April 23, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • SYNC AppLink to Launch on 2011 Fiesta, Making Ford First to Deliver Voice Control of Smartphone Apps
  • Ford Launches 'Operation Drive One'; Tour to Salute Troops and Support Military Charity
  • Bill Ford Lauds Inaugural 'Michigan Green Leaders' Award Winners
  • Ford is Making Greener Vehicles through Increased Use of Renewable and Recyclable Materials
  • New Fiesta Brings Big-Car Quiet to Small-Car Class
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) GM to Invest $257 Million in Detroit, Kansas Plants

 

Announcements
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.

 

Top Stories
SYNC AppLink
SYNC AppLink to Launch on 2011 Fiesta, Making Ford First to Deliver Voice Control of Smartphone Apps
Customers have spoken – asking for safe, convenient access to their smartphone apps while in the vehicle – and Ford is responding by announcing the new SYNC AppLink software that will allow hands-free voice control of popular smartphone apps.

SYNC AppLink, a downloadable software upgrade, will be released for 2011 Ford Fiesta owners with the award-winning SYNC communications and infotainment system later this year, allowing drivers hands-free control of apps on their Android or BlackBerry smartphones via voice commands and vehicle controls. Ford will introduce AppLink on most SYNC-equipped vehicles next year, as well as provide interoperability with other smartphones.

To read the full article, click here.

'Operation Drive One' Logo
Ford Launches 'Operation Drive One'; Tour to Salute Troops and Support Military Charity
New cars, NASCAR races and even an exclusive concert by country superstar Toby Keith, this weekend Ford launches "Operation Drive one" to honor the men and women of the armed forces while raising money for one of the largest U.S. military charities.

Ford, a long time supporter of the military, will salute military personnel, veterans, family and friends with a 10-base national tour designed to provide a fun-filled day of entertainment including exciting driving challenges, interactive vehicle displays of Ford's newest products and technologies and classic car shows, all while raising money for the National Military Family Association.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Bill Ford
Bill Ford Lauds Inaugural 'Michigan Green Leaders' Award Winners
Acknowledging that environmental progress requires the efforts of everyone, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford congratulated the 16 winners and other nominees of the first annual Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leaders awards Thursday, which also marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

"I am really impressed with the people and the projects that were chosen," said Ford, one of the inaugural Green Leaders nominees himself and keynote speaker at the awards program held on the Detroit island park of Belle Isle. "It makes me proud of our state and hopeful for our future."

Ford also paid tribute to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson – a former senator from Wisconsin – and to authors Rachel Carson and Edward Abbey whose books and writings about the environment and our planet both alarmed and inspired him.

To read the full article, click here.

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2010 Ford Taurus Interior
Ford is Making Greener Vehicles through Increased Use of Renewable and Recyclable Materials
Ford is making its vehicles more eco-friendly through increased use of renewable and recyclable materials such as the soy and bio-based seat cushions and seatbacks on the 2010 Ford Taurus.

Ford vehicles are now 85 percent recyclable by weight. In 2009, Ford saved approximately $4.5 million by using recycled materials, and diverted between 25 and 30 million pounds of plastic from landfills in North America alone.

The 2010 Ford Taurus is the eleventh Ford vehicle to feature earth-friendly bio-based seat cushions and seatbacks. Ford has more vehicle models with seats that use soy and other bio-based foams than any other automaker. Ford Mustang, F-150, Focus, Flex, Escape, Expedition and Econoline as well as Mercury Mariner, Lincoln MKS and Navigator also use the sustainable material.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Fiesta
New Fiesta Brings Big-Car Quiet to Small-Car Class
With customers spending more time now then ever in their vehicles, interior quietness is necessity of quality, and the 2011 Ford Fiesta looks to shatter misconceptions when it comes to quietness inside the cabin.

Arriving in showrooms this summer, the Fiesta has interior noise levels lower than the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris in 80 mph wind tunnel testing.

This didn't happen by accident. With interior quietness equated to luxury by customers, Ford engineers designed the sporty, fuel-efficient subcompact to meet the same noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) standards as larger Ford vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Q&A
Ziad Ojakli

Ziad Ojakli
Group Vice President of Government and Community Relations
Ford Motor Company

Divergent business models among automakers and higher levels of government involvement require more than ever that Ford Motor Company has a strong voice in Washington and in state capitals throughout the country. The same is true in major markets around the world. Ziad Ojakli, group vice president of Government and Community Relations, discusses the company's strategy with @Ford Online.

