December 3, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Mulally Named Reader's Choice in Fortune's Businessperson of the Year Rankings
  • Ford November Sales Up 24 Percent
  • Ford Canada Sales Up 16 Percent for Best November Since 2001
  • Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant Readies for New Explorer Production with Training, Renovations
  • First Ford Transit Connect Taxi Delivered to Boston Cab Company at New England Auto Show
  • Video: (Mad Money with Jim Cramer) Cramer Touts Ford and Alan Mulally
  • Outside Voices: (Mad Money with Jim Cramer) Ford: The Best American Automaker?

 

Announcements
Umbrella Group Logo
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period Nearing Halfway Point – Peer Support Volunteers Available to Help
The Annual Enrollment Period for switching health care insurance coverage runs through Dec. 31. Information is available at http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org. Salaried retirees can send e-mail inquiries to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group-org.

Reliable Peer Support sources confirm that both nationally and among the 200-300 Ford salaried retirees reaching age 65 per month there continue to be strong trends towards selecting Medigap Plans in preference to Medicare Advantage. Perceptions about the longer term consequences of the 2010 Health Care Legislation including coverage and cost concerns are factors. Peer Support volunteers do not make specific recommendations but help direct retirees to complete information about the features of both Medicare Advantage and Medigap plans.

Lansing Senate legislators in their "lame duck" session this week considered taking action on Blue Cross/Blue Shield inspired bills, which appeared to be detrimental to Medicare retirees including the Ford constituency. In the final day, the bills were sent back to committee, but the same issues seem certain to return in 2011. Peer Support will continue to provide information.


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
Alan Mulally Named Reader's Choice
Mulally Named Reader's Choice in Fortune's Businessperson of the Year Rankings
Fortune started the process with 32 contenders, seeded and matched up by the editors. Each week, readers picked which leader they thought made a bigger impact in 2010. In the end, Ford's own President and CEO Alan Mulally was named Fortune's 2010 Reader's Choice Businessperson of the Year. The final match was a blowout: Mulally took home 94 percent of the vote against Apple's Steve Jobs.

Team Ford – employees, agency personnel, retirees and dealers – contributed in force to the recognition voting efforts. In fact, the biggest single driver of visits (approximately 80 percent) to the brackets voting page were people clicking on a link – or multiple links – housed on Ford related sites, including @Ford Online. Click here to see the breakdown.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford November Sales Up 24 Percent
Consumer demand for Ford's fresh lineup of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles boosted November sales 24 percent versus a year ago, with 147,338 units sold.

Year-to-date, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales totaled U.S. 1.74 million, up 21 percent – growing at double the overall industry rate. Ford remains on track to gain market share for the second year in a row – a result not achieved since 1993.

In November, Ford car sales were up 25 percent, utilities were up 13 percent and trucks were up 34 percent. Year-to-date, Ford car sales were up 18 percent, utilities were up 15 percent and trucks were up 29 percent.

To read the full article and vote, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Canada Sales Up 16 Percent for Best November Since 2001
Ford of Canada saw sales increase 16 percent marking the best November in nine years. Strong performance across the entire lineup, including car sales which increased 23 percent, crossover sales which rose 28 percent and truck sales that were up 13 percent, helped to boost overall sales. Year-to-date, Ford of Canada sales are up 20 percent and continue to lead the Canadian market.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Explorer
Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant Readies for New Explorer Production with Training, Renovations
The reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer has started rolling off the line at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, marking a new beginning for both the historic factory and the iconic SUV.

The Torrence Avenue plant has been extensively renovated to accommodate production of the new Explorer, and all employees have prepared for its launch by participating in extensive training programs.

Ford Explorer – the vehicle that defined a segment 20 years ago with more than 6 million sold – has been reinvented for the 2011 model year, raising customers' expectations of sport utility vehicle fuel efficiency, technology, capability and quality. The seven-passenger SUV also raises the bar on safety with a class-leading array of features including industry-first inflatable rear seat belts, Trinity front impact structure, AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) and Curve Control technology.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Transit Connect
First Ford Transit Connect Taxi Delivered to Boston Cab Company at New England Auto Show
The first Ford Transit Connect Taxi in the United States was delivered this week to Boston Cab Dispatch at the New England International Auto Show.

Brett Barenholtz, CEO of Boston Cab Dispatch, received the keys to the Transit Connect Taxi and said he is eager to put it into service.

The taxi was outfitted by Creative Mobile Technologies of Long Island City, N.Y., which provides equipment such as payment processing and passenger information systems in the taxi, including an 8.4-inch electronic infotainment and navigation screen that shows cab fares, news, weather, sports scores and stock ticker.

To read the full article, click here.

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New Ford Website
Realignment of Corporate and U.S. Brand Websites to Improve Customer Experience
Ford's corporate and U.S. brand websites have moved to new addresses.

For years, www.ford.com was the address of the company's corporate website, and www.fordvehicles.com was the U.S. brand site where people would go to shop for a Ford car or truck. Tracking research showed, however, that the majority of people who typed in the corporate address were actually trying to get to the content on the brand site.

So the company decided to make a change.

To read the full article, click here.

Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant
Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant Employees Drive Quality Process Improvement
Conscientious, tenacious, passionate, focused, and exceptional. These are just a few of the words used to by leadership at the Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Plant (DEFTP) to describe four employees who identified a defect and drove changes in a gauging process to ensure a world-class quality product for Ford's customers and save the company significant warranty costs.

To read the full article, click here.

