Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

February 12, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Edge First in North America to Gain from Exciting New Global 2.0-Liter EcoBoost I-4 Engine
  • Ford Transit Connect Electric Commercial Van Helps Fleet Customers Go Completely Gas-Free
  • Ford Transit Connect Taxi ‘On Duty’; New People Mover Runs on Green Fuels with New Engine Option
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Goes Lightweight with Aluminum Engine, Offers Ultimate in Handling
  • Fusion Hybrid Earns Inaugural Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award
  • Video: (CNBC) Alan Mulally Has Good Reason to Grin
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit News) GM Gets Tax Breaks, Will Keep RenCen Headquarters

 

Announcements
@Ford Magazine
@Ford North America Now Available
The February 2010 edition is now available, with stories covering Ford's quarterly financial results, the new 2011 Ford Edge and Edge Sport, 2011 Transit Connect Electric, Shelby GT500, and more.

Click here to view an electronic version of the publication.

GO PAPERLESS! Transforming the world into a paperless environment is eco-friendly, budget friendly, and can increase productivity. To opt out of receiving the hard copy of the magazine that arrives in your mailbox each month and receive an e-mail that provides early access to an electronic version of the @Ford magazine, click here.

Lincoln Launch Event
Announcing the Lincoln Launch Event
Now’s the time to consider Lincoln with attractive short-term lease rates now available on select new Lincolns.

Act now, offer ends March 31. Click here for more information.

Ford MODEL Teams Volunteer Help
Ford Volunteer Corps is Forming MODEL Teams Now
The Ford Volunteer Corps needs your help to bring the warmth of an early spring to children and families on March 4 – the first Ford Accelerated Action Day of the year.

MODEL Teams of Ford volunteers are preparing to paint and rebuild, make urgent repairs and clean at shelters and family centers in their local communities. Teams are forming now, and we invite all Ford retirees to join us.

To view projects and register online please click here, or go to the Ford Volunteer Corps Web site at www.volunteer.ford.com.

Savings Plan Administration Change – FAQs Available
The transition of the savings plan administration from Fidelity to Affiliated Computer Services, Inc (ACS) occurred Jan. 5, 2010. We have developed a list of answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employees and retirees, which are available on @Ford Online (www.at.ford.com).

If you are a Salaried Retiree, click here to view the recent FAQs. If you are a Hourly Retiree click here to view the recent FAQs.

To visit the savings plan Web site, go to: www.myfordbenefits.com and follow the instructions to log in.

Red Cross Logo
Ford Motor Company American Red Cross Online Donation Site
Please join in the Ford Motor Company Giving Campaign to support the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those in crisis following the earthquake in Haiti. Ford Motor Company will be matching employee and retiree donations up to a total of $50,000.

Click here to donate.

 

Chicago Auto Show
2011 Ford Edge
2011 Ford Edge First in North America to Gain from Exciting New Global 2.0-Liter EcoBoost I-4 Engine
Ford’s groundbreaking EcoBoost engine technology, which customers have embraced since its introduction a year ago, will soon be available on the Ford Edge. Powered by a 2.0-Liter I-4 engine with direct fuel injection and a single turbocharger, the Ford Edge with EcoBoost will deliver the same performance feel as a current V-6 while delivering best-in-class fuel economy.

With Edge's 2.0-Liter EcoBoost, the fuel economy benefits will be at least 10 percent better than a comparable V-6 but with class-leading power and torque for an I-4. This advanced new engine will also be offered in the next-generation Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, to be revealed later this year.

Since being introduced in 2009 on four vehicles – the Ford Taurus SHO (standard) and Lincoln MKS full-size sedans and the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers – EcoBoost engines have been embraced by customers. The Ford Taurus SHO has a conquest rate of 45 percent, and since launch, in terms of volume, 48 percent of Lincoln MKT sales are with the EcoBoost option. Altogether, nearly 6,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles have been sold since introduction.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Transit Connect Electric Commercial Van
Ford Transit Connect Electric Commercial Van Helps Fleet Customers Go Completely Gas-Free
Ford unveiled the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect – the 2010 North American Truck of the Year – at the Chicago Auto Show and confirmed the zero-emissions small van will be in fleet operators' hands later this year.

The 2011 Transit Connect Electric will use a Force Drive electric powertrain manufactured and integrated by specialty upfitter Azure Dynamics. In addition to the Transit Connect Electric, Ford plans to bring three more electrified vehicles to market by 2012 – the Focus Electric in 2011, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in 2012 and a next-generation hybrid in 2012.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Transit Connect Taxi
Ford Transit Connect Taxi ‘On Duty’; New People Mover Runs on Green Fuels with New Engine Option
The Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive in dealerships later this year as a 2011 model, adding to Ford Motor Company’s leadership in the North American taxi market.

