February 11, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Explorer 'Go. Do. Adventures' Campaign Takes the Conversation on the Road, Continues the Momentum
  • All-New Ford Focus Electric: The Most Maintenance-Free Ford Ever
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch Leads Four Technologies from Ford Named as Finalists for 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards
  • Ford Invests Additional $1 Million to Save Teen Lives, Launches National High School Safe Driving Tour
  • Ford to Showcase Ads for All-New Explorer During GRAMMY Awards, Including Unique Spot Featuring Nelly
  • Focus Rally: America Weekly Trivia Game
  • Video: (CNBC) President Obama Says Henry Ford Helped Build Middle Class
  • Outside Voices: (Bloomberg) Mulally Gives Ford Lightness Lead After Threat to End Explorer

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Magazine
The latest issue of @Ford for North America is out now, featuring stories about Ford Racing, financials, intelligent vehicles and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.


Lincoln Event Logo
Lincoln Spring Forward Event
Now is a great time to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Lincoln and take a smarter look at luxury…because it's more than plush leather seating and a smooth ride. It's about including things that make driving more enjoyable, more rewarding and safer. It's about including technology that keeps you connected to your life and the roads on which you travel.

Now during the Lincoln Spring Forward event, you can get it all. Plus, every new Lincoln now comes with the assurance of a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.

See your local Lincoln dealer starting Feb. 14 to take advantage of the Lincoln Spring Forward Event. Event ends April 4.


Reminder – Take Actions by March 31, 2011!
Attention: U.S. Retirees (who are NOT eligible for the HRA) and are enrolled in a Ford Motor Company Salaried Retiree Health Plan. You are reminded to complete the steps required to continue/qualify for the Enhanced Benefit Level of your health plan by March 31, 2011. Should you choose to ignore the requirements and do nothing, you will continue with Ford sponsored health care coverage, but will be transferred to the Standard Benefit Level with higher out of pocket costs effective April 1, 2011.

For more information contact the your Health Plan:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (includes BMP-PPO, FMP-PPO, and CMP-PPO) contact Care Allies at 1-800-838-3975
Blue Care Network 1-800-662-6667
CIGNA Networks 1-800-244-6224
Health Alliance Plan 1-800-422-4641
PriorityHealth 1-800-446-5674

 

Top Stories
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer 'Go. Do. Adventures' Campaign Takes the Conversation on the Road, Continues the Momentum
If you had a Ford Explorer for a week, what would you do and where would you go? This question lays the groundwork for the new "Go. Do. Adventures" program that invites consumers to suggest how they would use an Explorer to create their own unique adventure.

Consumers can submit stories in the form of essays, photos and videos through several websites, such as www.ford.com/explorer and Facebook. The responses will showcase both key product features and unique American locations and attractions. Those people whose ideas are selected will then be able to live out their dream adventure, courtesy of the all-new Explorer. All of the action will be captured and documented through the Explorer Facebook page.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Focus
All-New Ford Focus Electric: The Most Maintenance-Free Ford Ever
When it comes to regularly scheduled maintenance, the Ford Focus Electric will be the easiest car to own that Ford has ever built.

Because the Focus Electric does not have a conventional piston engine or an automatic or manual transmission, its drivers will wave goodbye to such things as oil changes and tuneups – a scenario most other motorists can only dream of.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford My-Key Technology
SYNC with MyFord Touch Leads Four Technologies from Ford Named as Finalists for 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards
Four of Ford's innovative new technologies that have helped draw new customers have now been named finalists by the internationally known 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards.

Ford's MyFord Touch, MyKey, SYNC® AppLink and rear inflatable seat belts – each an industry-first innovation – are finalists in three categories honored by the Edison Awards.

MyFord Touch and SYNC AppLink are finalists in the Transportation – In-Car Driving Aids Category. MyKey is a finalist in the Transportation – Remote Driving Aids category. The rear inflatable seat belt system is a finalist in the Applied Technology category.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Invests Additional $1 Million to Save Teen Lives, Launches National High School Safe Driving Tour
The Ford Motor Company Fund is investing another U.S. $1 million to fight the No. 1-killer of American teens, working with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to expand Ford's free driving skills program to high schools in 15 states.

Starting this month, the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) National Tour takes free driving exercises, web-based training and materials on driving safety to 30 high schools nationwide to augment its community driving clinics and web-based training.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Explorer
Ford to Showcase Ads for All-New Explorer During GRAMMY Awards, Including Unique Spot Featuring Nelly
Ford's hot-selling Ford Explorer will make some waves during the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards this Sunday in a 60-second television spot that will feature hip hop recording artist Nelly and the Explorer's new Audio System from Sony.

