August 20, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Edge Reaches 400,000 Sales Since Introduction, More Than Any Other Midsize Crossover
  • All-New Mustang Boss 302 Takes Centerstage at Annual Woodward Dream Cruise
  • 2010 Ford Taurus Resale Value Jumps 39 Percent
  • Fiesta Winner Tests the Fiesta's "Adventures per Gallon"
  • Video: (NBC) Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walk to Finish at Ford's WHQ
  • Outside Voices: (U.S. News) Mazda3 and Mazda5 Recalled

 

Announcements
AXZ Plan
Special AXZ Offers – Just a Click Away
Ford continues to show great momentum in the marketplace – and is continuing to offer employees and retirees great savings through AXZ-Plans pricing incentives and other special offers on eligible Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles! When you choose to opt in for special incentive e-mails, you'll also learn about opportunities to share the savings with your friends and neighbors! Remember, Ford has expanded its X-Plan program by giving you two additional X-Plan PINs (six total) to use through the end of 2010. To receive these special offer e-mails from Ford, just click here to opt in.


Ford Model Year End Sales Event

Ford Model Year End Sales Event
Now is the best time to own a new Ford during the Model Year End Sales Event.

Experience the quality, fuel efficiency and innovation that has helped put Ford at the top of everyone's shopping list. And now, we're making it even easier to get behind the wheel in the Ford of your choice with great rates and cash back too!

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Model Year End Sales Event.
Click here for more information.


Global Week of Sharing
Global Week of Caring – Sept. 4 - 11, 2010
The 5th annual Ford Global Week of Caring runs Sept. 4 - 11, and this year we're coloring Global Week – Green. Thousands of Ford employee and retiree volunteers on six continents have come together each year to create projects that meet the needs of people in their local communities. To read this message from Bill Ford in full, click here.

Please go to the Ford Volunteer Corps website at www.volunteer.ford.com and register to volunteer for a MODEL Teams project.

 

Top Stories
Ford Edge
Ford Edge Reaches 400,000 Sales Since Introduction, More Than Any Other Midsize Crossover
Sales of Ford Edge, which arrived on the market in late 2006, hit 400,000 this weekend – more than any midsize crossover vehicle during the same period.

Also this past weekend, the new 2011 Ford Edge began shipping from Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario to dealerships across the United States and Canada.

As of July, Edge sales for the year were up 33 percent over last year – more than double the overall industry sales.

To read the full article, click here.

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
All-New Mustang Boss 302 Takes Centerstage at Annual Woodward Dream Cruise
The Boss 302 is back, and the Ford display at the Woodward Dream Cruise is the perfect place to check out Ford's latest pony car, the recently unveiled 2012 Mustang Boss 302. The Boss 302, along with the track-ready Boss 302 Laguna Seca, will greet visitors to the Ford display in Ferndale, Mich.

Ford employees are also getting in on the fun, bringing an anticipated 10 original Boss Mustangs for display.

But that's not the only Mustang eye-candy. Mustang Alley will showcase more than 500 Mustangs – one of the largest gatherings of Mustangs in the country. The Ford display, which extends more than a mile along 9 Mile Road, also includes the 2011 Mustang GT with the all-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter engine.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
2010 Ford Taurus
2010 Ford Taurus Resale Value Jumps 39 Percent
After one year in service, the hot-selling 2010 Ford Taurus is commanding impressive results at auction, posting an average 39 percent increase in resale value – or U.S. $7,100 – over the 2009 model.

The huge leap reflects the strong appeal of Ford's full-size sedan, according to Rose Peng, manager, Global Lifecycle Analytics Department (GLAD).

"The successful product launch of the 2010 Ford Taurus coupled with the vehicle's best-in-class quality, upscale design and state-of-the-art technology has resulted in a sharp improvement for the brand," she said, adding that the resale value of the new Taurus after one year now surpasses that of one of its strongest competitors, the 2010 Toyota Avalon.

To read the full article, click here.

