Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing

February 5, 2010

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Kicks Off 2010 with 24 Percent Sales Increase, Market Share Gain, Thanks to Product Lineup
  • Ford Canada Launched 2010 with 6 Percent Sales Increase
  • Team Recaps Future of In-Car Connectivity
  • Ford IT Project Expected to Improve PC Energy Efficiency, Enable Smoother System Updates
  • Ford Scientists Work to Perfect Quality and Performance of Vehicle Parts Atom by Atom
  • Ford Brazil Introduces the Ford Fusion to Presidency
  • Video: (CNBC) Toyota U.S.A. President on Gas Pedal Fix
  • Outside Voices: (USAToday) Volkswagen Plans to Overtake Toyota to Become World Auto Leader by 2018


Savings Plan Administration Change – FAQs Available
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. We hope you take a moment to view them 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.

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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.

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Top Stories
2010 Ford Taurus
Ford Kicks Off 2010 with 24 Percent Sales Increase, Market Share Gain, Thanks to Product Lineup
Higher sales for every brand and in every product category propelled Ford to a 24 percent sales increase in January versus a year ago.

Ford cars were up 43 percent, crossovers were up 20 percent, sport utilities were up 8 percent, and trucks and vans were up 14 percent. Among brands, Ford sales were up 26 percent, Lincoln sales were up 16 percent and Mercury sales were up 6 percent.

“Ford’s focus on building products consumers want to buy and love to drive will continue,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing Sales and Service. “In 2010, we will give Ford customers even more reasons to Drive One.”

Ford estimates its January U.S. total market share was approximately 16 percent – about 2 percentage points higher than in January 2009. Last year, Ford posted its first full-year U.S. market share increase since 1995.

To read the full article, click here.

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2010 Lincoln MKX
Ford Canada Launched 2010 with 6 Percent Sales Increase
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited kicked off the new year with a sales increase of 6 percent in January with retail sales up 16 percent. This marks the company's eighth straight month of retail sales gains and fifteen consecutive months of market share increases. January saw car sales rise 1 per cent, truck sales increase 7 percent and Lincoln sales achieve a 59 percent increase.

"The auto industry has definitely experienced a turbulent start to the year," said David Mondragon, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. "But as a testament to the strength of our new product, Ford grew retail sales in January in spite of challenging industry headwinds."

Positive results across the Lincoln lineup helped to boost sales for Ford of Canada with MKZ, MKX and Navigator all showing strong sales gains compared to last January.

To read the full article, click here.

CES Logo

Team Recaps Future of In-Car Connectivity
Led by President and CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday, the Ford team responsible for the latest in-car connectivity recreated the crowd-pleasing presentation they made at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Held at Dearborn’s Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, the hour-long presentation featured Mulally, Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Product Development, and several electronics and connectivity engineers who showcased the MyFord Touch technology coming this year to the company's vehicle lineup.

Mulally said the CES debut of MyFord had been the hit of the electronics show.

"All these technology wizards were in awe … they were talking about Ford as the ultimate app," he said.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford News
Digital Worker
Ford IT Project Expected to Improve PC Energy Efficiency, Enable Smoother System Updates
In an effort to improve energy efficiency and enable smoother system updates, Ford IT’s PC Power Management initiative will globally migrate across employee computers this quarter.

Using industry-leading NightWatchman software from 1E, Inc., the PC Power Management project started as a pilot program in 2009 and will perform several functions, including:

  • Centralize management of power settings on Windows laptops and desktops to reduce energy waste and optimize software updates
  • Manage controlled shutdown of computer systems not in use, especially overnight and on weekends, to reduce energy use
  • Ensure all computers connected to the Ford Intranet are awake and able to receive software deliveries during off hours, decreasing downtime during working hours due to software loads
  • Monitor the health of certain critical functions of a desktop/laptop and repair select discovered problems

To read the full article, click here.

