Jan 2020

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 one to 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.

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President's Perspective

From the Editor

Keeping in Touch   (News of fellow retirees)

Fix-It Guys


Reports & Photos of Past Events  (Index)

Upcoming Events  (Index)

Recurring Lunches for sub groups:
Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Bull Old-Timers Lunch Bunch
The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers

President's Perspective

Mary Barkl

The Brid Well another year has gone by and a new one is upon us! The Officers, Directors and support staff of the HRSC Board wish you all a wonderful and prosperous 2020.

As we arrive at a new year, it is time to invite you to come and play with the HRSC Board. All Board Meetings are open to all HRSC Members, not just the Board. Come join us at Barro’s Pizza located at 15440 North 7th Street (back room), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on January 29th , February 26th , or March 25th , the last Wednesday of each month. It is a fun way to meet many people and spend time with us discussing club activities. We meet only nine times during the year to plan events, discuss member issues, and get ready for

the Bridge. We take summers off as many of you leave our fine city to get out of the heat. Speaking of our Board, let me tell you about some of them.

  • Our Vice President and Photographer, Rick Carter, has recently purchased a home in Denver and is in the process of moving.

  • Our Webmaster, Kevin Harris, has introduced many new changes to our on-line version of the Bridge and addressed several issues like keeping the spammers off our server.

  • Our Treasurer, Doug Metzger, keeps the budget balanced and visits the bank regularly to retrieve your membership dues.

  • Our Editor, Kay Nye, prepares the Bridge which many of you enjoy.

  • Our Secretary, Sherry (Maxson) Myers, has joined us this year, takes notes of meetings and keeps us on track.

The position of Director on the Board holds voting rights and contributes to coordinating and running events. Current Directors are Shirley Krieger, Barbara Rippstein, Kay Nye, Kevin Harris, and Cheryl Wiley. Speaking of Cheryl Wiley, she has just taken over the Scholarship Foundation Chair (which is a job in itself) but will remain as a contributing member of HRSC’s Board. Last but not least is the President of the Club, Mary Barkl, who sets meeting agendas and runs the 9 monthly meetings. She probably has the easiest job.

We also have support staff. Many officers are support staff doing dual roles and have voting privileges, Ted Rees, Membership Secretary, makes changes to club databases as your information changes, and Warren Koepsel manages the Fix-It Guys that come to your house to do repairs.

Why did I tell you all of this? We need you to step up by March for the club’s new year. There are several open positions. One is for the President and the other is for a Vice President. We need to fill those positions during this fiscal year. The Past President position is also open but Mary Barkl would step into that position to advise if needed. The Club bylaws clearly state that the President must not hold that position more than 2 years. As a result, time is up and we need you to step up; however, you could hold any of these positions at any time. Either President or Vice President would be easy and a good start. I know you would enjoy working with all of the characters who are now on the Board. Call any of the Board members listed on the next to the last page of this Bridge to get more information. Remember, these are not open-ended commitments. They are limited to two or three years depending on position. Please join us now! You are welcome to attend a board meeting any time to get a better idea of what is involved before you decide.

As you can see, we already have a great line-up of events for the remainder of our fiscal year and more are being planned, so please come and join us!

If any of you have buring questions or comments, feel free to call or write me.

Msry Barkl,

President HRSC



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

Club Leader Contacts
Officers - Voting
Directors - Voting
Mary Barkl - President 480-580-5585 Kevin Harris (2022)* 480-789-0612
Vacant – Vice President
Kay Nye (2022)* 623-974-9258
Doug Metzger - Treasurer 602-319-6637 Shirley Krieger (2021)* 602-942-4235
Sherry (Maxson) Myers - Secretary 623-582-4481 Cheryl Wiley (2021)* 623-512-1634
Unfilled - Past President
Barbara Rippstein (2020)* 623-566-1572

Vacant Director Position (2020)*

Staff Functions (Non-Voting)
Barbara Rippstein – Travel Coordinator 623-566-1572 Vacant - Photographer
Ted Rees – Membership Secretary 623-465-7337 Kevin Harris - Webmaster 480-789-0612
Kay Nye - Bridge Editor 623-974-9258 Warren Koepsel - Fix-It Guys Coordinator 480-510-9304
Cheryl Wiley - Scholarship Foundation Chair 623-512-1634

*Directors have a three-year term, staggered to have two new directors per year.

