August 5, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Mood Upbeat as 2011 UAW Contract Talks Begin with Symbolic Handshake
  • Ford Drops Price of SYNC by $100, Making Hands-Free More Affordable
  • Ford Edge with New EcoBoost 2.0L Engine Delivers EPA-Rated 30 MPG Highway
  • 3-Peat! Ford Fiesta Sweeps X Games RallyCross Podium
  • Production to Begin Integrating Plug-In Hybrid Technology for Ford F-Series
  • Ford Readies New Models for Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Video: (Late Show with David Letterman) Alan Mulally Chats with David Letterman
  • Outside Voices: (CNNMoney) Consumer Reports: New Honda Civic is a Loser

 

Announcements
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Peer Support to End Its Volunteer Services on Medicare Health Insurance Issues in December 2011

Our email service will close Sept. 15 but until that time questions can be sent to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. The website http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org will function through December and be minimally updated. We believe that much of the material on the site may be helpful to Salaried Retirees considering changing their Medicare Supplemental coverage or for those nearing age 65 and starting Medicare. Occasional BOC messages will continue into December in response to important announcements concerning Medicare coverage and procedures or health care issues specific to Michigan.

This was a difficult decision for our team and was made only after careful consideration of changes that had taken place in our operations and in our cooperative relationship with Ford. For those interested, further detail can be found on our website. Our volunteers have gotten great satisfaction from being able to help Ford Medicare colleagues since 2008.






Lincoln Event
Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event
Take a smarter look at luxury now during the Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event. In addition to attractive lease rates on Lincoln MKZ, every new Lincoln now comes with a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

Select your Lincoln MKZ, recently named "Most Dependable Entry Premium Car" for the second year in a row, by J.D. Power and Associates1 and get standard SYNC®, the in-car connectivity system that responds to voice commands.2

See your local Lincoln Dealer now to take advantage of the Lincoln Summer Exclusive Sales Event. Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1The Lincoln MKZ received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles amount entry premium cars in proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010-2011 Vehicle Dependability StudiesSM. 2011 study based on 43,779 consumer responses measuring problems consumers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles (2008 model-year cars and trucks). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed October-December 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
2Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones/MyLincoln Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.






The Best Place to be Sales Event
The Best Place to be Sales Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of the best-selling brand in America.1

Best-selling because you don't have to sacrifice or compromise. You can get a quality-built Ford car, truck, SUV or CUV and save. Check out Ford Taurus, the most innovative full-size sedan in America.2 Take a look at the available SYNC® with MyFord Touch,3 which puts 10,000 commands at your fingertips, available in the new 2012 Ford Focus. And, of course, don't forget F-Series pickups, simply the best-selling trucks for 34 years running.

See your local Ford Dealer now to take advantage of the Best Place To Be Sales Event. Click here for more information on this event.

Disclaimer:
1Based on CYTD sales.
2Based on the total number of first-in-class/class-exclusive features. Class is Full- Size Non-Luxury Sedans.
3Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. To avoid driver distraction, only use mobile phones/MyFord Touch/other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.

 

Top Stories
UAW President Bob King and Executive Chairman Bill Ford
Mood Upbeat as 2011 UAW Contract Talks Begin with Symbolic Handshake
The atmosphere was positive Friday, July 29, as leaders from Ford and the UAW gathered at the Ford Rouge Visitor Center Legacy Gallery for the ceremonial handshake that marks the start of 2011 UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining. Leaders who spoke at the event acknowledged the importance of the mutual trust and respect that has defined the relationship between Ford and the UAW over the years.

"One of the things that I really appreciate about Ford Motor Company, about Bill Ford and the Ford family is they've always cared about the workforce,"said UAW President Bob King. “Ford – when they're healthy enough to do it – has reinvested in their workforce because they believe in their workforce."

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford began his remarks by thanking UAW members for their support of the company during recent difficult times.

"You guys were magnificent and together we helped Ford weather a downturn the likes of which I’ve never seen in my lifetime. It was really a true case of partnership," he said. "It took a lot of tough actions that none of us wanted to do, but together we pulled the company through and made it stronger."

