April 2016

Plus event updates
Bridge photo for header HOMEPAGE

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. 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 HOMEPAGE
Day at the Races Feb 23
Spring Potluck Picnic Mar 31

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility Tour
Apr 21
AZ Broadway Theatre  -  Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
May 5
Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4, 11, 12 (Sold out)
Dec 2, 10
(Sold out)
Early Feb 2017

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7, Jul 5
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Mar 15, Apr 19, May 18, Jun 15, Jul 20
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

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

See photos from a recent Honeywell Ole Timers lunch.



see pages 9-11

April Ditty

Dues Reminder

Past President's Perspective

Vic Fragnito FaceSpring is here and summer is on the way. We have had a successful year as a club with good activities and the scholarship program has been a resounding success. The club has started planning for next year's activities. If there is something you would like the club to sponsor please let any board member know and we will try to set it up.

We have found volunteers to complete our board for next year, pending your approval. Those of you who attended our spring picnic were offered a chance to vote for the board during the picnic. The ballot is enclosed in this edition of the Bridge. Please vote for the board members of your choice by either sending in a completed copy of the ballot to the address provided or vote by email to the given address.

Our club year starts in May and the new board will take over on May 1. A friendly reminder that if your membership fees are due, please send them in as soon as possible.

Vic Fragnito

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

- William Shakespeare

 Green Border


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 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 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 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.


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


Applications for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Program closed on April 1. The Scholarship Board will be meeting in April to review all applicants and recipients will be notified in May. Watch our website, www.hrcaz.org, for
more information on the candidates.

As you know, Scholarships are open to students attending Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), or University of Arizona (UofA), who meet the following requirements:
  • descendant of an active or deceased member of Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) or Garrett Retirees’ Club (GRC)
  • second semester freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student
  • cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater
What you may not know is that our Universities have asked for another rate increase. If approved, our incoming undergraduates will see annual tuition increases of: ASU $10,627 (1.4% increase), UofA $11,769 (3.2% increase), and NAU $10,764 (3.8% increase). If you would like to make a contribution to support our students, you can send a check payable to Honeywell Retiree Scholarship, in care of Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz, or contact any of our Board members.

All of our Scholarship Recipients have told us how much they appreciate the money the Honeywell Scholarship provides, and how important it is to each of them. The Scholarship Board will be looking at ways to provide even more support to our deserving students.

If you have questions about the Scholarships, or suggestions for how to improve our Scholarship process, please contact one of the Board members.

Dawn Orgill, Chair and NAU Representative
Email: dawn3@centurylink.net
Phone: 602 881 7772

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary/Treasurer
Email: scheetzgwen@cox.net
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Email: wrd63@cox.net
Phone: 480 560 6273

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Email: frankholman@cox.net
Phone: 602 695 2565
Scholarships icon

MEET Jonathan Henry Dwyer
2015-2016 University of Arizona Scholarship Winner

Photo of Jonathan Dwyer

Jonathan Henry Dwyer is the grandson of Garrett retiree Henry Prejs.

Jonathan is currently enjoying his senior year at the University of Arizona in Tucson studying Chemical Engineering. He has made the decision to continue his education and plans to attend graduate school and continue his focus on nanotechnology. (Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale.)
In graduate school he wants to work on projects pertaining to societal advances which includes nanoparticle drug delivery for currently incurable diseases like cancer and thin-film synthesis for electronics and energy storage.

Jonathan was admitted into the summer research program at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois) and presented information on his research project:  protein adsorption to gold nanoparticles. His research helped improve the knowledge base for targeted drug delivery using gold nanoparticles.

Jonathan is the treasurer for a student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) which is focused on providing professional development to chemical engineering students and performing community outreach.

In April the club will host the AIChE Southwest regional conference where students from nearby universities come to participate in competitions, receive profession development, and socialize with other chemical engineering students. The two main competitions are Chem Car competition involving creating a miniature car that is powered solely by a chemical reaction and a research paper competition where students present findings on research projects and judges give a financial reward to the best presentation.

Jonathan shared the following, “I truly appreciate the generosity of this foundation over the last three years. There is no way I would be where I am today without the financial support you have given me. Thank you again for your generosity.”

Day at the Races
Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Day at the Races photo

A perfect day in Arizona for a horse race. Forty-one happy people wined and dined on the unlimited buffet and then tried their luck on the horses. Many won, some lost, but all were excited and had a great time. We had a race named after the Club and then had the opportunity to stand in the winner's circle. The horse was owned by the owner of Barro's Pizza and this race was the first time this horse won. If you made the right bet, it paid $30 to win. Hope to see everyone, and more, next year.

