May 2015

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Newsletter of the Honeywell Retiree Club of Arizona

NOTE: This online version is a sub-set of the full version sent to paid-up members.
For example, it does not contain names of recent retirees, new members, or members who have passed away.

Upcoming Events

Lake Pleasant Cruise/Lunch @ Waterfront


MCAO Shred-A-Thon/RX Drug Take-Back


Canada & New England Cruise




AZ Broadway Theatre - 2 shows

16-Oct & 15-Apr 2016

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip


Community Outreach - Food Bank Volunteer


Christmas Dinner Dance


Day at the Races

TBD-Feb 2016

Tovrea Castle with Stockyards Luncheon


Has your membership expired?
The HRC 2015 Membership Year ended on April 30th.
Memberships not paid beyond 2015 will expire. Please renew now!

The Bridge will be back in September. Have a great Memorial Day and 4th of July!

President’s Perspective

The Annual Meeting happened this past April. It was a fun morning; Gwen organized the event and had a great Ice Breaker which everyone enjoyed. The speaker talked about 12 options that Social Security is looking at for the future; they have also presented this topic at over 4,000 events in the U.S. If you are interested in the brochure that talks about the 12 options, give Gwen a call.

All Directors and Officers who ran for office this year were voted in, thank you for returning your ballots. New Directors added to the HRC are Doug Metzger and Dawn Orgill.

We are sad to see Judy Edmond leave us but thank her for her years of service and wish her luck in all of her volunteer endeavors.

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.

Thank you so much for being a Member, we have the 2015-2016 line up started and will see you again in September. Enjoy your summer, wherever you do that and return safely to Arizona.


Officers - Directors and Staff

President - Mary Barkl


Director - Patricia Golic (2016*)


Past President - Victor Fragnito


Director - Kevin Harris (2016*)


Vice President -  Wally Estfan


Director - Bala Visvanahan (2017*)


Treasurer - Francis Cartwright


Director - Gwen Scheetz (2017*)


Secretary - Ed Taschner


Director - Dawn Orgill (2018*)

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Webmaster - Russ Henzel†


Director - Doug Metzger (2018*)


Membership - Darrel Golic


Photographer - Rick Carter


Cruises – Barbara Rippstein


Editor - Linda Gregerson


†Kevin Harris will take over from Russ by September              *Term expiration date; Officers elected annually

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:  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: 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, 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 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 practicable. 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    

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Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation

The Scholarship Program is growing and changing.

This year six Scholarships, totaling $6,200 were made to our Club Members’ children and grandchildren. As a point of reference, in the 2002-2003 academic year, we had one recipient, who received $375, and last year we made four Scholarship Awards for $1000 each. We are excited about this growth, and thankful to Honeywell International (Aerospace), and the Honeywell and Garrett Retiree Clubs for their support.

We want to grow and raise additional money to continue to increase the awards. So, this year, in addition to conducting the Scholarship Program, the Scholarship Team has been hard at work expanding the program. The first noticeable change will be the name. We will now officially be the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation. This change came about as the committee, supported by Honeywell and Garrett Retiree Clubs, filed to become a Non-Profit, Charitable Organization that will be able to accept tax deductible contributions. (These types of organizations are often referred to as a “501(c)(3)."

Being a “501(c)(3)” organization means that we will be approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. This designation means the Scholarship Foundation can receive donations that can be deducted by the donor for federal tax purposes. This rule will benefit individuals as well as corporations. It opens the door for additional fund raising opportunities, so keep watching for events and feel free to add a scholarship donation when you renew your membership.

Look for more exciting news about the Scholarship Program in the fall, as well as individual articles about this year’s six Scholarship Students.

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


The HRC Annual Meeting was held April 16 at the Arrowhead Country Club. 34 members enjoyed a breakfast followed by a presentation by Dick Morse, the ARRP Arizona Congressional Affairs Volunteer. Dick shared a presentation that has been given throughout the U.S. on “The Future of Social Security: 12 Proposals You Should Know About.” The basic theme was “You’ve Earned a Say” and gave us all some things to think about. There will be tough decisions to be made and with multiple options to address the situation we all need to be aware of the options being considered. If you would like a copy of the booklet Dick shared with us, please let Gwen Scheetz know (602-616- 9889 or

After the presentation, we held a quick meeting to congratulate the newly elected Club Officers and Directors and thank those that have served for the past three years. Officers for the 2015-2016 year are: Mary Barkl, President; Wally Estfan, Vice President; Ed Taschner, Secretary; Francis Cartwright, Treasurer. Two Directors were elected for three year terms: Dawn Orgill and Doug Metzger. Judy Edmond is retiring as Director. We thanked her for her service and especially for all the Spring and Fall picnics she has helped coordinate.

Mary Barkl, as President, gave us a quick look back at the history of the Club. The Club was started in 1984 as a social club. In 1989 the Club filed in Arizona as a non-profit organization. We’ve had 19 retirees fill the role of President. We continue to balance providing social events for our members and looking for ways to help others.

