March 2020

Plus event updates
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Newsletter of the

Honeywell Retiree Social Club of Arizona

NOTE: This online version is a reformatted (e.g., buttons at left removed to improve readability) 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)

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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

2020 is certainly flying by! Already our third 2020 Bridge is being published and the HRSC Board hopes everything is well with you and yours. The Arizona weather has certainly been different this year. Just recently we had some very nice rainfall which we have not seen in several years.

The Scholarship Program is well underway. Your students need to have their applications in this year by April 1, 2020. It is critical they get this done because after April 1st they will not be considered for the 2020 scholarship monies.

We have a long list of events coming up through May 2020 and beyond. We hope you will come out and enjoy some of them with us. The Day at the Races is planned for March 18, 2020. Turf Paradise provides a wonderful buffet that cannot be beat in price, quantity, and quality by other providers. Spend the day indulging in food, drink, desserts, horse racing, and visiting with friends. The details are provided in this month’s newsletter. The deadline for reservations is approaching fast, March 11, 2020.

Also the upcoming Picnic/Pot Luck is coming up in April. Bring a friend and a dish to share and we will have a crew cooking free brats and hamburgers. The list of events goes into May and beyond.

The most interesting is the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighters tour and lunch. I don’t think we have done this one in the past. Reservations are due and payable by May 6th.

Just a note, Chicago at the Arizona Broadway Theatre is SOLD OUT.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming events!

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

Mary Barkl,

President HRSC


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    • Honeywell Bridge Editor
    • Honeywell Retiree Social Club (HRSC) Website:
    • HRSC Email:
    • Honeywell Retiree Social Club, 1860 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85027-2704
    • 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)

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

Bruce Landini (2023)* 623-606-7449

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 Gary Kains - Fix-It Guys Coordinator 480-835-6060
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

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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. Often there is a lag in delivery that 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. They 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 on line at 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.

Looking for New Club Members

We are always on the lookout for new members to join the Honeywell Retirees Social Club (HRSC). As Mary said in the President’s Perspective, we have a lot of interesting and fun events coming up for 2020. If you are already a member, we appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the activities and newsletter. Honeywell no longer provides the retiree clubs with a list of new retirees. If you know of anyone who has recently retired, please encourage them to join HRSC so they can take advantage of the upcoming events and start receiving the monthly Bridge newsletter. A membership also entitles members’ descendants to apply for scholarships. The membership fee is only $5.00 per year which is a great value for the benefits received.


•  A variety of information for members can be found on the HRSC website   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 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.

Please submit your articles via email to or to the following address:

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

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Laughter Best Medicine

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I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.
Yesterday is The Past. Tomorrow is The Future. Today is a Gift. That’s why they call it The Present.

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Bits and Pieces

MVD urges Arizonans to consider getting a voluntary travel I.D.  Effective October 1, 2020, only the Arizona Travel ID (driver’s license or ID card), a U.S. passport, and other federally approved identification will be accepted at TSA airport security checkpoints for domestic travel.   If you’re currently using your driver license or ID card at domestic airport security checkpoints, or if you’re renewing your current license, it is recommended that you apply for the new Arizona Travel ID card to replace your current Arizona driver’s license to save time later.

Background Information

LicenseThe Arizona Travel ID is the credential that complies with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. It is available as both a driver license and identification card. There is a gold star embedded in the card to show that the cardholder has provided added proof of identification to ensure the license or ID meets strict federal requirements.

Note: Rules for international travel are unchanged, and a valid passport or equivalent will be required to travel outside the United States.

For more information on the REAL ID Act, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

Cost and ID Requirements

The cost is $25 for both renewals and first-time issues. Federal requirements require the Travel ID to be valid for a maximum of eight years. Exceptions apply, including drivers age 65 or older whose licenses are currently valid for five years. Forms of identification required for a Voluntary Travel ID include one document such as a birth certificate or a passport that proves identity; one document that proves a Social Security number such as a Social Security card or W-2 form, and two documents such as utility bills or bank statements that prove Arizona residency.

For non-U.S. citizens who have authorized legal presence, the expiration date will be based off the immigration documents presented, not to exceed eight years. You will need one document to establish birth or legal presence; one document to verify your Social Security number; and two documents to establish residency in Arizona.

Honeywell Clubs Fix-It Guys Program

Sponsored by the Honeywell Retiree Social Club, Honeywell-Garrett and Aero Activities Retiree Clubs
Gary Kains is the New Coordinator!

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Our purpose is to help club members and/or surviving spouses who may need assistance with handyman-type repairs and will appreciate saving some money. Currently there are seven Fix-It- Guys and Gary Kains, the coordinator. If you have such a need, call Gary at (480) 835-6060 to schedule a trip to your home. If you reach voice mail, please leave a message giving your name, phone number, description of the job, and nearest cross streets. We will get back with you to schedule a visit. We provide the labor at no cost to you, and you furnish the cost of the materials.

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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? Please call Gary Kains, (480-835-6060) if interested. 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 Stu Mitnik

North Valley
Bob Farney
Lee Rippstein Dan Schott Paul Wiley

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Scholarships for College

Honeywell Retiree Clubs

Scholarship Foundation



For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each prayer.
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  • Are you 50+ years of age and a member of the Honeywell Retiree Social Club or Honeywell-Garrett Retiree Club?

    •  Do you have a college student in your family who is your descendant (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and/or great-great grandchildren)?

    •  Are they currently enrolled at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or the University of Arizona as either an undergraduate or graduate student?

    •  Are they maintaining a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, then your college student is eligible for a scholarship from the Honeywell Retiree Clubs Scholarship Foundation. This means FREE MONEY $$$ for your student to aid them with their college expenses, help them achieve their goals in life and become productive members of the community and society. These funds are available to our students through the generous contributions of our retiree club members and Honeywell. The scholarships usually range in value from $500 to $1,500 per academic year, depending on the total donations.

Application submissions opened on December 1 and will close April 1, 2020. No applications will be accepted or considered after that date. If you have a descendant 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 Click on the Scholarship button on the left side of the page.


  • We live in a global economy.  The ability of the United States to maintain its leadership role in the world, and the resulting benefits which accrue to us as citizens, demand an educated workforce as well as educated citizens and voters.
  • Supporting education by donating to scholarships is in your own interest!  When you donate money to our scholarship fund, think of it as paying it forward by investing in a student’s future.
  • 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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This section, which is intended to highlight past scholarship recipients and their stories after graduating from college, needs input from you!  If you have a family member who has received our scholarship money and has graduated, please send them the Where Are They Now? form (located in the Scholarship Section at to Cheryl Wiley at  We appreciate your help!

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
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
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

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Upcoming Events Index

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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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

Mar 19 ABT announcement: "The current run of Chicago has been postponed indefinitely." 
Apr 2, 2020
Audubon Center
Rio Solado Audubon Center
AAC - Steve Flood

Apr 11, 2020
SW Plane
Southwest Airlines Maintenance Hangar Tour
AAC - Keith Hughes


Apr 15, 2020
Picnic HGRC Spring Picnic at Rencenberger Home in Tempe

CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS  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
(As of 20 March)
May 14, 2020
(Changed from May 13)
Fire Dept Badge
Hall of Flame Museum
HRSC - Kay Nye

May 14, 2020
Panama Canal Cruise
HRSC - Barbara Rippstein
(As of 20 March)
November 10, 2020

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"Events to Look Forward to"

Events lacking a firm date and/or information

Lunch Buffet

Recurring Lunches

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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
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
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
NO monthly lunches until further notice
Contact: Alfred Brenneise
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.

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 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.