April 16, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Adds Three More EcoBoost Engines; Now Expects to Deliver 1.5 Million Annually by 2013
  • SAE Hears Ford's Near-Term Powertrain Solutions
  • Tapping into the Customer's Innovation
  • All-New Ford Explorer Terrain Management System Makes Capability, Traction User-Friendly
  • Ford Mixes Fashion, Style and 2011 Ford Fiesta as Part of 'Inspired by Color' Campaign
  • Ford Using Social Media as Cornerstone of Revamped Dealer Product Training
  • Video: (Fox Business Network) Bill Ford Touts Green Technologies, Ford's Turnaround
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit News) Buick Bounces Back with Younger Buyers


@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Now Available
The April 2010 edition is now available, with stories covering Ford's first quarter sales, 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, all-new Ford Police Interceptor, Ford and Microsoft teaming up again, and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.

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Ford MODEL Teams
On May 14 – the Better World Ford Accelerated Action Day – Ford salaried employee and retirees are invited to join MODEL Teams to help us build a Better World.

Ford employee and retiree volunteers will work directly with our nonprofit agency partners to create rain gardens, build nature trails, plant native grasses and shrubs, install rain barrels, and perform other tasks to improve the environment. The Ford Volunteer Corps also will provide $50,000 in mini-grants to buy the tools and materials necessary for Ford MODEL Teams to complete their projects.

To view projects and register online please go to the Ford Volunteer Corps website at www.volunteer.ford.com.

Water issues are increasingly important to our stakeholders, including our customers, investors and business partners. Water conservation and greenhouse gas reduction are integral to Ford's sustainability strategy. Ford implemented the Global Emissions Manager (GEM) database that helps track our efforts to reduce water consumption, energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and the amount of waste sent to landfills. Ford has successfully reduced water use, and we continue to work on specific programs for water performance and reducing the environmental impact of our facilities.

Creating a Better World is a responsibility we all share. I encourage you to volunteer for the Ford Accelerated Action Day on May 14.

Barb Samardzich
Barb Samardzich
Vice President, Powertrain Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Note: It takes three bottles of water to make and distribute one disposable plastic bottle of water, so in the name of water conservation, please bring a refillable water bottle with you when you volunteer.

Savings Plan Administration Change – FAQs Available
The transition of the savings plan administration from Fidelity to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc (ACS) occurred Jan. 5, 2010. We have developed a list of answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employees and retirees. We hope you take a moment to view them on @Ford Online (http://www.at.ford.com/).

If you are a Salaried Retiree, click here to view the recent FAQs. If you are a Hourly Retiree click here to view the recent FAQs.

To visit the savings plan Web site, go to: http://www.myfordbenefits.com/ and follow the instructions to log in.

Red Cross Logo
Ford Motor Company American Red Cross Online Donation Site
Please join in the Ford Motor Company Giving Campaign to support the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those in crisis following the earthquake in Haiti. Ford will be matching employee and retiree donations up to a total of $50,000.

Click here to donate.


 EcoBoost Logo
Ford Adds Three More EcoBoost Engines; Now Expects to Deliver 1.5 Million Annually by 2013 Gains
Ford Motor Company announced that three more engines with the company's patented EcoBoost fuel-saving technology are scheduled to be launched by the end of the year. By 2013 Ford expects to be producing approximately 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally, about 200,000 more than originally expected.

Plans call for an EcoBoost engine to be available in 80 percent of the company's global nameplates and 90 percent of North American nameplates. About half of the 1.5 million EcoBoost engines are expected to be sold in North America, while the rest are to be sold in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific regions.

To read the full article, click here.

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MyFord Touch
New MyFord Touch 'Coaches' Drivers to Improve Fuel Efficiency; Navigation Adds Eco-Route Feature
When it comes to achieving the best possible fuel mileage the way you drive can be nearly as important as the vehicle you drive.

Ford’s advanced new in-vehicle system – MyFord Touch™ – offers an array of real-time information on fuel economy performance that can coach drivers to get more miles to the gallon and save on fuel costs. In addition, MyFord Touch’s map-based navigation system offers an Eco-Route option that quickly calculates the most fuel efficient route a driver can take to get from A to B.

