January 14, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Delivers on Commitment with 10 New Small Cars and Electrification Plans
  • Ford to Add 7,000 U.S. Workers in Next Two Years; Expands Commitment to American Manufacturing
  • Employees Enjoy Sneak Preview of Ford at NAIAS
  • Ford Invited 100 Green, Tech, Lifestyle Bloggers to the North American International Auto Show
  • 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Shines Spotlight on Leaders in the Automobile Industry
  • Video: (@Ford Online) Ford Electric Vehicles with Ed Begley, Jr.
  • Outside Voices: (Detroit Free Press) Volt Wins Car of the Year; Explorer Takes Top Truck

 

Announcements
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Are You On Medicare and Have Yet to Use Your HRA?
Medicare salaried retirees, spouses and same-sex domestic partners of retirees, and surviving spouses are enrolled in the Health Reimbursement Arrangement, also known as the HRA. The HRA is an account that has been established for your use to help offset the costs associated with your out-of-pocket health care expenses. Each year, up to U.S. $1,800 is credited into your HRA for each eligible participant. Your unused balance carries over from year to year.

Records we have received from WageWorks, the HRA administrator, show that some retirees have not yet made any claims for reimbursement from their HRA accounts.

If you have eligible health care expenses, including your out-of-pocket costs for health care insurance plan premiums or Medicare Part B premiums, you can be reimbursed up to the amount credited in your HRA. You can even submit eligible expenses that you incurred in previous years going back to the effective date you were enrolled in the HRA.

If you need help getting started, please call WageWorks at 1-866-840-0911 for assistance or information on how to get started for reimbursement of your eligible out-of-pocket expenses. Also, if you know of a fellow retirees who has not used their HRA account, please encourage them to contact WageWorks to get started.

 

Top Stories
10 New Small Cars
Ford Delivers on Commitment with 10 New Small Cars and Electrification Plans
Ford is producing 10 new-generation, fuel-efficient smaller cars that people really want – and is offering consumers its greatest variety of small vehicle choices, fuel or no fuel.

Delivering on its promise to create a new generation of global small cars, Ford this week showcased 10 new C-segment vehicles together on one stage at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Led by the all-new Ford Focus, the vehicle lineup demonstrates how Ford is transforming its product range for a high-tech, fuel-efficient future.

The impressive new model array sees the world debut of Focus Electric, the first fuel-free, zero-emissions passenger car from Ford; the debut of two all-new, high-mileage family-friendly C-MAX vehicles including Ford's first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV); and the global reveal of a vision for a future small sport utility vehicle – Ford Vertrek concept.

To read the full article, click here.

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Ford Oval
Ford to Add 7,000 U.S. Workers in Next Two Years; Expands Commitment to American Manufacturing
Ford this week announced it will add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next in the United States.

This year alone, Ford is adding nearly 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its U.S. plants, including 1,800 at Louisville Assembly Plant, which is preparing to launch the next-generation Ford Escape late in the year. Ford also will add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Next year, Ford expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
C-MAX
Employees Enjoy Sneak Preview of Ford at NAIAS
More than 2,000 employees and alumni – many with families in tow – flocked to Cobo Arena last Sunday for an exclusive preview of the 10 new C-segment vehicles Ford unveiled at NAIAS.

The 30-minute presentation – a private dress rehearsal of the company's auto show press conference – showcased the Focus Electric and two all-new, high-mileage family-friendly C-MAX vehicles including Ford's first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). And the company's vision for a future small sport utility vehicle – the Ford Vertrek concept – was unveiled, providing an early look at what the next-generation Escape might look like.

To read the full article, click here.

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Bloggers Visit Ford Display at NAIAS
Ford Invited 100 Green, Tech, Lifestyle Bloggers to NAIAS
Ford invited 100 green, technology and lifestyle bloggers from more than 10 countries for an auto show experience unlike any other. The bloggers met with executives, toured the NAIAS and the Rouge Factory, experienced Ford's latest vehicles at the test track as well as learned more about Ford's latest technology and sustainable efforts.