  Officers have a two-year term.


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.

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 (HRSC) of Arizona.

From the Editor

Happy Ne Year

Once again we would like to take this opportunity to encourage our members to switch from a paper Bridge to the electronic version of the Bridge. In September, it took three weeks for the recipients to receive their copies of the Bridge in the mail. This lag in delivery could cause members to miss current and/or upcoming events. In order to receive the latest information, we highly recommend that you start receiving an electronic copy of the Bridge each month. It will be sent directly to your E-mail address within one or two days of completion. An electronic copy of the Bridge can also be found online at www.hrcaz.org. The online Bridge, however, is not a copy of the full Bridge, only a subset focusing more on upcoming events. Just click on the “Online Bridge” menu button for access. We strongly encourage everyone to start using the electronic Bridge which will save time in the long run and provide the most current information within a matter of days instead of weeks.


When mailing items to the HRSC treasurer, please ensure that you address the envelope using the full name of the club, i.e. Honeywell Retiree Social Club, so it goes to the proper location. Some people just put HRSC on the envelope and it ends up in HR which slows down the process.


Please read the Scholarship section in the Bridge as the application process opened December 1, 2019 and closes on April 1, 2020. You don’t want a family member to miss out on potentially receiving a scholarship to help with their college expenses!

•  A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website www.hrcaz.org   Just click the menu buttons at the left of most pages.  One of these is a link to the “Event Schedule” so you can review upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.

•  In addition to upcoming events, accessing the above website will also provide additional Honeywell-related information.  Click on the “Useful Links” button, then select “Jump to Honeywell Dashboard” at the top of the page.

•  Please address any comments or questions about The Bridge to the editor at the HRSC email address Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org or Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W.  Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704. 

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We need your inputs for the new “Keeping in Touch” section of the Bridge newsletter. Your responses to the survey indicated that many members would like to know what you are up to.

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There seemed to be some confusion regarding the ”Keeping in Touch” article in the December 2019 issue of the Bridge. The questions provided were not meant to be a survey but rather suggestions for the type of information that you could provide when writing your article for the Bridge. The submission can be of any length. It does not need to be a multi-paragraph article.

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Please submit your articles via email to Bridge_Editor@hrcaz.org or send them to the following address:

Honeywell Retiree Social Club, Honeywell Inc., 1860 West Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704.

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Thanks to Paul Wiley for his article this month!

PAUL WILEY (worked at Industrial and Aerospace)

I have been retired for three years now after an almost 40 year career at Honeywell. Honeywell sent me to 42 different countries and I had the pleasure of making friends all over the world. Because Honeywell put the travel bug in me, my wife, Cheryl, and I have been traveling in retirement. We’ve been to Australia, New Zealand and Belize. We have a trip to Europe and a Mediterranean cruise on the books for 2020.

Those who worked with me will remember that aviation was (and still is!) my passion. I’ve been a flight instructor for almost 50 years now! I taught several Honeywellers to fly during those 50 years (Ron Gray, Tom Matheson, Keith Curtis, Mike Rosenoff, Karen Huebschman and Carl Esposito just to name a few). Do you remember when we moved into the Bell Road facility in the 80’s and employees made an H on the front lawn? I was flying the plane with the photographer who took that picture!

I am happy to say that I am still flying and occasionally teaching advanced students. I am partners in a Cessna 182 RG. Cheryl and I enjoy flying to California to see family and for vacations. We also fly with friends to have breakfast in Sedona and other places around the state. There are also monthly fly-ins sponsored by the Arizona Pilots Association and we try to go as often as possible. Because of the activities the HRSC provides, I am able to see many of my former co-workers and friends so thank you!