One of the key programs the Club sponsors is the College Scholarship Program. As we move into next year, you will see some changes to the Club name and the addition of a Scholarship Foundation. These changes are needed to allow for charitable contributions that are recognized as tax deductible. We have filed the necessary paperwork to the IRS and hope that this change will generate additional funds we can use for scholarships for the children and grandchildren of our members. We are also hoping that when you update your membership you will consider adding a donation to the Scholarship Foundation.

Lake Pleasant Boat Cruise and an 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 Accessible by a Ramp.

    Bar: 928-501-5264 & Grill: 928-501-5265

    MENU: Burger, Fries, Tacos, Casitas(?), Fish & Chips, etc.

    Price: Approximately $9 to $15.


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-

    “The Phoenix” is 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)

CONTACT: Wayne Shaw 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

MCAO Shred-A-Thon/RX Drug Take-Back


May 22, 2015 (Friday) 8am – 11a.m.

Desert Ridge Mall, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Phoenix (map)

MCAO (Maricopa County Attorney’s Office) to host May Shred-a-Thon & Prescription Drug Take-Back event. Held on the northwest side of the Desert Ridge Mall parking lot. - Get up to 5 banker's boxes or 13-gallon kitchen trash bags of documents (per vehicle) shredded for free! - Old, unused, expired prescription/over-the-counter medication accepted – NO SHARPS OR INHALERS

Tony Minjarez #10460 - Glendale Police Department - Gateway West Community Action Team

Office: 623-930-4052 - Cell: 623-312-7245


“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



OCTOBER 15, 2015 - THURSDAY        Mark your Calendars!

Come to the Honeywell Retiree Club OKTOBERFEST! You don’t want to miss out on the Brats, Burgers and Beer (bring your own beer, that is, and not in glass bottles—Park Rules).

Where: Rio Vista Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, Ramadas 8 & 9.

When: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM with Lunch served around 11:30 AM.

Cost: Only $10.00 per person! Bring a guest! (Note: $1 refunded at the event when you bring a donation of two cans of foods for an area foodbank.)

Also, there is Split-the-Pot with tickets going for $1.00 each or seven for $5.00.

Make checks payable to: TREASURER, HRC. Send to Gwen Scheetz, 5640 E. Everett Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
Checks must be received by October 10th.

Questions: Contact Gwen Scheetz at 602-616-9889,, or Pat Golic at 480-563-1978,


West Side StoryWest Side Story    October 2015 TBD

Experience one of the most memorable musicals of all time when ABT brings the Broadway landmark West Side Story to the stage! Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as it tells the heart-wrenching story of two young lovers caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in the early 1960’s.

Originally directed and choreographed by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the Broadway production ran for an impressive 732 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Choreography. The dark sophistication of this critically acclaimed Bernstein and Sondheim score leaves you mesmerized with popular songs like “Maria," “America" and “I Feel Pretty”.

Best Little Whore House in Texas    April 2016 TBD
                  little whorehouse in Texas

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.”

Location: 77th Avenue & Paradise Lane
Dining: 12:00 pm
Curtain: 2:00 pm
Contact: Lydia Gonzales
Phone: 623-561-1174
Cost: 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

Verde Canyon Railroad

October TBD
Where: Clarksdale, AZ

Time: the Train Leaves Clarksdale at 1:00 PM

The round trip takes approximately 4 hours

Cost: A coach is $60 pp for seniors (65+) with food cost being extra at the snack bar.

A first class ticket is $90 pp (all ages) with sandwich/snack style food is provided.

If you are interested in this fun trip, please contact Larry Bowe at or call him: 1-928-759-2367.

We are looking to see how many would be interested in this trip. If there is enough interest, a specific date will be set up.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Food Bank Volunteering

Desert Mission Food Bank logo

Where: Desert Mission Food Bank in Sunnyslope near 4th St. south of Hatcher (9229 N. 4th St.)

When: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Friday 20th November.

What: Thanksgiving turkey distribution. (Check-in and validation of credentials; packing bags; handing out turkeys; helping carry them to cars, etc.)

Who: Contact Doug Metzger on 602-319-6637 or at if you have questions or would like your name added to the list of volunteers. (Spouses and partners are welcome to participate too.)

Christmas Dinner and Dance


Thursday - December 3, 2015

Palmbrook Country Club 9350 W. Greenway Road Sun City, AZ 85351 $35.00

Fresh Fruit with Cheese & Cracker Trays at: 5:30 PM

Dinner served at 6:00 PM

DJ and Dancing 6:30 PM

Cash bar 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Buffet Menu
Chicken Marsala
Roast Beef
Au Jus & Creamy & Horseradish sauces
Garden Green Salad with all the fixings
Roasted Red potatoes
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Ranch Dressing
Fresh Vegetable Medley
Warm Rolls and Butter
Assorted Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee - Iced Tea - Iced Water

Single persons are always welcome

Merry Christmas to all...

Coordinators: Joyce Colella & Linda Schultz

Call Joyce for reservations on 623-815-8246 or email:
All reservations are due and payable by November 23, 2015

Checks are to be made payable to: Sperry Retirees Club and mailed to Joyce Colella - 11128 W Mirandy Ct. Sun City, AZ 85351

Music provided by Fred’s Forum, Starring Fred Jauregui
If you have any music requests send them to Lydia: