December 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.

Finally, there will typically be a delay of a week or so 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, so apart from news being a little old, members receiving only the paper copy may miss out on first come, first served signup for upcoming events.

Reports & Photos of Past Events HOMEPAGE

Oktoberfest  Oct 20, 2016
Make-A-Difference Day Oct 22, 2016
Arizona Broadway Theatre—Funny Girl Oct 27, 2016
Tovrea Castle Tour Nov 4, 2016
Christmas Dinner Dance Dec 1, 2016

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE

Scholarship Application Process Open

Dec 1, 2016 to
Apr 1, 2017

Tovrea Castle Tours

Jan 20, 2017 (Sold out)
Jan 28, 2017 (Sold out)
Feb 3, 2017
(Sold out)
Feb 11, 2017 (Sold out)

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour

Jan 26 2017

Day at the Races

Feb 14 2017

AZ Broadway Theatre - Menopause the Musical

Feb 22 2017

The Sanderson Village and Museum

Mar 2 2017

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Mar 5, 2017

Orpheum Theatre Tour

Mar 6 & 7, 2017

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

Mar 17, 2017
(Sold out, but there is a wait list.)

Spring Potluck Picnic at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Mar 23 2017


Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

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

See photos from the December 8 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.

(And list of attendees in photo order)

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner
                          FaceTo Members, Friends, and Family -  

Christmas for us is that magic blanket that wraps itself about us.  That something is so intangible that it is like a pine fragrance, distinct and ever present.  It weaves a spell of nostalgia.  It’s a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance.  This is a season in which we think of everything and of everyone we have ever loved.  Just want to say the Christmas season offers tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.  From your Board of Directors, it is our fervent wish that each and every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace.

Ed Taschner

Happy Holidays


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; 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, minutes of board meetings, Treasurer's reports and Webmaster's reports, 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: 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 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

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation


Scholarships for CollegeApplications for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship opened December 1. You can find the application and other important information on our website at (click on the Scholarship tab, found on the left side of the page). It's easy to apply, and our Foundation Board Members are happy to help. 

Please don't forget...if you have a child or grandchild enrolled in Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona, they may be eligible to apply. The requirements are simple and once you have downloaded and completed an application, just send it to our Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz at The application process closes April 1, but we look at all applications as soon as we receive them, and work with individuals to ensure their application is complete.

Our Scholarship Foundation Board would like to sincerely thank each of our members and sponsors for helping make these scholarships possible. We would also like to remind everyone that would like to help support our  Scholarship Foundation in the future--your contribution is  tax deductible. The HRSC Membership Application now has an option for a direct donation to the Scholarship Fund—even if you are already a member, you can still use the new application form to make a donation.

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

For more details of the program, see the SCHOLARSHIPS section of the website.

Dawn Orgill, Chair
Phone: 602 881 7772

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Phone: 480 560 6273

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Phone: 602 695 2565

Jim Redmond, NAU Representative
Phone: 623 362 2421


Congratulations to Danielle Martinez 
Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship recipient  and
Arizona State University Graduate!

Danielle Martinez
As many of you may remember, Danielle is a psychology major, focusing on family and children.  She said that she will continue her education, working on a Master's degree--after taking some well deserved time off, to relax a little and help out in the family business. 

Danielle asked us to please express her sincere thanks for this award.  "Thank you for this awesome opportunity!  Each year it costs more and more to go to school, and this scholarship really helps. Thank you for helping make graduation a reality".

The Scholarship Foundation Team wants to congratulate Danielle on her graduation, excellent grades and hard work--well done!  We would also like to add our sincere thanks to all of our members who have contributed so generously to the Scholarship fund, and our outstanding sponsors, Honeywell Inc., Garrett Retiree Club, and Honeywell Retiree Social Club.  These scholarships wouldn't be possible without you.



Oktoberfest Photos 1
Oktoberfest Photos 2

Community Service Opportunity
Make-A-Difference Day
with Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun
Saturday, Oct 22

HRSC participation in this event was canceled because of a low signup level. This may have been partly due to the somewhat limited notice and lack of familiarity with the event and organization. Next time we'll give members more notice.

You can find more information about the event and RTVOS at

Funny Girl
Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tour November 4, 2016

Photos from the Christmas Dinner Dance
December 1

Dinner-Dance photos
Dinner-Dance photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tours 2017
January & February

Tovrea Castle

The Tovrea Castle tour has proved to be very popular. We purchased 102 tickets for the first two groups and still we had a waiting list so we purchased another 48 tickets for 2017.  The latest ticket status is:

•    Jan 20, 2017 at 10 am  - Sold out  (Wait list only)

•    Feb 11, 2017 at 10 am - Sold out  (Wait list only)

Tickets are $15 per person

ACTION: If you are interested please e-mail Keith Hughes,, with your first and second wait list choice, and include your club affiliation. If you do not have e-mail find a friend who has one. Phone calls may not be answered if I am out of town. Tickets will be allocated in the order e-mails are received.

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

The club would like to thank Tamera Zivic, Tovrea Carraro Society President for working with us and providing special group tours to fit our schedule.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Southwest Airlines Tour – Extra Tour Added Jan 26, 2017

                        Airlines Plane

Because the demand has been so great a new tour has been arranged for Jan 26th,
2017 at 10.00am. People who attended the last tour want to go again and those that missed it want the opportunity to go. To register send the full names of all in your party to Keith Hughes at or call 623-825-5243 for details.