MyFord Touch is the latest innovation from Ford to help drivers optimize fuel economy. It builds on the fuel efficiency “coaching” concept Ford pioneered on its SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide cluster for the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid as well as the all-new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The system provides real-time fuel economy data and promotes fuel-efficient driving by showing a graphic of growing leaves and flowers.

To read the full article, click here.

SAE Logo
SAE Hears Ford's Near-Term Powertrain Solutions
Virtually every Ford, Lincoln and Mercury nameplate will offer a six-speed transmission by 2014, Barbara Samardzich told the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on Tuesday.

Speaking as a panelist in the SAE session on "Near Term Powertrain Solutions – Before 2016," Samardzich reviewed the customer-focused technology transition Ford will be making over the next six years. The strategy starts with offering EcoBoost engines in 11 nameplates by the first quarter of 2011. By 2013, Ford expects to be producing approximately 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally, she said.

EcoBoost engines and six-speed transmissions are merely the start of Ford's commitment to delivering unsurpassed fuel economy that is both high-volume and affordable. Such six-speed dry dual-clutch automatic transmissions can improve fuel economy by up to nine percent over traditional four-speed automatics, she said.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Tapping into the Customer's Innovation
Ford knows that its customers have a lot of ideas for new products and technologies that they would like to see on future vehicles. To tap into this expansive resource, a new "Your Ideas" exchange portal is being launched on The Ford Story. The Your Ideas site welcomes consumers to submit, share, review and rate each other's automotive feature innovations.

The pilot session of Your Ideas gives consumers the ability to participate in a community-based setting where they can review and rate posted ideas and track what people think about their own suggestions. Ideas that receive the most "thumbs ups" from viewers will be elevated to a most-popular idea list and reviewed by Ford's Advanced Product Planning and Marketing teams.

To read the full article, click here.

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Click here for full SAE coverage.


Top Stories
Explorer Terrain Management System
All-New Ford Explorer Terrain Management System Makes Capability, Traction User-Friendly
When the all-new Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle goes in to production later this year, it will offer an advanced terrain management system that takes the mystery out of four-wheel drive by optimizing powertrain behavior for specific situations and road conditions.

"Talking with customers told us that flexibility and freedom to tackle any road, anytime is important to them," said Explorer Chief Nameplate Engineer Jim Holland. "We saw the opportunity to eliminate a compromise by adding an intuitive and efficient terrain management system that can demystify four-wheel-drive control and enable the driver to properly match 4WD traction to the situations and road conditions they encounter."

Anecdotal customer feedback indicated the potential for driver confusion with previous systems as to the best use of 4x4 high- and low-range engagement.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Ford Fiesta: 'Inspired by Color' Campaign
Ford Mixes Fashion, Style and 2011 Ford Fiesta as Part of 'Inspired by Color' Campaign
Imagine using a vehicle that comes in colors like Lime Squeeze, Bright Magenta, Red Candy and Yellow Blaze as your inspiration while getting dressed. Imagine if your personal style and your understanding of the vehicle could land you in one of Ford Motor Company's upcoming national television spots.

Ford is offering the chance for five unique and stylish individuals to do just that as the company kicks off Inspired By Color, a casting call event tied to the 2011 Ford Fiesta that will take place on Howard University's campus this week in Washington, D.C.

To read the full article, click here.

Sales Consultants Gather Around a New Ford Fiesta
Ford Using Social Media as Cornerstone of Revamped Dealer Product Training
Ford Motor Company is rolling out an extensive, new dealer training initiative that provides sales consultants with significantly more product and customer information much earlier than ever before. Called the Ford Retail Movement, the program also leverages social media to help create numerous touch points, or opportunities for contact, between dealers and customers from initial inquiries through the delivery of a new Ford vehicle.

The program kicks off with the new Ford Fiesta, but will serve as the template for dealer training on all future Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Ford Taurus
Ford Customers Benefit from Higher Resale Values, Fewer Warranty Repairs
The resale value of newer Ford Motor Company vehicles rose 23 percent in the past year alone, the result of stronger demand for Ford's new vehicle lineup and improved quality and durability ratings.

