February 24, 2012

Thank you for registering to be a part of Ford Motor Company's Blue Oval Connect retiree outreach initiative.

Refer a Friend: If you know of other Ford retirees who would like to receive this newsletter, please take a moment to refer them to www.blueovalconnect.com.

In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…

  • Ford Focus Named Connected World Magazine's Connected Car of the Year 2012
  • Mannequin Helps Make Sure Lincoln Seats are Oscar-Worthy
  • Build Your Next Vehicle on Your Smartphone
  • Ford Heritage Moments for the Week of Feb. 20
  • Ford to Highlight EcoBoost Brand to NASCAR Audience
  • Q&A with John Fleming
  • Video: (@Ford Online) Thank You from Ford and JDRF
  • Outside Voices: (Marketplace.org)Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the Auto Industry's Progress

 

Announcements
Letter from Rick Popp, Director, Employee Benefits
Announcing Retiree Communication Effort

Ford U.S. Salaried Retirees,

It is with great respect for our retirees that I write this Blue Oval Connect letter. My staff in the Employee Benefits Office has the privilege of representing the company in administering pension and other benefits for retirees in the U.S (both hourly and salaried) and to support the various benefits offices within Ford on a global basis.

This letter is in response to several questions we've recently received from U.S. salaried retirees.

Over the coming months, we'll be sharing articles and other communications in order to provide our U.S. salaried retirees with clear, concise and candid information to help answer questions as well as enable our retirees to make the most of their Ford retirement benefits.

We plan to use the following communication channels to reach our Ford Motor Company alums:

  • Blue Oval Connect e-newsletter
  • @Ford magazine
  • @Ford Online website
  • Benefits Office bulletins/letters
  • Speaking opportunities at retiree meetings
  • Normal day-to-day operations (including NESC, MyFordBenefits.com website, EBO interactions, HR and executive interactions with retirees)

It is our intention to select topics of the most interest and importance to our U.S. salaried retirees. Some will be based on questions we have received over the past few months. Some examples include:

  • Retiree health care changes and rates
  • Health care reform impact on Ford
  • Option Life Insurance changes and rates
  • Vehicle programs, including X and Z plans as well as Retiree Lease Program ordering
  • National Employee Services Center performance and changes

In the meantime, if you have any questions or recommendations for future articles, please send your thoughts to: BLUEOVAL@ford.com.

Please encourage others to take advantage of Blue Oval Connect, @Ford Online and other communications channels available to them.

Sincerely,

Rick Popp
Rick Popp
Director, Employee Benefits
Ford Motor Company

 


Lincoln Exchange Sales Event
Performance. Luxury. Technology.

Now, during the Lincoln Exchange Sales Event, you can get a great offer on a new 2012 Lincoln. Plus, every new Lincoln now comes with a four-year, $0-deductible, complimentary maintenance program.1

Get into the powerfully smart Lincoln MKS with the available 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbocharged direct-injection V6 engine. Or discover the luxury of MKZ with heated and cooled front seats and standard SYNC technology. Lincoln MKT seats up to seven in three rows of total comfort. And Lincoln MKX, with standard SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, connects you to your vehicle like never before with phone, entertainment, information and climate control all available at the touch of a button or the sound of your voice.2
See your local Lincoln Dealer now to take advantage of these limited-time offers.

Click here for more information.

Disclaimer:
1Coverage includes a maximum of eight regularly scheduled maintenance services. See dealer for qualifications and complete details.
2Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Only use mobile phones/MyLincoln Touch /other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear.

 

Top Stories
Ford Focus Interior
Ford Focus Named Connected World Magazine's Connected Car of the Year 2012
When it comes to small car connectivity technology, the Ford Focus scores big, according to the editors at Connected World magazine.

Connected World editors base their awards on three broad factors: safety, convenience and information options. To read the full article, click here.

Oscar-Worthy
Mannequin Helps Make Sure Lincoln Seats are Oscar-Worthy
His name is Oscar. He has nothing to do with that little statue passed out each spring in Hollywood, but his work can help drivers and passengers of Lincoln vehicles feel like a star.

