April 9, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 6.2-Liter F-150 Raptor Now on Sale; Ford Racing Performance Parts for Truck are Hot Sellers
  • Ford 2011 Ford Super Duty Marketing Demonstrates Truck's Class-Leading Capability, Fuel Economy
  • Ford Becomes the First Automaker to Join the Water Disclosure Project
  • Create a Custom 'Billboard on Wheels' with New Ford Transit Connect Graphics
  • Teens 'Belt it Out' with Ford Driving Skills for Life to Sing for Safety
  • Alan Mulally Discusses Ford's Turnaround Plan and New Investment in Argentina
  • Video: ( WXYZ-TV) Bill Ford Touts Frozen Four at Ford Field
  • Outside Voices: (Auto Blog) Mustang 5.0 Wins First Comparo Against Camaro SS, Challenger SRT8


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
F-150 Raptor
6.2-Liter F-150 Raptor Now on Sale; Ford Racing Performance Parts for Truck are Hot Sellers
Enthusiasts looking for some extra power from their F-150 SVT Raptor won’t have to wait any longer – 6.2-liter Raptors are now available for sale at Ford dealers nationwide. In fact, nearly 3,000 customers have already placed orders for the 6.2-liter version. The optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces 411 horsepower and 434 ft.-lb. of torque – making Raptor the most powerful half-ton pickup on the market.

The F-150 SVT Raptor is the first-ever high-speed off-road performance truck offered by any manufacturer and highlights Ford’s 33 years of truck sales leadership by emphasizing Built Ford Tough durability, innovation and engineering. Developed with the DNA of an off-road pre-runner, comprehensive modifications focused on chassis and suspension enhancements.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Super Duty
2011 Ford Super Duty Marketing Demonstrates Truck's Class-Leading Capability, Fuel Economy
Ford kicked into high gear its advertising and marketing campaign for the all-new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty at a preview of Web and TV spots at the grand opening of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill.

Timed with the arrival of new Super Duty trucks in U.S. and Canadian dealerships, the multifaceted marketing campaign demonstrates the truck's class-leading towing and payload capability, fuel economy and productivity against the competition.

The campaign includes a series of new Webisodes, which go live today, featuring Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe. Television spots narrated by entertainer Denis Leary will begin in mid-April. And partnerships with stars such as Toby Keith kick off this summer when Ford sponsors Keith's 2010 America's Toughest Tour.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford Becomes the First Automaker to Join CDP Water Disclosure Project
Ford Motor Company, building on its company-wide effort to dramatically reduce water usage, has become the first automaker to join the Water Disclosure Project. This commitment by Ford is part of its broader global sustainability program to reduce its environmental footprint.

The initiative is sponsored by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which established the disclosure and reporting framework used by 2,500 of the world's largest companies to report carbon emissions. The Water Disclosure Project extends this approach to managing the world's shrinking water resources, which has become a critical global environmental and quality of life issue.

To read the full article, click here.


Ford News
Production of New PowerShift Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission
Create a Custom 'Billboard on Wheels' with New Ford Transit Connect Graphics
Ford is taking the "wraps" off an innovative new program designed to help business owners customize the vinyl graphics on their Ford Transit Connects.

Since its launch last summer, the Transit Connect has been praised by business owners who describe the attention-getting vehicle as a virtual "billboard on wheels." Now Ford is offering current and future commercial customers an online program at www.fordtransitconnectgraphics.com that they can use to create their own custom graphic "wraps" using an online library of shapes, lettering and colors that can be manipulated in a number of ways. They also can upload their own images to the site and incorporate them into the design.

To read the full article, click here.

Teens Belt It Out
Teens 'Belt it Out' with Ford Driving Skills for Life to Sing for Safety
Ford Driving Skills for Life, an award winning driver's education program developed by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association, created a "Belt it Out: Sing for Safety" safe driving campaign to encourage teens to compose songs with safe driving messages. Winners will receive up to $5,000 each.

Ford Driving Skills for Life emphasizes four key skill areas: speed management, space management, vehicle handling and hazard recognition. Experts have identified the lack of these skills to be the cause of approximately 60 percent of vehicle crashes for newly licensed drivers ages 16-19. Ford Driving Skills for Life has reached hundreds of thousands of teens online through interactive training and thousands more in hands-on driving events around the country.

To read the full article, click here.


Executive Q&A
Lewis Booth

Lewis Booth
Chief Financial Officer
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is on the road to sustainable profitability, but CFO Lewis Booth says many challenges lie ahead and stresses continued focus.

