April 2017

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 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 Honeywell outsources the distribution of the black-and-white paper Bridge. 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.

Regular Sections
President's Perspective
From the Editor
Fix-It Guys

Reports & Photos of Past Events
Oktoberfest  Oct 20, 2016
Tovrea Castle Tour Nov 4, 2016
Christmas Dinner Dance Dec 1, 2016
Tovrea Castle Tour Jan 20, 2017
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
Jan 26, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tour Feb 11, 2017
Day at the Races
Feb 14, 2017
AZ Broadway Theatre  Menopause the Musical Feb 22, 2017
The Sanderson Village and Museum Mar 3, 2017
Orpheum Theatre Tour Mar 6 & 7, 2017
Eastern Caribbean Cruise Mar 5-12, 2017
Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour Mar 10, 2017
Spring Potluck Picnic at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Mar 23, 2017

Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting
with talk "A year in the Grand Canyon" based on recent book
Apr 5, 2017
Verde Canyon Railroad Trip  - Don't miss out - RSVP now!
Oct 21, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tours - November tours full - next tour date 2018
Nov 4 & 10, 2017 (Wait list)
RTVOS Community Service Project
Nov TBD, 2017
Christmas Dinner Dance  - More details in September
Dec 12, 2017

Recurring Lunches BACK TO HOMEPAGE
The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
Apr 4, May 2 (First Tuesdays) 11:30 AM
Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Old Country Buffet, 9620 N Metro Pkwy W
Apr 18, May 17
11:30 AM

Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 10030 N Metro Pkwy E
Jun 13, Sep 13, Dec 14
11:15 AM

See photos from the December 8 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.
(And list of attendees in photo order)

Happy Easter!

Is your Membership Expiring?

The HRSC 2017 Membership year ends April 30—memberships not paid beyond then will expire. Please renew now!

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner

This is a plea to our members for help with leading our Club. It’s time to look forward and select (vote for) new Directors for the coming year. There are three positions coming available May 1st with only one candidate identified. We are looking for two of you who would be up to the challenge of helping to provide direction for the club ... not a lot of work involved - simply a commitment to attend 6 to 8 meetings, provide your thoughts to the Board, and vote on issues requiring a Board decision. Easy peasy. We are losing two valuable Board members due to personal/family issues that need resolving, and your club could use your help. Please contact me at (602) 300-6262 or EdTaschner@cox.net or anyone on your Board if you are interested or know someone who can add to the leadership role of the Board.

The Club is also in need of a leader for our next Oktoberfest. We have a team - need a leader. Phone lines are open now!!

Ever wonder about folks who spend $2.00 on those little bottles of Evian water?

Try spelling Evian backwards.  Smiley

Until next month,

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Ed Taschner

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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 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, 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:
Hotline@hrcaz.org or Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phx. AZ 85027- 2704

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.

Warren Koepsel (coordinator for East Valley 480-502-0852, or 602-765-4466 during the summer)
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 Koepsel 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 Schott
Bob Farney
Wally Secosky

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation


Scholarships for College

We are happy to report that we have received many applicants and are excited to begin the final selection process. Candidates should expect to hear from the Scholarship Foundation Board by the end of this month.

Watch for more information about each of our Scholarship recipients in future editions of our Club Newsletter.

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In you have questions, you can find information about our Scholarships on the website at hrcaz.org. Click on the Scholarship tab, (found on the left side of the page). Our Foundation Board Members are also happy to help. You can call or email your Scholarship Board Member at:

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Dawn Orgill, Chair
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

Jim Redmond, NAU Representative
Email: jpr.redmond@gmail.com
Phone: 623 362 2421


Meet Rebecca Grapentine
Scholarship winner at Arizona State University


The Bridge Rebecca GrapentineOver the course of my life in Arizona’s education system, I have evolved immensely as a person. Maybe I wasn’t at the top of my class when it came to reading in Kindergarten, and maybe I did struggle with personal responsibility in elementary school when it came to completing my homework and getting good grades. But after I began high school, I underwent an important change. I began to finally understand the real value of education. Through nothing but my own willpower and determination, I went from a “barely passing” student to a straight-A student in less than a year. After I graduated from Centennial High School, I began attending Glendale Community College. I got my Associate’s in Arts and transferred to Arizona State University’s West campus, where I am now attending my final semester before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology.