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford SYNC
Ford Drops Price of SYNC by $100, Making Hands-Free, Voice-Activated In-Car Connectivity More Affordable, Available to All
Ford is making hands-free, voice-controlled in-car connectivity even more affordable, announcing both a $100 price drop for Ford SYNC® along with expanded availability by offering it as an option on base trim levels for the first time.

SYNC has been installed already on more than 3 million vehicles since its debut in 2007.The new pricing strategy makes SYNC the most capable and most affordable in-car connectivity system in the industry.

The new pricing will be available first on the 2012 Ford Explorer and Edge base models. Customers who opt for SYNC will pay only $295 for the award-winning in-car connectivity system, previously priced at $395.

To read the full article, click here.

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2012 Ford Edge
Ford Edge with New EcoBoost 2.0L Engine Delivers EPA-Rated 30 MPG Highway, Great Performance
The Ford Edge crossover, the latest vehicle to receive the company’s EcoBoost® 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, is now certified by the EPA to deliver 30 mpg highway. This complements the best-in-class Edge V6 fuel economy to give utility customers expanded fuel-efficient choices. Combining gasoline direct injection and turbocharging with smaller overall displacement, this advanced new EcoBoost engine delivers the power of a normally aspirated V6, yet delivers four-cylinder fuel efficiency.

EcoBoost is a global Ford engine to provide affordable fuel efficiency for millions of drivers, while delivering the power they desire. By the end of 2011, Ford will have built nearly 180,000 EcoBoost-powered vehicles in North America. EcoBoost will be offered in 90 percent of Ford vehicles by 2013. Adding a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine to the popular Edge crossover means the Ford showroom now offers customers a choice among 13 model/powertrain variations that deliver an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg or more.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford Oval
July Sales Up, Challenging Environment Demands Laser Focus on One Ford Plan
July was a positive month for Ford and Lincoln U.S. vehicle sales, but employees must maintain a laser focus on the One Ford plan moving forward, according to Ford Sales Analyst George Pipas. "We're very encouraged by the improvement in the pace of auto sales from June to July, but we're still operating in a very challenging business environment," he said.

Ford's July sales were up 9 percent versus a year ago, with Fiesta and Fusion both posting higher sales than the same period last year. And though Focus sales were down 3 percent versus a year ago, Fiesta and Focus were the fastest-turning vehicles on the Ford showroom floor. Pipas says the company's goal with all vehicles is to align production with demand.

"When there is an imbalance – particularly if there is too much product – that often leads to discounting, which has an adverse effect on a customer's resale value and consequently on a customer's satisfaction with the product when they go to trade it in," he explained. "We would rather have a hot product and be short than have excess inventory."

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Fusion
Ford Canada Posts Best July in 32 Years; Still No. 1 Automaker in Canada
Ford of Canada saw overall sales increase 1 percent compared to the same period last year marking the best July since 1979. Strong performances from Fiesta, Fusion and Taurus helped car sales increase 10 percent in July. Ford continues to be the best-selling automaker year-to-date with 167,721 units sold in Canada.

Car sales continue to increase month-to-month compared to the same period last year. Moreover, July marks the 14th month of consecutive car sales increases at Ford of Canada with year-to-date car sales up 23 percent. In addition, crossovers and sport utility vehicles have seen a combined year-to-date increase of 6 percent led by the award winning Ford Edge, along with Explorer, Expedition, Lincoln MKX and Navigator.

To read the full article, click here.



 Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Marcus Gronholm
3-Peat! Ford Fiesta Sweeps X Games RallyCross Podium
Ford Fiesta came to the X Games seeking a gold for the third straight year in rally car competition. This time Fiesta did it in style sweeping the podium with Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and two-time world champion Marcus Gronholm claiming the 1-2-3 finish. Fiesta dominated qualifying taking three of the first four slots and with Foust, the defending X Games RallyCross champ, topping the charts followed by Gronholm third and Deegan fourth. Each Fiesta won its initial heat earning them a slot in the eight car, eight lap gold medal final.

With eight cars on the track the start of the gold medal final was pure chaos. Foust and Liam Doran came into contact with each other entering the first turn thus opening the door for the hard charging Deegan. "The General" seized the opportunity and raced into the lead, a lead he would never relinquish.

