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.