At the same time, warranty repair rates on Ford vehicles have declined by an average of more than 40 percent globally in the past three years.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with one to five years on the road are fetching significantly higher resale values at auction in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter a year ago. Overall, the resale value of Ford's three brands at auction rose 23 percent from a year ago to outpace the industry, which saw resale values increase by 19 percent, according to the latest National Automobile Dealers Association auction data.

To read the full article, click here.

New Study Shows Ford SYNC® Helps Drivers Focus on Driving
A new Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) study adds to the growing evidence that voice-controlled Ford's SYNC® helps drivers minimize electronics-related distractions compared to manually operating hand-held cell phones and music players.

The researchers found that participants took their eyes off the road an average of 10 times longer while manually selecting a song from their MP3 players compared to using SYNC's voice commands.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Q&A
Paul Mascarenas

Paul Mascarenas
Vice President
Ford Motor Company

Ford is the host company for the 2010 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress April 13-15 at Detroit's Cobo Center. Ford Vice President Paul Mascarenas, general chairman of the 2010 event, is spearheading an effort to provide more value for members at this year's gathering, which will include a focus on industry-leading sustainable technologies. Mascarenas discusses changes to this year's Congress and what the event means to the industry.

Q: What are the main objectives of this year's SAE World Congress?
A: We want to make sure we have a very high-quality event that generates a lot of value for the participants. We organized it around three central elements – quality, collaboration and sustainability – that are embodied in this year's theme, Ecollaboration.

Above all, we want to showcase the industry's leading-edge technologies and illustrate how those technologies can support sustainability. We also want to emphasize the value for greater collaboration between the industry, the academic world and other stakeholders. Finally, we want to accomplish these goals while recognizing the very different economic environment we face today.

This year's Congress will be shorter and more focused. There are fewer but more relevant exhibitors. Everything about the heart of the event – the technical papers, panels and speeches – will be more focused this year.

Q: What are some of the key challenges facing the auto industry?
A: They include the impact of automobiles on the global economy and our environment, the implementation and application of new technology, shifting demographics among drivers, and the differing needs in mature and emerging markets.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
Joaquim Arruda Pereira, Ford Service Engineering Manager
Ford Brazil Donates 13 Ford Ka for Training Programs
Ford Brazil delivered 13 Ford Ka to the National Service of Industrial Learning (SENAI) in an effort to support vocational and technical training and development for the automotive sector. The vehicles were donated for the SENAI's units located in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Caxias do Sul, Goiania, Curitiba, Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte.

From the total donated vehicles, five were for Sao Paulo, where the biggest number SENAI schools are located. They will be used to equip the automotive and automotive maintenance technical courses at the Conde Josť Vicente de Azevedo school and Mariano Ferraz school, both located in Sao Paulo city, and the Jo„o Martins Coube school in Bauru city.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Spain Teams Up with Microsoft
Ford of Spain and Microsoft have joined forces to launch a new version of the Ka: the Ka Windows Live Messenger Edition. Available with both diesel and petrol engines, it comes in response to both companies' strategy of offering products that customers really want and creative solutions to real-life problems.

The companies have worked together to develop a limited edition run of 500 units of Ford's popular urban car as a very special present to the members of the Microsoft Windows Instant Messenger community, which has over 15.5 million users only in Spain.

To read the full article, click here.

Nemeth with Orbit College Representatives
Ford Supports a Better Future in South Africa
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is committed to developing the community through participation in educational projects. The company recently announced that it will support the motor industry apprenticeship program at Orbit College by supplying parts and equipment for technical training courses.

Situated in the North West province, Orbit College has adopted a mandate to play an ever-increasing role in addressing the skills shortage in South Africa. As part of the Department of Higher Education and Training, further education and training colleges like Orbit work in close collaboration with South African universities.

To read the full article, click here.

Mustang V8 GT
New Mustang V-8 GT Performance Package for Japan
In celebration of the Ford Mustang's 46th birthday, Randy Krieger, president of Ford Japan, announced that 25 units of the limited edition Mustang V-8 GT Performance Package will be available through Ford dealerships in Japan starting on April 17.

The Mustang V-8 GT Performance Package is based on the GT series fitted with a 4.6-litre V-8 engine. The V-8 engine is mated with a five-speed manual transmission, which is exclusive to this limited edition. A lower final gear ratio increases accelerating performance, while the front brakes come with unique brake calipers and pads, allowing the driver to enjoy Mustang's dynamic drive, mastering the immense power developed by the 4.6-litre V-8 engine.

