March 2015


Newsletter of the Honeywell Retirees of Arizona

Upcoming Events

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

March 20 & May 8

Fort McDowell Casino Trip
Registration deadline March 9th

March 24

Spring Potluck Picnic

March 26

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

April 16

Tim Mahoney Presentation

May 6

Canada & New England Cruise

September 26

Tovar Castle with Stockyards Luncheon

TBD 2015




President's Perspective

The day at the races was enjoyed by all. It was well done and we were treated to some awesome food along with just as great desserts. 50+ of us were inside the air conditioned third floor of the players club, and treated to all the amenities that horse racing has to offer.

The Spring Pot Luck is around the corner and should be another successful event. Pat and Judy have another quiz; this one will test your Arizona knowledge about the past and will be a brain teaser, even for us older folks.

March is the time to vote for new Board Members and Officers; you will see the voting ballots below in this edition of the Bridge. Make sure you vote for your favorite board members and Officers.

The annual members meeting is scheduled for April 16, right after you get your taxes filed; make sure you have your reservations before then; all members of the Honeywell Retiree Club, Garret Retiree Club, and Sperry Retiree Club are invited along with any of your guests. The HRC annual members meeting details will be presented once the Guest Speaker, Dick Mores, has completed his Q&A segment on The Status of Social Security, Can the system be saved. Don’t miss this one.

We are actively looking for a Treasurer. You will keep the books and balance sheets for the Club. If you are interested, give me a call. Francis Cartwright has agreed to fill in for 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 as Treasurer. Do you know someone who loves to keep the balance sheets? Send me their name


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:
Honeywell Retiree Benefits: 1-877-258-3699 -
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: 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:  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
Mar 9, 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

Do you have a new address or e-mail? Be sure to send us the updated information: 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 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    

Important Reminder from the
HRC Scholarship Committee

The scholarship season is coming to a close. March 6th, Friday, is the last day to submit your application. If you have any problems getting your application into the system please contact your HRC school representative (contact information below), they will be happy to assist you.

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).


Meet 2013-2014 ASU Scholarship Winner
Danielle Martinez

Danielle is the granddaughter of Dawn Orgill, a 25 year employee of Honeywell, and a member of the Honeywell Retiree Club.

"Hello, my name is Danielle Martinez. I am a full time student at Arizona State University, majoring in Psychology, and a very grateful winner of one of the 2013-2014 Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarships.

"I am a transfer student to ASU. My freshman year was spent at the University of Arizona, where I am pleased to say that I was able to complete the year with a high B average. My need to move back to the Phoenix area hasn’t stopped my personal goal of completing my undergraduate degree early, so that I can continue with my master’s degree, a requirement for a Psychologist. To help me reach my goal, I also take summer classes. My goal, after completing school, is to work with children and teens.

"I became interested in working with children through my volunteer work. I started volunteering at Boys and Girls Club of America, at an early age. When I was young I spent a lot of time attending the Boys and Girls Club after school as my mom was a single working mom. As soon as I was old enough, I became a volunteer. My mom has always encouraged me to look beyond myself and see where I could make a difference for someone else. That advice has made a difference in my life and helped me realize the importance of helping others. During high school I expanded my volunteer work to include places like Ronald McDonald House and the hospitals. I was honored to receive an award from the Scottsdale Hospital System as Volunteer of the Year, both for my work in the hospital and for creating a yearlong book drive to gather books to be donated to the hospitals. My volunteer work, especially working with children, was my motivation to pursue a psychology degree.

"I was truly honored to receive one of the $1000 Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarships last year. With the cost of tuition, books and housing going up every year I was very thankful for the money. I work to help pay for school, and the Scholarship Program really makes a difference. Thank you to everyone who made this possible."

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

If you missed the "Day at the Races", you missed lots of fun, good food, and some exciting horse racing. Each of the 50+ people attending enjoyed lots of racing and a great lunch buffet. In addition to beef brisket and turkey, we had a large variety of salads, and a dessert table that had many going back for seconds. Everyone was also invited to join in a group photo with “Secret of Success,” the winner of the 2nd race, which was dedicated to the Honeywell/Sperry Clubs. The trip back and forth to the Winner’s Circle was also enjoyable, as we got a quick tour and a look at the inner workings of a live horseracing track.

The event was held in the Turf Paradise Clubhouse, so even though it was warm outside, we enjoyed lunch and the races in a wonderful air conditioned area, with an amazing view of the racetrack. Every table had a screen, so we could watch the race up close along with the statistics for each horse. Some chose to bet, others just enjoyed the thrill of the race, but there were lots of happy faces and shouts of success when a favorite horse won the race.

If you haven’t been to Turf Paradise before, add it to your list of Club events to attend next year. Turf Paradise has quite a history in Phoenix; it dates back to January of 1956, and was the first organized professional sports franchise in Arizona.

If you have never attended a horserace before, don’t worry. You can choose to bet or not. If you’ve never bet before, but you would like to try your luck, Turf Paradise provided each of us a guidebook on how to bet, how to read the infield tote board, and what all that information means. We also each received a free pass to come again.

So don’t worry about it being something you’ve never done before, sign up for our “Day at the Races” next year, and come join the rest of us for a truly enjoyable day.


Fort McDowell Casino Trip
March 24th - Tuesday

Free trip to Fort McDowell Casino
    10424 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264

Receive $10 Slot play

Contact: Yolanda Brown 623-972-3970 or

Dead line: March 9th

Leaving at 9 AM and returning at 4PM
Pick up will only be at the Bell Recreation Center - 9:00 AM
16820 N 99th Ave Sun City

Sponsored by Sperry Retiree Club

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 - Edmond at

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:

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 – 12:00pm


$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 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.

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.


“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


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


Ed Taschner

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.


Doug Metzger

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