April 8, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Begins Building One of the World's First Digital Child Crash Dummies
  • Ford's Rear Inflatable Seat Belts, MyFord Touch and MyKey Take Home the Gold as 2011 Edison Award Winners
  • Aerodynamics: Ford Vehicles Cheat the Wind, Helping Drivers to Beat the Pump
  • Ford Multigenerational Family Stories – In Your Words
  • Ford's 'Swap Your Ride' Ad Campaign Proves a Real Eye-Opener for Consumers
  • Alan Mulally Receives the Helping Hand Award at Steve Harvey Foundation Gala Along with Playwright Tyler Perry
  • Video: (Fox) Alan Mulally to Receive Edison Achievement Award
  • Outside Voices: (Automotive World) Interview: Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company

 

Announcements
Vote for Alan Mulally – The 2011 TIME 100 Poll
(TIME) Cast your votes for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. The winner will be included in the TIME 100. Voting closes on April 14. To read the full article, click here.


Ford F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test
The F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test, one of the most audacious projects ever undertaken here at Ford, gets the national spotlight this Sunday on NBC.

Beginning last fall, we threw everything we could at the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in a series of grueling tests designed to prove its toughness and durability. We started by choosing a random engine off the assembly line and running it on the dyno for 150,000 miles of stress testing. We froze it. We fried it. We then pulled 55 tons of timber up a mountain, ran full throttle pulling maximum load for 24 hours straight at the Homestead Racetrack and finished the legendary Baja 1000 off-road race with it. We even took it up to Davis Dam and embarrassed the best that Dodge and Chevy had to offer in a torque sprint while pulling 9,000 pound trailers. After 165,000 miles of abuse, we completed its journey with a live tear-down in front of 1,000 spectators at the North American International Auto Show.

This Sunday at 4:30 p.m. eastern daylight time, NBC will broadcast the "Ford F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test", a 30 minute documentary narrated by Mike Rowe which details the incredible punishment the new EcoBoost engine was subjected to.

Also this Sunday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., join V6 Chief Engineer Jim Mazuchowski for a Live Chat at www.thefordstory.com.


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Latest News from Peer Support
Peer Support, Ford Employee Benefit Office and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan representatives met together this week to discuss Salaried Retiree health care issues and BCBSM strategies and plans. The state's largest provider is preparing active marketing campaigns for this year, including to Ford policy holders. The emphasis will be on the Blues' Medicare Advantage PPO offerings. Peer Support will provide further information throughout the year on the Blue's efforts and controversies on our website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org) and via Blue Oval Connect and @Ford.

Republican Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's 2012 budget proposals have Medicare reform as a major focus. Kaiser Health News provided a useful summary of major media initial coverage. Click here for more information on this topic. Many experts agree that there is now smaller chance of significant change to the 2010 legislation from this year's Congress. Debate on the Ryan initiative will shift the Medicare and Medicaid structural disagreements to 2012 and the election cycle, thereby keeping most plans the same for 2012 for those retirees reaching age 65 or considering switching their present Medicare supplemental coverage. Prices for 2012 will not be available until the fourth quarter.

Retirees with questions about their health care insurance or wishing to share opinions on these or other Medicare subjects can email them to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.

 

Top Stories
Digital Crash Dummies
Ford Begins Building One of the World's First Digital Child Crash Dummies
Ford is beginning research into one of the world's first digital human child body models that could someday serve as a digital dummy for computer crash testing with a goal of enhancing research of future safety technologies.

The work is the next step in Ford's decade-long research to build a sophisticated and detailed computer adult human model, with body parts and organs painstakingly replicated so scientists could better understand what happens to the adult body in a crash.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford's Rear Inflatable Seat Belts
Ford's Rear Inflatable Seat Belts, MyFord Touch and MyKey Take Home the Gold as 2011 Edison Award Winners
With pioneering technology, forward-thinking innovation and market success behind them, three of Ford's latest industry-exclusive technologies – rear inflatable seat belts, MyFord Touch and MyKey® – took Gold at the internationally known 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards gala in New York.

Joining the Ford family of 2011 Edison Award Gold winners was a Silver award for SYNC® AppLink.

The distinguished awards program symbolizes the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, inspiring America's drive to remain in the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Explorer SUV
Aerodynamics: Ford Vehicles Cheat the Wind, Helping Drivers to Beat the Pump
Fuel economy improvements can result from reducing friction and drag – not only within engines and transmissions, but as air flows over and around the vehicle as it efficiently skims through the atmosphere at cruising speeds.