Since the launch of the reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer, Ford has been interacting with consumers on Facebook – more than 138,000 fans to date – posting videos featuring engineers and a variety of celebrities answering questions people have about the popular SUV.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Focus Rally: America Car
Focus Rally: America Weekly Trivia Game
On Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, six teams started their journey on Focus Rally: America, Ford's new reality show and interactive real time cross-country road rally. Everyone can get in on the fun by registering at FocusRally.com to join the rally virtually as a member of their favorite Focus Rally: America team.

And as a Ford retiree you also have a chance to win an official Focus Rally: America t-shirt by playing @Ford Online's Focus Rally: America weekly trivia game.

To read the full article, click here.

MAP Body Employees
New Focus Nearly Ready for Customers at Michigan Assembly
Employees at the Michigan Assembly Plant recently celebrated an important milestone by completing their first MP1 (Mass Production 1) unit of the all-new, 2012 Ford Focus. By reaching this phase of the launch, the plant is one step closer to accelerating production at the end of January and eventually shipping cars to dealers.

Production of the previous model Focus concluded at Wayne Assembly Plant on Dec. 3. When employees came back to work Jan. 3, they reported to the refurbished Michigan Assembly Plant – formerly the Michigan Truck Plant – and began building the company's new global compact car.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Uses Teeter-Totter to Demonstrate Terrain Management System in Windy City
The Ford Explorer ride experience at the Chicago Auto Show takes the simple concept of a playground teeter-totter and transforms it into an exciting and compelling demonstration of Explorer's exclusive Terrain Management System.

The footprint of the teeter-totter ride experience at the Chicago Auto Show is approximately 5,000 square feet. Operated by a professional driver, with show-goers as passengers, the Explorer starts out driving through sand to demonstrate how it easily handles loose surfaces before beginning to ascend the teeter-totter ramp.

To read the full article, click here.

2012 Mustang Boss
Unique Mustang Raises Extraordinary Amount of Money for Charity
A one-of-a kind factory-painted Grabber Blue 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca sold for a remarkable U.S. $450,000 at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, which was held last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

And the lucky bidder who took the vehicle home wasn't the only winner.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the car above MSRP were donated to JDRF, a leader in research leading to a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Neil Schloss

Neil Schloss
Vice President and Treasurer
Ford Motor Company

Ford recently announced it will reduce debt by an additional U.S. $3 billion through Trust Preferred Securities redemption. Neil Schloss, vice president and treasurer, Ford, discussed this announcement with @Ford.

Q: What is the latest news on Ford's debt restructuring?
A: On Thursday, Feb. 10, we announced that we plan to redeem for cash all of Ford's outstanding Trust Preferred Securities on March 15, 2011. This will lead to an additional U.S. $3 billion reduction in debt and annualized interest savings of about $190 million.

Q: How are these Trust Preferred Securities different than a normal loan that Ford would get from a bank?
A: These securities actually are listed on a stock exchange and we pay out a dividend to holders of the security. So now, the holders – of which there are many from both the individual-investing sector and the institutional-investing sector – will receive cash as we redeem the securities. We initially issued these securities in 2002, and have already redeemed $2 billion of the total $5 billion we initially issued. They weren't technically due for redemption until 2032.

To read the full discussion, click here.

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Global Notes
New Fiesta
New Fiesta, Focus and Fusion Win the Best Cars Election from Best Cars
Ford Brazil won three awards at the 13th Best Cars Election sponsored by the Best Cars website. The new Fiesta won as the Best Small Sedan, the Focus, as the Best Medium Size Hatch and the Fusion, as the Best Large Sedan. The election, held between October and December of 2010, counted the votes of 37,435 Internet users from all over Brazil.

To read the full article, click here.

Alan Mulally
Mulally to Make Keynote Speech at Germany's CeBIT Show
Alan Mulally will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 CeBIT show on March 1 in Hannover, Germany. The Ford president and CEO will announce news about the SYNC® with MyFord Touch driver connect technology.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
All-New Ford Ranger Hits a Six
The all-new Ford Ranger scores a clear winner in its fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission that not only shifts quickly and smoothly but is also smart enough to adapt to individual driving styles and gradients without the driver even realizing it.

To read the full article, click here.

