April 30, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • North America Shines in Ford's Surprising First Quarter Profit
  • Ford Expands List of Key Suppliers Selected for Long-Term Relationships, Collaboration
  • 2011 Ford Fiesta Media Drive
  • Bill Ford Takes the Stage at R&A Take Our Children to Work Day Event
  • Ford Fiesta Knows Hip-Hop, Celebrity Customizer Funkmaster Flex Tricks Out Ford's Newest Small Car
  • Video: (YouTube) The New American Road: A Ford Documentary
  • Outside Voices: (USA Today) Pentagon Backs Bill that Could Protect Military Car Buyers

 

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
2010 Ford Taurus
North America Shines in Ford's Surprising First Quarter Profit
Ford North America recorded its highest quarterly earnings in six years to help Ford Motor Company blow past analyst estimates to post a stunning net income of $2.1 billion for the first quarter of 2010. Based on the company's improving performance and other factors, Ford now expects to be solidly profitable in 2010 – a year earlier than anticipated.

Every region of the company's Automotive Operations showed a pre-tax operating profit for the period, but none greater than the $1.2 billion booked by North America – a $1.9 billion improvement versus the first quarter of 2009.

"From where we were over the last couple of years, this should give you and your (teams) a lot of pride," said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, during Tuesday afternoon's Americas Quarterly Business Review at World Headquarters. "This is a quarter where we're really starting to see the benefits of growing the business."

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Focus
Ford Expands List of Key Suppliers Selected for Long-Term Relationships, Collaboration
Ford Motor Company is adding 13 new companies to its Aligned Business Framework (ABF), bringing to 90 the total number of key component and service suppliers chosen for long-term relationships and closer collaboration.

Ford has added steadily to the ABF list since it was created with seven companies in September 2005 to forge a new path of collaboration between Ford and its supply base. It now consists of 67 production and 23 non-production suppliers from around the world.

ABF suppliers are playing an increasingly important role as Ford consolidates global vehicle platforms and engine architectures while increasing part commonality across its product line. Last year, approximately half of Ford's global production purchases were sourced to ABF suppliers, up from 34 percent in 2006.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Media Drive
The long-awaited drives of the 2011 Ford Fiesta kicked off Monday, April 19, in San Francisco, the beginning of a week-long media program that put 200 journalists behind the wheel of both manual and 6-speed PowerShift automatic versions of our new sedan and five-door models.

Media attending the program heard presentations about the Fiesta's innovative engineering and marketing and then were given the chance to put the Fiesta to the test on a 150 mile drive route south of San Francisco that featured a blend of twisty, technical roads and some highway. Overall, media had high praise for our new car, some even calling it a new benchmark for the segment. Fiesta's craftsmanship, quality of materials, quietness and fun-to-drive characteristic seemed to meet and even exceeded the high expectations that media had for our new car. Our EPAS system was called out by some in attendance as the best in the industry. Media also spoke highly about our car's attractive interior and exterior design. The average fuel economy for our Fiesta – after 150 miles of spirited driving – ranged from 33.5 mpg to 41.4 mpg, impressing even our toughest media critics who weren't being gentle with the accelerator pedal.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Bill Ford Poses for a Picture with Children at Event
Bill Ford Takes the Stage at R&A Take Our Children to Work Day Event
For the past eleven years, Ford Motor Company has proudly supported the national "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" to make each experience beneficial for both children and employees alike.

This year's event, sponsored by the HR Diversity Council, was held at the Conference and Event Center last Thursday. 'Take Our Children to Work Day' revolves around the importance of a child's education and the significance of their parent's role in Ford's success.

Today, kids are encouraged to frequently exercise the most powerful part of their body – their mind, and this year's event was the perfect chance for young kids to think about their future, in addition to the possibility of one day following in their mother and/or father's footsteps.

To read the full article, click here.

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Funkmaster Flex Tricks Out Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta Knows Hip-Hop, Celebrity Customizer Funkmaster Flex Tricks Out Ford's Newest Small Car
The Ford Fiesta has been earning its street credibility since last year’s Fiesta Movement, but now Ford's newest car is getting its Hip-Hop seal of approval by none other than Celebrity Customizer Funkmaster Flex. The Fiesta will appear in an episode of Flex's new TV show, 'Funk Flex Full Throttle' which premiers this Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. EST on MTV2.

