April 15, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • SYNC First: Encouraging Employees, Retirees to Get Connected
  • Ford Update on Japan Disaster Impact
  • Two Ford Vehicles are Top Green Cars, Says Kbb.com
  • Charged Up: Ford Pushes for Electric Vehicle-Readiness Across the U.S.
  • Ford Calls for More Open Collaboration with Automotive Outsiders as Research 'Sci Lab' Celebrates 60 Years
  • Now Anyone Can Buy a New Ford Mustang Boss 302 – Special Boss Prints Available from Ford Images
  • Outside Voices: (Fortune) Detroit's Opportunity of a Lifetime


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All-New 2010 Focus Featured on The Amazing Race
Tune in to The Amazing Race this Sunday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET for another exciting episode featuring the all-new 2012 Focus!

Sunday's episode highlights SYNC™ with MyFord Touch™ technology in the 2012 Focus by requiring the contestants to use it first-hand in order to solve and complete their next challenge. The winning team of the challenge is also awarded with a very special prize from Ford. Make sure to tune in on Sunday to catch a glimpse of their exiting adventure and see the prize that Ford awards to the winners!

Be sure to also visit cbs.com/fordfocus to experience Ford's interactive digital experience. The experience offers consumers a chance to interact with each of their favorite teams using a custom map that features route markers and behind the scenes featured content. The site allows you to track teams through each leg of the race, explore bonus show content, and register for your chance to win* an all-new 2012 Focus and U.S. $15,000 towards your own amazing journey!

* Employees and directors, and their immediate family members, of the Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising, dealerships and promotion agencies and legal and financial advisors are not eligible to participate in this Sweepstakes. See Official Rules for complete details.

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Latest News from Peer Support
President Obama's Budget Deficit speech this week was the response to Republican Congressman Paul Ryan's proposals from a week earlier. Health care issues, particularly Medicare and Medicaid, again were at the top of the debate as the President rejected GOP calls for fundamental changes in the national health programs. Click here for a short summary of major media coverage from the Kaiser Health News. Once again, despite all the renewed political positioning, there was broad agreement that changes that would immediately impact health care insurance choices for Medicare-age salaried retirees were unlikely for 2011 or 2012.

In Michigan, Insurance Commissioner Ken Ross resigned effective April 15. Gongwer, the Michigan legislative news service commented that Governor Snyder would "have the chance to appoint one of the more powerful posts in the Administration." Ross had initially approved Blue Cross Blue Shield proposals that would treat HRAs as a subsidy for holders of the Blues' Legacy Medigap plans thereby raising premiums. These BCBSM rate proposals have been challenged by the Attorney General. Preliminary procedures start April 18 in a process anticipated to last several months before a decision.

The Timely Items section of the Peer Support website, (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org) will update developments on these situations and other retiree health care insurance issues. Salaried retirees with specific questions or comments should email them to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.


Top Stories
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SYNC First: Encouraging Employees, Retirees to Get Connected
Ford is proud of its leading efforts in researching driver distraction that is shaping how we address the issue with new technologies, education programs and support of bans on hand-held texting while driving. In honor of national Distracted Driving Awareness month, Ford is asking employees and retirees to SYNC First.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford Update on Japan Disaster Impact
The reverberations of last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan on the auto industry continue to generate media attention with reports of global automotive parts shortages and manufacturing slowdowns. The following is an update on how Ford is managing the situation.

Q. What actions has Ford taken thus far due to parts shortage?
A. Ford is working with its suppliers on a daily basis to minimize any disruptions. The company is acting proactively and decisively to stay ahead of the situation, including restricting some paint colors in North America, Europe and China. Ford also has pulled ahead previously scheduled downtime or taken temporary downtime in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company's previous announcements about global and North America production volumes are unchanged at this point.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fusion Hybrid
Two Ford Vehicles are Top Green Cars, Says Kbb.com
With Earth Day approaching and soaring gas prices weighing heavily on the minds of consumers, it’s timely kbb.com has named two Ford vehicles to its 2011 Top 10 Green Car list – the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2012 Ford Focus. Click here to read more.

To read the full article, click here.

Focus Electric
Charged Up: Ford Pushes for Electric Vehicle-Readiness Across the U.S.
While Ford is gearing up to launch the all-new Focus Electric later this year and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid in 2012, cities around the country also are preparing for the arrival of new electric vehicles. Some of the key actions Ford has identified in working with cities and utility partners include:
  • Utility rate structure that encourages "off-peak" or nighttime EV charging to minimize demand on the existing electric grid
  • Streamlined permitting and inspection process to support customer and commercial EV infrastructure installation
  • Integrated advisory committees that include participation from electric utilities, vehicle manufacturers and dealers, municipalities, EV customers and local coalitions
  • Urban planning approach to optimize public/commercial EV charge locations
  • Infrastructure incentives to offset a portion of customer costs for hardware/installation

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
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Ford Multigenerational Family Stories – In Your Words
Hundreds of people shared their multigenerational Ford stories with Ford Employee Communications. The stories were plentiful, and full of amazing history and so much pride. All of us felt privileged to read them.