Cessna 1
       Cessna 2

Laughter Best Medicine

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, then it dawned on me!

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down!
He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed!
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow—what a ride!"

 All you need is love                Laughing 
       Worrying  A good laugh


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Honeywell Clubs Fix-It Guys Program

Sponsored by the Honeywell, Honeywell-Garrett & Aero Activities 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.

Call our 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.

                                                          Wanted Are You Handy?

Your clubs really need your help!

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, and you will be reimbursed for your travel. Why not try it? Call Warren, (480-510-9304). 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
Bob Davenport Frank Holman Warren Koepsel Stu Mitnik
Ken Probert
Charlie Paine

North Valley
Bob Farney
Lee Rippstein Dan Schott Paul Wiley
Roy Newbolt

Our coordinator Warren Koepsel has done a great job and recently celebrated his 90th birthday. He would like to retiree by the end of the year. The Clubs needs someone to volunteer to be the new coordinator. For more info about the coordinator function, feel free to contact Warren at 480-510-9304.

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Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation


Happy New Year!

As we turn the calendar on a new year, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2020!

Scholarship application submission opened on December 1 and will close on April 1 – no foolin’! If you have a family member who would qualify for our scholarship, please send them an application and encourage them to submit it in a timely manner. Applications can be found on our website at www.hrcaz.org. Click on the Scholarships tab on the left side of the page.

Students eligible for our scholarships are all family members of retired Honeywell & Garrett employees. By giving to this program, you will be directly helping the friends and family members of people you worked with for years.

**The Scholarship Board would like to continue proposing a challenge to the HRSC retirees to meet or exceed the Honeywell Garrett donations. Last year HRSC had individual donations of $725. Honeywell Garrett Club individual donations are $6,500 since September 2019! **

When you donate money to the scholarship fund, think of it as paying it forward by investing in a student’s future. Interestingly, you are also investing in your own future as well. By helping someone afford a college education, you are raising their salary potential and hence the tax base. This is a good thing for everyone - better roads, better schools, better teachers, more doctors just to name a few. Successful, well run communities attract more investment. Not to mention more folks with jobs paying into Social Security and Medicare which is something all retirees are interested in preserving. Giving makes you feel good, strengthens personal values and shows your children and grandchildren what you care about. Best of all, giving to the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation means every cent is used for scholarships.

Please review your charitable contributions and seriously consider adding this Scholarship Program to your list of worthy causes. The Scholarship Program is qualified as a 501(c)(3) so donations should be tax deductible on your state and federal returns (check with your tax advisor).


If you would like to donate at any time throughout our fiscal year, please make your check payable to:  Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation.

You can mail your check, together with the form below, to either of:

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Doug Metzger
Scholarship Foundation Treasurer
Honeywell Retiree Social Club, Honeywell, Inc.
1860 Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
HRSC Treasurer
Honeywell Retiree Social Club, Honeywell, Inc.
1860 Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
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Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation Donation Form
(Please print)


Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Address, City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________________

Donation Amount: ___________________________________________


This month’s featured past recipient is Rachael Davey, the granddaughter of Frank Holman, who is a Garrett retiree and a Scholarship Board member.

Rachael graduated in 2018 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation. She currently works in Operations as the Apparel and Accessories Coordinator at Parson Xtreme Golf (PXG). Rachael is responsible for apparel and accessories projects, communications, orders, inventory, logistics and shipping.

Rachael told us, “the Honeywell scholarship helped me pay for my books, food and transportation using the CAT tran on campus. Many people who see my resume ask about the scholarship. They tell me how awesome it is this is available to hard working college students.”

We know Frank and his family are proud of Rachael!

Watch for more information about each of our Scholarship recipients in future editions of our Club Newsletter.

If you have any questions; you can find information about our Scholarships on the website at
.  Click on the SCHOLARSHIPS button, (found on the left side of the Home Page and most other pages.)