1935 Ford Rouge Industrial Complex
Ford's Diverse Manufacturing History...from Timber to Charcoal to Satellites
Ford has a long history of manufacturing great cars and trucks. However, you may be surprised by the variety of other products the company has manufactured over the years.

While perfecting the Model T, one of the difficulties Henry Ford faced was procuring components of consistent quality. His solution, control the entire manufacturing process from raw materials to final assembly.

The Rouge Industrial Complex was an example of this process – vertical integration. Raw materials entered at one end of the complex and completed cars drove away at the other end.

To read the full article, click here.

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Executive Corner
Jim Tetreault

Jim Tetreault
Vice President, North American Manufacturing
Ford Motor Company

@Ford Online had the opportunity to talk with Jim Tetreault, vice president, North American Manufacturing, about the shift in North American Manufacturing facilities becoming more flexible and capable of meeting consumer demands.

Q: Why is it important to be flexible?
A: We have to be able to respond to the marketplace. When we design and engineer a car, we have targeted volumes of course, but we don't always hit them for a variety of reasons – price of gasoline being a good example of that where compact cars can go up and down in sales depending on what the price of gas is. So at all of our plants, we would really like to get to the point where we can respond to the market and give the customer what they want because getting that precisely is a very difficult equation.

To read the full discussion, click here.

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Global Notes
Sigma 1.6-Liter Engine Named the Best
Sigma 1.6-Liter Engine Named 'Best Engine Up to 2 Liters' in Brazil
The Ford Sigma 1.6-liter engine has been named "Best Engine up to 2 Liters" at the 2011 Car of the Year awards, promoted by Autoesporte, one of the most influential Brazilian motoring magazines.

To read the full article, click here.

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Top Safety Rating for New C-MAX Models
The new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX models have been awarded the maximum 5-star safety ratings by the independent organization Euro NCAP.

To read the full article, click here.

Guangfu Dealership in Nanning, Guangxi Province
Ford Will Open 66 New Dealerships in China by Year End
As part of its ambitious growth plans, Ford is opening 66 new dealerships in China by the end of the year. Ford will have added 100 new dealerships in China in 2010, bringing its total number of outlets to 340. The newer dealerships are located primarily in the fast-growing two- and three-tier cities located in western and northern China.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally
Cramer Touts Ford and Alan Mulally
(Mad Money with Jim Cramer) Host Jim Cramer names Ford as one of the great industrial companies that represent fabulous long-term investments. He says Ford may be the greatest comeback story of a generation and that nobody masterminds a turnaround like Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, calling him a miracle worker. Click here to view video.

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Rolls Off Chicago Assembly Line
(Fox Business Network) Reporter Jeff Flock reports from the Ford assembly plant in Chicago, where the new Ford Explorer rolled off the assembly line this week. Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Manager Jan Allman is interviewed. Click here to view video.

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Ford Teams with Meals on Wheels to Feed Homebound Seniors
(FOX) Ford employees and family members have teamed up with Meals on Wheels to feed homebound seniors this holiday. Hundreds of volunteers are packing and delivering hot meals. More than 5,000 people are expected to be served. This is the third year the Ford Foundation has provided support to the effort. Click here to view video.

George Pipas
George Pipas Talks November Sales, Outlook
(Bloomberg TV) Ford North American Sales Analyst George Pipas is interviewed about November auto sales results. Ford's sales were up more than 20 percent in November, lead by pickup truck demand. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford: The Best American Automaker?
(Mad Money with Jim Cramer) No list of the top American manufacturers would be complete, or even serve as a credible list, without the new Ford. To read the full article, click here.

2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Preview
(Motor Authority) Ford has made a lot of incremental upgrades to its Mustang over the past couple of years, some of them quite significant, such as new engines and body work. To read the full article, click here.

10Best Future Technologies – 10Best Cars
(Car and Driver) Inflatable safety belts, available as an option on the outboard rear seats of the 2011 Ford Explorer, are one example of an industry moving past the conventional airbag. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Recalls 650,000 Prius Models to Replace Coolant Pump
(Auto Guide) Toyota has announced it will recall 650,000 Prius models to replace the water pump. To read the full article, click here.

GM, Chrysler to Fill 2,000 Engineer Spots
(Detroit News) GM and Chrysler will ramp up hiring of engineers and other technical staff, creating a combined 2,000 high-tech jobs in the region to bolster development of everything from small cars to electric vehicles. To read the full article, click here.

Michigan is Still the Brains of the Auto Industry
(Forbes) This week brought two pieces of good news for Michigan's beleaguered auto industry. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
Got an Idea, Share It!
Ever had an idea for a new product or a suggestion for a current vehicle you'd like to share with the Ford team? If so, do we have some websites for you!

If you have an idea for a new product or technology you'd like to see on a Ford vehicle, click to the Ford New Ideas site at www.FordNewIdeas.com.

If you have a suggestion for a current Ford Motor Company product, click here to connect to the Customer Relationship Center.

Through these two sites, your ideas and comments will be directed to the appropriate teams within the company … One team, One plan, One goal … ONE Ford.


FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday, 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.

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.

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John Deere
Farm & Agricultural Equipment

John Deere offers two discounted purchases a year on some of their most popular equipment lines. Convenient and easy to use, this discount coupon offers additional savings on purchases of John Deere equipment at your local John Deere dealership. Click here for more information.

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 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 (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.

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
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.

May 29 & 30:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Show and Swap Meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on May 30, the "Go" Track Event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.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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