Making the announcement at the Chicago Auto Show, Ford also said it will introduce engine prep packages on all Transit Connect models – base and taxi – allowing conversion to efficient, clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane (LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas). Both CNG and LPG are popular among taxi operators because of their low cost of ownership.

The roomy, flexible interior of the Transit Connect – the 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is perfectly suited for taxi service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The vehicle’s 135 cubic feet of cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank while leaving ample passenger legroom and cargo capacity.

To read the full article, click here.

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2011 Ford Shelby GT500
2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Goes Lightweight with Aluminum Engine, Offers Ultimate in Handling
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineers are taking high performance to a new level with the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, resulting in a car that has an all-new aluminum-block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and more horsepower than ever.

"The SVT team continues to push the performance standards of the Shelby to even higher levels and better refinement," said Jost Capito, director, Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Business Development. "All the changes we made reflect a desire for even better handling and outstanding driving dynamics – from weight savings to improved balance."

The 2011 Shelby GT500 is powered by an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-Liter supercharged V-8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase versus the 2010 model. The engine also is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

To read the full article, click here.

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Top Stories
MyFord Touch
MyFord Touch Defines Intuitive Driver Experience: Advanced Capabilities Voice-Controlled Now
MyFord Touch driver connect technology, launching on the 2011 Ford Edge, is designed to be powerful yet intuitive for drivers, blending strengths of the most proven interfaces in consumer electronics – including MP3 players and mobile phones – with a new generation of Ford’s award-winning SYNC system.

MyFord redesigns the in-car interface, mirroring how consumers interact with most devices in their lives using touch-sensitive buttons, touch screens, thumb-wheel controls and voice recognition. In that respect, MyFord is instantly familiar. Using reconfigurable displays and simplified voice commands, though, MyFord also can present multiple layers of information, just as the driver wants it.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Fusion Hybrid Earns Inaugural Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid earned the inaugural Hermance Vehicle Efficiency Award Wednesday at the Chicago Auto Show. The award is named for the late Dave Hermance, the legendary engineer and vocal proponent of hybrid-electric vehicles who died in 2006 at the age of 59 when his experimental plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

The Hermance award, which is given by BermanWorks, the media company behind HybridCars.com, honors new North American vehicles that best represent the vision of practical efficiency and risk-taking – two qualities the engineering wizard and avid pilot cherished. The voting committee recognized Fusion Hybrid for "setting a whole new benchmark" for mainstream hybrid-electric vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

For Love of Liberty: A Story of America's Black Patriots
Ford Partners with PBS on Airing of 'For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots'
Ford Motor Company is helping to tell the untold story of African Americans in the military as part of a partnership with PBS on the airing of "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots." The partnership comes as Ford also hosts its Annual Black History Month Celebration in Detroit on Friday, Feb. 19.

"For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots" premiers on most Public Broadcasting System stations nationwide throughout the month. Presented by Maryland Public Television, this is a powerful documentary television series that salutes African-American service men and women and reveres their dedicated allegiance to the United States military. The four-hour high-definition (HD) film will air in two parts on PBS stations across the country.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Q&A
Jamie Allison

Jamie Allison
Director
Ford North America Motorsports

The 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season opens Feb. 14 with the Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, Florida. Jamie Allison, recently appointed director of Ford North America Motorsports, sat down with @Ford Online to discuss numerous topics, including his new role, goals for the year and plans to support the launch of the new Ford Fiesta.

Q: What are your main objectives this year?
A: Ford is on its way back because of the strength of its plan, the team and a goal, and that is no different here at Ford Racing. No matter who sits here, it doesn't change the fundamental goal of our team. I'm really carrying forward the initiatives that were put in place – and have been very effective – for NASCAR and NHRA. I happen to come at a time when the company is bringing Fiesta to the North American market. With that, I'm putting more emphasis on supporting the launch of Fiesta.

I've always loved Mustangs and Fords. To me, this job is applying what I love and what I've learned to help the company move forward and reach out to our fan base and tell them 'you love our trucks, you love our Mustangs, now take a look at our new Fiesta and Focus because you'll love them, too.'

Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming Daytona 500?
A: This year's race at Daytona marks a couple of special milestones for Ford. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter V-8 is the official pace car of the 2010 Daytona 500. The last time a Ford paced this race was 1970 – a Ford Torino. Mustang, with all of its glory, has never served as pace car of the Daytona 500.

This year also is special because Richard Petty, the King of NASCAR, has joined Ford with his four-car team, which adds to our overall competitiveness. We're cautiously optimistic about the Daytona 500. Last year we won the race, but were unable to win the championship. We want a competitive team and a competitive season. Our main goal is to win the Sprint Cup.

