April 2018

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.

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 and can be received wherever you may be, unlike the paper version. 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.

Is your membership about to expire on April 30, 2018?  If so, please use the application/renewal form on this website or in your Bridge. If you are not sure, please check the cover email for your March eBridge, or the outside of your paper Bridge. If you no longer have these, just send an email to hotline@hrcaz.org and we'll be happy to check for you.

Regular Sections

President's Perspective

From the Editor

Fix-It Guys


Reports & Photos of Past Events

(An approximately 12-month window of past and upcoming events is shown.)
See The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older past events.)

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

Nov 11, 2017
Xmas December
Christmas Dinner Dance
Dec 12, 2017
RTVOS Painter RTVOS Community Service Project - Reprise!
    - Completion of work on low-income school.

Jan 8, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
  - Largest nuclear power station in the USA!

Jan 10, 2018
Credit Card Identity Theft Seminar - Top consumer concern raised to FTC Jan 11, 2018
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tours
Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
  - Largest nuclear power station in the USA!
  - Both February tours canceled by PV due to budget constraints.
Jan 31

Feb  7 & 14, 2018
canceled by PV.
ABT AZ Broadway Theatre  - Showboat Feb 8, 2018
Racing Car
Penske Racing Museum Tour  - Near Loop 101 & Scottsdale Rd.
Mar 15, 2018
Honeywell-Garrett Spring Potluck Picnic 
  - Open to all Honeywell retirees, including Sperry.
  - At McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.
Mar 21, 2018
Racehorses A Day at the Races - At Turf Paradise, 1501 W. Bell Rd. Apr 10, 2018
Power Station Palo Verde Nuclear Energy Education Center Tour
  - In Buckeye.
  - Education & live communication with the power station.
Apr 18, 2018
SW Plane SouthWest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
  - At Sky Harbor Airport - repeated again by popular demand.
Apr 19, 2018

Upcoming Events BACK TO HOMEPAGE

There is only one upcoming event to show in detail at present, but it's a big one—the Alaska land (Aug 5) and cruise (Aug 11) tour! You need you act soon if you are interested in this—details are available from our travel agent, whose contact information is given in the entry below.

However, we already have three more events in the early stages of planning, and there are placeholder entries for these.

Cruise - Farther in Alaska - By land and by sea!
Aug 5, 2018
Beer Mug
Placeholder Entry
Oct TBD, 2018
RTVOS Painter RTVOS-Honeywell Community Service Project
Placeholder Entry
Nov TBD, 2018
Xmas Lunch
Christmas Charity Lunch
Placeholder Entry
Dec TBD, 2018

Recurring Lunches BACK TO HOMEPAGE

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  mbarkl@cox.net
Jun 12, Sep 12, Dec 13
11:15 AM

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  wayne.sobieski@cox.net
May 16, Jun 20, Jul 18, Aug 15, Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20
11:30 AM

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
(First Tuesdays of the month)
Contact: Alfred Brenneise  alfbrenn2@gmail.com
May 1, Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
11:30 AM

See photos from the June 13, 2017 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.
See photos from the September 13, 2017 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.
See photos from the December 14, 2017 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers lunch.
(And list of attendees)
See photos from the March 12, 2018 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.

April Showers bring May Flowers!

April-May flowers

President's Perspective

Ed Taschner

I want to sincerely thank Joyce Colella for continuing to serve us as editor, even as she publishes the Wings and serves as interim Treasurer for her Sperry Retirees’ Club.  We renew our search for an editor as the person who volunteered last month to publish The Bridge, informed me Wednesday that she would not be able to do so.

You might be interested in a couple recent good things that have happened to our members as a result of being members.  The first is from member Joe Ornelas who sent the following note to us via our Hotline@hrcaz.org link on the HRSC web site.  He wrote about his recent experience with our Fix-It Guys organization:

“I would [like] to express my sincere thanks to the Honeywell Fix-It Guys team that I had a need for their services recently.  I had an electrical problem that I needed help and I remember reading that the Honeywell club had a team of handymen that offer to assist members with such issues.  I called them and within a day, Bob Farney was scheduled to come to my house to help me resolve my electrical problem.  We discussed the problem and Bob took over.  After a time, he had corrected the electrical problem.  I cannot thank him or the entire Fix-It Guys team enough for all the work they do in helping retire members like me solve problems.  Bob saved me a bundle of $$$ and was very professional.

Again, thank the club for having such members as them!!!”