ThyssenKrupp Transit Connect
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Has Most Ford Transit Connects in Operation in North America
ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Americas Business Unit, is the largest producer of elevators in North America, with more than 14,000 employees and more than 200 branch and service locations. It is part of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG, one of the leading elevator companies in the world, represented at more than 800 locations in more than 60 countries.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator operates a fleet of approximately 3,300 vehicles – a mixture of pickup trucks, full-size vans, utility vehicles, medium-duty trucks and a small number of autos. Approximately 1,500 of the company’s mechanics – who routinely service elevators and escalators – have been driving large cargo vans because there were no viable options available in the marketplace. When the Ford Transit Connect appeared on the automotive scene, it provided ThyssenKrupp Elevator with a smart solution.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Oval
Ford Scientists Work to Perfect Quality and Performance of Vehicle Parts Atom by Atom
Computational materials engineering is anything but simple. It involves analyzing the properties of metal, sometimes down to its very atoms, to determine how they will alter during the manufacturing process. At Ford, a blended team of engineers and scientists is using this approach to develop software models that predict when and how those changes will occur, and performs computer simulations that eliminate the need for physical tests. It’s such a complex field, in fact, that when Ford entered it back in the late 1990s, team members like John Allison were initially doubted before they were heralded as leaders in a new field in materials research.

“Computational materials engineering is about blending engineering and science. Why is it worth it? Reduction of test time. Higher-quality parts. In other words, you’re getting the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost," said John Allison, Senior technical leader, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.

To read the full article, click here.


Executive Q&A
Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes
Ford Focus Chief Nameplate Engineer
Ford Motor Company

The next-generation Ford Focus made its world debut Jan. 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. North American production of Ford's new global car begins late this year at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., and also in Europe. The new Focus will reach consumers in both regions in early 2011. Asia sales will begin in early 2012. Jim Hughes, Ford Focus chief nameplate engineer, recently appeared on The Americas Webcast with Mark Fields. Below are excerpts from their conversation.

Q: What kind of feedback did you receive about the new Focus from journalists at the North American International Auto Show?
A: It was overwhelmingly positive. It was great to get positive reaffirmation of the great work the team has done globally. A lot of the media had positive feedback regarding the exterior looks of the car. They were also very surprised and pleasantly pleased with the looks of the interior and the suite of technologies we're deploying on the all-new Focus. Not only was the media surprised, but different people around the stand said that a lot of executives from competitive companies – both domestic and Asian – were really looking closely at the Focus, too.

Q: What are customers going to appreciate the most about the next-generation Focus?
A: I think the gorgeous new kinetic design just grabs you. Focus has a real sporty and athletic design that demands your attention. Once customers see the vehicle, they are really drawn to it. And then we have the vehicle attributes to back it up: best-in-class interior, craftsmanship and quietness; best-in-class fuel economy; great safety; unparalleled technology; and great driving dynamics. Focus is a great package all the way around.

Q: What are some of the technology that will available on the new Focus?
A: Focus will get a tremendous amount of technology. We're doing this for several different reasons. First, is to ensure we can deliver the attributes of the vehicle, so we're using technology such as active grille shutters, EPAS (electric power-assisted steering), dynamic cornering control and direct-injection gas engines. Also, many of our customers are downsizing their vehicles from larger, premium segments, and they don't want to have any compromises for the features they are used to. We will not disappoint them. We’re going to have a suite of features for them, ranging from rain-sensing wipers to passive keyless entry to engine Push-Button Start to eight-inch navigation touch screens. Finally, from a technology deployment perspective, we really think it's important to distinguish ourselves in the C-car segment and drive improved revenue and profit.

To read the full Q&A, click here.


Global Notes
Ford Fusion
Ford Brazil Introduces the Ford Fusion to Presidency
In January, Ford Brazil introduced the new Ford Fusion V-6 3.0-liter to a select group of drivers from the Office of the President of Brazil. As part of an unprecedented initiative in the country, the drivers took part in a technical product presentation at Ford's Tatuí Proving Ground, in Tatuí, Sao Paulo State.

The program included a test-drive and technical presentation of the vehicle by Klaus Mello, manager, Vehicle Engineering, and a demonstration of evasive maneuvers performed by Luiz Gozzani, one of the most experienced test-pilots at the Proving Ground. The drivers also visited the laboratories in which emissions and noise tests take place.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford S-MAX

Awards for S-MAX and Galaxy
S-MAX and Galaxy have scooped two honours at the 2010 BusinessCar magazine awards. The S-MAX was voted Best Mini-MPV while the Galaxy was awarded the top slot in its class with Best MPV for the fourth consecutive year. The BusinessCar Awards are nominated by readers of the magazine, who are key participants in the business car industry.

