December 17, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford's Michigan Assembly to Build Gas-Powered, Electric, Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
  • Mulally Meets with Ford Alums
  • Ford Appoints Kent New Executive Director of Investor Relations; Seneski Named CFO, Ford Credit
  • 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Beats Competition at Davis Dam Demonstration
  • New 2012 Ford Focus Crashed More Than 12,000 Times in Virtual and Real World Tests
  • Vote for the 2010 Tech Car of the Year
  • Video: (CBS) Extra Ford Explorer Still Rules Both On and Off the Road
  • Outside Voices: (CNBC) Ford's Flexibility Is the Story to Watch

 

Announcements
Umbrella Group Logo
Peer Support Volunteers Ready to Help Medicare-Age Salaried Retirees
If you have questions about health care insurance or still are considering switching your coverage for 2011 before Dec. 31, you may want to look at the Peer Support website http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org. If you have a specific question, please e-mail it to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group-org and include your telephone number.

This week's court decision in Virginia striking down a portion of the 2010 health care legislation is one of many cases presently pending in various states. Decisions already have gone both ways and this trend seems likely to continue. What now appears likely is that the Supreme Court will review one or more of these cases in the future. These challenges to the legislation do not have any apparent bearing on your 2011 health insurance selection or coverage.

Ford's HRA stipend for 2011 remains at U.S. $1,800 for each Medicare-aged retiree as well as spouse, surviving spouse or same-sex domestic partner. The easiest way to collect reimbursement for health care expenses is by submitting Medicare B and health care insurance payments annually to WageWorks, Ford's HRA administrator. For most all retirees, these two amounts will total more than the stipend of $1,800 per eligible person.


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 Employee Tire Discount Program
Attention Ford Retirees! Save up to 20 percent on a set (four) of many name brand tires like Michelin, Goodyear, Continental and Yokohama now through Dec. 31. Call Ford Tire Program Headquarters at 1-888-353-3251 to receive your PIN number and to receive specific discount information. Click here for more information.

 

Top Stories
Ford Focus
Ford's Michigan Assembly to Build Gas-Powered, Electric, Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles
Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, which once churned out large SUVs, has completed a U.S. $550 million transformation that will make it the world's first factory to build not only fuel-efficient gas-powered cars, but also three production versions of electrified vehicles including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Michigan Assembly will be home to the all-new global Ford Focus, which has started production and goes on sale early next year. The Focus Electric zero-emission battery electric vehicle goes into production late next year followed by production of a new hybrid and a plug-in hybrid in 2012.

To read the full article, click here.

Alan Mulally
Mulally Meets with Ford Alums
In an effort to generate more retiree content on @Ford Online, we've connected with Ford alums who have generously volunteered to act as reporters at various events and company functions, sharing their experiences with the retiree audience.

On Dec. 10, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally made an appearance at a lively luncheon with about 200 members of the Ford Retired Engineering Executives (F.R.E.E.) Club. It was the fourth annual December session with F.R.E.E. members for the Ford CEO, an engineer himself.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Appoints Kent New Executive Director of Investor Relations; Seneski Named CFO, Ford Credit
Ford this week named K.R. Kent, currently chief financial officer, Ford Motor Credit Company, to the newly created position of executive director, Investor Relations.

Kent, 48, will lead Ford's effort to further strengthen the investor relations function and significantly deepen Ford and Ford Credit's engagement with the investment community in both the equity and fixed income arenas. Kent will report to Ford Vice President and Treasurer Neil Schloss. The appointment is effective Jan. 1.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Beats Competition at Davis Dam Demonstration
The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™ won in a powertrain performance exercise while towing a trailer against key competitors during a demonstration near Davis Dam in Arizona.

It's the latest phase of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine's "Torture Test," a multipart series of web-based documentaries that began when this randomly selected EcoBoost engine endured the equivalent of 150,000 miles or 10 years' use on the dynamometer, replicating the duty cycle of the harshest-use customer.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus Crash Test
New 2012 Ford Focus Crashed More Than 12,000 Times in Virtual and Real World Tests
Ford safety engineers in the U.S. and Germany crash tested the new 2012 Ford Focus more than 12,000 times in real and virtual worlds to prove out innovative new technologies designed to protect occupants in crashes.

The new Focus, which debuts around the world starting early next year, underwent an exhaustive testing regimen of occupant and full-vehicle computer simulations. Those simulations have become so realistic that the number of physical vehicle crash tests has been significantly reduced.

To read the full article, click here.

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Car Tech Award
Vote for the 2010 Tech Car of the Year
As 2010 rolls to a close, we look back at the cars we've reviewed over the last year to see which one should earn our Tech Car of the Year Award. From our survey of the cars we've reviewed, we're pleased to see that the adoption of cabin tech by automakers is becoming more prevalent and ever-more sophisticated, with features such as hard-drive-based navigation with traffic reporting becoming common.

Among the cars we've seen, we picked out five that show the most innovative technology. These cars use technology to enhance the cabin and driving experience, and push the automotive tech envelope. Please vote for the car you think should be the 2010 Tech Car of the Year, and discuss it in the comments. The Car Tech staff jury will place their own votes, and we will announce the winner on Dec. 22. Voting closes on Dec. 17, 2010.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Derrick Kuzak

Derrick Kuzak
Group Vice President, Global Product Development
Ford Motor Company

New-vehicle owners are increasingly citing fun-to-drive vehicles as a top reason to remain loyal to their brand, up 8 percentage points compared to 2009, according to J.D. Power and Associates' 2010 Customer Retention StudySM released last week. The study found that while Ford and Honda rank highest in a tie among automotive brands in retaining vehicle owners, when comparing the two brands, Ford owners are more likely to indicate they have remained with their brand due to the perception that their new vehicle is fun to drive or has good styling. @Ford Online discussed these new findings and the importance of them with Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development.

