May 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
Honeywell Aero Women's Council Panel Discussion
Apr 4, 2017
Garrett Retiree Club Members' Meeting
with talk "A year in the Grand Canyon" based on recent book
Apr 5, 2017

Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
- RSVP now so we get our own railroad car!
Oct 21, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tours - November tours full - next tour date 2018
Nov 4 & 10, 2017 
RTVOS Community Service Project
    - Honeywell-sponsored community housing/shelter.
    - Sign up for information updates with no obligation.
Nov TBD, 2017
Christmas Dinner Dance  - Details now available
Dec 12, 2017
Alaska Cruisetours  - By land and by sea!
Aug 5, 2018

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 4th

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and July 4th holiday!

Please note: This is the last Bridge Newsletter until the September issue.

Membership Expired

Past President's Perspective

Mary BarklEd Taschner is ill at present, so I am writing this month’s perspective. We have had a very successful and active club year, with twelve events on our calendar, some of which were repeated. We started with Oktoberfest (thanks to Dawn Orgill, Linda Darnell and Gwen Scheetz), and had several very popular visits to the Amazon Fulfillment Center (thanks to Ed Taschner), and to Tovrea Castle (thanks to Keith Hughes.) We had Valentine’s Day at the Races (thanks to Vic Fragnito), a fascinating visit to the Southwest Airlines maintenance hangar (thanks to Keith Hughes), a windy, but nevertheless enjoyable, Eastern Caribbean Cruise, (thanks to Barbara Rippstein), and the year culminated in a very enjoyable and well-attended picnic at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park—thanks to Linda Darnell, Gwen Scheetz and Dawn Orgill for making this a success, and to all the organizers and helpers for all the events, including those not mentioned above. Our scholarship program is also enjoying success; see below for more information. 

I want to follow up on Ed’s call to members for help leading our Club. We are losing two valuable Board members due to personal/family issues, and your club could use your help in replacing them. We are looking for two of you willing to help provide direction for the club. There is not a lot of work involved—simply a commitment to attend six to eight meetings per year, provide your thoughts to the Board, and vote on issues requiring a Board decision. The term is three years. Please contact me at 480-580-5585 or, Linda Darnell at 602-538-9559 or (limited email May 18-29), or contact anyone on your Board if you are interested or know someone who might be a candidate.

The Club has a team for our next Oktoberfest, but we need a leader for it. This is a one-off commitment—once Oktoberfest is over, you are done! To find out more, contact Linda Darnell (limited email May 18-29), at 602-538-9559 or

On the topic of volunteering, we have a great opportunity in November, when there will be a Honeywell-sponsored community housing/shelter event. The date and the details are not yet set, but if you contact Doug Metzger at 602-319-6637 or he will put you on the emailing list for information updates, and there is no commitment in doing this. 

Thank you so much for being a member; we have 2017-2018 event plans under way, but welcome any suggestions for events, and look forward to seeing you again in September. Enjoy your summer, whether in the Valley, or escaping the monsoon elsewhere.

Enjoy your Summer!
Mary Barkl

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. Do you have any questions or comments? Address them to the editor at the email or street address below.

The HRSC email address is and the street address is
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.

Great Teaching Opportunity at Scottsdale Community College!

Patricia Dueck, Engineering/Computer Science Program Director at SCC, recently announced that SCC will be hiring experienced engineers to instruct SCC students. She specifically wants to interview retired Honeywell engineers with a Master's degree to teach these courses:

  • Introduction to Engineering

  • Computer Coding

  • Electrical Engineering

Any engineering discipline should be suitable for the first course. For the other two, Patricia is looking for someone with an Electrical Engineering degree, although for the level of instruction required, other engineering disciplines may also be adequate. Patricia will be able to assess for your particular Bachelor's and Master's degrees and work experience.

Those of you who are interested in finding out more about this great opportunity are encouraged to contact Patricia directly at:

480-423-6594 or


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.

East Valley 480-820-9604
North Valley 480-765-4466

602-765-4466 or 480-510-9304 during the summer months

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

Are You a Fix-It Guy?

The Fix-It Guys are looking for a person who will take over Clint Langford’s position as coordinator for this much called upon group of volunteers. He is having to step down due to health reasons. Clint has been heading this up for almost 15 years and his crew has helped over 300 retirees many times.

Therefore, if you’re interested in joining this band of volunteers, please contact Clint at 602‑80‑2350 to get all of the particulars on this position. It will be well worth your time in not only helping some of your former co-workers but also keeping the Fix-It Guys services available for future calls.

Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation

Scholarships for College
The Scholarship program for 2017-2018 academic year closed on April 1.  Awards will be made in the May/June time frame. We will publish articles on each of our recipients over the next few months.

