November 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
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
Oktoberfest  - Bellaire Country Club, 17233 N 45th Ave, Glendale
Oct 18, 2017
Verde Canyon Railroad Trip
Oct 21, 2017
Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4 & Nov 10 2017
RTVOS Community Service Project
    - Honeywell-sponsored work on low-income school.

Nov 11, 2017
Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Christmas Dinner Dance
Dec 12, 2017
Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
  - Largest nuclear power station in the USA!

Jan 10 & 13, 2018
These dates are full—new dates are now open:
Feb 7 & 14, 2018
Identity Theft Seminar - Notes Jan 11, 2018
Tovrea Castle Tours  - All dates full!
Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018
These dates are full.
AZ Broadway Theatre  - Showboat  (Payment due Jan 14)
Feb 8, 2018
Palo Verde Nuclear Energy Education Center Tour
  - Education & live communication with the power station.
Feb TBD, 2018
Spring Potluck Picnic  - At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Mar 21, 2018
A Day at the Races  - (Tentative)
Apr 10, 2018
Travel with Barbara Rippstein farther North to Alaska
  - By land and by sea!
Aug 5, 2018

Recurring Lunches BACK TO HOMEPAGE
Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
Old Country Buffet, 9620 N Metro Pkwy W
(Third week of month. First 4 months Tue; second 4 Wed; third 4 Thu.)
Contact: Wayne Sobieski
Nov 16, Dec 21.
11:30 AM
Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, 10030 N Metro Pkwy E
(Third week of March (Mon), June (Tue), September (Wed), December (Thu))
Contact: Mary Barkl
Dec 14
11:15 AM
The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers (Found again!)
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
(First Tuesdays of the month)
Contact: Alfred Brenneise
Nov 7, Dec 5
11:30 AM

See photos from the December 8, 2016 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.
(And list of attendees in photo order)
See photos from the June 13, 2017 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.
See photos from the September 13, 2017 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.

Happy Thanksgiving
                                                                           Happy TG

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner

Over the years this club has enjoyed great friendship and leadership. However, in the past several months of my active participation, there seems to be little interest in serving the club as an officer, director, or other capacity.

Please search your conscience to see if you’re willing to help. We are in need of a new President and in dire need of someone to help maintain the membership database, a secretary to record Board decisions, directors to help with those decisions, an editor for The Bridge, and more. We have asked in the past without much result. That surprises me. With all the talent and good folks in this group of some 500, it seems that someone would volunteer their talent and want to help serve our club membership.

The problem I foresee is that we could fall into the same sort of malaise that the Yavapai Club experienced 6 years ago (2011). Without fresh leadership coming to the fore, they had to disband. I can’t envision the Club, without leaders, growing and continuing to contribute to our membership and communities.

We members have been the beneficiaries of good leadership in the past. We have started and grown a significant scholarship program for member families. We sponsor very successful field and social events. We take trips and cruises together. We have a good relationship with Honeywell (They contribute almost 50% to our Scholarship Foundation and support our community volunteer efforts). We help our own through the Fix-It Guys program. All takes is leadership which starts with your Board of Directors.

We aren’t asking for a lifetime commitment, just that some persons take a turn on the Board. So, how about it? This Club NEEDS help to continue our good work. Unless we find a capable President, a Secretary, membership Chair, and some Directors, there will be no one to lead the club when my term expires on June 1, 2018. Let’s not follow in the footsteps of the Yavapai club. Let’s get going. Contact me if you
think you or someone you know can help.

A final note: We all owe a huge “Thank you!” to Joyce Colella from our sister Sperry club for putting this newsletter together for us each month. She doesn’t have to, but is doing it because she cares. That says a lot for Joyce and the Sperry club.
Thank you, Joyce.
                                                  Fall Leaf     
Best to all,


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 for general topics is and the Bridge editor's email address for Bridge content is

The club 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.


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 is the Temporary Coordinator - 480-502-0852

We can probably help and will get back to you as quickly as practicable.

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 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 Lee Rippstein Dan Schott
Bob Farney Wally Secosky
Roy Newbold Ed Skutecki

Are You a Fix-It Guy?

The Fix-It Guys are looking for a person who will take over the coordinator position for this much-called-upon groHelp Neededup of volunteers.  If you’re interested, please contact Warren Koepsel at 480-502-0852 to get all the particulars. It will be well worth your time in not only helping some of your former co-workers or their spouses, but also in keeping the Fix-It Guys services available for future calls.

Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation

Our new recipient

Nicholas MayersMeet Nicholas Mayers, Sophomore Scholarship winner at the University of Arizona.

Currently, I am starting out my sophomore year as a pre-business student. I plan on applying for professional admission into the business school Eller next semester with a major in either Marketing or Business Management. Upon arriving at the University of Arizona in August 2015 I knew I wanted to get involved. I immediately interviewed for a spot on the Ad Cats team, a student run marketing agency. I was elated to be selected and quickly got to work marketing, both print and digital media, for the on campus charity Campus Pantry. Campus Pantry is a student run food donation center that has a weekly “grocery store” like setup allowing underprivileged students to shop for free. I attended the weekly distributions regularly in order to continually update various outlets such as social media pages, power points advertising to donors, and print campaigns to spread the word about Campus Pantry. In May 2017 Ad Cats won the Eller most outstanding small club of the year! In addition, during the spring of last year I decided to rush the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. I really enjoyed working on my professional skills including, interviewing, resumes, and case competitions throughout the 10-week pledging process. This semester I am a member of the Delta Sigma Pi marketing committee. Also, I have an on campus job working as a student resident hall desk assistant. This semester I am striving to maintain/improve upon my 3.67 GPA from freshman year. I am so grateful for the financial help the Honeywell Retiree Club’s have provided me with.
Thank you for the support.


The Scholarship Program is jointly sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club, and the Garrett Retirees' Social Clubs of Arizona. The source of the funds for these scholarships is shared between the participating Retiree Clubs, Honeywell International (HON), and our generous members.

Our goal is to identify eligible undergraduate and graduate college students, who are descendants of a participating Honeywell Retiree Club of Arizona member, and award them money to help reduce their costs for a college education. Our awards generally range from $1000 to $1200 per recipient per year, based on the funds that are available. To date, we have awarded almost $50 thousand dollars, to 46 students attending Arizona State, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University.

Who is eligible for the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship?


The student must be a legal descendant of an active or deceased member of either the Honeywell Retiree Social Club or Garrett Retirees' Social Club of AZ.


The student should have attained a 3.0 or better Grade Point Average (GPA).


The student must be entering the second semester freshman year, a sophomore, a junior, OR a senior, or in a graduate course of study.

NOTE: Enrolled freshman may apply during the second freshman semester for their sophomore year, providing they attain a 3.0 GPA or greater in their first semester.

Second semester GPA will also be considered for the award.


Students may be enrolled in any field of study, although preference may be given to a student who is enrolled in a technical field, in the event two or more applicants qualify for the same scholarship award.


Candidates must re-apply annually

Look for more information on the HRSC Website at

Don't forget: Individual contributions may be made to the Scholarship Foundation through the 501(c)(3) charitable contributions option. Scholarship Board Members Effective September 2017

Watch for more information, about each of our Scholarship recipients, in future editions of your Club Newsletter. Scholarship applications, for next year, open on December 1st. We will provide more information about the application process starting next month. In the meantime, information is available on our 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:

Jim Redmond, Chair
(General questions)
Phone: 623 362 2421

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary and Treasurer
(General questions & donations)
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Phone: 480 560 6273

Dawn Orgill, NAU Representative
Phone: 602 881 7772

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Phone: 602 695 2565

Jump to Upcoming Events

Reports & Photos of Past Events

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

Oct 18

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip

Oct 21

Awaiting report.

Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4 & 10, 2017

Awaiting report.

Giving Back, with Honeywell and RTVOS
to Improve a Low-Income School.

Nov 11

                                Leaf 2

Awaiting report.

Upcoming Events

HRSC Dinner-Dance 12 Dec 2017

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Identity Theft Seminar

Jan 11, 2018

Did you know identity theft is the TOP CONSUMER COMPLAINT reported to the Federal Trade Commission? And, what’s worse, it has held that number one position for the last several years.

Identity theft isn’t just related to credit cards. Actually, identify thieves also use the identities they’ve stolen to secure loans, bank accounts, driver’s licenses, obtain medical services, gain employment, set-up telephone service and much more.