Spring Potluck Picnic

March 31, 2016 - Thursday

(Awaiting photos)

SW PlaneSouthwest Airlines Maintenance Facility Tour
Thursday - April 21, 2016

This is a unique opportunity to tour Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility at Sky Harbor airport. 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 Thursday April 21 at 10 am.

To register send the full names of all in your party to Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net or call 623-825-5243 for details.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theater Heading
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
$55 per person (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    All checks due April 13, 2016.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea castle

Tovrea Castle Tours
Early Feb 2017
(Nov 4, 11, 12, Dec 2, 10 - Sold Out)

Demand for this tour has exceeded capacity. The club purchased 54 tickets for Nov 4, 11, 12, Dec 2, 10 and all have been sold to club members. As of Jan 22 there are six people on the waiting list and no other tickets are available for block purchase in 2016.

Tickets for 2017 will be available mid-June 2016. If there is sufficient interest the Sperry Club will purchase blocks of tickets for a Friday or Saturday at 11 am for early February 2017.

Ticketes are $15 per person.

ACTION: If you are interested please e-mail or call Keith Hughes: keith841@cox.net or 623-825-5243.

Tours 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 dcent. The tour winds through the beautiful 44 acres, viewing the outer buildings, before arriving at Tovrea Castle.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

HRSC Board Elections
Votes for HRSC Board Directors and Officers must be received by April 20.


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 20th in order to be counted.

2. You may email it. Click on this link doug.metzger@cox.net and then copy and paste in the ballot below, type "HRSC Ballot" in the "Subject" line. The vote must be e-mailed by April 20th to be counted.


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.
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Alternative Write-in Candidate
Officers are elected for two(2) year terms
{   } Ed Taschner

Vice President
{   } Linda Darnell

{   } Darrel Golic

{   } Doug Metzger

Directors are elected for three (3) year terms
{   } Kevin Harris

{   } Gaylord "Brock" Brockway

{   } Linda Gregerson

Mail to:
Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704

Email: doug.metzger@cox.net


Officers are elected for 2 year terms

Ed Taschner
For President:
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

Linda Darnell
For Vice-President:
Linda Darnell
Retired from:
Honeywell Aerospace
Last position:
Data Mgmt for Avionics Integrated Certification Group
Other work:
Goodyear Aerospace (Engineering Aid) Intel (Supervisor), General Semiconductor (Supervisor) Motorola Semiconductor
Attending music and Broadway performances, traveling, grandchildren, and friends
Associate degree in Management and Marketing

Darrel Golic
For Secretary:
Darrel Golic
Retired from:
Honeywell Air Transport in 2013
Last position:
System Safety Analyst for Flight Management Systems
Other work:
System and software development on various airborne systems during 32+ years at ATS
Incremental landscape development around our current home, & misc. engineering aspects of trains, boats & planes
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering South Dakota State University

Doug Metzger
For Treasurer:
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 HRSC:
Community service activities, such as helping out at a food bank or Habitat for Humanity
BEE, Ohio State University; MSEE, ASU

Directors are elected for 3 year terms

Kevin Harris
For Director:
Kevin Harris
Retired from:
Honeywell Industrial Automation & Control (aka Process Soutions)
Last position:
Director, Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property
Other work:
Software development, product marketing, business unit management, industry safety consortium director.
Family, international travel, renewable energy, hiking, theater, photography
BS in Engineering Science, University of Southampton, UK

Gaylord "Brock" Brockway
For Director:
Gaylord "Brock" Brockway
Retired from:
Honeywell Industrial Automation & Control
Last position:
Manager, Diagnostic Software. Developed software for Hardware Design Verification and testing of manufacturing produced hardware.
Other work:
Radar Maintenance in United States Army. Six years at Boeing, maintenance of Terrain Avoidance Radar on B-52's.
Pre-retirement: Skiing, Tennis and Bridge. Post; Travel, Tennis and Bridge
BS in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and some post graduate studies at ASU.

Linda Gregerson
For Director:
Linda Gregerson
Retired from:
Honeywell Aerospace
Last position:
Corporate Compensation and Benefits Specialist
Other work:
Electronic Technician, HR Professional
Volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, Hiking, Dancing, Yoga, Theatre

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.