February 25, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Focus Makes it Four at 40 – MPG!
  • Ford Explains Extensive New Technologies in Ford Focus to Global Consumers Using New Advertising
  • Ford Fiesta Becomes Segment's First to Earn Top Safety Ratings in World's Largest Auto Markets
  • Ford Delivers 12 Fuel Economy Leaders Across Its Lineup; Unrivaled Four Models in the Forties
  • Ford Fusion is Letterman's Pick on Late Show
  • Video: (Fox Business Network) Edsel Ford II Interview About Daytona 500 Win
  • Outside Voices: (Kbb.com) All-New Ford Explorer and Flex Make kbb.com Top 10 Family Cars List

 

Announcements
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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. Click here for more information.


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Latest News from Peer Support
New Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced an agreement this week permitting a 9 percent rate increase for Blue Cross/Blue Shield with its customers who purchase their insurance directly. Some media reports did not make it clear that this agreement did not pertain to Medicare-age Ford retirees or to those still on Ford coverage but nearing age 65.

What has not yet been resolved is the pending lawsuit between the State of Michigan and BCBSM that involves the treatment and definition of HRAs such as what Ford Medicare retirees receive from the company. Separately, there are pending Blue Cross/Blue Shield proposals for changes in their premium rate structure for Medicare supplemental insurance that have not yet been addressed by the new Michigan insurance commissioner.

Peer Support (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org) will attempt to keep retirees advised of developments with the Blues. More Ford retirees have insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield than any other health care insurance organization both in Michigan and nationally. If you have questions, please e-mail to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org.


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 Focus
Focus Makes it Four at 40 – MPG!
The all-new Ford Focus with the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package delivers an EPA certified 40 mpg on the highway to go with its array of smart technology, exceptional standards of craftsmanship and retuned suspension for a total driving experience not found anywhere else in the segment.

The new Ford Focus is certified by the EPA at 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city through its advanced six-speed automatic transmission.

Some competitors utilize a manual transmission to achieve their highest fuel economy ratings, though sales of vehicles with automatic transmissions account for more than 90 percent of the market.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Focus
Ford Explains Extensive New Technologies in Ford Focus to Global Consumers Using New Advertising
The new Focus is the highest-tech and most globally integrated car Ford has ever produced. The way the company is introducing the new product to worldwide consumers is a first of its kind, too.

Ford partnered with a team of marketing experts throughout WPP's global operations to develop simultaneously 50 television commercials highlighting 14 key Focus technologies, many of which never have been offered in the segment before or are not available on competitors' larger, more expensive models.

To read the full article, click here.

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Fiesta Earns Top Safety Ratings
Ford Fiesta Becomes Segment's First to Earn Top Safety Ratings in World's Largest Auto Markets
The Ford Fiesta is now the first car in its segment to earn top crash test ratings in each of the world's largest auto markets that perform safety testing, the U.S., China and Europe.

Testing agencies in the U.S., China, Europe and Australia/New Zealand rate the Ford Fiesta at the top of the list for crash ratings. Fiesta's latest maximum five-star safety rating was awarded by the China Automotive Technology and Research Center under the China New Car Assessment Program, or C-NCAP. This follows maximum five-star ratings in Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford Delivers 12 Fuel Economy Leaders Across Its Lineup; Unrivaled Four Models in the Forties
With oil nearing U.S. $100 per barrel and gasoline prices continuing to rise, Ford and Lincoln customers have reason to smile – 12 cars, trucks and utilities that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four with EPA-certified ratings of 40 mpg or more.

Now, from Ford Fiesta to Super Duty and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to Lincoln MKT, the company's lineup features improved aerodynamics and fuel-saving technologies including PowerShift, a Ford-designed dry dual-clutch automatic transmission available in the Ford Fiesta and all-new Focus, six-speed automatic transmissions, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and EcoBoost engines that save on fuel with no compromise to driving excitement.

To read the full article, click here.

