August 6, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Obama Adds to CAP Momentum with Import-Export Loan Announcement
  • Ford Motor Company Completes Sale of Volvo to Geely
  • Ford's July Sales Up 5 Percent; Demand for High-Quality, Fuel-Efficient Products Continues Driving Growth
  • Ford No. 1 in Canada, Delivers Best July in 31 Years
  • 2011 Ford Explorer Goes Green with More Recycled, Renewable Materials and Increased Fuel Efficiency
  • Best Selling 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Diesel Boosts Power, Capability, Fuel Economy and Value
  • Transformed Michigan Assembly Plant Sets New Standard for Flexible Manufacturing at Ford
  • Video: (CBS Evening News) Mulally Sees Economy On Road to Recovery
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Ford Drops 2011 Explorer Starting Price

 

Announcements
Ford Model Year End Sales Event

Ford Model Year End Sales Event
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Experience the quality, fuel efficiency and innovation that has helped put Ford at the top of everyone's shopping list. And now, were 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.


Ford Employee Tire Discount Program
Save up to 20 percent on a set (four) of many name brand tires like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Yokohama! Call Ford Tire Program Headquarters at 888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here to view the flyer for further information.

 

Top Stories
President Obama at the Chicago Assembly Plant
Obama Adds to CAP Momentum with Import-Export Loan Announcement
Hundreds of employees at the Chicago Assembly Plant arrived early Thursday morning for the opportunity to hear U.S. President Barack Obama, who announced Ford would receive a U.S. $250 million Export-Import Bank loan.

Before his speech, Obama received a tour of the plant and a walk around of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer with Jim Holland, chief engineer, Explorer.

Obama greeted CAP employees on his way to the stage, and remarked on how glad he was to be home. "There's nothing like coming home," said Obama. "Especially when your home is Chicago."

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Motor Company Completes Sale of Volvo to Geely
Ford announced it has completed the sale of Volvo Car Corporation and related assets to the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited.

The total purchase price for Volvo and related assets set forth in the agreement signed in March 2010 was U.S. $1.8 billion, including a $200 million note and the balance in cash, with the cash portion subject to customary purchase price adjustments at closing. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Geely issued the note and paid $1.3 billion in cash to complete the sale.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford's July Sales Up 5 Percent; Demand for High-Quality, Fuel-Efficient Products Continues Driving Growth
Ford's newest vehicles helped the company continue to grow as Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealers delivered 166,092 new vehicles in July – a 5 percent increase versus a year ago, when "Cash for Clunker" sales started to surge.

The Ford Fiesta, which offers 40 miles per gallon EPA highway fuel economy, eclipsed 3,000 sales in its second month in America and has been well-received by California customers. Highly acclaimed in Europe, Asia, and North America, the Fiesta is the first car developed under the ONE Ford global product development system.

To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln MKZ
Ford No. 1 in Canada, Delivers Best July in 31 Years
Ford of Canada, Limited sees the best July since 1979 and is the best-selling automaker this month. Overall car sales increased 46 percent compared to last July with overall sales up 2 percent versus strong results last year. The increase in car sales was driven by strong products like the Ford Fusion, Focus and Taurus, resulting in almost half of all vehicle sales in Canada.

In addition to the 46 percent increase in car sales, total Lincoln sales also increased by 23 percent compared to last July. Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKX all saw sales rise 43 percent, 6 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
2011Ford Explorer
2011 Ford Explorer Goes Green with More Recycled, Renewable Materials and Increased Fuel Efficiency
The all-new Ford Explorer is more than just the new fuel economy class leader in the midsize SUV segment. The reinvented Explorer sets a new benchmark for sustainability in the SUV segment due to an increased use of renewable and recycled content, such as parts made from steel left over from F-150 production.

The new Explorer also leverages Ford's industry-leading use of bio foam and recycled fabric in its interior. These and other eco-improvements help make Explorer 85 percent recyclable.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011Ford Super Duty
Best Selling 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Diesel Boosts Power, Capability, Fuel Economy and Value
Ford began production this week of the most powerful diesel engine ever installed in a heavy-duty pickup, Barb Samardzich, vice president, Powertrain Engineering, announced at an international auto industry conference.