Information can be found on the website at  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: 
The Bridge The Bridge

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


Jump to Upcoming Events

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

HRSC Members on
Honeywell Aero Women’s Council April 4 Panel

The Deer Valley Chapter of Honeywell Aero Women’s Council (AWC) invited five former Aerospace professional women to participate in a panel discussion attended by current Honeywell employees regarding our experiences during our careers at Honeywell. (Kaye Eibeck, Linda Darnell, Sandy Thruston, Pam Kalish, and Jan Greisiger).

Topics discussed were designed to highlight personal experiences and enlighten current employees regarding the history of women’s employment in Aerospace.  The employees that attended the event were very appreciative of our participation and that we had helped paved the way for them through our determination and dedication to our jobs.

AWC and the Women in Honeywell Engineering Network (WHEN) expressed interest in continuing to include retirees in their future events and activities.

AWC Panel

Dave Elston’s April 5 Talk on his Book
“A Year in the Grand Canyon”

Year in GCDave Elston, a third-generation Garrett employee and Grand Canyon hiker extraordinaire, gave a talk at the Garrett April 5 meeting based on his latest book, “A Year in the Grand Canyon,” published by Vishnu Temple Press. This documents his over 400 days spent in the Canyon. He provided summary highlights of his trips by chapter as follows:
  1. First Steps – found a dead body on very first hike.
  2. Thunder River – hyperthermia is no fun.
  3. Grandview Trail and Horseshoe Mesa – know when to bail out.
  4. Day Hike to prove a point – after surgery, Dave had to find out if he could still hike.
  5. Rim to Rim – information on ‘how to’ – South Rim water comes from the North Rim – water delivery system was the largest Park Service contract ever.
  6. Powell Plateau – unique – only access is North Rim – Anasazi abandoned location ~ 1150.
  7. Favorite East Rim hikes – Soap Creek, Spencer Trail, South Canyon.
  8. Clear Creek, Chevaya Falls & Human Remains – Arizona’s largest waterfall flows only seasonally – trail from Phantom Ranch – area used extensively by Native Americans.
  9. Fun on the river – commercial or private trips.
  10. Helpful tips and lessons learned – footwear, socks, pants, shirts, hats.
  11. What I have learned – Shoshone Point is the best viewpoint on the South Rim.
  12. Closing thoughts – Dave noted that about 19 people die each year at the Grand Canyon.

Anyone planning canyon hiking should refer to Dave’s book!

The Facebook page for the book is at

Upcoming Events

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 September, but we urgently need RSVPs to get our own 1st Class car.

We will need 30 people to go on the trip to get our own dedicated 1st Class Car that is handicap accessible. Train by RiverSign 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.

Non-members are always welcomed.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Giving Back, with Honeywell and RTVOS
on a Community Housing/Shelter Event.

November, 2017 date TBD

Sign up now to receive email updates with no obligation.

Calling all able bodied retirees!!! Get a T-shirt and a free lunch, courtesy of Honeywell!! 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. Our point of contact for this event is Doug Metzger, who has a list of interested people who will be contacted 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. 


Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


Our group has been north to Alaska before, but this trip is different.  It is offering options.  You get to choose how you want to see Alaska and how many days you wish to spend on this trip.

13-Day Options Starting August 5, 2018
Princess offers two different 13-day cruisetours.
You will start with 2 nights in Fairbanks, then travel by motor coach to the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge for 2 nights. HotelThere you can tour of Denali Park Tundra Wilderness watching for glimpses of Mount Denali as well as bear, moose caribou and Dall sheep.

The next stop is at Mount McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for an additional 2 nights.  Relax at the Lodge hoping to catch a view of Mt. Denali, the highest peak in the United States.  You can choose from a generous offering of outdoor activities.

The Connoisseur Tour includes most meals and enhanced sightseeing.  It is escorted by a Princess host.

The Denali Explorer has the same transportation and stays at the same lodges.  You have the choice of your dining and tours for an additional price.Denali

10-Day Option Starting August 8, 2018
10-day trips can also be arranged by Ford Travel.  This option also starts in Fairbanks for 2 nights, and then travels by motor coach to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge for 1 night.

Rail Travel - August 11, 2018
All the cruisetours (that means either the 13- or 10-day option) will enjoy the scenic rail journey through some of the best wilderness in the Great Land on the Direct-to-the-Wilderness rail service.  Once in Whittier (outside Anchorage) you’ll step from the train onto your ship for the beginning of your unforgettable 7-day cruise.

Cruise-Only Options Starting August 11
ShipThose who wish to only take the cruise will meet the cruisetours in Anchorage (Whittier) on August 11 to board the Star Princess for the cruise.  We will cruise through Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay.  We will make stops at Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before sailing to Vancouver where we will disembark on August 18.

Because there are so many options, I invite you to contact Ford’s Travel.  They will send you brochures, more information and prices.

Ford’s World Travel, 13593 Camino Del Sol, Sun City West    Tel. 623-975-1800

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.