AREA was a concept first developed by B. Gollomp in the latter part of 1992. His idea was for an organization representing the retirees of the greater Northeast metropolitan region and loosely linked to AlliedSignal corporate offices, providing a forum for services, support and social contact for its members. He contacted a number of associates who had recently retired and who shared his feelings and exploratory efforts began.
Initial discussions were held with members of the AlliedSignal corporate staff and a mutual interest and corporate support for these early efforts were provided.
Other retiree organizations were contacted. Organizational documentation was obtained and reviewed. Discussions were held with specific officers of these organizations. This activity led to the development of a questionnaire to query the retirees within the Northeast metropolitan area as to their interest. Formation of a draft charter and by-laws was also initiated.
With the help of AlliedSignal, a significant mailing was made. An overwhelmingly positive response was received to the mailing.
Volunteers collated the questionnaire responses. The response data was shared with AlliedSignal corporate representatives. Areas of mutual interest such as retiree volunteer and charity work reinforced corporate support of the continued efforts to develop AREA.
Using the responses to the questionnaire, AREA was structured (committees and responsibilities) to best serve the needs of the organization. A charter board of directors was formed and Morris Berenbaum was elected President. All other officers of the charter Board of Directors were also selected.
On December 2, 1999, AlliedSignal completed its merger with Honeywell and took on the new name of Honeywell International. In keeping with this, your AREA Board of Directors voted to add Honeywell to our name but retain AREA as our abbreviated name. We welcome Honeywell retirees, and encourage those living in the Northeast Region to join AREA.
The organization is scheduled to close December 2021.
Revised December, 2021