April 2024 Newsletter

We had a great spring picnic event on April 10th, seeing old friends and enjoying Honey Bear’s BBQ with 52 folks in attendance. Check out the photos in the newsletter under the Events Report section.

The next event is the Club meeting on Wednesday, May 1st at the Granite Reef Senior Center – 1700 N Granite Reef Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 – where Peter A. Swan, Ph.D, President of the International Space Elevator Consortium, will introduce you to space elevators, discuss their history, design, mechanics, potential benefits, future plans and impediments. See the Vice-President’s Report in the newsletter for details.

February 2024 Newsletter

Save the date! Our next meeting is on March 6th at 1 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, featuring a special presentation by our local historian Steve Hoza on the history of Arizona’s own “The Wallace and Ladmo Show!”

Even if you’ve never heard of Captain Super or Mr. Grudgemeyer, or don’t know what a Ladmo Bag is, you’ll want to hear about the history of this beloved TV show. Steve Hoza, who runs the official website for Wallace and Ladmo, will present a PowerPoint presentation with lots of funny stories. Steve is on the board of Wallace Watchers. Join us at the March 6th meeting for this entertaining presentation and to see many of your friends and former colleagues!

January 2024 Newsletter

Save the date! Our next meeting is on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, featuring a special presentation by former Honeywell leader Ron Rich, a seasoned figure in the aerospace industry with 40 years of experience.

Ron spent 34 years at Honeywell in various executive roles, including Engineering Director of the APU product line. Now VP and General Manager at Intertech Engineering, Ron will share his insights into the aerospace world, covering his career at Honeywell and his latest role at Intertec. For a fascinating journey through aerospace history, join us at the Feb. 7 meeting and read more details in our January newsletter.

December 2023 Newsletter

President’s Report

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkiah, Happy New Year and Happy any other Holiday. This is my last President’s Report.

I mostly enjoyed the last 4 years being your President. There were many challenges and many achievements.

The biggest challenges was Covid 19. We had to cancel several monthly meetings. Members did not attend meetings and a few Board members resigned. The Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center went from free rooms and projectors to, $50 for the room for 2 hours and $25 for the projector. In addition, we are in a much smaller room.

The Club survived all that and currently has 400 members.

We revised our name from Garrett Retirees Club to Honeywell-Garrett Retirees Club. Honeywell from today’s Corporate name, Garrett from our founder Cliff Garrett. Our acronym is HGRC.

We made significant improvements to our Website such as showing many of our products, membership
application, scholarship application, and contact us links.

The biggest change for the Club is that we took over the scholarship program ourselves. Club went from an organization to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

All donations and dues are tax deductible. In addition, all donations now go to our students. Honeywell Aerospace doubled their donation to our Scholarship program and our members increased their donations. HGRC members are very generous.

Unfortunately, we had to cancel this year’s Holiday Charity Luncheon due to insufficient participants. We still adopted two families like we have in the past. Five children will be receiving Christmas presents thanks to our generosity.

We will be having a Happy Hour on December 20. Dave Oman has the details.

Vice President’s Report (position vacant)

Coming up at the January 3, member meeting, Steve Hoza will present a PowerPoint of the history of all the airfields in Arizona that were used for military training during WWII. He will provide information on these bases and the training that went on there, along with artifacts to look at. Steve and his brother Mike spent four years flying across Arizona documenting these airfields.

November 2023 Newsletter

President’s Report

The end of the year big happening is coming up December 6. It’s our Holiday Charity Luncheon. Diane Bennett and daughter Cathy Bennett are working hard planning the event at The McCormick Hotel. This newsletter has a Luncheon flyer. RSVP to Diane Bennett by November 29.

Our November 1 meeting featured speaker was Matt Greenman, Program Director of the HTF 7000 growth engine programs family. Matt started with some history HGRC News 2 November 2023 on the TFE731, that was certified in 1972 before he was born. 13,000 of these engines have been produced. It was the first geared turbofan propulsion engine in spite of what Pratt Whitney says about their “GTF.”

Today’s business aircraft are growing in size and the HTF 7000 is for Super Mid-Size and Large Cabin
versions. The goal of the Large Cabin aircraft is a range of 4200 nautical miles, speed of Mach 0.9. Board member Dave Oman arranged this speaker. We had 28 attendees for this meeting.

All speakers get the opportunity of selecting a non-profit local charity for a $100 donation in their name and Matt chose St. Mary’s Food Bank.