April 29, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Explorer Industry-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Prestigious Safety Award
  • Lincoln All-Wheel Drive Combines Luxury with Year-Round Driving Confidence
  • Ford EcoBoost Engines: Conserving Fuel, Adding Sales, Attracting New Customers
  • New Drive one Ads Introduce Element of Surprise
  • Global Color Studies Show Ford Customer Tastes: Germany, Norway Like Black; U.S. Coasts Choose Silver
  • Video: (Nightly Business Report) Alan Mulally Touts 1Q Earnings Results, Products
  • Outside Voices: (Investing Daily) Ford Motor is Hitting on All Cylinders

 

Announcements
Annual Funding Notice
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires that plan administrators provide an annual funding notice for your pension plan ("the Plan"). Ford is sending the notices with May 1 pension checks. The notice includes important funding information about the Plan and does not include any personal benefit information nor does it require any action on your part.


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Latest News from Peer Support
Fresh polls from leading news organizations continue to show significant differences of opinion from the American public on Medicare issues and the program's future. As is so often the case, answers depend on the actual question that is asked. For example, the latest New York Times/CBS poll showed that 57 percent of respondents agreed that it would be "necessary" to make changes in Medicare to reduce the budget deficit. A Washington Post/ABC poll collected the same week found that 78 percent of respondents somewhat or strongly opposed "cutting spending on Medicare in order to reduce the national debt." Click here for a summary of recent polls, but please remember that these major polls are just snapshots of the moment and reflect what question is asked and how much information is provided.

If you have questions or comments on this continuing national debate or on specific health care insurance issues, please email them to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org and a Peer Support volunteer will respond. Further information is available on our website, http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org.


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Swap Your Ride Event
Now is a great time to swap your ride for a new Ford car, truck, SUV or CUV because no one has more cars that get 40 mpg!1

You don't have to sacrifice fuel economy for technology, comfort or capability. Check out Ford Taurus, the most innovative full-size sedan in America.2 Take a look at the available SYNC® with MyFord Touch,3 which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the new 2011 Ford Edge. And, of course, don't forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 34 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer anytime until June 2 to take advantage of the Swap Your Ride Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1EPA – estimated 40 hwy mpg. 2011 Fiesta SE with SFE; 40 hwy mpg, 2012 Focus SE with SFE; 41 city mpg, 2011 Fusion Hybrid.
2Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full-Size Non Luxury Sedans.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use SYNC/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.


 

Top Stories
Rear Inflatable Seatbelts
Ford Explorer Industry-First Rear Inflatable Seat Belts Earn Prestigious Safety Award
Ford's industry-exclusive rear inflatable seat belts – one of the 2011 Explorer's breakthrough safety innovations that helped nearly triple the vehicle's March sales – earned the 2011 Traffic Safety Achievement Award from the New York International Auto Show's World Traffic Safety Symposium.

This advanced restraint system is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear seat occupants. Over time, Ford plans to offer this technology in other nameplates globally.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Lincoln MKX
Lincoln All-Wheel Drive Combines Luxury with Year-Round Driving Confidence
All-wheel drive is a luxury feature that many buyers of premium automobiles demand in their vehicles for maximum mobility. This is especially true in northern states where colder climates naturally lead to more snow, ice and generally inclement road conditions. Lincoln customers can choose the option of all-wheel drive on all of its models, giving them the added confidence and stability that this technology brings.

In fact, all-wheel drive offers safety and handling advantages in all seasons. Lincoln's all-wheel drive option allows drivers to accelerate and corner decisively and confidently with power to all four wheels, regardless of road surface and weather conditions.

To read the full release, click here.

Ford EcoBoost Engines Conserve Fuel
Ford EcoBoost Engines: Conserving Fuel, Adding Sales, Attracting New Customers
The EcoBoost engine family isn't just giving some Ford vehicles a bump in fuel economy. The engines also are giving Ford sales a boost by attracting customers who had not previously considered a Ford brand product.

