January 21, 2011

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In this Blue Oval Connect Weekly Briefing…
  • Ford Commits to Invest $400 Million, Retain Jobs in Kansas City
  • Ford Wins Awards at Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Innovation Competition
  • Ford Transit Connect Taxis Hit the Streets of Chicago, Run on Clean-Burning Natural Gas
  • History Comes to Life Through Ford Images
  • It's Easy Being Green: Ford Focus Electric Offers Eco-Friendly Features Throughout Vehicle
  • Video: (ABC) Ford's Nancy Gioia talks need to attract more women to the auto industry
  • Outside Voices: (About.com) Top 10 Mustang Moments of 2010

 

Announcements
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Health Care Controversy Back in the News – Peer Support Volunteers Available to Help
Health care debate and political polarization clearly are back in the news. There is a broad agreement among "experts" that some changes from the 2010 legislation are increasingly likely but that total repeal will not happen. Possible impacts on Medicare provisions are less clear.

Transition Assist (TA), one of the three Decision Navigators approved by Peer Support and Ford, will hold a 1-hour seminar Feb. 3 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn starting at 10 a.m. Topics will include Medicare Parts A & B, Medicare Advantage plans, Part D prescription drug coverage, and Medicare supplements. TA also will provide a primer on the health care reform bill and what that means to Medicare retirees and those approaching age 65.

Updated general information is available on the Peer Support website (http://www.ford-umbrella-group.org). Our volunteers are now available year round to respond to inquiries e-mailed to peer-support@ford-umbrella-group.org. Please include your telephone number.


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
Ford Oval
Ford Commits to Invest $400 Million, Retain Jobs in Kansas City
Ford this week announced a further commitment to U.S. manufacturing with plans to build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete.

Ford will invest U.S. $400 million in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. In addition, the company has committed to retain 3,750 full-time jobs at the plant – consistent with current employment levels. This includes the positions required to assemble the Ford F-150, which will continue to be built at the facility on a separate line.

To read the full article, click here.

2011 Ford Explorer
Ford Wins Awards at Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Innovation Competition
For the third year in a row, a Ford vehicle was named winner of the Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive Division's 40th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

Ford won the award – which recognizes the technical achievements of entire teams comprised of automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, toolmakers and others whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on a notable vehicle – for significant use of innovative plastics content on the new 2011 Ford Explorer.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Ford News
Transit Connect Taxi's Cargo Area
Ford Transit Connect Taxis Hit the Streets of Chicago, Run on Clean-Burning Natural Gas
Ford Transit Connect Taxis will begin winding through the streets of the Windy City in March when a fleet of the alternative-fuel vehicles joins Yellow Cab Chicago.

Taxi Medallion Management purchased the 12 clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG) Transit Connect Taxis for its fleet. The cabs will be affiliated with Yellow Cab Chicago and bear the company's logo and color.

To read the full article, click here.

Saturday Evening Post
History Comes to Life Through Ford Images
In 1925, Henry Ford took out an ad in the Saturday Evening Post. It was titled "Opening the Highways to All Mankind," and reflected Ford's goal of making safe and efficient transportation accessible to all – a vision still true today.

A framed replica of that advertisement hangs on the wall in the office of President and CEO Alan Mulally, who cited it recently at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. Now it is available for anyone to purchase at www.fordimages.com.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus Electric
It's Easy Being Green: Ford Focus Electric Offers Eco-Friendly Features Throughout Vehicle
The environmentally friendly reach of the Ford Focus Electric goes beyond its zero-emissions motor. Focus Electric combines recycled and renewable materials, green technologies and innovative manufacturing processes to make the car green from bumper to bumper.

The Focus Electric is not only green in areas where customers expect it to be, but also in places they might not, like in the seat cushions. Soy-based foams, which are used on more than 20 Ford vehicles, will be used in Focus Electric, with seat cushions shaped from 8 percent soy-based content. A material called Lignotock also is used behind the cloth on the door. Derived from 85 percent wood fibers, this lighter application results in a weight reduction and provides better sound-deadening benefits compared to conventional glass-reinforced thermal plastics.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Executive Corner
Jim Farley

Jim Farley
Group Vice President, Global Marketing
Ford Motor Company

@Ford Online recently had the opportunity to meet with Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing regarding Ford Motor Company's presence at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Below are excerpts from that discussion.

Q: What is most important about the Ford Motor Company stand at NAIAS?
A: One of the most important things about our stand is that it is engaging and interactive, and that's unique. It is also very important as we want visitors to the stand to understand our technology, and not everyone responds to just looking at a car parked on a carpet. Our idea was to create essentially an interactive science museum where you could learn about Ford technology with your hands and senses. But as much as the physical displays are important, so is the human element of our team on the stand. People like to talk to experts, so we have educated and talented experts who know about all of our technology. And then the other real important reason why interactivity works is that generally people don't live and breathe what big companies say anymore – they want to make their decisions one-on-one, one person talking to another person. So the auto show is one of the rare places where you're not in the dealership. People know, you're not selling anything so we can make it a place where you can learn and where you want to stay for a long time.