The second occurred when a member’s wife reached out to the club for assistance.  96 year old Hal Bode, a long time member, had been informed by Blue Cross that they were increasing his health insurance premium by over $600/month.  The Bodes were uncomfortable with this huge increase and called for help.  After a few calls and email exchanges, the folks at the HR Helpline (877) 258-3699, managed to convince Blue Cross to back out the premium increase.  From Hal’s wife, Zaidee Bode:

“Hal was on the board of the Honeywell Retirees Club for many years and continued to help audit the books long after he was a board member.  When Hal first retired from Honeywell, he and some of the other retirees, worked in the newly formed 'Fix-It-Guys' program and it is so rewarding to know that even though our problem was of a different nature (not a dripping faucet or a room that needed to be painted) someone was there to help us."

I’m sharing these stories with you to show that your membership has more value than just a monthly newsletter and social events.  This Club values your participation and involvement.

On another subject, your Board has voted to co-sponsor a Christmas daytime luncheon this year with the Garrett Club.  We are on the search for a member to help Garrett organize and run the event.  If you would like to help, please let us know.

Until next month,

                                Ed signature

Is your membership about to expire on April 30, 2018? If so, please use the application/renewal form on this website or in your Bridge. If you are not sure, please check the cover email for your March eBridge, or the outside of your paper Bridge. If you no longer have these, just send an email to hotline@hrcaz.org and we'll be happy to check for you.


Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) is a social organization in Arizona for Honeywell International, Inc. retirees. This organization will be open without regard to prior class of employment, race, creed, sex or geographical residence.

HRSC will provide activities, programs (such as Fix-It Guys and Scholarship Program) and projects of interest to retirees and spouses. It will facilitate effective communications between members, other Honeywell retiree clubs and Honeywell International, Inc. It will provide opportunities to renew acquaintances and promote fellowship among retirees, and will assist retirees in maintaining and enhancing the image of Honeywell International, Inc., in the eyes of the public.

From the Editor

A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website hrcaz.org; just click the menu buttons at the left of most pages. For example: HONEYWELL HISTORY provides the history of Honeywell 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 HRSC events. The PHOENIX AREA ATTRACTIONS page lists a wide variety of attractions around the Valley: selected parks & preserves, selected sports venues & teams, performing arts, cultural history, museums, art galleries, and, of course "miscellaneous"! Have a look—you might find something that interests you. The USEFUL LINKS page includes senior discounts and was updated in February 2018—check it out and save yourself some money!

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
Hotline@hrcaz.org and the Bridge editor's email address for Bridge content is Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org.

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.

Honeywell Clubs Fix-It Guys Program

Sponsored by the Honeywell, Garrett & Sperry Retiree Clubs

We help Honeywell retirees or surviving spouses with fix-it jobs around the house.  This program is designed to keep the job from being a budget buster for you.Handyman

Call our acting coordinator, Warren Koepsel, at 480-510-9304 to schedule a trip to your home. If you reach voice mail, leave a clear message giving job information, your name, telephone number and nearest cross streets. We will get back with you to schedule a visit.

Are You Handy?
Your clubs really need your help!

Help WantedSince the passing of Clint Langford, our group of North Valley handymen has experienced a significant decline. Warren Koepsel has graciously offered to temporarily coordinate Fix-It Guys' activities for the North Valley until we find a replacement for Clint, so we're hiring!!!

You don't have to be a contractor-level kind of handyman—just generally handy around the house. Some of you may have special skills (Computer/Plumbing/Electrical/Drywall?) that can significantly help our members in need. Why not try it? Call Warren, (480-510-9304), or GRC President Mark Steele, (602-541-5360), or HRSC President Ed Taschner, (602-300-06262). We would love to talk with you!

The table below lists our current Fix-It Guys Team.

Thanks guys—for all that you do.

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
Bob Farney
Roy Newbold
Lee Rippstein
Dan Schott

Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship applications for next year opened this past December 1st.  The Scholarship Program is jointly sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club, and the Garrett Retiree Social Clubs of Arizona.  The source of the funds for these scholarships is shared among 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 Retiree Club 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.

Find application and award information in the Scholarships section of our website.

Our Foundation Board Members are also happy to help.
You can call or email your Scholarship Board Member at:

Jim Redmond, Chair
(General questions)
Email: jpr.redmond@gmail.com
Phone: 623 362 2421

Gwen Scheetz, Secretary and Treasurer
(General questions & donations)
Email: scheetzgwen@cox.net
Phone: 602 616 9889

Bob Davenport, ASU Representative
Email: wrd63@cox.net
Phone: 480 560 6273

Dawn Orgill, NAU Representative
Email: dawn3@centurylink.net
Phone: 602 881 7772

Frank Holman, UofA Representative
Email: frankholman@cox.net
Phone: 602 695 2565


The Bridge

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 freshmen 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.

Don't forget!

Individual contributions may be made directly to the Scholarship Foundation through the 501(c)(3) charitable contributions option of your renewal form. These contributions are tax-deductible!

Reports & Photos of Past Events

(An approximately 12-month window of past and upcoming events is shown.)
See The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older past events.)

