March 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
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

Upcoming Events HOMEPAGE
Spring Potluck Picnic at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Mar 23, 2017
Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting
with talk "A year in the Grand Canyon" based on recent book
Apr 5, 2017
Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
Oct 21, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tours Nov 4 & 10, 2017 (Wait list)
RTVOS Community Service Project
Nov TBD, 2017
Christmas Dinner Dance
Dec 12, 2017

Recurring Lunches

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

Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
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)

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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

Those Amazon tours have been wildly popular and the call to fill vacant slots last month resulted in the openings filling quickly! There seems to be enough interest to continue holding this tour on an annual basis, so we will do so until interest wanes. After setting up four tours for over 100 people, I’m happy to hand off this fun event to our very capable Linda Darnell. Stay tuned for some announcements from her later this year.

Taschner at TovreaI had the pleasure of touring the Tovrea Castle last month with my wife, Mary, and many Honeywell and Sperry members. We were pleased to meet Wally and Shirley Klovstad and spent a large part of the tour with them. There was very little walking involved thanks to our guides and their three electric buses. Thanks, Keith Hughes and the Sperry Club, for setting this up. Keith has set up two more tours for November which are already sold out, but if there is sufficient interest the club will buy additional tickets for 2018. If you’ve ever been curious about this property, I highly recommend this as an interesting day out. Contact Keith and get on the waiting list.

Mary and I also Taschner at Turf Paradiseattended our Day-at-the-Races at Turf Paradise and we had our picture taken with others from the Garrett, Honeywell, and Sperry Clubs. We were posed by “Genesee Street”, the winner of the “Honeywell Purse” in the 3rd race of the day. We shared a good lunch and a fun day. If you haven’t been, check it out next year.

Gotta give another plug for our Honeywell & Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS) event. Check out Doug Metzger’s notes on our volunteer opportunity in this publication of the Bridge. While we do not have details yet, it will be very useful for Doug to learn who our volunteers are early.

Two more items of note:
  • Our Scholarship Foundation soon will be selecting award winners for the next academic year. The Foundation will have accumulated more than $12,000 which is over 400% more capital to work with than when I arrived on the scene 6 years ago. My congratulations to those working with the Foundation for moving the group strongly forward. As a reminder, any contribution to this organization is tax deductible. I encourage all of you to take note of the Foundation’s hard work and the need to defray expenses for our students. I have committed to contribute to the Foundation $100 a year and carve out $10,000 from my estate when I pass. I urge those of you that can, to match that effort. For those who can’t, those $5/$10/$25 contributions all add up and help, too. One more important thing to note is that 100% of the money raised by our folks goes to our students. All members of the Foundation Board are volunteers who have a passion for our kids. Won’t you help, too? 

  • Remember ... Your Board meetings are always open to members who are interested in how we do business. So I encourage you to visit. See what we do ... and consider becoming a leader in the Club.
Finally, I have to ask ... if tomatoes are a fruit (look it up), shouldn’t ketchup be considered a smoothie? Emoji Grin
Until next month, 

Ed Taschner

The Bridge

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

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.

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
YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD STILL HAS TIME TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP!  But hurry, completed applications must be received before April 1. 

Our requirements are simple, the student should be:

  • a descendant of an active or deceased member of Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) or Garrett Retirees’ Club (GRC)
  • a second semester freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student
    • Note: enrolled freshmen may apply during their second freshman semester, for their sophomore year
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
It's fast and easy to apply on our website at You can find the application and other important information by clicking on the Scholarship tab, (found on the left side of the page).  Remember,  our Foundation Board Members are happy to help, if you have any questions.

For more details of the program, see the SCHOLARSHIPS section of the website, especially the Operating Procedures.

Scholarship Board Members contact information:

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


Meet Lauren Eslinger
Scholarship winner at Northern Arizona University


Lauren EslingerMy name is Lauren Eslinger and I am a senior, double majoring in Business Management and Information Systems, with a certificate in Corporate Financial Management. I am currently working on pursuing a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®), certificate.

I have loved my time at Northern Arizona University (NAU)! I have had so many opportunities I would not have had elsewhere. I have held two jobs, one as a teaching assistant for a computer information systems class and another as a Peer Jacks Mentor. As a teaching assistant I help students in the classroom and in the computer lab on various projects in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. As a Peer Jacks Mentor I met individually with out of state students and helped them become more acclimated to NAU. My freshman year I joined a sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. My sophomore year I was elected Vice President of Academic Development. In my junior year, I was elected President of a chapter of 200 women.

I have taken advantage of many of the opportunities NAU has provided. For example, I have participated in mock interviews, career fairs, as well as a one day Dale Carnegie Training program. All my experiences at NAU have helped me prepare for my future when I graduate. After graduation I am moving to Colorado. I have accepted a position as a Management Trainee with Cintas.



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

Awaiting report and/or photos.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

March 5-12, 2017

Awaiting report and/or photos.

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

Upcoming Events

Railroad Park Photo 2017 Spring Potluck Picnic
Thu Mar 23, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
(Lunch at around 11am)

Just a few spots left!

Sign up by Mar 20 so the right amount of food can be bought to complement the dish you bring to share.

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 or call (602) 538-9559 if you want to attend 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 –

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

Tickets for Rides and the Railroad Museum

Rides on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and Charros Carousel run every half hour. Ticket cost $2 per ride, 6 tickets can be purchased for $10. The tickets can also be used for entry into the Railroad Museum.  All tickets are non-refundable, but never expire. Entrance into the Model Train Exhibits is FREE.

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

                      Park Map

Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting

April 5

Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale

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 RSVP's.

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 @ or call: 1-928-759-2367.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

The Bridge

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 for nine visits 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 and ask to be placed on a waiting list. Please note that the tickets in the past have all been 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.

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

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 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 early May.

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.