August 27, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford Fiesta Earns Top Safety Pick Award
  • Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series Vans Join Best Buy Geek Squad Fleet
  • Ford Accelerates Electric Vehicle Battery Testing with Wireless Monitoring Systems
  • Surprise Shipment Finds its Way to Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant
  • Caring Student Earns Her Stripes as a Volunteer for Disabled Veterans
  • Video: (Channel 7 Action News) Rev. Jackson Meets with Ford Plant Workers
  • Outside Voices: (WKZO.com) Model T Making Its Way to Ford Headquarters

 

Announcements
Explorer Employee Experience Logo
2010 Drive Program Invitation
Our progress on introducing great new products, powertrains and technologies is being recognized worldwide. Our commitment to give you the chance to experience our products first continues with our upcoming Third Annual Drive one Drive Experience. We have a fantastic lineup for you to experience this year.

WHO: Due to capacity constraints NO GUESTS will be permitted at this event, only Ford retirees.

WHAT: Vehicles available to drive will include the upcoming Ford Explorer and Focus, the European C-Max Grand, Edge, Fiesta, Mustang V6 and GT, Raptor, Super Duty Diesel and competitor vehicles. Lincoln will be represented with the MKX and MKZ Hybrid. We also will provide an interactive way to experience the capabilities of some of our connectivity technology.

WHEN:
Saturday, Sept. 18
(sessions at 9:30 a.m. and Noon EDT)
Wednesday, Sept. 22 (session at 2:00 p.m. EDT)

HOW: Limited slots for each of the sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here or paste the following into your browser (https://www2.fcs.ford.com/en/Registrations/2010/drive-event/register.htm) to register.

WHERE: All attendees are to meet at the Fairlane Business Park complex behind the Detroit Lions Training facility off Rotunda (17425 Federal Drive, Allen Park, MI 48101 – a map will be provided upon registration). Once at this site, attendees will be bussed to the Dearborn Development Center Test Track.

QUESTIONS? For general questions, send an e-mail to "Drive one" at driveone@ford.com.


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 Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta Earns Top Safety Pick Award
The Ford Fiesta sedan/hatchback is the first minicar to earn the Top Safety Pick award since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added a roof strength requirement for rollover protection. The Fiesta is recognized as a Top Safety Pick after earning good ratings for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection, and for having electronic stability control as standard equipment. No other minicar the Institute has tested has earned top ratings in all four safety evaluations.

To read the full article, click here.

Transit Connect
Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series Vans Join Best Buy Geek Squad Fleet
The Ford Transit Connect and Ford E-Series van are joining Geek Squad as part of Best Buy's continuing efforts to build a more fuel-efficient fleet and streamlined transportation system.

Best Buy® – an international leader in consumer electronics and entertainment – will soon take delivery of 290 Ford Transit Connect compact utility vans and 738 Ford E-Series vans. The Transit Connects will be used instead of larger cargo vans by Geek Squad technicians who deliver, install and service home appliances. The E-Series vans will be used by those who install and service home theater equipment.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Oval
Ford Accelerates Electric Vehicle Battery Testing with Wireless Monitoring Systems
Ford is leveraging the Internet and wireless technology to accelerate testing and refinement of the advanced lithium-ion battery systems that will power its upcoming plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

Ford's rapid progress is enabled by two monitoring methods that allow engineers to collect real-time performance data from batteries in the lab and on vehicles in the field via a secure Internet server, and wirelessly update system software to improve capability and durability. These proprietary methods have significantly reduced test-fleet downtime and allowed Ford to more than double its battery lab-testing capability.

To read the full article, click here.

Yucatan Spiny-Tailed Iguana
Surprise Shipment Finds its Way to Ford's Van Dyke Transmission Plant
A rare reptile, believed to be a stowaway in a shipment of auto parts from Mexico, has found a new home at the Detroit Zoo. A Yucatan spiny-tailed iguana was spotted scurrying across the loading dock at the Ford Motor Company's Van Dyke Transmission Plant on July 29. The reptile can only be found in a 1,200-square-mile range of the Yucatan Peninsula.

After discovering the surprise visitor, a safety engineer at the Ford plant called Sterling Heights Animal Control, who helped relocate the iguana to a temporary home at the Sterling Heights Nature Center. The Detroit Zoo was contacted the next day and was asked to provide the fugitive reptile with a permanent home.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Dave Pericak

Dave Pericak
Chief Engineer, Mustang
Ford Motor Company

Ford recently announced the return of the Mustang BOSS 302, which debuted 42 years ago. David Pericak, chief engineer, Mustang, talks with @Ford Online about the latest vehicle in the Mustang lineup.

Q: How did the idea to remake the Mustang BOSS 302 come about?
A: We knew we had something special with the new 5.0-liter engine. We are all enthusiasts on the team so having a true 302 cubic inch motor begged the question "what about a BOSS 302?" Could we pull it off? The BOSS 302 is more than just the engine. There was a lot of thought that had to go into it; it wasn't acceptable to take a 302 cubic inch engine, put a sticker on it and call it a BOSS. So, the team went to work in order to identify the right content worthy of wearing the BOSS 302 name.

