February 2017

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.

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

Oktoberfest  Oct 20, 2016
Make-A-Difference Day Oct 22, 2016
Arizona Broadway Theatre—Funny Girl Oct 27, 2016
Tovrea Castle Tour Nov 4, 2016
Christmas Dinner Dance Dec 1, 2016
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
Jan 26 2017

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE

Tovrea Castle Tours

Feb 3, 11 2017
(Wait list)
Nov TBD 2017

Day at the Races - Payment deadline extended to Feb 6

Feb 14 2017

AZ Broadway Theatre - Payment deadline Jan 27
Menopause the Musical

Feb 22 2017

The Sanderson Village and Museum

Mar 3, 2017

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Mar 5, 2017

Orpheum Theatre Tour

Mar 6 & 7, 2017

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

Mar 10, 2017
(Several openings as of Feb 4 due to dropouts)

Spring Potluck Picnic at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Mar 23 2017

Happy New Year

Recurring Lunches

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
First Tuesday: Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2
Golden Corral, 5679 W. Northern, 11:30 am

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, May 17
Old Country Buffet, Metro Pkwy, 11:30 am

Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Mar 13, Jun 13, Sep 13, Dec 14
Hibachi Grill Supreme Buffet, 10030 N. Metro Pkwy East- 11:15 am

See photos from the December 8 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.

(And list of attendees in photo order)

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner
                          FaceWelcome to 2017!  I’m hoping that each and every one of you had a warm and happy holiday season.  Now that all our holiday celebrating is behind us let’s look forward to this coming year and how we plan to spend it. 

The Club is sponsoring many initiatives we can characterize as “giving back to our community”.  I’m thinking that if you want to make New Year’s resolutions, then “giving back” would be a great way to step off into the new year.  We can give back by offering financial gifts or contributing some of our valuable time working with an organization that does just that.  Here are some ways we can help: 

The Scholarship Foundation is always in need of additional money to fund their scholarship gifts.  As a reminder, we offer scholarship grants to members of our Honeywell Club’s retirement community.  The Foundation is growing and making a difference under the leadership of Club Director, Dawn Orgill.  If you want to help, please contact Dawn at 602-881-7772 or dawn3@centurylink.net.  Or contact our Foundation Treasurer, Gwen Scheetz, at 602-788-9177 or scheetzgwen@cox.net.  Please make as generous a donation as you can today (it’s tax deductible).  I’ll be doing the same.  

Club Treasurer Doug Metzger heads a volunteer program that partners with Honeywell Aerospace and the Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS) charity.  They build teams of volunteers who perform maintenance and clean-up tasks for folks where they live - here in Maricopa County.  There’s a wide range of tasks available, so you need not worry if you’re qualified.  This is a great opportunity to give back and even re-connect with some folks from the active Honeywell work force.  Please contact Doug at 602-319-6637 or doug.metzger@cox.net.  

Fix-It Guys is an organization devoted solely to helping our Members in need  …  who are unable to perform necessary repairs to their homes.  Club Member Clint Langford conceived this service long ago.  He can always use specialized help in this on-going campaign to help Members in need.  If you have a maintenance skill and want to volunteer, please contact Clint at (602) 765-4466 or clintsue01@gmail.com to help with west-side or central Maricopa assistance or Nick Hughes at (480) 820-9604 or Nhughes36@cox.net to help with east-side and central Maricopa assistance. 

We also work hard every month to provide fun and social things to do as a group.  They are listed elsewhere in this Bridge.  Take a look.  Book an event.  Enjoy.  And ...  Happy New Year!

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 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, 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

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 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 480-820-9604)  <----  NEW PHONE NUMBER
Clint Langford (coordinator for West 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 West 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

West Valley

Gene Kupka Roy Newbold Ed Skutecki
Clint Langford Lee Rippstein
Dan Schott
Bob Farney
Wally Secosky

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation


Scholarships for CollegeDON'T FORGET...Applications for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship opened December 1.   You can find the Scholarship application and other important information on our website at www.hrcaz.org (click on the Scholarship tab, found on the left side of the page).  It's easy to apply, and our Foundation Board Members are happy to help, if you have any questions. 

This is also a great time of the year to support our Scholarship Foundation-- remember, your contribution is tax deductible.  The HRSC Membership Application now has an option for a direct donation to the Scholarship Fund--even if you are already a member, you can still use the new application to make a donation.

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
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 Rachael Davey
Junior Scholarship winner at University of Arizona

I am currently finishing up my first semester as a Junior at the University of Arizona; majoring in Special Education, with an emphasis in Rehabilitation, and I am also working on completing my minor in Psychology.

My goal is a career as an Occupational Therapist, working with kids with learning disabilities, Since I was about eleven years old, being around someone with a special disability was normal for me because I have a cousin with down syndrome. I saw all the things he had to learn differently and the obstacles he faced growing up. Working at a tutoring center, Kumon, I was able to help a boy with Autism learn how to do basic math equations and practice his reading comprehension.