Behind him, on the start, the carnage continued. Foust fell to fourth and Gronholm even further back but both steadily moved forward securing the Fiesta sweep. Foust, the all time leader in X Games rally competition gold medals, picked up a single silver medal at X Games 17, but he clinched the overall 2011 Global RallyCross Championship as well as the individual disciplines for SuperRally and RallyCross.

To read the full article, click here.

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Carl Edwards
Roush Fenway Racing Re-Signs Carl Edwards to Multi-Year Agreement
Roush Fenway Racing, the world's largest motorsports organization, announced that it has re-signed driver Carl Edwards to a multi-year agreement starting in 2012.

"Carl Edwards has achieved a level of success on and off track that would put him at the top of the list for any race team," said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. "Carl and the No. 99 team are having a terrific season again this year, and we're thrilled that our relationship will continue for many more."

Edwards, who will make his 250th Sprint Cup start this weekend, currently sits atop the Sprint Cup point standings, is a virtual lock to secure his sixth Chase for the Sprint Cup "playoff" berth in seven seasons. He has visited NASCAR victory lane seven times and earned six poles during the 2011 season.

To read the full article, click here.



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Azure Dynamics to Begin Integrating Plug-In Hybrid Technology in Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks
Azure Dynamics Corporation, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric components and powertrain systems for commercial vehicles, announced an agreement with Ford whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid ("PHEV") technology into the market leading Ford F-Series Super Duty product line.

In collaboration with Ford, Azure's plug-in hybrid technology will be initially integrated on Ford's market leading F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which is expected to be available in early 2013. The agreement also allows Azure to perform hybrid powertrain conversions on other Super Duty platforms including F-350 and F-450 models and spans all engine, frame length and regular production options and configurations. The Super Duty program will allow Azure to further expand its product lineup in its targeted medium duty commercial truck segment.

The Azure/Ford agreement includes a "ship-thru" provision that permits Azure to place vehicles in the Ford transportation system and allows qualified Ford Commercial Truck dealerships to sell and service the product in key markets in North America.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Global Notes
Rear View Mirror
Ford Readies New Models for Frankfurt Motor Show
Ford plans a host of global reveals and European firsts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens next month (Sept. 15-25). The global reveals are said to mark an important step forward for the company's performance vehicle strategy and ultra-low CO2 ECOnetic technology range, and will provide a look at the future direction of Ford design and technology

The reveals will all take place on an expanded 3,200-square-meter show stand, Ford's largest ever stand in Frankfurt. It will feature exhibits, interactive displays and a customer lounge with viewing terrace overlooking Ford's latest vehicles, concepts and technologies. Just outside will be a 2,800-square-meter track where visitors can take part in Ford's "Drive Experience," testing out innovations such as Active City Stop and active park assist.

To read the full article, click here.



Ford Ka
New 2012 Ford Ka Appeals to the Brazilian Media
The launch of the new 2012 Ford Ka, with emphasis on the new Sport 1.6-liter model, was one of the most talked about subjects in the Brazilian automotive media in July. The main magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs reported the product's arrival in more than 200 articles throughout Brazil.

Besides being featured the cover of the five most important magazines in the Brazilian market, the new 2012 Ka has already begun to beat the competition even before sales have begun. The Jornal do Carro, the country's most respected automotive supplement, conducted a comparative test between the 1.0-liter model of the Ka and the Fiat Uno, and gave the victory to the Ford Ka. "Ford Ka surpasses the Fiat Uno's entry-level model in both price and performance," highlighted the comparative test.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta
U.K. Awards for Fiesta and Focus
The Fiesta was declared Britain's Best Supermini for the third consecutive year at Tuesday night's Auto Express New Car Awards. The Focus also made its mark with the top-selling weekly motoring magazine by winning the Special Award for its advanced driver assistance features. The Fiesta and Focus have been Britain's number one and two bestsellers every month so far this year.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally on the Late Show with David Letterman
Alan Mulally Chats with David Letterman on Late Show
(The Late Show with David Letterman) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally visited the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Mulally and Letterman discussed Ford, cars and electric vehicles. During the show Mulally was in the passenger seat of a prototype Ford Focus electric vehicle as Letterman took it for a spin across the stage. Click here to view video of the appearance. Click here to view Mulally greeting fans in the Green Room.