Oscar is a steel mannequin, and his job is to help Lincoln seats shine by combining softness, contour and firmness in every seat throughout the vehicle – driver, front passenger and rear passengers.

The seat surfaces in Lincoln MKS and MKZ sedans and MKT crossover are provided by the Bridge of Weir leather company. Sourced from Scotland, Bridge of Weir leather also can be found in luxury jets, yachts and furniture. Connoisseurs of fine materials appreciate Bridge of Weir leathers for their natural beauty, and the company uses a unique organic tanning method which produces leather free of chromium – making it one of the most environmentally friendly (and fully recyclable) leathers available.

To read the full article, click here.

Related Material:


Smartphone
Build Your Next Vehicle on Your Smartphone
Not enough time in the day but you're looking to purchase a new car – shopping for a new vehicle while on the go just got easier from your smartphone.

Recent upgrades to the mobile version of www.Ford.com allow full access to the sites functions from any smartphone – with Apple iOS, Android or Blackberry Torch operating systems.

Not only does the mobile version mirror the desktop site, but the implementation of advanced HTML5 – the newest version of html which caters to the needs of web application developers – enables mobilized shopping tools that can be used to purchase a new car without logging on to a desktop or browsing through a dealer lot.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
1989 Lincoln Presidential Limousine
Ford Heritage Moments for the Week of February 20
Each Thursday, @Ford Online takes a look back at Ford heritage moments from the company's past.

Take a look at this week's highlights and make sure to check @Ford Online every Thursday for new historical facts and information.

To read the full article, click here.

Related Material:

EcoBoost
Ford to Highlight EcoBoost Brand to NASCAR Audience Via Multi-tiered Platform Beginning with Daytona 500
EcoBoost®, the line of Ford production car engines that provides increased power and fuel efficiency while reducing emissions, is coming to NASCAR, but not under the hood.

Ford is reaching out to its huge racing audience through a multi-tiered marketing campaign focused on EcoBoost beginning with this month’s Daytona 500.

To read the full article, click here.

Drive Your Way to the Summer X Games with Ford Focus ST Challenge
Ford Motor Company is giving fans of the new Focus ST a chance to put the upcoming high-performance hatchback to the test virtually and before it goes on sale in a competition that will send the winning driver to the ESPN summer X Games.

The competition puts drivers into the seat of a Focus ST driving simulator at auto shows across the country. The participant with the fastest lap time will win a host of awards, including an invite to the ESPN summer X Games for a meet-and-greet with drivers of Ford’s Octane Academy.

To read the full article, click here.

AAI Gets Ready for Mass Production of 2013 Mustang
The pony car is getting ready to head down the assembly line with AutoAlliance International (AAI) prepping for mass production of the 2013 Ford Mustang.

At this stage in the process, the launch team at AAI has evaluated and prepared for new content such as the new hood, grille and headlights just to name a few.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
John Fleming

John Fleming
Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Ford Motor Company

@Ford Online recently shared time with John Fleming, Ford Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs executive vice president to discuss the role the Manfacturing community plays in making the Go Further brand promise come to life. Below is an excerpt from that interview which took place at the company's Dearborn Truck Plant.

Q: How do you describe the Go Further brand promise to your Manufacturing team?
A: The way I've described it is it really is a promise. It's a commitment. It's not a sales and marketing tagline. It's actually something which is very real based on what I think we've done for many, many years. We always go further. We take any issue, any opportunity, any problem – we look for a solution. But we never stop there. We always look for the next step, the next opportunity. I describe it really as us being able to talk about that which we've done inside Ford Motor Company for many, many years.

Q: What kind of reaction have you had from employees regarding Go Further?
A: It's been very positive. People get it. People understand it. They know that the heart of the Ford Production System (FPS) is continuous improvement. And in reality, continuous improvement and Go Further are very much the same thing. So they really understand it and they're very positive about it.

To read the full discussion, click here.

