January 2016

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. 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
Christmas Dinner Dance Dec 3

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE
McDowell Casino Trip
Jan 27
Honeywell Aerospace Challenge  -  Volunteer Feb 8-10
Day at the Races  (Payment needs to be mailed by Sat Feb 6)
Feb 23
Southwest Airlines Tour
Mar 30 & Apr 21
Spring Potluck Picnic
Mar 31
Annual Membership Meeting
AZ Broadway Theatre  -  Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
May 5
Tovrea Castle Tour
Nov 4, 11, 12 (Sold out)
Dec 2, 10
(Sold out)
Early Feb 2017

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 5
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 15, Apr 19
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell IAC 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 recent IAC Ole Timers lunch.

In case Google ever abandons or changes Google +, all the photos can be downloded from the HRSC website as a ZIP file. (If your browser does not automatically unzip the file and create a folder containing all the photos as individual files, you will need to do this manually.)

Happy New Year

Dues reminder

President's Perspective

Mary Barkl FaceHappy New Year to all HRSC members and a wonderful 2016 to you. We have lots of events planned for you this coming year.

The Sperry/Honeywell retiree club's Christmas Dinner/Dance was a fun evening filled with glitz, glamour and good food. You'll find pictures of the event below. We hope that you will plan on attending next year’s event.

Day at the Races - don't miss this fun filled event. Last year 50+ members were treated to a terrific day of racing, mingling and great food.
Reservation deadline is February 10th.

The Annual Spring Pot Luck will be held in March, make sure you don't miss this one. With the Arizona weather this past year and forecasts of the worst El Niño in years, who knows what Mother Nature will bring, but for sure we will have Ice Breakers, 50/25/25 and awesome food provided by the members and the Board.

We are always looking for new Board Members and currently have several positions to fill. We will be having a phone-a-thon for new board members starting in January, but if you're interested don't wait, please call one of the existing board members, positions open now.

Thank you for being a loyal member of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona HRSC.


Happy New YEar


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 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.


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


The Scholarship Foundation Board is very excited about the upcoming year. They have worked hard to make the application process easier than ever. So don’t forget, if you are a parent or grandparent with a student attending one of the three State Universities, the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation opened applications for the 2016-2017 Scholarship year on December 1, 2015.

As in the past, students attending Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) or University of Arizona (UofA) may apply for this Scholarship through their school’s scholarship network. Additionally, this year, students may also choose to apply through our own website (www.hrcaz.org). See the Scholarship page for complete information on the Scholarship - including the application, instructions, and requirements. You can also contact any of the Foundation Board members for additional help.

The Scholarship Program has helped many students in the past few years, and although the money is greatly appreciated by each of the students - it doesn’t go as far as it used to. The cost of attending a University continues to increase. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, tuition has skyrocketed at public universities across the country, but increased the most in Arizona. Tuition in Arizona has risen 83.6 percent, or $4,734 per student between 2008 and 2015.

You can help our students by making a donation, large or small. Every dollar counts, so please consider donating to this worthy program. Remember, a donation to our Scholarship fund is tax deductible.

If you would like to make a contribution, you can send a check payable to Honeywell Retiree Scholarship, in care of our Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz, or contact any of our Board members.

Thanks for all of the donations received so far—your dollars make a difference.

Your Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation Board:

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


Rachael Davey


Rachael Davey is a nineteen year old sophomore who attends the University of Arizona and belongs to the Sigma Kappa sorority. She is majoring in Special Education and Rehabilitation, and wants to work with special needs children.

Rachael’s desire to work with special needs children is in part because of the relationship with her cousin Connor, who has Down syndrome. This eagerness continued while working a summer job at Kumon, and helping Autistic children with simple math equations.

Rachael grew up playing all sorts of sports in the Phoenix area. The passion she had while playing volleyball made her excel on several different travel teams, as well as making the varsity volleyball team as a freshman in high school.

Plans for the future…Rachael is on schedule to graduate May of 2018, and has a potential offer for an internship this winter working with special needs kids at New Way Academy. Once she has graduated, she plans on applying to an Occupational Therapy school somewhere in California.

Congratulations Rachael!

Christmas Dinner Dance


Fort McDowell Casino
January 27, 2016

Contact: Fred Bauer at 623-738-8590 or
Yolanda Brown at 623-372-3970 or CGBYMB@yahoo.com
Please leave a phone number in case we miss your call.
Information needed: Name, address, birth date,
Fort McDowell players’ card (can be purchased at the casino) and phone number.

You will receive $10.00 in free play.

ONLY transportation: Bell Recreation Center: 16820 N. 99th Ave. - leaving at 9:00am.
We will spend 4 hours at the Casino and leave around 4:00 PM
Come join us! Bring a Friend
Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


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
Tuesday Feb 23, 2016 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

Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club; conversation and drinks with fellow HRSC members followed by seating.
Lunch 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM. (Choice may be limited towards the end.)
The first race is expected to be at 1:00 PM.

Reservation Due Date:   Feb 8, 2016
received by Vic Fragnito; mail by Sat Feb 6!

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


Spring Potluck Picnic

March 31, 2016 - Wednesday 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 Community Park - Ramadas 8 and 9

Location: 8866 W Thunderbird Rd, Peoria, AZ

Time: 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM with lunch served around 11:00.

Cost: Bring a dish to share. No charge to HRSC members & guests

Prizes: There will be prizes and Split the Pot!
Your Honeywell Retiree 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 - 480-563-1978  dgolic@cox.net

Southwest Airlines Tour

SW Plane

Wednesday - March 30, 2016

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 Wed March 30, 2016 at 10 am, but names of all attendees are required in advance for security purposes. As of Jan 21, 56 people have registered and will be sent event location details two weeks before the event.

Because the demand has been so great a second day has been added on April 21 at 10 am. New requests will be added to the April 21 date and if anyone on the first tour would like to change let me know as it will help balance the numbers.  This second day is expected to fill up fast, so don't delay in registering!

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 Tour
Nov 4, 11, 12 (Sold out)
Dec 2, 10
(Sold out)
Early Feb 2017

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 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.