Introduced in April 2010, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel powering the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty will be upgraded to best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower, Samardzich said at the Center for Automotive Research's annual Management Briefing Seminars.

To read the full article, click here.

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Michigan Assembly Plant
Transformed Michigan Assembly Plant Sets New Standard for Flexible Manufacturing at Ford
When production of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus begins later this year, Ford's newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant will be the company's new benchmark for flexible manufacturing around the world.

Michigan Assembly is one of three truck plants in North America that Ford is revamping to make fuel-efficient passenger cars. The plant will build the new Focus and Focus Electric beginning next year with more models coming in the future.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
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Sue Cischke
Ford Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering
Ford Motor Company

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is revising its five-star program with stricter criteria for 2011 model year vehicles, making it much more difficult to achieve a five-star rating. As a result, a car or truck that achieved a five-star rating under the old system may only receive three or four stars with the new guidelines, even though no changes have been made to the vehicle.

While the new ratings are designed to make safety information more complete, Sue Cischke, Ford Group Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, says the new system may leave some car buyers scratching their heads – especially if they do a lot of cross-shopping.

Cischke says she has concerns about the method NHTSA is using to determine a vehicle's rollover rating. It's called a static stability factor measurement, and it's based on the notion that there is a correlation between rollovers and a vehicle's height and width.

"What they're not taking into consideration right now are all of the vehicles that have electronic stability control or roll stability control," she said. "And that the static measurement doesn't necessarily correlate with whether a vehicle might rollover in the real world. If a car or truck has our technology, it's highly unlikely to be in that kind of an accident."

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Oval
Ford Strengthens U.K. Sales Lead
According to official figures released by the London-based Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Ford was the overall car sales leader in July, with 18,442 registrations, and for the year to date (176,792). Ford also boosted its lead in retail car sales in July with a share of 12.1 percent, up 1.0 percentage points compared with July 2009.

Fiesta was again the overall U.K. best seller in July, and for the year to date. Focus maintained its second place in the sales chart for registrations to the end of July.

To read the full article, click here.

Top 50 Green Company Award
Ford Excels in "China Top-50 Green Company" Award – The Only Automaker Recognized as Top 10
Ford is one of the Top 10 leading green companies in China according to the latest "Top 50 Green Company" recognition awards organized by Business Watch, one of the major business magazines in China, with a weekly circulation of 186,000.

As well as being selected in the Top 50 list for the second year running, this achievement is extra notable because Ford is the only automaker in the Top 10.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Transit Connect
Ford Transit Wins Comparative Test Among Its Brazilian Competitors
The Ford Transit has been growing and excelling in the light commercial segment, both as a customers' preference and in the Brazilian automotive press.

Sales volumes and comparative testing promoted by Transporte Mundial magazine shows the model as the market leader among the five commercial vans available in the Brazilian market: Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Renault Master, Fiat Ducato and CitroŽn Jumper.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford S-MAX
S-MAX Hat-Trick at New Car Awards
The S-MAX was declared Britain's best MPV for the third successive year at the Auto Express New Car Awards earlier this week.

The Ford model, which combines sports styling with seven-seat practicality, repeated its 2009 and 2008 success at the weekly motoring magazine's 2010 honors.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally Talks with Reporter
Mulally Sees Economy On Road to Recovery
(CBS Evening News) Alan Mulally says the recovery in the U.S. is gradual and slow, though Mulally believes Ford is headed in the right direction. Click here to view video.

President Obama
President Obama Tours Ford Plant in Chicago
(MSNBC) The president toured Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, which is adding 1,200 jobs and a second shift. Click here to view video.

Mark Fields' Interview at Chicago Assembly Plant
Mark Fields Interviewed Following President Obama's Speech at Chicago Ford Plant
(Fox Business Network) Ford President of The Americas Mark Fields is interviewed following President Obama's speech at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Fields says Ford is taking export opportunities and turning them into real sales and real jobs for workers in America. Click here to view video.