Q: Where is Ford Motor Company at the moment on the path to sustainable profitability?
A: We have just started on that path – and there are two reasons why we are on it. In 2006 we borrowed $23.5 billion. That gave us the cash cushion to ride through the very difficult times of 2008 and 2009. In 2008 alone we went through $19.5 billion in operating cash. If we had not raised the cash in 2006 we would have been in a similar position to GM and Chrysler. The second reason is that over the past several years we have been working really hard on great products. You can't cost reduce yourself to prosperity in this business; to be sustainably profitable you have to have competitive products and generate competitive revenues and profits. We've also had a lot of work to do to improve the cost base of the whole Ford business worldwide. We now create product around the world – Ford North America, Ford South America, Ford of Europe and Ford Asia Pacific Africa.

Looking ahead, as long as the economy starts to grow, we feel confident that we will meet our guidance of profitability and a positive operating cash flow this year and be solidly in the black in 2011 with, again, positive operating cash flow. But there is no room for complacency. We have proved we are great in a crisis; the whole company works together. What we have to demonstrate is that we will continue to implement the plan and stay focused as the business improves.

Q: Is the fact that Ford did not need a U.S. bailout continuing to benefit the company?
A: Yes, for several reasons. The most important reason, and this is particularly true in the U.S., is that customers feel very strongly that we are a different company because we didn't take government money compared with our domestic competitors. However, we should recognise that competing with U.S. domestic competitors is only a small part of our business; we are really competing with worldwide competition. So, whether you took U.S. government money or not is interesting, but it is primarily just a U.S. domestic discussion. We've got to go after the Toyotas and Volkswagens of this world.

Q: Is ONE Ford the key differentiator for Ford?
A: ONE Ford is a very simple philosophy of driving the business, recognizing the present reality and not putting off the difficult decisions. It's about having great products that customers want and value, financing our plan and working together. That is the differentiator. We would not have so many great products in Europe if we were not sharing them around the world, because the only way to stay competitive is by sharing.

To read the full Q&A, click here.


Global Notes
Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Discusses Ford's Turnaround Plan and New Investment in Argentina
Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company, spoke with Brazilian media this week at a press conference in S„o Paulo about the company’s turnaround and the global team’s focus on its ONE Ford plan. In addition, Mulally met with Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and announced a new ARS 1.000 billion (U.S. $250 million) investment in its Argentina operations.

As part of his first visit to the region as Ford’s CEO, Mulally explained to the Brazilian media the importance of Ford Brazil and South America to the global auto industry.

"Our ONE Ford plan has helped us restructure our global operations, better use our global assets and will put us on track to deliver profitable growth for all of the partners tied to our business – employees, unions, dealers, suppliers and investors," Mulally said. "Most importantly, our plan allows Ford to accelerate the development of products that customers really want – vehicles that deliver best-in-class safety, quality, fuel-efficiency, smart design and value."

To read the full article, click here.

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Mulally and Premier Wen
Ford CEO Meets with Chinese Premier
After co-chairing the prestigious China Development Forum (CDF) in Beijing last month, Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally led 60 global business executives in a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

The meeting took place at the Great Hall of the People on the afternoon of March 22. Mulally was seated on the right side of Premier Wen signaling his importance at the gathering according to Chinese custom.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Music
Ford France Offers Innovative FordMusic
Ford of France is launching an innovative special series that comes with an exclusive music download service. Anyone who buys a Ka or Fiesta FordMusic special edition will get one year's unlimited free music downloads from a collection of over 10,000 titles, specially selected from the Universal Music catalogue.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Sales Up 15 Percent in South Africa, Year-Over-Year
Ford celebrated a three-year high in quarterly sales last month in South Africa, where the automotive industry is starting to show its first signs of recovery after three consecutive years of declining sales.

In March, FMCSA sales grew 5.2 percent compared to the previous month, despite challenging supply constraints. Top performers for FMCSA in March were the Ford Fiesta (512 units), Mazda3 (307 units) and Bantam LCV (756 units).

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Odontomůvel
Ford Odontomůvel Extends Agenda in 2010
The Ford Odontomůvel started its eleventh year of activity, bringing free dental care to truck drivers and poor communities all over Brazil. The 2010 agenda began the last week of March, in Guarulhos, SP, where it remained for five days.

This year, the Odontomůvel should cover more than 60,000 km and has a projection to provide care to approximately 9,700 people, 25 percent more than in 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

Rally Participant with Focus TDCi
Focus Owners Bond Over Safety and Fuel Economy
While Ford Focus owners in Thailand love the vehicle for its sleek design, great handling and superior driving dynamics, it was Focus' best-in-class safety and fuel efficiency that dominated conversations at Ford Thailand's "Save and Safety Rally" this year.

