October 2015
plus event updates

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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.

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.

HRSC Mission Statement

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 program 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.


Upcoming Events


15 Oct

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip

24 Oct

AZ Broadway Theatre - West Side Story

12 Nov

Community Outreach - Food Bank Volunteer

24 Nov

Christmas Dinner Dance

3 Dec

AARP Tax-Aide Training - Tax Preparation Volunteer

Early Jan 2016

Aerospace Challenge - Judging Volunteer

8-10 Feb 2016

Day at the Races

23 Feb 2016

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Sep 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

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

Serving Others


Don't miss out on this rewarding opportunity to give back!
Sign up now to help out at Desert Mission Food Bank
Turkey Dinner distribution
November 24th
Sign-up deadline Oct 24th

(See here for details)
Food Drive

President's Perspective

Mary Barkl PhotoWe have a great lineup for the remainder of the year. Oktoberfest is coming sooner than it did last year, please get your ticket(s) NOW. The board will be serving a full meal with some wonderful desserts to follow and we'll have a fun ice breaker to get you started. So plan on having lots of fun and enjoy the cooler weather, let’s hope!

What has changed for the HRSC is the way we will handle part of the Scholarship program.
We have written new bylaws, have a new Scholarship Board with members from HRSC and the Garrett Board, completed the state and federal paperwork and the new board will report to the HRSC board. It will be officially known as the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation, HRCSF. You will see some of the changes outlined in this issue of the Bridge and in all future issues.

We have a new event which should be a lot of fun and very fulfilling for all of us. This event puts us to work providing Thanksgiving food boxes for the needy. We will be packaging and delivering the boxes just before Thanksgiving Day at the Desert Mission Food bank. Please read the article on page 7 then give Doug a call and come join us. All clubs, Sperry, Garrett and Honeywell are invited.

Don’t forget, the CHRISTMAS Dinner/dance is just around the corner. Make your reservations soon. All clubs, Honeywell, Garrett and Sperry are invited.

We are actively looking for a Treasurer who will keep the books and balance sheets for the HRSC, give me a call if you are interested. Francis Cartwright has agreed to continue as Treasurer until we find a replacement. Francis can give you information about the position and is willing to train anyone who is interested.

We are also looking for a new Vice President, Wally Estfan has resigned in order to look after some family issues. We thank Wally for the last two years of service and are very glad that he will be continuing as a member of the Scholarship Foundation Board. If you think you might be interested in serving as Vice President give me a call so we can discuss. No training required.
Thank you for being a loyal member of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona HRSC.


Happy Halloween

From the Editor

A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website www.hrcaz.org; 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 recently 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:
Hotline@hrcaz.org 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 Hotline@hrcaz.org 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.

Fix it Guys

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

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation


The Scholarship Foundation Board would like to let everyone know that the HRSC Board has reviewed and approved the Scholarship Foundation Bylaws. We are working to create a Scholarship Foundation web page, on the HRSC web site, where our members will find our Bylaws, Operating Procedures, the Operating Schedule for this year’s program, a new application form, contact information for all of the Scholarship Foundation Board Members, and instructions on how to donate to the Scholarship Fund—for those that would like to contribute.

As you know from last month, the Scholarship Foundation has been granted IRS recognition as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. With this new status, contributors to this valuable program can now deduct contributions from their reported income. Each donor will receive a receipt for your donation, from our Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz.

The Scholarship Foundation Board started the donation ball rolling with personal donations and Frank Holman, our University of Arizona liaison, has made the following offer:

"There are few opportunities that are more worthy than increasing our scholarship support for our eligible students at Arizona's major universities. As a Director of both the Garrett Retirees' Club and the Honeywell Clubs Scholarship Foundation Board, I have decided to support this program with my own $100 dollar donation. I have also modified my estate planning documents to bequeath $10,000 to the Scholarship fund. Will those of you, who are financially secure, please join me in meeting our objectives of ultimately providing additional scholarship funding to help defer the rising cost of higher education? Your support can be made in a variety of ways. You can provide a one-time donation anytime of the year; you can make smaller monthly donations; you can add a donation to your annual dues, or; you might consider making a donation at the time of year you take your minimum distribution from your IRA. I am sure that your generosity will be rewarded."

We would also like to thank the Garrett Retiree Club (GRC) for their generous donation of $800 as one of the two charities that their Club supports. This $800 is in addition to the $1500 already committed, which brings the GRC support to $2300 this operating year. It is greatly appreciated.

We hope that all of our members take the challenge and help us support the many bright and worthy students that apply for a Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship each year. For anyone who would like to make a donation, please contact the Honeywell Scholarship Foundation Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz, or any of your Board members, listed below.