Fiesta Winner
Fiesta Winner Tests the Fiesta's "Adventures per Gallon"
Nick Thorne, one of the two winners of the Fiesta Employee Experience, not only received the vehicle for five days, but also chose a graphic to be applied to the Fiesta for the duration of the loan program.

When he found out that he could pick the graphic, the first thing Thorne asked was whether or not he could get a blue flame metallic Fiesta. As luck would have it, the blue flame metallic Fiesta was available and looked sharp with the black arrows graphic.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Truck Fleet
Ford Trucks Registers Sales Record in Brazil
Ford Trucks reported a sales record in July, with 2,630 units registered in Brazil. This volume represents an increase of 45 percent compared to the same month of last year and shows the strong momentum of Ford in the Brazilian truck market. Excluding extra-heavy, a segment where the brand does not compete, the participation was 24.4 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Top Motoring Newspaper Names Ford Focus Big Winner in Brazil
The Ford Focus Hatch was chosen the best Brazilian car by Jornal do Carro, the major motoring newspaper of Brazil. In its anniversary issue, the publication evaluated 161 Brazilian cars in 16 categories and the big winner in all categories was the Ford Focus Hatch. In addition, the Focus Sedan and the Fusion also won in their categories.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
The New Fiesta is Already a Success in Brazil
Even before its launch, the new Fiesta is making an impression in the Brazilian market. Sold in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, the model arrives in Brazil later this month, almost at the same time as the U.S. launch. The vehicle was officially presented to the Brazilian journalists this week, but it's already showing its strength in the comparative tests promoted by the major motoring publications of the country, which highlight its innovative design and full content at a competitive price.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford's Taubaté Engine Plant
Ford Brazil Celebrates 2.5 Million RoCam Engines Milestone
Ford's Taubaté Engine Plant just reached the milestone of 2.5 million Zetec RoCam engines produced since 1999. Working in three shifts, the plant produces 280,000 motors per year which equip the EcoSport, Fiesta, Ka and Courier lines, besides being exported to Argentina, where they equipped the Focus model up to 2009, when they were replaced by the new Sigma engine, also produced in Taubaté.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Maintains No.2 Position and Improves Profitability Despite Declining Market in Europe
Ford was Europe's No.2 best-selling passenger car brand in July and for the first seven months of 2010 – and maintained market leadership in the U.K., Denmark, Hungary, Ireland and Turkey – despite the fourth consecutive month of industry decline following the ending of most scrappage schemes earlier in the year.

To read the full article, click here.

European Focus RS
Focus RS Confirmed for Australia
Earlier this month, Ford Australia delivered the news that performance car enthusiasts around the country have been waiting more than a year to hear – the highly acclaimed, high performance Focus RS is on its way to Australia.

Due to go on sale early in the fourth quarter in extremely limited numbers, the Focus RS is destined to be one of the most eagerly anticipated new models to land in Australia in years.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
New Ford Fiesta Makes its Philippines Debut
More than 100 media representatives turned out at the upscale One Esplanade Convention Hall overlooking Manila Bay on Monday for the unveiling of the new Ford Fiesta in the Philippines.

In addition to the press, VIP guests and dealer partners joined the Ford Philippines team to celebrate the arrival of the globally popular Fiesta ahead of the third Philippine International Motor Show that kicks-off on Thursday. The Fiesta, which will arrive in showrooms in the Philippines starting in October, will be the star attraction on the Ford stand this week.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Susan G. Komen: Race for the Cure
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walk to Finish at Ford's WHQ
(NBC) Thousands of people in Michigan kicked off the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk in Farmington Hills. The 60-mile walk raises money and awareness for breast cancer. The walk will finish at Ford's headquarters on Sunday. Click here to view video.