 

Outside Voices
The Top 10 Emotionally-Intelligent Fortune 500 CEOs
(HuffingtonPost) Chip Conley, founder and executive chairman, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, researched and then compiled a list of the Top 10 Chief Emotions Officers in the U.S., limited to only Fortune 500 CEOs of American companies. Included in this list is Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Ford, for his great interpersonal skills and a "Clintonesque" ability to make you feel like you're the only one in the room when you're in a conversation with him. To read the full article, click here.

Consumer Reports: New Honda Civic is a Loser
(CNNMoney) Honda recently rolled out a new, redesigned version of its ultra-popular Civic compact car, but according to Consumer Reports magazine it's actually worse than the old one. In fact, it's the first Civic ever to score too low to earn the magazine's recommendation. To read the full article, click here.

Why Honda is Hurting
(Fortune) For years, Honda has been considered the ultimate playground of engineers. They rode to work on their Honda motorcycles and got to explore speculative projects like jet airplanes and humanoid robots. With a long list of technical achievements dating back to the CVCC engine of the 1970s (it produced a clean exhaust without a catalytic converter), they were rightly proud of their heritage and enjoyed an elite status within the company. The result has been a hothouse culture where creativity is king, attention focuses inward and marketability falls low down the list of corporate priorities. To read the full article, click here.

GM's July Sales up a Modest 7.6 Percent from Last Year
(USA Today) GM reported total sales of 214,915 in July and said that retail (non-fleet) sales rose 6 percent. The sales increase for its remaining four brands was 7.8 percent, with only a few sales remaining last July for its discontinued brands. To read the full article, click here.

GM Beats Expectations with $2.5B Q2 Profit
(Detroit News) General Motors Co. announced a second-quarter profit of $2.5 billion, its sixth-consecutive quarter back in the black. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Down 22.7 Percent, Honda Off 28 Percent – Nissan, Kia Up
(USA Today) Toyota's sales figures today indicate it is still fighting with inventory shortages. Its July sales were down 22.7 percent compared with the same time last year. To read the full article, click here.

Connected Cars: 'Knight Rider' Meets George Jetson
(MSNBC) In the near future, the answer may come from a surprising source: Your car. Previously the province of cheesy TV shows – ah, "Knight Rider," we hardly knew ye – and a handful of luxury cars, the idea of intelligent automobiles is moving into the mainstream. To read the full article, click here.

Senators Introduce Bill to Raise Recall Fines to $250 Million
(Detroit News) Two Democratic senators have introduced a proposal to overhaul the nation's motor vehicle safety laws that would hike the maximum fine for failing to recall an unsafe vehicle to at least U.S. $250 million. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Ford Conference Event Center Wednesday (on Village Road across from The Henry Ford)

Desk hours:
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Club Information:
Find a club that's right for you we have 45 Clubs!
If you don't find what you are looking for we can help you organize one!

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

For more FERA information, click to http://www.fera.org/.

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and email addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at: http://www.at.ford.com/B2B/Pages/Directory2.aspx.

For benefit questions, please contact the NESC at 1-800-248-4444 or email NESC@ford.com.

 

Special Offers
Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
Shop for Products and Services

Ford retirees 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.



Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent 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 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. 13, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10 a.m. - 1 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The next Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club luncheon will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on Sept. 28. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com. Our annual Christmas Party will not be held in December this year. We will have it on Oct. 29 on the Plaza at the Marriot Hotel. Details to follow soon.

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

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

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

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

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on April 12 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. For more information, contact Den Ras at DRAS22@msn.com or Tony Ridley at RIDLEYS@comcast.net.

Maumee Ford Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Maumee, Ohio)

The Maumee Ford Retirees meet at the Region 2B Union Hall (1691 Woodlands Dr.) at 10 a.m. For more information, contact BBIRR@bex.net or 1892UAWRETIREES@gmail.com.