Bloggers were encouraged to use the tag #FordGreen for Twitter postings, collecting the groups' tweets in a single search for the duration of their stay.

The bloggers were invited Sunday night to the Detroit Institute Arts (DIA) for a welcome dinner with remarks from Edsel Ford II. Edsel II discussed the heritage of Detroit with the bloggers as well as the significance of the DIA and the Diego Rivera gallery to the Ford family.

To read the full article, click here.

Tony Brown
15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Shines Spotlight on Leaders in the Automobile Industry
During the 15th Annual Urban Wheel Awards, Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, was named Executive of the Year. The event put a spotlight on Detroit and celebrated 15 years of inclusion in the automotive industry, during NAIAS, at the Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

This year's event marked the 15th consecutive year of the nation's first and only award show bringing together an array of celebrities, automotive executives, ethnic organizations, students, national and international media, government representatives and the multicultural community.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Nancy Gioia

Nancy Gioia
Director, Global Electrification
Ford Motor Company

Ford unveiled its all-new Focus Electric – the company's first-ever all-electric passenger car last week at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Nancy Gioia, director, Global Electrification, discussed the new vehicle with @Ford Online, including how new technologies will enhance the overall owner experience.

Q: How is the Focus Electric different from the LEAF? What are the Focus advantages?
A: The charging time is a key advantage for the Focus Electric. It can recharge in half the time of the Nissan LEAF. Also, our partnership with Microsoft allows Focus Electric customers to optimize their use of energy from the power grid. Value Charging Powered by Microsoft helps electrified vehicle owners optimize their vehicle recharging practices while providing insight into energy usage patterns and utility pricing changes in order to determine the best time to charge a vehicle.

Q: How will consumers manage the Focus Electric's range?
A: Through an implementation of MyFord Touch™, Focus Electric owners will have access to a suite of driver information systems – on-board and off-board – designed to help manage the recharge process, plan the most eco-friendly route, monitor battery state of charge and maximize energy efficiency to extend range. Brake Coach helps coach drivers to optimize their use of the vehicle's regenerative brakes to recapture kinetic energy and send it back to the battery.

To read the full discussion, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Fusion
Ford Brazil Delivers Numerous Sales Records in 2010
In December, Ford Brazil delivered its best sales month in history and closed 2010 with a record of 363,955 units sold in the domestic market, a 12.4 percent increase from 2009. This volume gave to the brand a market share of 10.4 percent, 0.1 percentage point more than in 2009, becoming the only one of the four major automakers installed in the country – Ford, Fiat, GM and VW – to achieve market growth.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford EcoBoost Voted
Ford EcoBoost Voted "Best Engine" on Display at 2010 Auto Guangzhou
The Ford EcoBoost™ engine was voted the "Best Engine" on display at the prestigious 2010 Auto Guangzhou exhibition held in late December.

To read the full article, click here.

All New Ford Fiesta RS WRC
All-New Fiesta RS World Rally Car Revealed
The all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car has been revealed in its 2011-specification and livery.

To read the full article, click here.

MyFord Touch Driver Connect Technology
Dealers Praise Ford Tech Conference
Ford dealers from across the U.K. recently attended the Ford's first U.K. technology conference to be updated on industry trends and the latest features in Ford vehicles.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Ed Begley, Jr. Discusses Ford Electric Vehicles
Ford Electric Vehicles with Ed Begley, Jr.
(@Ford Online) Ed Begley, Jr., actor and activist, talks about Ford electric vehicles in this video prepared for NAIAS. Click here to view video.

Alan Mulally
Alan Mulally Talks New Products, Recovery at the NAIAS
(FOX Business Network) Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally is interviewed at NAIAS where he talks about the new Ford C-MAX and the 10 different models to be built off of the global C-platform. He says Ford has had its eye on making the best family of vehicles. Click here to view video.

Moray Callum at NAIAS
Moray Callum at NAIAS
(@Ford Online) Moray Callum, executive director, Ford Americas Design, tours the Ford Display and the competition at NAIAS. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Volt Wins Car of the Year; Explorer Takes Top Truck
(Detroit Free Press) The Chevrolet Volt won the North American Car of the Year while the Ford Explorer, beating out the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, took home the title of Truck of the Year. To read the full article, click here.