Q: What is Ford Government and Community Relations doing to ensure the company's voice is heard by U.S. lawmakers and regulators?
A: First of all, we are leveraging the positive ONE Ford message and highlighting our products as "proof points" that we are leaders in technology, safety, fuel economy and value. Second, we are leveraging Ford's strong management team across all functions to interface with key officials in Washington, state capitals and international markets to reinforce the Ford story. And third, we are letting elected officials know that we care about supporting those who are willing to listen to our message and work together with us to address the challenges and opportunities ahead on our business issues.

However, as a result of our downsizing, we have a smaller base of political support. In the U.S., if you look at our operational footprint and employee base, we are primarily focused in five states. We must, therefore, work on common issues collaboratively with our supplier, dealer, and industry partners more than ever. This is where the Ford Political Action Committee, or PAC, helps us amplify our outreach to support those who are willing to work with us on critical issues in all 50 states. Everyone who is currently a member of the PAC should know that they are helping to ensure our voice is heard.

There are federal and state mid-term elections coming up later this year, so we're already working hard to make sure those who are running for office in key states understand the importance of auto manufacturing, especially to our economic recovery.

Q: Alan Mulally has said that we're fighting for the soul of manufacturing. Is that message being received?
A: It's beginning to be received, but it needs to be repeated over and over again. There are so many competing priorities at the federal and state level that we must continue to leverage our voice through the Ford PAC and by working effectively with our suppliers, dealers and industry partners. There were a couple ways we started highlighting this message. For example, we looked for opportunities during the 2008 presidential campaign when we made sure that both candidates and parties knew that the road to the White House went through heavy manufacturing states, particularly strong auto states – Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri. We sent a clear message that it was important for us to know where the candidates stood on issues that impact our bottom line.

We are also working to amplify our manufacturing message as it relates to trade agreements. Typically, agriculture, financial services and pharmaceuticals are all negotiated up front in trade agreements and those industries usually fare well. Manufacturing, which makes up most of our trade between countries, is often an afterthought. We are working to give manufacturing the priority it deserves, given its importance to the U.S. economy.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Focus RS
Focus RS Upgrade Launched as RS500 Sell Out
All 101 Focus RS500 models allocated to British drivers have been snapped up within days of launch. Ford is responding to the intense customer demand with an officially-approved Focus RS performance upgrade kit.

The kit allows Focus RS owners to give their 'regular' 305PS superhatch an extra 45PS and 20Nm of torque. This means motorists who could not secure one of Ford's limited-edition, matt black RS500s to upgrade any latest-generation RS to match the power – if not the exclusivity – of the fastest-ever Focus road car.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Older Fords Offered Makeover
Ford of Britain is inviting owners of vehicles older than three years to compete for a free makeover for their car. With over 3.8 million pre-2008 Ford cars remaining on the road following the end of government scrappage incentives, Ford dealers are gearing up to service more of them.

Helping to attract more out-of-warranty Fords to dealers is the offer of a free 29-point Visual Health Check at any Ford authorised repairer or Rapid Fit centre. Owners also have the opportunity, until June19, of entering a competition to have their vehicle refurbished up to a value of 10,000.

To read the full article, click here.

Off Road & Adventure Festival
Ford Motor Venezuela Ignites the Venezuela Off Road & Adventure Festival
Since 2001, Venezuela Off Road & Adventure Festival has established itself as the largest motor show in Venezuela and Latin America, with continued and sustained growth in terms of audience and exhibitors throughout the nine editions that have been held to date.

This year Ford Motor of Venezuela will ignite the music scene in Carabobo by presenting live concerts featuring Los Rabanes on Friday, April 23, Los Pericos on Saturday, April 24, and singers Servando and Florentino on Sunday, April 25. Hosted by Ramon Castro; the concerts will undoubtedly be a major point of enjoyment for all of the family and off-road enthusiasts who attend this annual event.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Creates Jobs in Casting Plant
Ford Announces USD $18.4 Million to Create Jobs and Retain Skills in Casting Plant
An AUD 20-million (USD $18.4 million) environmental and technical upgrade to Ford's Geelong Casting Plant will increase the size of its workforce by 50 percent and ensure vital automotive manufacturing skills remain in Australia.

The upgrade continues Ford's significant investment in its local operations, creating 50 new jobs at the modernized plant, securing the employment of 100 existing plant employees, and supporting further employment along the supply chain.

To read the full article, click here.