Q: What's your reaction to regular people now listing "fun to drive" at the top of the list?
A: I consider that result from the survey almost groundbreaking. There has been a concern that our customers were starting to view their vehicles as commodities with price and reliability as the major considerations both in purchase and retention decisions. This survey says something much different. That customers want their vehicles to be fun and stylish. They're ready to love their vehicles again – and we can give them the vehicles that engender that passion.

Q: What are the top characteristics of a Ford that you think puts us at the top of the retention list?
A: Certainly, the value of our vehicles, as well as their reliability, are the major contributors. And those factors will always remain the foundation of success in customer loyalty. At the same time it is such an opportunity for us to see that our emphasis on design leadership and fun to drive is exactly aligned with what customers consider important in deciding on their next vehicle.

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Figo
Ford Figo Wins 2011 Indian Car of the Year Award
The phenomenal Ford Figo was selected as Indian Car of the Year (ICOTY) 2011 this week, earning the country's top automotive award in the fiercely competitive and rapidly growing Indian market. Now in its sixth year, the ICOTY is awarded to a new vehicle after comprehensive testing by a jury of leading automobile journalists in India.

To read the full article, click here.

Magazine Website
Cars Magazine's Readers Recognize Ford Design
Ford was chosen the brand with the best design attributes among all auto brands in Argentina by Cars Magazine's readers. Ford shared the recognition with Peugeot, the automaker which has historically held this standing in Argentina.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford of Venezuela Offers Support to People Affected by the Rains
In solidarity with many social and economic sectors in Venezuela, Ford has decided to join forces and make a contribution of approximately 1.5 tons of nonperishable food, drinking water, toiletries, blankets and clothing. Everything was donated to the International Red Cross, and is expected to benefit hundreds of families left homeless after torrential rains hit the country.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Still Rules Both On and Off the Road
(CBS) The new 2011 Ford Explorer is family friendly, but it still rules both on and off the road. Plus, it's more fuel-efficient, more aerodynamic and performs better than the outgoing version. It's built on the same platform as the Taurus. Click here to view video.

Ford Ties at Number One
Ford Ties for First in Customer Loyalty
(NBC) Ford tied with Honda in the latest J.D. Power & Associates customer loyalty survey. Chevy was the highest-ranked domestic brand after Ford, which came in ninth. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford's Flexibility Is the Story to Watch
(CNBC) It's become fashionable for fans of the Ford turnaround to talk about the company having success due to a slew of better designed models like the Fusion and Fiesta. To read the full article, click here.

2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year Finalists Shortlisted
(Autoblog) Predictable, yet worthy. To read the full article, click here.

Cobo Center Gets an Upgrade for the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
(Detroit Free Press) Metro Detroiters visiting the public days of the auto show Jan. 15-23 will notice more Detroit flavor in the food offerings – Lockhart's BBQ and the Detroit Beer Co., to name a couple – as well as a cleaner, renovated facility. To read the full article, click here.

Silverado HD Named 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year
(Detroit Free Press) Chevrolet has swept Motor Trend's car and truck of the year awards. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Issues Recall For 2009, 2010 Dodge Ram Pickups
(The Car Connection) Chrysler has announced a recall of certain Dodge Ram trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model years. To read the full article, click here.

The Toyota Prius Qualifies For Government Plug-In Vehicle Grant
(Car Pages) Toyota's progress towards bringing the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the marketplace has received a significant boost with the news that it qualifies for government grant support against its future purchase price. To read the full article, click here.

GM Pays Taxpayers $2.1 Billion, Completing Stock Deal
(Bloomberg) GM, the automaker that went bankrupt last year and returned to public trading in November, paid U.S. $2.1 billion to taxpayers, completing the repurchase of preferred shares issued under a U.S. government bailout. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and Wednesdays during the Auto Show and Summer Programs

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 1-800-248-4444 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.

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.

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BOLT Lock
Security

Save $10 on your order of BOLT Series Locks – the locks that work with your Ford vehicle key! Simply insert your key, turn once, and the lock learns your key! Offer ongoing. Click here to visit the website.

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 (Roswell, Ga.)
The next event will be the Annual Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sugo's Restaurant (625 West Crossville Road). If you would like further information about the event 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 KC Ford Salaried Retiree Club annual Christmas party will be Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs (401 Regent Street). Social hour starts at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; entertainment, the band of Kevin Kline will be from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. The Christmas party is $54 per couple – please RSVP by e-mail to Frank Scott at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap. The hotel is offering a special rate for members of $82 for the night or $95 with breakfast for two in the morning. The hotel also is giving a 15 percent discount for a spa treatment. Please call the hotel for reservations at 1-800-THE ELMS or 1-816-630-5500 only if you plan to stay over night.

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 Jan. 11 at a location to be announced. 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 on Apr. 6 with a location to be announced. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.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 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
February 11:
10th Annual Ford-Visteon Luncheon (Sebring, Fla.)

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at Homer's Buffet (1000 Sebring Square) in the Sebring Shopping Center across the street from Walmart. Spouses and friends are welcome. Please RSVP to John Welch at JJ13WELCH@strato.net, JJCWELCH@gmail.com or call his home phone at 1-863-357-1581 or his cellular phone at 1-863-634-8540.

March 6:
SAAC-MCR Winter All Ford Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap Meet takes place snow or shine at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) For more information, call Kurt Fredrickson 1-734-837-9614 or visit www.saac-mcr.net.

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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