I am now volunteering at a different ranch called the Therapeutic Riding Center for Kids and Animals (TRAK). I started at the beginning of September and love working with the many different animals they rescue. I also have a job working with a 12-year-old boy who has Autism. This has been an amazing experience; being able to gain more knowledge working with kids who have disabilities, and also becoming so close with him and his family in such a short amount of time has made me extremely excited to start my Occupational Therapist career. My goals for next semester are to shadow an Occupational Therapist at a hospital, continue working with the 12-year-old boy, and increase my volunteer hours.

In addition to all my activates I have been able to maintain a 3.3 GPA to keep my eligibility for the Honeywell Scholarship, which has been extremely appreciated assistance to help with university expenses.



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
Awaiting report and/or photos.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

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

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Photos from the Christmas Dinner Dance
December 1

                        photos 1
                        photos 2

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

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 Tours 2017

February 3 & 11 wait-list and 24 tickets left for November (as of Jan 27)

Tovrea Castle

So far we have sold 152 tickets to this event spread out over 9 visits. Because of the long waiting list the club has purchased an additional 48 tickets for Nov 2017. There are only 24 tickets left and they will go quickly so to avoid disappointment do not hesitate to contact Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net or call 623-825-5243.

Tickets are $15 per person

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

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    e008821@cox.net

at the Turf Club at 11 AM;    Lunch: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM;    First Race: 1:00 PM

Payment deadline (receipt of check) extended to Feb 6.

Make checks payable to: Treasurer, HRSC;   send to: Vic Fragnito, 6922 W. Garfield St., PHX, AZ 85043

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

Arizona Broadway Theatre

February 22, 2017

It’s the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change! ®



Location: 77th Avenue & Paradise Lane
Dining Time: 12:00 pm
Curtain Time: 2:00 pm
Coordinator: Lydia Gonzales
Phone: 623-561-1174
E-mail: lcgonzales12@cox.net
Cost: $66.00 per person

(Includes dinner, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, show, tax and gratuity)

Deadline: Checks need to be in by Jan. 27th.

Please make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to:
Lydia Gonzales 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308.

This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!

Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage, but a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal!

The Sanderson Village and Museum

March 3, 2017

You are invited to tour a private, invitation-only, museum. The Sanderson Village and Museum contains dozens of cars and nostalgic items, such as: a beautifully recreated old mercantile store, a kitchen from the '40s, and a '50s diner with oodles of chrome and period furnishings and accessories such as Coca Cola items from the '30s through the '50s. The 20,000 square-foot warehouse has one of the best Ford collections anywhere and has something for everyone to enjoy.

This free tour starts at 9:30 am on 3/3/17 in Glendale near Grand Ave and 51st Ave. (The 2/16/17 and 3/2/17 tours are fully booked.) The tour lasts 60 – 75 minutes. Afterwards you may visit the Starliner Diner on the same site and purchase a late breakfast or lunch. For reservations contact Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net. Please tell me if you are staying for a meal as space is limited to 30 people. No limit if not eating.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Sanderson photo 1
Sanderson photo 2
Sanderson photo 3
Sanderson photo 4


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

Free Tour of the ORPHEUM THEATRE

March 6 & 7, 2017 at 10am

This one-hour tour is exclusive to our clubs, it takes you behind the scenes. Bring your camera and be ready to be “wowed.”

The Orpheum Theatre is a 1364-seat theatre in downtown Phoenix. This venue was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit. After falling into disrepair for some years, the Orpheum Theatre was purchased in 1984 by the city of Phoenix, which then began a 12-year, $14 million restoration. The Orpheum reopened on January 28, 1997, with a performance of Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing. After the performance, Ms. Channing, still in costume but out of character, thanked the audience for "not turning this beautiful theatre into a parking lot!"

Each tour is limited to 40 people. Contact Keith Hughes at keith8411@cox.net for reservations. Give your date preference and the newsletter you saw this article in.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Orpheum photo 1
Orpheum photo 2

Amazon Fulfillment Center (Warehouse) Tour

Mar 10, 2017

This tour was sold out with only a wait list, but as of Feb 4, there were several openings due to dropouts. If you are interested, contact Ed Taschner at EdTaschner@cox.net ASAP.

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
Thu Mar 23, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
(Lunch at around 11am)

In the Stillman Ramada at
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park,
7301 E Indian Bend Road,
Scottsdale, AZ 85250


"Split the Pot Tickets $1.00 or 7 for $5.00"    (50/25/25 Split the Pot)
     Other prizes too!
No charge to HRSC, Sperry & Garrett Club members & guests; just bring a dish to share.

Please contact: Linda Darnell with a Subject Line of “Spring Picnic 2017” at LDarnell@ix.netcom.com or call (602) 538-9559 if you are interested in attending the 2017 Spring Picnic. (Availability limited to 75 participants for this event)

Your Honeywell Retiree Club will provide baked ham and turkey, 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 for this event. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like. Please no glass containers. (Park Rules)

Coordinator: Linda Darnell – 602-538-9559 – LDarnell@ix.netcom.com

We will be collecting for the Desert Mission Food Bank, if would like to donate to this worthy cause please bring two cans of food.

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!
                                  Park Map

Our picnic will be in the Stillman Ramada; see park map below.

                      Park Map

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.