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

Board Member
General Questions
Cheryl Wiley, Chair
Application Questions
Frank Holman
Contact for ASU - Arizona State University
Brian Unsworth
Contact for UA - University of Arizona
Paul Christopherson
Contact for NAU - Northern Arizona University
Cheryl Wiley
623-512-1634 azwileys@cox.net
Mary Harris, Treasurer

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Index of Reports & Photos of Past Events

Approximately one year of past events is shown to give an idea of the extent of club activities. Some have reports and photos.

See The Online Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older events.)

Skip to Index for Upcoming Events

Acronyms used to denote sponsorship for each event:
HRSC - Honeywell Retiree Social Club (Covers all parts of Honeywell, including GE, Garrett, Sperry, Bull, AlliedSignal, etc.)
HGRC - Honeywell-Garrett Retirees Club (Formerly known as Garrett Retirees' Club)
AAC - Aero Activities Club (Formerly known as Sperry Retiree Club)

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Southwest Plane Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Feb 6, 2019
Fire Engine
Hall of Flame Presentation
HGRC - Mark Steele
Feb 6, 2019
Amazon Amazon Tour
HRSC - Rick Carter

Feb 6, 2019

Horses Racing
A Day at the Races
AAC - Fred Polack
Feb 19, 2019
Golf Club Ping Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Feb 27, 2019
(Feb 15 Tour Canceled.)
Theatre Masks
Phoenix Theatre Presentation
HGRC - Mark Steele
Mar 6, 2019
PXG Icon PXG Golf Club Factory Tour
AAC - Steve Flood
Mar 15, 2019
Eyeglassses Essilor Eyeglass Lab Tour
AAC - Steve Flood
Mar 20, 2019
Guide Dog
Guide Dogs of the Desert Presentation
HGRC - Mark Steele
Apr 3, 2019
Theatre "Mamma Mia!" by Broadway Theatre Company
AAC - Lydia Gonzales
Apr 4, 2019
Picnic Honeywell-Garrett Spring Potluck Picnic
HGRC - Diane Bennett
Apr 10, 2019
Picnic Spring Potluck Picnic
HRSC - Mary Barkl
AAC - Larry Bowe

Apr 25, 2019
Brian Anton
Presentation by Former USAF and Southwest Airlines Pilot
HGRC - Mark Steele
May 1, 2019
MIM Bass
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Tour
AAC - Kaye Eibeck
May 9, 2019
Barry Goldwater with Movie Camera
Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater
The Arizona Highways Collection
AAC - Kaye Eibeck
May 14, 2019
Tim Mahoney Tim Mahoney President & CEO of Honeywell Aerospace
HGRC - Dolf Strom
Sep 4, 2019
Presentation: Dementia—Hospice of the Valley
HGRC - Dolf Strom
(Link is to HGRC Cliff Notes November newsletter which has report.)
Oct 2, 2019
Oktoberfest food and drink
HRSC- Barbara Rippstein
Oct 23, 2019
VC Engine Verde Canyon Railroad
AAC - Larry Bowe
Oct 26, 2019
AARP Fraud
Presentation from AARP: Fraud
HGRC - Dolf Strom
1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
Nov 6, 2019
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Nov 8, 2019
Royal Princess Seven-Day Californian Coastal Cruise
HRSC - Barbara Rippstein

Nov 9, 2019
Commemorative Air Force Museum
AAC - Tom Leard
Nov 14, 2019
Tovrea Castle Tovrea Castle Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Nov 16, 2019
El Zaribah Garrett Charity Holiday Luncheon at El Zaribah Shriners Temple
HGRC - Diane Bennett
(Scroll down to page 5 in linked Cliff Notes for description.)
Dec 11, 2019
Xmas Socks Christmas Luncheon
HRSC - Mary Barkl
- Steve Flood
Dec 12, 2019
RTVOS sawing RTVOS Volunteer Project for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix
HRSC- Doug Metzger
Dec 14, 2019
Snake Presentation: Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary
HGRC - Dolf Strom - 1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
Jan 8, 2020
AZ Falls Arizona Falls
AAC - Kevin Vetter
Jan 14, 2020
Teddy Roosevelt RR Presentation: Teddy Roosevelt Rough Riders
HGRC - Dolf Strom 1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
Feb 5, 2020

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Singles Welcome at all Events!