The truth is, I’m not completely sure what I want to do after I graduate. I might continue on to get my master’s. I might get a job working in HR. I may even wind up conducting qualitative sociological research and publishing in scientific journals. I like to keep my options open. Whatever I end up doing, I know it will be the right choice for me.

As for when I’m not in class, I enjoy playing video games, reading, and playing with my hamster, Pepper. I am also an active member of a forum about personality theory, where I both teach and learn from others regarding personality systems such as the MBTI, enneagram, and socionics.

I am very grateful towards the Honeywell Retiree’s Club for granting me this scholarship. Tuition and books these days make going to school without drowning in student debt for the rest of your life almost impossible, but because of your assistance, I am able to enjoy my academic experience without stress.

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Reports & Photos of Past Events



Oktoberfest Photos 1
Oktoberfest Photos 2

Tovrea Castle Tour November 4, 2016

The first 10 of 150 club members toured the castle. Demand has been so great we had to arrange 9 tours and having attended the first one I can see why. There is a fascinating history to both the grounds and the building that I will not reveal before others have gone. Suffice to say it was an enjoyable visit.  (Keith Hughes)

Tovrea Tour PhotoTovrea
                      Tour Photo 2

Photos from the Christmas Dinner Dance
December 1

Dinner-Dance photos
Dinner-Dance photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tour, January 20, 2017

On a cold and cloudy day on Jan 20th, 2017 we had 22 people tour the Castle in the first of four exclusive club only tours. The group learned about the history of the castle and the surrounding area.

Tovrea multi photo

Southwest Airlines Tour – Jan 26, 2017

                      Airlines Plane

SW Plane

Fifty club members from Air Research, Garrett, Allied, Honeywell and Sperry clubs toured Southwest Airlines Maintenance Facility. The two 737-700 aircraft in the hanger were undergoing their 500 day overhaul so we were unable to go aboard but our host, Kevin Bowman did a fine job explaining the facility operation and the history of the airline. We learned how the tail of the 737-700 aircraft is too tall for the hanger so they lift the nose wheel up to drop the tail to get the aircraft in the hanger.

This was our third visit and if there is sufficient interest we will arrange another visit in a few months.

Composite Photo

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tour, February 11, 2017

In pleasant weather conditions, 23 of us were shown around the Castle and its grounds by enthusiastic volunteers from the Tovrea Carraro Society. Many thanks to Keith Hughes for arranging this, and for warning about the Loop 202 freeway closure; as a result of his heads-up, everyone arrived by 10am! (By the way, tour guides pronounce it "Toe-vree.")  Kevin Harris

Group Photo 11FEB2017
Tovrea Bell Ring
Tovrea UnknownTovrea Harris

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


Tuesday Feb 14, 2017

A balmy day, perfect for a horse race.  Hearts were in the air and all of us brought our special valentine.  Forty-four members and guests attended Honeywell/Sperry’s "Day at the Races". We had participants from all three retiree clubs, Honeywell, Garrett, and Sperry. I won all of the races and most members at my table won as well. The food was plentiful and good. Desserts were fabulous and filling. Leaving I felt like I could not wait until next year for this event. 


See you next year!

(Vic Fragnito)

Turf Paradise composite photo

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Menopause the Musical

February 22, 2017

Menopause Report

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

The Sanderson Village and Museum

March 3, 2017

Sanderson visit report

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Free Tour of the ORPHEUM THEATRE

March 6 & 7, 2017

Orpheum Theatre Tour Report

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

March 5-12, 2017

Caribbean Cruise Report

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

March 10, 2017

30 members enjoyed a very enlightening tour of the Amazon "PHX6" Fulfillment Center, whose area is equivalent to 28 football fields… We started with a video overview of the process from product delivery at the fulfillment center to shipment, and then had opportunities to observe the various stages of the process at close quarters, with commentary over headsets to overcome the quite high noise levels. Many thanks to Ed Taschner for organizing this; he came down to make sure all was well at the start of the tour, even though he was not on it.  (Kevin Harris)

Some of tour group

2017 Spring Potluck Picnic

March 23, 2017

Picnic Report
Picnic Report Page 2

Upcoming Events

Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting

April 5

Club member Dave Elston will give a presentation based on his book "A Year in the Grand Canyon: A collection of Experiences and Colorful History from a Lifetime of Exploring the Grand Canyon."