Because there were so many, we're going to be sharing them with the broader Ford family over the next several MONTHS. We begin today with just a few excerpts from the entries, but we will keep sharing in this space, and will be contacting many of you for more. In May, we'll focus on some great Mom stories and fascinating information from our veterans. In June, we'll look at Dads and at history as our company turns 108.

To read the full article, click here.

Do you belong to a Ford Multigenerational Family? We are looking for employees and retirees who have family members who have worked for Ford over the generations. Click here to email your story or email FCNNEWS4@ford.com.

EcoLon Material
From Under Your Feet to Covering Your Engine – Ford Finds New Use for Recycled Carpet
The carpet underfoot in homes sometimes ends up in strange places, and now Ford’s efforts to use sustainable materials in its vehicles have landed carpet in another unique spot – the cylinder head covers on some Ford engines. Even more impressive are the benefits it has for the environment. During 2010, the use of EcoLon® material, a nylon resin made from 100 percent recycled carpet, saved more than 4.1 million pounds of carpet from landfills, the equivalent of nearly 154 football fields. It also amounted to recycling more than 985,000 yards of carpet and reducing the consumption of more than 430,000 gallons of oil.

To read the full article, click here.

Power Stroke Engine
Ford Power Stroke V8's Advanced Combustion System Delivers Best-in-Class Horsepower, Torque and Fuel Economy
More power and higher fuel economy? Traditionally, you don’t achieve both when you design a new engine. But Ford powertrain engineers have been rewriting the book on engine design lately, increasing power and fuel economy with each new engine. A case in point is the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 offered in the F-Series Super Duty pickup.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke, the first-ever Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built diesel heavy-duty pickup engine, is rated at 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque, up from the previous Power Stroke’s 350 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. The new engine generates this class-leading power while delivering an impressive 20 percent fuel economy gain over its predecessor, making the Ford Super Duty best in class for fuel economy among heavy-duty pickups.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Calls for More Open Collaboration with Automotive Outsiders as Research 'Sci Lab' Celebrates 60 Years
With the 60th anniversary of its U.S. research hub in the backdrop, Ford is ushering in a new era of collaboration, opening up its doors even wider to the possibility of more nontraditional automotive partnerships that can help create a better vehicle experience for customers.

To read the full article, click here.

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Boss Image
Now Anyone Can Buy a New Ford Mustang Boss 302 – Special Boss Prints Available from Ford Images
In celebration of the first Ford Mustang Boss 302s reaching dealerships, Ford Images is running two special promotions at www.fordimages.com. First, owners of the new 2012 Mustang Boss 302 can revel in the classic lines of their new vehicle not only in their garage but now on their walls as well. Ford Images is offering unique prints of the Boss 302 – available to owners only – in the customer’s vehicle color, framed and mounted with a metal chassis plate customized with the car VIN or name. The prints will be hand-signed by racing icon Parnelli Jones, who won the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am Series championship driving a Mustang Boss 302.

Secondly, everyone will benefit for a limited time only by being able to get their hands on a wide variety of historic and new Boss 302 photographs, posters and framed artwork from Ford Images at a discount of 30.2 percent. The special discount – which is good for all merchandise through the Ford Images website – is available until Friday, April 22. Buyers simply use promo code "302" to get 30.2 percent off their purchases at checkout.

To read the full article, click here.


Executive Corner
Joe Bakaj

Joe Bakaj
Vice President, Powertrain Engineering
Ford Motor Company
With the continuing rise is gas prices taking a bigger bite out of people's wallets, fuel economy has become even more of a key purchase consideration for consumers. Joe Bakaj, vice president, Powertrain Engineering recently sat down with @Ford Online to discuss the steps Ford has taken towards its commitment of delivering vehicles with the best or among the best fuel economy with every new product we bring to market.

Q: Do you believe that Ford is in a good position at this time to respond to changes in gas prices?
A: Absolutely. We're in the best position because we've got the most fuel-efficient vehicles in any segment that you care to look at, whether you're talking about Fiesta or Super Duty. In the U.S. we have four vehicles on the market with 40 mpg or more. We've got the best fuel economy, regardless of the segment. We've got the best small cars. We've got the very successful Fiesta that we launched in 2010 and we're about to launch a successful Focus. So the small car side of the business we've got pretty well covered. And we've had a reputation for many years for building the best trucks. And our vehicles in the middle the Fusion and the Fusion Hybrid, for example are very well placed. We're in the best position wherever the market goes. We've got great product. We've got flexible plants which allow us to switch the production over relatively quickly.