David Letterman in Fusion
Ford Fusion is Letterman's Pick on Late Show
Host David Letterman makes fun of the Nissan Juke vehicle and then says he'll buy either a Nissan or a Ford, depending on who shows up at the studio first. He says he'd really rather buy a Ford and even holds up a sign that reads "we love Ford." Salesman Ahmed Younes, from the Manhattan Ford dealership, shows up first and sells Letterman a 2011 Ford Fusion. The show ends with Letterman getting into the car outside of the studio.

To listen to @Ford reporter Chris Kassab interview salesman Ahmed Younes, click here.

GM
IHS Global Insight Automotive Group's Bragman Discusses GM's Fourth-Quarter Performance
GM posted a fourth-quarter net income of U.S. $510 million, completing its most profitable year since 1999 as vehicle sales increased in North America. @Ford Online's Chris Kassab spoke with IHS Global Insight Automotive Group Research Analyst Aaron Bragman about the company's performance and expectations for the year ahead.

Q. The news from GM this week was positive. What is your reaction?
A. Obviously it's very positive. It's what we expected to see. The fourth quarter was a little bit weaker than we anticipated, but given the fact that they made such a huge payment to their underfunded pension funds and the fact that they've increased their development spending, it's not entirely surprising. It's still better than the fourth quarter of 2009 where they lost $3.5 billion so it's definitely a step in the right direction. It's the first year for a while now that they've had four profitable quarters. So I think it's a good sign.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Floor at MAP
Transformation of Michigan Assembly Plant Started from the Ground Up
If you work on the line in one of Ford's vehicle assembly plants, you know how hard it can be to stand on a concrete floor all day. Most plants have pieces of rubber matting available to put over the concrete, but the mats are costly and limited in quantity. And over time they wear out and curl up around the edges, increasing the likelihood of trips and falls.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Grant Powers Cities of Promise
Ford Grant Powers 'Cities of Promise' Drive to Save Money, Boost Energy Efficiency
Innovative ideas are needed to power solutions for tomorrow. Michigan's cities and towns are facing budget challenges on a daily basis and seeking creative ideas to ease the squeeze on community dollars. With Ford's help, students at The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan are helping create one solution for Michigan's poorest cities: an innovative financial model that will provide desperately needed capital to upgrade facilities, reduce energy consumption and save money.

To read the full article, click here.

Syrita Ford Poses with Focus
@Ford Online Rally Correspondent Syrita Ford on the Road in New Orleans!
@Ford Online's Focus Rally Correspondent Syrita Ford, from the company's Ford Motor Credit Tampa Business Center, recently joined the Focus Rally: America teams on the road in New Orleans the weekend of Feb. 12. Below she shares her experience with the @Ford Online audience. For more Focus Rally: America news, click to FocusRally.com.

WOW! OMG! LOL! Are MY sentiments from winning an awesome trip to New Orleans, as the @Ford Online Focus Rally: America correspondent on Feb. 11-13, 2011.

To read the full article, click here.

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New Ford Electrified Vehicle Facebook Page Engages Fans
Ford has launched an Electrified Vehicle Facebook page to serve as a place where passionate enthusiasts or curious consumers can find and share information about the company's electrified vehicles. The page, available at www.facebook.com/FordElectricVehicles, is part of Ford's efforts to educate consumers on the variety of choices available with electrified vehicles and what the company is doing to make an electric lifestyle as easy as possible.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Jim Farley

Jim Farley
Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service
Ford Motor Company

Ford launched its first-ever global advertising campaign this week, which will progressively introduce consumers around the world to the amazing technology story of the all-new Ford Focus. Jim Farley, group vice president of global marketing, sales and service, discussed with @Ford Online how the campaign itself encompasses the One Ford vision and marks a significant change in the company's global marketing model.

Q: Why does it matter that this is a global campaign?
A: There are many reasons why we chose to do have one global advertising campaign for the new Focus. But there are two main reasons that encompass all of the rest:

  1. By focusing our efforts on one single advertising campaign, we are able to more efficiently deliver the highest quality material and assets around the world
  2. Having just one agreed global story around the world helps us consistently deliver our message. By having this one message, we are able to build Ford brand loyalty in our markets

To read the full discussion, click here.