Therefore, the SRC board has scheduled a free Identify Theft seminar on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Quail Room at the Foothills Library. Seating will be limited to 60 persons, so we’ll need your RSVP by Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Tuesday, January 11, 2018
Quail Room, Foothills Library - 19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308

RSVP to Kaye Eibeck (480) 948-9910 or no later than Tuesday, January 2, 2018 to reserve your

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour

Jan 10 & 31, 2018

The above dates are full—new dates open for reservation are:

Feb 7 & 14, 2018

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station OverviewThis is a unique opportunity to get up close to a nuclear reactor. However, this tour requires a lot of walking across a very large 4,000-acre campus so you must be physically fit. Palo Verde is located 45 miles west of Phoenix off the I10 and is the largest nuclear power plant in the United States, serving about four million people.

The Palo Verde Generating Station is located in the Arizona desert, and is the only large nuclear power plant in the world that is not located near a large body of water. The power plant evaporates the water from the treated sewage from several nearby cities and towns to provide the cooling of the steam that it produces.

Each tour is limited to 20 people and starts on site at 9am. It starts with an overview briefing before a walking tour. Lunch will be provided followed by a question and answer session to finish between 1.30pm and 2.00pm. Considering the remote location we might want to organize ride share. I will limit the tickets to 2 per member but can add additional dates if demand is there. If you are unable to go check out the Energy Education Center Trip on another page.

If interested send the following to  I will need your Name, number of tickets (1 or 2), club affiliation, phone number and zip code (to help ride share). Please indicate if you are willing to take passengers.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tours

Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018

These dates are full.

Tovrea Castle

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. Most of the tour is outside riding a tram so dress warm.

The tour starts at 10 am and the grounds are cool. The tour is wheel chair accessible but no electric scooters are allowed. There are seats inside the building to rest so it is not a strenuous tour.

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 me (Keith Hughes) and allowing special group tours to fit our schedule.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theatre

Feb 8, 2018

77th Avenue & Paradise Lane

Dining Time:
12:00 PM

Curtain Time:
2:00 PM

Lydia Gonzales



(Includes dinner, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, show, tax and gratuity.)
$65.00 per person

All checks due January 14, 2018

Please make checks payable to Sperry Retirees Club and mail to

Lydia Gonzales 7028 West Taro Lane, Glendale, AZ 85308

Passions run high on the mighty Mississippi as the paddle-steamer Cotton Blossom sets sail. With its powerful story of love, loyalty, and freedom, Show Boat is a thrilling musical spectacle that features some of the most memorable songs of the era, like “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine).” Its message of acceptance and inclusion resonates vibrantly even today.

Palo Verde Energy Education Center Tour

Feb TBD, 2018

Palo Verde Education Center OutsideThis tour is mainly for the members unable to go on the actual Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station tour but still wanting to learn about the facility.

The Palo Verde Energy Education Center (EEC) opened in 2011. The main purpose for this facility is to serve as an emergency base of operations in the event of a crisis at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS), which is conveniently located 22 miles away. During non-ePalo Verde Education Center Insidemergency times, the center is used as a technical and education facility. Information from the PVNGS is displayed via live data streams and monitored closely by employees at the facility. They are able to communicate instantly with the individuals at the plant and other officials around the world if any issue arises at the nuclear plant.  At the center you will see digital maps of Palo Verde, Sample fuel rods, reactor models, emergency procedures, different reactor designs, power distribution and the use of treated water.

The center is easy to get to in Buckeye. No date has been set as I am looking to see interest. Normal days are Tuesday and Thursday and the limit is 100 people. If you are interested in going in February 2018, email and ask to be put on the list.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

2018 Spring Potluck Picnic

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, as for 2017.

Details to be added nearer the time.

See report of 2017 picnic.

2018 Day at the Races

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  (Tentative)


Where: Turf Paradise Park - 1501 West Bell Rd

Time: Arrive at 11:00 AM at the Turf Club

Cost: $24.00 per person

Coordinator: Fred Polak

Free Parking: Use the Turf Club Entrance on 19th Avenue

Package includes
: Parking, Admission, How to Wager Guide, Senior Buffet Lunch, coffee/Tea, Dessert - Tax, and Gratuity & Winner Circle Photo The retiree clubs will have a race named after them.

Reservation Due Date: April 3rd

Make checks payable to: Sperry Retiree Club - send to:

Fred Polak at 5338 W Barbara Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302 or 623-937-5316


Mixed salad greens

Tossed Caesar salad

Paradise pasta salad

House made Coleslaw

Fresh fruit salad

Country potato salad


Roast breast of turkey

Brisket of beef

Cranberry sauce

Horse radish sauce

Assorted breads,

muffins, rolls


Apple cobbler

Assorted pies

Assorted cookies


Coffee and tea


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.