September 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
Day at the Races Feb 23, 2016
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

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE
Oktoberfest Oct 20, 2016
Arizona Broadway Theatre—Funny Girl Oct 27, 2016
Scholarship Application Process Open Dec 1, 2016 to
Apr 1, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4, 11, 12, 2016
(Sold out)
Dec 2, 10, 2016
(Sold out)
Jan 20, 2017 (Few tickets)
Jan 28, 2017 (Sold out) Feb 3, 2017 (Sold out)
Feb 11, 2017 (Few tickets)
Day at the Races
Feb TBD 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 Mar TBD 2017

Sep 11 flags

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Sep 7, 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

                          Taschner FaceWelcome back from wherever you’ve been this summer!  Hope everyone took a great trip or vacation or simply had a great summer at home with family and friends.

I’m looking forward to this 2016/17 season as an opportunity to develop a better recruiting process for new members and new officers.  We’ll be exploring this and will entertain any suggestions we can get from our body of members.

You can be proud that we are contributing a portion of your dues for scholarships at UofA, ASU, & NAU.  Under the great stewardship of Dawn Orgill and her very capable group, the HRSC Scholarship Foundation has grown both with the amount of money they are collecting and the number of awards we are offering your family members.  Honeywell Aerospace and the Garrett Retirees’ Club have both stepped up and increased their contributions.  Gwen Scheetz, our Treasurer for the Foundation, accomplished an extraordinary job of getting the Foundation certified as a 501(c) 3 charitable organization.  That means that any contributions you make to the Foundation above the annual dues amount, can be deducted from your federal and state tax income.  I’m certain we will learn of additional developments from the organization as the year progresses.

Don’t forget ... we’ll be having special events throughout the year.  Check the schedule in this issue of the Bridge and come on out – support your club, renew old friendships and make new ones.

Your Board of Directors looks forward to serving you this year.  Let’s make it a great one!

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

Mortar Board

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation

Congratulations go to Rachael Davey (UoA), Lauren Eslinger (NAU), Rebecca Grapentine (ASU), Danielle Martinez (ASU), and Maureen van Dobben (ASU) for receiving a Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship for this school year.

The Scholarship Foundation Board was delighted to be able to award each of these deserving students a Scholarship for $1800 each.  As you know, that is an increase from the $1000 generally awarded.  The Scholarship Foundation Board would like to join these students in sincerely thanking our many members who have contributed to the Scholarship Fund, and our generous sponsors  (Honeywell Inc., Garrett Retiree Club, and Honeywell Retiree Social Club). These scholarships wouldn’t be possible without you.  With the price of Tuition continually rising, the increase in award money was sincerely appreciated by each of the students.

Look for more information about each of these students, beginning next month.  We will feature a different student each month and tell you more about them, their goals and how they are progressing through their academic journey.

Don’t forget, 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 the Scholarships this coming year.  Applications, dates, and guidelines are available from our website,

 If you have questions about the Scholarships, or suggestions for how to improve our Scholarship 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
Scholarships icon

Day at the Races
Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

                          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

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 Photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theater
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 Flyer

Funny Girl

Horses Racing


Feb TBD, 2017 – Tuesday 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

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 TBD.

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


Tovrea castle

Tovrea Castle Tour
New Tours in Jan & Feb 2017
(Nov 4, 11, 12, Dec 2, 10, 2016 - Sold Out)

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 next year.  The following tickets were available at the beginning of August:

•    Jan 20, 2017 at 10 am  - 19 tickets

•    Feb 11, 2017 at 10 am  - 24 tickets

These are the last tickets the club will buy. All the previous tickets were allocated very quickly; even though it's a few months off please act quickly if you would like to attend.

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, so do not delay.

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


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.

2017 Spring Picnic

Mar TBD, 2017

Information will be added when available

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.