To read the full discussion, click here.

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Global Notes
Ford Mondeo
Mondeo Wins Two U.K. Awards
Just months after going on sale, the Mondeo has been declared the U.K.'s best family and estate car by What Car? magazine.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Focus
Focus is Russia's Number One
The Focus was the top-selling foreign car in Russia last year. More than 67,000 of the stylish Ford models were sold in 2010, with 38 percent of customers opting for high specification Titanium versions, an increase of 17 percent on 2009.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Ranger
Ford Motor Indonesia Achieves Best-Ever Full-Year Sales in 2010
Ford Motor Indonesia reported an all-time full-year sales record of 8,871 vehicles for 2010, a 40 percent increase from 2009. The venerable Ford Ranger continued to be Ford's top seller in Indonesia in 2010, delivering its best-ever full-year sales performance.

To read the full article, click here.

Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta Receives 5-Star Safety Rating in China NCAP Test
The hot-selling Ford Fiesta has received the maximum 5-star safety rating from the China Automotive Technology and Research Center in its recent China New Car Assessment Program test program.

To read the full article, click here.

 

Video Corner
Nancy Gioia
Ford's Nancy Gioia Talks Need to Attract More Women to the Auto Industry
(ABC) Ford Director of Global Electrification Nancy Gioia is interviewed in studio. She says Ford has had a great week at the NAIAS and she also discusses the need for more top female talent in the industry, especially in new technology areas. Click here to view video.

Joe Hinrichs
It's All About Growth in China: Ford
(CNBC) Auto demand continues to be strong in China, with inland cities offering tremendous growth opportunities, observes Joe Hinrichs, president for Asia Pacific and Africa at Ford. He shares what is ahead for Ford following a record 2010, with CNBC's Martin Soong. Click here to view video.

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Most Anticipated Cars from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)
(MSN) These are the ten most intriguing cars at the NAIAS that we can't wait to drive. Click here to view video.

 

Outside Voices
Top 10 Mustang Moments of 2010
(About.com) The Ford Mustang was a newsmaker in 2010. With the return of the Boss Mustang, a more powerful engine lineup, and improved fuel economy, the car was the talk of the town. To read the full article, click here.

What the Inside of a Tortured Ford EcoBoost V6 Looks Like
(PickupTrucks.com) Ford made some history over the weekend when it did a complete engine tear-down and inspection of a "torture tested" 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ twin-turbo V6 used in the latest F-150 at the 2011 NAIAS in Detroit. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Tops Google's List of Top Ten Auto Searches in U.S.
(International Business Times) Ford has topped the list of search queries in the entire automotive brand category in the U.S. over the last 30 days, followed by BMW, Audi and Nissan, according to a report by Google's North American auto team. To read the full article, click here.

Bill Ford Saw Green First
(Detroit News) Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford faced ridicule and resistance over the years for suggesting the automaker his great-grandfather founded needed to go green to survive. To read the full article, click here.

Ford Dealers to Hold Lessons on New MyFord Touch Technology
(Detroit Free Press) Ford dealers are inviting customers who buy a vehicle with MyFord Touch™ back to the dealership a week later for free tutorial sessions to learn more about the new touch-screen system. 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 NAIAS this week. To read the full article, click here.

UAW President King: Union's Survival at Stake
(Detroit News) United Auto Workers President Bob King said Monday that the union's very survival is at stake in its efforts to organize workers at foreign-owned plants – and it has limited options in contract talks this year with Detroit's Big Three. To read the full article, click here.

Chrysler 300 Sedan, Minivan to Go Hybrid
(Detroit News) Chrysler will bolster its green lineup by adding a hybrid version of the Chrysler 300 sedan next year, and a hybrid minivan in 2013, Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said Tuesday. 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
Each week we will highlight various special offers from a number of outside companies all offering valuable deals exclusive to Ford employees, retirees and contract personnel.

Renewal by Andersen
Renewal by Andersen
Window Replacement

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

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BOLT Lock
Security

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

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

 

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

Atlanta Salaried Retirees
Second Tuesday in March (Milton, Ga.)
The next general membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 8, at the Ford Regional Office (13010 Morris Rd. Corporate Center One Ste. 500) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. If you would like further information about the meetings or the Ford Metro Atlanta Salaried Retirees Club, please contact Bob Loovis at COUNTRYCOVEFARM@comcast.net.

Automatic Transmission Product Design & Engineering Retiree Breakfast Club
Second Wednesday of Every Month (Northville, Mich.)