George Pipas on Bloomberg TV
Ford's George Pipas Talks July Sales, Highest Retail Sales Month
(Bloomberg TV) Ford Chief Sales Analyst George Pipas is interviewed about July auto sales results, which Bloomberg says were down 0.7 percent when adjusted. He says it was Ford's highest retail sales month of the year. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford Drops 2011 Explorer Starting Price
(Detroit Free Press) The starting price of the 2011 Ford Explorer will be U.S. $1,000 less than the existing model, or $28,995, Ford spokesman Jay Ward said in an e-mail to the Free Press. To read the full article, click here.

1967 Ford Mustang Convertible Restored
(Mustang Monthly) When Rachel Emmons isn't working as a Washington lobbyist, she escapes the madness in her 1967 Convertible. To read the full article, click here.

General Motors Subsidiary Puts $5 Million in Electric Firm
(Detroit Free Press) GM expressed confidence in the future of electric vehicles Tuesday when a subsidiary invested U.S. $5 million into a start-up company in Indiana and it defended the price of the Chevrolet Volt at an automotive conference. To read the full article, click here.

Why a $30,500 Ford Mustang Beats $150,000 European Sports Cars
(Detroit News) I have a U.S. $150,000 sports car in my parking garage, a handcrafted machine produced overseas in limited numbers. Next to it, I have a U.S.-made Ford Mustang GT, armadas of which will be sold for as little as $30,500. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Sales Fall in July – Even for Prius
(USA Today) Toyota says its sales fell 3.2 percent last month compared with the same month last year, but executives said they are still pleased with the results. To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Super Duty Reclaims Pickup Titles
(Detroit News) Ford said it will announce plans to add 65 pound-feet of torque and 10 horsepower to the all-new 6.7-liter diesel engine in the 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup. To read the full article, click here.

TechShop to Open Facility in Detroit with Help from Ford
(Autoblog) Attention all you engineers, technicians, assembly line workers and anyone else out there with great ideas in Southeast Michigan. To read the full article, click here.

Honda U.S. Production Tops Japan
(Detroit News) Honda marked a milestone during the April-June quarter, building more vehicles in the U.S. than in Japan. To read the full article, click here.

Volkswagen's Stefan Jacoby Named Volvo CEO
(USA Today) The big Chinese automaker Geely named Volkswagen's former U.S. CEO Stefan Jacoby to run Volvo after closing the U.S. $1.8 billion deal to buy the Swedish automaker from Ford Motor. 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.


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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.

Pringle
Pringle Home Building Group, LLC.
Homebuilding Group

Pringle's Florida Lifestyle Preview Program lets qualified visitors learn more about Pringle's Communities. To see if you qualify to participate in the preview program, call at 1-800-325-4471, or click here to submit your information and have a representative contact you to answer your questions.


DELL
Dell
Home and Home Office

Customize any system and get an additional 7 percent discount on top of generally advertised Dell Home and Office promotions.
Click here for more information.

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 meets at the Quality Inn (754 Bronte Rd., Oakville, Ontario) in the Hampton Room. Our members receive our monthly 9th Line newsletter, which enables us to stay in contact with retirees from coast to coast. Each year, two golf tournaments take place, as well as an annual picnic in August, both of which are TBA. 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
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
August 8:
Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Shop (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan proudly presents the 22nd annual "Mustang Memories 2010 All Ford Car Show & Swap" at Ford World Headquarters (One American Road) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, go to www.mocsem.org.

Ford Athletic Swim & Triathlon Club
August 15:
Ford Athletic & Triathlon Club – F.A.S.T. (Novi, Mich.)

F.A.S.T. presents its 8th Annual Island Lake of Novi where a Triathlon & 1.5 Mile Open Water Swim will be held. This event is comprised of a 5 mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run. To register, visit http://www.swimfasttrifast.com/index.php/island-lake-of-novi-triathlon.html or to learn more about this event, click here.

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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