The all-new Ford Explorer SUV, 2011 North American Truck of the Year, and the stylish Ford Flex crossover both enjoy improved fuel efficiency from painstaking detail work by designers and aerodynamicists collaborating in the wind tunnel.

Explorer delivers class-leading fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, when equipped with front-wheel drive and the standard 290-horsepower V6 engine.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
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Ford Multigenerational Family Stories – In Your Words
Hundreds of people shared their multigenerational Ford stories with Ford Employee Communications. The stories were plentiful, and full of amazing history and so much pride. All of us felt privileged to read them.

Because there were so many, we're going to be sharing them with the broader Ford family over the next several MONTHS. We begin today with just a few excerpts from the entries, but we will keep sharing in this space, and will be contacting many of you for more. In May, we'll focus on some great Mom stories and fascinating information from our veterans. In June, we'll look at Dads and at history as our company turns 108.

To read the full article, click here.

Do you belong to a Ford Multigenerational Family? We are looking for employees and retirees who have family members who have worked for Ford over the generations. Click here to email your story or email FCNNEWS4@ford.com.

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Ford's 'Swap Your Ride' Ad Campaign Proves a Real Eye-Opener for Consumers
There's nothing like swapping your ride to change your opinion. That's how consumers are responding to Ford's "Swap Your Ride" ad campaign.

Ford's Swap Your Ride consumer marketing campaign returns today, and will continue to change consumer perceptions about Ford by giving consumers the chance to exchange their competitive-make vehicle and experience a new Ford for a week.

Swap Your Ride participants are expressing surprise and delight with the class-leading fuel efficiency, quality, smart technology, advanced safety features and head-turning design of Ford products.

To read the full article, click here.

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Alan Mulally Receives Award
Alan Mulally Receives the Helping Hand Award at Steve Harvey Foundation Gala Along with Playwright Tyler Perry
The Steve Harvey Foundation presented Ford's President and CEO Alan Mulally the "Helping Hand Award" at the 2011 Steve Harvey Foundation Gala.

The "Helping Hand Award" is given to those who extend their hands on a continual basis to ensure that at the end of their time they have done their fair share to help their fellow man. Past award recipients include, Geoffrey Canada (President and CEO, Harlem Children's Zone), Pamela El (Vice President, Marketing, State Farm), and actor/director Denzel Washington. Proceeds from the event will specifically support the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men which takes place in Dallas this Father's Day Weekend.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Focus
Focus Is Car Of The Year in Russia
The Focus has been awarded the 2011 Car of the Year award by Autopanorama, a Russian-based monthly automotive magazine.

To read the full article, click here.

Manila International Motor Show
Ford Unveils its Biggest-Ever Exhibit at Manila International Motor Show
In the midst of fantastic sales momentum this year, Ford Group Philippines is showcasing its biggest-ever display at the Manila International Auto Show, which kicked off this week and runs through April 10 at the World Trade Center.

To read the full article, click here.

Team Aon Focus
Focus Makes Impressive BTCC Debut
The Team Aon Focus made its world debut at the weekend in the British Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch circuit in southern England.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Announces CV Scrappage Scheme for a Greener London
Ford has announced a commercial vehicle scrappage program that will help its London-based customers to move from older vans into cleaner, greener commercial vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Design Centre
Work Starts on €11.6 Million Expansion of Ford Design Centre in Cologne
Work on a €11.6 million expansion of Ford's Design Center in Cologne-Merkenich officially started today with the laying of a foundation stone by Cologne Lord Mayor Jürgen Roters, Ford of Germany chairman Bernhard Mattes, and Martin Smith, executive director, Design, Ford of Europe.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-MAX
New C-MAX Receives Allergy-Friendly Seal of Approval
Just in time for spring, Ford's new five-seat C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX have been granted the "Allergy Tested Interior" Seal of Approval by Germany's world renowned TÜV Rheinland testing authority.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally to Receive Edison Achievement Award
(Fox) This week in New York, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally received the Edison Achievement Award. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were close friends. Mulally says he will accept the award on behalf of the skilled and motivated Ford team. Ford recently introduced innovative technologies, like SYNC®, MyFord Touch and inflatable seatbelts. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally on CNBC
Alan Mulally Interviewed on CNBC, Shows Off New Explorer
(CNBC) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally is interviewed outside of the CNBC studios. He shows off the new, more fuel-efficient, technology-packed Ford Explorer, which had good sales in March. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Interview: Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor Company
(Automotive World) Jim Farley joined Ford from Toyota in November 2007. As group vice president, global marketing, sales and service, he reports directly to Ford's president and chief executive officer, Alan Mulally. To read the full article, click here.