EcoBoost pickup sales
Demand for the EcoBoost engine in the F-150 has increased each month since launch. One in every four Ford F-150 pickups sold during March was powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. In April, EcoBoost F-150 sales are running at about 35 percent. In the F-150, the EcoBoost engine with its 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque provides best-in-class towing capability of 11,300 lbs combined with up to 20 percent fuel economy savings. The 2011 F-150 EcoBoost carries an EPA rating of 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, making it the best combination of capability and efficiency among light duty full-sized pickups.

To read the full article, click here.

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New Drive one Ads Introduce Element of Surprise
Imagine walking into a conference room and being surprised with a "TMZ-like" assortment of cameras, flashing lights and a group of reporters asking questions about the vehicle you drive.

Real Ford owners recently found themselves in that exact situation, and their surprise and candor was caught on tape for the new Drive one television ads that start airing Saturday, Apr. 30 during primetime programming.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Color Studies
Global Color Studies Show Ford Customer Tastes: Germany, Norway Like Black; U.S. Coasts Choose Silver
Despite an array of bright, vibrant car colors, U.S. customers on the coasts and customers in most European countries prefer the classic core colors – white, black, silver and gray.

Gray and silver are most popular in New York and Los Angeles. San Franciscans like white and Bostonians like black.

Only one country in Europe has a top color other than white, black or silver: The Czech Republic chooses blue.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Fund Extends a Helping Hand
The Ford Fund Drives Education, Safety, Volunteers, Community
Since its start, Ford has been heavily involved in the communities where it operates. For the past six decades, this philanthropic work has been managed by the Ford Motor Company Fund, which was established by Henry Ford II in 1949.

The Ford Fund still is guided by the vision of his grandfather, who believed in investing in communities.

To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford Signs Autographs for Kids
Ford Celebrates Annual Take Your Child to Work Day
Many children around the country woke up this week excited for what the day would have in store. Instead of going to school, many children went to work with their parents for the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day.

For the children visiting their parents who work at Ford in Dearborn, the day was celebrated by having Executive Chairman Bill Ford and President and CEO Alan Mulally attend their lunch in the Conference and Events Center.

The executive chairman shared time with the children, signed autographs and took photos.

To read the full article, click here.

FoNikolaj Karpowitsch
Van Dyke Ships Globally, Remains Committed to Quality
As Ford continues to commonize its global vehicle platforms, powertrain component manufacturers find themselves shipping parts all over the world.

Van Dyke Transmission Plant is a great example.

Van Dyke currently produces three front-wheel-drive transmissions for 10 of the 20 global vehicle platforms and ships globally to 15 different assembly plants in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific and Africa.

To read the full article, click here.

Grandparents
Ford Heritage Still Going Strong
It's not very often that someone can attribute their very existence to Ford Motor Company and yet Lou Ghilardi is able to do just that.

Each of Louis' grandfathers, Joseph Ghilardi (paternal grandfather) and Louis Crocco (maternal grandfather) immigrated to America from Italy in the early 1900s to find a better, more prosperous life for themselves and their families.

Both gentlemen had to leave their families behind until they could establish themselves in the "new country." Before coming to Detroit, Joseph was working in an Arizona copper mine while Crocco was working in a Pennsylvania coal mine when Ford announced it would be paying its workers U.S. $5 a day.

To read more on the Nielson awards, click here.

Ford Driving Skills for Life
Ford Survey: Parents Say They Drive Safe but Teens Observe Troubling Risks
U.S. teens and tweens say their parents are riskier drivers than they claim, according to a new national survey commissioned by Ford. While nearly all parents say they are safe drivers and good role models for their kids, more than half (51 percent) admit their teens and tweens have asked them to slow down, stop talking or texting by hand, or practice other safe driving behaviors.

An even larger number (80 percent) of teens and tweens have seen their parents engage in risky actions behind the wheel while looking to their elders as driving role models. Meantime, 78 percent of tweens say their mothers and fathers have "a lot of influence" on the way they will drive and 66 percent of teenage drivers say their parents' actions influence their driving.