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Acronyms used to denote sponsorship for each event:

HRSC - Honeywell Retiree Social Club (Covers all parts of Honeywell, including GE, Garrett, Sperry, Bull, AlliedSignal, etc.)
HGRC - Honeywell-Garrett Retirees Club (Formerly known as Garrett Retirees' Club)
AAC - Aero Activities Club (Formerly known as Sperry Retiree Club)

Regardless of sponsoring organization(s), all events are open to members of all three retiree clubs.

NOTE: HRSC Sponsored programs and events, where payments are required in advance, will provide refunds any time there is no cost to the Club. We will make every effort to provide refunds when requested; however, for some events funds will have been committed by the HRSC and will not be refunded.

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Lake Cruise
Lake Pleasant Cruise Tour
AAC- Steve Flood
Feb 26, 2020
Sanderson Car
Sanderson Village and Museum
AAC- Keith Hughes
Feb 28, 2020
How to sell on eBay
Presentation: How to Sell on eBay
HGRC - Dolf Strom 1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
Mar 4, 2020
Horses Racing
A Day at the Races
HRSC - Mary Barkl
Mar 18, 2020
Presentation: The Commemorative Air Force
HGRC - Dolf Strom 1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
Apr 1, 2020
Chicago - Arizona Broadway Theatre
AAC - Kevin Vetter
                                 SOLD OUT

Apr 2, 2020
SW Plane
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes

Apr 15, 2020
Picnic HGRC Spring Picnic at Rencenberger Home in Tempe
2003-2004 2003-2004
Apr 15, 2020
Picnic HRSC-AAC Spring Picnic at Rio Vista Park, 8866 W Thunderbird Rd
HRSC - Mary Barkl
AAC - Larry Bowe
Apr 23, 2020
Active Shooter
Presentation: Active Shooter
HGRC - Dolf Strom 1pm at Scottsdale Senior Center, 1700 N Granite Reef Rd. (Presentation at 2pm follows HGRC club business & socializing.)
(Link is to info in HGRC Cliff Notes newsletter)
May 6, 2020
CAP Overview Narrower
Central Arizona Project Informational Lecture at CAP Office
AAC - Steve Flood
May 13, 2020

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"Events to Look Forward to"

Events lacking a firm date and/or information

Lunch Buffet

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Honeywell IAC Ole Timers
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet,
10030 N Metro Pkwy E
(Second Monday of March, second Tuesday of June, second Wednesday of September, second Thursday of December)
All at 11:15 AM
Contact: Mary Barkl  barklmary@gmail.com
Mon Mar 9, 2020
Tue Jun 9, 2020
Wed Sep 9, 2020
Thu Dec 10, 2020

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.)
All at 11:30 AM
Contact: Wayne Sobieski  wayne.sobieski@cox.net
Tue Feb 18, 2020
Tue Mar 17, 2020
Tue Apr 21, 2020
Wed May 20, 2020
Wed Jun 17, 2020
Wed Jul 15, 2020
Wed Aug 19,2020
Thu Sep 17, 2020
Thu Oct 15, 2020
Thu Nov 19, 2020
Thu Dec 17, 2020

The Honey-Bunch-Lunchers
Golden Corral, 5679 W Northern Ave
(First Tuesday of each month)
All at 11:30 AM
Contact: Alfred Brenneise  alfbrenn2@gmail.com
Tue Mar 3, 2020
Tue Apr 7, 2020
Tue May 5, 2020
Tue Jul 7, 2020
Tue Aug 4, 2020
Tue Sep 1, 2020
Tue Oct 6, 2020
Tue Nov 3, 2020
Tue Dec 1, 2020

See photos and list of attendees (last photo) from the December 13, 2018 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.
See photos from the September 11, 2019 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.
List of Attendees.
See photos from the December 11, 2019 Honeywell IAC Ole Timers Lunch.
See Archives for photos from earlier lunches back to 2014.
(Second column—"Photo Gallery for Photos not in Bridge")

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Reports & Photos of Past Events

(Approximately one year of past events is shown to give an idea of the extent of club activities. Some have reports and photos.)

