Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

February 26, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Leads Heavy-Duty Trucks in Capability, Now Fuel Economy, Too
  • Consumer Reports Notes Ford’s Gains, Now Recommends 75 Percent of Tested Models
  • Lincoln MKT Adds to Ford's Industry-Leading Number of Five-Star Crash Test Ratings
  • Mulally Discusses Economy with U.S. Governors
  • New Ford F-150 Raptor Orders Top Expectations
  • Video: (Auto Week) Ford's Barb Samardzich Gets More From Less
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit News) General Motors Roaring Out of Bankruptcy


Design In Car Experience Logo

See the Future of Ford Design Plus Our Newly Introduced Cars and Crossovers
Taurus... Fiesta... Focus... All have designs and technology that are turning heads and leading more people to the Ford brand. But the talented designers at Ford have much more in store for customers in the next few years. And the team that led us to take leadership of in-car connectivity is also committed to keeping us in front of the competition.

As part of our commitment to provide you with product and technology information first, today we are announcing our Design and In-Car Connectivity program. Join J Mays or Moray Callum and Jim Buczkowski for an in-depth look at our design philosophy and the strategy behind our in-car technology. Then Mark Fields or Derrick Kuzak will join to help answer your questions.

You´ll also see the next-generation Ford Focus and Edge, Mustang, Shelby GT500, and next-generation Lincoln MKX and have the opportunity to experience auto show displays that set us apart from the competition.

NOTE: There will be a high demand to participate in this event and availability is extremely limited for each session. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sessions available are:

  • Tues., March 9, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. – Moray Callum, Jim Buczkowski, Derrick Kuzak
  • Mon., March 15 at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – J Mays, Jim Buczkowski, Mark Fields

WHERE: World Headquarters Auditorium

HOW: Please park in the WHQ South parking lot and bring signed confidentiality agreements to the table in front of the auditorium. No cameras will be allowed inside the auditorium. Click here to register for the event. This registration is for Ford retirees only.

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 Lincoln vehicles.

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

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 (

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: 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.


2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty
2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Leads Heavy-Duty Trucks in Capability, Now Fuel Economy, Too
The new 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty delivers the most heavy-duty truck horsepower. Top torque. Industry-best towing capability and payload. Fuel economy leadership. In short, the new Super Duty delivers leadership in every feature that matters to heavy-duty truck customers.

With Ford-built diesel and gas powertrains, the all-new Ford Super Duty dominates the competition in payload, conventional towing, fifth-wheel towing and gross combined weight rating in both pickups and chassis cabs. Diesel engines account for 65 percent of the Super Duty sales, with gas engines making up the remaining 35 percent.

The new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbocharged diesel – designed, engineered and built by Ford – delivers class-leading fuel economy as well as best-in-class 390 horsepower and 735 ft.-lb. of torque – that’s 75 ft.-lb. more than its nearest competitor in the market today. Plus, the new Super Duty fuel economy improvement averages 18 percent better for pickup models and up to 25 percent for chassis cab versus the outgoing Super Duty.

To read the full article, click here.

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Mercury Milan Hybird
Consumer Reports Notes Ford’s Gains, Now Recommends 75 Percent of Tested Models
The annual auto issue of Consumer Reports contains some good news for Ford – the magazine now recommends 75 percent of Ford models tested, up from 70 percent last year.

"Among American manufacturers, only Ford improved over last year," the magazine notes in its April issue, which goes on sale March 2.

Several Ford models were highlighted on CR's list of the highest-rated American vehicles. They included the manual Ford Focus SES, the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrids, the Lincoln MKZ, Ford Mustang V-8 GT and Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer.

In addition, the Focus SES and four-cylinder Fusion SE and base Milan made CR's list of recommended vehicles under $25,000.

To read the full article, click here.

Lincoln MKT
Lincoln MKT Adds to Ford's Industry-Leading Number of Five-Star Crash Test Ratings
Ford Motor Company added to its leading number of five-star crash test-rated vehicles as the 2010 Lincoln MKT earned top ratings for frontal and side-impact crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Lincoln's three-row luxury crossover previously earned a 2009 "Top Safety Pick" award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Ford has more Top Safety Pick ratings and more U.S. government five-star ratings than any other automaker.

The all-new MKT is attracting a balanced mix of Lincoln loyalists and new customers with its array of standard and optional crash-protection, crash-avoidance and driver-awareness features in addition to distinctive design, interior spaciousness, craftsmanship and fuel economy.

To read the full article, click here.

Alan Mulally
Mulally Discusses Economy with U.S. Governors
As the recession starts to ease, business leaders and political leaders need to work together for America's future, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally told the nation's governors on Monday.

Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., Mulally shared key points of Ford's business turn-around plan during an afternoon session broadcast live on C-SPAN.