Yucatan Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Q: How did you modernize the design of the BOSS 302 to fit today's aesthetic?
A: The people who are working on the team today are racers themselves and hardcore enthusiasts. We knew what it meant to make this car relevant for today while paying homage to the original BOSS. It was a matter of taking the history that we knew, and applying it to modern times. When you look at the 2012 BOSS 302 it is unmistakably a BOSS. The historic "C" stripe is most notable and the fact that we used cloth seats, eliminated much of the electrical wizardry and made every aspect purposeful in its design is a testament to our commitment in making this a true BOSS 302.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Mondeo Sport
Limited Edition Mondeo Sport Launched
A special edition Mondeo Sport goes on sale in Britain next month. The high-spec model will be limited to just 3,000 customers. They will enjoy features including a satellite navigation system covering Europe, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and self-dimming rear view mirror. The equipment list also includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and solar reflect windscreen to maintain a cool cabin temperature.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Taking the Heat – Ford Focus Passes Hot Weather Test
The next generation Ford Focus has been tested in some of the most extreme locations on the planet. It's been thrashed over frozen lakes, hammered across the hottest deserts and driven overloaded up and down high Alpine passes to ensure impeccable reliability and dependability wherever it is sold.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Fiesta Rocks Summer with Music Owns You Campaign
This summer in China, the 40-degree-centigrade-plus heat is not the only "hot" topic people are talking about. During July and August, the new Ford Fiesta is teaming up with musicians to get closer to young potential customers in China, under the Music Owns You campaign.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford and Mazda to Invest U.S. $350 Million in AutoAlliance Thailand to Build Next Generation Compact Pickup Truck
Ford and Mazda Motor Corporation will invest U.S. $350 million in their AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) joint venture to support the production of next generation pickup trucks. The investment will enable production of the new Mazda and Ford compact pickups to commence in mid-2011.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Reverend Jackson Meets with Ford Plant Workers
Rev. Jackson Meets with Ford Plant Workers
(WXYZ) Rev. Jesse Jackson visited the Ford Rouge Plant this week as part of his statewide bus tour for Jobs, Justice and Peace to reenergize America. He's talking jobs with UAW President Bob King. They want to get everybody in America back to work. Click here to view video.

Ford Focus
Ford Shows Off Electric Plug-In Vehicles at Portland State University, Teaming with PGE
(ABC) Ford showed off its electric plug-in vehicles at Portland State University, including the Focus and Escape. Ford is launching its national tour in Portland and is teaming up with PGE to promote more charging stations around the state. Click here to view video.

Yucatan Spiny-Tailed Iguana
Yucatan Spiny-Tailed Iguana Found at Ford plant, Will Call Detroit Zoo Home
(WDIV) A Yucatan spiny-tailed iguana is now living at the Detroit Zoo, but he made quite a journey to get there. He snuck onto a cargo ship on the Yucatan Peninsula, which then made its way to the Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Model T Making Its Way to Ford Headquarters
(WKZO.com) An East Lansing couple's 1925 Model-T coupe is heading east to Ford's World Headquarters to become a different kind of Model…a photographer's model. To read the full article, click here.

All New Ford Taurus Named 2010 Saudi Auto 'Car of the Year'
(Zawya) Ford's most innovative sedan, the all new Taurus, has been voted Saudi Auto's 'Car of the Year' 2010. 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.

Experiences with Prius Hybrid Give Policymaker Insight into Energy Needs
(Detroit Free Press) David Sandalow starts his 5-mile commute each day by unplugging an extension cord connecting his Toyota Prius hybrid to an outlet in his carport. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota's 2011 Sales in China May Grow More Than 10 Percent
(Bloomberg) Toyota's sales in China may grow more than 10 percent next year, the company's local chief said. To read the full article, click here.

NHTSA to Probe 3M Jeep Grand Cherokees
(Detroit News) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation to determine if fuel tanks in more than 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokees pose a fire hazard. To read the full article, click here.

200 Chrysler Dealerships to Sell Alfa Romeo by Late 2012
(Autoblog) Fiat is a few months away from awarding 200 Fiat-branded retail outlets to select Chrysler dealers. To read the full article, click here.

Police Car Wars: With Crown Victoria Retiring, Rivals in Hot Pursuit
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler unveiled Tuesday the first photo of its all-new police car based on the Dodge Charger – providing fresh evidence of a brewing police car war in which rival automakers have one main competitor in their sights: Ford. To read the full article, click here.

Another Safety Issue: Can Toyota Ever Bounce Back?
(Time Magazine) The flood of recalls – nearly 9 million vehicles in the past 12 months – and reams of nasty publicity involving runaway cars and unintended acceleration seemed finally to have abated for the beleaguered automaker Toyota. To read the full article, click here.

GM to Build Performance Versions of Small Cars
(Edmunds' Inside Line) General Motors is resurrecting the GM Performance Division, but this time around the automaker is reportedly targeting "efficient performance" as it brings out sportier variants of its small cars. 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.

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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.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel receive up to 10 percent off HP and Compaq consumer products, accessories and supplies by becoming a member of the HP Employee Purchase Program. Additional discounts are offered throughout the store including mail-in and instant rebates, coupons and exclusive EPP offers on a range of HP products, including Notebook and Desktop PCs, printers, print supplies, accessories and more.

If you'd like to join, visit the HP Home & Home Office Store at www.hpshopping.com/epp and register using the Ford company code: 3673. Or, click here to check out the specials for the month.

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, Sept. 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@sympatico.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 (Mar, May, Sep and Nov) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Christmas party will be the 2nd Saturday in December (Dec. 11). 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). Reserve your seat. RSVP by e-mail to John 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.

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.

Astronomy Clubs Unite
September 10 & 11:
Ford Amateur Astronomy Club (Milford, Mich.)

Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs (GLAAC) presents the 14th Annual Astronomy at the Beach. This event will be held Friday & Saturday ay Maple Beach, inside Kensington Metropark, from 6 p.m. - midnight. Learn about astronomy first hand by comet making demonstration, touring the constellations and much more! For more information, call the Kensington Nature Center at 248-685-0606, visit the GLAAC website at www.boonhill.net/glaac/ or 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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