See back numbers of The Bridge in Archives for more details of these and older past events.

Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes
Wednesday February 6, 2018

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Twenty five club members visited Southwest Airlines for our 5th visit. Each tour is different. This time the parking lot was torn up due to construction of new buildings. We went briefly air side to see where their new hanger is being built. SW is starting ETOPS flights to Hawaii so Phoenix will be their main West Coast maintenance center as California is too expensive.

There was only one aircraft in the hangar today being repaired after lightning made holes in its skin. We had plenty of time to look around the outside but could not go on board this time as they were finishing up repairs. It was fascinating to walk through the parts department and see 1000s of individual parts used for repairs.

SW Hangar

Sponsored by the Aero Activities Club.

Hall of Flame Presentation
HGRC - Mark Steele

Wednesday February 6, 2019

Our featured speaker, Dr. Peter Molloy, presented the evolution of the steam fire engine. A fire engine is a vehicle that pumps water whereas a fire truck carries hoses, ladders and other equipment to support the engine and fire fighters.

The Industrial Revolution (1820-1840) saw the invention of high pressure steam engines and the 1st steam locomotive in England in 1825. John Erikson used a locomotive boiler to power a steam driven water pump in 1829 that delivered 160 gpm. Though used overseas, London refused to use this device and Erikson emigrated to the US where he invented the screw propeller for ships.

At this time US city fire departments were volunteer ethnic gangs competing to fight fires using manual pump engines pulled by the firefighters. A Hodge Engine offered in response to a request by an insurance company in 1841 was able to pump 1300 gpm up to 150 feet, but was not accepted.

In 1852 Cincinnati became the first city fire department to use a Latta Engine with a capacity of 600 gpm.

All engines by this time were horse drawn. The service life for horses pulling steam powered fire engines was about 10 years.

Development of steam powered fire engines continued with the Amoskeag Engine (1860-1900) and the Ahrens Engine in 1870. Over 4000 machines were produced by 14 manufacturers through the early 1900s with capacities of up to 1400 gpm. Note that prior to the installation of high capacity water mains, water sources for fighting fires were rivers, lakes and nearby ponds.

The 1st motorized steam fire engines were produced by American LaFrance and Ahrens-Fox beginning in 1911. Both water tube and fire tube boilers were used in these engines. Water tube boilers required more cleaning of residue on the outside of the tubes, but fire tube boilers had a higher risk of explosion due to lack of water or over pressurization. Boiler explosions were almost always caused by the operator trying get more capacity out of the system.

With the invention of the internal combustion engine, by 1925 there were no more steam powered or horse-drawn fire engines produced.

Examples of these engines and much more can be found at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum, 6101 East Van Buren St. www.hallofflame.org.

Sponsored by the Honeywell-Garrett Retirees Club.

Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour

  HRSC- Rick Carter
Wednesday February 6, 2019
5050 W Mohave St, Phoenix (Entrance from Buckeye Road)

We had a tour booked for ten people at 10 AM on February 6, but you can give your name to Rick Carter for future tours.


Amazon's  requirements for one of their tours have changed.  We can call once a month to see if there are any openings.  At that moment, once a month, we can make reservations with them for a group. 

If you are interested in the Amazon tour, please call Rick Carter at wwwrico@gmail.com or 602-920-6044, with your name and phone number.  He will then call to let you know when the tour has been scheduled and if you are available for that specific date.  If you are not, you will be left on a list and he will call others that are interested and available for that date.

Sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club.

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A Day at the Races
AAC - Fred Polack
Tuesday February 19, 2019


Turf Paradise Website

Day at

Turf Paradise Park has been a fun place to go and enjoy camaraderie with friends and have some great food.

They always have a race named after Aero Activities Club.

You get to have a group picture taken with the winning horse.

At this race the winner was Thrasher and the jockey was Leslie Mawing.

Think about joining us next year.