Commenting on the Ford awards, BusinessCar Editor Paul Barker said: "The S-MAX and Galaxy have proved their worth to the business car market, with the people that experience and rely on the products every day – the readers of BusinessCar - voting in their droves for the two models in their respective categories"

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta

Fiesta Named Car of the Year in Spain
For the ninth consecutive year, La Tribuna has presented its Car of the Year award, which is decided by the newspaper’s readers. The new Fiesta scooped the award with the highest score (830 points), followed 90 points behind by the Audi A4 (740 points), with the Renault Mégane in third place with 600 points. A total of 21 different models from 19 carmakers took part in this regional competition

Ford of Spain President José Manuel Machado, who attended the awards ceremony despite being on crutches due to a minor accident, thanked everyone present.

"Receiving this prize encourages us to continue working to move our sector forward despite the crisis," he said.

Machado pointed out that 170,000 new Fiestas have been produced in Spain since its launch in 2008 and that its European sales have surpassed 500,000 units.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford C-MAX

Almussafes Plant Produces First C-MAX Units
The first four units of the new C-MAX came off the line at the Almussafes assembly plant in Valencia (Spain) earlier this month. The process, which took nearly a week, marks the beginning of a series of assembly tests that will stretch until September.

Over the next four months, the lead plant for the next-generation C-MAX will produce between two and three units per day in a first "static" production phase, in which the cars do not move along the assembly line but are assembled off-line. As more workers are trained to assemble Ford's new MPV, the plant’s output will increase to 700 units a day.

The next-generation C-MAX has been single-sourced from Ford's plant in Valencia for all European markets and the USA.

To read the full article, click here.


Video Corner
Toyota CEO Apologizes for Recall
Toyota CEO Apologizes for Recall
(BloombergTV)Toyota has been engulfed in an unprecedented number of recalls, safety problems, and the latest Prius brake problem and CEO Akio Toyoda has publicly apologized for these events. Click here to view video.

Prius Video on YouTube
Toyota Admits Design Problems with Brakes
(AP) Toyota admitted design problems with the brakes in its prized Prius, adding to the catalog of woes for the world's No. 1 automaker still reeling from a massive U.S. recall involving faulty gas pedals. Click here to view video.


Outside Voices
Volkswagen Plans to Overtake Toyota to Become World Auto Leader by 2018
(USAToday) The world's third-biggest carmaker aims to boost group vehicle sales by nearly 60% and improve profit margins by 2018 in a bid to surpass Toyota for the title of world's top carmaker, Automotive News reports. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Posts $1.7B Profit, Raises Annual Forecast
(BusinessWeek) Toyota Motor Corp. returned to profit in the October-December quarter and raised its annual earnings forecast, but analysts warned of a grim outlook as a spreading safety crisis batters the automaker's reputation. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Declines After Biggest Recall in Seven Years
(Bloomberg) Honda Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, fell the most in more than two months after announcing its biggest recall in seven years. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Seeks to Limit Damage With Recall Fix
(Reuters) Toyota Motor Corp U.S. chief Jim Lentz said on Monday the Japanese automaker is confident it found the remedy to fix some 2.4 million of its eight most popular models involved in a safety recall and sales and production suspension. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler Gets Extension to Try to Save Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, 1,200 Jobs
(Detroit Free Press) Chrysler is negotiating to buy the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant from its bankruptcy estate and save about 1,200 jobs that were expected to be eliminated at the end of 2010. To read the full article, click here.

Geely 'To Protect Volvo'
(Autocar) Chinese car maker Geely will run Volvo as a separate entity to protect its luxury image, according to a report in the Financial Times. 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. The desk is filled with flyers of travel specials and club events and is really fun to examine, so stop by and say, "Hi" and thank the person at the desk because they are volunteering their time for you!

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


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 (Roswell, Ga.)

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

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. The next meeting will be on Sept. 2. 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

February 10:
Annual Ford-Visteon Hourly and Salaried Retiree Luncheon (Sebring, Fla.)

The ninth annual event will be held at Homer's Buffet (1000 Sebring Square) across the street from Walmart in the Sebring Shopping Center at 11:30 a.m. Spouse or Friend welcome. Please RSVP, call or e-mail John Welch at 863-357-1581 or

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

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

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

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

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 931-260-0427.


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

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