To read the full Q&A, click here.

 

Global Notes
2011 Ford EcoSport
Ford Brazil Launches 2011 EcoSport with New Visual Identity
From Feb. 1-4, around 110 Brazilian motoring journalists attended the 2011 Ford EcoSport launch and got a close look at the new model, which is the segment leader in the Brazilian market. The event, which officially presented the vehicle to the press, was held in Maceió, Alagoas and was divided into two sessions: the first one from Feb. 1-3, and the second one from Feb. 2-4.

The groups participated in technical presentations conducted by Sales and Marketing as well as Engineering teams, and soon after they experienced the 2011 Ford EcoSport during a 100 kilometer test drive passing by the beautiful beaches of Maceió.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Germany Celebrates 40 Millionth Ford Vehicle
Ford of Germany commemorated the production of forty million vehicles. To mark the event, a ceremony was staged next to the production line at the company’s vehicle plant in Cologne-Niehl.

The 40 millionth vehicle to roll off the production line was a silver 5-door Fiesta equipped with a 1.25-Litre Duratec petrol engine. The car is destined for a customer in the German capital of Berlin. Significantly, it was in Berlin in 1925 that Ford Motor Company AG was founded.

To read the full article, click here.

Health and Safety Professional of the Year Award
Winning Their Way to a Safer Workplace
Safety comes first, not only in Ford cars but also in the workplaces for those who make the vehicles. Operations in Australia, Taiwan and India did such a good job in making the working environment healthy and safe that they were among the winners of the 2009 President’s Health and Safety Awards handed out in the global Ford world.

@Ford Online chats with the three markets in the Asia Pacific and Africa region that won the Regional Replication Innovation Award which recognizes innovative solutions that improve existing processes or practices.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Alan Mulally on WTXF-TV (FOX)
Alan Mulally Has Good Reason to Grin
(CNBC) President and CEO Alan Mulally has good reason to grin. Sales are up, the company is turning a profit and of course, that key competitor (Toyota) has driven off the road. Click here to view video.

Mark Fields
Mark Fields Interview at Chicago Auto Show; Ford Showing Off Electric Transit Connect, Redesigned Edge
(CNBC) Mark Fields, President of The Americas, is interviewed at the Chicago Auto Show. Fields says Ford's strategy is to get the message out on new products. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Toyota Recalls 437,000 Priuses, Hybrids Globally
(AP) Toyota is recalling 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems – the latest embarrassing safety lapse at the world's largest automaker. To read the full article, click here.

Can Ford Reclaim Toyota's Throne?
(The Street) A recent study has delivered a rather surprising result: Ford is overtaking Toyota in "perception of quality." To read the full article, click here.

Auto Suppliers Urged to Plan Now for Global Platforms
(Detroit News) Four automakers will dramatically increase their global engineering of vehicles, and suppliers that want to stay in business have 12 months to get on board, according to a study released Thursday. To read the full article, click here.

GM Gets Tax Breaks, Will Keep RenCen Headquarters
(Detroit News) The state of Michigan quadrupled its offer to keep General Motors Co. from relocating about 2,000 employees from the Renaissance Center, and teamed with local officials to dangle tax breaks that could total $221 million. To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford's Challenge: Stay Lean, Hungry and Innovative
(Detroit News) Bill Ford Jr. likes going to work these days. After years of gloom, employees are smiling again. Ford Motor Co.'s cars and crossovers are winning big awards. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Motor Co. Is Bouncing Back
(Philly.com) "Think about it," Alan Mulally implored: Just 14 months ago, the top executive at Ford Motor Co. was seated alongside his compadres at soon-to-be-bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler, at a congressional panel considering pleas for emergency taxpayer loans. To read the full article, click here.

General Motors to Send Out Repair Parts for 2009-10 Pontiac Vibes this Week
(Free Press) General Motors announced today that repair parts for sticking accelerator pedals in the Pontiac Vibe will be shipped out to dealers this week. To read the full article, click here.

The Prius Problem Could Hurt The Entire Hybrid Industry
(Forbes) The expected recall of the Toyota Prius hybrid for braking problems may seriously hurt the entire green car movement. 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 Web sites 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.

 

Special Information
FERA Logo
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m

The FERA desk handles discount tickets for Cedar Point, Kings Island, the North American International Auto Show, the Michigan Renaissance Festival and other events; the desk also has the Entertainment Book and Golf Michigan Play Books. The desk is filled with flyers of travel specials and club events and is really fun to examine, so stop by and say, "Hi" and thank the person at the desk because they are volunteering their time for you!

