May 2022 Newsletter

Our May 4 2022 Meeting was held at the Scottsdale Senior Center, room 8. There were 21 attendees. Club members present voted on two items. The revised Operating Guidelines were unanimously approved. The second item was election of our four elected officers. Club members present voted unanimously for Dolf Strom President, Ken Krieger Vice President, Recording Secretary Mark Steele and Treasurer Jim Brink.

Our featured speaker was Katherine Gudgel, Gudgel Professional Services, (https://gudgelprofessionalservices.com). The subject was Scams we need to be aware of. Our vice president Ken thanked Katie for the very fine presentation. There was a lot of very good information in the material presented and one of the most important was “slow down”. Do not rush if you get called by a scammer. Legitimate inquiries are most likely to correspond via mail, not phone calls or email.  Very basic, but usually overlooked at the moment.

Further news include an increase in dues this fall, a big change to the Scholarship Foundation, and the announcement of our next meeting this October 5, 2022.

April 2022 Newsletter

Our next club meeting is on May 4 with guest speaker Katherine Gudgel discussing “Scams we need to be aware of”. This is a very important topic for all of retirees. This meeting will be held in the Senior Center Room 8. The room opens at 1 p.m. and the presentation starts at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Also, at the May 4 meeting, club members will be voting for approval of the revised Operating Guideline’s. Emails were sent out to all members with email addresses. For those members without email there will be paper copies available for review.

March 2022 Newsletter

Upcoming Club Meeting on April 6 – Bob Buddecke, Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain for Honeywell Aerospace is our guest speaker.

Supply Chain management is extremely important in today’s world.  Bob has considerable experience as a member of the Honeywell executive management organization, and has particular experience with the Garrett Auxiliary Power Systems organization. His presentation will be a very relevant discussion relating to today’s business atmosphere. Past presenters from the Aerospace corporate headwaters were very popular with Club members. We anticipate a large number of attendees. We also welcome Club members from HRSC and AAC. This meeting will be held in the Senior Center Room 2, Ballroom. This room holds 318 so we need a big turnout.

Our March 2022 Meeting was held at the Scottsdale Senior Center, room 8. The subject was model aircraft competition pylon races and control line aerobatics. The presenters were Jim Allen and Jim Hoffman. Both had their entire careers at AiResearch/Garrett/Allied Signal/Honeywell and are now retired. Jim Hoffman is a Club member. 

February 2022 Newsletter

We had our second meeting of the year. Attendance was about 25. Good news we have a Membership Chair. Welcome John Cunningham

Feb 2022 Meeting was held at the Scottsdale Senior Center, room 8. Katherine Gudgel, EA, PhD of Gudgel Professional Services presented information on how the recent federal and Arizona tax law changes affect individuals, particularly seniors.  Specific topics were addressed including:  taxation of social security and retirement accounts, medical deductions, charitable contributions, Economic Impact Payments (i.e., those stimulus checks), and standard vs. itemized deductions. The presentation was well received this afternoon as evidenced by the many questions, all answered nicely. Note Katherine is Club member Walt Blackmore’s daughter

December 2021 Newsletter

This is being done again by your President so it is simple and basic, i.e., no jokes, but there are photos from the Holiday Luncheon included.

We have a new Treasurer, Jim Brink. Jim Brink volunteered and will start the first of the year. Jim has been a member since 2003. We thank Joan for her excellent work as our treasurer. She was excellent at dealing with Wells Fargo in keeping our bank fees to a minimum. Welcome, Jim.

Additionally, our first meeting of 2022 will occur on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at the Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center. The meeting start time is 1:00 pm, club business will take place at 1:45 pm, and our speaker will begin at 2:00 pm. 

November 2021 Newsletter

Highlights from this month’s newsletter:

This newsletter is being done without our past editor Stu Mitnik, who has resigned. We thank Stu for his work for the Club for many years. We need a volunteer to be our Editor. This is being done by your President so it is very simple and basic, i.e., no jokes, simple format.

We’re hosting a Holiday Charity Luncheon on Dec 8, 2021, starting at 1100am. It will be like the event we planned last year but had to cancel due to COVID. Both paper and email flyers were sent out. The location is the Scottsdale Plaza Resort located on the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend Road. The street address is 7200 Scottsdale Road.

August 2021 Newsletter

Excerpt from the President’s Column:

COVID-19 is still a challenge, but I am optimistic the future will be better. I hope everyone is
healthy. Due to the COVID-19 impact, the board decided to keep the dues at $5 for another year.
When we get back to regular meetings, we expect dues to go back to $15.

The Scottsdale Senior Center does not have a formal opening date but optimistically expects it
will be open for meetings in January 2022. We are upbeat that our next meeting will be on January 5, 2022. Our Vice President is planning for interesting speakers.

The good news is that our Events Manager Diane Bennett is planning two events for this year.
The first is an October Fest on October 6 at the Kiwanis Park Fiesta Ramada in Tempe. The Club
will be providing all the food: brats, sauerkraut, homemade German potato salad, and more. We
have a beer permit. Please drink responsibly. There will be an accordion player for our entertainment.

In addition, Diane also started planning our December Holiday Charity Luncheon. The tentative plan
is to do the one we put together last year but had to cancel. It will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza
Resort at the northwest corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Road.

The Club needs two to three volunteers for three functions:

  • Treasurer
  • Membership Chair
  • Newsletter Editor

In addition, Gary Kains our Fix-It Guy coordinator would like to retire, and his replacement can
be from our Club or one of the two other local Clubs.

The Club needs volunteers for these jobs otherwise the Club will be gone. We need members in
their 60’s and early 70’s to become active in running the Club. Please contact us to volunteer.

As of July 31st, our treasury has a balance of $6,981.68. We have not sent any charitable contributions out as yet for this year. The Club will continue with our charity program. Each year we donate $100 to eight local non-profit groups. All recent new members can submit their favorite local non-profit.

The Scholarship Foundation has awarded 8 scholarships this year. STEM students received
$2500 and non-STEM received $1875. These are the highest awards that I am aware of. Our
HGRC members donated the majority of the funds, $8295. All of our contributors should be
proud of giving to a worthwhile cause.

May 2021 Newsletter

Excerpt from the President’s Column:

COVID-19 is still causing havoc with our Club’s plans. I hope everyone has gotten or will get
vaccinated. My wife and I got ours.

The Scottsdale Senior Center does not have a reopening date. Therefore we will not have a
meeting in September and probably not for the balance of the year. That’s the bad news. When
the Senior Center does reopen, we have many interesting speakers/presentations lined up.

The good news is that our Events Manager Diane Bennett is planning two events for this year.
The first is an October Fest on October 6 at the Kiwanis Park Fiesta Ramada in Tempe. The Club
will be providing all the food: brats, sauerkraut, homemade German potato salad, and more. We
have a beer permit. There will be an accordion player for our entertainment. Additional information will be provided with time, directions, and how to sign up.

In addition, Diane also started planning our December Holiday Charity Luncheon. The tentative plan
is to do the one we put together last year but had to cancel. It will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza
Resort at the northwest corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Road.

The Club has done more updates to our website www.garrettretireesaz.com. We have added a
Contact Us and a New Member Application. It appears that we got two new members from the
website. That’s great.