The 260-kilometre rally attracted over 100 Ford customers, dealers and employees, and aimed to build stronger relationships between the participants while educating them on safe and fuel-efficient driving.

To read the full article, click here.


Video Corner
Bill Ford, Jr.
Bill Ford Touts Frozen Four at Ford Field
(WXYZ-TV) Ford Field will host the Frozen Four men's college hockey championship this week. DLOC Co-Chairman Bill Ford says Ford Field was built to be the finest multi-purpose arena in the country and expects the championship to be the best Frozen Four patrons have ever been to. Click here to view video.


Outside Voices
Mustang 5.0 Wins First Comparo Against Camaro SS, Challenger SRT8
(Auto Blog) Only a few weeks after Ford let the 2011 Mustang GT loose on the road, the boys at Motor Trend have done what we've all been waiting for, putting the new 5.0-liter V8 model up against the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger SRT8 in a head-to-head muscle car throwdown. To read the full article, click here.

Daimler, Renault to Team Up
(Detroit News) The Renault-Nissan Alliance was rebuffed in 2006 when it reached out to General Motors, and a year later, Germany's Daimler AG wrote a big check to break off its relationship with Chrysler. But the European automakers haven't given up on partnerships. To read the full article, click here.

New Fuel-Efficiency Rules Require 35.5 MPG Average by 2016
(USA Today) The Obama administration unveiled final rules Thursday that set a 35.5 mpg average for the U.S. auto industry by 2016, which the government said would cut fuel use 40 percent. To read the full article, click here.

Chevrolet Announces More Powerful Camaro V-6 for 2011
(Left Lane News) With the 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 squarely in its aim, General Motors has announced a new and improved version of its Chevrolet Camaro V-6 for the 2011 model year. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Revives 'Swap My Ride' Campaign
(Detroit Free Press) Ford has revived a marketing campaign that debuted in 2007 called "Swap My Ride" in an effort to showcase real people who are impressed with the company's cars and trucks. To read the full article, click here.

GM Plans to Install Brake Override Software Worldwide by 2012
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co., the world's second-biggest automaker, plans to install brake override software in passenger vehicles worldwide by 2012, a year after Toyota Motor Corp. has pledged to offer the technology. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Sets 2010 Deadline for China Brake Override
(Bloomberg) Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest automaker, will install brake override systems by the end of this year in all new models in China to curb unintended acceleration. To read the full article, click here.

GM Generates $1 Billion in Cash After Bankruptcy Exit
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co. generated $1 billion in cash last year after leaving bankruptcy in July as Chief Executive Officer Ed Whitacre cut half of the U.S. brands and shuffled management to push for a profit in 2010. To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will Reward Drivers for Saving Fuel
(USA Today) The new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, unveiled last week at the New York Auto Show, takes a feature that started in the Ford Fusion Hybrid to the next level. The goal is the same: to keep track of how much fuel you are saving as you drive. 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
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

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 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.

This Week's Specials…

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.

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.

Wells Fargo
Advantage Funds

As a retiree of Ford Motor Company, you have access to a dedicated team of specialists who can help you buy, build, or refinance your way to a future of home-centered financial security. Click here for more information.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10% off on your window and door replacement project.

To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

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 (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on the second Tuesday in April at the Ford Regional office. If you would like further information about the meeting 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 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.

April 14:
Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees (University Park, Fla.)

The next general membership meeting will start at 10 a.m. at Starbucks (5485 University Parkway). If you would like further information about the meeting or the Manatee-Sarasota Salaried Retirees, please contact Den Ras at MANATEE-SARASOTAFORDRETIREES@hotmail.com.

April 14:
Dearborn/Allen Park Retired Ford Cafeteria Employees (Dearborn, Mich.)

The retirees of Ford Motor Company that have worked in the cafeterias in the Dearborn/Allen Park area are going to meet at Liberati's (6451 Miller Road) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@aol.com.

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.

Industry Sings Presents
April 18:
Industry Sings Presents (Redford, Mich.)

Industry Sings presents its 53rd Annual Concert. It will be held at Thurston High School (26255 Schoolcraft) at 4:00 p.m. Free admission! Featured performances are the DTE Singers, Ford Motor Company Chorus and Gentlemen Songsters with special guests, including American Liberty Pop Singers and Livonia Civic Chorus. For more information about this event, including a map, click here or call 734-968-9358.

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.


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