New Fiesta Chosen for Customer Promotion
Leading Australian Company Chooses New Fiesta for Customer Promotion
When Australia's leading electrical distributor and wholesaler, Lawrence & Hanson (L&H), held a national customer competition last year, the company chose a Ford Fiesta CL as the Grand Prize.

"We chose the Fiesta as the car to give away due to its extremely high quality and the high value it offered as a prize. Our core customer base is SME electricians, whose businesses are often a 'family affair' in that both the husband and wife play an equally important role in running the business," said Martin Dench, group marketing manager, L&H Group. "Rather than giving away a commercial vehicle, we looked at the Fiesta as it offered the family something, not just the business."

To read the full article, click here.

 

Outside Voices
GM to Invest $257 Million in Detroit, Kansas Plants
(Detroit Free Press) Before a cheering crowd in its Chevrolet Malibu plant here, General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre kicked off a round of good news today about the Detroit-based automaker, which exited bankruptcy just nine months ago. To read the full article, click here.

Third Time's a Charm: Volkswagen Unveils 2011 Phaeton in Beijing
(AutoBlog) The flagship sedan – which took "the people's car" up-market into Mercedes S-Class territory – was introduced in 2003, then underwent a facelift in 2009 and has now undergone yet another. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat to Carry On Dodge Viper Name
(Motor Trend) One piece of Chrysler news emerging from Fiat’s business meeting yesterday is that the Dodge Viper name will live on. In fact, Fiat intends to position the new Dodge as an American performance brand with the Viper leading a pack that also includes the Charger and Challenger. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota to Pay $16.4 Million Fine, Denies Wrongdoing
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest carmaker, agreed to pay a record $16.4 million U.S. fine for failing to promptly report flaws with vehicle accelerator pedals as it denied breaking safety rules. To read the full article, click here.

Electric, Affordable Leaf Sparks Lots of Interest
(Detroit News) The four-door Nissan Leaf will go on sale later this year for about $25,000 after a federal tax credit, a price low enough that auto industry analysts say it will attract consumers who had never considered driving electric vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Peugeot Resists Merger, Answers Marchionne With Sales Growth
(Bloomberg) PSA Peugeot Citroen, the carmaker predicted by Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne to be the next European candidate for an auto merger, has won more time to prove that it can go it alone. To read the full article, click here.

Study: Ford's Quality Ranks First in Customer Satisfaction
(Detroit News) A study commissioned by Ford Motor Co. found that the Dearborn automaker now has the highest customer satisfaction with vehicle quality of all the major automobile manufacturers. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Lost $197 Million in First Quarter
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler reported a net loss of $197 million for the first-quarter of 2010, and says it is on track to break even or earn a modest profit for the full year. To read the full article, click here.

GM Out of Fortune 500's Top 10 for the First Time
(Auto Evolution) Fortune Magazine released its annual Fortune 500 list of top-grossing companies in the U.S., and Wal-Mart reigns supreme after coming in second place last year. To read the full article, click here.

Nissan Starts Taking Orders for the Leaf
(USA Today) Nissan dealers will start taking orders for the Leaf all-electric car today, the automaker said. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta Overtakes VW Golf as Europe's Favorite Drive
(The Independent) The Ford Fiesta has overtaken the VW Golf in the battle for Europe's heart according to analysis released Monday by JATO Dynamics. To read the full article, click here.

Built for Blahniks: A Chevy for the High-Heels Crowd
(Time Magazine) When it comes to catering to female drivers, carmakers have gotten a lot more nuanced since 1955, when Dodge tried to reach women with its screamingly girly La Femme model. To read the full article, click here.

Top 10 Green Cars for 2010
(Kbb.com) Okay, the economy is getting better; that's the good news. The bad news is that as economic activity increases, oil and fuel prices are increasing too. 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
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
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
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.

Village Ford
Village Ford
Tire & Auto Center

All of Village Ford's new and used vehicles have prices online, but call 1-800-257-1538 for the latest incentives on the vehicle of your choice to further reduce your price! Click here for more information.

Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

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

Sharp
Sharp
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.

DELL
Dell
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.

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.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 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.

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.

Ford Ballroom Dance Club
May 8:
Ford Ballroom Dance Club (Plymouth, Mich.)

The Ford Ballroom Dance Club's Next Dance and Showcase will be held on Saturday, May 8 at the Meeting House Grand Ballroom in Plymouth. Dance lessons are from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., three show dances will be performed by members at 10 p.m. and open dancing occurs from 9 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Ford Ballroom Dances are open to the public where everyone is welcome. Click here for additional information about this event or contact Jenny at 313-805-8044 or JREMINGT@ford.com.

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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