To read the full Q&A, click here.


Global Notes
Ford Figo
Ford Sees March Sales Growth in APA Markets
Across the Asia Pacific and Africa region, Ford is reporting a solid March sales performance, with some markets doubling or even tripling their sales figures with the introduction of new products. Growth was mainly driven by the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Figo and Ranger pickup.

To read the full article, click here.

New C-MAX Receives Allergy-Friendly Seal of Approval
Just in time for spring, Ford's new five-seat C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX have been granted the "Allergy Tested Interior" Seal of Approval by Germany's world renowned TUV Rheinland testing authority. Ford is the only manufacturer with vehicles certified by TUV and also was awarded the Quality Certificate by the Berlin-based European Center for Allergy Research Foundation.

To read the full article, click here.

Third Age Suit
Ford's 'Third Age Suit' Helps Architects Design Homes
With age comes wisdom. Pity that it also often brings along arthritis and a host of other well-known maladies and limitations. Given the greying population in Europe and around the world, Ford Motor Company several years ago created the "Third Age Suit" – a specially designed suit that when worn by engineers provides a visceral glimpse into the golden years. The suit for years helped Ford design cars that provided comfort and ease of usage for the young and old alike, including features like rear-view cameras, improved headroom and a better "H-point" – the point at which the hips swivel – to facilitate access to the interior.

Now the "Third Age Suit" is becoming a tool for architects who are keen to design homes that meet the needs of older buyers. A group of architects from Hahn & Helten GmbH recently visited Ford's Aachen research centre to try the suits for themselves, having seen media coverage of the innovation. The home designers left with a better appreciation of what an older homeowner might need, such as how to design senior friendly stairs or why it’s important to make seating higher so that the knee angle isn’t more than 90 degrees – making it easier to stand up.

To read the full article, click here.


Outside Voices
Planet Keepers: The 2011 Whole Living Awards
(Whole Living Magazine) This year, Whole Living Magazine is saluting ten eco-heroines who pour their passion into turning our blue marble green, including Nancy Gioia, director, Ford Global Electrification, and Sue Cischke, group vice president, Ford Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Engineering. Be inspired by their stories and take notes on what's trending in our first Whole Living Awards. To read the full article, click here.

Detroit's Opportunity of a Lifetime
(Fortune) The retreat by the Detroit Three in the face of smaller, smarter, fitter cars by Toyota, Honda and company is a 50-year phenomenon. In that time, Japanese automakers have bucked trade restrictions, an overvalued currency, and "Buy America" sentiments to capture more than one-third of the U.S. car market. Now, a tipping point has arrived. U.S. automakers have their best opportunity in two generations to hold the Japanese off and push them back. To read the full article, click here.

Drivers Start to Cut Back on Gas as Prices Rise
(Associated Press) With the price of gas above U.S. $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs that Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves. To read the full article, click here.

China Plans to Take Lead in New-Energy Vehicles
(China Daily) China will launch a development plan in energy saving and the new-energy vehicle industry to make the country a leader in the sector over the next 10 years, with government funding of 100 billion yuan (U.S. $15.28 billion). To read the full article, click here.


Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Auto Rama, Feb. 25-27, 2011 - Tickets $14
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.


Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.


Special Offers
Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

Shop for Products and Services

Ford retirees receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent off on your window and door replacement project. To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

You can find these offers and many, many more by visiting
Discount Marketplace
, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.


Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Saturday, May 21 (Canton, Ga.)
The next meeting will be an outdoor picnic at Bob Loovis' Arabian horse farm on May 21. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at the Oakville Golf and Country Club for lunch. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

Ford Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will meet at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue). We will have a special meeting the first Wednesday in November at Finnigan's with the different Insurance agents to discuss future plans and assistance for Medical INS and Medicare coverage for those turning 65. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

Lorain Local 425 Retirees
Third Thursday of Every Month (Lorain, Ohio)

The Local 425 Retirees meet at the Union Hall (5300 Baumhart Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Activities include guest speakers and members doing all kinds of trips. Come meet old friends. Spouses are always welcome to attend. For more information, contact George at WALKER4471@yahoo.com.

Manatee-Sarasota County Florida, Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Bradenton, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.


Calendar Ahead
April 28:
"Ernie" (Detroit, Mich.)

"Ernie" is a new play written by Mitch Albom about the famed broadcaster and baseball legend, Ernie Harwell. The show opens April 28 and runs through the end of June. You can catch a show any weekend at City Theatre (2301 Woodward Ave.), one of Detroit's newest theatre gems located inside the Hockeytown Cafe, next to the Fox Theatre. Ford retirees save up to $5 per ticket! For the best seats, call 313-471-3092. Click here to view the flyer.

June 12 & 13:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the show and swap meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on June 13, the track event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.

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