Related Material:

 

Global Notes
Farley Sees Ford Going Further in ASEAN
Ford is set to go further than ever before in ASEAN, carrying the momentum from record-breaking sales in 2011 and an ambitious growth plan driven by new vehicle launches and the ongoing expansion of dealership networks, said Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

To read the full article, click here

A Vehicle with Character: Edge Wins 'Car of the Month' and '2012 Best Car Selection'
Boasting a bold new design guaranteed to turn heads and amazing in-car technology, the Ford Edge was welcomed in to the Lunar New Year by being named February's 'Car of the Month' by Leon (China), a high-end, men's lifestyle magazine, and '2012 Best Car Selection' by Car Market Guide, a popular auto magazine with one of the largest circulations in the country.

To read the full article, click here

Max Wolff
Lincoln Dazzles at the Canadian International Auto Show
Last week, Lincoln kicked off its presence at Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS), with a stunning new Lincoln stand. This was the first indication for attendees that the reinvention of the Lincoln brand is underway. Sleek lines, muted palette, lush fabrics and one-of-a-kind Canadian art pieces from the Engine Gallery, created a unique and luxurious space that speaks the language of the luxury buyer.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
JDRF Logo
Thank You from Ford and JDRF
(@Ford Online) Edsel B. Ford II thanks employees, families, friends and partners for supporting JDRF. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the Auto Industry's Progress
(Marketplace.org) As part of Marketplace's election coverage of The Real Economy, we'll be broadcasting live from Michigan next week. And this week, we kick things off with the CEO of one of the state's largest and oldest companies. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Opens Up on Tourneo Commercial Van
(The Detroit News) Ford has released details about a new commercial van that the automaker says gives passengers a more luxurious car-like experience. To read the full article, click here.

With Lincoln, Ford Determined to Get Luxury Branding Right This Time
(Detroit Free Press) Many customers see a Lincoln as a more expensive but largely rebadged Ford. To read the full article, click here.

Thailand Claims Fastest-Growing Market for Ford
(Bangkok Post) Thailand is the fastest-growing market for Ford, and the U.S. carmaker plans to continue expanding its local business through new product launches and dealership expansion. To read the full article, click here.

China Curbing Overcapacity Helps GM Set Goal for Doubling Deliveries: Cars
(Bloomberg) China is clamping down on overcapacity in the world's biggest automobile market, benefiting companies with entrenched production and sales, such as GM, while hurting newcomers to the market. To read the full article, click here.

While Detroit Gets the Spotlight, Foreign Carmakers Quietly Rev Production Plans
(Forbes) While the big media spotlight has been on Detroit's comeback, another revival is taking place in the American car market. To read the full article, click here.

Electric Cars Still a Hard Sell for Most Consumers
(The Detroit News) In the early days of the electric vehicle, they called it "opportunity charging." You plugged in wherever you could. To read the full article, click here.

For Car Buyers, It's Harder to End up With a Lemon
(ABC News) In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles – everything from inexpensive mini-cars to decked-out luxury SUVs. To read the full article, click here.

 

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.

Apple Vacations
Apple Vacations
Travel

Apple Vacations is offering Ford employees, retirees and agency/contract personnel exclusive savings on travel packages. Click here for more information.
Dell

Dell
Home and Home Office

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

You can find these offers and many, many more by visiting
Discount Marketplace
, Ford Motor Company's Employee Purchase Program.

 

FERA
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:
Cedar Point Tickets - $38
Kings Island Tickets - $30
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 email 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 email NESC@ford.com.

Calendar Ahead
March 4:
SAAC-MCR 31st Annual Winter All Ford Swap Meet

Sunday, March 4, from 9am to 2pm at Gorno Ford (22025 Allen Rd., Woodhaven, MI). Click here for information or contact John Yarema at (586) 598-2105.

March 24:
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan 2012 Annual Spring "Swap & Shop"

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 click here.

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
(Milton, Ga.)
The next membership event will be the general meeting and lunch to be held on Tuesday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. Full details will be included in an email to members. If you would like further information about the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Jack Michelitch at JMICHELITC@aol.com.

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 Retiree Reunion (Lexington, Tenn.)
The Chicago Stamping Reunion is held annually the weekend before Labor Day (Aug. 26-28) at the Pin Oak Lodge inside Natchez Trace State Park (24845 Natchez Trace Rd.). For more information, contact Marvin Huffstutler at 618-841-4764 or Ace Dempsay at 931-520-0427 or e-mail at ADEMPSAY@frontiernet.net.