For more FERA information, click to www.FERA.org. Ticket price information for Cedar Point and Kings Island, click here.

 

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

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

 

Retiree Club Info
Click here to check out the @Ford Online listing of known Retiree Clubs and Groups.

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday of Every Month (Roswell, Ga.)

The monthly breakfasts are on the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Peachtree Diner (915 Holcomb Bridge Road). If you would like further information about the breakfast or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net .

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Ford Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Wednesday of the Month (Jan, Mar, May and Sep) (Kansas City, Mo.)
If you are a retired salaried Ford employee in the Kansas City area and would like to join our club, we welcome you. We have great food, select common topic of interest to present to the membership and social time filled with laughter and smiles as we greet old friends and coworkers. If this interests you or if you would like more information, contact Shirley Sewell at SSEWELL01@comcast.net.

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.

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) staring 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 (Lincoln Park, Mich.)
The group meets at 11 a.m. at the Robert Jones K of C Hall (25160 W. Outer Drive (Dix at I-75)). For more information, contact Jim White at JWHITE13453@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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 consist sof mostly salaried retirees, all are welcome. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, contact Allan Yee at ALLAN.YEE@att.net.

February 13:
Body Engineering & Design Center Retirees (Lakeland, Fla.)

The group has a yearly luncheon in Florida, in February at the Huntington Hills Country Club ( 2626 Duff Road). For more information, contact Chris James at CHRISANDDOR@jamescenter.com.

February 15:
SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing (Ft. Myers, Fla.)

The 7th Annual SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing will be held at the Pelican Preserve Golf Club (located one mile east of I-75 at Exit 136) starting at 1 p.m. (shotgun start). Golf, cart, range balls, prizes, tee gift and dinner cost $105. Dinner only at 5:30 p.m. cost $20. To make your reservation, send check to Tom Howard, 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr., Bonita Springs, Florida, 34135. Checks should be made out to Tom Howard and received no later than Feb. 7. Please provide a phone number or e-mail address so we can send you a confirmation that we have received your reservation and check. For more information contact Tom Howard at HHOWARD50@comcast.net or Don Morgan at D07MORGAN@aol.com

April 14:
Dearborn/Allen Park Retired Ford Cafeteria Employees (Dearborn, Mich.)

The retirees of Ford Motor Company that have worked in the cafeterias in the Dearborn/Allen Park area are going to meet at Liberati's (6451 Miller Road) at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@aol.com.

May 26:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon
(Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club meets 3-4 times a year for luncheons, which are held at the German American Cultural Center (7370 Columbia Road). There is a $10 fee and they require a reservation which must be received two weeks before the event. To reserve, send checks made to the Ford Salary Retiree Club at the following address: P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

August 27 - 28:
Chicago Stamping Reunion (Wildersville, Tenn.)

This year's Chicago Stamping Reunion will be held at Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Road). For more information, contact (Ace) Dempsay at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net or call 931-260-0427.

 

Calendar Ahead
Ford Seahorses Scuba Diving Club Logo
February 27:
29th Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The Ford Seahorses Scuba Diving Club, in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Society's Dossin Maritime Group and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, presents the 29th Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Building (4800 E. Huron River Drive). This year's program features two historic Civil War wrecks – The Hunley, presented by Ralph Wilbanks, and the ironclad, U.S.S. Monitor, presented by Sue Smith. Daytime programs between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. feature a wide variety of sessions on Great Lakes shipwrecks, international dives and technical diving and equipment, as well as a variety of book signings and exhibits from local maritime artists, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and local dive shops. The evening concludes with a "Cayman Island Beach Break" party at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For ticket information or program details, visit www.shipwreckfestival.org , e-mail GLSFTICKETS@aol.com or call 734-485-0492.

March 7:
SAAC-MCR Winter Swap Meet (Woodhaven, Mich.)

Swap meet takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vender set up 7 a.m.) at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd.). For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact the club hotline at 734-956-1626.

Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan
March 27:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2010 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop" (Dearborn, Mich.)

Mustang & Ford Swap Meet at Village Ford (23535 Michigan Avenue) 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.

Shelby American Automobile Club Motor City Region Logo
May 30 - 31:
SAAC-MCR 35th annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkson, Mich.)

On May 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (show and swap meet) will take place at Ford World Headquarters SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on May 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ("Go" track event) will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.). For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net

Falcon Club
July 15 – 17:
Falcon Club of America 2010 National Convention (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Falcon Club of America is hosting the 2010 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Because the 50th anniversary is a significant milestone, the club anticipates over 400 Falcons and their owners to attend from all over the United States and Canada. Please visit fca2010detroit.webs.com for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at JOANAL@wideopenwest.com.

 



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