March 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
Day at the Races Feb 23

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility Tours
Mar 30 & Apr 21
Spring Potluck Picnic
Mar 31
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 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 a recent Honeywell 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 St. Patrick's Day!Happy Easter!

Dues Reminder

Past President's Perspective

Vic Fragnito FaceHow time flies, it is already March. We just completed a successful "Day at the Races" and now we move forward to the Spring Picnic. Let's all bring our favorite dishes to share and enjoy the picnic together. I know we'll have a good time.

Mary, our club president, has come down with a health problem which prevents her from participating in the Club activities for the remainder of this year. She will return as past president next year. She has done an outstanding job as president and we are all grateful to her.

The Club needs your help in volunteering for our open club positions, director and secretary. If you would like to volunteer, please contact any current board member listed.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not sponsor a general membership meeting in April. However, we need to vote for the new board candidates in April. The ballots will be included in the April Bridge. Completed ballots must be returned by April 27. We will announce the results in the May Bridge. Thank You in advance for your understanding and support.

Vic Fragnito

       Leprechaun                         Easter Bunny                         Another leprechaun  


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 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: 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

Mortar Board

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation


The Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Program is open and accepting applications — but will close the application process on April 1.

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 the 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

For more information, go to the website at, and click on SCHOLARSHIPS, or contact a member of the Scholarship Foundation Board:

Dawn Orgill, Chair and NAU Representative
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
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a scholarship winner from Arizona State University

Danielle Martinez

It seems like I have always wanted to work with children—and I actually started pretty early. Like so many other children of working parents, I went to the Boys and Girls Club’s after school program. Even though I was only in grade school, I liked to help the other kids, and eventually became an official volunteer. That led to a part time job with them, while I was in high school, and led me toward my career choiceCounseling, with a focus on children and families.

I really believe that there are many opportunities for a counselor, who understands the needs of children and families to make a difference early on. Many families could use a little help when the needs of children, the demands of parenting, and a combination of other work and life pressures stretch a small problem into a bigger, ongoing issue. And many children need someone who can understand their needs and act on their behalf. I am excited about my future career.

Like most college kids, I love watching football, and hanging out with friends, although truthfully there really isn't a lot of time for that. I'm really excited to be completing my undergraduate degree this year. However, my career choice requires advanced degrees, so there is still a lot of school in my future.

With the cost of tuition and books going up more and more each year, it has really been a help receiving the Honeywell Scholarship. Thank you all so much for this amazing program.

The Scholarship Team wants to congratulate Danielle for her hard work. She will complete her undergraduate degree in less than four years—great job Danielle. Danielle’s grandmother, Dawn Orgill is especially proud of her, and all that she has accomplished in such a short time.

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.

SW PlaneSouthwest Airlines Maintenance Facility Tour
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 or call 623-825-5243 for details.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Spring Potluck Picnic

March 31, 2016 - Thursday 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

Please bring 2 cans of food for the Desert Mission Food Bank

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
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: 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:
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.