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.

Cincinnati Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees Club
Fourth Wednesday of Every Month (Cincinnati, Ohio)

The Ford Batavia and Sharonville Transmission Plants Salaried Retirees and guests meet each month on the fourth Wednesday at noon for lunch at various locations. Although the group consists mostly of salaried retirees, all are welcome. The group has two picnics per year in May and September. For more information, monthly notices and reminders, please contact Richard Holthaus at HOLTHAUSRA@earthlink.net or call 513-825-0494.

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 Engine & Fuel Tank Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Westland, Mich.)

The Dearborn Engine and Fuel Tank Retirees luncheon will be held at Fire Mountain Restaurant (34615 Warren Rd.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Hazel Parker-Fuller at HJFULLER@ameritech.net or call 313-310-3537.

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 Luncheon
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a luncheon 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 Trattoria Tamone Restaurant in Oakville. 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 Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V.
Every Thursday of Every Week (Saarlouis, Germany)

The Ford Pensionaerverein Saarlouis e.V. club meets every Thursday of every week at the Lachwaldschenke, Saarwellingen at 14 clock for walking, depending on the weather. In addition, we take day trips and multi-day trips. If you would like further information about this club, please contact Manfred Hager at MHAGER1@web.de.

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.

Ford/Uaw Retiree meeting for Retiree's of Green Island
Last Tuesday of the Month (Watervliet, NY)

Ford/Uaw Retiree's of Green Island, NY, will meet at the Local 730 Watervliet Elks Club (Second Avenue) at noon.

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 RHONDACOLTHORP@gmail.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 jjcwelch@gmail.com.

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 first luncheon for 2012 will be at Finnigan's Hall (503 East 18th Avenue) on March 28, 2012. With a luncheon being held the 4th Wednesday in May, and September 2012 as well. If you are a salaried retired Ford employee and have an interest in joining old friends, fellow co-workers and colleagues, please contact us and RSVP. Spouses of deceased members are welcome. So please continue to come to the lunches. For additional information, please contact Frank Scott by e-mail at RUDY3207@hotmail.com.

Local 723 Retirees
Fourth Thursday of Every Month (Monroe, Mich.)

The Local 723 Retirees meet at the Local 723 Union Hall (281 Detroit Ave.) at 1:00 PM. Come and meet old friends, make new friends, and learn what is going on. A benefit Rep will be on hand if you have benefit questions. Spouses are welcome. From time to time there will be guest speakers. A catered meal for your pleasure will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person. Please call 734-241-6320 to RSVP on the Monday before the meeting. For additional information, please contact Robert S. Cebina (president) by e-mail at RCEBINA@comcast.net or call 734-241-6320.

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.)

Retirees meet the second Tuesday of the month at 10 AM from November until April. Meetings are at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) This will be the last meeting until Fall comes around. 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 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.

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.)

The retired employees of the Rouge Office Building, WHQ, POEE, etc., and surrounding buildings, will meet on Oct. 5, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Gracie See Lounge. Please spread the word. For more information, contact Judy Hernandez at JUDY42KAY@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Assembly Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Fourth Monday of Every Even Numbered Month (Old Florrisant, Mo.)

This group meets every fourth Monday of even numbered months (Feb, Apr, June, etc.). The picnic meeting in June includes picnic style food and games, while the December meeting will have a special lunch, live entertainment and Christmas center pieces to be given away. Meetings are held at the VFW Hall (410 Saint Francois St.) at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Kalusniak at DOUGLYNN1@gmail.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 1219 Retirees
First Tuesday of Every Month (Except Jan, Feb, July & Aug.) (Lima, OH.)

The group meets at 12 p.m. for lunch at our UAW Local 1219 Park (1750 Bible Road). Our Retirees bring in a covered dish/desert. Drinks and a meat are furnished. Meetings start at 1 p.m. and are very informative and all UAW Local 1219 Retirees are encouraged to attend. For additional information, contact Leonard Staley at 1219NEWS@gmail.com.

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.



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