To read the full article, click here.

Baker Cuts the Ribbon
Ford Group Philippines Makes Learning Easy
With Individual Development Plans due in just a few short weeks, the timing couldn't have been better for the official opening of Ford Group Philippines' (FGP) new E-Learning Centre.

Located in the Ford Motor Company Philippines Building, the new Centre provides employees with all the tools they need to complete online development and training sessions.

To read the full article, click here.


Video Corner
Bill Ford, Jr. Touts Green Efforts
Bill Ford Touts Green Technologies, Ford's Turnaround
(Fox Business Network) Ford's market share in Q1 was the highest quarterly gain in 33 years. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford is interviewed about green technologies and Ford's turnaround. Click here to view video.


Outside Voices
Buick Bounces Back with Younger Buyers
(Detroit News) Buick, the venerable General Motors Co. brand long maligned as catering to elderly buyers, is enjoying a rebirth in the United States and drawing younger, more affluent buyers, thanks to improved quality and styling. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Halts Sales of Lexus SUV Labeled 'Safety Risk'
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp. asked Lexus dealers in North America to halt sales of GX 460 sport-utility vehicles after Consumer Reports labeled the model a "safety risk," the magazine's first such designation in nine years. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Becomes Top-Selling Brand in Europe
(Detroit Free Press) Ford said today that sales of new cars and trucks in its 19 primary European countries increased 16.1 percent in March as it sold 192,500 vehicles, making it the best selling brand for the month. To read the full article, click here.

Hyundai Motor Falls Most in Three Months on Won
(Bloomberg) Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, fell the most in more than three months in Seoul as the won rose to an 18-month high, reducing the company's earnings from exports. To read the full article, click here.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally Says Dealerships Will Look Like Apple Stores: 'We are the Killer App'
(Mlive.com) While Ford worked with Microsoft to develop it's hand-free Sync system, CEO Alan Mulally is drawing inspiration from another tech giant: Apple. To read the full article, click here.

BMW Releases Free Roadside Assistance Smartphone App
(Motor Trend) There seems to be smartphone apps for anything and everything and BMW has released its own roadside service application conveniently called BMW Roadside Assistance. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Introduces the Blind Spot Information System in the UK
(Auto Evolution) Ford is introducing the Blind Spot Information safety system to the UK market, which is to be installed in the new S-MAX and Galaxy models, on sale this month. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler and NASA Join Forces on Technology
(CNN Money) Chrysler announced Tuesday it has entered a three year agreement with NASA to share information on technology the automaker and space program have in common. To read the full article, click here.

Fields: Ford Market Share Gains Largest Since 1977
(Detroit Free Press) Ford President of the America's Mark Fields said Tuesday that the company's U.S. market share increased by 2.7 points during the first three months of this year. To read the full article, click here.

SAE Show's Far-Out Ideas: Not So Crazy These Days?
(Edmund's Auto Observer) This week's Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit is the auto industry's largest gathering of engineers. And as usual, the show will feature a number of way-out (some might say "wacky") concepts - particularly for powertrains. To read the full article, click here.


Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some Web sites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, one plan, one goal … ONE Ford.


Special Information
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

The FERA desk handles discount tickets for Cedar Point, Kings Island, the North American International Auto Show, the Michigan Renaissance Festival and other events; the desk also has the Entertainment Book and Golf Michigan Play Books.

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


Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and e-mail 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 800-248-4444 or e-mail NESC@ford.com.


Special Offers
We're pleased to announce that we've added a Special Offers section to the Blue Oval Connect newsletter.

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.

This Week's Specials…

Electronics Corporation

Save on calling plans, wireless devices, calling features and accessories from Verizon Wireless. Click here for more information.

Electronics Corporation

Sharp Electronics Corporation is offering special purchase opportunities on AQUOS liquid crystal televisions and other audio, video, home appliance and home office products. Click here for more information.

Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.

Click here for more information.

Wells Fargo
Advantage Funds

As a retiree of Ford Motor Company, you have access to a dedicated team of specialists who can help you buy, build, or refinance your way to a future of home-centered financial security. Click here for more information.

You can find these offers and many, many more by simply 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
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Roswell, Ga.)