 

Global Notes
Ford Edge
Newly-Launched Ford Edge Honored with Seven Media Awards in China
The newly-launched Ford Edge SUV is one of the most popular and talked about vehicles in China at the moment.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
Ford Brazil Launches 2011 Ranger Sport with New Look
Since February, Brazilian consumers can purchase the 2011 Ranger Sport version which has undergone a design, convenience and comfort update.

To read the full article, click here.

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Genuine Parts Are Better Quality – Says Ford
Ford is a market leader in accident prevention technology but even so it is estimated that across Europe, each of its vehicles will make one visit to a bodyshop every seven years. The good news is Ford can send genuine replacement parts anywhere in Europe, usually within 24 hours, guaranteeing a good-as-new repair with minimum delay.

To read the full article, click here.

Global Test Drive Nets Praise for All-New Focus
Global Test Drive Nets Praise for All-New Focus
As 100 tired but contented bloggers, participants and consumers make their way home from the Focus Global Test Drive in Madrid, Spain, all that's left for Ford to do is count the blog posts, video views, tweets and comments resulting from the innovative, industry-first event.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford is the Most Quoted Automaker on the Internet in Brazil
Ford was the most mentioned automaker in the online news media, according to a survey conducted by MITI Inteligência (www.miti.com.br) – a Brazilian company specializing in monitoring online news. The survey was based only on spontaneous (earned) media, excluding advertisement (paid media).

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Edsel Ford
Edsel Ford II Interview About Daytona 500 Win
(Fox Business Network) Ford Board Director Edsel Ford II is interviewed about NASCAR and Ford's win at the Daytona 500 this past weekend. He was in the pits there and says it was an exciting day. Trevor Bayne won the race in a Ford Fusion. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
All-New Ford Explorer and Flex Make kbb.com Top 10 Family Cars List
(Kbb.com) The expert editors from Kelley Blue Book's www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information, this week named the Top 10 Family Cars of 2011. To read the full article, click here.

Mustang BOSS 302 Owners Get Complimentary Track Experience
(Autoevolution) In order to prove that it is serious about driving thrills and that the new Mustang BOSS 302 is a real performance machine, Ford is giving owners of the tricked-out pony car a full track day experience. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Franchise Is Voted Best by Dealers
(Paddock Talk) Ford won Franchise of the Year in a new category at the 20th AM awards as decided by the magazine's readers working in automotive retail. To read the full article, click here.

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

Toyota Launches New Ad Theme: 'No. 1 for a Reason'
(USA Today) Toyota will launch a new advertising campaign this week to point out something that consumers may have forgotten amid all the hubbub about the company's safety and quality record. To read the full article, click here.

Oil-Price Swings Double as Unrest Spreads Before Saudi Talks
(Bloomberg) Oil-price swings have doubled this year as unrest spreads through the Middle East, source of one-third of global crude supply, hampering producer and consumer efforts to stabilize the world's biggest commodity market. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat 500 Minicar Arrives in Michigan
(Detroit Free Press) Bill Golling is the first metro Detroit dealer to begin selling the Fiat 500 minicar, but the intentionally slow launch could lead to a shortage if demand outstrips supply and gas prices surge – especially in the wake of political unrest in Libya and the Arab world. To read the full article, click here.

Hybrids vs. Non-Hybrids: The Five-Year Equation
(The New York Times) A car buyer who lays out an extra U.S. $6,200 extra to buy the hybrid version of the Lexus RX will get the money back in gas savings within five years, according to Consumer Reports magazine, but only if gasoline averages $8.77 a gallon. To read the full article, click here.

 

FERA
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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.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

Renewal by Andersen provides 10 percent off on your window and door replacement project. To schedule your free in-home consultation: call 1-866-713-4667 (Please identify yourself as a retiree of Ford) or click here.

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BOLT Lock
Security

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

You can find these offers and many, many more by 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 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 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 25-27:
George Washington Carver Exhibition (Dearborn, Mich.)

Born into slavery, George Washington Carver went on to become an educator, chemist and inventor whose pioneering research reshaped the agricultural landscape of the nation. Discover the life and work of a most extraordinary man at the limited-engagement George Washington Carver exhibition in Henry Ford Museum. Visit the FERA desk in WHQ for $2 off your admission. Limit four discounted admissions per coupon. Click here for more information.

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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