Hybrids, Electrics Outpace Overall Auto Sales
(The Detroit News) U.S. sales of hybrid and electric cars rose nearly twice as fast in the first three months of 2011 as the market, according to research firm Edmunds.com. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat Expected to Raise Chrysler Stake to 30 Percent in Coming Weeks
(Auto Evolution) Fiat is planning to increase its share of Chrysler to 30 percent in the next few weeks, according to some inside sources that were quoted by Bloomberg news in a recent article. To read the full article, click here.

Microsoft and Toyota Strike Azure Deal
(Business First) Microsoft and Toyota have struck a deal that will allow the Japan automaker to use the Windows Azure platform in its cars. To read the full article, click here.

Bondholders of Old GM to Get Shares in New GM Shortly
(Detroit Free Press) GMs' pre-bankruptcy bondholders, who have waited more than four months to share in the automaker's return to the stock market, will receive shares in the new GM on or around April 21, according to a bank representing them. To read the full article, click here.

New Engine Sends Shock Waves through Auto Industry
(MSNBC) Despite shifting into higher gear within the consumer's green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine. To read the full article, click here.

Drive for Higher MPG Gives Automakers Case of the Shutters
(USA Today) Just as mini-blinds help keep out the sun, automakers are starting to use their own version of shutters to keep out the wind – making cars more fuel efficient. 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.

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.

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John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

John Deere offers two discounted purchases a year on some of their most popular equipment lines. Convenient and easy to use, this discount coupon offers additional savings on purchases of John Deere equipment at your local John Deere dealership. Click here for more information.

You can find these offers and many, many more by visiting
Discount Marketplace
, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Saturday, May 21 (Canton, Ga.)
The next meeting will be an outdoor picnic at Bob Loovis' Arabian horse farm on May 21. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon get-together. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Heavener at PHEAVENER@mi.rr.com.

Ford of Canada Ladies' Retirees Group
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ladies' Retirees group consists of all FOC Ladies retired from Head Office in Oakville, Regional Offices, Oakville Assembly Plant, and Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre. The Ladies meet at the Oakville Golf and Country Club for lunch. For more information, please contact Judy Killeavy at MKILLEAV@sympatico.ca.

Ford Chassis Retirees Breakfast (Livonia, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group (OLD Bldg #5 Chassis Designers, Checkers, Detailers, CAD retirees) meets at Big Boy's (37123 6 Mile Road) at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Vince Asta at VASTA1955@att.net.

Ford Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Dearborn Engine & Fuel Tank retirees and guests meet the first Thursday of the month at the Fire Mountain Restaurant (14691 Huron), starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net.

Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Essex, U.K.)

The next general meeting will be held the first Wednesday of March, June, September & December with a location that is to be announced locally. Informal meetings last for three hours and comprise of discussions on various topics such as an assortment of Ford issues, new products, product issues and shares along with a lunch that follows. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford FCSD Retiree Lunch Club-GB, please contact Dennis Gull at DENNIS@GULL1619.freeserve.co.uk.

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 Retirees
Fourth Tuesday of Every Month (except Dec.) (Nashville, Tenn.)

Ford Glass UAW Local 737 retirees meet each month at 10 a.m. Business is discussed and problems are approached. The group has guest speakers, as well as guest representatives to help keep retirees informed. There also is a Retiree Banquet in October of each year. A very large gathering of old friends and a great time. All retirees of the UAW-FORD in the area are invited and welcome. For more information, contact Bill Fry at BFRY10@aol.com.

Ford Human Resources Retiree Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Detroit Area)

The Human Resources Retiree Group meets monthly. For more information, contact Don Hayes at DNLDHAYES@aol.com.

Ford Old Timers Club
Twice a Year (May, Sept.) (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Old Timers Club meets twice a year for a mid-May Luncheon and a mid-September Fall Dinner at Park Place Catering (23400 Park St.) A guest speaker, usually a Ford executive, attends to discuss a special subject of interest at that time. Most recent speakers were Alan Mulally, Mark Fields, Peter Horbury and Greg C. Smith. Any Ford retiree and his/her spouse are welcome at any time. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Old Timers Club, please contact Donald J. Van Kirk, president, at 1-313-563-0029 or D_VANKIRK@comcast.net .

Ford PRC
First Monday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford PRC meets the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at Little Daddy's (22250 Eureka Rd.) If you would like further information about the event, please contact Charlie Pickins at CPICKENS4946@att.net.

Ford Retired Workers Chapter 906 of Mahwah, N.J.
Second Thursday of Every Month (Mahwah, N.J.)

Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (900 Darlington Avenue). Coffee and buns will be served before the meeting for the convenience of our members. As always, we will have all of our Benefit Representatives; medical; hearing; dental and vision. There are no meetings during the months of July or August. All retired workers, spouses and surviving spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Mike DiMilta at MIKIE426@gmail.com.

Ford Retirees Club of The Villages Florida
Third Thursday of the Month (The Villages, Fla.)

The Ford Retirees Club of the Villages Florida has been formed and are meeting at 10:30 a.m. at Laurel Manor Recreational Center in the Monroe Room (1895 Laurel Manor Drive). There will be no meetings the months of June, July and August. For more information, contact Weldon Gorlich at WGORLICH@comcast.net or 1-352-753-1950 or Richard Hitz at DICKHITZ@comcast.net or 1-352-259-2635.

Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group
Last Tuesday of the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Plant Railroad Operations Retiree Group meets at Leon's Restaurant (23830 Michigan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ford Rouge Plant Transportation Services retirees also are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Evanko at FEVANKO123@comcast.net.

Ford Rouge Transportation Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Woodhaven, Mich.)

The Ford Rouge Transportation retirees meet each month for breakfast at Louie's Restaurant (I-75 and West Road) at 9 a.m. The group has been meeting since 1999. The gatherings are well attended with good conversation and discussions on the future of Ford and the auto industry. For more information, contact Leo R. (Dick) Esper at DMESPER@chartermi.net.

Ford Salaried Retirees Association
First and Third Thursday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Salaried Retirees Association meet at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Additionally, all members receive our 9th Line newsletter. Each year, two golf tournaments take place along with an annual picnic in August. We pride ourselves on staying in contact with retirees from coast to coast. For more information, please contact Irene Saunders at ISAUNDERS@sympatico.ca.

Ford Salaried Retirees Club – Louisville Kentucky
Twice a Year (Location TBA)
The club represents both Louisville Assembly plants and is involved in Dare to Care (food distribution), golf leagues and Race Day's at Churchill Downs. We have two annual luncheons. For more information, contact President Ken Jones at KEN.POPPY@insightbb.com.

Ford Technical Illustration and Graphics Retirees – EEE, Bldg. 3, FMCC, WHQ (Northville, Mich.)
First Monday of Every Month

The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at George's Senate Coney Island Restaurant (39430 Dun Rovin Drive – first traffic light south of Six Mile Rd., on Haggerty Rd.). For more information, please contact Grant Beard at GBEARD3741@aol.com.

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees
First Wednesday of the Month (Mar, June, Sept and Dec) (Dearborn, Mich.)

Ford Tool and Die Skilled Trades Retirees meet at 10 a.m. at Local 600 (10550 Dix Avenue), with coffee and donuts served at 9:30 a.m. Ladies always welcome. For more information, contact Bud Lusk at BVLTAL@aol.com.

Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Frame Plant Survivors Salaried Retirees meet at 11 a.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course (1300 S. Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Bob Grodus at 248-682-0422 or RGRODUS@aol.com.

FRAW (Ford Rawsonville Area Women) Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Ypsilanti, Mich.)

The retiree group is comprised of females that formerly worked at the Rawsonville Plant. The group meets at Haab's Restaurant (18 West Michigan Ave.) at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to be included on the group's mailing list or is interested in more information, please contact Rhonda Colthorp at RCOLTHORP@peoplepc.com.

Indianapolis Ford Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Indianapolis retirees meet the first Monday of each month with the exception of September which will be on the Sept. 14 this year due to the Labor Day holiday. For more information, contact Joe Hendricks at JOE_HENDRICKS_742@comcast.net.

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will meet at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue). We will have a special meeting the first Wednesday in November at Finnigan's with the different Insurance agents to discuss future plans and assistance for Medical INS and Medicare coverage for those turning 65. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap.

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

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

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

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

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on 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
April 8 & 9:
The Color Purple (Detroit, Mich.)

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

April 28:
"Ernie" (Detroit, Mich.)

"Ernie" is a new play written by Mitch Albom about the famed broadcaster and baseball legend, Ernie Harwell. The show opens April 28 and runs through the end of June. You can catch a show any weekend at City Theatre (2301 Woodward Ave.), one of Detroit's newest theatre gems located inside the Hockeytown Cafe, next to the Fox Theatre. Ford retirees save up to $5 per ticket! For the best seats, call 313-471-3092. Click here to view the flyer.

June 12 & 13:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the show and swap meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on June 13, the track event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.


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