The Fiesta will play a starring role in one of the show's episodes as Funkmaster Flex puts his creative spin on the vehicle that has a strong following prior to its launch. As part of the partnership, one viewer will win the chance to take home the keys to the Fiesta customized by Flex as part of the Funk Flex Full Throttle Giveaway. The customization is set to include features such as a custom body kit, wheels, tires, lowering kit, a Funkmaster Flex signature two-tone paint job and a custom interior.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Fiestas Visit UofM
Innovation is What Fuels Ford's Future
Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor joined forces to launch a project giving students access to a Ford developmental mobile computing platforms, which allowed them to design and test new applications in search of the "what's next" for in-car connectivity.

This semester, students taking U of M's "Cloud Computing in the Commute" course have spent the last 12 weeks exploring the future of by just "building" it --- writing car apps – including one that will be making a cross-country journey embedded in a 2011 Ford Fiesta.

The course, designed in part by the Ford Research & Advanced Engineering (R&A) organization, prototyped social networking and transportation apps as part of a larger Ford initiative called "American Journey 2.0," a joint open innovation research project offering students the chance to shape the future in-car experience.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Sam De La Garza

Sam De La Garza
Fiesta Brand Manager
Ford Motor Company

Positive reactions from media members who drove the new Ford Fiesta last week in San Francisco continue to build momentum for the company's new small car, which is scheduled to hit dealer showrooms across the U.S. this summer. Sam De La Garza, Fiesta brand manager, recently discussed the growing enthusiasm for the new small car as well as its many attributes and other aspects of the launch with @Ford Online.

Q: How many Fiestas have been sold in the U.S.?
A: We have seen a lot of early interest in Fiesta and currently have more than 1,300 retail orders in the system before consumers have had a chance to see or drive the car at Ford dealerships. Currently, we are running at a 10 percent conversion rate from "reservations" to orders, which is far above the two percent rate we typically see when we offer an early reservation program.

Q: Who is the Fiesta target customer?
A: We expect Fiesta customers to be people who crave great-looking vehicles with premium technologies and a fun driving experience. That can include everyone from newly licensed young drivers to young professionals who reside in urban areas to Baby Boomers.

Q: What is Fiesta's primary competition?
A: Many believe it is the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa. Really, though, Fiesta stands on its own within the segment, offering 15 class-exclusive technologies and features – many of which are not traditionally found on small cars – class-leading fuel economy and more standard air bags than any other vehicle in its segment.

What separates Fiesta from cars in the segment is that Fiesta is a no-compromise vehicle. In addition to achieving a projected 40 mpg on the highway, Fiesta offers great design, strong driving dynamics and technology and features never before found on a small car in this market.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Start Concept
Ford Start Wins AutoWeek's Best Concept
The stunning red Ford Start pulled ahead of 65 concept vehicles to be named Best Concept by the AutoWeek editorial staff at the Beijing auto show this year.

Small, green and fun, the Ford Start won admirers for its decidedly playful take on kinetic design. More than a design exploration into the feasibility of a future small car, it previews the smallest engine yet in the growing Ford EcoBoost engine family. Ford has confirmed that the 1.0-liter turbocharged I3 EcoBoost engine powering the Start is going into production, destined for use in future Ford small cars, where it is expected to deliver the same power as a larger petrol I4.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Ford Econovan
2010 Ford Econovan Launched in Taiwan
Ford Lio Ho (FLH) announced the new Ford Econovan is now available at dealers throughout Taiwan.

The new Econovan is equipped with a 2.0 liter engine and manual transmission, and delivers 100 horsepower and peak torque of 16.3 kg-m at 2500 rpm. It offers two choices of loading trunks; a wooden bed and a chassis version.

With a loading capacity up to 1,162 kg, the wooden bed version provides a highly capable carrier for a truck. The chassis version offers greater flexibility for owners, with a load truck that is designed to meet their business needs.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Stand at 2010 Beijing Auto Show
Visitors 'Feel the Difference' at Ford Stand
They are tall, friendly and have a tendency to show off their muscles. Dressed in bright orange, they wave to everyone from afar, beckoning and attracting them to the Ford stand at Auto China 2010.

