November 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 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

Spring Potluck Picnic Mar 31, 2016
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility Tour
Apr 21, 2016
AZ Broadway Theatre  -  Best Little Whorehouse in Texas May 5, 2016
Oktoberfest  Oct 20, 2016
Make-A-Difference Day Oct 22, 2016
Arizona Broadway Theatre—Funny Girl Oct 27, 2016
Christmas Dinner Dance Dec 1, 2016

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE

Scholarship Application Process Open

Dec 1, 2016 to
Apr 1, 2017

Tovrea Castle Tours

Dec 2, 10, 2016
(Sold out)
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

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Mar 5, 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 September 7 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner FaceI mentioned last month that we are looking for volunteers and offered a few ways you can help give back to our community. Well here’s an opportunity to help your Club ... We are implementing an audit process to assure transparency to our financial accounting, and to allow input and critique from general membership. Beginning next fiscal year, we will implement this process by putting together an audit team. We will need as many as three "members at large" to be part of this team. No special skills are needed other than a clear thought process and a willingness to work with others. Time commitment will be minimal. Stand by for a announcement next spring.

If you haven’t already noticed, our new Board of Directors is working hard to make your membership more fulfilling and fun. To that extent, we are considering changing some events by revising their format, or venue, or both. For example, our Spring Picnic (March 23, 2017) will be held at the McCormick-Stillman Park in Scottsdale. We believe that will be a terrific venue to spend the day with old and new friends. Another thought in process is to change our Oktoberfest venue from the Rio Vista Park to one or more German restaurants in the Valley. If you would like to make an input on Oktoberfest (or any other subject), please let us know in one of three ways: 1) email me at; 2) email your thoughts to; or 3) come to one of our Board meetings and let us know what you are thinking. We’re always looking for fresh ideas. Next Board meeting will be at BJ’s Restaurant at Tatum and the 101, Wednesday, November 23rd, 2pm. We’ll be looking for you.

Finally, I want to give a huge vote of thanks to the leaders of our Scholarship Foundation. They have made huge break-throughs in organizing and establishing the Foundation as a 503(c) charity and have begun to accumulate funds that last year enabled us to almost double the award amounts and triple the number of awards. They tell us they are on a similar track to do so this year. Great job, guys! THANK YOU

Ed Taschner


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 a Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship will be available December 1.

If you have a child or grandchild that is enrolled in Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona, they may be eligible to apply for one of our Scholarships this coming year. The number of Scholarships awarded, and the amounts awarded, are based on the funds that are available each year. Last year, we were pleased to award five Scholarships for $1800 each.

As many of you know, the Scholarship program has been around since 2002, for the purpose of helping eligible undergraduate and graduate students reduce their costs for a college education. To date 35 students have received awards. From a modest beginning, where one student was awarded $375, we have been able to increase both the number of Scholarships and the amount of the awards, through the generosity of our sponsors - - Honeywell International (HON), Garrett Retirees’ Club (GRC), Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona (HRSC), and their big-hearted members. THANK YOU!

The requirements are simple:

1. The student must be a legal descendant of an active or deceased member (passed away while holding active membership) in either the Garrett Retirees’ Club or the Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona.

2. The student should have attained a 3.0 or better Grade Point Average (GPA).

3. The student must be entering the second semester freshman year, a sophomore, a junior, a senior, or in a graduate course of study. Enrolled freshman may apply during the second freshman semester, for funding for the sophomore year, providing they have attained a 3.0 GPA or greater in their first semester.

4. Students may be enrolled in any field of study, although in the event two or more applicants qualify for the same scholarship award, preference may be given to a student who is enrolled in a technical field.

Eligible students may apply beginning December 1, 2016, by logging onto our website at, clicking on the Scholarship button (found on the left side of the page), downloading and completing an application, and sending it to Gwen Scheetz at

Have questions? Our website has lots of valuable information. You might want to look at our Program News, Operating Procedures and Bylaws, Frequently Asked Questions, or Foundation Board member’s names and contact information. Each Scholarship Foundation Board Member will be happy to answer questions you might have.

Want to contribute? The HRSC Membership Application now has an option which encourages members to consider a direct donation to the Scholarship Fund. If you already have a membership, you can still use the new application form to make a donation. Remember, it is tax deductible!

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


Spring Potluck Picnic

March 31, 2016 - Thursday

Link to Rick Carter's Photos
(The title of the photo page is "Ole Timers Picnic," but this is the HRSC Spring Potluck Picnic.)
In case Google ever abandons or changes Google Photos, 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.)

Picnic photos 1
Picnic photos 2

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

Nearly 40 retiree club members had a fascinating tour of the Southwest Airlines maintenance hangar at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, conducted by the enthusiastic maintenance supervisor, Kevin Bowman. Interesting facts we learned from him included:
  • The original grungy Southwest aircraft colors were created by mixing odds and ends that Boeing had left when Southwest did not have the money to pay for a proper paint job on their first few planes. (At least, this is what we were told!)
  • Southwest's fast turnaround expertise was born of necessity when, in the early days, they had to sell one of their four planes for financial reasons, but tickets had already been sold assuming they had the plane. By cutting turnarounds to ten minutes, they were able to continue operating their full service with only three planes.
  • When Boeing changed their plans for a new model of 737, making the tail fin taller than they had said it would be, the plane would not fit into the Southwest maintenance hangar at Sky Harbor. The solution? A partial wheelie, using a jack under the nosewheel!
We learned much more besides, and had the opportunity to go right up to the aircraft and inspect them at very close quarters. We also saw some of the maintenance workshops for items that are repaired or serviced in the hangar, including aircraft toilets.

Many thanks to Keith Hughes for arranging this highly-recommended tour.

Link to Rick Carter's Photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theater Heading
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Awaiting report and/or photos.
Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club



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 title
Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Christmas Dinner Dance
December 1

Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tours
(Dec 2, 10, 2016 - Sold Out)
(Jan 20, Feb 11, 2017 - Sold out)

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 choice, 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

SW 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.

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

Cruise Flyer

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

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.

Railroad Park Photo 2017 Spring Picnic
Mar 23, 2017

At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

More event information will follow.

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!
Railroad 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.