To read more on the Nielson awards, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Explorer
Ford Japan Office and Dealers Back to Normal and Moving Ahead
Ford's operations in Japan have returned to normal thanks to the dedication of the Ford employees and dealer partners who have continued to work hard to ensure things are moving forward despite challenges that remain following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country last month.

To read the full article, click here.

Happy Seat
Ford's 'Happy Seat' Improves Life On The Assembly Line For Factory Workers Across Europe
When Henry Ford pioneered the moving assembly line, he could not have imagined that more than 100 years later, Ford would still be refining and improving this seminal innovation.

To read the full article, click here.

99 Days of Fiesta Fever
99 Days of Fiesta Fever
For Facebook fans of the Ford Fiesta in the Philippines, the race is on. Ford Group Philippines has launched a new competition, called "99 Days of Fiesta Fever," that challenges Fiesta fans to invite their friends to become fans of the Ford Fiesta on Facebook.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Mondeo
The Mondeo Diaries – Taiwan Bloggers Share Their Ford Mondeo Test Drive Experiences
Five popular and influential Taiwanese bloggers have fallen for the new feature-laden Ford Mondeo and its fuel efficient EcoBoost engine.

To read the full article, click here.

260 Golfers
Purchasing Effort for Charity
Building on last year's success, the AutoAlliance Thailand's (AAT) Golf Charity event enjoyed more participants and raised more donations in its second year with overwhelming support from AAT's employees and 89 suppliers.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Touts 1Q Earnings Results, Products
(Nightly Business Report) Ford posted its best quarter in 13 years this week. It earned a better-than-expected $0.62 per share. Revenue was $33 billion. Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said Ford is increasing production in 2Q and reiterated is full-year guidance that profitability and cash flow will improve over 2010. Click here to view video.

2011 Ford Edge
2011 Ford Edge Receive Top Safety Marks from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(NBC) The 2011 Ford Edge received top safety marks from the IIHS in front, side and rear crash tests. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Motor is Hitting on All Cylinders
(Investing Daily) As a kid growing up, the first car I remember my family owning was a Ford Country Squire station wagon. To read the full article, click here.

Buyers Spend More, Drive Ford's $2.6 Billion Q1 Profit
(USA Today) Ford this week reported a $2.6 billion profit in the first quarter – up 22.4 percent from a year ago – driven by new products, such as the Fiesta, Focus and Explorer, and a willingness by buyers, particularly in North America, to spend more for higher trim levels and more options on those products. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Likely to Lose Status as Top-Selling Automaker
(Motor Trend) Toyota will likely lose its spot as the world's top-selling automaker due to setbacks related to the March 11 quake and tsunami in Japan. To read the full article, click here.

GM Said to Plan Doubling 2012 Production Capacity of Chevrolet Volt Hybrid
(IBTimes) GM Chief Executive Officer Dan Akerson plans to double the 2012 production capacity for the Chevrolet Volt to 120,000 as he works to boost the plug-in hybrid's sales, said two people familiar with the matter. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Cancels 40 MPG Ypsilon Premium Compact
(Gas2.org) Despite the mini-luxe interior appointments and trick multi-air turbo engines, Chrysler's planned premium compact car is "as good as dead", according to Car and Driver, because it would be "too close" in price and concept to the retro-styled Fiat 500 also being peddled in Chrysler showrooms. To read the full article, click here.

Rising Gas Prices Hike Up Hybrid, Diesel, Subcompact Vehicle Sales in First Quarter of 2011
(Autoblog) U.S. sales of hybrid, diesel and subcompact vehicles outpaced the automotive industry's overall growth in the first quarter of 2011, according to a report released by Baum and Associates, a firm that specializes in forecasting and market research related to the auto industry. To read the full article, click here.

What's More Important to Car Buyers – Environment or Price?
(CNBC) With electric cars and plug-in hybrids generating more buzz than ever before, a new study by J.D. Power and Associates drives home a bit of reality about the green wave rolling into showrooms. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf Plug-Ins Ace Crash Tests
(USA Today) In a boost for electric cars, the insurance industry's auto safety lab today will give two new plug-ins – the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf – its top rating for protecting occupants in a crash. 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.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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 on May 25. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Calendar Ahead
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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