April 1, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • U.S. March Sales Up 19 Percent
  • 16 Percent Sales Increase Help Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
  • Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Portfolio Gives Ford Competitive Edge as Gas Prices Increase
  • Consumer Demand for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Continues to Outstrip Expectations
  • Ford Hybrids Rated Highest for Customer Payback, Value
  • In-Sourcing Jobs: Good Business for Ford
  • Video: (ABC News) Ford's Alan Mulally Talks In-Car Technologies on "Tech This Out"
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Ford Leaps in Owner Loyalty, Takes Top Spot from GM

 

Announcements
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Lincoln Spring Forward Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Lincoln and take a smarter look at luxury…because it's more than plush leather seating and a smooth ride. It's about including things that make driving more enjoyable, more rewarding and safer. It's about including technology that keeps you connected to your life and the roads on which you travel.

Now during the Lincoln Spring Forward event, you can get it all. Plus, every new Lincoln now comes with the assurance of a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

See your local Lincoln dealer starting Feb. 14 to take advantage of the Lincoln Spring Forward Event. Event ends April 4. Click here for more information.


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Latest News from Peer Support
Under a new Blue/Cross Blue Shield of Michigan rate proposal, many Medicare-age applicants receiving an HRA, such as provided by Ford and Chrysler, would see their HRA treated as a subsidy quite possibly leading to sharply higher annual costs. Present Medigap Legacy "C" Plan holders could see their monthly premiums rise from U.S. $111 to $191.

The average of all BCBSM Medigap premiums would increase by 12.5 percent. What is new in this BCBSM proposal is that premiums would be based on overall incomes. Lower income participants would experience reduced premiums; higher income levels would pay more.

Two challenges were filed recently to the Michigan Insurance Commissioner. One came from Attorney General, Bill Schuette. It opposes the size of the average rate increase and apparently will question the legality of a "means test" system in Michigan. The second is from a Chrysler Salaried retiree activist, Chuck Austin, who challenges the fairness of further penalizing HRA recipients, who already have lost health care and life insurance benefits that they assumed they would have.

The multi-step process of evaluating these petitions will take several months. Once a decision is rendered, it is possible that litigation will follow. Ford BCBSM Legacy Medigap policy holders will do well to follow developments closely, but should not consider switching at this time.

BCBSM is required to continue offering this lowest cost Medigap policy to retirees reaching age 65 while the new rate proposals are under consideration. Peer Support knows of retirees who successfully signed up for the Medigap Legacy "C" policy in recent weeks. Developments will be posted on the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org). Peer Support expects to be meeting soon with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Salaried retirees with questions or points of view on this subject are encouraged to e-mail their positions to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. Responses from our volunteers will be provided as needed. Your opinions will help us determine what more active role, if any, Peer Support, should consider.

Those holding other BCBSM policies, including the BCN Medigap Plan and various Medicare Advantage Plans are not impacted at this time. Seventy per cent of Ford Salaried Medicare-age Retirees are resident in Michigan. The largest percentage are BCBSM customers.

 

Top Stories
Ford Fiesta
U.S. March Sales Up 19 Percent
Consumer demand for Ford's fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow as March sales increased 19 percent versus a year ago. Year-to-date, Ford sales totaled 496,720, up 16 percent.

Ford offers 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four vehicles with EPA certified 40 mpg or higher fuel economy ratings – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
16 Percent Sales Increase Help Drive Ford to No. 1 in Canada
Ford of Canada saw sales increase 16 percent compared to last March, and claims top spot for the first quarter with year-to-date sales up 9 percent. Strong demand for fuel efficient vehicles drove Ford car sales up 31 percent in March with Fiesta delivering its best month since launch.

Not only are consumers rewarding Ford for a strong product lineup, third parties have also recognized the quality of the vehicles. Just recently, Lincoln received the highest score for long-term durability among all vehicle brands in the annual J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study. Sales across the Lincoln portfolio increased 38 percent compared to the same period last year.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fuel-Economy Leadership
Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Portfolio Gives Ford Competitive Edge as Gas Prices Increase
Gas prices in the U.S. have reached an average of $3.57 per gallon, and they may climb even higher as tension continues to escalate in the oil-rich Middle East.

The good news is that Ford is in an excellent position – both in dealer showrooms and its manufacturing facilities – to meet the needs of new car buyers who are concerned about the rising cost of fuel.

The Ford portfolio offers consumers the power of choice with fuel-efficient vehicles in virtually every segment – from small cars like the Fiesta and the all-new 2012 Focus to sports cars like the 2011 Mustang coupe and full-size trucks like the 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost.