Greeting visitors with "Hi, my name is Eco" and "Hi, my name is Boost", they've been winning everyone over with their playful antics. In fact, the two high-tech robot arms were so popular that they captured the attention of the visitors far longer than any leggy car model. Even government ministers have been spotted saying hello to Eco and Boost.

To read the full article, click here.

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2010 Transit Connect
Transit Connect Takes Second in Russian Poll
Ford earns second place in the annual "Best commercial vehicle in Russia 2010" poll...

The Ford Transit Connect has been named Russia's second best commercial vehicle in the annual "Best commercial vehicle in Russia 2010" poll. The awards ceremony took place at the end of the first day of the 10th International Exhibition of Commercial Vehicles in Russia.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Oval
The New American Road: A Ford Documentary
(YouTube) This is the story of Ford – the man – the company – and, importantly, a band of revolutionaries that are "betting it all" – defying all the odds – and in doing so, are re-establishing American automotive leadership, and reinventing the world's automobiles for the 21st Century. Click here to view video.

Lewis Booth
Lewis Booth Talks With @Ford Online
Lewis Booth, Ford's Chief Financial Officer, provides valuable insight on the company's recent financial performance, including the recent activity of Ford's stock price, as well as what it will take to maintain Ford's momentum. On a lighter note, Booth discusses which vehicle might replace his much talked about blue Transit Connect with racing stripes. Watch the full video interview on @Ford Online. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Pentagon Backs Bill that Could Protect Military Car Buyers
(USA Today) Car dealers, who are among the largest lobbying groups in Washington, are facing a bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., that would regulate businesses granting credit. To read the full article, click here.

Republican Senator Criticizes GM Loan Repayment
(Associated Press) General Motors' repayment of a $6.7 billion government loan was criticized Wednesday by a top Republican lawmaker, who said the automaker simply shuffled federal bailout funds to pay back taxpayers. To read the full article, click here.

VW Seeks China Chief as GM, Hyundai Steps Up Rivalry
(Bloomberg) Volkswagen AG's new head of China will have a tough act to follow: current chief Winfried Vahland brought home a $1 billion profit for the German carmaker last year after reversing losses and a slumping market share. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ready to Launch its Funky Fiesta this Summer
(Detroit Free Press) With a tremendous amount of momentum on its side, Ford is preparing to launch a Fiesta subcompact this summer that completes a successful overhaul of the automaker's car lineup and aims to steal back the hearts of young buyers, many of whom drive Asian models. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Announce $890 Million in Plant Upgrades
(Detroit News) General Motors Co. will announce today that it is investing about $890 million to upgrade five North American factories, a move that will create or retain 1,600 jobs and is part of its small-block engine program, two people familiar with the plans said Monday. To read the full article, click here.

Daimler Increases Profit Forecast on Mercedes Demand
(Bloomberg) Daimler AG, the world's second- biggest maker of luxury vehicles, raised its earnings forecast by 74 percent after demand for Mercedes-Benz cars fueled a return to profit in the first quarter. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Recalls Lead Rockefeller, Waxman to Write Safety Measure
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp.'s record recalls for flaws tied to unintended acceleration prompted the chairmen of two congressional committees to draft auto-safety legislation targeting carmakers and the highway safety regulator. To read the full article, click here.

All Signs Looking Good for Ford and CEO Alan Mulally
(USA Today) As Tuesday's Ford earnings show, it's good to be the blue oval right now. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Forecasts Higher Profit on Sales Recovery
(Bloomberg) Honda Motor Co., Japan's second- largest carmaker, forecast profit will rise 27 percent this fiscal year as auto demand recovers in North America, its largest market. To read the full article, click here.

Dodge Charger Challenges Ford for Police Fleet Market
(Detroit News) Luca Cordero di Montezemolo resigned as Fiat Chairman after he "completed his mandate," Fiat said in a statement distributed trough the Milan exchange today. To read the full article, click here.

BMW Overtakes Toyota as World's Number One Car Brand
(Auto Evolution) BMW has overtaken Toyota in the annual ranking of the world’s top brands, BrandZ Top 100 – a survey compiled by the market research company Millward Brown. 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
FERA Logo
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.

Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage

Find a low or no down payment loan to meet your unique needs. Learn about FHA and VA loans. Click here for more information on this offer or click here to be redirected to their landing page on Discount Marketplace.

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.

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.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 8:
Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Shop (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 22nd annual "Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Swap" at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

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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