Conservation and Environmental Grants Logo
Ford Grants Support Ten Regional Grass-Roots Environmental Projects with U.S. $100,000
The Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants awarded a total of U.S. $100,000 to ten deserving environmental projects from the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Jordan and Lebanon. The Ford Grants is part of the company's efforts to support grass-roots level initiatives that protect and preserve the environment and natural resources in the GCC and Levant countries, and has awarded a total of $1.1 million to more than 130 projects since its inception in 2000.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Figo
Ford Figo a Finalist for South Africa Car of the Year
The Ford Figo is a key product for Ford of Southern Africa in the region's fast-growing new car market. Its crisp driving dynamics, fuel-efficient engine options, cheerful styling and interiors and, of course, its terrific pricing, have propelled it up the sales charts and won it critical acclaim in the local media.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ford Oval
President Obama Says Henry Ford Helped Build Middle Class
(CNBC) During President Obama's speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he says the key to our success is making new products. He mentions that Henry Ford perfected the assembly line and then put a generation to work in the factories of Detroit, which is how the largest middle class in the world was built. Click here to view video.

Ford Focus
Ford on Path to Profit Growth, Mulally Says
(The Wall Street Journal) Ford's recent quarter was unique, in that it invested in new products and didn't chase market share in Europe, yet the company is focused on its long-term plan and paying down debt, according to President and CEO Alan Mulally. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Mulally Gives Ford Lightness Lead After Threat to End Explorer
(Bloomberg) Six months after arriving at Ford from Boeing in 2006, Alan Mulally had to decide the fate of the Explorer, once America's top-selling sport utility vehicle. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Salute to Dealers Recognizes 2011 Honorees
(Autotropolis.com) The Ford Salute to Dealers program honored four of the automaker's standout retail partners this week during a ceremony held prior to the opening of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in San Francisco.

Ford Announces 'Groundbreaking' New Vehicle for Geneva
(Auto Express) Ford has announced a 'groundbreaking all-new vehicle' will debut in Geneva, alongside eight other models, although exact details are yet to be confirmed. To read the full article, click here.

Who has the Best Sporty Coupe in the U.S.?
(Auto Week) Vote for what you think is the best sporty coupe under $50,000 in the U.S. To read the full article, click here. To read the full article, click here.

GM Says More Dealers Needed on West, East Coasts
(USA Today) After years of talk about how it had too many dealers, we had had to do a gut check over the weekend when a top GM executive said that the automaker might need a few new ones in some big cities on both coasts. To read the full article, click here.

New Chrysler Tagline a Hit
(Detroit Free Press) Imported from Detroit. Sometimes a marketing tagline just resonates. To read the full article, click here.

A Stronger Yen and Fewer Sales Reduce Toyota Earnings 39 Percent
(The New York Times) Toyota said Tuesday that its profit had slumped 39 percent in its third quarter from the period a year earlier, weighed down by slow sales at home and the strong yen. To read the full article, click here.

Pickup Rescues FedExTandem Semi Truck
(MyFox) A Good Samaritan in a white pickup truck was out rescuing people on Interstate 30 in Garland on Wednesday morning. He even managed to pull a FedEx truck to safety. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA)

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

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

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

Fun and Travel FERA Discounts:
Auto Rama, Feb. 25-27, 2011 - Tickets $14
Golf Michigan Play Books - $10
2011 Entertainment Books - $25
Travel Cruises and Resorts

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

 

Directory
Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and 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
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 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 March (Milton, Ga.)
The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 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.

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. 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 and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club will meet at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue). We will have a special meeting the first Wednesday in November at Finnigan's with the different Insurance agents to discuss future plans and assistance for Medical INS and Medicare coverage for those turning 65. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott (Club President effective Jan. 1, 2011) by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com asap.

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

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

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

The Manatee-Sarasota County Ford Retirees next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8 at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) Coffee and donuts will be provided for this meeting. 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.

February 21:
8th Annual SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing (Ft. Myers, Fla.)

The golf outing will take place at Pelican Preserve Golf Club (9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd.) and begin at 1 p.m. Golf, cart, range balls, prizes, tee gift and dinner is $105. Cocktails and dinner ($20) will begin at 5:30 p.m. To make your reservation, please make a check out to Tom Howard and send to 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr. Bonita Springs, Fla. 34135 no later than Feb. 13. Also, please provide a phone number or e-mail address so a confirmation can be sent to you. For more information, please contact Don Morgan at 239.948.7171 or D07MORGAN@aol.com or Tom Howard at 239.948.8876 or THHOWARD50@comcast.net.

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.

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March 26:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2011 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Detroit, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Ave.) from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Village Ford is located on the south side of Michigan Avenue, between Telegraph and Outer Drive roads. For more information go to www.mocsem.org.

June 12 & 13:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On June 12 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 June 13, the 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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