Oct 18

Verde Canyon Railroad Trip

Oct 21

Awaiting report.

Tovrea Castle Tours
Nov 4 & 10, 2017

Awaiting report.  (Or see Feb 2017 report)

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

Nov 11, 2017

RTVOS-1Our service project went very well at Desert Horizon Elementary School in Maryvale, with Honeywell Aerospace and Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS).  Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS). We had a turnout of 18 folks from HRSC (see the picture below) in and among the 90 or so total folks volunteering. We all got T- shirts and a nice box lunch, and a chance to rub shoulders with other retirees and current Honeywell employees.

But mostly we got an opportunity to help out this Title I school which serves many low-income students. Most of us were painting classroom walls, as the group in this picture. Others were doing other jobs, like painting picnic tables and making improvements to the play area.

RTVOS-2We want to give many thanks to those who were able to join us for this worthwhile contribution to the school and the community.

Many thanks to Doug Metzger for arranging this service project opportunity.

Doug Metzger (doug.metzger@cox.net or 602-319-6637

                            Xmas Dinner Dance

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

RTVOS Community Service Project - Reprise!

Project Completion, Jan 8, 2018

RTVOS PainterSix HRSC members turned out on January 8 to work a second day on completion of this project at Desert Horizon Elementary School in Maryvale, a Title I school serving low-income students. This was a joint project with Honeywell Aerospace and Rebuilding Together, Valley of the Sun (RTVOS). We made good progress, and a couple of RTVOS people were able to finish off the remaining work later, so the project is now complete—thanks to all the HRSC members who worked on either of the days to make this possible.


Organized by Doug Metzger (doug.metzger@cox.net or 602-319-6637

Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
Jan 10, 2018

Palo Verde Group

This was a unique opportunity to get up close to a nuclear reactor. 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.

There were 17 brave souls donned hard hats, safety glasses and earplugs to explore Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station.  We were accompanied at all times by two guides and two armed guards carrying machine guns. We entered through two sets of metal detectors and bomb sniffing devices just to get inside. Our hosts had us use palm readers to go through the doors and call ahead to security who tracked our presence.

The size of the plant is difficult to comprehend without visiting. From a vantage point 160 feet above ground we could see the cooling towers, reactor buildings and waste treatment plant. We stood next to a reactor building and walked through a hot and noisy steam turbine and power generation building. The control room is encased in very thick concrete with blast proof doors and a retina scanner to get in so we could only stand outside.

We had lunch with Bob Bement, Exec VP and Chief Nuclear Officer. He presented an overview of the facility and talked about how it operates with other forms of energy generation to meet the energy demands.

Due to PV budget constraints there will be only 2 tours this year but I hope to reschedule the remaining 2 tours in early 2019 as we have to also work around their refueling schedule.

Many thanks to Keith Hughes for arranging this tour.
Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club


Identity Theft Seminar
Jan 11, 2018

                                                          Theft 1We had 17 members and guests attend our identity theft seminar on January 11th.

Cassie & Paul Prinke presented some very interesting facts regarding ways our identity can be stolen, how it affects us and how to protect ourselves.  Did you know that $15.1B was stolen from 13.1 million Americans in 2015, and that from 2014-2015 identity theft complaints increased 47%?  There were surprising facts on different types of government ID theft which comes from tax/wage related fraud, government benefits, drivers’ licenses, etc.  Also, personal information, such as S/S numbers, phone numbers, date of birth, passport information, etc., is available for thieves to buy, sell and trade through the dark web.

One good way to help prevent ID theft is to check your bank statements daily for any strange transactions and to use free credit checks available from Equifax, Experian and Transunion.ID
                                                          Theft 2

Many thanks to Kaye Eibeck for arranging this seminar.

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club



Palo Verde Nuclear Power Station Tour
Jan 31, 2018
Feb 7 & 14, 2018  CANCELED by Palo Verde—budget constraints.
Attempting to schedule replacement tours, possibly in early 2019, for those signed up for the February tours.

See the report of the Palo Verde January 10 tour.

                                                          OverviewI am sorry to say that the Palo Verde trips on Feb 7th and 14th have been CANCELLED due to limited resources at the station. I am trying to reschedule, but the best I can do is get something next year.

When I went on the first trip I found it very interesting and it gave me bragging rights that I went there, but on reflection, most of the time we looked at the outide of buildings we could not go into and were told what they were for.

It appears the Education Center gives you much ore information and I have arranged a personal tour on April 18th, 2018 at 9:30am. Follow this link for more information on that tour.