The group meets at 9 a.m. for breakfast at Senate Coney Island off Haggerty Road just south of 6 Mile Road on the west side of the street (39430 Dun Rovin Drive). For additional information, contact Mike Carlin at OLDSEADOG@wowway.com.

Building "H" Club – Michigan Information Technology Systems Retirees
Second Thursday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The club meets at 11:30 a.m. at Building H on Michigan Avenue. For more information, call 313-402-0044 or e-mail FLCOTE@aol.com.

Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees
Every First Monday in the Month (Buffalo, N.Y.)

The Buffalo Stamping Salaried Retirees group meets the first Monday of each month at 12 p.m. If the first Monday is a holiday, the group meets the second Monday instead. The group meets for lunch at Danny's Restaurant (4300 Abbott Road) at the corner of Route 20A and Abbott Road. For more information, contact Bob Mueller at MKZMUELLER@verizon.net.

Canadian Ford Alumni
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

The Ford Alumni is made up of retirees from Ford of Canada's Sales, Marketing, Parts, Service and Central staffs. Breaking Ford news is provided electronically to members and we have a luncheon on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Bob Rideout at BRIDEOUT@sympatico.ca.

Chicago Stamping Plant Salaried Retiree Club
Twice a Year (June, Dec) (Schererville, Ind.)

The group meets twice a year at Tiebel's (U.S. 30 & Hwy. 41). Spouses are welcome. For more information, contact Ray Schmelzer at RAYTIREE@aol.com.

Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club (North Olmsted, Ohio)
If you would like to join the Cleveland Engine and Casting Plants Salaried Retiree Club, it is $15 a year, which can be made payable to the Ford Retiree Club (P.O. Box 566, North Olmsted, OH 44070). It is $10 for surviving spouses and retirees over the age of 80. For more information, please contact Mary Kay Dessoffy at FORDRETIREES@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Assembly Plant Retirees
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

Dearborn Assembly Plant retirees and guests meet each month at Richard's Family Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road). The group meets at 12:30 p.m. for lunch from the restaurant's menu and followed by announcements, jokes, camaraderie, and so forth. All Ford retirees from the area are welcomed to join us. For additional information, contact Rose at ROZLAF@aol.com.

Dearborn Assembly Retiree Breakfast Club
First Monday of Every Month (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Dearborn Assembly Plant Retiree Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. at the Big Boy Restaurant (13001 Michigan Avenue at Miller Road) the first Monday of every month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Henry Russell Jr. at HRARJR@yahoo.com.

Dearborn Frame Plant Retirees (Southfield, Mich.)
Second Tuesday of Every Month

The group meets for breakfast and networking at L George's (26799 Greenfield Rd). For more information, contact Sandra Hutson at SKHUTSON@sbcglobal.net.

Field Accounting Department (F.A.D.)
Second Thursday of Every Other Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The F.A.D. retiree group meets on the odd months of the year on Jan., March, May, July, Sept. and Nov. We meet at G. Subo's Leather Bottle Restaurant (20300 Farmington Rd.) For more information, contact Bob Briolat at REBRIOLAT@aol.com. Spouses are always welcome.

Ford 5R55 Automatic Transmission Systems Design Retirees Group
Third Wednesday of Every Month (Livonia, Mich.)

The retiree group meets at Richard's Restaurant (39305 Plymouth Road) at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Jeff Ebersole at EBERSOLE.JEFF@gmail.com.

Ford Air Transportation Office Retirees
First Thursday of Every Month (Taylor, Mich.)

Ford Air Transportation Office retirees meet once a month at noon for lunch at the Lakes of Taylor Restaurant (25505 Northline Road). For more information, contact Pauline Smart Bozyk at PSMARTY@att.net.

Ford Body & Assembly Operations/Vehicle Operations Salaried Retiree 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.

June 12 & 13:
SAAC-MCR 36th Annual Show and Go (Dearborn, Mich. & Clarkston, Mich.)

On June 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the show and swap meet will take place at Ford World Headquarters in the SE lot (Southfield Freeway and Michigan Ave.) and on June 13, the track event will take place at Waterford Hills Road Race Course (4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston, Mich.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click to www.saac-mcr.net or contact Jim Binder at SASGROUP@comcast.net.

First and Third Monday of Every Month:
Ford Euchre Club (Dearborn, Mich.)

The Ford Euchre Club is looking for players and with a mere $6 admission fee you can become one of them. Anyone is welcome to play so feel free to bring your friends and relatives. Registration starts at 5:15 p.m. and the games begin at 5:45 p.m. This event is held at O'Kelly Knights of Columbus (23663 Park St.). Click here for more information or contact Dennis Natoli at DENISNATOLI@aol.com.


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