Cramer's on the Road Again – to Detroit – Special Broadcast from Ford Dearborn Truck Plant
(Mad Money with Jim Cramer) As record numbers of investors sit on the sidelines, Cramer continues his effort to encourage people to re-embrace the spirit of capitalism and take charge of their financial future by getting back into the market. To read the full article, click here.

Fiat Ups Chrysler Stake to 25 Percent
(Detroit News) Chrysler has announced that partner Fiat SpA has officially increased its stake in the Auburn Hills automaker to 25 percent from 20 percent. To read the full article, click here.

Toyota Unveils Big Prius Crossover, Tiny Prius Fun Car
(USA Today) Toyota isn't going to stop in enlarging the Prius gas-electric hybrid brand with the crossover it introduced here this week, it's also going to build a new, small, cheap, fun Prius hybrid for younger buyers. To read the full article, click here.

Honda Makes an Edgier Civic 'For All People'
(Detroit Free Press) Honda unveiled two versions of its redesigned Honda Civic – the car that put Japan's No. 2 automaker on the map in the 1970s in the U.S. – at the Detroit auto show this week. To read the full article, click here.

GM: Tie Workers' Pay to Vehicle Quality
(Detroit News) GM is seeking to tie workers' pay to improvements in vehicle quality – an incentive the Detroit automaker's North American President Mark Reuss says will apply to both hourly and salaried employees. To read the full article, click here.

 

Share Ideas
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Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Desk Hours

Location:
Lower Mezzanine of Ford World Headquarters

Desk hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and Wednesdays during the Auto Show and Summer Programs

FERA Discount Autoshow Tickets:
FERA any day ticket prices: Adult – $9
Children (7-12)/Senior (65+) – $6

Autoshow tickets are on sale at the FERA WHQ Desk Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come to the FERA Conference and Event Center Desk for the Grand Opening on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffle prize entry will be available on-site along with discounted Autoshow tickets, FERA club information and Travel Agents.

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
We're pleased to announce that we've added a Special Offers section to the Blue Oval Connect newsletter.

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.

AARP
AARP
Health and Finances

AARP is now offering a special 15 percent discount on annual dues. If you or your spouse is 50 or over, join or renew your AARP Membership and enjoy everyday savings on prescriptions, groceries, restaurants, travel and more.
Click here for more information.

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees (Roswell, Ga.)
The next event will be the Annual Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sugo's Restaurant (625 West Crossville Road). If you would like further information about the event 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 Group
Twice a Year (May, Oct.) (Westland, Mich.)

The group meets twice a year for a social get-together at Hawthorne Valley Golf & Banquet Facility (7300 N. Merriman R). 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 Jan. 11 at Panera Bread (1277 S. Tamiami Trail). Our February meeting will be at Sarasota Ford (707 South Washington Blvd.) on Feb. 8. 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 11:
10th Annual Ford-Visteon Luncheon (Sebring, Fla.)

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at Homer's Buffet (1000 Sebring Square) in the Sebring Shopping Center across the street from Walmart. Spouses and friends are welcome. Please RSVP to John Welch at JJ13WELCH@strato.net, JJCWELCH@gmail.com or call his home phone at 1-863-357-1581 or his cellular phone at 1-863-634-8540.

February 21:
8th Annual SW Florida Ford Retiree Golf Outing (Ft. Myers, Fla.)

The golf outing will take place at Pelican Preserve Golf Club (9802 Pelican Preserve Blvd.) and begin at 1 p.m. Golf, cart, range balls, prizes, tee gift and dinner is $105. Cocktails and dinner ($20) will begin at 5:30 p.m. To make your reservation, please make a check out to Tom Howard and send to 9401 Chartwell Breeze Dr. Bonita Springs, Fla. 34135 no later than Feb. 13. Also, please provide a phone number or e-mail address so a confirmation can be sent to you. For more information, please contact Don Morgan at 239.948.7171 or D07MORGAN@aol.com or Tom Howard at 239.948.8876 or THHOWARD50@comcast.net.

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.

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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