To read the full article, click here.

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MKZ Hybrid
Consumer Demand for the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Continues to Outstrip Expectations
Sales of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid luxury sedan continue to exceed expectations. Having launched with a sales mix of approximately 15 percent within the MKZ model range, sales have continued to track at more than 20 percent since January 2011.

In addition to sales momentum, the MKZ Hybrid is proving popular for its other strengths, including fuel economy and top-rated dependability. No other four-door luxury sedan – gasoline, diesel or hybrid powertrain – can top the MKZ's certified 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway EPA rating.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Hybrids Rated Highest for Customer Payback, Value
With gas prices on the rise, the interest around fuel efficiency and hybrid vehicle options is top of mind for potential car buyers. But are all hybrids created equal? Recent industry studies show that certain hybrid models provide car buyers with much more bang for their buck, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid are at the top of those lists, demonstrating the best return on investment compared to competitors.

Edmunds.com lists the Ford Escape Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid as class leaders for best monthly fuel cost in the publication's annual best and worst monthly fuel cost estimates analysis. The hybrid versions of both vehicles led the pack for best monthly fuel costs, with consumers paying over U.S. $100 less for fuel per month, compared to competing vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Raymond King
In-Sourcing Jobs: Good Business for Ford
By 2012, Ford will have brought more than 2,100 hourly jobs back into its U.S. manufacturing plants that were previously being performed by suppliers inside and outside of the U.S.

To put that figure in perspective, it is equal to or more than the total number of workers Ford employs in several different manufacturing facilities.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 F-150
A Great Pickup Line: Ford Delivers Best Fuel Economy, Best Power, Best Capability and Best Value
Buyers looking for the unbeatable combination of fuel economy, capability, power and value in pickups can find it all in Ford's comprehensive truck range – Ranger, F-150 and Super Duty.

The Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 list of Most and Least Fuel Efficient Trucks cited two Ford pickups, Ranger and F-150 with the 3.7-liter V6, as the most fuel efficient in their segments. That gives Ford a clean sweep of best pickup truck fuel economy numbers from smallest to largest.

To read the full article, click here.

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Fun to Drive Employee Experience Off to a Great Start
Employees' received a special treat Monday morning thanks to the latest Drive one Employee Experience event.

At Ford's World Headquarters, participants were welcomed via a videotaped greeting from Mark Fields, president, The Americas, who encouraged employees to participate in new ways in order to experience and learn about the 2012 Ford Focus.

To read the full article, click here.

MuCell Technology
From the Labs of Ford: Tiny Bubble in Plastic Components Can Save Weight
Ford researchers and interior component engineers have been investigating using microcellular or MuCell technology for injection molded parts to reduce component weight, a key Ford strategy to help increase fuel efficiency.

HOW IT WORKS: MuCell, developed and patented by MIT and now owned by Trexel Inc., involves the highly controlled use of a gas such as CO2 or nitrogen in the injection molding process, which creates millions of micron-sized voids or bubbles in uniform configurations.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Rising Gas Prices Fuel Demand for Ford Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Commercial Vehicles
Higher fuel prices, increasing government incentives and more fueling stations are spurring interest in compressed natural gas-powered commercial vehicles offered by Ford.

Consider Metro Taxi of West Haven, Conn., which soon will take delivery of 20 Transit Connect Taxis powered by CNG. Owner Bill Scalzi said he bought the CNG-powered Transit Connect Taxis because of rising gas prices, government funding and the fact that there will soon be more CNG fueling stations in Connecticut, including one he is adding to his facilities.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Employees Help Out
Ford Employees Answer Community's Call for Families in Need
Diapers are a fact of life for families with infants and toddlers, but most assistance programs do not pay for them. For families struggling to pay their bills and feed their children, diapers are an added cost that stretches their budget to the breaking point. Ford's nonprofit agency partners reported a critical need for diapers – and baby formula – among low-income families, and the Ford Volunteer Corps stepped in to help.

The Ford Volunteer Corps sponsored a diaper and baby formula drive at 15 Ford buildings in southeast Michigan. In just four days, Ford employees donated 25,000 diapers, 600 containers of formula, 900 packs of baby wipes and 10 strollers to help bridge the gap for families.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
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Alan Mulally is Financial Times Person of the Year
Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally has been recognized as Person of the Year in the third annual FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Awards.

To read the full article, click here.