This is a unique opportunity to tour Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility at Sky Harbor Airport. You will be able to walk through an aircraft, sit in the cockpit, tour the maintenance and operation areas in a two hour guided tour. In the previous two tours we had unlimited access around and inside the aircraft, this is truly a unique experience.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Horses Racing



Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM



Free Parking:

Turf Paradise Park, 1501 West Bell Rd

$24.00 per person

Use the Turf Club entrance on 19th Avenue

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

at the Turf Club at 11 AM;    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM;    First Race: 1:00 PM

Make checks payable to: Treasurer, HRSC;   send to: Vic Fragnito, 6922 W. Garfield St., PHX, AZ 85043

Checks must be received by February 3, 2017.
The 2017 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

Arizona Broadway Theatre

February 22, 2017

It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change! ®



Location: 77th Avenue & Paradise Lane
Dining Time: 12:00 pm
Curtain Time: 2:00 pm
Coordinator: Lydia Gonzales
Phone: 623-561-1174
Cost: $66.00 per person

(Includes dinner, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, show, tax and gratuity)
Deadline: Checks need to be in by Jan. 27th.
Please make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to:
Lydia Gonzales 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308.

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!

Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage, but a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!

The Sanderson Village and Museum

March 2, 2017

You are invited to tour a private, invitation-only, museum. The Sanderson Village and Museum contains dozens of cars and nostalgic items, such as: a beautifully recreated old mercantile store, a kitchen from the '40s, and a '50s diner with oodles of chrome and period furnishings and accessories such as Coca Cola items from the '30s through the '50s. The 20,000 square-foot warehouse has one of the best Ford collections anywhere and has something for everyone to enjoy.

This free tour starts at 9:30 am on 3/2/17 in Glendale near Grand Ave and 51st Ave. The tour lasts 60 – 75 minutes. Afterwards you may visit the Starliner Diner on the same site and purchase a late breakfast or lunch. For reservations contact Keith Hughes at Please tell me if you are staying for a meal as space is limited to 30 people. No limit if not eating.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Sanderson photo 1
Sanderson photo 2
Sanderson photo 3
Sanderson photo 4


You may download the PDF of the above cruise flyer from here.

Free Tour of the ORPHEUM THEATRE
March 6 & 7, 2017 at 10am

This one hour tour is exclusive to our clubs, it takes you behind the scenes. Bring your camera and be ready to be “wowed.”

The Orpheum Theatre is a 1364-seat theatre in downtown Phoenix. This venue was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit. After falling into disrepair for some years, the Orpheum Theatre was purchased in 1984 by the city of Phoenix, which then began a 12-year, $14 million restoration. The Orpheum reopened on January 28, 1997, with a performance of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing. After the performance, Ms. Channing, still in costume but out of character, thanked the audience for "not turning this beautiful theatre into a parking lot!"

Each tour is limited to 40 people. Contact Keith Hughes at for reservations. Give your date preference and the newsletter you saw this article in.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Orpheum photo 1
Orpheum photo 2

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

Mar 17, 2017

This tour is sold out, but if you want to add your name to the wait list, contact Ed Taschner at

For those of you who are expecting to go on the tour, please tell Ed immediately if you find you are unable to go, so that someone from the wait list can take your place. (We have had several no-shows in the past.) Note that 72 hours' notice is required in order to notify Amazon of the change.

                                  Park Photo 2017 Spring Picnic
Thu Mar 23, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
(Lunch at around 11am)

In the Stillman Ramada at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park,
7301 E Indian Bend Road,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250


"Split the Pot Tickets $1.00 or 7 for $5.00"    (50/25/25 Split the Pot)
     Other prizes too!
No charge to HRSC, Sperry & Garrett Club members & guests; just bring a dish to share.

Please contact: Linda Darnell with a Subject Line of “Spring Picnic 2017” at or call (602) 538-9559 if you are interested in attending the 2017 Spring Picnic. (Availability limited to 75 participants for this event)

Your Honeywell Retiree Club will provide baked ham and turkey, 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 for this event. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like. Please no glass containers. (Park Rules)

Coordinator: Linda Darnell – 602-538-9559 –

We will be collecting for the Desert Mission Food Bank, if would like to donate to this worthy cause please bring two cans of food.

Attractions include:

  • 1894 Peoria Depot
  • 1907 steam locomotive
  • 1914 baggage-express car (originally a dining car)
  • 1928 Pullman car used by every president from Hoover to Eisenhower
  • 1930 machine shop
  • The "Merci train"—held gifts of thanks for over 250 railroad cars of aid for the citizens of France during WWII
  • 1950 carousel
  • Miniature railroad rides—three steam engines
  • 10,000 sq. ft. model railroad building with several layouts
  • Authentic Navajo hogans
  • Xeriscape desert arboretum
  • The company of your fellow retirees!
                                  Park Map

Our picnic will be in the Stillman Ramada; see park map below.

Railroad Park Map

HRSC Email:
Honeywell Retiree Benefits: 1-877-258-3699 -
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.