co-hosting this event.


Musical Instrument Museum Tour

January 21, 2015, Wednesday 1:00pm

Where: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. (Tatum & Mayo Blvd, south of 101)

Cost: $20.00 per person (Payable at museum entrance)

Tour Includes: A one-hour guided tour starting at 1:00 PM which provides an overview of the world’s music, focusing on cultures in each geographical region of the world. You will also have time to visit the galleries more extensively, at your own pace, before or after the tour.

Using state-of-the-art audiovisual technology to show musical instruments being played in their original cultural context and delivering the sound of these instruments through high-quality headphones, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) provides a one-of-a-kind experience to museum guests. The MIM displays more than 6,000 instruments collected from around 200 countries and territories of the world.

Separate from tour: Lunch is also available at the MIM: Award-winning Café Allegro (Open 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM) serves a menu of great-tasting foods prepared from scratch, using fresh local ingredients. The cafe also offers vegetarian, vegan, and international options, appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

For those planning to attend, please contact the HRC event coordinator Pat Golic (480-563-1978 – dgolic@cox.net)
by January 14 with your name and number of attendees.

Day at the Races
Tuesday February 17 –  at 11:00 AM

Where: Turf Paradise, 1501 West Bell Road
Free Parking: Use the Turf Club Entrance on 19th Ave.
Cost: $24 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.


Victor Fragnito, 602-908-0740 e008821@cox.net

Cutoff Date:

Feb 4, 2015


Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club


Make your check payable to: Treasurer, HRC
Mail to: Vic Fragnito, 6922 W. Garfield St. Phoenix, AZ 85043-2368

The 2015 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


Apple cobbler
Assorted pies
Assorted cookies and brownies
Coffee and tea

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

We are pleased to announce that Amazon has scheduled a third – and final – tour for our clubs for Friday, May 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. Amazon limits group tours to three from any one organization, so this will be our final tour.

There are still slots available. If you are interested, please contact Ed Taschner via email at EdTaschner@cox.net so he can get you on the list.

The second tour scheduled for March 20, 2015, 10 am, is also confirmed and all 30 slots are filled. Stay tuned for detail updates as we move closer to these two tour dates

Spring Potluck Picnic
March 26, 2015, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

No Reservations Required
“Split the Pot Tickets $1.00, or Seven for $5.00”
50/25/25 Split the Pot


Where: Rio Vista Park - Ramada's 8 and 9
8866 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria
Time: 10:00 am until 1:00 pm with lunch served around 11:00
Cost: No charge to HRC members and guests; just bring a dish to share.
Prizes: 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


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


Elks Lodge; 14424 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032


April 16th





Mark your calendar now - more details to follow

“Where history and natural beauty come alive”

Why Cruise Canada & New England?
You don’t have to go far to discover charming ports, stunning national parks and rich history. You’ll follow in the footsteps of America’s forefathers in cities like Newport and Boston, see thebright lights of New York City and be seduced by French-infused Nova Scotia. You’ll see the best-known sights, such as the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove in Halifax or the churches of Saint John.

Barbara Rippstein invites you to sail from New York City on September 26, 2015 aboard the new REGAL PRINCESS. First, you’ll enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Then, the fun begins when you call at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Next, you’ll have a full day in Saint John, New Brunswick port for the Bay of Fundy. Bar Harbor, Maine is our next port of call. You may want to take a shore excursion to Arcadia National Park here. Then it's on to Boston and the historic freedom trail. Finally, visit Newport, Rhode Island, the chosen playground for the Vanderbilts, one of America’s wealthiest families. Return to New York City where you may want to extend your stay for a few days, take in a Broadway play or visit Staten Island.

Princess Cruises offers the most affordable balcony staterooms, freedom and flexibility in dining choices, and unmatched service. Make your plans now and take advantage of the best staterooms and our Princess 50th Anniversary Sale prices and benefits (Good until 2/26/2015).

Princess 50th Anniversary Sale Cruise Prices:
Inside stateroom prices from $999.00 per person, share double basis (Category IF).
Obstructed view Balcony prices from $1,399.00 per person, share double basis (Category BZ).
Balcony stateroom prices from $1,499.00 per person, share double basis (Category BF).
Mini-suite prices from $1,799.00 per person, share double basis (Category MF).
ADD: $145.00 Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses to the above cruise prices.

Special 50th Anniversary Benefits: Free $50.00 per person onboard credit and Dinner for Two in one of our Specialty restaurants.

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

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



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