The session focused on how states could deal with a post-recession economy and Mulally drew on Ford's experience during the discussion.

To read the full article, click here.

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New Ford F-150 SVT
New Ford F-150 Raptor Orders Top Expectations
Customer demand for Ford's new F-150 SVT Raptor is moving nearly as fast as the world's only production high-speed off-road performance truck. Already, over 5,300 orders have been placed for the new performance pickup.

The F-150 Raptor is the first ever high-speed off-road performance truck offered by any manufacture and highlights Ford's 33 years of truck leadership by emphasizing Built Ford Tough innovation and engineering. Developed with the DNA of an off-road pre-runner, the comprehensive modifications to the truck focused on chassis and suspension.

Built alongside the best-selling F-150 at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant, the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor was designed for the off-road performance market which has steadily grown in popularity over the past decade.

To read the full article, click here.

Cleveland Casting Plant Earns Award
Cleveland Casting Plant's Impressive Water-Reduction Efforts Earn Environmental Award
Driven to preserve resources and pare costs, employees of the Cleveland Casting Plant (CCP) implemented a water-reduction plan in 2008 that saves approximately 126-million gallons of city water annually, worth about $657,000. Additional cost reductions related the project boost the total savings to more than $1 million a year.

CCP's City Water Reduction Program also reduces waste discharges. For these reasons, along with exhibiting outstanding teamwork and innovation, CCP was named winner of Ford's 2009 Environmental Leadership Award.

The Environmental Leadership Award promotes ground-breaking ideas that support Ford's "blueprint for sustainability." Specifically, the award acknowledges the environmental and financial impact of projects and their potential for replication.

To read the full article, click here.

2010 Lincoln MKZ Interior
Clearing the Air for Allergy Sufferers: New Ford Cabin Air Filters Help Provide Relief
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the costs of treating hay fever and similar nasal allergies have skyrocketed, reaching more than $11 billion annually – mostly for prescription medications.

For the 30 to 40 percent of people estimated to suffer from allergies, improvements in air quality can make a big difference in their symptoms, and consequently, their health care expenses.

For the millions of people who suffer from airborne allergies, Ford is making a small change that could produce huge benefits. Beginning with the 2010 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, more efficient, upgraded allergen filters have been installed in the vehicles' climate control systems. The particulate filters remove pollen, mold spores and road dust from outside air. The result is a cleaner, fresher cabin for occupants.

To read the full article, click here.


Doug VanDagens

Doug VanDagens
Ford Connected Service Solutions

In late 2007, Ford SYNC™ debuted in the 2008-model Ford Focus. Since then, the company's popular hands-free voice-activated communications system has been rolled out across the product lineup. Doug VanDagens, director of Ford Connected Services, discusses with @Ford Online the competitive systems that have entered the market since SYNC debuted and how Ford is keeping SYNC ahead of the pack.

Q: Ford's exclusive use of the Microsoft platform, which underpins SYNC, ended in Nov. 2008. What companies are trying to leverage that same platform?
A: Kia is the only OEM currently using the Microsoft software platform. They just introduced their new connectivity solution called "UVO" in January, but won't go on sale until later this year. As one media outlet called it, "SYNC circa 2008," sums up the initial capabilities, including phone and MP3 player connectivity.

Q: How are other companies approaching in-vehicle connectivity?
A: Everyone else who provides some kind of connectivity solution has an embedded cell phone in the vehicle, such as GM OnStar. For example, Audi, with its MMI (Multi Media Interface), and Mercedes, with "mbrace," are a couple of automakers taking that route, which does two things: It makes their systems much more expensive and slower to market because OEMs have to pay for the embedded phone – a cost they pass along to their customers – and also take the time to adapt it to the automotive environment. In addition, customers have to pay for an incremental service plan.

Q: What other advantages does SYNC offer versus competitive systems?
A: We have SYNC as a platform, which is updatable and upgradable by downloads from and installed through the USB port.

Last year, we offered Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI) services – a very sophisticated package – through We have the most flexible in-vehicle platform. No other automaker is offering a system that is as easy to update and offers added value at minimal cost.

Probably the greatest differentiator, though, is our connectivity strategy to leverage consumer devices. Because we utilize a customer's cell phone, we're always leveraging the latest technology. Right now, we can send data over a phone with just a voice plan, but if you bring in a phone with 3G or 4G capability, our strategy allows us to leverage that data connection on that phone. Other automakers put phones in a vehicle – bolt them in – and they have to replace them a few years later. With SYNC, when the customer upgrades their phone, they've essentially improved SYNC!

To read the full Q&A, click here.

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Ford EcoSport
Ford EcoSport Posts its All Time Sales Record in Argentina in January 2010
In January 2010, the Ford EcoSport posted its all time sales record in Argentina since its launching in 2003, being the best selling model for the month.