Ford Edge
Ford Shipping New 2011 Edge to Dealers
(ABC) Ford is now shipping its new 2011 Edge models to dealers. It will start selling at U.S. $27,995, which is about $200 cheaper than the previous model. It has a new 3.5L V6 engine that will boost fuel economy. Click here to view video.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Issuing Gift Cards to Customers of Delayed Fiesta Shipments
(FOX News) People who have had to wait for more than a month for their new Ford Fiesta will get a special thank you from Ford. Ford has reportedly been issuing U.S. $50 gift cards to buyers who had to wait because of shipping delays caused by rail line damage from a hurricane. A company spokeswoman says shipping times are now back to normal. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Mazda3 and Mazda5 Recalled
(U.S. News) 2010 will likely go down as the year of the automotive recall. Now Mazda is getting in on the action. To read the full article, click here.

FPRA 2010 Annual Conference: Dillin Keynote Address: “One Ford: The Story Behind Telling the Ford Story”
(FPRA Blog) Jennifer Flake, director of corporate communications with Ford was the first speaker on day two of the FPRA Annual Conference. To read the full article, click here.

GM Recalls 240,000 Traverses, Enclaves, Acadias, Outlooks
(USA Today) General Motors is recalling more than 243,000 large crossovers because of potential damage to the second-row seat belts that can cause the belt to feel properly latched when it isn't. To read the full article, click here.

And the Fastest-Growing Car Brand Is...Buick?
(The Car Connection) Look, we all miss Pontiac. Saturn, too. A few even miss Saab. To read the full article, click here.

Taurus a Blueprint for Ford's Success
(Detroit News) The all-new Taurus that Ford launched a year ago will never match its former glory as the best-selling car in America. But in Ford's eyes, it doesn't have to. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Owners Shocked by Civic Hybrid's Browned-Out Batteries
(Edmunds' Auto Observer) Honda is following-up a big recall last week for faulty ignition interlocks with another quality hit that may be more potentially damaging to the automaker's dependability reputation: it appears thousands of Honda's Civic Hybrids may be experiencing accelerated deterioration of the car's crucial and expensive nickel-metal hydride battery pack. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Gives Sneak Peek at 2011 Durango
(Detroit News) Chrysler has posted the first of a series of sneak peek photos of its 2011 Dodge Durango, due later this year. To read the full article, click here.

Who do we love? Detroit!
(MSNBC) The painful years of restructuring appear to be paying off for at least two of the Big Three automakers. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Comes Out Swinging with Fiesta Subcompact
(Business World) Its weapon: the new Ford Fiesta which reportedly has cheaper maintenance costs and is priced in the same range as the locally assembled Toyota Vios and Honda City. To read the full article, click here.

GM Files for IPO That Will Reduce Treasury's Stake
(Bloomberg) General Motors filed for an initial share offering that will mark the return of what was once the world's largest automaker to public markets a year after it was bailed out by the government. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Execs Defend Boxy Flex Crossover
(Detroit Free Press) Three years after Ford launched the boxy, polarizing Flex crossover during one of the worst auto markets in history, experts predict it might get one redesign to show it can prove itself -- or the Flex might be history. 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 Websites 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.


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.

Verizon
Verizon
Electronics Corporation

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

The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford
New Member Special

The Henry Ford is offering a $99 Family membership – 20 percent off. Members receive free admission to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, great discounts and more. Click here to print your required coupon. 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 in September (Milton, Ga.)

The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 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.

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.

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 44010). 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 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 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 June with a location that is to be announced. Meetings last for three hours and comprise of a discussion 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 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 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.)
The next luncheon for the Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club is on September 22 and will be at Finnigan's Hall (505 East 18th Avenue).

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 (Location TBA, Fla.)

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be October 12 at the Tara Golf & Country Club (6602 Drewrys Bluff) at 10 a.m. 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 (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.

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.

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 Ballroom Dance Club
September 10:
Ford Ballroom Dance Club (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)

Ford Ballroom Dances are open to the public where everyone is welcome. Singles and couples are invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall (7080 Garling Drive), where light refreshments are available, a 4400 sq. ft. wooden dance floor and a wonderful selection of recorded ballroom dance music. For more information, call 313-805-8044 or e-mail Jenny Remington at JREMINGT@ford.com. Click here to view the flyer.
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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