The book received a wonderful review from Arizona's official State Historian, (yes, we have one), Mr. Marshall Trimble: "Dave Elston's passion for spending time in the beautiful Grand Canyon wilderness has produced a series of riveting stories that makes it a must-read for anyone who's ever been bitten by the 'Canyon Bug.' His quest to spend 400 days in 'Nature's Grandest Architectural Masterpiece' over a period of years turned him from a green novice into an experienced veteran." Dave has speaking engagements booked statewide, and was interviewed on Channel 3 news in January.

Social Hour:
Club Business:
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip

Oct 21

Verde Canyon RailroadWhere: Clarkdale, AZ

Time: Train Leaves Clarkdale at 1:00 PM - Round trip takes approximately 4 hours 

A first-class ticket is $85pp with sandwich /snack style food provided on board the train.

We don't need payment until Sept, but we need RSVPs.

We will need 30 people to go on the trip to get our own dedicated 1st Class Car that is handicap accessible. Sign up now, so we will know if we have enough people to get this dedicated car and the discounts.

If you are interested in this fun trip, please contact Larry Bowe @ larry.bowe.sr@showdogstore.com or call: 1-928-759-2367.

Non-members are always welcomed.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

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Tovrea Castle Tours 2017 & 2018

November 4 & 10 tours sold out

Next tour(s) tentatively January or February 2018 if sufficient interest.

Send email by mid-June at latest to express interest.

Tovrea Castle

All 200 tickets purchased by the club have been sold for this popular tour. If you try to go as an individual you will find no tickets are available for the rest of the year.

If there is sufficient interest the club may buy more tickets in June 2017 for visits to the castle in January or February 2018. If you are interested email Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net and ask to be placed on a waiting list. Please note that the tickets in the past have all be allocated in days or weeks so procrastinators will miss out just like shopping in Costco. Tickets will be $15 per person and with reasonable warning I have been able to reallocate tickets for people unable to go.

To guarantee the opportunity to buy a ticket email me by mid June 2017. I save the requests in date order with highest priority to early dates. The email is not a commitment to buy but helps me assess interest to judge how many tickets to buy.

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Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Giving Back, with Honeywell and RTVOS

November, 2017 specific date TBD

Sign up now to express interest and receive email updates.

Calling all able bodied retirees!!! In line with our “giving back” culture, your Board has embraced an opportunity to work with Honeywell Aerospace supporting Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS), a charitable organization based in Tempe.   RTVOS and Aerospace are planning a working event this coming November. RTVOS Pool Table It will be a community housing/shelter event, performing tasks like maintenance and clean-up for folks who are unable to do so for themselves.  It's a great opportunity to support those in need in the valley, while spending quality time with other retirees and active employees.  The specific tasks, as well as locations and dates, will be chosen by Honeywell and RTVOS.  There will be a variety of work available to accommodate different skill levels.  Tools and materials will be provided.    
RTVOS Volunteer Group
Please place a marker in your calendar to help this noble effort to give back.  We’ll be publishing more details as they  develop.  Our point of contact for this event is Doug Metzger.  Doug is starting a list of interested people now who will be contacted first when we have more details. Your name on this list is NOT a commitment.  We won’t ask for a commitment until we have more details about the activity,  dates, and locations.  Please contact Doug at 602-319-6637 or doug.metzger@cox.net to get your name on the list.  Also indicate what area of town you are in, as this may help to determine the location chosen. 

Christmas Dinner Dance

December 12, 2017

This will be at the same location as last year, the Palmbrook Country Club in Sun City. More details will be posted here as they become available; probably in September.

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.