Nebraska – Iowa Ford Retirees (Omaha, Neb.)
Wednesdays Every Week

NIFTY (NE.-IA. Ford Together Yet) retirees and guests meet at 9 a.m. at the Summer Kitchen (130th West Maple Road). The group orders from the menu and they share fun, camaraderie and information. For more info, contact Claudia Preddy at CLAUDIAEPWORTH@cox.net.

Norfolk Ford Assembly Plant Retirees
First Monday of Every Month (Chesapeake, Va.)

The Norfolk Assembly Plant Retirees meet at Shoney's (721 Battlefield Blvd. N) starting at 7 a.m. All Ford Motor Company retirees and former employees in the area are welcome. For more information, contact Theron Koon at TEKOON@cox.net.

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees
First and Third Tuesday of Every Month (Canton, Mich.)

PDC/Body Engineering Illustration Retirees meet twice a month at the 4 Friends Bar & Grill (44282 Warren Road; on the North side of Warren Road nestled in a small strip mall just east of Sheldon Road) at 1 p.m. The group mainly consists of illustrators who produced manuals that instructed assembly plants how to assemble Ford car and trucks. Anyone who ever had dealings with our unique artistic provisions etc. are more than welcomed to join the group and enjoy stepping on a path down memory lane! For more information please contact Al McDonald at COOKY015@earthlink.net.

Plant Engineering Office Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The Plant Engineering Office retirees meet at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at the Elks Lodge (31117 Plymouth Road). All retirees, associates and friends are invited to attend. This group has been in existence since 1993. For more information, contact Russ Van Zanten at 734-728-7308 or RUSS514@comcast.net.

Product Development, Body Design and Engineering Retirees
First Wednesday of Every Month (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at Stephan's Banquet Hall (23900 W. Warren Ave.; NE corner of Warren and Telegraph Road). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

Research Laboratory Retiree Brunch Club
First Monday of Every Month (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The group meets at 10 a.m. for brunch at Flim Flam (2707 Plymouth Rd). For additional information please contact Mohammad Haghgooie at RAMMGB@sbcglobal.net.

Rouge Office Building Retired Cafeteria Workers
Twice a Year (Allen Park, Mich.)

This group meets twice a year. The next meeting will be held at Gracie See Pizzeria ∓ Sports Lounge (6889 Greenfield) at 6 p.m. on April 6. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.com.

UAW Eastern Carolina Retirees
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Little River, S.C.)

The UAW Eastern Carolina Retiree Council invites retirees to join them for a monthly meeting at the Little River S.C. V.F.W. Hall (111 Highway 57 North). For more information, contact Bob Artus at 803-481-3622.

UAW Local 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

UAW Local 1895 Retirees Meeting and Luncheon
Third Thursday of Every Month (Except June, July, Aug. & Dec.) (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

The group meets at 10:30 a.m. at the U.A.W. Local 1895 Union Hall (2001 West Detroit). The business meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. and the luncheon starts at 11 a.m. with main course and drinks provided. Please bring a covered dish. A guest speaker and a benefits representative are present each month. For additional information, contact Liz McGhee, Retiree Chairperson, at MCGHEEE61@yahoo.com or 1-918-638-0191 or Wade McCaleb, Financial Secretary – Treasurer, at . MCCALEB@uaw1895.com or 1-918-251-2900.

USA Ford UAW Local 600
Every Fourth Sunday in the Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

This group meets at 10 a.m. every fourth Sunday of the month at the Local Hall (10550 Dix Avenue). Coffee and doughnuts are always available, and two televisions are raffled off at each meeting. For more information, contact Rudy Nelson at RETIREES600@yahoo.com .

Van Dyke Plant Retiree Luncheon Club (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
First Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for its monthly luncheon at noon at various local eateries. Although the group consists of mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

 

Calendar Ahead
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 7:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan's 23rd Annual Mustang Memories All Ford Car Show & Swap (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 23rd Annual Mustang Memories All Ford Car Show & Swap at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This event will feature the Mustang Dream Giveaway and Boss Mustang Reunion. Admission is $5 (children under 16 are free) and spectator parking is free. For more information, click here.


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