Coming soon: The initial Scholarship Foundation web page is now available via the SCHOLARSHIPS button at the Honeywell Retiree Social Club website, and will be added to during November. Look for information on how to apply for our next Scholarship Awards Program cycle in the January Bridge, and on our new website.

Thank you all,

The Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation Board Members

Dawn Orgill, Chair, dawn3@centurylink.net; 602 881 7772

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary/Treasurer; scheetzgwen@cox.net; 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, NAU Representative; wrd63@cox.net; 480 560 6273

Wally Estfan, ASU Representative; westfan@cox.net; 602 841 1189

Frank Holman, UofA Representative; frankholman@cox.net; 602 695 2565

Oktoberfest image



Mark your Calendars!

Come to the Honeywell Retiree Social 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).

Famous chefs will be on hand to give you a delectable lunch!

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, HRSC. 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, scheetzgwen@cox.net, or
Pat Golic at 480-563-1978, dgolic@cox.net.

Oktoberfest in Bavarian Script

Verde Canyon Railroad

Passengers on train

Diesel locomotive

Saturday, October 24


300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ; cross streets near the intersection of N. Broadway and Miller Rd.
(800) 293-7245


The Train Leaves Clarkdale at 1:00 PM.
The round trip takes approximately 4 hours.


Coach - $60 pp for seniors (65+) food extra at snack bar First class - $90 pp (all ages), sandwich/snack style food provided; Due to number of participants, 12% discount pp
Checks due: Sep 25, to Larry Bowe.

If you are interested in this fun trip, please contact Larry Bowe at lbowesr@cableone.net or call him on 1-928-759-2367.

Make checks payable to Sperry Retiree Club and send to Larry Bowe, 11452 Turquoise Circle, Dewey, AZ 86327.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theater Heading

West Side StoryWest Side Story
Thursday, November 12
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".

77th Avenue & Paradise Lane
12:00 pm
  2:00 pm
Lydia Gonzales

$55 pp; Includes dinner, coffee, tea, show, tax, gratuity.

Please make checks payable to Sperry Retiree Club and mail to:
Lydia Gonzales, 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308

All checks due by October 22, 2015

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Food Bank Turkey Dinner Distribution


Tuesday, November 24

Desert Mission Food Bank logoCome help those in need at Thanksgiving time. Be a part of the giving.

We shall be helping Desert Mission Food Bank in Sunnyslope distribute turkeys and the makings for the rest of the Thanksgiving dinner to those who may otherwise not have one. We are looking for 40 able-bodied retirees (and family members) who can help with the distribution at the food bank. There are a few jobs for people for whom lifting turkeys, etc., would be a problem—such as checking credentials.

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 Tuesday 24th November. You'll need to be there on time, since there will be an orientation and job assignments.

What: We will be divided up into groups for the multiple tasks, such as validating credentials, handing out food, bagging and stocking, and helping carry the food to their cars.

Signing up: Contact Doug Metzger on 602-319-6637 or at doug.metzger@cox.net if you have questions. Spouses and partners are encouraged to participate too. You will receive more details and a short sign-up form via email directly from Desert Mission after signing up with Doug. No email? We can work it out. The sign-up deadline is Saturday, Oct. 24.

Red Xmas Tree Balls

Christmas Dinner and Dance

Co-Hosted by Sperry & Honeywell

Thursday - December 3, 2015

Palmbrook Country Club
9350 W. Greenway Road Sun City, AZ 85351
$35.00 per person
Single people are always welcome
Fresh Fruit with Cheese & Cracker Trays at: 5:30 PM
Dinner served at 6:00 PM
DJ and Dancing 6:30 PM

Blue Xmas Tree Balls

Cash bar
5:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Buffet Menu
Chicken Marsala
Roast Beef
Au Jus & Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Garden Green Salad with all the Fixings
Hot Vegetarian Dish
Roasted Red Potatoes
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Ranch Dressing
Fresh Vegetable Medley
Warm Rolls and Butter
Assorted Desserts

Freshly Brewed Coffee - Iced Tea - Iced Water

Xmas Garland


Musical Notes
For reservations call: 623-815-8246 or email: jc8246@yahoo.com
All reservations are due and payable by November 23, 2015

Make Checks payable to: Sperry Retirees Club and mail to:
Joyce Colella - 11128 W Mirandy Ct. Sun City, AZ 85351

Music provided by Fred's Forum, Starring Fred Jauregui
If you have music requests, send them to Lydia: lcgonzales12@cox.net
                                                                                     Xmas Bells

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program in Arizona
Training Provided in early January

The 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 aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide
•    Send an email to Frank Lynott at flynott@gmail.com

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 keith8411@cox.net.

Horses Racing
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 e008821@cox.net

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


HRSC Email: Hotline@hrcaz.org
Honeywell Retiree Benefits: 1-877-258-3699 - honeywell.com/sites/retiree/
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.