The 3,394 units registered in January reflect the high value of this vehicle for the Argentine customers. This successful Ford model, which was designed and engineered in the South American region and created a new industry segment in 2003, continues to offer an unique vehicle to the consumers that delivers a driving experience that combines style and versatility.

In addition, the Ford EcoSport is fun to drive and has an accessible price that makes it the best choice for a significant quantity of customers in Argentina.

To read the full article, click here.

Next-generation Ford Focus
Ford at the Geneva Motor Show
Ford's next-generation Focus makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2, just weeks after a global unveiling at the North American International Auto Show in January. This will be the first chance for European customers to see the car that spearheads Ford's next generation of global C-platform models.

Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus will be production versions of the all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, previewed at the Frankfurt Show last year. Ford is also announcing further technology enhancements for the Ford Kuga and Mondeo, plus revealing additional options for the new S-MAX and Galaxy.

The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, which go on sale later this year, will provide two of Ford's star attractions at the Geneva Motor Show, bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Set to Re-write Record Books
Ford enthusiasts from across South Africa will come together this weekend in an attempt to set the world record for the largest Ford parade. The event will take place at the Phakisa Freeway racetrack in Welkom.

All Ford-branded vehicles are invited to participate in the parade that will consist of one lap around the race circuit.

The record attempt will be certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. In order to break the record for the Largest Ford Parade, the continuous column of vehicles will complete a 3.2-kilometre route at no less than two car-lengths apart.

To read the full article, click here.


Barb Samardzich Interviews with Autoweek
Ford's Barb Samardzich Gets More From Less
(AutoWeek) Over the past few years, Ford has overhaul its lineup of engines and transmissions. The goal: deliver the power with better fuel economy. The person leading that effort is Barb Samardzich, Ford's vice president of powertrain engineering. Click here to view video.


Outside Voices
General Motors Roaring Out of Bankruptcy
(Detroit News) General Motors Co. has invested $1.4 billion in more than a dozen plants and created about 5,500 jobs since emerging from bankruptcy court in July. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Seen Facing Lawsuits On Several Fronts
(NPR) It's not just Congress, regulators or consumers that are taking aim at Toyota these days. Lawyers are joining the fray with the number of lawsuits filed against the world's largest automaker climbing daily. To read the full article, click here.

Consumer Reports Names Six New Top Pick Cars for 2010
(CBS News Business) Consumer Reports revealed its annual listing of Top Picks for cars today, with models chosen on the basis of performance, reliability, and safety. To read the full article, click here.

Mazda to Boost China Output Capacity to Meet Demand
(Bloomberg) Mazda Motor Corp., 11 percent owned by Ford Motor Co., plans to increase production capacity in China to meet growing demand in the world’s biggest car market. To read the full article, click here.

Lexus CT 200h Brochure Leaks Out Ahead of Geneva Debut
(Autoblog) The World Car Fans crew have received what appears to be an official brochure for the Lexus CT 200h ahead of its reveal next week at the Geneva Motor Show, and while the documents are light on details, we've got our first good glimpse of the brand's Euro-bound hybrid hatch. To read the full article, click here.

Quietly, Mercury Moves Up in Fuel Economy
(Washington Post) The Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrid are two of the three mid-size cars that rank best in gasoline mileage for 2010. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat's 2-Cylinder Engine to Reduce CO2 Emissions
(Free Press) Fiat said it's introducing a two-cylinder gasoline engine at the Geneva car show next week that will cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30% compared with models of similar power. To read the full article, click here.

GM Sells Saab to Spyker Cars, Saving Swedish Brand
(Bloomberg) General Motors Co. sold Saab Automobile to Spyker Cars NV, the Dutch maker of supercars, today for at least $400 million in cash and preferred shares. 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

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
Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

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.

For more FERA information, click to



Directory Information Now Online
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for important Ford Motor Company contacts can now be found on @Ford Online at:

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


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 (Alpharetta, Ga.)

The monthly brunch occurs the second Tuesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at The Original Pancake House (5530 Windward Parkway). If you would like further information about the brunch or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 31:
Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club Luncheon
(Olmsted Township, OH)

The Ford Salary Retiree Club is taking a trip to Seneca Allegheny Casino, New York. It is $30 per person and upon arrival you will be offered $20 in gambling cash and $5 to buy your lunch. Bus leaves CEP#1 hourly lot (5600 Henry Ford Blvd., also known an Engle Road) promptly at 7 a.m. and will be returning no later than 10 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided on the bus. Be sure to bring a valid driver's license or picture ID and if you have one, bring a Casino-issued ID. For more information, contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at

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

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

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 or call 931-520-0427.


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, e-mail 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 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

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 or contact Jim Binder at

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 for additional information and to download a copy of the registration form or contact Alan Aniol at 734-282-8188 or e-mail at


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