Keith Hughes

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Tovrea Castle Tours
Jan 12 & Feb 2, 2018

Tovrea Castle

Awaiting report, or see Feb 2017 report

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

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Arizona Broadway Theatre
Feb 8, 2018


Awaiting report and/or photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Penske Racing Museum Tour
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Penske Photo Top

Twenty-five Sperry and Honeywell members and guests toured the Penske Racing Museum on March 15th. From the comments we received everyone enjoyed themselves, especially looking at the many Indy 500 cars Roger Penske’s team used over many years.

Our only disappointment was missing Roger himself that day (he left the Valley on the 14th).  I was told Roger likes to intermingle with his guests, giving tours himself, and answering questions.  Maybe next time.  Oh, and don’t be surprised if you happen to see some of your fellow retirees driving around the valley streets in a NEW Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari or other ultra-expensive automobile – just kidding!

Penske Photo Bottom

Kaye Eibeck

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Honeywell & Garrett Retirees' 2018 Spring Potluck Picnic

(Open to Sperry retiree club too)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Link to Photos

2018 Day at the Races

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Awaiting report and/or photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Palo Verde Energy Education Center Tour

Apr 18, 2018
Buckeye, AZ

Awaiting report and/or photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour

  Apr 19, 2018

Sky Harbor Airport, AZ

Awaiting report and/or photos

Sponsored by the Sperry Retiree Club

Upcoming Events

There is only one upcoming event to show at present, but it's a big one—the Alaska land (Aug 5) and cruise (Aug 11) tour! You need you act soon if you are interested in this—details are available from our travel agent, whose contact information is given in the entry below.

However, we already have three more events in the early stages of planning, and there are placeholder entries for these.

Travel with Barbara Rippstein
Farther North to Alaska

Land portion starts August 5
Sea portion starts August 11

Alaska Cruise touShiprs are the ultimate Alaska experience—a vacation combining 6 nights exploring Alaska by land and an unforgettable 7-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. Every Alaska Cruise tour includes the state's top two attractions—picturesque Denali National Park, home to North America’s tallest peak, and pristine Glacier Bay National Park. On land, you’ll stay at exclusive Princess Wilderness Lodges near legendary national parks and our Alaska Cruise tour itinerary includes exclusive Princess Alaska rail service, giving you yet another way to see the wonders of the Great Land! 

Princess has two levels of tours that travel together, the Connoisseur and the Explorer. The two groups travel together on the bus and train. They stay in the same lodges. The Connoisseur tour prices include most of the meals and tours which are not noted below. The Explorer tours are less expensive and guests are free to eat wherever they choose and to purchase the optional tours.

Our tour starts on August 5 in Fairbanks, Alaska “Golden Heart City”.  We check into our hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.

Mon, Aug 6, both groups take a cruise on an authentic Sternwheeler Riverboat down the Chena River and have a chance to pan for gold. 
Tue, Aug 7 we say goodbye to Fairbanks for a spectacular trip to Denali National Park via scenic motor coach. We will be welcomed at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge for a 2-night retreat.  The afternoon is at leisure for all.

Wed, Aug 8 we explore Denali National Park. The Explorer group will go on the Natural History tour. The Connoisseur group will go on a Tundra Wilderness tour.

Thursday Aug 9—tMountainoday we will travel by motor coach to the south side of the park for two nights at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. This is where you can see Mt. Denali, the highest mountain in the United States. Take in the sensational views with a glass of wine on the expansive deck. 
Fri. Aug 10 we have a full day to relax and explore. There are optional tours available for both the Explorer and Connoisseur groups.

Sat. Aug 11 after a morning enjoying the vistas, we’ll transfer to the historic town of Talkeetna aboard the exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness Rail for the journey to Whittier and our waiting ship.

Because there are so many options, I invite you to contact Ford’s Travel.

They will send you brochures, more information and prices.

Barbara Rippstein

Fords Travel
10738 W. Bell Road, Sun City, AZ  85351

LOCAL - 623-933-8256
TOLLFREE – 844-827-3721

Oct TBD, 2018 

This is a placeholder entry—more information will be provided as planning progresses.

RTVOS-Honeywell Community Service Event
Nov TBD, 2018 

This is a placeholder entry—more information will be provided as planning progresses.

Christmas Charity Lunch
Dec TBD, 2018 

This is a placeholder entry—more information will be provided as planning progresses.

If you would like to join our Honeywell Retiree Social Club:

Our dues are $5.00 per year. We encourage members to pay multiple years to save cost and effort. Please complete an application form available on our website or in your eBridge or paper Bridge.

  • Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) website: hrcaz.org
  • HRSC Email: Hotline@hrcaz.org
  • Bridge Editor Email: Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org
  • Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
  • Honeywell Retiree Benefits:    1-877-258-3699     honeywell.com/sites/retiree
  • The Bridge - Published monthly except for June, July, August
  • HRSC Annual Dues: $5.00 (Multiple-year membership 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.