The monthly breakfast will be held the second Tuesday of each month at J. Christopher's Restaurant (11725 Alpharetta Highway) from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. If you would like further information about the breakfast 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.

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@sympaticao.ca.

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.

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 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 Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.

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 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 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 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 (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
We're pleased to invite everyone to our next luncheon occuring on Wednesday, March 24.
If you are a retired salaried Ford employee in the Kansas City area and would like to join our club, we welcome you. We have great food, select common topic of interest to present to the membership and social time filled with laughter and smiles as we greet old friends and coworkers. If this interests you or if you would like more information, contact Johnny Caldwell at JONCAL@swbell.net.

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.

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 (Riverview, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Highlands Golf Course (15015 Sibley Rd – east of I-75, between Allen Road & Fort St). 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.

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.

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.

April 14:
Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees (University Park, Fla.)

The next general membership meeting will start at 10 a.m. at Starbucks (5485 University Parkway). If you would like further information about the meeting or the Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees, please contact Den Ras at MANATEE-SARASOTAFORDRETIREES@hotmail.com.

April 14:
Dearborn/Allen Park Retired Ford Cafeteria Employees (Dearborn, Mich.)

The retirees of Ford Motor Company that have worked in the cafeterias in the Dearborn/Allen Park area are going to meet at Liberati's (6451 Miller Road) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@aol.com.

May 26:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon (Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club meets 3-4 times a year for luncheons, which are held at the German American Cultural Center (7370 Columbia Road). There is a $10 fee and they require a reservation, which must be received two weeks before the event. To reserve, send checks made to the Ford Salary Retiree Club at the following address: P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

August 27 - 28:
Chicago Stamping Reunion (Wildersville, Tenn.)

This year's Chicago Stamping Reunion will be held at Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Road). For more information, contact (Ace) Dempsay at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net or call 931-260-0427.


Calendar Ahead
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
April 6 - June 18:
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

Starting on April 6 from 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., a series of planetarium shows will take place at either the Henry Ford Community College Planetarium (5101 Evergreen Rd.) in room S-126 inside the Science building, or the University of Michigan-Dearborn Observatory (4901 Evergreen Rd.) on the third floor of the Science Learning and Research Center. Click here for the Spring 2010 Planetarium & UMD Observatory Schedule. For more information, contact Ken Anderson at 313-805-4600 or KANDERS2@ford.com.

April 16 – April 21:
Ford Employee's Softball Association – FESA (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Employee's Softball Association (FESA) is looking for teams, partial teams, and individual players, to play at Rotunda Fields for the 2010 season. League game start times vary from 5:20 to 7:40. The number of games varies by league, but there is usually a minimum of 13 or 14 games. The leagues will start at the beginning of May. For more information, click here, or contact Mike Parsons at 313-594-6765 or MPARSON1@ford.com.

Industry Sings Presents
April 18:
Industry Sings Presents (Redford, Mich.)

Industry Sings presents its 53rd Annual Concert. It will be held at Thurston High School (26255 Schoolcraft) at 4:00 p.m. Free admission! Featured performances are the DTE Singers, Ford Motor Company Chorus and Gentlemen Songsters with special guests, including American Liberty Pop Singers and Livonia Civic Chorus. For more information about this event, including a map, click here or call 734-968-9358.

May 30 - 31:
SAAC-MCR 35th annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (show and swap meet) will take place at Ford World Headquarters SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ("Go" track event) will take place at the Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, MI). For more information, click to http://www.saac-mcr.net/ or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net

Falcon Club
July 15 – 17:
Falcon Club of America 2010 National Convention (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Falcon Club of America is hosting the 2010 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Because the 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, the club anticipates over 400 Falcons and their owners to attend from all over the United States and Canada. Please visit fca2010detroit.webs.com for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at JOANAL@wideopenwest.com.

Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club
August 15:
Ford Athletic & Triathlon Club – F.A.S.T. (Novi, Mich.)

F.A.S.T. presents its 8th Annual Island Lake of Novi where a Triathlon & 1.5 Mile Open Water Swim will be held. This event is comprised of a 5 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run. To register, visit http://www.swimfasttrifast.com/index.php/island-lake-of-novi-triathlon.html or to learn more about this event, click here.

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