Potholes at Proving Ground
Ford's Extreme Road Testing Helps Cars Conquer Potholed Roads around the World
Ford engineers know that not all roads are created equal. Some are pockmarked with potholes. Others simply consist of merciless off-road-like tracks. Only a blessed few roads around the world are kind to the vehicles driving over them.

To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta
Ford Data Reveals Europe's Car Color Tastes
It's perhaps no surprise that France and Italy are fond of cream-colored cars given their famous café cultures. But why do buyers in the Czech Republic favor blue far more than any other nation? And the Irish may be traditionally associated with green, but they much prefer driving silver.

To read the full article, click here.

Focus Race Car
Focus Race Car Ready For Action
The new Team Aon Ford Focus BTCC car has undergone its final shakedown tests ahead of this weekend's opening race at the Brands Hatch circuit in southern England. The fine-tuning took place at Ford's Dunton Engineering Centre in Essex.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
All-New Ford Ranger Gets Into Deep Water
Come flood or high water, all-new Ford Ranger confidently takes it all in its durable stride, buoyed by its best-in-class water-wading capability of 800 mm. The 4x4 and 4x2 Hi-Rider models can wade through deep water even while carrying a full load.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Oval
Ford's Alan Mulally Talks In-Car Technologies on "Tech This Out"
(ABC News) "Tech This Out" Host Daniel Sieberg reports on some new car technologies. Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally talks about new Ford technology, like MyFord Touch and SYNC®. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Leaps in Owner Loyalty, Takes Top Spot from GM
(USA Today) Ford saw a whopping increase in owners who say they will be loyal to the brand last year compared with 2009, a new analysis shows. To read the full article, click here.

Ford To Get 'Deal of the Year' Award
(The Detroit Bureau) Ford will receive the Deal of the Year award from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. this week at the Bank's 36th Annual Conference. To read the full article, click here.

Sue Cischke: Fuel Economy – More Important Now Than Ever
(Huffington Post) When gas prices go up, it's natural for consumers to start looking at their vehicle's fuel efficiency and ask what the auto industry is doing to improve MPGs. To read the full article, click here.

Mark Phelan: New Ford Focus has Advances, Small Quality Problems
(Detroit Free Press) The attractive and technically advanced 2012 Ford Focus is my favorite car in the strong new crop of compacts but I can't call it the best. To read the full article, click here.

Reviving Elusive Goal, Obama Calls for One-Third Reduction in U.S. Oil Imports
(Washington Post) President Barack Obama on Wednesday called for a one-third reduction in U.S. oil imports by 2025, reviving a long-elusive goal of reducing America’s dependence on foreign supplies as political unrest rocks the Middle East and gasoline prices rise at home. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Says Parts Production Recovery May Take 'Long Time'
(Bloomberg) Toyota said it may take a "long time" for parts production to recover from the March 11 earthquake, according to a statement to the Tokyo Stock Exchange today. To read the full article, click here.

GM Said to Develop Buick Plug-In Hybrid Using Chevrolet Volt's Technology
(Bloomberg) GM is developing a Buick brand car using the Chevrolet Volt's plug-in hybrid technology as the automaker expands its line of fuel-efficient vehicles, according to two people familiar with the project. To read the full article, click here.

Comparison: Three-Row Crossover SUVs
(MotorTrend) Which Three Row Crossover would you buy? Vote now! To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
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
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.

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LJPR
Registered Investment Advisor

You are entitled to a FREE one-hour financial review with either Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP®, CFA or Brian Roehl, CFP®.

To book your appointment, call 248-641-7400 and you can schedule a convenient time and we’ll let you know what to bring. Click here for more information.

AARP
AARP
Health and Finances

AARP is now offering a special 15 percent discount on annual dues. If you or your spouse is 50 or over, join or renew your AARP Membership and enjoy everyday savings on prescriptions, groceries, restaurants, travel and more.
Click here for more information.

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 March 8 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) At 11:30 there will be a short presentation by Larry Ledford and/or Darrin Chrisman. 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
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April 7:
Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart (Detroit, Mich.)

For one night only Madstone Productions in association with Celtic Woman Ltd. presents Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart. This event starts at 7:30 p.m.at the Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Avenue). Ford retirees save up to $6.50 per ticket! For the best seats, order today by calling 313-471-3099. Click here to view the flyer.

April 8 & 9:
The Color Purple (Detroit, Mich.)

Come see the show Time Magazine is calling "Fabulous! A soaring, joyful musical!" For two nights, the Fox Theatre is featuring The Color Purple on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Retirees can get tickets for as low as $27.50. For the best seats, call 313-471-3092. Click here to view the flyer.

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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